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Mill Pond Steakhouse
Mill Pond Steakhouse

Mill Pond Steakhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.themillpondsteakhouse.com
  • Phone: (803) 425-8825
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Ben Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will cater; rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, cocktail parties, and wedding receptions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private facilities available for bridal or business luncheons; AV equipment is available.
  • Private Party Contact: Alan Voigt (803) 425-8825

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mill Pond Steakhouse
The Mill Pond Steak House is the only up-scaled steakhouse in the midlands. We offer the best Certified Angus Beef that is aged for 40 plus days before it is served to the guest. We have a well developed and seasoned staff that is committed to your dining needs. It starts from the time you pick up the phone to make a reservation to the time you are welcomed at the front door and lasts forever. When you arrive to the Mill Pond Steakhouse in Boykin, SC you take a step back in time. The restaurant is composed of three historic buildings established in the early 19th century. The kitchen was the old Post office, the bar was the old General Store and the main dining room was another General Store relocated to its present location. From the heart pine floors to the reclaimed lumber that was once walls of several cabins in Boykin, you realize that you are surrounded by history. Mill Pond Steak House offers rustic elegance with southern hospitality and a one of a kind dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The food, decor and service were absolutely superb. Quite a surprise for the location. Drop this restaurant in the middle of Manhattan and it will stand among the best. I'm so glad I was introduced to it. One of the best dining experiences that I have had in a while. Better than the View Restaurant on top of the Marriot Hotel in NYC!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great service. Excellent quality food. Great steaks! Good portioned sides ( family style). Truely a nice place for a family dinner or a romantic couples dinner. I would compare this establishment to Ruth Kris. We were very pleased"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Mill Pond is a great dining experience. Excellent service from beginning to end. Food tastes great and cooked to perfection. Definitely a couples romantic dinner getaway! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a real dining experience! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The oysters were outstanding, Martini was perfect, steaks could be cut with a fork, that's how tender they were. Let me not forget the view of Boykin Lake and its alligators, what perfect view as the sun sets. We dine here once a year when in Camden for my military reunion and just love this place!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is always on the top of my list if favorites! It's pricey, but worth it. The steaks are amazing, the view is fabulous and the desserts are delicious."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was my second visit. First time in, I dropped in without reservations not knowing what to expect after just moving here. Your staff was most gracious to work us in and we had a wonderful dinner. This time, reservations and much better prepared for a fine dining experience. The food was again outstanding, the staff was excellent and gracious, and the ambiance couldn't have been more pleasant. Yes, I will be back again and again!! I can't say enough good about Mill Pond!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Beautiful setting at the edge of the old mill pond. Main entrees are o.k., but some of the sides, including the salads, were disappointing. Unfortunately the rest rooms were not clean, and this was a very poor reflection on the quality of the entire operation. Overall, at this price point, hard to recommend."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "When the best thing about a restaurant is the room itself... Mill Pond is a cute venue with interesting vistas but the food is priced sky-high and the quality just isn't there. When I'm coughing up $45 for a Bone-in Strip Steak it should be 1) Prime, not Black Angus Choice 2) not defrosted before it is cooked. Appetizers were meh. Wine list extremely compact but not unapproachable or overpriced. While there are not alot of alternatives in the area if you are going to present yourself as a specialty steakhouse and charge as they do you have to deliver the same level of ingredients and preparation."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The atmosphere was really good. The food was good, but it was VERY expensive. I would have rated it excellent except for the price."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Excellent service and the food is always impeccable. The rustic look of the outside buildings is a bit deceiving if this is your first visit but once your seated it becomes quite clear that this is a class act. Love this this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming here for years now since we were introduce by friends. Each time we try something a little different - usually one of the specials. The only things that remain constant in our choices are the macaroni and cheese and fried okra. No matter what entree or appetizer we pick we always come back to our two favorite sides. The absolute perfect filet and always at perfect temperature - medium rare! We are looking forward to our next trip."