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#1 of 4 Bar in Essex
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Billy's specializes in fresh food made from scratch, sourced locally when possible. We support Essex County Wineries, Breweries and Farmers. With beach volleyball leagues running all summer long, 14 craft beer taps, two patios, 4 HD T.V's and award winning food there is something for everyone. Voted one of Ontario's best pubs by "The Pub Magazine", Billy's is Fresh, Local and Original
PRICE RANGE
US$8 - US$15
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, Canadian, American, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food but expensive. Service ok. Bill was $150+ with over $17 of taxes! Then to top it off, the bill suggested a $30 tip amounting to 20 % which includes a tip on the government taxes! Who does that ? How much should this...wait staff make for very little effort. Minimum wages were raised to $12-14 per hour supposedly to accommodate poor tipping. So much for that !More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed December 4, 2021

We were just out exploring our area and stopped at Billy's on spec for a late lunch. The place was packed and we were wondering if there was room for us. Luckily there was a free table (it was not as crowded 15 minutes after...we arrived and the business lunch crowd left). We had the soup, salad and sandwich combo and the power bowl. Normally we would not review a restaurant in these circumstances but I wanted to refute review stating the soup and salad were poor quality and quantity. The spinach salad was excellent and the apples accented the dish. The power bowl was chocked full of edamame, quinoa and featured three falafel with a wonderful sesame dressing. We actually took some home. The beer list is extensive with some excellent craft beer. The wines are local but the pricing and selection was not good. We understand a "tap house" features beer but some care should be taken on the wine selection if you advertise as a gastropub. The service was attentive and professional despite it being busy when we entered. We will be back to have a full meal soon.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed March 6, 2020

Recently we went to Billy’s Taphouse for supper. We had been there a number of times before. Food has been decent and filling. This most recent visit I had ordered the pickerel dinner. I was very disappointed in the quantity. The dinner was $18.00 and...I received a small spoon of coleslaw plus a cup of fries and three small strips of pickerel. The meal was the size of a kids or seniors meal. Very disappointed. We left and I was almost as hungry as I was when we went in. I had to go to get a burger at fast food to get full enough. I’m not a huge eater either. Pretty sad when you spend a fair amt of money on a meal and you leave hungry. Never going back.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020

We didn't mind to spend the 63.00 for two take out rib dinners because it was Valentines Day and we wanted good food. Joke was on us! the ribs were complete grizzle....and they came with a box of fries. period. we know good ribs and...these were not from that neighborhood. overpriced low quality is all i can say - we won't make that mistake twice.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 1, 2020

Sat 20 minutes and watched everyone around us get served drinks and food....food looked great but wouldn't know how it tastes since we didnt even get a menu

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 25, 2019

Me, my husband, and a couple of friends went out for dinner at Billy's last night. It was our first time going since they revamped the menu, and now we can't wait to come back! We all tried something different for dinner, and everyone's meal...was fantastic!! My husband's mushroom Wellington was especially well done - simply to die for. The atmosphere of the restaurant was very welcoming and comfortable and our server, Diedre, was very friendly and helpful :) I also had a cocktail called the Bang-Ladesh, and THAT was great, too. We left VERY satisfied, and will be returning!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 18, 2019 via mobile

Was very pleasantly surprised to find fantastic food and service at Billy's. Great relaxed warm atmosphere and the food was dynamite! Burgers were outta this world Would definitely go again but will be sure to call for reservations

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 13, 2019 via mobile

We absolutely love Billy's.. From their collection of craft beers, to the locally sourced food, including their own veggie and herb garden outside, everything just tastes so fresh. And their fries are amazing.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

Recommendations came from a current Billy's employee (Sid-san) who has a deep passion @ an early age for preparing and enjoying good / wholesome food. We met this honest, respectful and enthusiastic young man while he was working his 3rd job at our favorite Sushi...place. We invited another couple and ventured out. The drive was much less than we all anticipated - especially from Lakeshore / Tecumseh area. Service was perfect. Very attentive waitress offered suggestions on local wines and beer flights. Atmosphere was lively, comfortable and clean. Nice to see the full size garden growing next to the front door with everything you would need to supply a small town. Friends had the perch (that I sampled) and found them to be excellent - just lightly dusted. They merry'd those up with a strawberry balsamic salad A must try is the charcuterie board with deep fried egg yolks (Sid highly recommended these), some nice spicy salami and cheeses. A few local red and whites to choose from. The chicken tacos w/pico de guayo were superb - the only issue was my pickerel but it was my issue not Billy's. If you prefer thick beer batter this is for you. The filets inside were perfect with lemon and the home cuts fries were DELISH. Overall we would go again - maybe the lamb shank or one of their famous burgersMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 26, 2019 via mobile

Very nice atmosphere good selection of locally sourced ingredients and craft beer great clubhouse sandwiches with spicy fries with cheese and hot peppers with good service

Date of visit: July 2019
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Yes, Billys Taphouse offers takeaway services.

Billys Taphouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4