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Bill Ellis

3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
+1 252-237-4372
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good23%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
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“banana pudding” (20 reviews)
“pulled pork” (21 reviews)
“fried chicken” (36 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Bill's BBQ is "an all you can eat buffet". The food was exceptionally good. Just like Grandma's delicious home cooking. The variety was awesome salad greens, slaw and potato salad. Chicken fried and baked BBQ pork and BBQ turkey Fish , vegetables, French fries and...More

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Lots of people stop here off I-95 because they saw a billboard or have stopped before. There are better choices in Wilson or nearby. The barbecue is no better than store bought. The sides are tasteless mush.

Thank RascalNC
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Bill's Ellis BBQ Restaurant Gone Down I had known Bill Ellis from back i9n 1965 when he first open the Hot Dog & Grill stand there on the corner where the new Restaurant is located now . At first it was all drive up curb...More

Thank jgbigdad
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Today ( 9 / 14/ 17 ) my husband and I drove from Greenville NC to Wilson to eat some BBQ from Bill Ellis. We have not been there in quite some time and since they have a whole Pig to take from thats a...More

Thank kjmck1961
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Just passing through Wilson, and Googled BBQ. Place was great --- strange architecture and set-up, but handy outdoor seating, Anyway, you don't go for any of that ---- the BBQ sandwiches were excellent and the real deal. Extensive menu of all kinds of pig dishes...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I've eaten at Bill Ellis for years (among other great BBQ restaurants) and Bill Ellis is one of the best east of Raleigh. Have never had a bad meal. Food is always hot and fresh and well prepared. The old fashioned Banana Pudding alone is...More

Thank Aaron K
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Traveling through town and looking for good barbecue. Barbecue was bout the only thing good here. I also like fried okra and it was cooked just right and the hush puppies were good too. But the fish and sausages were overcooked and the greens were...More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 26 June 2017

On 6/26/17 we used the drive thru at Bill Ellis. They were 5 cars in the entire lot and no one in the drive thru. We arrived at 2:15pm and someone took our order and my husband clearly repeated it back to the girl. The...More

Thank DrKR2000
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We had heard this was a classic Carolina barbecue and decided to stop during a road trip. Very disappointing , all the sides and beans had to be fished out of big watery containers, the barbecue was just average. The place was crowded (not sure...More

Thank ElizabethandDan
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Maybe my expectations were too high, after all we're in North Carolina. Price is reasonable but the Buffet is limited and not refreshed very often. Wanted to give it a try but I've gotta say it's just ok. Probably won't rush back on my next...More

Thank Theodore K
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1 October 2015|
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Response from Leon G | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't know besides their vegetables and meats. We don't watch our gluten as we feel its just another fad to worry about. It's been around for thousands of years and suddenly its a big deal? Funny.
8 March 2015|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
$10.73 for adults, $8.70 for Senior citizens, $5.34 for children, and children under 3 free!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wilson
  • Phone Number: +1 252-237-4372
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