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Old 04-06-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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I am looking forward to the opening of Hobbs http://www.nhmagazine.com/October-20...st-Ossipee-NH/

Soft opening is this week, then I believe they are open for business starting Sunday or Monday. This is in the building that housed the old Whittier House. I have not been in yet, but I understand it was completely renovated. One of the owners is Rob from the former "Restaurant" in downtown Wolfeboro.

It is great to have another dining option in the area! Best of luck to them!
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One of my friends called me a few hours ago and she wanted to know if I could meet her there. Unfortunately I couldn't. She is calling me later to tell me how the restaurant was.
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Also waiting. I just saw this place last week when I went up to white lake state park to snowmobile.
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I wonder if they will have the breakfast buffet on the weekend like the Whittier House did. We always enjoyed going to breakfast there.

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We made it to Hobbs for their soft opening this past weekend and I was blown away by both the facility and the food.

We were greeted warmly by Dawn (formerly of the Restaurant in Wolfeboro) when we entered and shown to our table on the main level. Kelly was our server for the evening and she was fantastic (many restaurant jobs, but her first stint waiting tables).

The entire place has been gutted and remodeled. All of the wood ceiling and walls were burnt and are beautiful. There is a beautiful stone fireplace (real logs) in the dining area. We took a tour up to the second floor and, if possible, puts the first floor to shame. Vaulted ceilings, another bar and fireplace along with a giant screen and projector for sports, etc. It also has a lot of hightops which I like.

They have a nice wine list and GOOD glasses (I am a wine glass snob) so we had a couple of bottles of Decoy Cab which was the right temp and priced fairly. Rob, the manager/ co-owner stopped by and chatted for a bit. He also showed us the reserve wine list which had some real nice bottles, again priced fairly. They brew their own beer and will be doing so on site very soon. I believe all beer is on tap and I do not believe they carry any of the domestic stalwarts like Bud.

The food was fantastic. Because it was our first visit we all chose different meals to share and try. Starters were Caesar salad, wings, and crabcakes. All were very good. Entrees included:
1) strip steak- cooked perfectly with good marbling
2) cold smoked, then grilled, prime rib- very good, though I have to say that I am partial to traditional prime rib.
3) Seared scallops- awesome and huge!
4) Grilled pork chop- again very good.

Pricing was fair, especially given the quality. See the menu on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/hobbstavern

I have nothing but great things to say about Hobbs, their staff and food. I highly recommend a visit. FYI, for those wondering about the drive, it took us 14 minutes door to door from our house in Moultonborough (near the old country store). I know it will become a regular spot for us!

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We made it to Hobbs for their soft opening this past weekend and I was blown away by both the facility and the food.

We were greeted warmly by Dawn (formerly of the Restaurant in Wolfeboro) when we entered and shown to our table on the main level. Kelly was our server for the evening and she was fantastic (many restaurant jobs, but her first stint waiting tables).

The entire place has been gutted and remodeled. All of the wood ceiling and walls were burnt and are beautiful. There is a beautiful stone fireplace (real logs) in the dining area. We took a tour up to the second floor and, if possible, puts the first floor to shame. Vaulted ceilings, another bar and fireplace along with a giant screen and projector for sports, etc. It also has a lot of hightops which I like.

They have a nice wine list and GOOD glasses (I am a wine glass snob) so we had a couple of bottles of Decoy Cab which was the right temp and priced fairly. Rob, the manager/ co-owner stopped by and chatted for a bit. He also showed us the reserve wine list which had some real nice bottles, again priced fairly. They brew their own beer and will be doing so on site very soon. I believe all beer is on tap and I do not believe they carry any of the domestic stalwarts like Bud.

The food was fantastic. Because it was our first visit we all chose different meals to share and try. Starters were Caesar salad, wings, and crabcakes. All were very good. Entrees included:
1) strip steak- cooked perfectly with good marbling
2) cold smoked, then grilled, prime rib- very good, though I have to say that I am partial to traditional prime rib.
3) Seared scallops- awesome and huge!
4) Grilled pork chop- again very good.

Pricing was fair, especially given the quality. See the menu on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/hobbstavern

I have nothing but great things to say about Hobbs, their staff and food. I highly recommend a visit. FYI, for those wondering about the drive, it took us 14 minutes door to door from our house in Moultonborough (near the old country store). I know it will become a regular spot for us!

