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Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar (fka Tollgate Tavern)
Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar (fka Tollgate Tavern)

Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar (fka Tollgate Tavern) Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tollgatetavern.com
  • Phone: (860) 361-6633
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Thursday - Sunday: 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Samantha Tilley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Sam Tilley (860) 361-6633

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 202
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar (fka Tollgate Tavern)
At the Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar (fka Tollgate Tavern), our goal is to bring you approachable New American cuisine using fresh, vibrant seasonal and local ingredients. Locally sourced and globally flavored we strive to present well-balanced dishes with flavors ranging from subtle to bold.
The tavern is a casually elegant restaurant located in a beautiful, 270-year old historic home; the Captain Bull Tavern listed on the National Historic Register, on the 10-acre Toll Gate Hill Inn in the northwest corner of Connecticut, just 45 minutes from Hartford and 2.5 hour’s drive from Boston and New York.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Menu specials are always a treat. Chef concocts elegant extras every night. the pork chops are phenomenal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice dinner spot for Saturday night, and after searching Yelp we found this little nook. We were immediately blown away by the ambiance, the beautiful wood floors and original barn features. It's a small dining area, with only about 7 tables, but it was really lovely. Outside was lush and well groomed and the inside was cozy and romantic. The food was good, not amazing but not bad at all. They had a great spirit selection, and very attentive servers. All in all, a great date spot and a fun find in this area!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were taking our good friends out for their anniversary. This restaurant was new to me and the reviews made it sound fantastic. It was a big disappointment! They were out of one of the wines I wanted and the other wine was not being carried by the restaurant anymore- yet still in the menu and were not told by the waitress. My friend ordered a vodka with olives...no olives- had to remind the waitress. The kale salad had very little kale. The ribs were supposed to be one of the best things on the menu- very average and dry. My dish was a vegetarian dish much like a pad thai. No vegetables (at least the ones that were listed) were in in. Not worth traveling 45 min."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Specializing in local vendors the menu is always intriguing and changes often. The service is friendly and well-timed…. you are never rushed. Sometimes quiet, sometimes there is a loud voice at a nearby table… they are not responsible for that of course. Intimate dining and always a pleasure."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I am a very fussy vegetarian! I don't eat tofu and don't really like a lot of beans. The wait staff and chef bent over backwards to please me. I had one of the best meals ever. I highly recommend this restaurant not only for vegetarians but for fish and meat esters too. My husband had the salmon and loved every bite!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was told about the Mockingbird K & B by my sister from NYC, I'm from Litchfield. I had eaten there a long time ago when it was the Toll Gate Inn, and found the food to be very well prepared and plated. My new expierence at Mockingbird was fantastic, the food was well prepared and fresh, no frozen substitutes. The waitstaff was very attenitive, and this was a friday night when the place is busy. We felt very welcome, and were not rushed.......with that being said, I would definetly recommend the Mockingbird if your looking for a romantic quiet dinner, with great food and great drinks, well worth the price."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is my new favorite restaurant. I have been several times in the past 6 months and have never been disappointed. Food is fabulous, service is great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our third visit to this restaurant, and we loved it. After hearing that they were moving last summer, we were really glad to see that they kept this original open, too! Inventive menu, fresh ingredients, expertly prepared. As good as ever!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I looked for a place to have a nice dinner in Litchfield county for my wife's birthday. This was one of the many places that popped up. After reading many excellent reviews, we were convinced that it was worth a try. We are not hard people to please. We don't get out much...but this restaurant delivered in every possible way. From the second we stepped through the front door, we were greeted and taken care of like royalty. We had such a wonderful time and we look forward to getting back again soon!!!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "First time here. Lovely old house in the woods, neat old bar feel. Upscale menu with unusual but not blizzard items. Has a farm to table feel. Very accommodating and friendly wait staff. Small dining room. Fiddlehead ramp soup was great, poulet was a bit on the salty side and the swordfish was originally undercooked, but that was remedied quickly and we were comped a drink for our troubles. Would definitely try again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Well silly me did not realize the menu on opentable is still for the Tollgate Tavern, but my husband was pleasantly surprised by the Mockingbird menu when we got to the restaurant, and he is a very tough critic and excellent cook. The service was outstanding, and all the plates seemed really interesting. Had a nice meal and would go back next time we're in Litchfield. