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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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4.4  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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3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Awesome as always

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Excellent all around

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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BILL (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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BirthdayGirl (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipJayM (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

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

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Beth (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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Lynnm (New England)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipEllen (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2017

Very good seafood menu, 5 star food, price reasonable

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Friargirl95 (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined 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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