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Hobson's Choice

159 Water St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2830
413-458-9101
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Ranked #13 of 40 restaurants in Williamstown
Price range: $7 - $50
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We took a shot at this non-descript looking restaurant; and wow, what a find. A party of six all enjoying and raving about their meals is a rarity indeed. The food choices are varied and we found no flaw from appetizers thru to dessert along with a fine choice of beverages; all and all a pleaurable dining experience with a... More

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This place as an atmosphere of an older home. When I walked in I thought of homestyle cooking. The service was very good. I couldn't believe that the bread was right at the table as we were sitting down. I ordered a salad and was turned off by the dirt on the lettuce. Turn on the water and rinse the... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Sad... this place was once one of the very finest American restaurants in town.. it has been let go. I know it was for sale not long ago and do not believe it ever sold.. kind of like they are just hanging on now waiting for new ownership.

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Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

You won't find the latest trend on the menu here, but if you want nicely grilled lamb chops or an excellent shrimp and pasta dish, you will be very happy with Hobson's Choice.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

At the end of every meal here, we ask ourselves why we don't frequent Hobson's Choice more often. Hobson's is not about "eating", it's about "dining". Everything is well prepared, nicely presented and satisfying. If you're a fan of Hell's Kitchen you've seen chef after chef screw up the scallops. Here they're so perfect that my wife finds it hard... More

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Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My husband and I eat here often. We have never been disappointed in our meals! I recommend this place highly.

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North Adams, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We are locals in the region and have been regulars at Hobson's Choice for over 10 years visiting at least every couple of months. We first discovered it when we were tourists here and we loved it so much we once drove 2 hours from the Catskills on a rainy day just to have dinner here. It was not the... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Food was excellent and good value for money. Very good service and friendly staff. Generous portions and good quality.

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Merrick
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

Went for the third time this year. My son and daughter in law joined us from Long Island because I raved about the food and salad bar. NO LONGER A SALAD BAR!!! In addition, salad is not part of the dinner while 2 weeks ago the salad bar was. Prime rib is wonderful but very limited number of portions each... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

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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