Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern
Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern

Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.epeppercorns.com/
  • Phone: 5087527711x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday thru Thursday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
    Saturday: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Sunday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Marcos Ferreira
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Peppercorns is famous for their great catering services. We have a wonderful catering menu available at www.epeppercorns.com as well as the option to personalize any menu of your choice.
  • Private Party Contact: Tom Oliveri 5087527711x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Downing
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern
Serving up casual Italian food in Worcester has been a Peppercorn’s tradition for over 25 years. Peppercorn’s Grille and Tavern is a comfortable, family friendly Worcester restaurant offering up a variety of tasty and affordable menu selections with featured entrees that include seafood, chicken, pasta, burgers and more. Peppercorn’s also has daily specials to tempt your taste buds along with Worcester’s best thin crust pizza, an outstanding kids menu and a wine list that rivals any Worcester restaurant. With 7 high definition flat screens, appetizer specials, a one of Worcester’s best collections of craft brewed beer, including our very own Wormtown Ales, the Peppercorn’s Lounge is the best place in Worcester to catch a game, relax with friends, and have a great night out on the town. For two generations, Peppercorn’s has been the place to dine for great Italian food in Worcester. So stop on in, and let us show you just how good Italian Dining in Worcester really can be!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)good for groups (25)special occasion (19)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (16)kid-friendly (14)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (10)great for brunch (9)romantic (7)notable wine list (6)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Awesome food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Minimal wait, great food, so glad I learned of it through WXLO. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Peppercorn's Excells
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and cocktails, excellent service. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An excellent late night find!
    Yelworc
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were looking for a place to eat after a show. We happily found Peppercorns took late reservations. The service, food and ambiance we great while we talked about the show. The Wormtown brew selection was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent beer
    xmas
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One definite plus is Peppercorn's affiliation with Wormtown brewery.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable dinner good service
    jimboraVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We hosted a group of visitors for dinner during the Lobsterfest promotion. Almost everyone had lobster and enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    LCAPONE777VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant is great, it draws in a lot of families from around the area. They give great portions at good prices. The service we had was outstanding and TRULY made the experience what it was. There were a lot of kids (not like a chuck-e-cheese, but definitely wouldn't take someone here for a romantic night out). The food was phenomenal, for apps the risotto balls are a must - gooey and amazing! I had the east coast burger - espresso-chipotle rub, roasted veggies, fontina, bbq sauce... i'm not sure the rub was present, but the veggies were cooked really well, the cheese was plentiful and the bbq sauce was JUST enough. My friend got the Chicken Fontina - he said the garlic lemon cream sauce was more lemony than anything! Good Spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    Jclan
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Portions were too large ! If rather have less better tasting food than a lot of bland food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We didn't eat this time around
    jimboraVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We reserved for Sunday at noon. We were seated promptly, given menus and placed our drink order. Peppercorns brews their own excellent Wormtown beer. We noticed that we'd only been given the brunch menu (much more heavily breakfast than lunch food) so we asked for the regular menu. Our server told us we could have one but couldn't order from it till 1 p.m. Since we wanted lunch and not breakfast, we finished our drinks and left without eating. A group of 5 was more lucky than we were because they found out they couldn't order lunch *before* they'd ordered drinks. They just turned around and walked out. Peppercorns has very good food. Their lack of accommodation and customer focus this time was most disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • City gem
    Tim1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food...service superb...in and out in an hour
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kitchen sink salads
    CsroleVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Throwing everything in but the kitchen sink does not make a good salad. Sticking with a few, well-paired ingredients does.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    BigDVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We often go to Peppercorn's. It is an excellent restaurant with the best food in the area. However, I was very disappointed with my attempt at a Father's Day Brunch with the family. I made a reservation for and arrived at 1PM and was told the brunch is all locked up. The front reception said the brunch times changed from 10-2 to 10-1 "a couple of weeks ago". Of note, the 10-2 time is STILL listed on their website. We had dinner food but that was not what we were looking forward too. We would have come at noon to make the brunch. I am disappointed with the effort of the staff and the overall lack of communication... Not sure I will return real soon.
