Top 10 restaurants in Worcester, United States

April 14, 2018 Terina Blouin

Worcester (/ˈwʊstər/ WUUS-tər, locally [ˈwʊstə] ( listen)) is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) west of Boston, 50 miles (80 km) east of Springfield and 40 miles (64 km) north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the mass-produced Valentine's Day card was invented in the city.
Things to do in Worcester

1. 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.

2. Mare e Monti

Wall St., Worcester, MA Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner 508-767-1800
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Mare e Monti

Reviewed By AshleeB21 - Worcester, Massachusetts

Stopped in here with a party of 4 on a Friday night at 5:30. We got seated immediately. By 6-6:30 it was starting to fill up so I suggest getting there on the earlier side. Every staff member we talked with was extremely kind and helpful. Our waitress had the perfect balance of leaving us be and coming over when we needed her. We had a couple of apps and the calamari came with a generous portion. Each drink was deliciously made. I would highly suggest the chocolate martini for dessert! I ordered the eggplant parm which was a huge portion! Everyone at the table loved what they ordered and we were all very surprised by the pricing. It was very low for the quality and quantity! No complaints there! The interior was warm and cozy with tables that were not too close to one another. The restaurant is located off the beaten path with side street parking. I do believe I noticed they have valet parking as well. Don’t let the location scare you away. It’s totally fine and worth it! We can’t wait to go back. Great for a date night or family dinner.

3. Bocado

82 Winter St, Worcester, MA 01604-5036 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 508-797-1011
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 318 reviews

Bocado

Reviewed By Santiago1109 - Oxford, Massachusetts

If on a date this place might be pretty good. The service is a little slow. And it is tapas style which is fine but one tapa took long till the next. The drinks were nice and the place is great. The food is solid is just that you can’t order anything after your initial order other wise it takes a while.

4. Baba Sushi

309 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609-1846 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 508-752-8822
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 161 reviews

Baba Sushi

Reviewed By tulez

Title pretty much summarizes everything! The bar is awesome - makes really awesome mixed drinks. I also had their special Bloody Mary - absolutely out of this world! Very nice signature rolls. I also had their sushi deluxe. I've heard a lot about this place and while was in the area decided to stop by with friends. One of few places that open til 1am - was important as we were going there after a venue. Very happy with the service. The only issue was the bathroom: there was only one and it was always locked/busy.

5. 111 Chop House

111 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604-4604 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 508-799-4111
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 455 reviews

111 Chop House

The idea behind One Eleven Chop House was to establish a Chicago-style steakhouse right here in Worcester. The elegance and sophistication of the decor complements some of the best-tasting steaks and chops you'll find anywhere. All of our cuts are either certified prime-grade or in the top 10% of the choice grade. And they're all expertly prepared. Choose from traditional steaks done right or less traditional favorites, such as Long Island Duck Two Ways, Sirloin Encrusted in Black Pepper with a Shallot Brandy Cream Sauce, or a Mixed Grill of Filet Mignon, Confit of Duck and Blackened Shrimp.

Reviewed By Jay S - Woodstock, Connecticut

Visited for my birthday. Haven't been here in years but better than ever. Enjoyed a pleasant & attentive wait staff, excellently prepped food (we had oysters-on-half-shell, lovely salad w/obviously house-made blue cheese dressing, mini filet mignon w/lobster tail, braised short rib over cannellini bean puree w/greens, roasted brussel sprouts, & garlic mashed potatoes..potatoes just a bit too salty..). All cooked to 10-star perfection!

Only negative was my Southern Comfort Manhattan which for $10.75 was The Weakest & Smallest cocktail I've Ever consumed for the price! But, then again, I had already read Chophouse reviews about this major flaw.

The food can't be beat even though it's pricey. Great place for deep pockets and a nice dining experience!

6. Miss Worcester Diner

300 Southbridge St, Worcester, MA 01608-2150 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 +1 508-753-5600
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Miss Worcester Diner

Reviewed By tfitz695 - Westfield, New Jersey

We stopped here for b'fast, had about a 30 minute wait. People on line were very friendly. We met folks who drive up from Rhode Island every week to eat here. Reuben omelet was amazing, banana bread french toast, and the honey bunches of oats french toast was to die for. Also very good homemade corned beef hash. Service was very friendly. I can't wait to go back.

7. The Sole Proprietor

118 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01609-2731 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 508-798-3474
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 915 reviews

The Sole Proprietor

Reviewed By Linda H - Acton, Massachusetts, United States

Really fresh seafood and it is well prepared and there are a variety of ways it is prepared. Be prepared for a long wait if you don't have a reservation. I personally had the tuna stuffed with feta and sundried tomatoes and my husband had the blackened swordfish. Both were great!

8. O'Connor's Restaurant & Bar

1160 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA 01606-1147 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 508-853-0789
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 683 reviews

O'Connor's Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Charles M - Worcester, Massachusetts

We go to O'Connors about once a month. I've never had a bad meal there and the range/type/quality of foods is remarkable.
We are not pub people so even though there is a heavy presence of the Irish Pub type crowd, you never feel uncomfortable here.
The attitude too of friendliness from all of the waiters/waitresses along with the maître de is great .
Within Worcester vicinity this is definitely a top restaurant.

9. Birchtree Bread Company

138 Green St, #5, Worcester, MA 01604-4127 Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 774-243-6944
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Birchtree Bread Company

Reviewed By RoseV2003 - Marlborough, Massachusetts

Wonderful lunch choices. The blue cheese and onion quiche of the day served with side salad and bread was delicious. Next time I'll try the hearty bowl of lentil soup that my friend ordered. Be mindful of the lines and the wait for a table/seat.We were there on a Friday around noon and the place was packed. We waited over 30 minutes to have our orders brought to the table. We came back for coffee and dessert around 3:00 Pm (delicious almond tart and I love the coffee choices!) to no crowds.

10. Boynton Family Restaurant

117 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01609-2726 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 508-756-8458
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 433 reviews

Boynton Family Restaurant

Reviewed By Donna F - Central MA

We were definitely happy with prompt service and food. At lunch time it was busy but waitstaff was very attentive and no waiting. My burger was cooked perfectly which doesn't always happen at other places. The traditional soup and 1/2 sandwich item had an option to substitute the sandwich for a salad with soup. I will try that along with so many other appetizing things on the menu.

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