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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Central MA

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Central MA? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Herb Lyceum restaurant
5.0
5 (24)
$50 and over
American
Groton
About the restaurant
We’re excited to introduce Herb Lyceum Bistro, where you, your families and friends can visit the farm for our inventive tasting dishes & inviting atmosphere, but with the more traditional restaurant experience of choosing your own adventure.
Top review
SuzanneG
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Food and service were great as we've come to expect from this unique dining experience. The grounds are lovely for meandering before dinner and apart from the air conditioner not being able to cool the place down during this particularly hot and humid evening, everything was outstanding.
A photo of Russo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (579)
$30 and under
Italian
Worcester
About the restaurant
Russo Italian Restaurant features traditional Italian dishes made from recipes handed down from generation to generation.
Top review
DeniseM
Dined 7 days ago
We always enjoy our time at Russo’s. We wanted to share one of our favorite restaurants with friends and requested the wine room for the ambience. Unfortunately it was closed. Still had a good dinner but the main room is always so much louder.
A photo of Chashu Ramen + Izakaya restaurant
4.8
4.8 (534)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Worcester
About the restaurant
Chashu Ramen + Izakaya is bringing fire to Worcester. The latest collaboration between Worcester’s own Son Vo of Kaizen and Pho Sure and Tam Le of Pho Linh and Reign Drink Lab, Chashu brings Japanese inspired fare to downtown Worcester. Power lunches, happy hours, and sophisticated nightcaps are about to be redefined.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Overall was great! The service was exceptional. The only short fall was the chicken karaage, the chicken was a little burnt and not fresh. (Same goes to the chicken in chicken udon) other than that Chashu is my favourite go to in Worcester!
A photo of Forge and Vine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2988)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Groton
About the restaurant
Drawing inspiration from the region’s history and natural surroundings, the 156-seat freestanding restaurant reflects elemental themes of wood, water, iron, and fire, reminiscent of the carriage houses and blacksmith shops that once dotted the landscape. The centerpiece of Forge & Vine is an eight-foot wood fired grill and open kitchen with counter seating where guests can enjoy dinner while interacting with the chef. Welcoming residents as well as visitors to the area, Forge & Vine offers a strong sense of place with a design sensibility that brings in the outside with floor to ceiling windows offering breathtaking pastoral views of Gibbett Hill. The restaurant boasts spacious and casual bar with service inside and out and features classic and comfortable cuisine sourced from the best produce, seafood, and meats that New England offers.
Top review
sassysaveurvip
Dined 3 days ago
The outdoor back patio/deck has lovely calming bucolic hillside views. Food and drink are great casual fare. We particularly like the wood fire shrimp, burger and the beer selection. The service is attentive, welcoming and professional. Forge and Vine is in our regular summer rotation.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Worcester restaurant
4.6
4.6 (601)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Worcester
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Worcester serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So, whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested, and private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Excellent food and drinks , professional and attentive staff, clean and comfortable environment. Definitely worth a visit.
A photo of Lucia's Tavola restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1485)
$31 to $50
Italian
Ayer
About the restaurant
Chef owned and operated Lucia's Tavola is a fine dining Italian restaurant. Lucia's features a menu comprised of Chefs family favorites, Chef originals, traditional Italian & local ingredients creating unique Italian inspired cuisine.
Lucia's also offers an extensive cocktail menu and a complete, well balanced wine list.

Top review
PatH
Dined 2 days ago
As always, my experience at Lucia’s was outstanding in every way. I had asked for a certain table, and got it! The person who waited on us was friendly and very attentive. The food was delicious. Lucia’s is my favorite restaurant, especially for special occasions.
A photo of The Rail Trail Flatbread Co. - Milford restaurant
4.8
4.8 (252)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Milford
About the restaurant
The Rail Trail Flatbread Co., celebrated its grand opening on 12/12/23, marking not only a milestone in Milford's downtown revitalization but also a nod to the original Hudson location's success. Built in a meticulously renovated former bank that features a spacious restaurant and bar, outdoor patio, and upstairs events space, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.

The Milford location reflects a two-and-a-half-year renovation effort, preserving historical elements like the century-old clock, vault door, and exposed brick walls. The open dining layout encourages interaction, adorned with family photos for a homey feel.

Though famous for flatbreads, Rail Trail boasts diverse offerings, each component is made in-house. Notable flatbreads include "Fig & Walnut" and "Mexican Street Corn," alongside the popular "Primo Pepperoni." Appetizers like "Hot Tots" and "Sesame Cauliflower" showcase Rail Trail's culinary creativity.


Top review
AndreaM
Dined 7 days ago
This place has such delicious food! We’ve been to the Hudson location before and are so excited they opened in Milford! Great pizza, awesome brunch options, great drinks. Tons of space for large groups. They have a cool large bar if you like bar seating, also has a cute outdoor patio in back. You can watch them cooking the pizza. Absolutely love this place!
A photo of Willy’s Steakhouse Grill & Sushi Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2822)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Shrewsbury
About the restaurant
Willy's Steakhouse Grill & Sushi Bar is the premier steakhouse in Central Massachusetts. Steak isn't the only item we are well known for, we are also known for exquisite sushi.

Please note Sushi is not available on Mondays.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Willy’s was wonderful to celebrate my partner’s birthday! Their drinks were fabulous. It was a Monday night and quiet which was nice! Burratta was amazing to start. He had the shrimp & filet and I ordered the mushroom ravioli - both absolutely incredible dishes. We will be back!
A photo of Publick House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2735)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Sturbridge
About the restaurant
We welcome you to the Publick House Historic Inn where delicious homemade food and comfortable lodging becomes your home away from home. When you come to the Publick House to feast on our generous meals and enjoy the comfort of our Yankee hospitality, you'll be warmed by the same magnificent open hearths that warmed our early American ancestors. Whether you're looking for a restaurant that offers family dining, need comfortable accommodations, or you're in need of a convenient meeting place, planning a bridal shower or want the perfect venue for your dream wedding...the Publick House Historic Inn welcomes you.
Top review
GeraldineP
Dined 5 days ago
Our waitress was outstanding! My sandwich- grilled cheese bacon and lobster- delicious! Bought scones in the bakery- delicious. My experience was terrific! !
A photo of Dino's Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (119)
$30 and under
Italian
Worcester
About the restaurant
Dino's Restaurant is an authentic Italian restaurant located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dino’s has been serving its customers the finest Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, as well as a variety of American foods, for over 40 years, with seafood as a specialty. In that time, Dino's serves cuisine from both the northern and southern regions of Italy, with seafood, steaks, veal, and pizzas being the specialties of the house.

At Dino’s, we believe that our customers deserve the best. With that in mind, we ensure that all of our entrées are cooked to order, using the freshest ingredients, which are visually pleasing to the eye as they are to the palette. We also offer business, social and holiday function facilities in The Café, our private function room, which includes a full service bar. Dino’s also provides catering and delivery services. It is our pleasure to serve you and let us give you a little taste of Italy!

Top review
SteveB
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Big menu. All kinds of Italian food just good food.
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