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“Great restaurant....great food”
Review of 111 Chop House

111 Chop House
Ranked #4 of 578 Restaurants in Worcester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Hill Street
Description: 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.
boston, ma
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great restaurant....great food”
Reviewed October 12, 2010

Love going to this restaurant. The food is delicious and though it can be loud we love the atmosphere. Not a place for small children. Terrific for a nice anniversary dinner

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North Andover, Ma
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4 restaurant reviews
“Lively, upscale atmosphere - Expensive menu options”
Reviewed October 11, 2010

Located on the up-and-coming Shrewsbury Street, 111 Chophouse has good food and a lively, upscale atmosphere. It has a good reputation in the Worcester area; however, it is known as being very expensive, as the menu is a la carte, and generally, over-priced. Usually, it gets very busy on Friday and Saturday nights and parking can get very tight. I suggest making a reservation and getting there early.

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Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent Service, Tasty food”
Reviewed October 4, 2010

Wait-staff was very responsive and attentive. My entre of the Beef Tenderloin Tips au Vin was delicious. My waitress, a young woman, was actually quite knowledgeable about single malt Scotch whiskies. I don't mean to sound sexist, more "age-ist"; when I was that young I knew nothing about whisky. Upscale atmosphere. An enjoyable experience.

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Boston, MA
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
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“The best steakhouse you will find outside of Boston”
Reviewed July 20, 2010

If you like steak ... you will like this upscale steakhouse in Worcester. From the street, it doesn't look like much. Once you get pass the jammed parking lot, which never has any spaces and cars are parked like sardines (there is valet parking available, which is an inconvenience because of where they park the cars and the waiting area being the entrance so you have to keep moving in and out of the way as diners enter) ... you enter a beautiful New York art deco style steakhouse. The kitchen is open concept and you can see the cooks at work behind glass. The booths are spaced nicely and there are tables as well ... I am not a fan of the back room, which they use when the restaurant fills. It is not really a special feel like the rest of the restaurant.

The menu here is great with lots of variety. There are amazing appetizers like mushroom fritters to the regular steakhouse favorites. There is also a raw bar although honestly, you may want to avoid that. I have had oysters here that looked like someone tried to remove them from the shell using a jackhammer and a vacume cleaner. Also, several times they served me oysters filled with oyster roe, which basically looks like diahreeah. Very gross looking brown stuff that are the oyster's eggs. Most restaurants will discard oysters with roe rather than serve a plate of oysters with brown s--t all over them. However the chophouse puts them in with the other oysters on the plate, which is almost unheard of in fine dining. The salads are good, but expensive. The steaks do come with a salad ... however you have to pay $5 to upgrade to a Caesar salad, even though it is only $2 more expensive than the house salad on the menu. The Caesar salad is weird! Most people I go with don't like it. It is individual stalks of Romaine lettuce that has been grilled so it is a little soggy and then tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing. Most people would prefer a traditional salad, even though it tastes alright. I usually go with the blue cheese wedge, which you can order bacon for separately for a cost. The blue cheese isn't the best blue cheese I've had but it comes with tomatos as well.

That being said, they do steaks like no other restaurant in Worcester. You will always get a very thick, tender and well cooked steak. There have been a few times where my steak was a little overdone (I like it red) ... and surprisingly, I have been with people who have ordered their steak medium well and it came looking pretty red. But overall, the steaks are cooked well and the wait staff is right on par. I'd say 75% of the time the steaks are done right on the money. The other time, the waitors don't mind when you send the steak back. The outside is slightly crisp the way a good steak should be while the inside is very tender.

The prices are fairly high for Worcester ... but then again, you won't get a steak like this anywhere else in the city. You could find a better steak or a comparable steak in Boston for around the same price, but if you live in the area it is nice to have somewhere to go where you can get a perfect piece of meat cooked right. Chophouse rules for this. The menu for those who don't like steak is very limited. As the Chophouse owns the Sole Proprietor in Worcester, they do offer some seafood entres, which are usually cooked decently. However, the lobster specials are not always done the way lobster should be ... if you want seafood, go to the Sole Proprietor. If you are more in the mood for steak (several cuts available from a few filet minons, prime rib, porterhouse, etc.) and guy food ... this is the place.

The three cheese potatos are really great. In fact, I usually get an order to go so I can have them for lunch the next day because they are so good. Creamy, cheesy and perfectly seasoned. The steaks and most entres come a la carte and a side dish (which will easily serve two people) are about $7 - $12 more. Word to the wise ... don't everyone at the table order side dishes. The waitress will try to push you into ordering salads and sides for each person at the table. The sides are huge and can easily be shared by 2-3 people. If you each order a side, you will have lots leftover.

The desserts are not as creative as the appetizers and not as extensive as the dinner menu. I've had most of them and they just don't wow when they come to the table. It is a take it or leave it type of thing. The cheesecake is terrible ... sugary tasting ... not cheesy, but rather way too sweet with a canned strawberry sauce topping and too much whipped cream. Overall, I'd say the cheesecake would be the biggest dissapointment in the restaurant. The wine list and bar menu is expensive but the selections are good. A Johnny Black on the rocks will set you back about $15.

The best thing about the bar (which is always packed to standing room only) is that they have a bar menu with specials ... and a $5 martini made with the house vodka. (a few of these will give you a hangover in the morning but for $5 each are a pretty good deal.) In fact, I am fairly sure that any drink made with the house vodka is $5. The chilled lobster cocktail is good. I must admit that the crowd in this restaurant ranges ... you see a lot of businessmen, some families and very often the idiot in jeans and a baseball cap and t-shirt. There really is no dress code, although there should be one because it is weird to take a bunch of people here in suits only to sit in a booth next to a table full of t-shirt and workboot wearing loudmouths.

The layout of the restaurant is good but I would change the way the entrance area is because there is always a bottleneck, even during non-busy times. You often wait for your table, even if you arrive at your reservation time because they want you to go to the bar which is right next to the jammed up hostess stand. You probably won't sit right away unless you come in at odd hours, even if you have a reservation. It is very annoying because from the entrance, where people are jammed around the door as it is waiting for their car to the hostess station you will be bumped and pushed by people because there is just not enough space for everyone to wait. To make matters worse, the bar is very popular and it is almost impossible to get a seat around the bar.

Overall, this is a great restaurant and I'd say one of my favorite restaurants in Worcester. I've really never left dissapointed and many people I've brought here have mentioned that it was the best steak they have had in the area. It is a wonder that Via Italian Table is owned by the same people next door because it is so bad.

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Auburn, Massachusetts
1 review
“One of the best Steaks in Worcester!”
Reviewed July 8, 2010

The Chophouse really does have some great food. The menu can be a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. I like to come here at least once every 6 months.

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