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  • Amazing as usual
    amandabeth67
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Absolutely delicious food! Great service! Love the new look to the place! I go here a lot and I have never had a bad experience. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NEW MENU ITEMS
    BigDVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    EXCELLENT ADDITIONS TO THE MENU... SEAFOOD STUFFING FOR SHRIMP AND COD WAS GREAT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, Unpretentious Brewpub
    DotTim
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Peppercorns did a great job of creating a casual menu that's not just the same old pub food. Their burger choices, for instance, included many unusual topping combinations. And, as a vegetarian, I really appreciated that they have a house-made veggie burger that you can put on any of the choices, and that, unlike most restaurant veggie bugers, it was actually good. My wife got lobster mac and cheese. She appreciated how much lobster there was in it - and that they tell you on the menu how much is in it. We ordered Wormtown beers. I got the Kola Nut Brown Ale, which unfortunately was not very good (too much cinnamon - I love cinnamon, but it didn't really work here). Our server took it back and replaced it with a really delicious Porter.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    rkamVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The brunch was great, our wairtess was very attentive and the food was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster Mania
    Jslantz1948VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Peppercorn's summer special lobster mania has returned. For our first lobster visit we chose the lobster roll and the lobster tacos. Both were perfection. The roll come with fantastic crispy fries and the special cole slaw, which was good except for the addition of tarragon which unfortunately neither of us like. If you do like tarragon it is great cole slaw! The three tacos were perfection. The truffle frites were very good. We are now planning follow up visits to make our way through the menu....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lobster mania
    queenieVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    It is lobster mania time and we got the lobster mac n' cheese, which is always on the menu anyway. It is truly the best mac n' cheese I have ever had! The chunks of lobster are significant, adding to the deliciousness! One of my favorites at Peppercorn's!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • family dinner
    Enviroscimel
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We came here for a family dinner. The food took a long time to come out even though it wasn't that crowded. However, the food was excellent and our waiter was great. We love peppercorns and will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    girlsniteout
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Peppercorn's did not disappoint. We were a party of 5 with reservations and a request for a corner table. Although it was very busy (college graduation weekend), we were seated on time at a corner table. Service was timely but not rushed. We ordered 3 different entrees and all were excellent! Our waitress was attentive to all of our needs. For the quality and service, prices are right on the mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mystery Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Totally enjoyed dinner with my family to celebrate my daughter's college graduation. Took a chance and ordered the mystery dinner prepared by the chef and ordered blind. You have no idea what you're ordering so it can be a little stressful but to my delight, I loved my dish! I won't tell you what it was to keep the mystery alive ! I challenge you to visit and go for it! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicken fontina
    Sobesac
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I am always a fan of the chicken Fontina. And the desserts were out of this world, especially the deep fried cheesecake!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out of this world experience
    t2tone
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My partner and another couple had dinner there the other night and the food was out of this world I had ordered the lobster mac and cheese let me tell you it was the best I ever had. My friends had the baked stuffed haddock and loved there dinner will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Not Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Some people would find this food fine. In my opinion, the food was greasy and lacking flavor. However, it is a vibrant pub scene and is good for families if you are not as picky as I am.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!!!
    KimLaOB
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, great food & excellent service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable and delicious
    Revjudith
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Peppercorn's never fails to satisfy -- especially with entrees like lobster mac & cheese. The good range of beers, featuring their own "Wormtown" label, is a plus. Prices are moderate, and servings are generous. Whenever we DON'T want to cook, and DO want eat well, Peppercorn's is our go-to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner
    Knerevo
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I've been to Peppercorns 4 or 5 times and have loved it each time. hey always have great choices for specials. The service is great, sometimes you'll have to ask for water to be refilled. The food comes quickly and everyone has always loved their meal.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 318 reviews are from the Peppercorn's Grille and Tavern reviews archive.
