Holden Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Holden

April 14, 2018 Natalie Tallman

Holden is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The town was founded in 1741, and the Town Square (center) was donated by John Hancock, former Governor of Massachusetts.
Things to do in Holden

1. Val's Restaurant & Pizza

75 Reservoir St, Holden, MA 01520-1245 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Italian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 508-829-0900
Excellent
54%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 192 reviews

Val's Restaurant & Pizza

Reviewed By Shorthand - Leicester, Massachusetts

We went with a group on a Saturday night. it was very busy, even at 5. We all had a very good meal. We all loved the lovely woman who sang. This made the night extra special. Decaf coffee was good.

2. Lou Roc's Diner

1074 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA 01606-1143 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 508-852-6888
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 264 reviews

Lou Roc's Diner

Reviewed By John C - Worcester, Massachusetts

A fast paced diner atmosphere with lots going on. Great menu with great service to back it up. The servings are more than generous and the menu has many options.

3. Sweets N Java

1207 Main St, Holden, MA 01520-1017 Seating Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 508-829-7900
Excellent
87%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Sweets N Java

Reviewed By Pamela H - Nashville, Tennessee

Cute little coffee house, locally owned and family run! Home made sweet treats, coffee ice cubes...what a great touch. For the life of me, I can't figure out why Dunkin has any customers left! ☕️?☕️

4. Bagel Inn

785 Main St, Holden, MA 01520-1825 Takeout, Seating American, Cafe, Soups Breakfast, Lunch +1 508-829-3550
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Bagel Inn

Reviewed By telc0mtechie - Boston, Massachusetts

Carrot Soup was a bit bland cold in the middle and hot on the edges. Veggie wrap not many selection of veggies. Just spinach, onions, lettuce, tomato no cucumber not horrible just have had better elsewhere. Chicken salad in bagel was a little old. Chicken was hard

5. West Boylston Seafood

321 W Boylston St, West Boylston, MA 01583-2352 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Soups Lunch, Dinner +1 508-853-3655
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

West Boylston Seafood

Reviewed By ColonelLarrySanJose - San Jose

My wife is a native New Englander and as such is quite fussy about her clams. She only wants whole fried clams. West Boylston Seafood delivers a generous portion in a no frills environment. Cole slaw was also quite good. The Madam was pleased.

6. Gerardo's Italian Bakery

307 W Boylston St, West Boylston, MA 01583-2339 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian +1 508-835-3434
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Gerardo's Italian Bakery

Reviewed By ChefCass

Met a great Italian gentleman here last week who summed it up in one line...."Give me one of everything...and a cuppa coffee!"

You walk in this lovely facility and the amazing scents make it hard to leave! The sparkling display cases feature an amazing array of every Italian treat you could dream of.

The Mini Cannoli come in a variety of flavors. My favorite is the pistachio. There are lemon squares, frosted anise cookies, hermit bars that are loaded with the perfect balance of the most fragrant spices, and the loveliest selection of hand-detailed wedding cakes. An awesome Batman birthday cake for some lucky lil guy was on its way out the door while we were there.

Don't forget to grab a stack of anise pizzelle for breakfast with coffee tomorrow and maybe an extra one for the road if you're traveling.

Make sure to drop by if you've had lunch at West Boylston Seafood or Ollies next door!!

Ciao y'all!!

7. Sonoma

206 Worcester Rd, Princeton, MA 01541-1534 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 508-754-2000
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 115 reviews

Sonoma

Reviewed By Dhanan - Massachusetts

Sonoma is in a strip commercial building that does not hint of the excellence that is awaiting one inside.

Sonoma is a nice, comfortable place with excellent food, service and wine offering. The short menu along with the daily specials is a sign that everything is freshly made on the premises. We loved our salad, the entrees' , the vegetables accompanying the meals and the desert. Everything was well done and tastefully presented. The waitstaff was first rate.

We would have said that we'd love to go back. However the restaurant is closing in it's current location and is reopening in Worcester at the Beachwood hotel with supposedly a new menu. We'll have to wait and see .....

8. Specialty Sandwich Co Incorporated

624 Main St, Ste 2, Holden, MA 01520-1800 Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner +1 508-829-4848
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Specialty Sandwich Co Incorporated

Reviewed By Carolyn000001

Greek salad is amazing. Wood fired pizza ovens, makes for great pizza. Lots of sandwiches & subs to choose from. Large TV's at the bar for watching sports.

9. Dunkin' Donuts

1175 Main St, Ste 18, Holden, MA 01520-1222 +1 508-829-5506
Excellent
0%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
67%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By Chris C

While the drive-through is fast and the food is good, there is little chance that the workers will cater to your meal preparation requests. The words "toasted dark" and "a little bit of butter" seem to be missing from the Dunkin' Donuts' vocabulary.

10. Friendly's

1060 Main St, Holden, MA 01520-1247 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 508-829-2991
Excellent
4%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
20%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 25 reviews

Reviewed By riririri3300ccz00 - San Francisco, California

Friendlys had been a New England tradition. Your experience will of course vary with the individual restaurant. This particular Friendlys in Holden MA has been through many changes. On my most recent visit, I noticed the menu had been greatly changed, fewer choices. If you are considered a senior they will give you a discount. Has some nice meals but is expensive at lunch time compared to other nearby restaurants that are able to offer lunch specials. Friendlys does not offer lunch specials as far as I know. The service is friendly. Keep in mind there can be a wait at this Friendlys if you go on a Fri or Sat night during dinner time. The food was good, the atmosphere is homey and fun. They allowed me to order a kids meal even though I'm an adult, which is new. Allowing adults to order kids meals would depend upon the restaurant and could change, policy has changed several times. I like to order a kids meal because I save money and get plenty of delicious food. Breakfast is nice here too.

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