Worcester is known for its fantastic restaurants and you will not be disappointed by the selection that they have to offer for every occasion! Worcester’s offerings extend far beyond Shrewsbury street – keep reading for my (along with many other student’s) favorite local spots.
My roommates and I frequent Acoustic Java almost every morning. With their fun rustic environment and an extensive menu of coffees, matcha, and iced teas, you won’t be disappointed.
Bonus points: There are 2 locations in Worcester and one of them is a short walk/ a quick 2-minute drive from campus – so convenient!
Nu Cafe is a crowd pleaser and most student’s go-to off-campus spot. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this cafe is great for all times of the day. They have great baked goods too!
Other Great Cafes/ Coffee Places:
Birchtree Bread Co – Great local bakery/ cafe for breakfast or lunch
InHouse – Coffee and Bagels
Bagel Time – Need I say more?
Tavern in the Square
This spot is actually in Shrewsbury, but it’s well worth the trip! They have specifically fantastic brunch and dinner menus and their sport-bar vibe is laid back and fun.
This Italian spot is an amazing place to go for the best, pizza, pasta, and salad. Although they offer takeout, I highly recommend dining in. Their warm ambiance makes you want to stay for hours!
My roommates and I always get takeout from this little sushi place and it has quickly become one of our favorites! You can’t go wrong here, but if you need a recommendation, go for the spicy tuna roll!
Other Dinner Spots
Basil n Spice
Great Thai food!
Cute Italian spot located in the Worcester Public Market
Maddi’s Cookery And TapHouse
Another great all-around spot, from brunch to dinner!
They have an amazing assortment of cupcakes!
Every donut you could ever want lives here!
These places are great for a birthday, parent’s weekend, or just whenever you’re feeling a little extra fancy!
Upscale Italian cuisine
Dead Horse Hill
Rustic-chic New American dining
Seafood, Sushi & Raw Bar
111 Chop House
Bocado Tapas Wine Bar
Fashionable tapas & wine bar with a comfortable feel
Chashu Ramen + Izakaya
Upscale modern Asian fare offering ramen and tapas
Worcester Public Market
A great spot with local vendors offering everything from pantry items, to sweet treats, to sit-down dinners.
Maker to Main
This amazing spot carries local groceries and craft beverages. With all products from within Massachusetts and New England, Maker to Main’s mission is to strengthen the local community through food.
As you can see, there is so much more to Worcester’s foodie scene than Shrewsbury Street (although it’s always an amazing staple). This collection of restaurants will take you from day to night, whether you’re feeling casual or fancy – Worcester truly has it all when it comes to restaurants.