Sole Proprietor Seafood & Spirits

Bar or Pub, Restaurant

General Information: 118 Highland Street
Worcester, MA 01605
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No Smoking Handicap Accessible

Hours: 4 PM-9:30 PM Sunday
11:30 AM-10 PM Monday - Thursday
11:30 AM-11 PM Friday
Noon-11 PM Saturday
Price Range:
$13.99 - $39.99
Largest Group: 450
Take Out: Yes
Reservations Offered: Yes, Establishment Recommended

Food: Seafood

The Sole Proprietor is the Worcester area's most popular seafood restaurant. Co-owners Robb and Madeliene Ahlquist attribute the popularity of the seafood restaurant to its emphasis on freshness, value, creative cuisine, attention to service, and an attractive design. Menu items include baked sole with shrimp and artichoke stuffing, fresh blackened tuna sashimi, and the popular seafood sauté, which includes lobster, crab, scallops and shrimp.

The Sole Proprietor has received numerous national and local awards, and regularly receives the highest accolades from reviewers.

Tom Horan's "America's Top Ten Club": "Top Ten Seafood Houses," 2005
Telegram & Gazette: Best Seafood Restaurant, 2001-2005
The Landmark: Best Seafood Restaurant, various years
Worcester Magazine: Best Restaurant, 1999, 2003, 2004
Best Seafood restaurant, 1991-2005
Best Wine List, 2002
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence: 2002-2005
Yankee Food Service: Among the top 20 independent restaurants in Massachusetts, based on volume

From May 27th through September 2nd, The Sole's hours of operation on Saturdays are 4pm to 11pm.

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9 Sole Proprietor Seafood & Spirits Bar or Pub, Restaurant Reviews
ReviewerServiceSelectionQualityAtmosphereAverage Rating
(1=Poor, 5=Excellent)
3.67 4.44 4.44 4.11 4.17
Jan 29, 2008
2 2 2 2 2.00
I can't understand why this place is so busy. I've gone for lunch and dinner and both times the food took forever! The prices are way too high. I have to laugh at the way this place is a carbon copy of Legal Seafoods in my opinion. No originality whatsover. Also, the waitstaff act like they are doing you a big favor by waiting on you. I don't understand the popularity, the only plus I see is alot of parking. 
Nov 13, 2007
5 5 5 5 5.00
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. It is noisy, busy and expensive but the food is so worth it! If the dinner time entrees are too much for your budget, sit at the bar and order from the "Kettles" menu. Good food, cheap! Awesome seafood and they baked stuffed shrimp is to die for! 
Jul 23, 2005
3 5 5 5 4.50
very busy it's always booked. Funky decor that's fitting of the restaurant. Huge selection of seafood. waitstaff's always busy but that's a given in busy, crowded places. 
Jan 24, 2004
4 5 5 5 4.75
Very busy and always booked; yummy seafood. Service slow, but that's a given since it's always so packed. Noisy too. 
Jun 7, 2003
3 5 5 5 4.50
The restaurant was very busy which slowed service down a bit, but the food and ambience was great. 
Ken Gagne
Jan 13, 2001
4 3 3 4 3.50
Excellent place for fish. I counted only one non-fish item on the menu. Disappointing - but then why would you go here if not for fish? 
Jon Yurek
Sep 26, 2000
4 5 5 4 4.50
One of the best seafood houses in the area. Everything is great. The only problem is that it gets really crowded around suppertime. 
Malory Truman
Mar 7, 2000
4 5 5 3 4.25
always noisy, always crowded. Very expensive but the food is fantastic. Their tuna sashimi is one of my favorite things in any restaurant anywhere. 
Eric W Tapley
Jul 30, 1999
4 5 5 4 4.50
I have found the Sole to be reasonably priced for lunch, as the food is fantastic, but for dinner it's a little beyond my college-student salary! 

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