The Mill on the River
The Mill on the River

The Mill on the River

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themillontheriver.com/
  • Phone: 8602897929
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Mill on the River offers private dining locations for groups of 20 to 120. All of our banquet rooms blend our facility's New England atmosphere with modern set-up configurations and technology. The ability to customize your menu and setting make The Mill on the River the perfect location to host Business Meetings, Retirements, Seminars, and Corporate Retreats.
  • Private Party Contact: Banquet Manager 8602897929

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Mill on the River
Located just minutes from Hartford and Springfield, The Mill on the River has been a premier dining location for over 25 years. Located on the shores of the Podunk River, the restaurant is housed in a remodeled grist mill. The classic New England ambiance is the perfect compliment to the modern American menu. The extensive menu features classic Continental cuisine with inventive International influences as well as fresh seafood and quintessential chop house offerings. Located in an ideal rural setting, local produce and regional specialty items are predominately featured. With a Wine Spectator Award winning wine list, The Mill on the River offers over 400 wine bottles and over 50 wines by the glass. In addition to the refined dining room, waterfront patio dining is also requested often. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and the popular Sunday Brunch. The new bar area is also open all day for a lighter fare menu, casual abiance, and creative cocktails.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Mill on the River reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (121)special occasion (118)romantic (110)great for outdoor dining (89)good for groups (46)fit for foodies (45)notable wine list (45)neighborhood gem (43)great for brunch (42)great for lunch (29)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • Could not ask for more....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is the third time our group has come to The Mill on the River for our yearly "reunion". We have never been disappointed but this year (August 24th) was the best yet. Our server, Christie, went beyond expectations to make it a wonderful afternoon. From entering the restaurant to leaving all were friendly and caring about our event. All 10 of us were impressed with the friendly service and the attention given to us. Bravo to the staff and the chef!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ShannaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was very good except for my sons lamb chops. Very accommodating - we were late.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vinnie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Extensive menu, always hard to make a choice. The food was excellent as always. It was our 34th wedding anniversary so asked for a seat by the window. At the end of the dinner, the chef sent us chocolate covered strawberries and a glass of champagne.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 80th Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service was good, drinks and appetizers were great, 2 of 6 people ordered the special prime rib dinner and both were disappointed, the first was sent back because it was not cooked as requested the second was warm and grisly.Not all the meals were delivered at the same time made for an awkward 3-4 minutes. Dessert was delicious and the birthday plate was a surprise and greatly appreciated. Always have gotten excellent meals in the past but this visit was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always have a wonderful meal, the staff is always friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service are outstanding!
    IdahoMary
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had dinner at The Mill on the River last Thanksgiving and knew that when we came back to Connecticut this summer, we would be back! The food is delicious and the service is the best I have had in a restaurant. Arlo, our server both times, was outstanding! We had nine in our group for Thanksgiving and six for this recent visit. The menu really allows for everyone to find a meal that they will like! If you are looking for a place that has great ambiance, food, and service. The Mill on the River is it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special anniversary dinner
    aretiredman
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    After checking almost restaurant in a twenty mile radius of S. Windsor, we settled on "The Mill" as the perfect place for an anniversary dinner. It has a wonderful country charm - green grass, lovely trees, a pond, waterfall, covered bridge and lots of 'old wood' inside. We were ushered to our table immediately - no waiting thanks to on line reservations. Christine, our server, informed us of all the specials and answered all the questions we had regarding the menu choices. The food arrived just as we were finishing soup and salad - perfect timing. Our meals were delicious. The service from the entire staff was excellent, efficient, and through - attentive but not overly so. 'The Mill' met and exceeded our expectations. You must come here!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent Great Dining
    DandPVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Sitting by the fountain, on the patio, on a warm summer evening viewing the beauty that surrounds you while dining at the Mill on the River--it doesn't get any better than that. Excellent and friendly wait staff who are knowledgeable and accommodating quietly deliver beautifully plated food. And it ultimately is all about the food--well chosen and well prepared. A wonderful place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    excellent food, great service, beautiful site, we have enjoyed lunch and dinner at this restaurant, and have not been disappointed. a bit expensive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • menu items better than prix-fixe
    Christina
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I had the pecan salmon the first visit. It was amazing! The 2nd time I tried the prix-fixe seafood meal which was more like a plate of mixed leftovers. For prix-fixe, the dessert selection is limited. I recommending ordering your entree & dessert straight from the menu; it'll cost more but is much tastier. There are so many options! I had the 'Hot Mess' martini which was on the sour side.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and food were good
    RichL
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary there, and the waitress and food were good. Wish we could have gotten a little quieter table. The table spacing is a little close together, which seems to be the norm these days, making the other table's conversions unavoidable. The noise level a couple of times was an interruption. The wine list is good with a wide price range. The dinner was good and desert was average. For the price I would have expected better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • keeping the romance with her
    DiRenzos2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    this was our 1st time going here, our 32 anniversary , our host was outstanding she was on the money all night, the food more than a 5 star,wine list great, the view out on the back deck was breath taking, water / flowers / fish and the sun set WOW. the mill on the river was what we needed to refresh our souls . thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Mill never disappoints. Always great. Never lacking in charm and quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance abounds
    SWRegular
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Wonderful time overlooking the full moon. Food is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Place
    EveM
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I really enjoyed come here for brunch. Friendly staff. Great food. The outdoor patio was beautiful as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very, very good. The service was also quite good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Waitress
    Ralph
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Christine was our waitress and she was great very attentive, very helpful and pleasant I cannot say enough good thing about her. The food was marvelous served just right the atmosphere was absolutely relaxing will try to get back while dinning outside is still available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    CTCarole
