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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The Sole Proprietor reviews from OpenTable diners
270 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (171)fit for foodies (131)neighborhood gem (104)good for groups (95)notable wine list (84)vibrant bar scene (75)great for lunch (67)hot spot (57)romantic (56)kid-friendly (27)late-night find (16)great for brunch (8)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Another wonderful meal
    dnb81
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I have been here several times and the food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Sister's Birthday
    gallahad
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Originally scheduled for 24 August, My Sister's Birthday was moved to 21 September. Our server, Dustin, was excellent. I have criteria for "cold wine" (Ice AND water plus salt) and he fulfilled that request perfectly. The salads were great. My clams casino were excellant, as always. My sister's flounder was superb. "How do they ALWAYS cook fish so well?" she asked. Uncharacteristically, I asked for a recommendation for a wine. The Ramey 2011 Chardonnay ($51) was recommended. It took me back to my days of 1978, 1979, and 1980 white burgundies, that are no longer made that way. Thank you, Dustin, and the Sole, for yet another fantastic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They respect the fish...
    DougS
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    ... or is that "honor the fish"? When you combine first-class ingredients with first-class preparation that is inventive without being showy, you get a memorable dish. They did that three times for the three of us (not counting the shared appetizers). Whatever you try will be handled by a kitchen that knows it's doing. The waitstaff is friendly without being obsequious and attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere is understated elegant. All in all, the "Sole" stands alone in the Worcester area for fine seafood. (I haven't had their steaks, but I've seen and heard great things about them as well.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Impeccable attention is given to the preparation, presentation, and service of each plate. The staff are very knowledgeable in describing the offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • high standard as always
    monkeyhouse
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    never fails. great fresh selection of seafood. great beer and wine list. parking can be a pain but worth it. the oyster-fest selection is fantastic (i would recommend the martha's vineyard or PEI oysters). definitely always use OpenTable to make a reservation - even for 2 or 3. we had no waiting - straight to our table. a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one of two best fish restss in n.e.
    publicusVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    the sole is one of two of the best high end fish rstaurants in new england. service is invariably excellent and the preps consistently well executed if perhaps not extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is a fine, quiet, stylish restaurant , perfect for a special occasion or a well-earned evening out. It's not necessarily the perfect place for big eaters or people looking cheap, fast food. The service was exceptionally friendly and flexible. They did their best to adapt the food and proportions to suit our needs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A real "find" for us. Great Food!
    WPIparents
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A gem in Worcester! Check it out, you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service wasn't great...
    IBChowinVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been to the Sole several times, the food is always good. At one time, the service was oustanding, this time is wasn't good at all.They tell you that 2 waiters or waitresses will be serving you but once they introduce themselves you rarely see either. (It has been like this my last 3 visits) Ordered a bottle of wine, wife's was served in a diry glass(lipstick on rim) Manager brought a clean empty glass, wanted to fill it out of my bottle. What happened to the full glass of wine they poured in a dirty glass? With 2 waiters they always think the other one is taking care of you. (I'd rather have one good waiter than 2 bad waiters) The Sole won't be my first choice for dinner anymore, it's pricey but I didn't mind when the service was good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding dinner
    Foodiefam
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went to Sole Proprietor while visiting our college student. Wonderful restaurant, exceptionally attentive service, extensive wine list and menu. We had crab cake sliders, chowder, blackened shrimp and the best of all stuffed lobsters with scallops and a ritz cracker crust. Food was delicious! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expert preparation
    Jmailct
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    In a state over filled with "seafood" restaurants, it's nice to find one that actually knows how to cook it! Tender shrimp (unusual enough) that's not undercooked? Amazing. Makes you appreciate how many others are clueless. Of course freshness is mandatory, but that's just the first step! Busy energetic place so book early if you can.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Was out to celebrate my mother's birthday with family and friends. We all had a wonderful time and our server was very attentive and prompt. I would recommend this place to all seafood lovers of any age
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best seafood
    Friendtofriend
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at The Sole. Beginning with oysters, the Caesar salad, and finally each of us had different entrees - all excellent. The request for a booth was honored for the 4 of us - which made for very comfortable seating all around. Thank you for providing just the right atmosphere to spend time with good friends over delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    Lovefood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had dinner Friday night as an anniversary dinner with friends and my son and it was wonderful. Our reservation was on time and the food was simply delicious. Our waiter was very informed with everything and very gracious. Will definitely go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bkclubmbr
    Bkclubmbr
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Sole is our favorite restaurant and the one place we can go and ALWAYS have a wonderful dinner with exceptional service. Friday night we celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed yet another perfect dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • was just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Chowder was not spectacular; surf and turf was overcooked both the medium well filet and the baked stuffed shrimp which were small and had a flavorless stuffing which is odd for a seafood restaurant. However, service was good and lobster sushi was delicious as we're the two salmon dishes that hit the table. So 50/50 this particular night which was odd since the last meal we had there was fantastic with soft she'll crabs and crab risotto.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is top notch
    NinaB
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love the food - I had the lobster and whoopie pie - and the service is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was outstanding as always!
    Jennier
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love the atmosphere in all of the rooms. I just found that the noise level was pretty high in the larger dining room than it is in the smaller ones where we have usually been seated. We had an 8:30 reservation and after arriving 10 minutes early, we were seated almost immediately. The Sole is one of our favorite restaurants and will frequently continue to go there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freckles
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It was excellent - the fish was very fresh and the service was professional. However, it was noisy and difficult to hear my table mates at times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • displeased
    notsofast
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Never serve entrees on a table full of dirty plates. Too many tables for staff ? Served by a manager and he didn't come over later to apologize.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointing
    omega3man
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Exceptional wait staff. Very accommodating. Menu never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Babs
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Good food, good service and beautiful setting. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    Beepers
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were looking for great seafood and we found it. The service was great! Our waiter was Joe, assisted by Mike. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    rebhc
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our group of 4 went to this restaurant expecting great things because it came so highly recommended. The shrimp dish was too garlicky to eat. The Char Oscar was mediocre with the sauce tasting like a mix. The waiter brought a butter knife when asked for a steak knife. Clam chowder was watered down & not very creamy. The pear salad was excellent. Oyster on the half shell were good but guest asked for crackers and tiny oyster crackers were delivered. Looked like tiny hats on oysters and very difficult to work with. Where were the saltines? Tiramisu was sent over by manager to make up for bad experience and it was good but considering the multiple misses..with a very expensive menu..the management was cheap too! Not a place to go!
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  • Worcester in town for dinner
    kjbm
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had been to Sole Proprietor for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed oysters and a lobster roll. The restaurant is very attractive. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and engaging. There are many items to choose from. We had delicious oysters and lobster bisque as a first course. The entrees have many interesting sauces and spices and are described in detail by the waitstaff. One of us ordered the tenderloin, scallop and shrimp entree. The tenderloin was cooked as asked, but thin, scallops were average. The shrimp had a Cajun rub and was good. We also ordered Sea Bass as a special. It was fresh but without presentation. We had a nice time. The food was very good, but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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  • Dependable
    JoPatVIP
    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
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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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.