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Boston Quality Lobster & Seafood for Wholesale and Retail

For over 90 years, James Hook has been providing the best lobsters and seafood from our family-owned fishery on Boston’s historic waterfront to restaurants, wholesale distributors and dinner tables across the continental United States. Many things have changed since 1925, but our commitment and dedication to delivering Maine lobster and fresh seafood to our guests remains the same. We are more than happy to welcome you to our restaurant and retail showroom where you can enjoy one of Boston’s best Lobster Rolls and other New England classics.

James Hook & Co
4.5
Based on 2799 reviews
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Alex Issokson
Alex Issokson
14:23 17 Sep 22
I’m happy I live close by that I can easily buy fish from here. High quality food and I am never disappointed! They... also have fantastic lobster rolls, so be sure to try those as well. The fish here is always fresh and delicious—consistently a 10/10read more
Elisa Obedoza
Elisa Obedoza
11:58 03 Sep 22
Situated on the side of the road close to the waterfront. There’s a store/market where you can buy retail and food and... there’s also the summer food truck which you place the order for food. The food was okay, we ordered to regular lobster roll and lobster bisque. They definitely give you enough lobster meat on your roll, however, it definitely was missing some flavor, it was pretty bland. The “roll” is basically a slice of bread.. not sure what the large lobster roll looks like. The lobster bisque was not thick at all, super thin and not creamy, watered down and it wasn’t even served hot - basically like warm. It was a good vibe and nice lunch spot but the taste and flavor just wasn’t there. They did have a variety of other things to choose from on the menu but we went with the most popular items.read more
Hannah Guevara
Hannah Guevara
20:36 23 Aug 22
Lobster is fresh but has no flavor at all. Ordered two large lobster rolls, one hot one cold. Both had no seasoning,... just plain lobster with butter on a roll and lobster mixed with just Mayo on a roll. It’s easy to get tired of the flavor. Also I don’t know why it’s like $5 more for a hot roll than a cold?? It was the same size and wasn’t even seasoned. I would definitely go elsewhere for a better tasting and actually seasoned lobster roll.read more
Carl Biggie
Carl Biggie
22:50 16 Jul 22
I really liked it here. The lobster roll with mayo is the way to go. The food came out within 10 minutes. The food was... good but wasn’t worth 38 dollars for a roll but whatever. They do have a good selection of craft beers and they even have cape cod chips!read more
Lynsey B
Lynsey B
21:54 01 Jul 22
I’ve been coming to James Hook on and off for about 5 years. They are still my go-to lobster roll for special... occasions. Every single time I have gone, the lobster has been fresh and perfectly cooked: sweet and tender. Granted I stick to summer rolls only.The only true setback here is that there isn’t a consistency to the quality of the mayo dressing or buns. The mayo is always well portioned and doesn’t overwhelm the lobster, but can sometimes be tasteless instead of complementing the lobster.I have been served delicious brioche (?) buns or occasionally plain hot dog buns. I’m a believer in the warm, buttered, toasted roll with the cold lobster/mayo combo. I would still go here above others, but would love a little more consistency.read more
Ryan’s Memorabilia
Ryan’s Memorabilia
14:34 30 Jun 22
It's a decent lobster roll but as usual, for the size and taste, it's not really worth the price as a standout roll. ... They also kind of pressure a tip before payment and as you can imagine paying $5.35 tip for a guy in a food truck to wrap up a $29 lobster roll is kind of extreme considering the carnival atmosphere. Might come back if I'm walking by but definitely wouldn't go out of my way to come back and try anything else as the prices are obviously targeted towards wealthy tourists.read more
Christy Byers
Christy Byers
15:53 29 Jun 22
After a 3 hour whale watching excursion we were super hungry. James Hook & Co was within walking distance and did not... disappoint. I had the lobster roll (ordered from the food truck) and chips. Crazy huge portion of lobster and was absolutely delicious.read more
Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson
