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
262 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (170)fit for foodies (120)neighborhood gem (98)good for groups (90)notable wine list (82)vibrant bar scene (75)great for lunch (73)hot spot (58)romantic (55)kid-friendly (23)great for brunch (13)late-night find (12)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food and atmosphere
    jgeats
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A great place for us to meet friends who live in the Boston Area and those who live near Hartford. Great food, creative specials and an attentive waitstaff make for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall very good.
    Vtslim
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Hard to find a consistent seafood restaurant, but this one is a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer service at its best
    bluedogVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The wait staff and manager went above and beyond in assuring my steak was done right. Steak in a seafood restaurant? It is fine as a surf and turf dish... and was excellent along with all else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will never go back or recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have never written a bad review before so this is a first. My 8 year old daughter and I went for a special dinner. The food was okay though my lobster bisque was the consistency of pea soup and not good. The biggest issue was the service. We were, for all intents and purposes, ignored. We were given water at the beginning of the meal and sat without anything else to drink until I had to flag someone down when dinner was nearly over. Neither of us were ever offered anything to drink or asked at any time. My daughter's chowder was removed from in front of her while her spoon was in her mouth. Several other examples too. My 8 year old asked "Daddy why is the waitress mad at us?" I guess our smiling and being polite was offensive. STAY AWAY
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependable
    JoPat
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Good food always consistent salads are good excellent dressing
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum, Y'all!
    Whooopitup
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Second visit to the Sole Proprietor and I came all the way back from Dallas via Boston for business!
    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, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The tastiest catch !
    Stinkeytc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First be sure to use Open Table, we arrived and people were being told 1 hour wait , and with OT, our table was ready with no waiting time. From our seating, service, food , atmospher ! All were phenomenal , it was a very relaxing and enjoyable evening, even though the place the restaurant was very busy. There was nothing deadliest about this catch ! It is truly a tastiest catch !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Team wait staff
    MaryK
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Angela & Andrew were very attentive. Never left us waiting for anything. The food was good and steaks were cooked exactly as ordered. Lobster tail & crab legs were great! Not a quiet place but still an enjoyable dinner:-)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gone downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We know that the Sole has an energetic and loud vibe. Last Saturday night was ridiculous! We specifically requested not to be near a large group, since that makes the experience louder. Didn't matter. Chaotic atmosphere & evening. Three of us ordered off the restaurant week menu and one a la carte. Entrees & apps were fine but the house salad was lackluster. My daughter looks forward to the chocolate cup dessert and we were all disappointed at the lack of flavor. Half was whipped cream and the mousse was bland. We also ordered the dry, crumbly flourless chocolate cake. Poor. The service was not as professional as it has been in the past and I felt like I was at a chain restaurant. Was our go-to occasion restaurant. Not likely to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DINING WITH MY DAUGHTER
    Michelle53
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Going to "The Sole" has become a family tradition for celebrating birthday's and other special occasions. This last visit was this past Saturday celebrating my daughters 31st birthday! Our waiters Joe and Mike were terrific! When Joe delivered our drinks he delivered a hand written happy birthday napkin from Mike on the table before placing the drink, which brought smiles to the table! We had the good fortune to meeting a nice family that sat next to us where they too were celebrating a birthday -a 101st birthday! We ended up chatting with them for a while. We were told she has 8 children, 20 grand children and 30 great grandchildren. We enjoyed talking with them and had a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Impressed
    Bts22
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Although this was not my first time at the Sole, it definitely stands out as my favorite visit so far. I went with the Restaurant Week menu and I was thrilled with the choice. The meal was excellent, the courses were well paced, and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful as always
    smithie65
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A consistent restaurant with excellent preparation of fish that is fresh and flavorful. the service is attentive without being intrusive. One of the best in central Massachusetts. When friends visit from out of town they request that we go here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    PegW
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went to the Sole Proprietor during restaurant week. We were blown away. The place had a nice atmosphere and was fairly busy when we got there. Having it's own parking lot is a big plus in Worcester. We started out with the clam strip boat for the appetizer. Absolutely delicious and very good portion size. Next on I had a salad and my husband had the clam chowder. Nothing special about my salad (but it was good), but my husband found the clam chowder quite tasty. For our meals I got the salmon and my husband the bluefish. The dishes were delicious and portion size was (again) larger then we expected (especially being Restaurant week specials - they did not skimp at all). We loved the place and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Sole!!!!
