Category: Dining


Worcester Restaurant Week runs from August 2 to August 15 and is a great opportunity to relish in a three course meal for only $22.10 plus tax and tip! In case you missed our article and sidebar in the July 29th Worcester Mag, here is a list of participating restaurants & menu details:


Where Should You Go for Worcester Restaurant Week?

By Trisha J. Wooldridge

Remember, most restaurants suggest you call ahead to check seating availability.  Many have even posted menus on their websites!  On top of that, a few have shared some of the menu highlights to a not-entirely-unbiased food writer, who’s happy to share some of her favorite things.

Italian


AJ Tomaiolo’s

411 North Main Street, Northborough

508-393-5245

Amici’s Trattoria

582 Main Street, Shrewsbury

508-842-7800

amicitrattoria.com

Look forward to: Fresh salmon, asparagus tips, artichoke hearts, roma tomatoes and Arborio rice simmered in a parmesan-tomato cream sauce – and frozen cappuccino truffle!

Biagio’s Grille

257 Park Avenue, Worcester

508-756-7995

biagiosgrille.com

Look forward to: Salad with fresh tomatoes and basil, filet mignon or scallops baked with pesto, and homemade tiramisu.

Bistro Limoncello

290 West Main Street, Northborough

508-393-5440

bistrolimoncello.com

Look forward to: Beef carpaccio, chicken marsala, and amazing desserts

Calabria Ristorante

7 S. Main Street, Millbury

508-581-9700

Dante’s

421 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-791-1111

Il Forno

65 West Boylston Street, West Boylston

508-835-3700

il-forno.com

Look forward to: No holds barred with these high-end entrées featuring seafood, filet mignon, and veal!

LaScala

183 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-753-9912

lascalashewsburystreet.com

Look forward to: Favorite signature dishes, like Chicken LaScala, as well as seafood and a beef tips entrée.

Leo’s Ristorante

11 Bracket Court, Worcester

508-753-9490

leosristorante.net

Look forward to: Veal saltimbocca and seafood risotto are just two amazing entries entrées, along with cannoli and spumoni for dessert!

Piccolo’s Italian Restaurant

157 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-754-1057

piccolos157.com

Look forward to: Tortelini Serafini – 4 cheese tortellini with prosciutto, sugar snap peas, and a pink vodka sauce.

Porto Bello

156 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-753-9865

portobellorestaurant156.com

Look forward to: Veal saltimbocca, chopped clam sauce, and entrées featuring seafood and chicken.

VIA

89 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-754-4842

viaitaliantable.com

Via Alto 27

27 High Street, Clinton

978-598-7002

ristoranteviaalto27.com

Viva Bene

144 Commercial Street, Worcester

508-799-9999

viva-bene.com

Look forward to: An even more creative menu than last year offering choices of beef, chicken, fish, and vegetable entrées.

Ziti’s Italian Trattoria

192 Harding Street, Worcester

508-898-2282

Mexican

Mezcal

166 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-926-8308

mezcalcantina.com

Look forward to: Baja shrimp & scallops pan roasted with summer squash, poblano pepper, onion, black beans, a splash of Mexican lager & molé sauce over grilled corn-pepperjack smashed potato.

Asian

Apsara

264 Park Avenue, Worcester

508-752-2211

apsaracuisine.com

Nancy Chang

372 Chandler Street, Worcester

508-752-8899

nancychang.com

Look forward to: Any appetizer from menu (except PuPu platter), many entrees, and plenty of desserts.

Sushi

Willy’s Steakhouse Grill & Sushi Bar

2 Grafton Street, Shrewsbury

508-842-7220

willyssteeakhouse.com

Look forward to: Multiple sushi AND steakhouse entrees makes this one of those restaurants you should bring friends to – so you can all try a little of everything!

Zipango

270 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-754-8047

zipango-sushi.com

Haiku

258 Park Avenue, Worcester

508-459-3033

haikusushi.com

Look forward to: In addition to sushi selections, dinners of tuna steak and petit filet mignon.

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean

El Basha

424 Belmont Street, Worcester

508-797-0884

256 Park Avenue, Worcester

508-795-0222

2 Connector Road, Westborough

508-366-2455

elbasharestaurant.com

Look forward to during WRW: Choice from all 15 menu appetizers as first course, salad, and a entrées of beef, lam, chicken, shawarma, and vegetarian cuisine.

Morocco

172 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-459-9660

moroccoworcester.com

Look forward to during WRW: One of the best bakeries in Worcester, and choice of any menu entrée for the third course.

Webster House

One Webster Street, Worcester

508-757-7208

websterhouserestaurant.com

Barbeque

Smokestack Urban Barbeque

90 Harding Street, Worcester

508-363-1111

bbqstack.com

Look forward to: Traditional southern-style barbeque with a lot of smoke, Smokestack is the newest restaurant on the “block.”

Irish/Pub


O’Connor’s Restaurant & Bar

1160 West Boylston Street, Worcester

508-853-0789

oconnorsrestaurant.com

Look forward to: Proprietor Brendan O’Connor says the most frequent compliment last year was how much variety the restaurant offered; it had the most extensive selection.

The Old Timer

155 Church Street, Clinton

978-365-5980

oldtimerrestaurant.com

American/Pub

Boynton Restaurant & Spirits

Route 9 Highland Street, Worcester

508-756-5432

boyntonrestaurant.com

Look forward to: Dinnerfest of lobster, steamers, mussels and more.

