WORCESTER – With the ongoing “renaissance” occurring in Worcester’s downtown area and the seemingly endless stream of new restaurants opening in the city, ThisWeekinWorcester.com has put together a list of the 25 highest rated restaurants in Worcester on the crowd-sourced business review site Yelp.

The restaurants range from the widely popular to the hidden treasures and scatter across a wide variety of cuisine including Asian, Italian, Afghan, African, Lebanese, and Korean, and a vast selection across breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Here are the current highest rated restaurants in Worcester on Yelp as of Aug. 1, 2018:

*Worcester Sandwich Hut — which is the 8th highest rated restaurant in Worcester — was withheld from this list as it permanently closed at the end of July 

**Yelp’s rating pattern using stars is weighed against how many positive reviews each restaurant has received

#25 – Livia’s Dish, A Unique Dining Experience – 1394 Main Street – 508-926-8861

Rating: 4.5 stars (117 reviews) “I love the omelets with home fries, in addition to the amazing Nutella French toast and pancakes.”s

#24 – Baba Restaurant & Sushi Bar – 309 Park Avenue – 508-556-1498

Rating: 4 stars (282 reviews) “Our waitress was polite, the sake was delish, the miso soup and shumai apps fresh and promptly delivered, and our Maki rolls were divine.”

Scorpion Roll, Tiger Eye and Spider Roll from Baba/Yelp reviewer Sarah C.

#23 – Miss Worcester Diner – 300 Southbridge Street – 508-753-5600

Rating: 4 Stars (170 Reviews) “Fast and super friendly service with delicious food- try the crunchy French toast & you won’t regret it!”

#22 – Shaker’s Cafe & Restaurant – 290 Hamilton Street – 508-797-5550

Rating: 4.5 Stars (126 Reviews) “We shared the Lebanese breakfast and eggs Benedict with broccoli and mushrooms Syrian toast was soo yummy”

Breakfast at Shakers/Yelp reviewer Michele V.

#21 – New England Roast Beef – 33 Park Avenue – 508-756-1991

Rating: 4.5 Stars (109 Reviews) “They separate themselves from most sandwich or pizza take out joints with their quality and consistency.”

#20 – Kummerspeck – 118 Water Street – 774-243-7071

Rating: 4.5 Stars (55 Reviews) “Steak Frites, perfectly seasoned flank steak and Gnudi, a sausage ragu with ricotta dumplings were just incredible.”

Spaetzle from Kummerspeck/Youseff Khalaf

#19 – Bahnan’s Bakery – 344 Pleasant Street – (508) 796-5365

Rating: 4.5 Stars (64 reviews) “The staff is super helpful and nice here and I love picking up some spinach pies for dinner on my way home from work!”

#18 – Sushi Miyazawa – 372 Chandler Street – (774) 420-2900

Rating: 4.5 Stars (50 reviews) “Chef Nori started us off with a cold crab meat and shrimp salad, following that with, miso soup, sea bass sashimi, then an assortment of sushi.”

Sushi from Sushi Miyazawa/Yelp reviewer Jo C.

#17 – deadhorse hill – 281 Main Street – 774-420-7107

Rating: 4.5 Stars (178 Reviews) “This place is known for their fried chicken thighs (and for good reason) the breading was crispy flavorful but not over powering.”

#16 – Tacos Mexico – 7 Neponset Street (inside Greendale Mall) – 508-579-3283

Rating: 4.5 Stars (63 Reviews) “This is the reason why I go to the Greendale Mall these days, not to shop but to eat tacos Chicken tacos are so good, great prices.”

Tacos from Tacos Mexico/Yelp reviewer Vy L.

#15 – Salt & Pepper – 268 Lincoln Street – (508) 755-1113

Rating: 4.5 Stars (83 Reviews) “Our family of four loved everything we had: florentine benedict, french toast, home fries, homemade corn muffin, bacon, and coffee.”