    Kendal
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Best of the best!... We have been eating here for 30 years!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BradysMom
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Thanks for making our last night eating out in Massachusetts memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs an update
    Debbie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Decent food in a relaxed atmosphere. Good wine and beer selection.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super Seafood in Worcester
    AandAinActon
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food and service were outstanding. We were two couples and each of ordered something as appetizers and main courses. Everyone was very pleased with their choices. Drinks were well prepared. It was a Saturday and very busy but we were well taken care of and certainly not rushed. We'll be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could Have Been Better
    SheldonZ
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Normally the noisy and crowded rooms can be overlooked. This time the cheerful but inattentive waitstaff and the very poorly prepared Bluefish brought them to the fore. Appetizers were good, but the special occasion was diminished when we had to send back the burned, overcooked bluefish. Kitchen staff should never have let that dish out - it was visibly bad, with taste to match. Better the second time around, but everyone else was finished when it arrived. Stuffed shrimp was good, as was "Land and Two Seas" and Haddock with Lobster Newburg. It could have been a good evening, but the inattentive staff and poorly prepared entree made it less so.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    Sassy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good food, good service, clean, prompt and courteous staff. Easy parking and easy in and out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigDVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The specials for Worcester restaurant week were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • King Fish
    dinealot
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went to the Sole for Restaurant Week and were very pleased as always. The choices were minimal but the food was very good as always. My wife had the salad and Broiled Haddock while I had the Salmon Marsala and the flourless chocolate cake. Both entrees were cooked perfectly and very tasty. The salad and dessert were big enough to share and the portions were decent size for a $14.14 special. Service excellent as always. Great place for A special dinner with Fish being their specialty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Lunch Superb
    OldGuy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Bride and I thoroughly enjoyed Restaurant Week Lunch menu. Choices and flexibility broad and diverse for the low price. Entrees superb,as we enjoyed salmon and haddock choices. Service was superb and attentive. Free close ample parking a huge plus. Have eaten here several times in past and continue to enjoy the ambiance and meals.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We love bluefish and that was one of the three featured entrees on the Worcester Summer Restaurant Week menu. So we chose Sole Proprietor for our dinner over the many other restaurants available. We chose wisely -- the bluefish was great as was everything else about the meal. I'm sure you will still be able to get bluefish now that Restaurant Week is over. P.S. We've eaten here before and everything is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greatest Seafood in shore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Best place for Seafood in-shore, Much better than those "legal places:
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always superior
    KinderVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Always superior service, food and wine. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in worcester
    YCEN
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It's a very good place to go, not just for dinner, but for lunch. Price is not that concerned. Don't worry about that $$$. Food are great A little bit less room between tables
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Worcester Restaurant Week - food was good and a great price for two courses. Service was wonderful; I had noted in my reservation that it was my father's birthday, and they made his dessert with a "happy birthday" written on the plate with a candle. It was perfect. Only problem is that it was very loud; we had two larger parties next to us and we had a very hard time hearing each other for most of the night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sole Continues Their High Standards
    CarlBigDaddyJ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Once again I was rewarded with an excellent meal; crab rissotto, as was the rest of our party. My brother-in-law from Chicago was impressed and said he would recommend the Sole to a friend coming into Worcester in a few weeks. The place was packed and parking/seating took a while but I guess that is the price you pay for a great place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyable saturday night meal
    Paulalou
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were seated on time for our 7:00 reservation - a nice surprise. We expected to wait. We were excited to see that we had not missed out on Buster!! There were a large number of crab appetizers and entrees. We got the crab spring roll - would have been really good if the ratio of crab to rice noodles was more in favor of the crab! I had the flounder stuffed with crab, scallops and shrimp - excellent. My husband had a perfectly cooked filet with stuffed shrimp -also an excellent choice. Service was very attentive, without being intrusive. They really have the service down pat. When is it bustling, like it was on Saturday night, there is not much you can do about the noise - so sit back and enjoy the food and service!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding seafood
    LocalDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Living in Metrowest, we always travel to Boston if we're dining out. In 30 years, we've probably dined in Worcester a dozen times- we just never think of it. I had a discount coupon from Open Table so we decided to try The Sole Proprietor. Our experience has completely changed our opinion of Worcester restaurants in general and The Sole Proprietor is now our #1 seafood restaurant in eastern Massachusetts. That's how great it was! The menu is huge, the food is prepared well and tastes great and the service (Joe and Mike) was off the charts. Rarely does one encounter a perfect evening, but this was it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marty
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We all ate off the seasonal crab menu. Everything from app, to 2 soups, to 3 dinners was excellent. Parking is very busy. We were seated about 10 minutes into our reservation time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service, tight space
    edce
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The title summarizes it quite well. Since the space is tight, any louder conversation at the neighboring tables makes your own conversation more difficult to hear.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time here; excellent again
    Doncooke
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food and excellent service. Not inexpensive but worth every penny. And Buster the immense inflated crab is back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvfrshfish
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This is the best seafood restaurant in town. Not cheap but worth it. I had simply cooked flounder. Not as good as the last one I ate which I caught myself hours before it went into the oven. That comparison is unfair; I haven't caught a flounder myself in over a year. Did it the last time i was on the Gulf of Mexico at St. George's island. The wait staff was great. Attentive but not obtrusive. Made me feel quite comfortable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm nearly impossible to please...
    Paddler
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    ...but, The Sole Proprietor hits the mark in EVERY WAY. I am an accomplished home chef, and I usually leave even high end restaurants feeling like I could have done better for far less money. Sole IMPRESSES and makes me feel like I've been REWARDED by having a break from the kitchen that really pays off. Great value (not cheap) for excellent dishes. The menu presents everyone with a tough decision with eclectic preparation styles and wide variety of seafood sure to have you debating between a few top contenders. But, you can't go wrong so don't worry! Our waitress was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and had impeccable timing. All staff was smiling and pleasant. The whole experience was perfect for all four in our party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our total dinner experience was wonderful. We were seated immediately, the wait staff was helpful and knowledgeable and made great suggestions. Each of us were completely happy with our delicious entrees and plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The restaurant is one of our faves. The food and service was amazing. My only complaint was the crowded and busy atmosphere. I know 6 pm is peak time but the tables in the center of the back area are so crowded. Personally, those tables would be better used for groups of 4, we were a twosome, dressed to impress, and on a date (free time from our 3 young children) and I would have much preferred a booth or small table out of the way. I didn't ask because they were so busy and that seemed to be rude to ask the staff to accommodate something so trivial while so busy but some intuitiveness on the staff's part, might have been nice. My only other complaint, is the dessert menu. More varied and unique options are needed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The sole
    capenn
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food, excellent service!!! Highly recommend going when buster the crab is in town ... Great crab menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Anniversary Dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My partner and I recently celebrated our tenth year together. We were fortunate that we had been given a very generous gift certificate to Sole Proprietor in Worcester as a holiday present and we were able to use this for our special occasion. Also celebrated my 60th birthday there with him 3 years ago-wonderful meals and memories from both!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place for Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    If you want great seafood and to be treated special, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.