Lock 50

4.4
194 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Lock 50, is a Worcester restaurant located in the Historic Canal District. The creative menu offers a variety of seasonal dishes sourced from, and prepared with, the freshest local ingredients whenever possible. Our bar program includes a carefully selected variety of wines, local craft, imported and domestic beers and fashionable craft cocktails. The Café features a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy casual breakfast or lunch and our coffee program includes only the finest, fair trade organic coffees, expertly prepared for your enjoyment.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent. There was a rowdy table behind us and our server apologized but it did not deter us from enjoying the wonderful food and atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappoints!

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was awful. The server forgot wine, an app and didn’t clear the table. Then she brought the check before clearing without asking about dessert or coffee! We were not happy and then comped nothing. Really terrible, on top of mediocre food.

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M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; good portions; moderately priced; fantastic atmosphere

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MC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lock 50 is the best restaurant in Worcester in my opinion. Food is consistently good!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Menu and space. Service was great and food was delicious.

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JL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Our server was incredible and she made some fantastic drinks. Also gave great recommendations on food as well as portion sizes so we knew what we were getting into! So many leftovers but well worth it!

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AW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We did a bunch of small plates, and while some were excellent (Albanian Frangese is a must!) The beef carpaccio is underwhelming. The scallops were cooked perfectly, but their natural sweetness was masked. I was hesitant to try the chilled octopus salad, but I'm glad I did. Service was excellent.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, drinks, service....all of it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and food was fantastic Sunday night, thank you!

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WT
New England
47 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lock 50 is a wonderful restaurant in the Canal District of Worcester, MA. Great selection on the brunch menu and wide range of types of food to select from on other menus as well. Space is inviting and warm. Staff was very helpful. I would go here anytime.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were great! Our waitress Kaylee was awesome!

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N
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lunch spot, the mozzarella en carozza was delish

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1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, the food was fantastic, the igloos on the patio were so cute and creative! The only issue I had are that the space heaters within the igloo did not keep us warm, so definitely bring a sweater and coat! Our waitress was so sweet. We will definitely be back!

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Efficient and friendly service. The staff was very accommodating when one in our group asked to make a substitute change to his order. The food was fresh and delicious!!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I booked a reservation for the outside igloos for friends that were visiting us for the weekend. We were told when we called ahead that we had to pay an extra $50 to book the igloo because they were so popular (there was only one other in use when we were there). We arrived on time, and were seated in the igloo. It was damp and cold. The server tried to drag chairs we weren’t using out of the igloo but it was awkward, and they didn’t fit so he just pushed and bumped them back into the table. There was a heater in the corner but it was not strong, and when we asked for another one he promptly told us we were only allowed one, and that we couldn’t even get that close to it as it could light things on fire, and they’d had problems with that recently (!!). We were very hungry so placed our appetizer and entree orders together, as well as drinks. An hour later we had only received drinks. An hour! Meanwhile it was still damp and cool inside the igloo (we never took off
Our winter coats and also asked for blankets) and condensation was forming and falling all around us, almost like rain. We were literally sealed inside a humid and tepid plastic bag. One of our party went inside and asked to see the manager who was apologetic, but also seemed uncomfortable dealing with the complaint. We were served shortly after. Mediocre food at best. Signature dish of blue cheese gnocchi was actually just plain generic gnocchi in a bath of olive oil with crumbled blue cheese on top. We WERE comped drinks which was appreciated, but we still will not return. It was embarrassing to bring friends here for a fun dinner in a winter igloo that just ended up being a cold, damp, smelly mess of a dinner location with crappy food and even worse service. We’ve been in igloos in other restaurants and cities and they are warm, colorful and clean. This was anything but.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Due to parking issues we arrived a few minutes late for a 6PM reservation on a Saturday night. After apologizing for our tardiness, we were left to wait 20 minutes for a table even though there was plenty of seating available. Once seated, it took a while for our server to come over, but she was friendly. On the server's recommendation we placed our appetizer and entree orders at the same time due to long cooking times for some of the entrees. The brussels sprouts and the roasted beets & carrot small plates were tasty. but the pork shank was bland. My husband's steak was seasoned well, but was overcooked. The kitchen staff brought our food, turned and left without asking if we needed anything else. I was very disappointed in the overall service and the food quality. We were late to an 8PM show at the Hanover Theater due to slow seating and service.