Congratulations Hobbs!!
Very helpful information. It is nice to see such a large investment in the restaurant and such a good review. Maybe this is my Woodshed replacement this summer?
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Stopped at Hobbs today on the way back from the hiking in White Mountains- strictly based on the reviews here. Beautiful place. Very friendly staff and delicious food. Being new to the area, I'm always looking to this forum for reviews on area restaurants. Thanks everyone and for those that haven't been there yet, be sure to check out Hobbs!
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I stopped by for lunch yesterday and sat at the downstairs bar. Everyone at the restaurant was attentive and happy. I had a house salad with scallops. Not huge portions but quite good. I also had an IPA and the bartender offered me a sample of Hobbs' house IPA which was excellent. It was mentioned that they will be brewing on site in the near term.

The facility is amazing. Someone spent a lot of money to renovate the place. Maybe a couple million would be my guess? Lots of attention to detail.

After I finished lunch I checked out the upstairs which was closed since it is only open during peak times. This portion of the restaurant was spectacular. A massive bar with soaring ceilings and lots of exposed wood beams. A ton of atmosphere up there is the best way to describe it. Vitabene's pictures don't do it full justice. The bartender told me that Friday evening the downstairs restaurant was so packed that they opened the upstairs bar to allow folks a comfortable spot to relax while waiting for dinner. In summary, I would't hesitate to recommend this restaurant and I think it will only get better as the kinks are worked out.
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We, a group of six, had lunch at Hobbs on Saturday. It was great. It was wonderful to see Rob. We're looking forward to a return trip for dinner soon.
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Finally made to Hobbs last night and boy was it worth it. Not the normal pub fare I expected but man it was good. I had a scallop and shrimp scampi and my wife a squash lagsina and both were outstanding. Was great to leave and feel full. Portions were healthy size. Can't wait to taste their own brews which are not far off. This was probably the best meal I have had in many years up here. I would give it a 5 out of 5 and will definitely be back.
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Reviews sound good, but I checked out the menu and while the selection is great the prices are WOW! For example, on the lunch menu, a fancy grilled cheese sandwich with fries is $12 and a steak sandwich is $14. On the dinner menu, meatloaf for $19 and grilled prime rib is $32. We'll try it, but will wait for a very special occasion.
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Reviews sound good, but I checked out the menu and while the selection is great the prices are WOW! For example, on the lunch menu, a fancy grilled cheese sandwich with fries is $12 and a steak sandwich is $14. On the dinner menu, meatloaf for $19 and grilled prime rib is $32. We'll try it, but will wait for a very special occasion.
I agree it isn't cheap. But as noted previously the food is excellent as is the atmosphere. In short, you get what you pay for. We took the kids out to dinner tonight and they insisted on Hobbs. I wanted to go to Nolan's or the Pine Cone but no go. We got there early and the place was jammed. Food was excellent. I asked the hostess when they would be serving dinner upstairs and she said maybe this summer. They don't want to overwhelm the kitchen right now. I also noticed that they are now open seven days a week. It is nice to see the owners doing so well after such a monstrous investment.
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I think you will like lake geezer. It's very hard to find a good meal up here IMO. I'll spend a little extra for something good. It's not really any pricier than the corner house and the food and portions are better.
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People who mention the price of going out to a fine restaurant need to realize that going out to dinner is an experience, not just a way to consume food. And, because of this, all of the factors of going out to dinner need to be cconsidered, i. e., is the restaurant easily found, convenience of getting there, is there an adequate and safe parking lot, is the restaurant accessible, is there a front desk greeter who makes you feel like they are glad you are there, are the rest rooms appropriate, does the interior grab your attention, how are you treated by your server, are the chairs comfortable, and... you get the point, then comes the food.

So, the bill at the end of the evening represents ALL of these items, and more, I'm sure.

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People who mention the price of going out to a fine restaurant need to realize that going out to dinner is an experience, not just a way to consume food. And, because of this, all of the factors of going out to dinner need to be cconsidered, i. e., is the restaurant easily found, convenience of getting there, is there an adequate and safe parking lot, is the restaurant accessible, is there a front desk greeter who makes you feel like they are glad you are there, are the rest rooms appropriate, does the interior grab your attention, how are you treated by your server, are the chairs comfortable, and... you get the point, then comes the food.

So, the bill at the end of the evening represents ALL of these items, and more, I'm sure.

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CG I agree to a point.

I don't mind spending extra for all that you mention if I go out on a special occasion. However a restaurant can't survive on folks who only go there for "special occasions."

Most folks will go out and have a $32 prime rib for a special occasion but will not do it on a regular basis. Once you have experienced the "factors" you mention a couple times then they loose their price utility. The place becomes just a restaurant to you. If you like prime rib and can get a good one for $18 over the $32 most folks will do it.

The restaurant will do well over the vacation seasons, summer/ski, but it's the locals that will determine if the place survives. And I just don't think the locals will go there for the high priced food just because the place looks nice.