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had a reservation and had to wait 30 minutes before being served. They were out of the appetizer my wife ordered. My ceasar salad was bland, the croutons were small and crushed and the dressing had a sour taste. I could have ordered a cesear salad in the bag from Wal-Mart. My Rib Eye steak was good however my wife's salmon was very dry. The waite staff was good. I believe my server was John. They are off the beatten path and there ad says worth the drive. No way! I could have gone to Ruby Tuesday. They are no Peter Luger or Flemings steakhouse. Not sure I would go back. Sincerely, A Steak Lover"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "In the middle of nowhere lies this little gem of a restaurant. Everything about our experience was top notch...food, wine, service. The steaks were better than some that we have had at highly rated steakhouses throughout the country. The wine list, although not what I would call extensive, is very respectable with some nice wines. Family-style sides are unique and delicious. And the dessert...to die for. We had the freshly made mixed berry cobbler. Service was impeccable. Overall a great experience!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great steaks! Service slow but to be expected on Valentine's day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "So what happens when you go to a great restaurant that is understaffed on Valentine's Day? Long wait, little attention given, frazzled wait staff, poor quality of usually great food - essentially you as the customer are invisible and are simply felt to be part of the problem. I suggest you only go when they are not crowded, if at all."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, impeccable service, and an ambience all it's own. Come see for yourself."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very good food on the site of an old country town and pond where a late Civil war battle was fought. The restaurant is in the old country store, but is set up very nicely. Great place for a special occasion. Everything is ala carte, but the servings are generous. Each time the staff has been excellent and worked intentionally to make it a great experience for us such as ensuring we had a private table on our anniversary or near a window for the view at Valentines. Great place...we'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a super meal at the Mill Pond Steakhouse. It is upscale SC cooking in a history rich environment. Everybody will find something they enjoy on the menu from delicious steaks, to SC Shrimp & Grits to comfort food like classic mac and cheese. It is not on your way to most places, but it is worth every mile of the dirve to get there."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food and atmosphere was great. From the meal to the after dinner coffee, everything was fantastic. Waiter was very attentive and courteous."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We have our office Christmas party here every year. The food is fabulous! Jill our wonderful waitress caters to our every whim. The atmosphere is great too! Go Hungry!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "This was my second time at Millpond Steakhouse, and better than the first time. Drove by it the first time and was taken back by what was on the inside, truly do not judge this "book" by its cover. The staff anticipated and tended to all of our wants and needs, and all personnel were professional and courteous. The aged steak was by far best steak I've had in the area, and the sides are plentiful. The only thing I would change about my second visit would be the time, get there early to see the scenery and take in the view at the window front tables. I will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "As always the Mill Pond Steak House delivers a great overall experience for special occasions my son, husband and my son's financee's birthdays."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "What a great place. There are not many steakhouses around Sumter SC and this one hit the nail on the head. This place has a great history, food is fantastic, the staff is extremely friendly and the overall experience is one of a kind. Gotta have a steak and a side of grits."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "I took my wife here for our 12th anniversary and it was the perfect fit. The staff were amazing and made us feel very welcome. It was a nice, quiet and laid back atmosphere. The food was absolutely amazing. My wife had the bacon wrapped filet and I had the rib eye special, both were cooked perfectly and the seasonings were exactly what I had hoped for. This restaurant is right on par with some of the more expensive places I've eaten while traveling for work in Chicago, California and even Montreal."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We find the Mill Pond is far superior to all the restaurants we have been to lately. Dining there is a wonderful and relaxing experience. We highly recommend it to anyone!!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "50 characters, really? Only 24 needed. OUT OF THIS WORLD CRAZY GOOD! You could not find a better steak anywhere. Actually not a better meal. My husband & I both had the aged rib eyes which were cooked to perfection.. We shared the caramelized onions & Mac & cheese. (You cannot go there without trying their Mac & cheese. I don't know what they put in it but it' s magic on your tongue! And the peach cobbler...... It will make you write home to grandma! The atmosphere is very romantic. The scenery is country beautiful; we always see our little grey fox crossing the bridge & our gator cruising the huge pond. The staff is very knowledgeable & efficient. Well worth the the trip but don't forget your wallet!!!"