14:48 26 Jun 22
Stopped by James Hook & Co on a recommendation and wasn't disappointed. The crab roll and clam chowder were both... delicious. I ordered from the truck window and my food came out in under 10 minutes. Most of the seating seemed to be outside but the patio had a good amount of tables, a shaded tent and a pleasant atmosphere. Definitely would visit the next time I'm in town.read more
Stephanie Oliveira
Stephanie Oliveira
14:06 18 Jun 22
I have to be honest, I was expecting a little bit more from this place. Many friends have been here and sang their... praises for the lobster roll, so I finally ordered one.I got the large hot/butter lobster roll with a side of coleslaw.The quantity and quality of ingredients were not the problem, the issue was not enough seasoning. The slaw and the lobster lacked seasoning. I feel like the lobster wasn't seasoned at all. The bread is also not a traditional hot dog roll, and more like a sub.I definitely want to go in person and try again, but as of right now... meh.read more
Dominique Vivek
Dominique Vivek
21:43 14 Jun 22
It has The best lobsters in town.. very fresh and off water just before you eat it. It can get really crowded and long... lines so be there before it peaks. Nice seating area outside with tents and benches. The food is very expensive but tastes great. Order regular roll and have butter shared. Nice place and great location. Have good merch as well.read more
Kevin Hubbard
Kevin Hubbard
14:22 14 Jun 22
It’s so disappointing watching a business attentively manage their tourist-trade social media presence while ignoring... their local customers. Instead of publicly shaming a business that has been reliable in the past, I chose to email them directly. I messaged about the rotten mussels they sold me on a Saturday afternoon. As the picture shows, two pounds were bought (though they weighed in at less) and three quarters were dead or broken. Understandably, we tossed the rest; we’d rather not get sick. I promptly emailed. I waited. Then I followed up a week later but still got zero response. My guess is going public will magically receive one. An apology at best? Or a ‘we’ll replace them.’ But how does that make-up for travel, a ruined dinner, zero response, and the fact that unlabeled, rotten mussels are being sold to customers? Short answer, it doesn’t. But luckily, the delicious mussels bought from Whole Foods for a third less sure did. And it’s where we’ll be sure to get ours next time. Sorry, James & Co., you had your chances.read more
D Pak
D Pak
21:30 04 Jun 22
After trying all the lobster rolls in Boston for a trip. I am glad I made it here before I left. I was initially... hesitant to come here assuming it is a tourist trap, but it's the best in Boston without a doubt. The perfect amount of everything in what should be in a lobster roll with lobster piled high. The clam chowder was good but not the best. Definitely sets the bar high for what should be expected out of a lobster roll and clam chowder. If you plan to get a roll, get the extras lobster for the few additional dollars. I'll definitely be back to try other aspects of the menu.read more
Diane Hopper
Diane Hopper
18:30 18 May 22
We stumbled on this place while walking around the Seaport area and were happy we did! Brandon was super and the food... was amazing… lobster rolls, lobster bisque and crab roll were superb! Even the hot dogs are good! Great little gem!read more
Joanne Uy (JT)
Joanne Uy (JT)
02:52 03 May 22
Anyone we've asked around, this place was consistently mentioned in the Top 3, so we definitely prioritized it and glad... we did. We went on a Friday afternoon, right after we did the Harvard tour and the Harvard Museum of Natural History so we were pretty excited, plus it was a sunny (but windy day!).Initially went for the truck and it was a bit confusing because I thought we could also order there but he then said to order inside and he's just a truck. Anyway, went inside and saw the live lobsters which were super cool. My husband and I both ordered the large hot lobster rolls with butter, a small cup of clam chowder and a crab cake to share plus 2 sodas. The lobster rolls alone were $38 each so yep it adds up pretty quickly. Come prepared. :)After around 10 mins of so or wait which we honestly didn't mind, we went outside to soak up all the sun and enjoy our food. The lobster rolls were good but I felt it wasn't really particularly tasty, almost lacking in flavor. However you have the hot butter and the lobster meat was pretty generous, so I'd still say it's worth it. We actually ended up really enjoying the chowder as it was delicious. The crab cake was okay, we asked for lemon and once we drizzled some on it, it was so much better.Overall, it's in pretty good location too and seems to be one of the local favorites to get your lobster and chowder fix. 🙂read more
