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“Two Thumbs Up!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hoak's Restaurant

Hoak's Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 115 Restaurants in Hamburg
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Two Thumbs Up!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

We were a group of 12, including a 3-month old and a 4-year old, mostly out-of-state visitors and a great time was had by all!! The sunset view from the upstairs room was stellar, and the service and food were both great. Loved the casual, warm ambiance of this restaurant and the location was dynamite. Came for the view - stayed for the fun! It is a little dated, but I thought that added to the atmosphere.

Visited October 2012
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Eden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good Food, GREAT View!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

I have been going to Hoak's since the 1950s when the family lived upstairs and my father worked at the Ford Plant down the road. Hoak's location perched on the shore of Lake Erie is one of the best in Western New York not only for the sunsets but also when it's stormy and the waves smash into the windows. It's like your eating in a car wash! Stupendous! The food is the other reason to eat here. The specialty fish fry is ALWAYS good, large portions and the best fries around! It's a WNY specialty and available every day. The rye bread and dinner rolls are fresh and tasty! All the seafood is of good quality. Their scallops are tender and succulent. Another WNY specialty is the roast beef sandwich on a kimmelweck roll which is a standard kaiser roll topped with caraway seeds and kosher salt. The beef is tender and juicy. This is standard bar food, nothing fancy, but hearty comfort food at reasonable prices. Yes, the prices have gone up over the years, but the quality has remained the same. Their reuben sandwiches are great! The only thing I miss is the original French salad dressing. I once asked for the recipe, but never received it. Now that it has changed, I hope they will share it with me. I LOVE Hoak's! Go and you won't be sorry. Unpretentious and scrumptious!

  • Visited September 2012
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4 Thank Marsha14057
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Key West, Florida
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314 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Not Returning anytime soon”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

Used to be great! BUT the prices are WAY up, and the server( Carolyn) wasn't very attentive;never even asked if the meal was good. Don't even think about free refills on the tiny glass you get. The scallop dinner is 16.00 and you only get fries OR coleslaw. If you want your moneys worth if you have to go get the buffalo chicken sandwich.

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1 Thank Diamond3650
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Aurora, IL, USA
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152 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Very nice dinner right at Lake Erie shore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

We stayed just one night at the Holiday Inn Express on I-90 less than 10 minutes' drive from Hoak's. Hoak's is an old roadhouse perched on the shore of Lake Erie. We sat outside and watched the sun set over Lake Erie with a distant view of the Buffalo skyline and Canadian shore. Our server was friendly and efficient. Our food was very good. The bread and the wine were good starters, then the broiled shrimp and scallops were very well prepared and tasty. This place is nothing fancy, just a fun old house with lots of people enjoying conversation, very good food and watching the lake and sunset.

  • Visited August 2012
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4 Thank IllinoisMike
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Englewood, Florida
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“Wonderful evening all around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

Our group of 12 met at Hoaks for a reunion of sorts. Most of us grew up together but have spread to Maryland, California and Florida as well as a few still in WNY. We were seated in the intimate back room with a stunning view of the lake, windmills and sunset. It was a rainy evening but the sun managed to break through over the lake just in time to put on a spectacular show. The food was wonderful, the seafood was excellent, the beef on weck was superb, the service was outstanding, and our reunion at Hoaks was a HUGE success. We had never been there before, though others in the party had. It will be on our list for our next visit to WNY.

  • Visited September 2012
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