Brew City Grill & Brew House

104 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-752-3862

brew-city.com

Joey’s Bar & Grill

242 Mill Street, Worcester

508-797-3800

joeysbarandgrill.com

Northworks Bar & Grille

106 Grove Street, Worcester

508-755-9657

northworks.com

Look forward to: Many customers’ long standing favorites like Asian spring rolls, stuffed mushrooms, NY sirloin, chicken parmesan, and grilled or blackened swordfish for entrees

Peppercorn’s

455 Park Avenue, Worcester

508-752-7711

epeppercorns.com

Look forward to: Lobster, tenderloin tips, hangar steak, and double-cut pork chops and more signature dishes from Chef Tomaso.

Squire’s

347 Greenwood Street, Worcester

508-752-7544

squirewhites.com

Tweed’s

229 Grove Street, Worcester

508-755-8047

tweedspub.com

Look forward to: Good old-fashioned New England Clam bake with chowder, lobster steamers, and strawberry shortcake.

Val’s

75 Reservoir Street, Holden

508-829-0900

valsrestaurant.com

Webster House

One Webster Street, Worcester

508-757-7208

websterhouserestaurant.com

Steakhouse

111 Chop House

111 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-799-4111

111chophouse.com

Chuck’s Steakhouse

10 Prospect Street (corner of Rt. 20), Auburn

508-832-2553

chucks.com

Willy’s Steakhouse Grill & Sushi Bar

2 Grafton Street, Shrewsbury

508-842-7220

willyssteeakhouse.com

Look forward to: Multiple sushi AND steakhouse entrees makes this one of those restaurants to visit with friends – so you can all try a little of everything!

Zipango

270 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-754-8047

zipango-sushi.com

Seafood


Coral Seafood

225 Shrewsbury Street, Suite A, Worcester

508-755-8331

coralseafood.com

Look forward to: In addition to favorite signature apps, entrées, and desserts in the 3-course meal, look for additional lobster and drink specials!

The Sole Proprietor

118 Highland Street, Worcester

508-798-3474

thesole.com

Look forward to: Ever changing, full-sized special entrées, starting with Tuna Barcelona.

Bistro/Specialty


86 Winter

65 Water Street, Worcester

508-459-5400

86winter.com

Bocado Tapas & Wine Bar

82 Winter Street, Worcester

508-797-1011

bocadotapasbar.com

Look forward to: Keeping with the sharing tradition, prices of $44.20 for 2 and $88.40 for 4 to share a number of specially selected tapas plates, including paella, meats, cheeses, and churros with chocolate.

Ceres Bistro

363 Plantation Street (at the Beechwood Hotel), Worcester

508-754-2000

ceresbistro.com

Look forward to: Hangar Steak & Frites with bone marrow crumb, hand cut fries and a house made ketchup that “will make you lick your fingers.”

The Citizen

1 Exchange Place, Worcester

508-459-9090

thecitizenwinebar.com

Look forward to: Thought this place was just snacks?  Guess again.  Niche Hospitality Group’s Michael Covino loves the Fried Buttermilk Chicken with French fries and herb country style gravy.

EVO

234 Chandler Street, Worcester

508-459-4240

evodining.com

Look forward to: Kobe burger, crispy Asian egg rolls, and Bailey’s crème brulé – some of the top favorites of the restaurant for new patrons to try!

Flying Rhino

278 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-757-1450

flyingrhinocafe.com

Look forward to: A menu that properly represents the diversity customers expect; high quality, cutting edge cuisine in Worcester

Tribeca

92 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

508-754-7600

tribeca92.com

Healthy, Vegetarian, and Local Options


Ceres Bistro

363 Plantation Street (at the Beechwood Hotel), Worcester

508-754-2000

ceresbistro.com

Look forward to: Hangar Steak & Frites with bone marrow crumb, hand cut fries and a house made ketchup that “will make you lick your fingers.”

El Basha

424 Belmont Street, Worcester

508-797-0884

256 Park Avenue, Worcester

508-795-0222

2 Connector Road, Westborough

508-366-2455

elbasharestaurant.com

Look forward to: Choice from all 15 menu appetizers as first course, salad, and a entrées of beef, lam, chicken, shawarma, and vegetarian cuisine.

EVO

234 Chandler Street, Worcester

508-459-4240

evodining.com

Look forward to: Kobe burger, crispy Asian egg rolls, and Bailey’s crème brulé – some of the top favorites of the restaurant for new patrons to try!

Nancy Chang

372 Chandler Street, Worcester

508-752-8899

nancychang.com

Look forward to: Any appetizer from menu (except PuPu platter), many entrees, and plenty of desserts.

Starting March 1, Worcester Restaurant Group, the owners and operators of The Sole Proprietor, One Eleven Chop House, and VIA, are celebrating Winter Restaurant Weeks through its restaurants with price-fixed menus through Sunday, March 14.

During Winter Restaurant Weeks, diners will enjoy 2-course lunches at The Sole Proprietor and VIA for $14.10 and 3-course dinners at all three of its restaurants for $22.10.  Prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. Complete menus for the two-week long dining extravaganza can be viewed at WorcesterRestaurantGroup.com.

Sole 30th Birthday Party!

Come party like it’s 1979! Because for one day, it will be.

On Tuesday, January 12th from 11:30 to 10 pm, The Sole Proprietor will be celebrating 30 great years of serving fresh seafood by rolling back its menu offerings and prices to its original restaurant-opening menu. Sorry, no reservations on this special day. Sole Proprietor Seafoods & Spirits, 118 Highland St., Worcester. http://www.thesole.com/1979.asp

Via Goes Pink on October 1, 2009

VIA Goes Pink!

Thursday, October 1, from 4-10 p.m.

VIA is proud to support breast cancer research at UMass Memorial by donating 10% of Party on the Patio revenue. Stop by and sample Mike’s Hard Pink Lemonade, White Wines, Red Wines, Pink Wine, Pink Gelatos, Pink Canolis, or Pizza Calamar.

viaitaliantable.com/patio_party_october.asp

VIA 89 Shrewsbury St. Worcester, MA 01604