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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
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4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Great corner booth in the bar area. Very attentive staff. Delicious food. Wonderful bar menu. Outstanding value. Terrific experience.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2017

All four of us had great meals, haddock with lobster was mine as part of Worcester table special. My son and his wife both wanted their meals prepared medium rare and they were NOT over cooked!! My wife's meal was plentiful enough so that she had take-out for the next day. One of my favorite establishments.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2017

Excellent!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

The Sole has always been one of our favorites. Unfortunately, we did not get to dine there for my birthday as planned. A few hours before the reservation time, the restaurant called to let us know they had to cancel all reservations for the evening due to a widespread power outage in the area. What a bummer! Looking forward to getting back soon.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Hi! I rated the restaurant on my past experiences which is always good. However, this time around Sole Proprietor ended up cancelling my birthday dinner due to a power outage in the area. I know the restaurant has no control over an outage. However, they didn't offer to ask if I wanted to rebook my reservation or did they offer me anything for the inconvenience. It's upsetting to get a phone call like that especially for a special occasion such as a birthday!!! Then rushing on a Saturday night at 6pm to find another reservation to book my party.... basically impossible. I felt like it could have been handled better. It left me feel like I didn't matter.

Thank you
Tracy

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Delicious meals , stuffed sole and stuffed shrimp. Goat cheese app was spectacular. Terrific service. The parking wasn't even bad this time.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Attentive staff and very good food. Enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

Incredible experience! First time to this restaurant. Traveling for a funeral and went here on a date. The food & service are A-MAZING! If you want the best seafood in Worcester, look no further! I wish this restaurant was close to me. I would be a regular!

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2017

As always this restaurant lives up to its reputation as being the best seafood restaurant in the local area including Boston. Legal Seafood could learn from the Sole. The selection of Oysters was excellent and they were fresh and tasty. All selected seafood entrees and everyone raved about their food. The staff were courteous and did not rush you and completed the meal with a candle in the desert for the birthday occasion. Truly an excellent choice for a celebration.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Great food - great service !! We were celebrating our anniversary and were seated in a small room off the bar area.... just perfect!

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Not that impressed with the Sole Proprietor. The only reason I didn't give a lower rating was the fact that we went on a Sunday and utilized the "Priced-Fixed Sunday" Menu, which is a 3 course meal for $25. If I had spent the $25-40 a plate, I would not have been satisfied with the meal at all.

Crab cakes were okay, not great. Clam chowder was also underwhelming. Scallops Newburg had a good sauce, but once again, nothing to write home about. My Ultimate Margarita for $12 was a big disappointment.

Service was fine. She was attentive and food came out quickly(almost too quickly).

I like that there was a parking lot, as parking in Worcester can be a bit hard to find. Ambiance was also very nice and was a nice date spot.

I would not recommend going here and to save your money. I should have listened to the other reviewers.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Great Place! Our new favorite restaurant. We are never disappointed. All of us have our favorite dishes and desserts.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

We dine at Sole Proprietor about 6 time a year for the last 4 years and they never disappointed in any capacity. They are a special breed

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Everything was outstanding. My wife and I managed to unload the children for the evening. We drove 45 minutes and had a reservation. All of the staff were friendly. We were seated within 5 minutes of checking in. One of the managers came to our section three times to adjust the blinds due to the setting sun being in my wife's eyes. We had a pair of servers that were extremely knowledgeable about the items on the menu and incredibly responsive. The food was wonderful and the restaurant buzzing with activity but not noisy.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

We drive up from Storrs, Ct to rendezvous with friends and family from central Ma.
It is our only choice given the atmosphere an exceptional food, especially seafood.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2017

The food was good but not as good as I remember. The chilled squid salad was very good. The oysters were just OK. I had the stuffed the sole and it was tasty when brought out and dry which was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Excellent
One of the BEST restaurants in town
Ask for a quiet table and reserve ahead!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Perfect evening enjoyed by all. Waiter was attentive and prompt service... Enough time between courses.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

We have enjoyed the Sole many times in the past, and this visit was no exception. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. The service was as expected, excellent, and the server was very friendly. They had discontinued the lemon sorbet, which was very disappointing, but we opted for the blood orange, which was very good. I would definitively recommend this place to friends and relatives.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

There were three in our party. We were celebrating two birthdays with two baked stuffed 2 lb lobster dinners. The other member of our party had trout. All three meals were excellent as was the service. Everything arrived hot and cooked perfectly. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. We can't wait to eat here again.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2017