Fazdly Alias
Fazdly Alias
18:27 09 Apr 22
Place was not very alluring. Staff was not very friendly to any customers. In fact, they looked like they were working... for the sake of work and not provide a service. Their price was market rate for lobster roll but $27.99 for lobster roll with mayo versus $33.99 for lobster roll with butter sounds absurd. $6 for butter!? Come on, I’m sure the place can do a better job. Also, the food was underwhelming, 1 piece of bread folded with lobster meat on it is ridiculous. Your competitor Atlantic Fish is charging $36 for lobster roll with fries which makes it more filling. Something for the shop to consider to boost customer satisfaction.read more
Fadzillah Amri
Fadzillah Amri
12:23 05 Mar 22
Great food, awesome locationAmbience: Look and feel of a fish market, which is amazing. The live lobsters are in the... tanks and categorized by weight I assume.Food: Deliciously fresh seafood. I had a 3lbs lobster, crab cakes, and the clam chowder. Not so generous with the amount of melted butter.Service: average to poor. I guess this place is a no-frills restaurant. Tourists may be slower as it is their first time there and do not know the local customs.read more
Marcin H.
Marcin H.
20:22 16 Jan 22
Spectacular seafood, no nonsense place to grab some delicious lobster to go, or to enjoy at their minimalist tables... inside. Absolutely yummy and generous portions. The New England Clam Chowda there is super delicious!Highly recommended.read more
Charlotte Sampson
Charlotte Sampson
19:31 16 Jan 22
This company stands behind its product. They shipped exactly when they said they would but unfortunately UPS delayed... shipment by 3 days and I had to refuse shipment. When I called a very nice gentleman told me they would send out a fresh shipment and I received lobsters the next day. They were well packed and moving. The clam chowder and stuffed claims were delicious. I would feel confident ordering again.read more
Johnnalynn Samms
Johnnalynn Samms
23:13 19 Dec 21
Amazing! I searched and searched to find one of the best Lobster Rolls in Boston and this place kept coming up. I also... read on a forum that locals love this place as well. If the locals love it, then that’s how you know! I’ve never seen a Lobster Roll have so much meat…this thing was stuffed! And the bread…the bread was buttery and soft! It was SO good! Definitely a must if you’re in Boston!read more
Antony Mendoza
Antony Mendoza
06:17 11 Dec 21
First time in Boston, so I try the famous Lobster Roll WOW so delicious. Great service. The New England Clam Chowder... best on town. Only one down side, the size of the Lobster Roll too small for $35 at least this have to be 10” long. I recommend to visit this plate. Not cheap all it.read more
Sonia Muppidi
Sonia Muppidi
00:23 16 Nov 21
On a visit to Boston we totally wanted to try a lobster roll for the first time ever! Heard that James Hook & Co was... one of the best places in Boston for such an endeavor so decided to give it a shot. The restaurant was located on the waterfront and definitely served the freshest seafood! The lobster roll was loaded with huge chunks of the freshest and most delicious lobster!! Totally recommend this restaurant on your visit to Boston.read more
Inferno Satx
Inferno Satx
16:39 07 Nov 21
We ended our Boston Trip here and it was well worth the money we dropped. Very friendly staff and Great lobster.... Definitely coming backLove from Texasread more
Jon Bauman
Jon Bauman
15:41 28 Oct 21
My wife and I were on our honeymoon in Boston and we really wanted to try a lobster roll. Problem is, if you google... “best lobster rolls in Boston”, you get a ton of sites that aren’t helpful and are meant to trap tourists like us.But as we were walking on Atlantic ave. We saw a trailer that advertised itself as a lobster place, so we figured, with a placement like this, it HAS to be good. We did a quick google, found 2.5k positive reviews, and decided to stop and get what we’ve wanted.It was incredibly fresh, the roll was perfect, and it was no nonsense… just fresh bread, fresh lobster, and melted butter… that’s it.read more