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Average food preparation, slow service and way over-priced. Not worth the 25 mile trip from Columbia."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Everytime we go to Mill Pond we have wonderful service and an amazing view. We have sen the most amazing nature while there. Last time we saw fox and an alligators. I can't say enough positive about this place including the food"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "This is certainly a special occasion restaurant. For two, our bill was $100+ with water to drink, but it was well worth it. The food is top notch and the views of the Boykin Mill Pond and the birds at sunset are beautiful. I had an incredible 8oz filet. We ordered mixed berry cobbler for dessert and it was amazing! The portions are large and we went home with half our cobbler and half of the potatoes. For an upscale dining experience this is my favorite place near the Sumter area. In my opinion, much better than the Hamptons in Sumter. The ambiance is more laid back and not as "uppity" as the Hamptons, especially for non-locals. Highly recommend to everyone for a delicious meal for a special occasion with great service!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Took my wife and mother for a "special" dinner". Food not bad, but, also, not memorable. Service was rather stiff - formal - it's an old store/millhouse! Not really worth the drive or the money."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "Excellent service, delicious food, beautiful setting!"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Outstanding food! Server was so helpful and informative. Very friendly hostess. Wonderful night, but bring extra cash. Food taste so good that you will order more and more."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "I would highly recommend this restaurant if you like a unique ambience combined with fantastic food and great service. For a special occasion or just a relaxing dinner with someone special, you won't be disappointed. The waitstaff tend to your every need and are extremely knowledgeable about the menu choices. NOTE: If you are lucky enough to spot them, the alligators in the pond add to the conversation."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "I have been to this restaurant multiple times and each time I go, it's always perfect. From the setting, service, to the food, it's always the best. It's about a 20-30 minute drive depending on where you live in Columbia, but it is well worth it. This is fine dinning at its best! I'm already looking forward to the next excuse/reason to go again."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "While traveling home from a conference, we used the OpenTable app to search for a good local restaurant in Columbia, SC. When I read the description of Mill Pond Steakhouse, I knew we'd found the right place. I wasn't too concerned at first when the GPS took us off the interstate and said 7 more miles to our destination. But after a few minutes down a two-lane road that felt like it led to nowhere, I figured the GPS had its signals crossed. We pulled up at the restaurant and thought we surely had the wrong place, that it had been closed for years, that no way could an upscale steakhouse be out here in these old buildings. What a surprise! Great steak, gorgeous view, outstanding service. Not enough space to write how thrilled we were to find"
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "Arrive in the daylight/dusk for the view over the pond otherwise you might wonder where you are....and you don't want to miss dusk and the wildlife. We had the Fried oyster appetizer, a beautiful salad, the king filet, rack of lamb, decadent Mac and cheese, creamed spinach and the mixed berry cobbler served in an iron skillet. All super delicious. We had lots to take home....the portions are very generous. The whole evening was magical. Like going back in time and meeting old friends....we are still talking about it. A highlight of my visit from NYC."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "Though the food was some of the best I've had, I informed the restaurant that we were celebrating our anniversary. I requested a table overlooking the water, and they told me that the tables were already taken. When we arrived, the restaurant was practically empty, and the table by the window was occupied by a couple who appeared to be in highschool, were dressed in completely inappropriate clothes, and who brought down the ambience from 5/5 to 1/5. Further, not one member of the staff wished us happy anniversary -- even when popping the champagne cork for us! I'd love to give this place another try because the food was so good, but with the prices that high, I expected much, much more out of the "experience"."
    Dined on 5/23/2013
  • "Quaint place right on the original Mill Pond. Big picture windows let you watch the egrets and token crocodile while you're eating."
    Dined on 5/21/2013
  • "House salad was great. Food was delicious. Sides were plentiful for two people. Will go back on special occasions. Lump crab cakes were lacking."
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "Absolutely the BEST steak I have ever had in South Carolina. Compares or exceeds the great steakhouses I have dined at in the Kansas area where some of the best beef in the country can be found."
    Dined on 3/30/2013