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The Sole Proprietor
The Sole Proprietor

The Sole Proprietor Details

  • 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 (508) 798-3474

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "...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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service!!! Highly recommend going when buster the crab is in town ... Great crab menu"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is the 4th time I have been to this restaurant. I had the lobster roll, lobster was great, roll was stale. I asked for no salt on the fries but could not be accommodated. My lunch mate had the tuna tip special. She enjoyed it. She let me taste her dish. I found the tuna to be over cooked."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I always enjoy going to the Sole! The food was fantastic and our server was very informative and attentive."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I always enjoy my visit to the Sole and highly recommend to all m friends. We sat in a side room this evening and it was much quieter and easier to visit with my friend. My meal was excellent as always!!!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "i ordered a salad with salmon and the fish portion was fine, but the salad was smaller than in the past"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Sole Proprietor has a nice selection of fish dishes, a raw bar, and sushi. The food is good and the prices are fair. We continue to have the same issue with this restaurant--you can't have a leisurely meal there because they bring your food too fast. Our dinners came while we were still eating our salads. The waiter just slid our salad plates to the side and plopped down our dinner. They have a nice wine list too, but there was no time to order wine, since we were still drinking our first cocktails when dinner came. They really are focused on turning those tables. We were leaving 65 minutes after arriving. I guess it's a good place to go if you are in a hurry."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The best dining experience my family and I have ever experienced. Jim and Yuri are awesome...I will request them every time...I can't say enough. My 13 & 14 yr old sons were treated like equals too...it was fun, the food was great...Thank you Jim & Yuri for spoiling us for every other restaurant! We will be back again!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The setting was nice and the wait staff were extremely nice. The food was fair, however, the lobster was not fresh and the clam chowder tasted like sausages. The dessert was phenomenal and the crab menu looked good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Have been meeting friends here for 4 Years. Usually sit at a booth in the bar but it was full so we were seated in a small room just off the bar. Somewhat noisy. Somewhat tight. Service was not as good as other years but it was very busy. Would still return as the food is very good!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "All our customers love the food and the ambient, you will never go wrong with this restaurant"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The only problem was the noise level you could not hear the person sitting next to you"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Ordered the Firecracker and Sayonara Sushi apps and enjoyed them thoroughly. Service was attentive and knowledgeable; liked having a team of two wait staff to attend to our table of four. Was a great way to celebrate a birthday. Will plan on returning soon."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Love the freshness of the seafood here. We came specifically for the Buster event. Three of us had the very yummy soft shell crabs--they were very big and full of delicious meat. My husband's dish, however, was disappointing. It was some kind of crab casserole with cheese and was very heavy on the cheese and had very little crab. He was pretty disappointed. Despite that, we'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We went for a birthday celebration (my husband and myself) and were not disappointed. Our waiter, Yuri, and his 'assistant' , Carmen, were excellent. Their timing was exactly the way we like it, not rushed but there when you needed them. Yuri had an excellent knowledge of the menu and food and gave excellent suggestions. We will definitely return to the Sole!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "as always the food was delicious and the service exceptional. it was buster's week - the appetizer of king crab legs was recommended and we were glad it was - two king crab legs was enough of an appetizer for 3 people. the baked stuff shrimp which was stuffed w/crab was not your run of the mill bread crumb stuffing - in fact I could not find a bread crumb! these baked stuff shrimp were so tender and the stuffing so delicious - highly recommended! swordfish (2 different kinds) was sublime. as a side note 2 people in our party could not attend last minute - a fender bender - and the sole took this in stride and did not make us feel as if we were 'taking up space.' manager is a gem."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Sole is always good. We love going there for special occations. The food is well prepared and the menu is diverse enough without being overwhelming. Service is very attentive but doesn't make you feel rushed. Great drinks as well."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Sole never fails to provide a superb dining experience...great seafood, good and attentive (but not overbearing) service, and a nice atmosphere. The prices are moderate (actually the food pricing is very fair and reasonable), but watch the wine and drinks which can make your tab soar. In Worcester, there is no better seafood restaurant."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived thru the Birthday tulip cup desert our dining experience was truly memorable. We once again enjoyed the Sole to the fullest. Our servers were outstanding . They both seemed to enjoy serving us and that once again made our dining with you wonderful. Yours has quickly become our first dining choice as we have never been disappointed when we dine there."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food and service is always top notch, and I have yet to have a bad experience."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We came here to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday. The drink menu was outstanding and so was the crab menu. There was something to tantalize everyone. The main menu had many great selections if crab was not for you. We enjoy eating here and have always had a great dining experience. The wait staff is professional but fun. Food that is supposed to be hot arrives hot. Will definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • " . The food is delicious and the staff is very courteous and efficient. Highly recommend The Sole to anyone!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "such a delicious dinner catching up with one of my best friends! Our waiters, Randy and Beth were phenomenal: great service, very knowledgeable, and very kind. Will definitely be back :)"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Worcester Restaurant group has 3 stores that keep us going west on a regular basis. The Sole Proprietor is my favorite of the 3. Great portions, great food, great service and fair prices. It is hard not to order starters but you may not be able to finish dinner if you do. The Maître' D told me the Tuna sashimi was very good and he wasn't kidding. Extra rare with Killer wasabi , this was the best ahi tuna I have ever been served outside of sashimi in Japanese restaurants. Beet salad was very tasty albeit more salad than beets. the other meals were all very good.....but the Tuna warranted its own review!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Many interesting choices are available at this Seafood oriented restaurant. We can recommend it and would return. High energy crowded place with great accomodating service. We had the Haddock with Lobster Newburg which was excellent along with the Seafood Saute (lobster, scallops and shrimp) which was also excellent. Hatts off to the kitchen crew. No room for dessert and the Spanish coffees were a good ending to a satisfying experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Party of 4 and each enjoyed their meal. Excellent preparation and spicing. Front staff and wait staff very professional and attentive!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After over 20 since visiting last, The Sole Propeietor is still an excellent choice to dine when in the Worcester area."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "- sushi was mediocre, rice over cooked or not fresh - food was under seasoned - entrees were good - service with two servers very confusing- constantly asking if we've gotten this or that"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We lucked out that this week was lobsterfest! Lots of creative entrees and appetizers featuring lobster."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Jim and Yuri were fabulous and we will request them when we go again. Going to make it a tradition to at least go again every year on our anniversary plus a few times in between."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you are looking for great seafood and don't mind a noisy restaurant then be sure you experience this delightful gem. The food is superb and the drink selection is very impressive. The seafood platter included Lobster, Mussels, Clams/Oysters on half shell and was magnificent. The service could have been better however, the restaurant was packed on a weekend night. Aside from the noise level, the only improvement I would recommend is to improve the waiting area so it is not cramped for patrons waiting for a table."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • " The service was great and the food was incredibly good plenty of selections on the wine list. The noise was a bit much but that was mainly from an obnoxious person seated behind us. I would highly recommend the sole proprietor."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great choice of restaurant to celebrate Father's Day with the family."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Sole always comes through with fresh seafood prepared beautifully. Interesting cocktails, an extensive wine list, and good beer choices. We went there with a group of 8 for a birthday on Father's Day. The place was packed. The wait staff must have been zonked, but they were lovely, attentive, and warm. It's a bit pricey for us, so we don't go very often, but it is always excellent when we do go. Highly Recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Terrific food - shrimp tacos, swordfish, scallops & shrimp dish. Ate at the bar, Mark was great - made my special order swordfish happen; one of the best Old Fashioned I've ever had and very helpful with the wine list."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The staff was friendly and accomodating. We enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 6/14/2014