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Old 02-26-2017, 12:09 PM   #1
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Finally had the opportunity to try the Bob House restaurant for lunch this past Friday. My wife and I along with a couple friends were traveling through Moultonborough and decided to give it a try. All four of us were very pleased with service, food and drinks! The sandwiches we ordered were large and loaded with meat and the drinks (Bloody Mary) were of a good pour. Our waitress was personable and attentive as well.

We will definitely be back!

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Old 02-26-2017, 06:50 PM   #2
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their haddock is the best for the price ( to me) in the lakes region . I never try anything else. order the regular baked haddock last I thing it was $16
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Old 02-26-2017, 08:07 PM   #3
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I am a huge fan of the Bob House's haddock. Fantastic and reasonably priced. Bon appetit!
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Old 03-05-2017, 10:32 AM   #4
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Love that place especially for lunch. Good food and big portions.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:21 AM   #5
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Something I learned the last time I was up in Moultonborough is that the Bob House now takes reservations. Good news if you've ever gotten there and been told the wait is 45 minutes to an hour.
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:12 PM   #6
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Default St. Patrick's Day Dinner At the Bob House

Stopped in last night and had a fantastic Corned Beef, Potato, Carrot and Cabbage dinner.......service was fantastic, physical building was clean and the food, out of this world. If you haven't tried the Bob House lately, do yourself a favor and give it a try, you'll be glad you did.

Great Job Bob House Team!
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:50 PM   #7
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We'll be heading up that way the 2nd week in June to do a little fishing and will give it a try! Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:07 PM   #8
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The wife and I have been doing the BoBHouse for quite a while. After new management a while back, every Friday night is a short trip there, and I get my weekly fix of Tackle Box sampler; baked haddock with a couple of large shrimp and a couple of of large scallops. There's always the choice of rice, baked potato, or tavern fries along with a veggie.

The wife likes her chicken parmigiana, with chicken beaten flat, and served on penne pasta.

She gets her wine, and I get my IPA on draft.

Never tired of the menu. We'll order the prime rib, once in a while, and it's great!

I don't normally do reviews, but they deserve some acclaim.

The staff are great as well.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:03 AM   #9
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Went to the Bob House last Friday and I was impressed with the food. Good wings and burgers. Now I just need to convince the wife and kids to go there instead of our go to the Corner House.


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Old 03-25-2017, 07:54 AM   #10
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We've stopped in the Bob House for years during bike week but never ate. Never thought much about the place until we recently bought a small place down the road. My favorite food choices in the Meredith-Moultonborough area are: Village Kitchen for Breakfast, Bob House for lunch/casual dinner/takeout and Lavinia's for cocktails/apps/fancy dinner. Bob House food is fantastic.


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Old 03-26-2017, 04:27 PM   #11
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Just went Saturday night for the first time after reading the reviews here. The food was very good but they sat us in the bar section on the right as you walk in and it was a very loud and rowdy crowd. We were there early too, about 6pm. One table near us downed about 4 rounds of shots in the short time we were there and they were still going strong when we left. I hope they weren't driving. Next time I'm going to ask for the dining room.
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:56 PM   #12
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Went for the first time today for lunch. Sat in the bar which was quiet. Our lunch was very good. The Tackle Box was delicious. We will definitely go back!
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Old 07-23-2017, 10:12 PM   #13
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For the last four years, we've been a Canoe family, but three weeks ago a weird scenario brought us to the Bob House. That dinner wasn't perfect--they were out of prime rib at 7 on a Thursday--but the second half of my surf 'n turf, the seafood was very good, so we went back with some friends a week later. I had the shrimp and corn chowder and seafood platter, and both were AWESOME. Went again tonight, and another home run. Not sure how quickly we'll be going back to Canoe (though we've always had good experiences there).

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Old 07-24-2017, 07:12 AM   #14
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Two weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, we called to make reservations for a party of 12....my granddaughters 16th birthday celebration. We've eaten there many times and really enjoyed the food. I was told by the hostess that we could not be seated until 8:15PM as they were swamped, or we could come in at 4:00. Disappointed, we went elsewhere. But on driving by the front door of the Bob House as we went and returned from our second choice, the parking lot was hardly packed. It was maybe 25% full. We were not treated honestly by the hostess and were greatly disappointed. Not the way to run a business. If they were short staffed, we might have understood, but to be told that a 4+ hour window had no chance of being served seemed very unreasonable.
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:43 AM   #15
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Two weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, we called to make reservations for a party of 12....my granddaughters 16th birthday celebration. We've eaten there many times and really enjoyed the food. I was told by the hostess that we could not be seated until 8:15PM as they were swamped, or we could come in at 4:00. Disappointed, we went elsewhere. But on driving by the front door of the Bob House as we went and returned from our second choice, the parking lot was hardly packed. It was maybe 25% full. We were not treated honestly by the hostess and were greatly disappointed. Not the way to run a business. If they were short staffed, we might have understood, but to be told that a 4+ hour window had no chance of being served seemed very unreasonable.
I'm not sure parking lot fullness is a perfect indicator of busyness, especially given they have parking out back as well. I can't imagine a restaurant turning away business--perhaps they already had a few large groups reserved.

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Old 07-24-2017, 08:01 AM   #16
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We ate dinner here last night. The food was very good but the waitress was not. We were not even aware they had specials until after we ordered and heard another waitress read the specials off to another table. This was disappointing as my wife would have got the lobster roll if she knew it was being offered.
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:26 AM   #17
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This past weekend was very busy up there. Most of the good restaurants were booked or had long waits.
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:29 AM   #18
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I'm not sure parking lot fullness is a perfect indicator of busyness, especially given they have parking out back as well. I can't imagine a restaurant turning away business--perhaps they already had a few large groups reserved.

