Hook Line & Schooner

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Winner of The Best Seafood and Best New Restaurant in Smyrna / Vinings, Hook Line and Schooner is owned and operated by the Varno family. It’s a family-friendly environment that features fresh house-cut seafood prepared in a variety of ways, delicious salads and sandwiches, and taste tempting steaks in an upscale, but casual, environment. Drop by for a delicious lobster roll, shrimp basket, fresh fish of the day, oysters, or whatever you are craving, and enjoy it with a schooner beer or other favorite beverage from our full bar. Celebrating? Try one of our amazing desserts or let us cater that special event! Our patio is pet friendly so bring along your furry friends!
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LH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Our server was not very good and not very attentive. The amount of food for the cost has decreased since last time I came. We ordered 1/2 lb of peel & eat shrimp and received 9 shrimp.

P
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is a good casual local dining option for us. It is I must say much better now than under the previous ownership. From what I could tell all the others people dining around us seemed to be enjoying their meals as well. I heard zero complaints. Our waitress was new like never once opened a bottle before but that was fine, everyone needs to learn sometime. That didn’t bother us at all. I got the lobster roll & so did our daughter. I was surprised at the size, maybe that is normal but the amount of lobster inside the roll was actually good. My husband ordered the stuffed salmon & he loved it. We will be back. The only reason I gave 4-5 stars was because it wasn’t fine dining but we didn’t expect it to be either. It was very good & we will return now with these new owners. Before it seams like every dish came covered in a gooey thick sauce that reminded me of wall paper paste. It is much better now I hope more people will give it a new chance.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! When you visit ask for Jennifer!

KS
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The $1 oyster special was amazing! Ready to go back for another Monday!

S
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fresh seafood

SC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and service. I highly recommend it to everyone in Vinings

DM
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Definitely will not be my last visit and a must recommendation to others to try.

RT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our first time to HL&S. Wait service was great. Ordered oysters on the half shell. Oysters were great but the shucker left the oyster still attached to the shell so each oyster was not easy to eat, had to scrape each oyster from shell. The cocktail sauce and horseradish could be improved. The main course was served will I was still scraping the oysters. Timing could improve. My wife had Lobster Ravioli which was very good. I had the fish special which was very good. We got chocolate cake for desert which was very good. The drink selection was very good. Might try again. ?

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Met the owners. Very nice family.
Nice portion sizes.
Waiter was outstanding.

OT
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire evening was better than we expected. We started with the smoked salmon spread with pickled veggies which smelled as delicious as it tasted. Our entrees were ample, hot and very well prepared. I had the stuffed salmon with creamed spinach and roasted beets. My husband chose blackened mahi-mahi with brussel sprouts and roasted potatoes. We will definitely return.

Hook Line & Schooner
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thanks for your feedback, rating and your patronage. It means so much to all of us . We look forward to serving you again!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, a very good dining experience was had by my group of three. Food was very tasty and the portion sizes were just right. I will definitely be back.

Hook Line & Schooner
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your comments and your business. Hope to see you again!

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We had two broken high chairs (on one, the back kept popping out!), the appetizer took 20 min, my husband’s beer came out ten minutes before my wine came out, my scampi was supposed to have shrimp, scallops, and mussels, but there were no mussels with no explanation from the kitchen, our waitress couldn’t be bothered with us. Overall, the experience was very disappointing. BUT, the food was delicious.

Hook Line & Schooner
Responded on September 27, 2019

We're so sorry for the poor service. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to make corrections. We hope you'll give us another opportunity to correct your opinion of the service. If you return, please don't hesitate to speak with the manager on duty and always feel free to ask for one of the owners. Again, please accepted our apology for your disappointment.

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S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Sad to say, this used to be our go-to place. No more. Our server was swamped as she was the bartender, too. Our drinks were really bad ( I had one of their signature cocktails!!), my birthday dessert was hard as a rock (it was cake!!) and could not be eaten at all!!! The food was just fair. No, not a recommendation here!!!

AS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good seafood to be in Atlanta land locked. Oysters were fresh and good. Shrimp was good.

PD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here - 4 of us. Calamari and Brussels apps were great. Yummy sauces. Wine pours were nice. My husband and I split the 2 lb flounder for dinner and could only eat half. It was delicious!!! One of our friends took the second half home thankfully. Our 2 friends both had fish tacos and said they were yummy. Service was nice and attentive. Owner checked in too. Don’t live in the area but will definitely go back!

OT
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Wait staff bumping into my chair every time they came by us. Food was good. Owner was less then helpful

KL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of my favorites in Smyrna! The salmon BLT is delicious! Most items are very good. Staff is great. Caitlin is the best! There's only 1 item that's just okay. It's the fried clams. They taste like regular frozen clams. If they fresh like all of the other menu items, that would be fantastic.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Our waitress Caitlyn was awesome, she exuded excellent customer service, our food which was the fish basket was too bready and fries was not piping hot and fresh.

