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James Hook & Company

#2 of 2,687 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Chowder, Seafood
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15 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
+1 617-423-5501
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout
Description: Located on the waterfront in downtown Boston, James Hook & Co is the go-to...
Located on the waterfront in downtown Boston, James Hook & Co is the go-to place for delicious, high-quality lobster and seafood. We are a third generation family business, and have been selling lobster since 1925. James Hook & Co has earned a reputation for the finest lobster in town, even earning the Best Lobster award from Boston Magazine.
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    Very good
  • 30
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best place for take home seafood in Boston

This is the best place in Boston to get fresh seafood to take home. Also to get a quick bite for lunch

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is the best place in Boston to get fresh seafood to take home. Also to get a quick bite for lunch

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The lobster roll was ok but not amazing. We ordered the jumbo and it wasn't that large so I wonder how much less we would have received for the large. The stuffed clams were a waste of money. They were not fresh, frozen, and mostly breading. Wasn't worth going out of our way. Also the employees were rude, I was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We heard of this place from one of our tour guides and went there for a lobster roll. It was great and for a great price too. Very fresh (we also had delicious shrimp cocktail). Big line but fast service and very friendly. Would go back again.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Clam Chowder and Lobster Roll. It was really good. Shared with my husband and it was more than enough. The line was out the door but moved really fast. This may be a tourist spot (pricey) but all of Boston seemed pricey so that's not a put off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If I could I would go back to this restaurant, but I don't live in Boston or even nearby, recommended to us by the Uber driver who dropped us on our Whale watching tour ( also highly recommended). He said we must walk over to this place and check out the lobster rolls, and we did!! I was in Boston... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This place is where you go for your lobsters. Great people, great food ... make sure it's on your list of places to visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

They have really good lobster rolls and you can sit outside. The only drawback is the scenery isn't that great. Feels like you are sitting in a parking lot.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Head and shoulders the best lobster roll and lobster bisque we had in our five days in Boston. Went back a second time and huddled under an umbrella in the rain to ensure we got to enjoy a second round before leaving town.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Had lobster rolls at several places during a recent trip to Boston...these were the best!Rolls here were huge and stuffed with fresh lobster...the clam chowder and lobster bisque were delicious as well. This is a very small place with picnic tables outside...you can share with others if it is crowded...everyone seemed friendly and willing to share their tables. Can't imagine... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

not a restaurant as I would describe one. This is not sit down with beverage service. Great takeout. Great staff.

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Additional Information about James Hook & Company

Address: 15 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
Phone Number: +1 617-423-5501
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: +1 617-423-5501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget

Description

Located on the waterfront in downtown Boston, James Hook & Co is the go-to place for delicious, high-quality lobster and seafood. We are a third generation family business, and have been selling lobster since 1925. James Hook & Co has earned a reputation for the finest lobster in town, even earning the Best Lobster award from Boston Magazine.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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