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Hobson's Choice

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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Deliciois

We went to dinner here on a recommendation from the hotel concierge. We made a reservation but when we got there it wasn't necessary. I guess their salad bar was popular back in the day, but it's been gone for over 2 years even though it still shows online and even on some of their menus. Waitress... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
brendan79
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Wakefield, New Hampshire
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hobson's Choice is not far from Williams College, but it was a hike from the vacation condo place we were staying. We were looking for a nice restaurant for a decent meal. This one popped up after reviewing the menus at the condo complex and the reviews here. We weren't disappointed, but don't expect a five-star restaurant. Hobson's Choice --... More 

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Wakefield, New Hampshire
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We went to dinner here on a recommendation from the hotel concierge. We made a reservation but when we got there it wasn't necessary. I guess their salad bar was popular back in the day, but it's been gone for over 2 years even though it still shows online and even on some of their menus. Waitress was excellent, appetizers... More 

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Thank brendan79
Lagos
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Great restaurant. Good and varied menu with great choices. Lovely cheerful, friendly and efficient staff. So good we went back next night.

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Thank QSR
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Prime rib avail daily. Generous portions. Full bar. Clean and always courteous attentive service. Menu selections include lobster, steaks, pastas, soups and salads and daily specials. Adequate parking. Convenient location within walking distance of Williams College.

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Thank Tom L
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Even though Hobson's is a great steak house, the 4 of us each had seafood... I had amazing charbroiled scallops! Dessert was super too. They don't have their salad bar anymore, but the food is still superb!

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Thank John P
Valparaiso, Indiana
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

While there is a fairly large menu, the reason to come here is for the steaks or prime rib. Always done perfectly. The décor is simple, but service is prompt and friendly.

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Thank NotRealHoosiers
Deer Park, New York
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

The food was exceptional! Server was attentive. It's an old house converted into a rustic charming restaurant. The chef is the owner . I would come back anytime.

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Thank Gumfairy
Bristol
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We didn't actually eat there; they advertised serving food until 9:30 yet we went at 8:30. The door was locked and people were being let out but no one could get in! Very disappointed!

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Thank Delbertmaltbug
Williamstown, MA
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We went to the restaurant on a non-busy weeknight, were promptly greeted and seated at a table by a pleasant hostess. Our drink order was also prompt, and the waiter took our order promptly. From then on things went downhill quickly. Our order, an easy salad and a burger did not appear until OVER 30 min. We noticed many diners... More 

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Ellington, Connecticut
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Hobson's Choice is one of the highly recommended restaurants in Williamstown. Unpretentious outside, it had a charming colonial pub interior with paneled walls. an extensive menu, and delicious American style food. Just right for us. We don't need white table clothes and artistically placed food on our plates to enjoy a pleasant, tasty, well prepared meal. Comfortable atmosphere, attentive and... More 

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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: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?