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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, Takeout

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 9
    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
Look forward to this every year!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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New York City, New York
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We decided to try Hobsons when in the area for the theatre and were very happy we did.I will admit that upon arrival I thought,maybe we didn't choose right because it's not a very showy location but well kept.Its nicely decorated with wooden ceilings and more of a rustic decor.The staff was super pleasant and helpful from start to end.My... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

When you do not know where to go to eat, nor what you feel like eating, Hobson's is the best choice! In 15 years we have never had a meal we did not enjoy!! The food is superb!! The chef Dan cooks lamb chops to perfection!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The chef was certainly on his best game. All four of us just loved the main dishes. The seafood with marinara sauce was terrific as was the Sante Fe chicken. All ingredients were fresh, interesting, great taste combinations. The wine we chose was out of stock so they served a really good upscale Pinot Noir without the extra charge. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

my husband and i had dinner here recommend by willows motel and it was really good our main course was lobster.. steamed to perfection and it was so good

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Additional Information about Hobson's Choice

Address: 159 Water St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2830
Phone Number: 413-458-9101
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Williamstown
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
Average Prices: USD 7 - 50
Cuisine: American

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Doing business
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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