The Mill on the River

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Mill on the River is a 200-year old Connecticut mill that has been converted into one of East's most esteemed restaurant and event venues. It is all about the historical experience and one-of-a-kind ambience and is not simply a meal - it's an overall dining enlightenment.

If you're with a group at The Mill on the River, it should be a dining prerequisite for you to order the Atlantic Ocean Rocks Tower. This Goliath appetizer comes with jumbo shrimp, clams, oysters, Maryland lump crab meat, cocktail sauce and remoulade sauce (as long as all of these items are freshly in season). Follow this with the blackened swordfish and you will experience a life-altering, culinary sensation. Sides are served à la carte so you can create your perfect meal and nothing less than perfection is served at The Mill on the River.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

My husband and I originally ate at the Mill on the River on Valentines Day. We had great service, good food and an excellent experience. We decided to celebrate my mother’s 70th Birthday at the restaurant because we thought she would have the wonderful experience we had one month earlier. Unfortunately, the service was very poor that night. We had to ask repeatedly for our drinks to be refilled, we felt rushed in to finishing our meals with the waiters touching our plates then asking “are you finished”? My family traveled from NY, MA and Fairfield County in CT, for a large party with reservations I really expected more. As a family we tried to defuse the situation and stay cheerful around my mother presenting her with gifts and laughing but as a milestone occasion I’m disappointed in the service. The food was tasty but lukewarm, the rolls were dry and lukewarm as well. We brought in a licensed bakery cake and were told when we arrived there was a charge to have the restaurant cut it. We cut it ourselves which was no problem for the 70 year old birthday girl. I’m glad we got together as a family but next time we will choose somewhere else for a large gathering.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Mom and Dad would come here for diner in the late 60’s (when the restaurant was called the Podunk Mill) so it has a special meaning to me. But all biased aside, my wife, daughter and daughter's other half had a great Saturday lunch here. The service was excellent. The food was great and the interior is rustic superb. Great dining experience as usual.

FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio , comida deliciosa , ambiente agradable, muy buena experiencia

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AH
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We were so excited to go to brunch here. We had a reservation and we're seated at our time, but there was a tremendously huge line for the cold bar. We put in our orders for our food and then we went to the cold bar. We were served our mimosas and bloody Marys and enjoyed the cold bar until our main entrees for brunch came. The disappointment was huge, as my friend ordered the beef bourguignon and I ordered the filet mignon Benedict. Her meal with lackluster at best, the sauce was awful the meat was full of fat, gristle, just very very bland, no flavor whatsoever. And then you get to my dish. I was served two thin slices of very dry tough beef like substance which just destroyed the entire meal and warm champagne is completely unacceptable when it only takes 5 minutes to chill a bottle of champagne properly. Needless to say we won't be back for brunch at the Mill, such a disappointment.

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sunday Bruch was excellent. Great place to celebrate with family. Good value. Waiter service was excellent. Only drawback - almost 30 minutes past our reservation time of standing in a crowded lobby waiting for a table to open. We requested inside window table when making reservations but we had to sit on the porch due to the crowds. Restaurant was quite noisy and cramped. I wouldn’t let that detour you though. Eat here frequently and this was the first time we’ve experienced such confusion. Would love to see a better waiting area with chairs. Not great for handicapped seating or entrance.

L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, the service was excellent. Would definitely go back again.

LL
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here! Everything was perfect! I could not get over how hot and fresh the food was! After we finished I told the waiter how impressed we were and we would consider having our wedding here.... he gave us a champagne toast and then the banquet manager came over and gave us a tour! Loved everything about it here! Hope to hold our big day there!

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and worth the deal! We went during restaurant week and sat on the patio which was perfect temp and ambiance even in the winter!

