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The Sole Proprietor

4.4
2504 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

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, Baked Seafood Platter, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Summer Dining Room Hours:
Monday : 11:30am - 9:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday 11:30am - 11:00pm, Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Non-Summer Dining Room Hours:
Monday : 11:30am - 9:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00 pm

Summer Bar Hours:
Monday : 11:30am - 11:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 12:00am, Friday 11:30am - 1:00am, Saturday 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Non-Summer Bar Hours:
Monday : 11:30am - 11:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 12:00am, Friday and Saturday 11:30am - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00 pm

Hours subject to change for holidays; please call to confirm hours.
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Phone number
(508) 798-3474
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph Wong/Tyler Fleckner
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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.
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Private party contact
Heather Fallavollita: (508) 798-3474
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.5
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Very crowded at lunch. Server was overly aggressive requesting that we order quickly. And they were supposedly out of coffee and no hot water for tea. Ever heard of a microwave?

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Awesome as always

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Excellent all around

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

Sole is a staple in Central MA. Food is always great. It is what Legal Seafood used to be years ago - fresh seafood, great preparation, great wine list etc.
Max is always a welcome face to see and does a great job. Everyone of the staff is friendly and attentive.
Just a great place.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation, but were immediately seated, even though there were a number of parties waiting. The food was very good. The service and attention we received were outstanding.
The only negative to the Sole is it is a very noisy, crowded restaurant. The quality of the seafood, and the outstanding service more than makes up for that.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

The Sole never disappoints. Baked stuffed sole was out of this world! Louder than usual, and CROWDED - which added an energy and vibe of everyone having a good time. Seated almost 20 minutes past our reservation, but all staff was smiling pleasant and attentive. Just a hopping night!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Another outstanding experience. Over the decades we have never been disappointed. Food was great and the service team of two staff was on top of their game from start to finish. We had a large party and everything was handled expertly. You just cannot go wrong here!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

We had a great dinner and my daughter and I were celebrating our birthdays. The manager surprised us with a bowl of ice cream!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Generally a good experience. Food and atmosphere was good. Wait staff was distracted. Forgot several requests during the course of the meal and was unavailable for long periods of time.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

This was my first visit, but I will certainly go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Private booth in the bar is cozy, even though a lot is going on around you. Wait staff don't rush you, are attentive and considerate. Seafood is excellent. I don't recommend the salads. I've had three different lunch salads there and all were a disappointment. Dinner entrees are pricey, but worth it if you can afford it.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Excellent meal and experience for my mom's 70th birthday. Beth, our server, was wonderful!! Food was excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2017

What ruined the night was the cold air coming out of the vents and they had the ceiling fans in low. Move to another table but still cold breeze in you the entire time we where there.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2017

I brought my grandson who is attending WPI. We both enjoyed the food and service. Everything was perfect. I had been before but my grandson hadn't. He thought it was great and can't wait to go back! Thank you.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2017

First visit to The Sole Proprietor and we will certainly go back! We were seated immediately by a very friendly host. Menu included many interesting choices. Service was personable and efficient. Food presentation was excellent. The three fish dishes we ordered were all excellent. Portions are quite large. We were visiting with a close friend whom we had not seen in awhile and the Sole Proprietor was the perfect place to have a comfortable visit.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Very good seafood menu, 5 star food, price reasonable

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Both food and service were excellent. Great experience...will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2017

You can tell this is a popular restaurant because it was jam-packed. The service was exceptional the food was really good about the only downside for me is that I have hearing issues and the noise level was a little bit louder than I'm comfortable with but perfectly understandable for a popular restaurant on a Saturday night. We had dinner here before going to the Hanover Theatre, and it was part of an absolutely wonderful evening. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this restaurant to anyone.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Very disappointed!! We reserved a quiet booth area for 2 on 3/11/17 at 4:30 pm because we were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. Upon arrival at 4:30 pm, the check-in manager told us our booth was not quiet ready and he told us that another booth was available and it would be quiet as well. We trusted his judgement and sat in the area he recommended and we were so disappointed!! We were in the main dining area which was very loud and became very crowded quickly !!! It felt as if we were in a cafeteria style setting !! Our waitresses were busy and the service was very impersonal !! We were very disappointed with his recommendation and we felt as if we were just shuffled into a spot to get us out of his face!! We felt as if we were just another number with no consideration to our personal request !! Very disappointed !! Your check in manager needs to be more considerate to personal events that are being celebrated, he would not want to be treated that way !!!!!

