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Lock 50, Worcester, MA

Lock 50

4.4
4.4
770 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (508) 379-3400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tim Russo

  • Private party facilities

    We offer room for guests to rent out for private events or dining, we also host a monthly private dinner that tickets are sold for prior to dinner

  • Neighborhood

    Worcester

  • Cross street

    Pond

  • Parking details

    Valet on Friday and Saturday nights, on street available as well

  • Entertainment

    Live Music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 770 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central MA

    Fit for Foodies

  • Central MA

    Healthy

  • Central MA

    Notable Wine List

  • Central MA

    Outdoor Dining

  • Central MA

    Romantic

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  1. D

    Dindins

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    A really well balanced menu that this good kitchen can handle . Service a bit slow on a busy Saturday night but our wait staff was amazingly pleasant and waiting was worth it. My friend an I were introducing Lock 59 to a first timer who was really impressed . Great to have weekend valet service back, too. They were the best!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We did the chef inspired 7 course meal with wine pairing. The food was amazing! And the wine pairings were perfect! We had so much fun learning about the wines and how they were paired with the dishes. Patrick the sommelier was so informative and made the whole evening fun. We also met chef Pat. We will make this a monthly event . I highly recommend it!!! I will be bringing all visitors to Lock 50!

  3. MD

    MarciD

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was fantastic. Lots of small plates for sharing. The Albanian fergese and the octopus were outstanding. Great outdoor patio.

  4. R

    Reese

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The small plates were great for sharing. We had the gnocchi and the asparagus and crab offerings and they were delicious. Our plan is to return to just do the small plates. Dinner choices we had included the sirloin which was tender and flavorful, the salmon which had an awesome sauce on it and the steamed mussels that is a frequent choice. The mussels were very clean and flavorful. The cocktails were strong and tasty. Would love to come back on a night with live music. The front room, although on a busy Worcester street, has a green and pleasant view. Would definitely recommend.

  5. H

    Havethemonkfish

    New England

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outdoor heated patio was lovely. Chef’s plate wonderful!

  6. SR

    SteveR

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent service, impeacable food, and a wonderful dining experience. The sommelier was very helpful in advising us on wines and the whole experience was truly a treasure., including the outstanding valet parking service.

  7. W

    Will

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We ate outside for brunch. There was a live jazz band. The food was good.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great experience- great food, service and atmosphere. Love sitting outside on deck. View for fireworks at sundown was great!

  9. c

    csoup1

    New England

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is a hidden gem. Unfortunately once folks start hearing about it that will end. The Chef is fantastic, love all the small plates. Definitely needs to be on your list.

  10. N

    pompNcirc

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were in town for Clark graduation ceremonies and chose this restaurant because it was near our hotel. From the first minute, the waiter could not have been nicer nor more helpful. We had the 5 course tasting menu and it went from delicious to sublime, with the perfectly cooked lamb and goat cheese stuffed quail as highlights. Wine recommendations were spot on and the Nutella tart was a great ending. I hope we get back to Worcester sometime soon to eat here again.

  11. JS

    JudithS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved our meal at Lock 50! Food is creative and delicious. Service was excellent. We ate inside due to the heat, but tables are well-spaced apart. We look forward to outdoor dining.

  12. GG

    GonzalesG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Very good overall W little noisy Busy service ( Bar and food )

  13. G

    Gina

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for a post-graduation dinner and it was perfect! Food, ambience and service was excellent! Valet parking was a bonus!

  14. SL

    SarahL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We went to Lock 50 to celebrate Mother's Day. Our cocktails and small plates were excellent. The only issue was that the food was a little slow to come out of the kitchen (which was understandable, given the crowd) & was delivered nearly simultaneously. However, the service was excellent & the food (and cocktails) were delicious! We've been before and will definitely be back!

  15. DB

    DmitryB

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The chef's tasting menu and the wine pairings were amazing, and cocktails were also very good and perfectly balanced! The service was outstanding - Matt (our waiter) and Patrick (the sommelier) were both very attentive and proactive and had taken an excellent care of us all night, despite the graduation party going on at the same time! The outdoor space is also very nice and cozy, and best of all we could enjoy the company of our furry friend! Special thanks to Ed (the owner) who stopped by and said hello - that was a really nice touch and we appreciate it. Will definitely be back the next time we're in the area!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Failed to mention that there was a fixed Mother’s Day menu that was $45 per person, waited 20 minutes to even get water. Food was very good but too adventurous for all parties.

  17. BK

    BobK

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    I've been to Lock 50 a few times and have not been disappointed.

  18. G

    Green

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had reservations and were seated immediately. Front dining room was loud. Our server Cheryl was attentive, professional and pleasant. Made the dining experience even more enjoyable! She recommended ordering 3-4 small plates to share and we loved the beef, octopus, pork belly, and scallops. Everything was delicious! We will definitely be back!

  19. D

    Disappointed

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Don't do there for brunch. Everything. was fatty, including the steak. We could hardly hear each other talk.

  20. JF

    JohnF

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    we waited 30 minutes to order even a drink, our waiter completely forgot about us! he later said that there was a large party that delayed everything but he served others around us. The hostess did not notice..it seems that she should be aware of who is waiting and why. The small plates were good, especially the parsnip soup. The spring salad with the scallops had snow peas that were not topped, tailed or strung..it seems that they should have been sliced snow peas instead. The Cabernet was excellent!