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This was my first eating experience at Mockingbird Kitchen and I was pleasantly surprised. The staff was polite and attentive, and the local specials were plentiful. Next time I plan on sitting at the bar where the atmosphere was a bit more lively than the dining room. I had the soft shell crab salad and it was spectacular. If on the menu again I'll have them serve me an dinner portion and skip everything else - it was that good!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were not familiar with restaurants in the area so we booked a reservation based on Open Table reviews. We were not disappointed. The restaurant had a wonderful ambience with many fireplaces throughout the dining rooms. My wife had a beet salad as a starter with great and unexpected flavors. I had seafood that was among the best I have ever had. The service was very good and the whole staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I could not recommend this restaurant more highly."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Every time I eat here it's been excellent and love the variety! Never the same but always great food. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The basic menu is supplemented by a large selection of gourmet specials each night, with appetizer, main courses and desserts - all superb."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We loved the Mockingbird: excellent, creative food; nice ambiance; and a superb waitress named Caroline. The wine that the waitress chose for us was extremely well priced and delicious. It is one of the best restaurants in Litchfield County and much friendlier and more efficient than most of its peers. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had a great meal with close friends... wait staff was awesome because they took the time to explain dishes... didn't "hover"... and were there when we needed them! Not a "cheap" meal by any means... but we shared a delicious Tandoori chicken wing app ( 2 ea. for 4 peeps)... three salads... 4 entrees... bottle of wine... 2 desserts... for about $70 each!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We go there often and are always delighted. The food is predictable in quality and varied in range of options, we are tempted by desert to often!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "MKB is always exceptional in every dining criteria and is by far superior to that of any restaurant in the Litchfield area. The chef is fantastic and always provides innovative, modern specials accompanied with the menu. A must go too anyone nearby, you won't be disappointed! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "With an Easter Sunday noon reservation, we had hoped for some Brunch options, but they were not offered. The kitchen did their best to accommodate us off-menu, and the food was terrific. The service staff was adequate, friendly, and well-meaning, but a bit confused about what specials and seafood were offered or available, and had to return with corrections for us and another table. Directions were good, seating and ambience quite historic and romantic, and it was a pleasant overall experience."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I was impressed having dined everywhere in the County now. the dining itself is indeed comparable to an up-scale European dining experience surrounded by the greenery of the Litchfield hills. This, is in fact exceptional from the quality of the food on the table to the cozy atmosphere and the competent service making the whole culinary trip at the M-bird a must dine out and not just on special occasions. All this is even more surprising if compared with the mediocre and ordinary debut of virtually everything else in the decaying ghost town of Torrington-CT. The little M-bird stands out like a true towering giant in this context which could easy score on a European Michelin guide an exceptional 4 stars! Bravo! Bravo! Encore!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "absolutely fabulous ......Mahi Mahi over whipped potatoes with the best sauce ever.... would love to have licked my plate!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This place is moving down the road, and we wish it the best, but the current location is very charming. An antique Inn with fireplaces in every room, it seems pretty rickety, but is very charming. We've been to Mockingbird several time, but it's gets better every time. This time, it was flawless. The specials all sounded delish, but those we selected were very special. Beautiful presentations, top notch attentive service, big flavor, interesting textures, interesting combinations...they took the kind of care that is hard to find. Along with Arethusa's Tavolo and West Street Grill, Mockingbird has risen to the top of the dining scene in Litchfield County."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great ambience with at least three fireplaces. Wonderful attentive service. Limited but creative menu. Will return and would recommend."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Different. Different atmosphere, attentive service, cozy"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The parking lot and driveway were treacherous- coated with ice. Once we reached the door, it was a wonderful time. Our table was waiting. The small dining room was a bit noisy but not unreasonable. I loved that we were next to the fireplace (real wood, not gas) on a cold evening. The five entrée menu was supplemented with four specials. The salads and entrees we chose were delicious. We had to wait a while before the entrees were served. Afterwards we had dessert and coffee, which was left off the check. When I brought this to the waitress' attention, she replied that was to make up for the delay waiting for the entrees. That was very nice considering we had not complained at all. Overall very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It was a cold winter night and the cozy old Tavern's fireplace was perfect. For those who appreciate old world charm and great food, this is a great restaurant. The chef's specials were fabulous in terms of taste, presentation and interesting textures."