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James Hook & Company

15 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA (South Boston)
+1 617-423-5501
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Ranked #4 of 2,818 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Delivery
Neighborhood: South Boston
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.
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new york
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The best Lobster Roll I've ever had in recent years. We choose this restaurant after we read the review. I am happy that I chose it. It's very delicious. One regular size lobster roll is $15. Large one is $18. I recommend to buy large one. Regular one won't make you full because the size is small.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Stopped by with my friends after taking the trolley tour. We had heard great reviews about it and wanted to give it a try ourselves. I tried the lobster roll while my friends tried the crab cakes and chowder. It is very visible why James Hook and Co are the talk of the town as the food was outstanding! The... More

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Morrisville, PA
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152 reviews 152 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We had lobster rolls at several restaurants during our 5 day stay in Boston but this place had the best by far! The small was $15 and the large was $18 filled with lobster meat and very little mayo and no fillers. We also tried the clam chowder and the fish chowder which the owner had just made and both... More

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Houston, Texas
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101 reviews 101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I stopped at the waterfront location of James Hook (apparently, the restaurant burned and they are operating out of temporary building), and all we can say is "Huh? What are we missing?" The clam chowder was OK, but no where near the best we've had in Boston or elsewhere. The lobster roll was good, but no better... More

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John M, Owner at James Hook & Company, responded to this review

Thanks for giving us a try, Jim! We do our best to serve up the tastiest lobster rolls and chowder and we are proud of the recognition we get for it. Our lobster roll is considered one of the top six in Boston. That said, everyone has their own legitimate tastes. We're always happy to listen to your concerns and... More

Venice, Florida
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175 reviews 175 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and I were out riding rent a bikes and stopped by for lunch. She wanted a lobster roll, so we figured we wouldn't be disappointed. My wife is an extremely healthy eater and doesn't usually eat mayonnaise. She asked if it was possible to get lobster on a roll with out the mayo, they accommodated. I went for... More

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John M, Owner at James Hook & Company, responded to this review

So glad that you and your wife enjoyed everything! I'm happy we were able to accommodate your wife with her request, and that she also ended up digging the lobster mac! Thanks for your kind words about the staff, too. Hope to see you again soon, John M., Owner More

Tyler, Texas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The tour guide on the old town trolley recommended this place as the best and most reasonably price lobster rolls in town. So we walked back and gave them a try. Nobody in my family had ever had a Lobster roll but we all sure liked them. This place is definately low keyed. Kind of like a small mobile home... More

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John M, Owner at James Hook & Company, responded to this review

Really glad to serve you up your first lobster rolls! Thanks for giving us a shot. If you do have any suggestions for how to make your next visit here even better, please let us know. Looking forward to seeing you again sometime. Take care, John M., Owner More

Olympic National Park, Washington
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130 reviews 130 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Don't let the small unassuming location turn you away...this is the best Lobster Roll you will have. Not a fancy spot, literally a fish market. A good stop for lunch--if you have folks in your party who don't eat seafood or chowder--they won't be eating...

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John M, Owner at James Hook & Company, responded to this review

Really glad you feel we serve the best lobster roll. Thanks for pointing out that we're also a fish market! I appreciate your stopping in on your travels -- hope to see you again sometime. All the best, John M., Owner More

Rochester
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Do not even bother ordering the regular roll- get the large roll right off the bat! Add a cup of the lobster bisque & your taste buds will be in heaven! I truly think we have to return to Boston sooner than later so that I can eat here again. The place was small but the outdoor seating was nice... More

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John M, Owner at James Hook & Company, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed that larger roll and the bisque! It's an honor for us to be a reason for you to return. Hope to see you sooner than later. All the best, John M., Owner More

Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The fresh and meaty lobster roll was perfect. Be sure to try the crab roll also. We ate our lunch on a picnic table. I will be back!

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John M, Owner at James Hook & Company, responded to this review

So glad you thought the lobster roll was perfect, Faryl, and that you were able to sit back and enjoy your meal here. Thanks for recommending the crab roll, too! Until next time, John M., Owner More

Grimsby, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our family had lunch at James Hook during a recent trip to Boston. My son and I had the lobster bisque, my wife had the lobster roll and my daughter had a hot dog (she's not a fan of seafood). The food was exceptional and the portions were generous. My wife loved her lobster roll and the small was more... More

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John M, Owner at James Hook & Company, responded to this review

I'm really glad that your family enjoyed their time here! It's an honor that you feel the lobster bisque is the best you've had -- very much appreciated. Hope you had a wonderful summer. All the best, John M., Owner More

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