John Z
John Z
03:45 08 Oct 21
Good place to have lobster rolls. They offer regular and large size so you have a choice. The large size lobster roll... has double lobsters comparing with the one we had yesterday from another place. We satisfied them and enjoy the taste of these lobsters.read more
Daniel Wentzel
Daniel Wentzel
04:14 29 Sep 21
This is the best place for a real butter lobster Roll.Skip the tourist places, no lines just good food. The prices are... not cheap but they are very large portions and well worth the cost vs anywhere else I've been in Boston. The rolls are very fresh, taste homemade.read more
Weston Marlow
Weston Marlow
12:47 13 Sep 21
Great ambiance and plenty of outdoor seating - good to see this place thriving throughout the pandemic.Their prices,... though... ouch. $40 for a lobster roll (lg) with no drink or side. So be prepared to open your wallet!If you want to be out on a beautiful day near the ocean, then you've got to pay for it. If you're only there for the seafood, there are less expensive, suitable alternatives all over the greater Boston area...read more
David Steinbrenner
David Steinbrenner
01:44 02 Sep 21
Small building with big flavors inside! Great outdoor seating area. Lobster bisque, clam chowder, crab cake and lobster... rolls are absolutely delicious. If you're in the area this is a must go to restaurant if you want fast delicious food.read more
Randall pelletier
Randall pelletier
21:41 22 Aug 21
Quality was definitely there but quantity was on the small scale for the price but it is Boston. I would go back again... if I was in the area but don't really think that I would go out of my way to go there. They have a great location so I should say that.read more
Paul Korfmacher
Paul Korfmacher
00:01 20 Aug 21
Absolutely positively the freshest lobster roll in town. (Get the LARGE size it’s worth the $4-5 extra bucks) There... were literally guys bringing in plastic containers of live lobsters and loading them in the tanks while I sat here and ate. Huge clumps of claw meat. Really good bread.The clam chowder was also really good. Parking can be tough but at the same time, it’s well worth it. No frills atmosphere and no way it should bother anyone as these folks truly know what they’re doing. Must stop!!read more
Valentin Loyo
Valentin Loyo
22:41 15 Aug 21
Very small place (if you eat indoors) but very tasty lobster rolls and good hospitality. Other than rolls you can get... fresh fish, lobster and other sea food. Recommended for a quick bite.read more
Lauren Sweet
Lauren Sweet
21:10 31 Jul 21
I got the large hot buttered lobster roll on my visit today. The meat was very fresh and sweet. I wish that the bread... was toasted with butter like I have received at other places. Overall it was delicious and filling.read more
Caro H
Caro H
02:14 31 Jul 21
The food:We ordered the lobster salad and bisque. The bisque was delicious and creamy! The salad was solid, though I... tasted small bits of shell a few times.The experience:The wait in line is a bit long, but the food is ready pretty quickly and there are plenty of seats. It’s a lively but loud environment during lunch hours (lots of people, music playing, and it’s next to a busy intersection).Overall:Not the best lobster I’ve had in Boston, but still great—I’d rate it higher than Quincy Market.read more
Meghan Rosati
Meghan Rosati
15:36 29 Jul 21
Lobster mac and cheese was amazing; huge chunks of lobster in it and you get your money's worth! Buttered lobster roll... was simple and delicious. They don't mess with a good thing. Highly recommend other travelers to check this place out!read more
dovris wang
dovris wang
03:31 22 Jul 21
They have the most fresh seafood! Me and my family enjoy our brunch here... We ordered a 2lb lobster ($60) , a large... lobster roll ($30+), a crabcake ($8+) and a new England clam chowder ($9+) ... Consider a superb meal for us. My husband loved the roll so much, he wouldn't mind to get another lobster roll just for satisfying himself.read more
Hana Vizcarra
Hana Vizcarra
15:37 15 Jul 21
This seafood purveyor always had some of the best fresh seafood and lobsters off the boat you can find and now they... have transformed part of their parking lot into a fun summer lunch hangout to grab a beer and lobster roll. A great stop before you walk the Harbor Walk or workday lunch.read more