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K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall this is a good restaurant, our selections were all very good. However, there was a one hour delay for one of our entrees. While the waitstaff was apologetic, and offered a free round of drinks (which we accepted) for our trouble, it was still an unacceptably long wait. We were just fortunate that we were not in a rush to make it to a show after dinner.

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MN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive, professional and friendly staff. Accommodating! Dinner in the bar was a lovely and quiet option to the livelier dining room. The neon, heated patio igloos are not to be missed for a special dinner! Stunningly delicious risotto and papardelle with pork confit. Gorgeous and unusual red German wine.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed on June 11, 2018
Overall 1food service ambience

This was the worst "fine dining" experience I have had in a long time. The steak was overcooked, tough, flavorless and cost $44. The service was terrible, we came with a large group and no ones food came out at the same time... we were there for 3 hours waiting for food and for the check.... it was absurd. When the waitstaff would bring a dish out, one at a time, they wouldn't have a clue who had ordered it, we had to pass our own food around to get it to the right person. When we did finally get the check there were items added to the bill that should not have been there, then it took the 30 minutes to sort that out. So disappointing.

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Lock 50 on a number of occasions and the food, service, and atmosphere have always been great. It is one of our favorite restaurants in the Worcester area that has many other offerings.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter and sommelier were very well informed and made us feel like family. The food was superb.

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SC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We felt for the price the food was quite skimpy with lots of bread used to fill out nearly every dish. We certainly did not feel comfortably full after our meal; in fact my husband had a snack when we got home. That said, everything was delicious, especially the salads but our cheese plate had an incredibly small piece of brie -- and LOTS of bread.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were superb. The only complaint is the AC. Despite being turned down, we were right under the vent and left the restaurant frozen.

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DB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and amazing service! we sat outdoors and though the evening became a bit chily, the staff offered my date a blanket and brought over a patio heatere to take the chill out of the air. true five star service and a hidden gem!

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AP
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They have a lot of vegetarian options but the menu isn't like a standard menu. The menu is designed for sharing different dishes between couples. The ambience is really nice.

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P
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a casual, fun place to eat very interesting food; the service was excellent and the small plates were generously sized. It was very enjoyable sharing the various items we ordered and the ambiance early on a Saturday night was quiet and relaxed. I am very interested in returning to sample more dishes!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Lock 50 twice. I was telling my husband before we arrived that I remember the last time we went the waitress brought me a card the staff signed because it was my birthday. I remember thinking that it was such a nice touch. Certainly not something you see everyday and not something I'd miss but it was a really nice touch.
Our second visit didn't disappoint either!
When we arrived, we were given the option to sit inside or out on their patio. I usually don't pick outside when eating especially for dinner at almost 8pm but I did see that they had live music out there so we decided we would go outside. The music was the perfect background noise to our dinner. We were still able to talk comfortably and the musician was very talented.
Lock 50 had outdoor heaters that were awesome. They provided the perfect amount of heat for us to be able to enjoy being outside. It did get a bit chilly as we were still eating after 9pm but they had dropped off a blanket on my chair in the event that I got cold. That was another very nice touch that I was blown away by. I did use the blanket ... it was very thoughtful of them.
The menu had changed since the last time we had been there so we were having a tough time trying to decide what we wanted. My husband asked about the chef's tasting and we were told that the chef prepares 5 or 7 courses - you don't pick the food, the chef does. We decided to try it as the last time we visited we loved every dish we ordered so we felt comfortable and thought it was a fun idea.
The chef's tasting was amazing. Every dish that came out was better than the other! I don't remember the exact details but the first dish was beets and goat cheese. Then shrimp and rice. The next course was pork belly, followed by steak and potatoes. Finally, a almond tart on ricotta cheese. Of course, it was more elaborate than I just explained but it was an exceptional experience. The food was delicious. Service was also amazing ❤️

