The Sole Proprietor
The Sole Proprietor

The Sole Proprietor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thesole.com/
  • Phone: 508-798-3474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday 11:30am - 11:00pm, Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm Non-Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm Hours subject to change for holidays; please call to confirm hours.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Wong/Brian Flagg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining spaces available for both lunch and dinner and can accomodate up to 65 guests. Order off the menu or work with us to create a personalized menu to suit your budget and tastes.
  • Private Party Contact: Sue Millett 5087983474

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Sole Proprietor
The favorite seafood restaurant of central Massachusetts diners since 1979, The Sole Proprietor has garnered four-star reviews and many awards, including being named one of America's top 10 seafood restaurants. At The Sole, the menu is as fresh as the seafood and features seasonal dishes, as well as favorites such as Seafood Sauté, Tuna Steak Barcelona, Seafood Alfredo, and Haddock with Lobster Newburg. Featuring a fresh Raw Bar and Sushi menu, Happy Hours, Late Night and show specials. Close to the DCU Center, Mechanics Hall, Hanover Theatre and Worcester Art Museum.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Sole Proprietor reviews from OpenTable diners
263 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (167)fit for foodies (126)neighborhood gem (101)good for groups (96)notable wine list (80)vibrant bar scene (74)great for lunch (69)hot spot (58)romantic (58)kid-friendly (27)late-night find (14)great for brunch (10)scenic view (1)Show More
  • great food! we ordered off
    M2242
    Dined on 6/8/2009
    great food! we ordered off the lobsterfest menu and all had wonderful meals!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service and seating room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2009
    The service and seating room were sub-par for this expensive of a dining establishment. We did have 3 very good meals but one meal was below average. That was the meal that counted the most. I will not rush to get back here anytime soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was excellent. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/5/2009
    Service was excellent. Food delicious! Always a great meal in a fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been to the Sole many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/5/2009
    I've been to the Sole many times, it has lost it's charm for me. The tuna steak was not great, firecrackers were great as usual. I won't go back for a long time, and would not sit at a table again, only a booth, tables are too close to other guests for my liking.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere is nice. The food was excellent. The cost was on the higher side of reasonable but well worth it for the quality. A little too noisy in the dining room, but still worth it. The service was great. I will make this a regular destination for us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been eating here for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    We have been eating here for years and the quality of the food never diminishes. It is among my all time favorite seafood restaurants. Unfortunately I live 60miles away so only go ocassionally. We meet out friends who live 60 miles in the other direction several times a year. Although the restaurant can tend to be noisy, msome of the smaller rooms are more sedate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner menu very extensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/28/2009
    Dinner menu very extensive for the adventuring fish-lover. Ambiance and decor is great and service was very attentive but needed to be slowed down a bit. Plan plenty of time ahead though for parking.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I took a group of clients
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/28/2009
    I took a group of clients out for lunch and this was their choice- it is their favorite restaurant. The menu selection was huge,concentrating on Seafood and including a wide variety of Sushi, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed what they ate. The service was great without being stuffy or over done. They advertised a special priced bar menu during after work hours and late night that sounded really good. My only negative is that since I live almost 2 hurs away I will not be able to return on a consistant basis. I would absolutley suggest this to everyone!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had great expectations about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    I had great expectations about dining at Sole Proprietor but it really fell short. We were greeted and seated at a table, after which the waitress came to take our appetizer and drinks order. She did take time to go over the menu sections, but when try to described the dishes she really failed. It seemed as if she was not very familiar with the dishes. Furthermore, she seemed to be all over the place and did not pay and focus her attention on us. We asked for more water and as she was coming to our table she was sidetracked by a glass break at another table, and completely forgot about our water. Now about the food. It was fresh but it lacked state and plate decor. The vegetables were very bland and boring. I will not dine there again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a consistent high quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    Always a consistent high quality dining experience. Food and service excellant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've had dinner numerous
    VeronicaVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2009
    We've had dinner numerous times at The Sole - the food is always fabulous. Probably the best seafood in the area! The only drawback is how busy they are - even when you have reservations you're still apt to have to wait 30 minutes for your table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When you go to the "Sole"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2009
    When you go to the "Sole" you're never disappointed. The only thing that is difficult is finding a place to park. This is a little tough on cusotmers since it's always busy. However, is worth that minor aggravation to have a great night out. Always a winner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were exceptional,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    Food and service were exceptional, a bit noisy due to it was busy there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went there for dinner after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    Went there for dinner after graduation with family and friends. Food was made with little wait when the place was semi-packed and came out really awesome. Definitely would recommend the crab cakes! The waiters were however not too knowledgeable about their wine (or how to open it - broke the cork with a horrible bottle opener) and a bit too assertive. But I like to mention again, the food was awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a real gem. I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/15/2009
    This is a real gem. I have been there a number of times before and have found their seafood to be OUTSTANDING! And, being from Boston, I am used to good seafood! From some of my dining partners, I have gathered that the steak isn't nearly as good. This place is a real find, and it is no wonder that it is always packed out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was great and has always
    Pluto7007
    Dined on 5/13/2009
    It was great and has always been great, can't park your car on a wednesday night, whats that tell you, Steven Hicklen
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good. Dinning room was
    Daniel
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    Food good. Dinning room was terrible. Noisy, poor layout, many others were dressed way down. More of a family dinning experience (read: young children) than I expected given the prices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and I ordered oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    My husband and I ordered oysters (Wellfleet) and a shrimp risotto dish with a salad. Everything was REALLY good. The service was quick, professional, yet friendly and everything was just delicious. I would DEFINITELY go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We just happen to be standing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    We just happen to be standing next to the hostess when she made a remark about our requesting a "quiet table" when she wasn't aware that we were the customer that requested it. We were put at a nice table in a corner...RIGHT NEXT TO A PARTY OF 10, that was "quiet"...not! I was extremely disappointed that they could be that rude and that they found this funny.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time back in at least
    Tyler
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    First time back in at least 5 years, maybe more. Food, service, and wine list were great. Our server had been there for a few years and it showed - he was quite good. Wine is cellar'd but the Meritage we had was a tad warm - though still very good. The only negative was the amount of noise in the room. It was a busy evening with (3) graduations from area schools - so celebration was in the air. Overall we enjoyed the experience and certainly will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our waiters were very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/8/2009
    Our waiters were very nice and did a good job of giving us great service but also letting us eat and enjoy the food at a slow pace. The food was fabulous and we enjoyed every bite!
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    • Noise LevelModerate