Donald Lupien
Donald Lupien
15:39 12 Jun 21
This place has a great lobster roll. It's a little bit pricey but worth every penny. Outside seating is comfortable,... clean, and in a great location. The portion sizeof the lobster meat on the roll was generous. They can make it with mayonnaise or with butter /oil.read more
John Shafer
John Shafer
19:19 09 Jun 21
This is the place I always go when in Boston. Never disappoints. Simple, great seating area, central, good service, and... we'll priced. The food is excellent. I haven't been since the food truck and patio were added. Made it even better.I highly recommend.read more
Georgios Papageorgiou
Georgios Papageorgiou
19:51 05 Jun 21
A cool place to visit in Boston when the weather is nice. Seating outside is quite chill and simple. Had a lobster... roll, a shrimp cocktail and a large crab cake which were very tasty and fresh but the portions kinda on the small side.read more
Katiria Concepcion
Katiria Concepcion
18:09 22 May 21
The service is great. The lobster roll is amazing, however be prepared to pay $30 for a roll that keeps you wanting... more. I’m not going to lie >> It was definitely one the best ones I’ve had in Boston just a little too expensive for the amount you get. (Just to keep in mind)You have choice to sit indoors or out which is nice. There’s hardly any space indoors but it is an option. All of the fish also look really fresh. I will definitely keep this place in mind when food shopping for fish. (Btw in the photo I had already taken like 2/3bites)read more
Marcela Gillis
Marcela Gillis
16:57 13 May 21
I love James Hook. The cold lobster roll is excellent. Great bread, no gross filler, and lots of lobster. Best mayo... lobster roll in the city, in my opinion. I also really enjoy their clam chowder, but am usually beyond full with a large lobster roll. They have much improved their outdoor seating in the last year, so added bonus.read more
Owais Raza
Owais Raza
18:13 15 Apr 21
Best lobster roll! Not many places offer clam chowder without bacon but this place does. I highly recommend it!A... large lobster roll can easily be shared by two people.read more
LI Mom
LI Mom
04:19 13 Apr 21
They make huge, awesome lobster sandwiches. I stop by here every time I’m in Boston. I also like that they have some... parking. Staff is usually friendly and upbeat. The lobster rolls may seem a bit pricey but they are generous with the portions and it is really fresh.read more
Shaq
Shaq
19:43 10 Apr 21
Very organized and easy to order. Nice outside seating area. The lobster roll was definitely fresh lobster, but nothing... I have not tasted before. I was hoping for some type of special sauceread more
Carol Foster
Carol Foster
23:22 06 Apr 21
Generous flavorful buttery lobster served on a toasted roll delivers the true New England experience right there at... Boston harbor. Some seating outdoors at picnic tables for those looking for dining in the rough at a lower price than other notable venues. Awesome fresh fish and cleaned shellfish sold too. The prices will reflect the quality and freshness, but worth it.read more
Nathan DePaulo
Nathan DePaulo
18:11 30 Aug 20
Ample portions, if a bit expensive. Nice outdoor seating area.
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James Hook’s online storefront allows you to bring the Boston experience home directly to you with superior-quality lobsters and seafood available at your convenience. Whether you own a restaurant, or cook at home, James Hook & Co is proud to offer fresh seafood and live Maine lobsters anywhere across the nation. From our wholesale and retail markets, we ship live lobsters, lobster dinners, fresh fish, shellfish, appetizers, chowders, bisques, seasonings and more right to your door.

Shopping online with James Hook & Co. is also an efficient way for wholesale distributors, seafood companies, hotels and restaurants to purchase fresh seafood as we can provide bulk orders up to 50 lbs. We offer next day delivery to ensure you receive our seafood at its freshest. To keep live Maine lobsters safe and secured, they are shipped in an insulated box with iced-gel packs and seaweed. Make sure to keep an eye on our current specials to save more on premium lobsters, dinner packages and other bestsellers.

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