The stuffed mushroom appetizer was excellent. The entrée, baked stuffed shrimp, were smaller than I expected them to be. The bigger disappointment was that they were dry and overcooked. This is my third or fourth trip to this restaurant, and I have yet to be wowed.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2017

Our first time there it was our 48th wedding anniversary. Someone gave us a G/C and glad they did, we will be back again!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We go to the sole 3-4 times a year. never fails to have a wonderful meal, friendly service.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2017

Amazing menu with fresh fish and seafood delivered daily. Great atmosphere and efficient staffing for perfect service every time.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

My wife and I have dinner at the Sole Proprietor a couple of times a year. We've never been disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Outstanding service and food. Great menu. On a busy night, parking is challenging and it is definitely a "bustling" ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

On a busy night, we were accommodated with little extra wait, for our seating preference. Also, our wait team were excellent, attentive, funny and very fast. The food was prepared perfectly, and was delicious.

Point of sadness: desserts are not nearly as good as years past, and essentially the same as everywhere else. Especially missing the incredible whoopie pie. Perhaps change that menu up a bit..?

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Great dinner for seven with two kids. Everyone loved their food. Easy parking. Great cocktails. The best salmon I've had in years. Cooked perfectly. Service among the best in Worcester.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Love eating and socializing at the Sole! Typical gathering spot with friends and family!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Arrive 5 minutes early for reservation, seated right away, the manager thanked us for dining with them that night. Appetizer of lobster egg rolls were awesome, main course of King Ora Salmon (best I've ever had) and North Atlantic Pollock - the fish was cooked just right. Flaky, smooth and enjoyable. Sangria and Lemondrop Martinis were done really well. The atmosphere is very energetic, people tend to stay longer, laugh and have a good time. Waitstaff was great. Lots of attention, drinks never ran dry and overall great. Highly recommend The Sole to friends, family and co-workers!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2017

I wanted a filet but not the combo (surf & turf) it came with and was told the only filet they had was the luncheon size (we were having dinner) so it was small - I ordered it anyway. It came on a big plate with the mashed potatoes - no garnish - very poor presentation. The filet was tough so I only chewed on 3 bites and took the rest home for the cats. I was sitting in the aisle chair at a corner booth and there wasn't enough room for people to pass so every time the waiter or patrons went by, they bumped into my chair. When patrons came to occupy the table in back of my chair, no one could get by and the person sitting in back of me kept bumping my chair when he moved. The waiter had to go by very frequently because their pay station was next to our table. The place was mobbed when we left around 7:30p (it was a Friday night) and we had to ask people to move in order to go down the aisles. There were 5 in my party - three people were satisfied with their meal; one other person ordered scallops and was not satisfied with their preparation - she said they were not prepared according to the description in the menu. It was quite noisy and we could barely hear each other across the table. I would not go back again.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2017

I am on the road every week for work. I typically try to get one "nice" meal during the week. I chose this place due to the volume of reviews and the high rating. It did not disappoint. All three of us ordered different entrees and all the food was outstanding. I would go again. We had a combination of seafood and steak. All excellent and the salads and chowder was on point. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2017

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2017

First time we have been to Sole for lunch. Loved it! Excellent menu. I had the smoked salmon BLT, my wife had the seafood salad. Both were top notch as was our server.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

We made our reservation two days before as the restaurant is always busy. We were promptly seated when we arrived. The shrimp cocktail appetizer was amazing - huge shrimp and fantastic cocktail sauce! Dinner arrived about twenty minutes after the appetizer with worked perfect. My meal was trout over a pumpkin ravioli - sounded interesting - turned out to be an amazingly tasty combination! I live in NH and was visiting of the evening - totally worth the drive!!!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Always a great experience! I will be back. They made me feel special on my birthday! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Amazing meal. Food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Good size portions. Friendly, attentive wait staff. A new favorite

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

We were celebrating two mutual birthdays, and every aspect of the restaurant was superb. I highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Everyone from the initial Greeting at the door to the "Goodnight" was very inviting, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. We received a genuine greeting and friendly follow up at our table. Our server had a great sense of humor and made us feel comfortable when we asked questions about the meals and choices. We plan to visit again and look forward to it!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

Beautiful Birthday dinner with my parents. Worcester was a halfway meeting point, and this restaurant was perfect. Will definitely return.

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