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2017

I've been to the Sole, and their other "sister" restaurants, many times over the years and usually it is always a great meal and service. This time was not the best experience or food. We went for my dad's birthday since he loves seafood. The appetizers were decent, but the main dishes were sub-par. I had salmon that was just average, I honestly think I can make it better myself at home. My parents both had haddock and the presentation was horrible. There was zero color on the plate- white fish with barely toasted bread crumb topping, mashed potatoes and cauliflower....absolutely no garnish and it was also just okay. There are many places in the Worcester area that you could get a far better similar dinner for half the price. The food would have been one thing but the service was not good as well. For having 2 servers on a table you would expect to have fast service and for them to be more attentive than usual. They were slow to take our order, even our drink order...drinks came out very slow and they were not on top of following up when we were finished with our drinks to see if we would like another to try and make up for the lead time at the bar (considering we hadn't even gotten our apps yet, clearly we were going to be doing another round). After the apps and salads they didn't bring new silverware so I received my meal with nothing to eat with. Normally, I would not leave a review, and I am never the person to really complain since I know everyone has off nights, but for the price point this type of service and food will deter me from visiting the Sole again anytime in the near future, it will also have me think twice about any of their other restaurants as well.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Dinner was awesome! Professional and personal service- loved the quilt nap cab by the bottle for only $50- can't beat that price tag!! Looking forward to going back soon!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Went during restaurant week for lunch. Food was fresh and well prepared. Service was spot on. In addition to knowing the menu the waitress was informative and gracious.

Great time! Will return

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2017

I brought my boyfriend there for his birthday. Atmosphere was very warm, welcoming and inviting. Management was extremely accommodating to my need of birthday secrecy when I asked them to hide a cake there prior to my reservation time. Our server was attentive, professional and friendly. She even brought out the birthday cake at dessert time without being prompted and she provided a candle -- which I had forgotten to do. Smart girl, that server. The birthday luncheon was perfect; THANK YOU, SOLE PROPRIETOR!!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2017

I spent a 3-1/2 hour business lunch and the staff and food was fabulous. First time there, and will definitely go back. This reservation tool was very helpful, too.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2017

A favorite for birthdays and anniversaries for us. We are partial to seafood, so glad to find it in the Worcester area.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2017

The Sole has always been great for years! Always consistent, offering the freshest fish cooked to perfection with excellent service and great prices!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2017

Overall a great experience, food was exceptional! Jesse was a great server! Gentlemen at the door was extremely nice and friendly. We'll be back!

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2017

Big noisy place. Good food.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Having dined at the Sole many times in the past, this visit did not live up to past experiences. The service was slow and spotty, despite the late hour. The food was OK, but not spectacular. Our table was not acceptable and had to be moved, and the second table was less than perfect also, but we made the best of it. Some food arrived over-cooked, and another was under-cooked. We were not consuming alcohol, and could tell by the service, that that was a big deal....that was quite disappointing. The Sole is the Sole, high-end and usually excellent, but not this time.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2017

No place to park, had reservations and still waited an hour for table, host was rude, waitress was slow, food was overcooked and just ok, waitress didnt bring 2 apps we ordered. Cost too much hard earned money for a terrible experience.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

We came here for my husband's birthday. Great seafood - lively atmosphere. Servers were very friendly and fun. Homemade crab rangoons, oysters, and sushi were all delicious. Definitely will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

The Sole Proprietor was awesome in every way - the food was exquisite, the service was exceptional, and the ambience was nice. A little noisy but otherwise fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Everything about this place was amazing! It had a great atmosphere, great food, and the service was amazing! Can't wait to dine there again!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Friends Birthday

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

We thought the the noise level for a crowded Saturday evening was just fine and we really loved Christina. The food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

My wife and I have been to the Sole numerous times together and with our family. The food and the service is always spectacular. You will leave wanting to come back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Love this place! Food, service, decor, drinks awesome! Excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2017

It was restraunt week so it was very crouded but the room that we were seated in nice the other tables all had people that were there for a good meal and quite conversation. It was a great atmosphere for me to take my daughter out for her birthday. Our waitress was very friendly and informative. She came many times to make sure we were satisfied with everything. The food was excellent and service was also excellent. And most of all he other patrons in the room were all great no loud and obnoxious. It was a great experience. We went there last year also to celebrate and the room that we ate in had a table of three that was so loud that it was unbearable to stay there . The food is alway great and the service is also always very good. But because of that your always packed and sometime the clientele are just plain rude and just don't care how obnoxious they are. Not your fault that your a great restaurant just the customers. Lol

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Very poor parking, ended up parking on the street a few blocks away, we felt very unsafe getting back to the car. The noise level was atrocious. Food was underwhelming , over priced, however, not too many, seafood restaurants around.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Always great seafood! There's something for everyone on the extensive menu.

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