SF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a busy night, the place was packed. I had the espresso martini, which was incredible and not stingy on the alcohol. We had yummy warm rolls with garlic olive oil to start. We were offered a special preset 3 course menu for the Taste of Hartford, a huge value at just over $30 per person. I had the cream of broccoli soup for my app. It was delicious, flavorful, piping hot and very comforting on a cold night. My date had the scallop with risotto and he said it was delicious. I chose the prime rib for my entree. Luckily I was able to get the end cut (meat was only cooked between rare and medium rare. Not a fan of bloody meat.) It was still juicy and flavorful. I ate the entire piece! It came with a baked potato and delicious carrot and green bean veg. My date had lazy man lobster scampi over pasta and he raved about it. It must have been good because the table next to us ordered it and the waiter had to come back out and apologize as it was sold out. I had the warm apple crisp with a bourbon glaze for dessert. I was very pleased, it was so good. My date had the chocolate torte. That was very good also (I did sample that, LOL). Very rich with a delicious raspberry syrup. The service was incredible, polite, friendly and very attentive. Our courses were brought out quickly and everything was piping hot. I would highly recommend The Mill on the River. I can't wait to go back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was great, but we did feel that we were being rushed a bit by the waiter. I don’t think they would have turned our table over anyway and we are generous tipper’s but just felt a little bit rushed.

LJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been there in about 4 years but will be back at least twice a month. Everything was great. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Dont know why I haven't been there in such a long time. Can't wait for the warmer weather to show its face.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good and we enjoyed special treat for our anniversary that’s wonderful!

DM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service was acceptable

c
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and our waiter was very customer service oriented. The one disappointment was the lobster salad - it had an excessive amount of mayonnaise. Plenty of lobster, too much mayo.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice memory for our one year anniversary.

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I am having reservations about booking on line for the Mill on the River in the future or even returning at all. My reservation for 3 people was made for 5:00. When my party and I arrived at 4:50, we were told that seating starts around 5:00 so to have a seat in the lobby. At about 5:05 a large party came in and was seated immediately. Had I not gone back up to the hostess, who knows how long we may have sat there?!

M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mill On the River is an awesome restaurant. Their food is delicous. Will definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and Catherine, our server, made our evening feel very special.
The meals were excellently prepared and we were treated to complimentary champaign and dessert. A class act that was appreciated.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to the hostesses and Emily our server, we had an amazing experience. We will be back!

SB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2015
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Brought 2 girlfriends, one hadn't been there in years the other her first time there. Enjoyed having lunch outside. Our waiter was very good and very attentive. I had the chicken snitzle for the first time was very dry and very little flavor would never order it again. One friend had the fish special which was good and my other friend had the reuben which she enjoyed. Two of us had dessert was not good crust was undercooked and tough I have never liked the desserts there. We will go again but noticed prices have really gone up especially for dinners.

CT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2015
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I ordered prime rib (medium rare) and it came out cold. Sent it back and came out cold again. Sent it back and was OK but now it was not medium rare anymore. It is quite obvious that they cooked and sliced this roast many hours before and upon ordering, it was then impossible to get it back to proper serving temperature without overcooking it.

N
New England
23 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had another great meal. We have been going to this retaurant for 41 years since we started dating (previously Podunk Mill). We have never been disappointed.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good. The atmosphere is beautiful, upscale rustic. The resteraunt is an old mill on the Podunk River. My fiancé and I are kinda foodies so we a little more picky than average. Our meals; Medalian Trio (beef, pork, veal) VERY tender, asked for medium but got medium well, nicely seasoned. Creamy polenta was excellent, with broccoli rabbe. Blackened Redfish; 30 seconds more cook time it would have been perfect. Jalapeño slaw was good, rice pilaf was a little bland. We had 2 Grey Goose straight up Martinis that could have been colder and had an odd sweetness to them, maybe a different brand of Vermouth than we use. Cappuccinos after dinner were perfectly made! Solid 4 stars, 4 1/2 with a little more attention to detail.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent and service beyond great. Atmosphere is the best

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, perfect spot for a wedding or romantic dinner. Staff attentive and friendly. Food was fantastic and we were treated to a special anniversary toast and dessert. Could not have asked for a better way to celebrate our 25th at the same place we had our reception in 1990.

