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Billy's Chowder House

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216 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4129
+1 207-646-7558
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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174 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In New England one has a certain expectation for a "chowder house" - something between a clam shack and a regular restaurant. Nothing fancy - lots of knotty pine paneling and simple furnishings. The food was good, the service friendly, the prices reasonable, and plenty of parking. Overall, this was an experience that met expectations.

Thank Michael M
Southbury, Connecticut, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for the first time. Food was delicious, and our waitress Cindy (Lu Who) made our visit so memorable. She was so friendly and welcoming. Explained the rewards program and provided excellent food recommendations. Easily convinced us to have dessert. We will absolutely come back! Especially to see Cindy!!

Thank Lauriejmac
Brampton, Canada
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88 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've been to Billy's before and we will be going back again. Service is excellent, and the food is great.

Thank Eric o
Corinth, New York
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food is not that good. Very cold in the restaurant. Overpriced. Not sure what they hype is. Locals do not go to Billy's Chowder House, when you don't see local people eating there - not good

Thank joshsmom24
Portland, Maine
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love just about everything here...amazing chowders....nice oyster specials every week....great view, great bar...and wonderful bartenders...so sweet! But the best thing on menu is.......wait for it......the BLT.....served on marble rye, it is simply the best we've ever had.....get it almost every time....done just exactly right.....yummy!!!!

Thank Bubs739
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch during an unusual visit to Maine in January. Our table afforded us a beautiful view of the tidal river while we were toasty warm inside. We started with light and perfectly cooked fried calamari and dad said his haddock chowder was loaded with fish and delish. Our haddock sandwiches were HUGE and served on buttery grilled... More 

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Hebron, Connecticut
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were here for lunch on a cold blustery Sunday with a table near the fire place, perfect. Our chowder was buttery, full of clams and the best we have ever had. If you like thick creamy chowder-stay away-this is made the way it should be. In addition our lobster rolls were some of the best we've had, not too... More 

Okoboji, Iowa
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63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A delighful New England chowder inn overlooking the salt marsh - comfortable atmosphere; Asked waitress which chowder she'd recommend, she instantly said "Lobster stew"...oh my, so fantastic! ha. Had a bowl of that...and shared bacon wrapped scallops. What a super lunch, can't wait to return!

Thank Mike T
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673 reviews
395 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 475 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Quick summary: very good classic New England seafood. Friendly, professional service. Good prices for the quality. My review is based on what I expect of a good Main seafood restaurant. We were here visiting family in the area during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a delightful spot off season when it is not too busy, but gets pretty busy during... More 

Thank Mme_X
canaan nh
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Best dinner we had while visiting Wells. The service was great. Had the grilled swordfish, which was fresh, juicy and wonderfully seasoned. My husband said their oysters were the best he's ever had.

Thank donnated

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4129
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: +1 207-646-7558

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?