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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Central MA

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Herb Lyceum restaurant
5.0
5 (25)
$50 and over
American
Groton
About the restaurant
We’re excited to introduce Herb Lyceum Bistro, where you, your families and friends can visit the farm for our inventive tasting dishes & inviting atmosphere, but with the more traditional restaurant experience of choosing your own adventure.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
What an absolutely fabulous dining experience. The food combinations were surprising and delicious! Who would have thought that roasted corn ice cream would be to die for? First went to the Herb Lyceum about 20 or more years ago when the original chef - Gilson son, Will Gilson, was just a teenager with a gift for preparing phenomenal meals for his guests. The charm then, and now, although Will has moved on to be the owner of several restaurants now, was the chefs joining you for each course, explaining the pairings, etc. A truly delightful evening!!! And the cost is incredibly low considering the incredible quality of he meal! Even my Big Apple guest who has access to some of the finest restaurants in the world in NYC was blown away! Simply love this place!!! Can't recommend it highly enough!
A photo of Willy’s Steakhouse Grill & Sushi Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2823)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Shrewsbury
About the restaurant
Willy's Steakhouse Grill & Sushi Bar is the premier steakhouse in Central Massachusetts. Steak isn't the only item we are well known for, we are also known for exquisite sushi.

Please note Sushi is not available on Mondays.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was delicious as always, the service was spot on.
A photo of Dino's Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (119)
$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!

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SteveB
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Big menu. All kinds of Italian food just good food.
A photo of Publick House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2739)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Sturbridge
About the restaurant
We welcome you to the Publick House Historic Inn where delicious homemade food and comfortable lodging becomes your home away from home. When you come to the Publick House to feast on our generous meals and enjoy the comfort of our Yankee hospitality, you'll be warmed by the same magnificent open hearths that warmed our early American ancestors. Whether you're looking for a restaurant that offers family dining, need comfortable accommodations, or you're in need of a convenient meeting place, planning a bridal shower or want the perfect venue for your dream wedding...the Publick House Historic Inn welcomes you.
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GeraldineP
Dined 6 days ago
Our waitress was outstanding! My sandwich- grilled cheese bacon and lobster- delicious! Bought scones in the bakery- delicious. My experience was terrific! !
A photo of Forge and Vine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2996)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Groton
About the restaurant
Drawing inspiration from the region’s history and natural surroundings, the 156-seat freestanding restaurant reflects elemental themes of wood, water, iron, and fire, reminiscent of the carriage houses and blacksmith shops that once dotted the landscape. The centerpiece of Forge & Vine is an eight-foot wood fired grill and open kitchen with counter seating where guests can enjoy dinner while interacting with the chef. Welcoming residents as well as visitors to the area, Forge & Vine offers a strong sense of place with a design sensibility that brings in the outside with floor to ceiling windows offering breathtaking pastoral views of Gibbett Hill. The restaurant boasts spacious and casual bar with service inside and out and features classic and comfortable cuisine sourced from the best produce, seafood, and meats that New England offers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent, as always. Enjoyed drinks outside which was just lovely. REALLY enjoyed the watermelon cocktail…not recalling name but just yummy! Dinner was excellent as usual. Two of us enjoyed the pasta special with clams; one loved the veggie burger and the chicken statler was delicious. Sean, Kayla and Lauren all excellent. Looking forward to chicken Milanese back on menu in August. Never had a bad meal or experience at F&V. Thanks team!
A photo of Russo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (579)
$30 and under
Italian
Worcester
About the restaurant
Russo Italian Restaurant features traditional Italian dishes made from recipes handed down from generation to generation.
Top review
DeniseM
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We always enjoy our time at Russo’s. We wanted to share one of our favorite restaurants with friends and requested the wine room for the ambience. Unfortunately it was closed. Still had a good dinner but the main room is always so much louder.
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Worcester restaurant
4.6
4.6 (603)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Worcester
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Worcester serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So, whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested, and private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The staff greeted us with happy birthday wishes for my son, which was really sweet. Walleed, our server, was attentive and friendly, and he did a great job. The food was outstanding as always. It couldn’t have been a better experience.
A photo of Sonoma restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1675)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Worcester
About the restaurant
SONOMA offers a wonderful dining experience with the finest global cuisine, producing an exquisite fusion of cultures and taste.

Praised for its innovative combinations of ingredients and imaginative presentation, SONOMA redefines exceptional dining, featuring Chef-created seasonal selections, a sophisticated West Coast-inspired wine collection, unsurpassed indoor and outdoor ambiance, and DiRōNA-awarded elegance, for a truly unforgettable experience.

SONOMA’s bold commitment to extraordinary fine dining has been recognized with numerous industry awards and accolades, including OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Awards.

From hand-crafted top-shelf cocktails to the freshest farm-to-table and ocean-to-table sustainable cuisine, to tantalizing, indulgent desserts. Recognized with an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award in 2023.

We are no longer accepting gift cards from the Princeton location.

Gift card purchases are available at https://bit.ly/36oH3gZ.


Top review
Andrews
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Everything was Perfect! Excellent service and food.
A photo of Leo's Ristorante restaurant
4.3
4.3 (405)
$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 1 day ago
Leo's is and always has been a great place for Italian food, good service and great conversation.
A photo of Baba Sushi Sturbridge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (58)
$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
JamesM
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
If you appreciate good sushi, then Baba's is the place to go. Have NEVER had a bad experience with the food. Love this place.
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