JO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fixed price menu offered lots of choices. We enjoyed our dinners immensely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! We got married here in April (amazing) and this is our go to date night dinner. Yesterday was our first brunch experience, and it was awesome! Jordan, our server always remembers us when we come in and always makes excellent recommendations from wine to food. We love The Mill On the River!!!

CH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mill on the River was a last minute choice for the four of us , but we are so glad we made it! We were seated at a lovely window side table, ordered a delicious cheese platter to share and were allowed to enjoy our wine and conversation instead of being rushed to order dinner. Our waitress was friendly and informative. Our dinners were all delicious and reasonably priced. We even get to watch a wedding on the back lawn. Can't say enough about this place...we will definitely be back.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2015
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our server was courteous and the even took time to make our 25th wedding anniversary special. The meals were perfect. We are looking forward to going there again-

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2015
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and the outside stunning. I was saddened that the plate I ordered didn't meet the expectations. My husbands was good but as it should be for the price. Mine was a combo and it all very mediocre and bland. Overall it was still a good night.

1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not our first time taking advantage of Mill on the River nor will it be our last. Getting a group of ladies to agree on something as varied as menu, setting, etc. is no easy task. Service was friendly and attentive even down to picture taking of our group. We are already looking forward to next year.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time going there to celebrate our anniversary and it was great. food was excellent and fresh. atmosphere was beautiful. Our waitress was excellent. The got our order perfect. it was very romantic and everything was lovely. We will definitely go back there

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was a great spot to celebrate my birthday with friends. food was excellent and hot. did not feel rushed. waitress was very attentive. thanks for a great night.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening out with my wife. Service was great and our food were even better. I had the pork chop Milanese and I savoured every bite of it. My wife had a salmon dish and enjoyed it as well. Ambience was beautiful the evening we were there. As I had said, it was a great evening out. We will be back again.

NA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2015
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server was excellent. Attentive, upbeat and professional.

My wife had the salmon. It was over cooked and dry. Looked like frozen piece of fish rather than fresh.

I had the stuffed frenched chicken. It was also over cooked and the bottom was chewy.

The ambiance was nice and we had a great table by a window.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My husband brought me to dinner for our anniversary. Thankfully we also had a gift card. The menu was diverse and they offered quite a few specials. We found the food to be good, but not extraordinary. The service was good and our server was polite and prompt. We were there on a Tuesday night so it was not busy at all. Overall, it was a lovely night out with my husband.

V
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall2food4service1ambience3

A reservation for two on the patio was booked through OpenTable. The hostess and manager would not allow us to be seated at a table of our choice. Their reason was that the table we selected was set to accommodate four guests. We were seated at a small "cocktail" table on the patio that was too small to accommodate an evening dinner. Throughout our dining experience the table we requested remained vacant. Prior to our departure, a party of two was seated at the table we requested. I was respectful conveying my seating request and the manager was rude to me while explaining his position for not accommodating my request. Second, the hostess/manager did not acknowledge our dining attendance with OpenTable. Our waiter "Erind", was the only positive aspect of the evening. Erind was polite and provided us with exceptional service; a true gentleman. This was an unfortunate experience and the manager's behavior was unacceptable.

AP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Decided to visit the Mill for our anniversary dinner after having enjoyed the Sunday Brunch many times. Great choice! Food was good and the host and wait staff exceptional. By mentioning our anniversary in my online reservation the restaurant added a nice touch by serving complimentary chocolate covered strawberries and champagne at the end of our dinner. Nice touch and greatly appreciated!

D
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never had been but I heard good things about this restaurant and decided to go there to celebrate my birthday. So happy I did. The food presentation was amazing as well as the taste. It was very easy to reserve a table and looking forward to going back in the future.