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CG I agree to a point.

I don't mind spending extra for all that you mention if I go out on a special occasion. However a restaurant can't survive on folks who only go there for "special occasions."

Most folks will go out and have a $32 prime rib for a special occasion but will not do it on a regular basis. Once you have experienced the "factors" you mention a couple times then they loose their price utility. The place becomes just a restaurant to you. If you like prime rib and can get a good one for $18 over the $32 most folks will do it.

The restaurant will do well over the vacation seasons, summer/ski, but it's the locals that will determine if the place survives. And I just don't think the locals will go there for the high priced food just because the place looks nice.

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First , these people have a fortune sunk into this place and it came out fantastic ! Been there a few times and the food has been great . The prices are what you find on a regular basis across the country for the type food they serve . You might be surprised to find the number of people that do go out a few nights a week ( me included ) and spend this and more . ( also explains why I take Lipitor )
Seeing a lot of the locals complaining on a regular basis about prices and the bad economy , guess what , Other then NH the economy is recovering just fine and we are out spending money !!
Try the 16 buck burger at Lavinias , now that is worth taking the second Lipitor for, and who cares how much it is !!
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First , these people have a fortune sunk into this place and it came out fantastic ! Been there a few times and the food has been great . The prices are what you find on a regular basis across the country for the type food they serve . You might be surprised to find the number of people that do go out a few nights a week ( me included ) and spend this and more . ( also explains why I take Lipitor )
Seeing a lot of the locals complaining on a regular basis about prices and the bad economy , guess what , Other then NH the economy is recovering just fine and we are out spending money !!
Try the 16 buck burger at Lavinias , now that is worth taking the second Lipitor for, and who cares how much it is !!
I see you are from Florida, maybe not a year round local. Also how many folks are well off enough to go out and drop close to $100 a week "or more" on dinner? Maybe you can go out and afford $400 - 600 a month on dinner but I venture MOST locals cannot Nor could very many vacationers.

I have driven past Hobbs several times and see many cars in the parking lot. It reminds me of a place back home. A brew house with great meals. When they opened they were so busy they would not take reservations on Friday or Saturday and the wait times averaged 45 minutes. However a year or so later and they now take reservations any day and there is NO wait even on Friday or Saturday. The parking lot is never full.

What happened? the uniqueness of the place wore off and the "locals" stopped going for the food. They do continue to go in for the brew however.

I hope you are right and they do well and stay in business. Only time will tell.

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Before the economy soured, I was blessed to have a great paying job with great benefits. I raised 3 daughters, had a beautiful home and a place on the lake. We had great travel vacations and the luxury to eat out often.

Since the lay off, two things prevent me from getting my job back. A piece of paper (a diploma is worth more than 40 years of experience) and age (baby boomer member). So here I am working full time, actually more hours, and I had to cut back substantially many of the luxuries I took for granted so that I don't deplete my savings.

What use to be Bedford Village Inn, Chophouse. O's is now T-Bones with my 55+ card. What use to be dining out every weekends are now when there is an occasion. The industry had notice this shift and that is why many places have gone out of business if they don't change. A matter of fact. I took up cooking as a hobby and I actually enjoy it. It use an inexpensive useful hobby.

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Went to Hobbs last night and was very impressed. I have always considered Mise en Plas the best restaurant in the lakes region but Hobbs took it to another level. Great food in a great atmosphere. A bit of a drive. I was telling my wife it was too far on the way there but after dinner I would gladly make the trip back. Great job and good luck Rob.

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Went to Hobbs for the 1st time yesterday. Great food , Impressive atmosphere.
Can't wait for the brewing to start !
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Have been there for both lunch and dinner.m loved it both times, but Mise En Place is still our special occasion restaurant and they only one I've been to in the area that I consider falls in the category of "fine dining."
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Are considered fine dining in the Lakes Region area.
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I consider the Village Kitchen pretty fine dining! Hobbs is great, though.
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BH you are dating yourself with the Coe House! Lavinia's is there now
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We just got back from Hobbs in Ossipee. It was a great experience and we will definitely return. This is a " must try " for the atmosphere and the comfort foods on the menu. A wonderful spot for the chilly evenings ahead. This may be our replacement for the Woodshed.
Not terribly pricey ( yes, there is a $30 steak) but we had 4 people, 2 appetizers,soup, 4 drinks, and 4 dinners for $110 without tip.
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We had another tasty meal at Hobbs. we were seated upstairs this time. It can get a bit noisy up there (we had a party of 10, so we added to the din).

Kelly, our server on soft opening, was awesome again!