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NOBODY going to this restaurant would park in the back unless the front lot was full or you were an employee. Your comment does not fit. As a matter of fact, we drove by at 5:30 and 7PM and in both instances, the front lot was maybe 25% full. So no large groups were evident. Since we were interested in 5:30PM, I saw no reason to have been turned away. I explained we would be happy to wait for a table if they were that busy, but was told they were fully booked until 8:15. If they had said they were very short staffed, I might have been more understanding, but in my opinion, I feel we were lied to, plain and simple. A three hour wait on a Sunday night is not reasonable with a stupid excuse. We were all disappointed by lack of interest in our group. It will be a while, if ever, before we venture back, as this experience left us very disappointed for a special family celebration occasion.
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:07 AM   #19
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NOBODY going to this restaurant would park in the back unless the front lot was full or you were an employee. Your comment does not fit. As a matter of fact, we drove by at 5:30 and 7PM and in both instances, the front lot was maybe 25% full. So no large groups were evident. Since we were interested in 5:30PM, I saw no reason to have been turned away. I explained we would be happy to wait for a table if they were that busy, but was told they were fully booked until 8:15. If they had said they were very short staffed, I might have been more understanding, but in my opinion, I feel we were lied to, plain and simple. A three hour wait on a Sunday night is not reasonable with a stupid excuse. We were all disappointed by lack of interest in our group. It will be a while, if ever, before we venture back, as this experience left us very disappointed for a special family celebration occasion.

Why would you assume you were lied to based on nothing but a guess then choose to bad mouth a place of business on a public forum? It's hard enough to keep a quality restaurant open with the lack of help and short season with unprovoked complaints.

Maybe the group cancelled. Maybe they came in a couple big SUVs. Maybe the hostess recognized your phone number and did not want to server Mr Crankypants
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Why would you assume you were lied to based on nothing but a guess then choose to bad mouth a place of business on a public forum? It's hard enough to keep a quality restaurant open with the lack of help and short season with unprovoked complaints.

Maybe the group cancelled. Maybe they came in a couple big SUVs. Maybe the hostess recognized your phone number and did not want to server Mr Crankypants
Agreed--I'm not buying the lying thing either, and, frankly, it's silly to think that. The only reasons someone would turn away a reservation would be if they were legitimately booked or didn't have the staff to provide a positive experience. If the latter, I would be thankful they cared enough to make the decision. (In my head, another recent restaurant thread addressed this "bad service vs. turning people away" topic)

At last night's dinner, there were a fair amount of tables open but clearly not enough servers to cover any more--my guess is that they reserve most of their help for Fridays and Saturdays and just have to accept less business on slow(er) nights.
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:21 AM   #21
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Earlier in this thread I mentioned my son and I were coming up to the area for a week of fishing and would try the Bob House out. Fortunately, for us we gave it a try the night of arrival and everything was great. They were crowded that first Saturday, so we sat at the bar and the food and service was fine. Ended up eating there four out of the seven nights and all our selections were spot on. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:37 PM   #22
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Tried to go last Friday and could not even get to the bar. Got take out from Lee Wah instead so it all worked out.

I really like the calamari at Bob House with the hot peppers added
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Old 07-24-2017, 04:47 PM   #23
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Went there again a week ago got there at five were seated right away. When we left there were many open tables but many people waiting for 45-60 to get seated so i am sure either wait staff or kithen was short so rather than seat people and them wait in dining room they chose to let them wait in lobby. I still love the haddock for $16 . Best value meal on the lake . Seasonal help is tough to find
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:01 PM   #24
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This has been discussed in relationship to other restaurants, there is a serious shortage of servers and cooks available in the area. Restaurants, to maintain decent service, will only book to the number of servers working. It is up to the restaurant to determine how many people they can accommodate and it may be nowhere near the capacity of the restaurant. Some restaurants are not serving lunch to focus their staff on dinner.

I don't think it is incumbent on a restaurant to tell you WHY they cannot seat you and they are not "lying" if they don't go into the details. They probably gave you an honest assessment of their ability to handle your party and they couldn't.

If they squeezed you in and the service for you and every other patron was compromised because they were overbooked, would that have been a good solution? People would be writing reviews of bad attitude of staff (because they were overworked) and painfully slow service.

I am assuming there is no easy solution to the staffing problems because it seems to be pervasive across many restaurants and has persisted for several years now.
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Why would you assume you were lied to based on nothing but a guess then choose to bad mouth a place of business on a public forum? It's hard enough to keep a quality restaurant open with the lack of help and short season with unprovoked complaints.

Maybe the group cancelled. Maybe they came in a couple big SUVs. Maybe the hostess recognized your phone number and did not want to server Mr Crankypants
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Old 07-30-2017, 03:21 AM   #26
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Yelp reviews are very good and informative


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I never trust Yelp, and here's why: if you look at the Bob House's regular reviews, they're mostly from the 2013 time period, and are an average of 3-4. If you look at the "not recommended" ones, however, they're mostly from 2016+ and almost all 5's.

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You have to take those Yelp reviews with a grain of salt. They are not all legit.

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The number of reviews is too high to have been manipulated and the reviewers have a high number of reviews also.
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:18 AM   #30
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We popped in there Sunday night around 8:10.....sat on the bar side and had good service and good food. My wife said the haddock was the best she has had in a long while.
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:00 PM   #31
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We are local and a huge fan of The Bob House! We eat there all year round and have NEVER been disappointed! It's our "Go To" restaurant for out of town company. As others have said, you CANNOT beat their haddock, hands down the best around""


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