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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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  • Special Occasion
  • 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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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Susan (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipCarlBigDaddyJ (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2017

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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vipBigD (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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DebbieF (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

Attentive staff and very good food. Enjoyed the experience.

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JALNYC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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friend (New England)
3.0  Dined 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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Angela (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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SloneDigitty (New England)
3.0  Dined 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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PaulC (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipnjseadooer (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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Diner9898 (New England)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

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

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Nana1010 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

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

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vipBombdiggity (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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RoMat (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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