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159 Water St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2830
413-458-9101
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Clifton Park, New York
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really wanted to like Hobson's Choice. It's a venerable, quaint restaurant with a friendly staff and reasonably well-executed menu. But it falls short in a number of ways. While one of my companions had a pretty-good lobster roll, the bun for my burger was 40% too big; the poor patty looked lost on the big roll. The interior decor... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go there often. It is usually very good but every so often there is an off night. Not with me but with people that I go with. The last time we were there one person said the lamb chops weren't as tasty and another complained about the Lobster Roll being good but too small. I know the owner and... More 

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In contrast with many of the area's restaurant's, Hobson's Choice sticks to the important basics: providing tasty good dining without the over-seasoning, over-salting that is so prevalent these days. This was our favorite of the four restaurants we tried in the Williamstown/North Adams area.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

My family and I have been going to Hobson's Choice for about 15 years or more. I have noticed changes which are not uncommon as time goes by. Some of them not altogether good for the customer. The salad bar IS gone (could be health reasons...), the portions are not nearly the size they once were, but the prices are... More 

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BOSTON, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Arrived at 6:30. Got served food at 7:30. Between the time we ordered and the arrival of the food, the waitress never came by to check on us, see if we wanted more to drink, or apologize for the wait. Table next to us arrived 15 minutes after us, and were done eating by the time we were served. That... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Every year we go to Hobson's after the play. Yesterday, we arrived per our reservations. The waitress took our drink orders. She returned saying they were out of the bottles of wine we ordered. Six of us ordered our entrees. At 6:15 pm on a Saturday, Hobson's was out of the prime rib specialty. The waitress brought 2 salads to... More 

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Rochester, NY
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

I can't believe what has happened to this once reliable restaurant. We had reservations and were seated promptly. Then sat there for almost 15 minutes - no water, bread, no service of any kind. Waitperson arrived and we ask the price of a "market quote" item. We are told it is not available. We order drinks and look for something... More 

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NJ
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We have been going to Hobson's for years and what is on their limited menu is good. However with the removal f their salad bar and now the raised pricing and extra charge even for a small side salad, Hobsons has become expensive for what it is. We are not alone as we have heard the same comment from other... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

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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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $50
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 Water St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2830
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Williamstown
  • Phone Number: 413-458-9101

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?