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our dinner at Mill On The River was wonderful! The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. We especially enjoyed the spinach salad. It had baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, dried cranberries, slivered candies almonds, bacon and a fried goat cheese ball. It was AMAZING! It was my birthday, so they gave us each a glass of champagne and a delicious chocolate mousse to share.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again
    NeverAgain1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I sent the restaurant feedback directly. Bottom line...overpriced and underdelivered. Never again.
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  • love it
    leanne
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We got married there and returned for our 2nd anniversary and for our 10th. It is and has always been a great experience. Indoors and out it is rustic and romantic. Menu options are unique and deliciousn
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    JonWB
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Superb menu. The food was great, not the best, but very good. The location makes it. Sat outside with a beautiful view of the river, large carp feeding next to us and a large variety of bird life. Service was excellent. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding ambience
    SCKENYON
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Best spinach salad I have had. Food beautifully presented. We were made a special request that was beyond our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Service & Gorgeous View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We arranged for my parents to celebrate their 46th anniversary at Mill on the River for dinner. We were so happy when they came home and couldn't stop talking about their experience. Their waiter went above and beyond to make their dining experience so special. A couple seated nearby heard the waiter talking to my parents about their anniversary and bought them each a drink. They had the prime rib and said it was fabulous. They sat outside on the patio and said the view was beyond romantic - which is not like them to say. From the service to the food and don't forget the amazing patio view, Mill on the River is a MUST dine restaurant. You are missing out if you don't try this amazing restaurant. We will be dining again soon! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were great
    PaulyT
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We requested outdoor seat but didn't get it even with a reservation
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice outdor seating
    Dianne
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Love that we were able to sit outside next to the river. Great atmosphere for summer dining!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!!!
    ltree
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The best meal I have had in a long time! The food was perfectly seasoned and presented. So fresh! The service was also wonderful. Our server was knowledgeable, but not pushy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and service
    DandPVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The Mill on the River, the first restaurant of the Mill Group, has been spectacular since day one. After years of consistent execellence, one can only say the the Mill on the River has only become better, hard as that can be. Food choices are constantly updated. Plating is spectacular, as is the service. But it is the quality of the food for the price that makes this restaurant so special. Food here is delicious. Whether for lunch, a business meeting, dinner, special occasion, banquet or reception, the Mill is A-1 all the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal!
    torus
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a group of six and requested a table outside. They accommodated us once we got there. We had a wonderful meal on one of the best nights so far this summer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 41st Anniversary, special time
    Jimj
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a wonderful time tucked away in the corner with a spectacular waitress named Nancy and I was just so memorable. Thank You, Mill on the River.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch with a View
    DAK37
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The Mill on the River is always a great spot to meet for lunch. It has a varied menu from light fare to full meals and daily specials. The entree salads are always fresh and beautifully presented. I highly recommend this restaurant for a business lunch, a meeting place with friends or a romantic lunch for two,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome as always
    pickyeater
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were able to sit by the water on an early Sunday evening. The waiter was wonderful. The food was extraordinary. I ordered filet mignon which was excellent, but you really know a restaurant is good when even the mixed vegetables are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EMMM777
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    WE were seated within two minutes of our arrival. (reservations) We were both pleased with our waitress. Bruch buffet was great as was our entrees. Would like to see the menu for Brunch change from time to time. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    specialoccasion
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Outstanding service was not rushed and our waitress went above & beyond, very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu! Can't wait to return:) Went with friends and we enjoyed all our entrees.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • donu
    DonaUVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Have gone to Mill on River for 30+ years and food is always consistently excellent. Service can not be beat!!! Excellent for special occasions...treated us terrific for my parents 55th wedding anniversary
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent & consistent as always, never disappointed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always satisfied here
    SWRegular
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Have dined here often and this restaurant does not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food and service was great as usual. We love briging out of town guest here. Only disappointment after our birthday dinner was the fact that we were over charged for wine by over $6.00 per glass. Than waiting 10 mins to get it resolved- also didnt appreeciate being told they would honor the menu price like you were doing me a favor. Must say left a bad feeling when we left. Dont know accident or design ?
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My husband and I have been celebrating our wedding anniversary there for the past 19 years! We are local SW residents and love all the MRG restaurants, but the Mill is special and holds a lot of significant memories for us. Thank you to all the staff from chef to hostess for another fabulous and memorable anniversary dinner. B&J
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would return even with issues
    DanielJ
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We celebrated my sisters 60th birthday party for my sister. Having been there before I thought it would be a good choice. The first thing to arrive at the table was hot rolls and herb oil with roasted garlic. One of the dishes with the oil had a piece of raw garlic in it. When it was pointed out to the server she simply said "its right the garlic came from the same bag". I had the Sea Bass along with my wife. My portion size was a little small but my wife's looked fine. The Bass was very good. My sisters ordered Rack of Lamb ordered Med. Rare they came out very rare. They were returned and cooked properly. The Manager apologized for the Lamb. We told him about the garlic, he didn't seem happy and said he would take care of it.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversery dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    arrived 5 min early for 6pm reservation [outside]hostess told us that ''would be a while'' and i could sit inside or wait in bar. subsequently seated- ordered prime rib special med/well server said ''all out-end cuts already sold??? had to ask if chef could handle request??? all the while listening to parking lot construction ??? on a sun evening
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic