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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Central MA

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Central MA? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Lucia's Tavola restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1462)
$31 to $50
Italian
Ayer
About the restaurant
Chef owned and operated Lucia's Tavola is a fine dining Italian restaurant. Lucia's features a menu comprised of Chefs family favorites, Chef originals, traditional Italian & local ingredients creating unique Italian inspired cuisine.
Lucia's also offers an extensive cocktail menu and a complete, well balanced wine list.

Top review
RobSvip
Dined 2 days ago
Service from the very nice hostess to Trish our server was terrific! Food was outstanding from the salads to the mains, especially the Three Fighting Sisters special, which I really enjoyed with a combination of veg and proteins I wouldn’t have expected but went really well, really well together. I hope to see that special again. Overall a really very nice evening!
A photo of Clintons Bar and Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1793)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Clinton
About the restaurant
Clintons Bar and Grille offers a vibrant and casual atmosphere with details in our custom lighting, a fully stocked bar area with lounge seating, and a focus on guest satisfaction that provides a unique dining experience in the heart of Clinton.

The detailed contempoary American menu leaves plenty of options for any of our guests' palates ranging from the ever popular butternut squash raviolis to our deliciously tender filet. Come experience a little slice of the city on High Street.
Outdoor dining will be available weather permitting.
Kitchen closes 30 minutes before closing hours and last seating will be an hour prior.

Top review
salty
Dined 3 days ago
It was Monday night and lots of walk in but host and servers handled it all graciously and efficiently. Wide choice of great food.
A photo of Dino's Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (113)
$30 and under
Italian
Worcester
About the restaurant
Dino's Restaurant is an authentic Italian restaurant located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dino’s has been serving its customers the finest Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, as well as a variety of American foods, for over 40 years, with seafood as a specialty. In that time, Dino's serves cuisine from both the northern and southern regions of Italy, with seafood, steaks, veal, and pizzas being the specialties of the house.

At Dino’s, we believe that our customers deserve the best. With that in mind, we ensure that all of our entrées are cooked to order, using the freshest ingredients, which are visually pleasing to the eye as they are to the palette. We also offer business, social and holiday function facilities in The Café, our private function room, which includes a full service bar. Dino’s also provides catering and delivery services. It is our pleasure to serve you and let us give you a little taste of Italy!

Top review
FrancisFvip
Dined 7 days ago
Four of us had dinner last night (5/16/24) at Dino's Ristorante. As usual, the food was delicious and there was so much of it that each of us took home leftovers to be enjoyed over the next day or so. If you want a great meal at a fair price you cannot beat what you will get from Jay and crew at Dino's.
A photo of Comeketo Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (291)
$30 and under
Brazilian Steakhouse
Leominster
About the restaurant
At Comeketo Brazilian Steakhouse we offer meals of excellent quality and invite you to try our delicious food.

The key to our success is simple: providing quality consistent food that tastes great every single time. We pride ourselves on serving delicious genuine dishes like Brazilian platters, Burgers and other American meals that you'll love!

Eat delicious food. Grab a drink. But most of all, relax! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support.

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Top review
CherishR
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Delicious food, wonderful drinks, great servers, good atmosphere, owner was great too.
A photo of Black & White Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (643)
$30 and under
American
Worcester
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Black & White Grille & Pizzeria! We are family owned & operated, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best quality product and service as we would to our own families. Together with our staff, we devote our time to creating entrees that cater to all taste buds. We hope that you enjoy your time spent with us as you dine. Our goal is to make your experience one that will leave you coming back for more.
Top review
RosemaryB
Dined 4 days ago
Our waiter, Cam, was excellent. It was very busy yet he was very attentive to our needs. He also had a very pleasant personality. The onion rings were awesome!! And we always love their pizza!! Left there full and content!
A photo of Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub restaurant
4.6
4.6 (8)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Sturbridge
About the restaurant
Our thin-crust pizza is cooked crispy and well done. It is baked in an authentic wood-burning brick oven that can reach temperatures as high as 900 degrees. The brick oven’s intense heat locks in freshness, creates a crispy crust, and gives the pizza its unique flavor.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Pizza was good. It would have been great if it was well done. Just my opinion
A photo of Piccolo's restaurant
4.5
4.5 (782)
$30 and under
Italian
Worcester
About the restaurant
A unique destination for Worcester's movers and shakers, Piccolo's has become the place to go for great Italian cuisine, a glass of good wine and an eclectic social mix not found elsewhere on Shrewsbury Street.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 12, 2024
Nice surprise. Booked last minute for a college grad lunch on Mother’s Day. Quaintly meals. And small but great wine list - terrific values.
A photo of Leo's Ristorante restaurant
4.4
4.4 (396)
$30 and under
Italian
Worcester
About the restaurant
Leo's Ristorante offers excellent Italian cuisine at inexpensive prices. The Turo family has been providing quality Italian cuisine for over 50 years. Our beautiful decor and comfortable dining room is a great start to a memorable dining experience. Come see for yourself.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Leo's was the perfect place to bring a party of 14 on graduation day in Worcester! We pretty much had the place to ourselves. The food was good, and the service was excellent. Pricey but definitely recommend for a larger party.
A photo of Baba Sushi Sturbridge restaurant
4.4
4.4 (55)
$30 and under
Japanese
Sturbridge
About the restaurant
Welcome to Baba Sushi… Voted Worcester’s Best Sushi Restaurant 9 consecutive years in a row, and a 5-time winner of the prestigious Worcester’s Best Chef award, Chef Wilson Wang is pleased to bring the freshest, most original sushi creations to the newer Sturbridge, MA location.

Wilson also invites you to try his Chinese Hot Pot, a delicious and fun way to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

So Sushi… AND Hot Pot, all under one roof, and made only with the freshest and tastiest ingredients. Thank you for joining us! We are excited to finally be here in Sturbridge and look forward bringing you the finest dining experience.

Top review
BrookeB
Dined 3 days ago
From the hostess to Alexxi the service and food was yet again amazing!!! Best sushi around!
A photo of Table Twelve restaurant
4.4
4.4 (361)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Worcester
About the restaurant
From our welcoming and warm team of professionals, to our fresh, scratch made menu items, our only goal at Table Twelve is making sure you can’t wait to come back again. We feature a collection of menu items to satisfy all taste buds. We put a few modern twists on some classics, offer a wide variety of light lunch options as well as hearty dinner choices, and just a pinch of Greek-spiration (you HAVE to try the Fried Feta!).
Your celebrations are our celebrations, your romantic dinner, late night desserts, lunch meeting, catch up with friends, some quiet alone time (or loud, we don’t judge), are the moments our days and nights are made of and it is our pleasure to be part of those moments with you!
We take pride in providing you with warm service and avorful meals. We are fresh, friendly, and local and here to serve you.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The server was out standing, the restaurant decor was exceptional and the food was spectacular. We will be back!!
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