T
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Just a disappointing night. We had a reservation and were seated almost right away. We waited 10 minutes and were greeted and told just another minute. After a few minutes later another server checked in and asked if we were being helped. The two servers spoke and agreed to switch the table. All of this took close to 15 minutes. Although the restaurant didn't appear to be busy as many tables were open, we felt like our server was shorthanded and we waited an extended amount of time for our main course as well as consistent check in for drinks etc. Server was nice but not engaged.

We went because HLS was on a list for the best oysters in Atlanta. Upon arriving we learned they only had one style and they were very large. We ordered a dozen and they were ok but the oysters were not removed from shell so trying to get them out resulted in damaging most of them because they were still attached. Main courses were good and deserts were good. Overall rating was driven by quality of service and oysters. As i said, a disappointing night. It feels like something has changed since the last time we visited which was fantastic.

JJ
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Bar person Jill was very good. Helpful with recommendations for food and drinks.

B
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great location

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food ...love it

ON
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Saw a man walking in his underwater

CH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall a very good spot for lunch. My only negative would be a better food presentation. To specialize in seafood, the crab cakes were well seasoned, but they looked more like sausage patties. The service and atmosphere was great.

VJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food is mediocre. Everything looks pretty, but bland.

GF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place...totally a casual evening of dining. Food was good, wait staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Will return, might pick a weeknight to enjoy restaurant more. Got warm as
evening progressed, and started to really fill up. Glad to be able to use Open table to get reservation.

J
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is one great local restaurant. Great food no matter what you order and outstanding service.
We are regulars!

f
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

They have a 73 health score!! Horrible for any restaurant and especially seafood!! Nope not taking that chance anymore!

N
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This dining experience was not what I expected. In my opinion the food and service were mediocre, for the price. The only thing I really liked was that the shrimp in my shrimp and grits did not have the tails on them, so I could eat my meal without touching the shrimp to pull the tails off sat on the patio. We sat on the patio, the table was unbalanced and they had metal chairs that were angled away from the table which made them awkward and uncomfortable. The bathroom needed to be cleaned, there were rings in the toilet, dirty sinks and the paper towel dispenser was broken. I couldn't enjoy my meal after experiencing the bathroom.

KL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

One of our go-to spots in Smyrna. The salmon BLT is delicious. Most items on menu will not disappoint. The owners are great. We enjoy supporting local business and am happy to do so here!

AF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I often eat at Hook Line they're dog friendly on the patio. :-) The server was very disappointing; he was never rude, but he was not friendly, inattentive, seemed annoyed and misinformed on a dish when I asked for a description. This was a one-time negative experience so I'd still rate very, very good in my overall experiences here.

H
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood restaurant. We came for the all you can eat crab legs. They were huge and tasty, but they clearly weren’t ready for “all you can eat” people, lol. Tends to happen at most places that serve it to you rather than buffet style. I would’ve preferred they brought them in multiples rather than single, sometimes double legs they brought out. Will definitely drive the hour plus again to eat there for the SCLs

SC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meals. Awesome apps and great service! We’ll be back for sure

KH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish we could have had a booth. We love the food.

t
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

One of our neighborhood spots. Tonight they skimped on the Brussels Sprouts and they had a scorched taste. Normally they are really good. Our daughter likes grilled shrimp, not popcorn shrimp and our waitstaff wouldn’t sub them out when this was done for us several times before. I think we came on an off night.

C
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HLS is our go-to for great seafood!! Never disappointed.

CM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked it so much I went back with some friends who loved it as well. One of the things that got me to go back is that the owners (mom and son) goes around to the tables to say hello and check on you. They also appreciate us coming back and they say thank you to us. We live about 40 minutes away and make the ride out there because they (the owners) made us feel welcomed. I have recommended the place to a lot of people in East Cobb and plan to go back again soon. Thank you Matt and mom (Maria?)

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic local spot with fresh seafood options. Love the owners and their caring staff. Always a treat to have dinner there!

Hook Line & Schooner
Responded on July 23, 2019

Wow! Thank you so much. This really means a lot to all of us at HLS! We really do appreciate your patronage. Hope to serve you again!

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A
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The offer that lured me in was the all you can eat crab legs. After my first serving, it took close to an hour to get second serving which I was then informed the kitchen was closing. So it was more of a all they can serve rather than all you can eat.

Hook Line & Schooner
Responded on July 23, 2019

Not sure exactly what the problem was when you came in, but I certainly do apologize! AYCE crab leg deal runs from 6-10 on Tuesdays during the month of July. I recall your situation and we didn’t charge you for AYCE crab legs because of what happened. Please stop back in & introduce yourself to us and we will be sure you’re taken care of properly. The is no reason why you should have waited almost an hour for your server to bring you your second serving. Again, I’m very sorry!

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CC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service, and fantastic ambience! LOVED the oysters!!!

Hook Line & Schooner
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your patronage.

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