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Every drink and dish we tried at Lock 50 on our second visit was phenomenal! Their coffee is outstanding. The wait staff is attentive and informed and the atmosphere is pleasant, even though I am not a fan of the main art displays. It does get a little noisy, but it's worth dealing with that for the excellent cusine.

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Q
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I checked in and told the host that I had an Open Table reservation. He read back my name and I confirmed. Five minutes before we finished dinner, I received an email from Open Table say I had been flagged as a no-show. I disputed the issue with Open Table and so noted with the host on the way out.

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t
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a fun restaurant with lots of choices. There is something for everyone and anyone. Ingredients were fresh and provided the base for many of the dishes. Unique offerings and combinations. Great drinks

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SD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had been to Lock 50 in August for our anniversary, and this time we met friends for dinner. The owner himself helped me find parking and ushered us in. All of the staff is helpful, professional and fun; no snootiness whatsoever. The menu consists of a nice choice of small, "Tapas" plates, and also full dinners; I haven't tried anything there that I didn't love. They even have a chef's choice 5 or 7 course meal available. We had several of the small plates and shared them. We also had some delicious raw oysters. The specialty cocktails are great, and so is the wine and spirits selection. They have indoor and outdoor dining, which we plan to try next time we go. Live music was provided, and it was perfect.

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TC
New England
160 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice . Varied menu, mostly small dishes made for sharing with a few mains. The wine list was also broad and varied both in offerings and price.

The Asian-spiced pork roll-ups were a delight and the Morroccan-spiced chicken was just heavenly. To taste everything would been too much so I guess we have to go back again soon

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E
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was very good but the service was really slow. We were one of only 3 tables in the entire restaurant and somehow our entrees all came out at different times, so different that 2 of us were done eating before the third entree came (we tried to wait but it was taking so long we ate so our food didnt get cold).

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, the restaurant had a limited menu and dishes that we chose were of poor taste and quality.
The owner should go to other restaurants in the local area to ensure that what meals he's offering are unique and creative...not a different version of other cuisine offered in other establishments.
I'm pulling for you to improve that's why I'm writing this review.

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J
New England
35 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our visit, food was excellent - arancini balls were terrific, Chicken Saltimboca, Flounder and Korean short ribs were a hit with everyone.

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a festive Sunday brunch on the patio. The atmosphere for a group was perfect. Our band new server was excellent. Overall the food was very good, however I had a crepe that was a little dry and disappointing, which was a surprising first. Excellent Coffee and cocktails.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Lock 50. They have great small plates to share! For a large plate, we liked the lamb shank. Very delicious. Drinks were also delicious. Definitely come out and try it!

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g
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

WINNER!! What n ice surprise in a redeveloping section of Worcester. The chef and therfore the food was amazing (Tom Keller amazing). Four people ordered five different small plates (almost the whole small plate menu). Fish, meat, vegetarian - each one shared by all - devoured!! Each of us raved about every plate. We then shared two large plates with the same results. With 8 drinks and a shared dessert, we were sated and shoked at how reasonable the bill was. As a group we have split bills in NYC, Chicago, Boston, etc. 4 times the amount and have not been as satisfied.
Okay, it was a slow night and still service was a little spotty (a long time for drink orders and lack of communication). I would be concerned on a night with a full house. The kitchen seems tight, but bar and waitstaff need some tweeking.
I hate to give such a positive review. I'd like to keep the discovery to myself and return again and again without fearing its booked, but this is a treasure; far and away the best eatibg in central MA.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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