  21. T

    Terri

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We brought friends who had never been to Lock 50. We all enjoyed a lovely dinner. Our waiter, Mark, was very attentive, the drinks were delightful and the food is creative and generous. See you again soon!

  22. MS

    MrsSmo

    New England

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    We are not from the area, but had traveled to Worcester to meet friends who were in town for an event as they grew up there. First the good. The food was delicious! We have charcuterie & cheese as an app. It was tasty. 3 of us had steaks and each one had a different one from the menu. All very, very good. The other person had Bouillabaisse, which he raved about. Now for the not so great. We met at the bar and we were the only people there. The bartender was doing service and customers at the bar, but again it was not busy. I sat for about 10 minutes before he even acknowledged us. Then it was one drink and no follow up. The server was super friendly, but added nothing to the experience. She seemed like she didn't want to be there. She never cleared the appetizer plates or glasses until we piled them at the end of the table. Our food came and the hostess/manager (not sure) didn't really seem to know which steaks were which, but we figured it out. Didn't really ask if we wanted anything else. Drinks sat empty, but we were towards the end of the meal. We were going to have dessert and another cocktail, but decided to go elsewhere for that.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was fantastic, outdoor seating was a lovely space and the waitstaff were very courteous and friendly. It did take quite a long time to get our food so our meal took considerably longer than expected (2 hours) and we were slightly late for a show we were attending, as a result. Overall we did enjoy the experience and would definitely go back.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    From the greeting staff, valet, servers and all the staff were energetic and attentive. The food was great but the truffles on the carpaccio had no flavor which is why I knocked a star. The Albanian Fergese and our charcuterie where top notch I would very much recommend the Fergese.

  25. Q

    maryQ

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The food here is consistently excellent. The igloos outside are really nice. Was great to sit out even though it is a bit cold still. Service wasn't great, but it was probably a new/inexperienced server and we were not in a hurry so that was ok. The menu is small, but the offerings are very interesting. I find that the Small Plates are enough if you are not super-hungry when you arrive.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    We enjoyed our food but the service was super slow and inattentive. Maybe there was something going on in the kitchen — server said they lost the ticket. He was very apologetic but he didn’t really notice that we’d been waiting too long until we asked about our apps. Definite potential. It’s not a no, but a miss on service at least tonight.

  27. TK

    ThomasK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Most memorable meal I've had in decades. Enjoyed 5-course Chef's menu with wine pairing and would do it again. Everything worked.

  28. t

    tomhoward

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Too noisy. Somewhat understaffed.

  29. S

    Sparky

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice environment for business meeting. Easy to find.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very good meal. The Tapas were great. My favorite was the pork belly.

  31. M

    Meisner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    I have had better experiences at Lock 50 before.

  32. LM

    LaurieM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and professionalism. The brunch was delicious.

  33. m

    matthewn

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Great Ambiance. Servers were great. If I loved wine, I'd probably be more into the vibe, but still positive. For date or professional dinner, this is the ideal ambiance. Food was mediocre at best, prices were high (especially compared to quality). Armsby and deadhorse have similar pricing and ambiance, but they deliver on food quality.

  34. CG

    ChrisG

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Not the atmosphere or menu we expected but a nice place

  35. L

    Lenny

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I love this place. It is one of our go to places and we keep going back. We got engaged in this restaurant some time ago, and the owner Ed still remembers us. We celebrated our 5 year anniversary last night and as a gift to us, we received two glasses of orange wine with our citrus tart dessert as part of the 5 course chef tasting menu ... which is ALWAYS terrific. And Cheryl our server was wonderful. Thank you for a night to remember!!

  36. LS

    LouiseS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good brunch food and relaxed, comfortable environment.

  37. f

    foodandspace

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    I thought the food was tasty, not outstanding. Sometimes the flavoring overwhelmed the food. Although the waiter was kind, he seemed to look up when talking with us, little eye contact and his voice was very soft, making it hard to hear. I had to ask several times for him to repeat what he was saying.

  38. O

    Omnivore

    New England

    228 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    228 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Food was delicious and inventive. Service was glacial, however. We had to wait a long time for everything. The kitchen must have been in the weeds last night. But we'll probably try again.

  39. T

    Thea

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Service was very slow even though it wasn’t full when we arrived at 6:30. Server was training which is fine but I was annoyed knowing the trainee was learning bad service! The food (3 appetizers took over an hour to arrive. No other food was brought or offered as a concession (hello, bread?), and nothing was comped on the bill as an offering . I had to get up from the table to find the manager and tell her to please move along our order- it still took 15 min after that. Food was superb but we couldn’t enjoy it in a rush or with feeling so frustrated. A fine dining establishment should know better!

  40. PD

    PeterD

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We decided to try Lock 50 without much research and we weren't disappointed. We started with the charcuterie board which had prosciutto and some form of ham, cheese, figs nuts and a rustic bread. For mains, my wife had the brisket flatbread ( a special). I had the half chicken done Greek style with roasted potatoes, whipped Feta, olives and tomato. Both were exceptionally good. I was surprised to see reviews that said there was an issue with service. Our service was excellent! We sat in front that was a little loud. We will go back and try the back dining area next time.

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Lock 50 is rated 4.4 stars by 770 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Lock 50

50 Water Street Worcester, MA 01604

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pond

  • Neighborhood

    Worcester

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet on Friday and Saturday nights, on street available as well

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tim Russo

  • Entertainment

    Live Music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (508) 379-3400

  • Private party facilities

    We offer room for guests to rent out for private events or dining, we also host a monthly private dinner that tickets are sold for prior to dinner

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