  • No Room for this reservation
    NoEasterMeal
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I booked a table for two from my wife and I a few days before Easter, so we could enjoy a nice quiet and relaxing holiday together. To be sure we had the right time, I called on Easter to see if we were all set, the waitress said there were no reservations and no vacancies and hung up. After eating there for over 5 years on a frequent basis with my whole family, I thought that a nice Easter dinner would be a wonderful new tradition. It is a new tradition alright, I will not be going to Peppercorns again. I can't believe the Olivari family would have such a witch working for them. They have lost a regular customer.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • friendly
    Cathie1958
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The people and food was good however I wish there was more to choose from.I was there for Easter and thought there was gonna be more..like Turkey but thank you for having us
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great brunch!
    yummytotally
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Absolutely stuffed on the great food and coffee! Thanks for the wonderfully warm service and quick food service!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, poor service
    prcb
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our first visit in many years. We had a total of 4 adults in our party. We were happy with food and felt it was a reasonable value. The service was a different story. The server was not attentive to us and often appeared annoyed that we needed anything from her. She was consistently slow on refills from the bar and didn't provide us with the bread and oil starter that is customary then took 15 minutes to bring to us when we requested it. To cap things off she threw out our left over meals that we asked her to wrap to take home Overall, food was worth the price but not sure I would return if this is the quality of the service.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basic lunch-nothing special
    jsclarke
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Restaurant website is better than facility. Decent food, but the primary focus seems to be as a bar, rather than restaurant. So go in with your eyes open, the dining room is more like a cafeteria or beer hall dining, the food is hearty bar fare, much of it fried, etc. Fries were good, but avoid the bland onion rings (no doubt packaged, frozen rings).
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Peppercorn's was a disappointment
    Stephanie
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My husband and I visited Peppercorns with my in-laws for brunch last week after co-workers suggested it to us. It was a huge disappointment from the time we arrived - the waitress was very rude and the food took 50 minutes to get to our table (how long does it take to make pancakes and eggs?!). Management realized that the restaurant fell down in its job with us and comped our meals. Although we appreciate that, we will not return. The food was not good at all and the decor is too dark for a brunch spot. Our waitress sorely needs customer service training. Such a disappointment.
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  • My favorite Worcester Spot
    DaveM
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Peppercorn's is our favorite !!! We always enjoy a great dining experience when we go. I had the fire and ice , it was fantastic !! My wife and I have never been disappointed with our meals or service and that is a great testimony to Pepercorn's. I can not wait to go again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites
    DaveM
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We love Peppercorn's we have never been disappointed with our experience at Peppercorn's! The food is great, the service is even better! Our server [Josh] was very helpful and helped us with some questions we had on menu items. I would highly recommend Peppercorn's to anybody who wants a great meal at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Peppercorn's
    Joe23
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My wife and I took my sons girlfriend and sister to dinner here. We had a wonderful time. The food was great and the server was awesome. He never left us wanting for anything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the specials
    queenieVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Tried the Chicken Marsala with gnocchi is a creamy balsamic sauce. So fabulous, not too rich either. Always a delicious, satisfiying dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner and service. My
    Dinealot
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Excellent dinner and service. My wife had an outstanding chef choice dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gluten free
    surgtech
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I am on a gluten free diet. I was very pleased with the gluten free selections. Though I thought there could of been more dessert choices.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Restaurant Week Diamond
    Jom511
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I cannot say enough! ~ Perfection is what we got the entire night of our visit. I booked for four of us during restaurant week. Food, service, atmosphere was outstanding and flawless. Each one of our food selections was delicious, hot, and amazing. The dessert selection wowed! I would highly recommend going to this gem for anyone, no matter what the occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a pleasant surprise!
    rkamVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I have been a long time resident near Worcester, went to high school and college in the area but do not remember Peppercorn's having amazing food like this. I was there for brunch and the food will definitely make me come back to try more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate