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Bill Ellis

3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
+1 252-237-4372
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good22%
  • Average23%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“banana pudding” (20 reviews)
“pulled pork” (21 reviews)
“fried chicken” (37 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 8:30 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Very Clean and Delicious. The reason the reviews were not all 5 stars is because the average age of their clientele is over 55years old. Only snowflakes seem to leave reviews anymore. This is a great restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank Craig H
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Bill is gone and so is his family and long term staff... From restaurant. Something missing and food not what it was. I think Marty...Bill's son has opened a restaurant on Ward Blvd across from the Rite Aide (west Nash area) I plan on going...More

Thank johnnyquest111
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

If you grew up, as I did, in eastern NC, Bill’s was always on the short list of Wilson ‘cue places to eat. But not so any more. Just average. If you do eat here, don’t get distracted by the sides, just go for the...More

Thank MichaelGay
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

What a great restaurant grade!!! Food was ok considering I've been told to try it again but the place looked nasty if I noticed that before I order I've would have pulled out of line... again

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 24 January 2018

have eaten the buffet 1-3 times per year for 15 years, good southern homestyle food like parkers, when Mr. Ellis retired and then passed the quality of food along with sanitation score dropped, and so has their business. hope current manager will restore the good...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 22 January 2018

The last 3 times I have eaten here, the barbecue was way too greasy. When you can the see the grease on top and try to soak it up by applying multiple napkins and you still get queasy later, it's just too much. The buffet...More

Thank Charles W
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Since my last review of Bill Ellis, we decided to return to the drive thru to see if things had changed to back to the good old days of the real 'Bill Ellis'. Well, I am happy to report we visited on three separate occasions,...More

Thank DrKR2000
Reviewed 8 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 8 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
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2 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 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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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