Great food and service, that is all I am looking for!!
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Would Hobbs in West Ossipee be considered part of the Winni Lakes region?
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I'd say technically no but it is within driving distance and many Winni Lakes Region dwellers/vacationers go there so it is pertinent. It is similar in some ways to the new rest stops on 93 which are on the way to the Lakes Region.
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I'd say technically no but it is within driving distance and many Winni Lakes Region dwellers/vacationers go there so it is pertinent. It is similar in some ways to the new rest stops on 93 which are on the way to the Lakes Region.
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"To facilitate communication and an exchange of information which is productive and beneficial for those interested in Lake Winnipesaukee and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire."


Ossipee Lake is considered part of New Hampshire's Lakes Region....where Hobbs is located less than a mile from the lake.
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Good enough. I always thought when we talked about restaurants it was in towns that bordered Winni.

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Good enough. I always thought when we talked about restaurants it was in towns that bordered Winni.

My mistake.
No big deal Rusty....I spent many wonderful years on Ossipee and the surrounding area, so I'm kind of partial to it!
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No big deal Rusty....I spent many wonderful years on Ossipee and the surrounding area, so I'm kind of partial to it!

Thank goodness, cause if Ossipee was not part of the "lakes Region" I would get banned from the web site for posting about the lake I have a house on.



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Old 10-28-2014, 07:39 AM   #35
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Good seeing you on here Skip!!

Sometimes us Winni folks forget about the other lakes in the area! I have boated on Squam and Ossipee, but plan on visiting more next summer.
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Went for the first time last Saturday evening.

Waitress: a wise guy/charmer, and very efficient.

Food: very good and on the expensive side.

Ambiance: Looverly.

Ambient crowd noise: Ugh! The place is like the inside of a drum. (I hear perfectly, until there's crowd noise . . . then I'm deaf)

I'd gladly go back. Even more gladly if the figure out how do dampen the (to my perception) roar.
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Went last night for dinner... with wife and son.

cheese curds were great as well as the Black Bear Ale. Braised ribs were melting off the bone.

Very nice place, cant wait to take my daughter there. She's a chef, so we'll see what she has to say.
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I have driven past Hobbs several times and see many cars in the parking lot. It reminds me of a place back home. A brew house with great meals. When they opened they were so busy they would not take reservations on Friday or Saturday and the wait times averaged 45 minutes. However a year or so later and they now take reservations any day and there is NO wait even on Friday or Saturday. The parking lot is never full.

What happened? the uniqueness of the place wore off and the "locals" stopped going for the food. They do continue to go in for the brew however.

I hope you are right and they do well and stay in business. Only time will tell.

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We went out last Wednesday in Wolfeboro and the town was like a ghost town.....so weird......we were one of only two parties in the restaurant.



Based on that, we headed out to Ossipee and Hobbs Tavern this past Friday without reservations. I was looking forward to it b/c I had never been. At shortly past six there was a 40-50 minute wait according to the hostess. There was nary an empty spot in the parking lot.



I'd say they are continuing to do well ! ! !
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We went out last Wednesday in Wolfeboro and the town was like a ghost town.....so weird......we were one of only two parties in the restaurant.



Based on that, we headed out to Ossipee and Hobbs Tavern this past Friday without reservations. I was looking forward to it b/c I had never been. At shortly past six there was a 40-50 minute wait according to the hostess. There was nary an empty spot in the parking lot.



I'd say they are continuing to do well ! ! !
Ummm... You dragged up a post that is 4 years old. Comparing your experience from today with what was posted 4 years ago is like comparing apples to socks.
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We went out last Wednesday in Wolfeboro and the town was like a ghost town.....so weird......we were one of only two parties in the restaurant.



Based on that, we headed out to Ossipee and Hobbs Tavern this past Friday without reservations. I was looking forward to it b/c I had never been. At shortly past six there was a 40-50 minute wait according to the hostess. There was nary an empty spot in the parking lot.



I'd say they are continuing to do well ! ! !
Sooo...did you eat there? How was it?!

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Ummm... You dragged up a post that is 4 years old. Comparing your experience from today with what was posted 4 years ago is like comparing apples to socks.

I didn't compare anything. Tired of Waiting suggested that the "uniqueness of the place" would wear off soon and I'm saying that based on my experience it has not and continues to do well after four years. I "dug up" an old thread to provide some context. Would you suggest that I should've started a new thread?



We did not wait 50 minutes for a seat at Hobbs. We ended up down the road at Harley Jacks. (the old Sunny Villa) The food was not bad but I found the place a little dingy. It, at least, needs a new coat of paint and some sprucing up. There is an outside bar and seating area. People were playing corn hole and appeared to be having a good time. They have live music on certain nights.
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