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James Hook & Company

#5 of 2,370 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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440 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
+1 617-423-5501
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old fashioned -- casual plates and utensils. Eat inside or outside. Fresh fresh seafood. Busy. Competent service, friendly, but of course a bit rushed. Try it, you'll like it!

Thank EagleEyeBoston
Management response:

We're sorry to hear if you felt a bit rushed here! We want you to have all the time in the world to enjoy that beautiful lobstah. We can't wait to see you back for more! Yours, The Hooks More 

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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The lobster roll was probably the best thing I had in a long time, big chunks of lobster and outstanding bread. The soups were also really terrific. Great environment, even though it was a little crowded. Overall, amazing place.

Thank juanitaborrero
Management response:

It really took the cake that our lobster rolls were the best food you've eaten in while. We definitely can't wait to see you back for more of that sweet, sweet lobster, and plenty more of our soups as well. Yours, The Hooks More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Boston in early November for my husbands 50th. We loved our stay and this was one of the highlights. Warm service, great food and the chance to see the biggest lobster imaginable was wonderful. Please go and check this place out, you won't be disappointed.

Thank lisagnome
Management response:

Lisa, first of all, please tell your husband happy belated 50th for us! That's such an exciting day, and we're glad that we could celebrate with him. Hope to see you back for some gigantic lobsters! Yours, The Hooks More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We ordered a lobster roll and it was very fresh. The bread was warm and nice. They were generous with he lobster meat, and I asked for extra bread that he gave me for free. I will come again!

Thank Kura-kura77
Management response:

We're excited to hear that because we can't wait to see you back again soon! Good on you for ordering the lobster roll -- it's a fan favorite, and it's delicious. Let us know if you'd like another recommendation for a lobster treat! Yours, The Hooks More 

Houston, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've had the pleasure of dining here a few times. We come to Boston once a year (Always in the summer) Most recently July 5th. Food was wonderful, seasonal cocktails delicious, and ideal weather. Great Service.

Thank LizzyLewinsky
Management response:

Lizzy, thanks for always keeping us at the top of mind whenever you come to Boston. We definitely can't wait to see you back for more lobster feasts! Yours in lobtah, The Hooks More 

Portland, Oregon
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Needed a break from ABX (Architecture Boston Expo), so I walked about 15 minutes to James Hook. It was nearing their closing time when I arrived (around 3:30pm --- they close at 5:00pm) It's not a big place, but it's easy to find at Atlantic & Seaport intersection; inside the small building are tanks of live lobster, crab and other... More 

Thank msubulldog25
Management response:

Thanks so much for exploring the city with us -- it was such a delight to have you in! We really do love what we do here, and we always strive to give our diners the absolute most amazing experience possible -- it sounds like we really made that dream a reality for you! Until next time, The Hooks More 

Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a big lobster fan so I can not really rate the roll. I had a few bites of my husbands and thought it was good, just not like whoa. He liked it too, I was just expecting to be blown away into the harbor with it...didn't happen. We ordered the lobster bisque which had a funny liquor taste... More 

Thank Melanie P
Management response:

Melanie, even if our lobster roll didn't blow you and your husband into the harbor (honestly, we're happy this didn't happen -- safety is our first priority here), we're happy that you enjoyed yourselves. We hope to see you two back for more lobstah -- don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can recommend for you. With... More 

andover, ma
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never get the regular size 'cause you'll regret not having another bite or two of heaven. Fresh, sweet, pure New England lobster with a dash of mayo. Mother Nature made them perfect. Don't mess with her recipe. Yum. Take your roll to the waterfront (away from traffic) and enjoy.

Thank tradernumberone
Management response:

If heaven is filled with lobster rolls, it sounds like a phenomenal place. If you'd ever like another bite of perfection, we're here, and we've got lots of lobster. Yours, The Hooks More 

Yorktown, Virginia
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117 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a small trailer located in a parking lot by the water (but a blocked water view so don't expect a great view while you eat). It has limited indoor seating and some picnic tables in the parking lot (although it was a little chilly for us to eat outside so we hovered over people until they left... More 

Thank Sabena Y
Management response:

Sabena, does anything truly compare to Neptune? We know that he's the king of the sea, but we know that he'd definitely be proud of our lobstah. It sounds like you were, too! We can't wait to see you back for more. Yours, The Hooks More 

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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered the mandatory Lobster Roll, New England Clam Chowder and Double Stuffed Crab Cake and all are delicious. A must-visit place if you are in Boston.

Thank Goh C
Management response:

Goh, the number one rule of this lovely city is that a lobstah roll is 100% necessary. Thanks for coming to us for your serving of it! We can't wait to see you when you're in town again. With heart, The Hooks More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-423-5501
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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Staying in Downtown

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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