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Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn
Seafood Restaurant$$
Today 5–9:30PM
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200 Eastern Blvd Essex, MD 21221
200 Eastern BoulevardUSMarylandEssex21221
$$Seafood Restaurant, BarToday 5–9:30PM
Saturday 5–9:30PMSunday 5–9:30PMMonday ClosedTuesday 5–9:30PMWednesday 5–9:30PMThursday 5–9:30PMFriday 5–9:30PM
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Informal eatery & sports bar known for its steamed crabs, seafood & other hearty American fare.- Google
"Crab Dip - tasty and had plenty of chips and pita bread for dipping."
"We spent $35 on non-alcoholic drinks."
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Deborah Omay
a week ago
The establishment I frequent to get crabs was booked so I remember Bill's from when I was a kid. Not much to look at from the outside but considering the area not surprised ..inside wasn't awful crabs a little pricey but the owner. I will NEVER go back. The most disrespectful person I have ever came across and I work in retail. I don't know who I felt more sorry for the patrons who had to listen to him or the help who have to deal with him. My advise Old Man...put the bottle down and GO HOME!
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Billy Daniels
2 months ago
Believe me, this place is a true gem. Located about 7 miles outside of Baltimore, in Essex, it's a bit out of the city, but not impossible to get to. It's a fun, old-time, neighborhood joint that's definitely worth a trip for some CRABS.
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Pure Romance By IrinaB
a year ago
So, after many years of people telling me I absolutely HAD to come here because the crabs are amazing I finally gave Mr. Bills a try. This review might be slightly long but I'm breaking it down into several areas of critique: Crabs - We ordered $75 Crabs, the largest they had, and they were hot, fresh, and nice size. In my opinion what makes crabs amazing is the seasoning and in my opinion this seasoning is HORRID! I've read all the reviews about how it's Old Bay... but it's NOT!!! The seasoning has nutmeg in it and is much coarser than Old Bay. The nutmeg for some might be a welcome addition, my son loved it, but I absolutely hated it. It pretty much ruined the crabs for me which were tasty and sweat on the inside but I just couldn't get past the nutmeg. Also, not all the crabs were cooked at the same doneness... so some were slightly overcooked. Crab Dip - tasty and had plenty of chips and pita bread for dipping. Made more with claw and inside than with backfin but good. Cream of Crab Soup - While this had lots of flavor and I didn't need to add any seasoning to it this was by far the shelliest crab soup I've EVER had!!! My hubby and son wouldn't eat it. (as an aside they also have this 1/2 MD crab 1/2 Cream of Crab combo which was also very tasty but also very shelly) Oysters - Nice size but shucked poorly as they were very gritty and not chilled enough. Crab Cake and Fluff - these were nice size and tasty but very heavy in the mustard. My husband who doesn't eat crabs got the crab cake. He actually hates mustard so it was a sad day for him as he could barely eat the crab cake and left almost all of it. My son however LOVED the crab cake and fluff. Onion Rings WERE AWESOME!!!! Service - The service was okay. She was busy as it seemed like there were only 3 waitresses for the entire place so it wasn't great but it was decent enough. Steve the owner was working the hostess stand and was very pleasant and attentive. We ordered a salad that actually never showed up but everything else came out hot and within a reasonable amount of time. My biggest complaint is that there is NO FREE REFILLS on ANY drinks and the waitress did not tell us this, nor did the menu mention this. Not only are the soda's not free refills but neither is the ice tea!!! WHAT?! We drink A LOT and between my family of 5 got 3 pitchers of soda and 1.5 pitchers of ice tea... we spent $35 on non-alcoholic drinks. That's just WRONG!!!! All in all if you like the taste of their seasoning and crab cakes and don't mind spending a fortune for non alcoholic drinks you will probably be very happy going here. I on the other hand will just go to Costas Inn instead!
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Melinda McMillan
3 years ago
What's not to like about Bills?? They have amazing food, the best steamed crabs and great service. Even if you have to wait an hour to get a table, which the food is well worth the wait, you get to sit at the bar and have a few drinks.... you can't go wrong with this place! It's worth every penny you spend there!
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Angel Nieto
a month ago
I am really a lady and so thrilled to be able to walk to there because it is a lovely place and I can't wait to go there with my new husband, a Texan. His name is Luis Alberto Guerrero
Frances King
a year ago
Going to Bill's is like going to New Orleans. It's been there forever, the food is great, and you know what you're going to isn't meant to be pretty or up-scale. It is what it is. Fabulous crabs (consistent for more than 60 years), Steve welcoming guests from his "throne" at the front of the room, maybe crowded, other good food is available but I never get to it. You know the crabs are freshly steamed (never re-steamed); they just got off the plane that day. The seasoning is the best, the beer is cold, you may find a sports personality or two, and any Maryland sports game will be on the TV's. If that is not what you are looking for...go somewhere else!
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Lisa Scelsi
a year ago
We went to Mr. Bill's for the 1st time May 2014. My friend wanted to get the large @ $85 per doz. I was skeptical to pay that much money being that it was my first time to try them. We ordered 1 doz. large crabs with extra seasoning (they would have been just as good if we didn't). The crabs were amazingly good! BIG! From Claw tip to claw tip they measured a foot :) And, they were so yummy ~ I think the best I've ever eaten! The corn was winner and pitcher of beer ~ awesome crab house ~ can't wait to go back! Reading back my review my mouth is watering. Gotta go ~ heading to......
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Joe Drasal
7 months ago
Service, crabs and drinks were good stuff.