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Wonderfully imaginative food and friendly/attentive service in a charming old new england inn."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I've been eating here since it opened and sadly watched the traditional trend of many restaurants, that when they become established the prices rise and the portions shrink, but the last dinner I had did it for me. I ordered an entrée and got an appetizer and dessert. There was a lot of sugar on this dish (yummy, but still dessert) and the meat was not more than 3 ounces - probably 2. It woke up my appetite and left me feeling that I had to go out for another meal. I don't think I'll be back. Too bad."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I just want to say thank you to Mockingbird Kitchen for making my anniversary dinner absolutely amazing. The good was outstanding and would recommend to all my friends and family. I will be going back for sure really soon. Only thing I would suggest is having more local craft beers from Connecticut on tap."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fireplaces blazing in this old building added a lovely touch. The food, as usual, was excellent. In a few months they'll move to a larger space, but it can't be as charming a space as this one."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have lost track of how many times we have come to MKB . All have been great and this last time was another really great time. We had Toms brother and wife for our birthdays. Very cold and wintery day outside and warm and inviting inside. We sat by the fire and ate ourselves silly! Food was fantastic, wine delightful and dessert topped if off... thanks again!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We were looking for a romantic dining experience. The folks at Mockingbird really delivered. The food was artfully crafted and delicious. The falafel are creamy and delicious. My partner had an Asian inspired noodle dish. It was easily the most interesting food either of us has had out in quite a while. The ambience was cozy. A roaring fireplace and friendly staff greet you when you enter. The lighting is dim in a good way. The setup is small and personal, great in my opinion for couples and small groups. Service was imperfect but excellent. You could tell they really cared. Five stars overall. Wish there were more places like this out there. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We LOVED the Mockingbird, but it was difficult. We went on Christmas Eve, and I think the regular wait staff must have been off that night. Our waitress was not the least bit friendly or welcoming, and she argued with my daughter about whether her drink had been mixed correctly (it hadn't been). But...the food was truly GREAT, and a second waitress who helped ours was very nice, as was the young man who helped serve and clear. This is a classic old-school Connecticut country place: dark-wood, blazing fireplaces, creaky wood floors, soft lighting. Despite the waitress, we all agreed we'd LOVE to go back. We think the bad service was an unfortunate but random occurrence, and we would recommend this restaurant HIGHLY."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Wine list is reasonable, food is always excellent--from the falafel appetizers, the great salads and the perfectly prepared entrees. We always enjoy dining there."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We ate here a week ago and had to go back one more time before Christmas..... alway fabulous... I plan to have our Birthday party here.... Samantha will do a great job."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Still our favorite in the area. I am sorry they took some of the simpler things, like burgers off the menu but there food is simply wonderful. I will never miss a chance to have the duck breast and the berkshire pork chop is unbeatable. The chicken dishes, both the roast breast and the confit thigh are winners. The biggest problem here is deciding what to have. Service is knowledgeable, friendly and not overbearing or pretentious. The desserts are outstanding as well. This is not one of those restaurants with great starters and finishes but mediocre mains - everything from the salads and chinese dumplings to the mains, and the finales such as chocolate shortcake and carrot cake are winners."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "The Mockingbird's proprietor, Samantha Tilley has a great feel for both casual and more formal dishes. You will find many fascinating comfort food favorites, as well as flavor combinations you don't see everyday. The bar always has interesting drinks on special, and they have a very credible wine list. When the restaurant moves into their own private digs in Bantam in 2014, it will only get better."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Everything about Mockingbird Kitchen is perfect. Great standard entrees with unique specials every time we visit. This time, we started with a beet salad and an appetizer-size turkey potpie, both wonderful. My wife had the salmon, which she’s had before here, and can’t help having it again. I had a rack of venison, which was superb. Our desserts were a pleasant surprise, and we’re glad we got our own and didn’t share. The service is attendant, yet not clingy, and wonderfully friendly. Perfect."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Great food and drinks! Waitress was very knowledgeable and Right On Point with each request or question we threw at her! Food was fantastic can't wait to try their new location in Bantam! Hope they bring the same Chef, Waitress & Bartender along! Well done!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013