#14 – Theatre Cafe – 529 Main Street – (508) 799-7190

Rating: 4.5 Stars (70 Reviews) “Just happened across this place while looking for a brunch place and talk about a hidden gem!”

The “Hot Chick” panini from Theatre Cafe/Yelp reviewer Diem V.

#13 – George’s Coney Island Lunch – 158 Southbridge Street – (508) 753-4362

Rating: 4.5 Stars (234 Reviews) “Have it with a locally made Polar soda or a Gibby’s milk and Wachusett potato chips, and don’t forget the half-sour pickle from Water Street.”

#12 – Bocado Tapas & Wine Bar – 82 Winter Street – (508) 797-1011

Rating: 4 Stars (410 Reviews) “Some notable tapas include the fried goat cheese, rice balls and the venison- they were all delicious!”

Oven roasted Brussel Sprouts from Bocado/Yelp reviewer June S.

#11 – Altea’s Eatery – 259 Park Avenue – (508) 767-1639

Rating: 4.5 Stars (122 Reviews) “My personal favorite would be the grilled vegetable omelet and of course, the Nutella crepes.”

#10 – Edgemere Diner – 51 Hartford Turnpike –

Rating: 4.5 Stars (81 Reviews) ““Awesome fresh food–the caprese omelet was amazing.”

Breakfast sandwich with avocado at Edgemere Diner/Yelp Reviewer Laurence J.

#9 – BirchTree Bread Company – 138 Green Street – (774) 243-6944

Rating: 4.5 Stars (378 Reviews) “I am obsessed with their olive and herb bread toast with whipped feta and EVOO.”

#8 – Cafe Reyes – 421 Shrewsbury Street – (508) 762-9900

Rating: 4.5 Stars (114 Reviews) “For lunch I got the black bean soup which had a substantial pile of sauteed vegetables on top that was delicious.”

Cubano Omelette with Plantains from Cafe Reyes/Yelp Reviewer Thao L.

#7 – Lou Roc’s Diner -1074 West Boylston Street – (508) 852-6888

Rating: 4.5 Stars (199 Reviews) “I consider myself a breakfast food officianado and I think I have found the Holy Grail of all breakfast joints!!”

#6 – Pomir Grill – 119 Shrewsbury Street – (508) 755-7333

Rating: 4.5 Stars (169 Reviews) “My fav is the lamb kebob with brown rice and raisin, just perfect and i finish off with the pistachio ice cream and/or chai.”

Ice Cream from Pomir Grill/Yelp Reviewer June S.

#5 – Mare E Monti Trattoria – 19 Wall Street -(508) 767-1800

Rating: 4.5 Stars (262 Reviews) “Salads, bread and roasted garlic dipping oil and service we wonderful, what a hidden gem, WE will definitely be back.”

#4 – Choose & Mix Korean – 5 East Mountain Street – (774) 530-6123

Rating: 4.5 Stars (118 Reviews) “I got the spicy chicken bowl with noodles, fresh veggies, and a fried egg with lemon soy sauce.”

Korean dish from Choose & Mix Korean/Yelp reviewer Tina V.

#3 – Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant – 157 Belmont Street – (508) 798-8898

Rating: 4.5 Stars (222 Reviews) “Best vegan food in the area, everything is tasty tried the bbq , pepper steak, mac & cheese and brown rice.”

#2 – Shawarma Palace – 3 Pleasant Street – (508) 755-6500

Rating: 5 Stars (227 Reviews) “Garlic paste is amazing, the rice is out of the world and the shawarma meat is so fresh.

Shawarma sandwich

Shawarma from Shawarma Palace

#1 – Fatima’s Cafe – 43 West Boylston Street – (508) 762-9797

Rating: 5 Stars (207 Reviews) “The samosas are probably the best ones I’ve ever had – I plan on catering with these for my next house party.”

Ugali with Sukuma from Fatima’s/Yelp Reviewer Allene T.

Lead photo: Breakfast frittata from Livia’s Dish/Courtesy of business owner.

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