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Going to be in Hingham for a few days - any recommended places to dine?

Any recommendations from brunch, pub food, fine dining, or just drinks welcome.

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  1. We have had several very good meals at the Square Cafe in Hingham. It gets busy on the weekends so reserve. http://www.thesquarecafe.com/

    1. I like the Snug. It's a small Irish pub, good sandwiches, steak tips.

      1. I agree with Peg, the Snug is good for pub food. The Square Cafe is very good, as is Tosca. Just up the road a piece in Hull, is a very fine restaurant called Sapporito's Florence Club Cafe. I highly recommend this place. May need reservations. Hingham Lobster Pound for fried clams and lobster rolls. Then in South Hingham, a decent place is Scarlett Oak Tavern. Better for lunch than dinner, but pretty good.

        Hingham Lobster Pound
        4 Broad Cove Rd, Hingham, MA 02043

        1. Not a restaurant(perfect for a picnic!), but check out the great food offered at Bloomy Rind in downtown Hingham by the movie theater--Great stuff and wonderful service!

          1. Agree that Square Cafe and Tosca are great for nice dinners. Both are often on our short list of date night choices. For good food and a more casual atmosphere there are two spots right across the street from Tosca- Cafe Tosca and Stars. Stars is really fun and funky- always a great meal and interesting appetizers/ specials.

            Saporitos and Bridgeman's are both really worth the short drive to Hull-right off Nantasket Beach for wonderful fine dining. Saporitos is especially wonderful. Jake's Seafood (also in Hull just off the beach) is consistently good- though much more of a casual, family type restaurant with a small fish market inside as well.

            I have found the Hingham Lobster Pound to be very greasy and there is virtually no place to sit- much better as a take-out option- though it is not on our list of 'go to' places in Hingham.

            Have had some good meals/drinks in a couple places in the new Hingham Shipyard area. If you are into beer- Hingham Beer works has a wide variety of house brewed beers my husband/son have enjoyed-can't verify as I don't drink beer. Have had a couple nice (but pricey) dinners at Alma Nove there in the same area.

            Have fun!

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            1. re: dlmom

              Concur wholeheartedly with all of these recs except Stars which was vile the one time I tried it but since it was only once and dlmom seems to have gone more often perhaps I just hit an off-day. You mentioned brunch -- Square Cafe has a good one and it's a bit of a drive but Arthur and Pat's in Marshfield is outstanding for breakfast/brunch. Stay away from Atlantica in Cohasset which has great views as the ONLY thing going for it. For picnics, 5 South Main in Cohasset village has fabulous (huge) sandwiches and baked goods. Also, I cannot say enough about the quality/reliability of the seafood at Jake's. It is nothing fancy but you are not going to find fresher seafood anywhere and the service is always excellent as well.

            2. Square Cafe is very good as is Tosca.

              Stars on Hingham Harbor can be hit or miss in my experience. Some things they do very well and other things are bad (in my most recent experience their crab cakes were mushy, mostly filler and flavorless).

              Lunch at Scarlet Oak is good and in the past we've enjoyed a few appetizers at the bar. Very close to Scarlet Oak, but actually just across the townline in Norwell, is Strawberry Fair, which serves up a great breakfast.

              I really enjoy the lobster roll & onion rings at Hingham Lobster Pound. And while they don't have any dining area, you can drive 1/4 mile down the road and eat at Hingham Bathing Beach.

              Bloomy Rind is an interesting food shop and practically right next door is Nona's Ice Cream.

              In Hull, Jakes is good for casual sit down seafood. And Saporitos is a favorite of ours. Saporitos doesn't look like much from the outside but it is always a great dining experience.

              At Hingham Shipyard, while the beer at Hingham Beer Works is good, we've had an overall bad experience with the food...with the exception of the fish & chips, which my husband enjoyed. At Alma Nove, we've had good luck with the appetizers but many of our entree choices have been misses (a fish dish that was too salty, and pasta with strange fatty bits of chicken in it) Alma Nove DOES have a fantastic patio with a fire pit that is a great place to have a drink or two.

              I also love the breakfast at Arthur & Pats even though it is a 20+ minute drive from hingham.

              Scarlet Oak Tavern
              1217 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043

              Strawberry Fair Restaurant
              14 Pond St, Norwell, MA 02061

              Square Cafe
              150 North St, Hingham, MA 02043

              14 North Street, Hingham, MA 02043

              Saporito's Florence Club Cafe
              11 Rockland Cir, Hull, MA 02045

              Jake's Seafood Restaurant
              50 George Washington Blvd, Hull, MA 02045

              Nona's Homemade
              19 Main St, Hingham, MA 02043

              Alma Nove
              Hingham, Hingham, MA 02043

              1. Lunch at Alma Nove in the Shipyards is something special and a relative bargain in my opinion. The Lobster Pannini was wonderful as was the Capicola ravioli with sautéed shrimp. Both are around $17 if I recall correctly. Beautiful room or the nice outdoor patio overlooking the marina and water. First rate.

                Alma Nove
                Hingham, Hingham, MA 02043

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                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                  Alma Nove: This place was down right awful from the food to the staff. Gnocchi were rubber balls with a squishy center, DROWNED in cheap truffle oil. Wines by the glass were poorly chosen plonk. Staff were all about the caliber i would expect in an irish pub: inept and disinterested.

                  Alma Nove
                  Hingham, Hingham, MA 02043

                2. Someone mentioned Nona's ice cream. We had a Nona's ice cream cake for my father's birthday last night and there's a new king in town for the best ice cream cake.

                  My old favorite JP Licks, oreo ice cream cake
                  New favorite Nona's oreo ice cream cake.

                  1. I agree with most of the posts here. I strongly recommend Square Cafe, Jake's, and Saporitios. I would stay away from Bridgeman's and Star's.

                    Bridgemans Restaurant
                    145 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

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                    1. re: Pomegranate Martini

                      What are your complaints about Bridgeman's? I had a v. nice dinner there this Spring. Stay away from Hingham Beer Works, it's not worth eating.

                      Bridgemans Restaurant
                      145 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

                      1. re: CookieLee

                        I 've had three bad meals at Bridgemans... downright bad. Will never go there again.

                        Bridgemans Restaurant
                        145 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

                        1. re: CookieLee

                          I do not like Bridgeman's food. Lacks flavor and attention to detail. Also management not very welcoming or friendly. I have tried to like them as I hear people love it. Not me. Like typhoonfish I am moving on.

                          Bridgemans Restaurant
                          145 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

                      2. 4 of us had a great meal at Alma Nove last night. Reserved on Open Table -- learned quickly that if you want a window table, ask for it in the reservation, as "all of those are specifically reserved". Ah well, had a great waitress, shared 3 apps (Cod Cakes, Calimari, Suppli), and 4 entrees (Swordfish, Gnocchi, Chicken, ???) and everyone was very satisfied.