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Hobson's Choice

Certificate of Excellence
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159 Water St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2830
413-458-9101
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
comfortable , good service

very nice menu choices , creative chef . no problem sharing entrees ,appetizers , etc. charming wait staff .

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
snorkelggrandma
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syosset,long island, ny
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is an older place, still quite charming on the interior. Went there for dinner with my hubby as part of a stay in nearby North Adams. I had the lobster and my hubby had the steak. The lobster was very good and the steak was a but overcooked and thin but tasty nonetheless.

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syosset,long island, ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

very nice menu choices , creative chef . no problem sharing entrees ,appetizers , etc. charming wait staff .

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Cambridge, Maryland
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

For years this was my favorite restaurant in Williamstown. Something has changed--especially the quality of food.--service unsteady--what happened? Bring back the old days!

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lots of guidebook recommendations plus its one of our innkeepers' favorites but the meal was overpriced and poor quality. $10 for the small, dried out, overcooked "house" special burger!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We tried Hobson's Choice at our hotelier's advice and I think the overall experience would best be described as "nicely satisfying." It's a folksy kind of place with an open kitchen from which the lead cook, presumed to be the owner as well, seemed to know many of the diners and willingly exchanged greetings throughout the evening. The dining room... More 

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Scotia, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts is a thriving community with a world-class art museum and summer theater. Fortunately, unlike the term's meaning, Hobson's Choice is not the only dining option. I have dined at this restaurant several times on visits to Williamstown and had previously found it satisfactory. Having invited guests to join me, I was especially disappointed in the dining experience. Our... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I was hankering for prime rib after a long swim at the Willows Motel and Hobson's Choice fit the bill. Great prime rib and very friendly waiter. Old-fashioned cozy decor. Not trendy or twee and that's what I wanted.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

We've been to Hobson's Choice annually for the last 10 years. It's the first stop we make every time we vacation in Williamstown! The restaurant is comfortable, the food is delicious, and the service very nice. It's a tradition we will continue! (The only reason we did not rate this a "5" was because my husband missed the salad bar....)

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dzebelman@gmail.com
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Four of us really enjoyed our dinners here. We all had different foods and were all equally pleased. This is an unpretentious restaurant. Very comfortable dining. Nothing fancy. I had the steamers with a baked potato and salad. Very generous and tasty.

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Pittsford, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This was probably our tenth trip to Williamstown and we have always had our first night's dinner at Hobson's. The have all been well worth the trip.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 159 Water St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2830
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Williamstown
  • Phone Number: 413-458-9101

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 50
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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