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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Central MA

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Comeketo Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (292)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
Great experience we love everything service was great the food was delicious my family love the place will visit next time we come
A photo of Chashu Ramen + Izakaya restaurant
4.7
4.7 (534)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Worcester
About the restaurant
Chashu Ramen + Izakaya is bringing fire to Worcester. The latest collaboration between Worcester’s own Son Vo of Kaizen and Pho Sure and Tam Le of Pho Linh and Reign Drink Lab, Chashu brings Japanese inspired fare to downtown Worcester. Power lunches, happy hours, and sophisticated nightcaps are about to be redefined.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Overall was great! The service was exceptional. The only short fall was the chicken karaage, the chicken was a little burnt and not fresh. (Same goes to the chicken in chicken udon) other than that Chashu is my favourite go to in Worcester!
A photo of The Rail Trail Flatbread Co. - Milford restaurant
4.7
4.7 (239)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Milford
About the restaurant
The Rail Trail Flatbread Co., celebrated its grand opening on 12/12/23, marking not only a milestone in Milford's downtown revitalization but also a nod to the original Hudson location's success. Built in a meticulously renovated former bank that features a spacious restaurant and bar, outdoor patio, and upstairs events space, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.

The Milford location reflects a two-and-a-half-year renovation effort, preserving historical elements like the century-old clock, vault door, and exposed brick walls. The open dining layout encourages interaction, adorned with family photos for a homey feel.

Though famous for flatbreads, Rail Trail boasts diverse offerings, each component is made in-house. Notable flatbreads include "Fig & Walnut" and "Mexican Street Corn," alongside the popular "Primo Pepperoni." Appetizers like "Hot Tots" and "Sesame Cauliflower" showcase Rail Trail's culinary creativity.

Top review
ChristineF
Dined 4 days ago
First time to the Milford location! Our server was fantastic and food was excellent!
A photo of Black & White Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (648)
$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
StaceyDvip
Dined 6 days ago
Food and service were excellent. The steak tips are a favorite. The major drawback was the smell of the septic system. We ate outside on their beautiful patio but when the wind blew in a certain direction, the septic smell was overpowering.
A photo of Tavern in the Square - Shrewsbury restaurant
4.5
4.5 (970)
$30 and under
American
Shrewsbury
About the restaurant
Tavern in the Square located at the Lakeway Commons on route 9 in Shrewsbury. Our Tavern in the Square Shrewsbury location features an open floor plan along with a 50 seat bar that extends on to our patio. 50 beers on draft and a menu made with the freshest ingredients and our big screen TV’s to watch all your favorite sports teams. Our all season enclosed patio features dining tables, bar chairs, and a lounge area.
Top review
DebraO
Dined 6 days ago
The server was very good but it took quite a while to get our food. We did get to eat on the outdoor patio which was nice
A photo of Enrico's Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub restaurant
4.5
4.5 (10)
$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
BenGvip
Dined on May 24, 2024
Great meal. Only thing I'd change is tonhave the green peppers on the pizza cooked more. Great service.
A photo of Baba Sushi Sturbridge restaurant
4.4
4.4 (57)
$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.
A photo of The Neighborhood Tavern restaurant
4.4
4.4 (173)
$30 and under
American
Northborough
About the restaurant
Diverse menu, Craft Beer Selection, 33 Sports TV, Neighborhood Vibe, Saturday and Sunday Brunch. American Bar and Restaurant.
Top review
EricaZ
Dined 1 day ago
We had a great experience, we wanted a quick dinner and it was perfect. Great food, service and not rushed.
A photo of The Mercantile restaurant
4.4
4.4 (778)
$30 and under
American
Worcester
About the restaurant
Serving up New American Tavern Cuisine in our two-floor full-service restaurant and bar, equipped with two 50-seat bars, world-inspired snacks and entrees, brick pizza oven, private event space, and an open rooftop patio that offers views of downtown Worcester and City Square. Located next to the DCU Center and minutes from Polar Park, we’re a natural choice pre and post-game.

*Due to limited patio seating, we do not take reservations for our patio. Please note the patio request in your reservation, or ask upon arrival, and we will do our best to accommodate.

**The rooftop is open Wednesday-Friday 4 PM - close. Saturday & Sunday 12 PM - close.

***Public parking is available at The Mercantile Center Garage with direct access to the restaurant on Level 3A.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great atmosphere and food. A good spot for a date night or night out with friends.
A photo of Table Twelve restaurant
4.3
4.3 (365)
$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
MatthewP
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
It was a busy night yet the food was excellent and the wait staff outstanding. The only concern I have is with the noise level. Even with that, it doesn't take away from how much we enjoyed ourselves!
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