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The Mill on the River
The Mill on the River

The Mill on the River Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themillontheriver.com
  • Phone: (860) 289-7929
  • 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: Contemporary American, Continental, Steakhouse
  • 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 (860) 289-7929

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • " We requested outdoor seat but didn't get it even with a reservation"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Love that we were able to sit outside next to the river. Great atmosphere for summer dining!!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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,"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent & consistent as always, never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Have dined here often and this restaurant does not disappoint!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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 ?"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was our second trip to Mill on the River for our annivesary. Both times we sat outside on the porch. We called ahead but there weren't any tables available when we arrived so we decided to wait even though they said it would be 30-45 minutes. We got a drink and walked around the grounds. 15 minutes later they came to tell us our table was ready. The food was wonderful as always...I love the escargot and French Filet. The roasted beet salad is also great. My wife had the lobster special which she also enjoyed. Great atmosphere, excellent service and great food. What else could you want?"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend out for a surprise dinner date. Dressed to the dime and couldnt have found a better place to eat. Waitress was very kind and accommodating. Food was excelent and the menu had a wide variety of options. Scenery inside and out is beautiful and the prices are what you would expect for a fancier place"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great restaurant and beautiful place to be !!! just one concern the sea food was very spicy next time i will make sure they wont put a lot of spice.."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food and service. We have eaten at The Mill On The River, a number of times, and everything is always the best. We particularly like the bar area tables, but today we had brunch to celebrate a birthday, in the dining room."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Appetizers, Meals, and desert were excellent as was the Dining experience and ambiance... As a Surveyor and Purveyor of Fine Food I would certainly rate this Resturant very highly, and certainly have and will recommend it.. We will be back for sure...!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Normally we go at a certain time in the evening. In this case we experienced car problems, came late still gave us a good table with their normally excellent service. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good eating experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The time we spend together is so valuable and we chose mill on the river because it's where memories are made."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This is by far the best restaurant i have been to since i moved to Connecticut from DC. My boyfriend and I love simple settings, not too modern and a good meal. We got all this and more, the food was something we have never had before in terms of taste and combination. The service is the best. I would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary and had a wonderful meal and outstanding service. Even gave us a nice dessert to celebrate our special day. Thanks Adams Mill for a very nice time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "At times, we felt like we were forgotten by our waiter. We keep having to ask for things twice, ie water replenished or extra bread. When second bread basket arrived, it was thrown onto the table instead of courteously placed (not by waiter, but the busboy). Food and ambience were great! Just wished for more attentive staff!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Nice quiet environment, the best food I've ever tasted."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I am from Houston and wanted to meet my niece for lunch somewhere. She is from Glastonbury and my sisters and I were in W. Springfield. We decided on a another restaurant until my brother-in-law suggested Mill on the River. This was a favorite of my late brother so we thought we'd give it a try. I am so glad we did. The food was wonderful and our server could not have been more helpful with the menu. She was friendly and professional. We will be back each time I come to visit."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We were celebrating an anniversary and had wanted to go to a special restaurant. We had never been there before but it's reputation and location were right. The hostess and the waiter were very pleasant and welcoming. After a spilled water glass over the table, it was clear to see that the way the staff handled it quite routinely and professionally that they were a team. The meals (seafood skillet and beef tenders) were excellent. The noise (group of 25) was a bit loud, but not a problem. A walk around the beautiful grounds topped the meal off as did their special touch of an ANNIVERSARY DESSERT!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "my experience was above expectations. the staff, food and views were awesome. I wish we could have sat outside but our party of 10 was to large."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Although parking can be somewhat of a hassle (on busy nights park across the street from the restaurant), the dining experience in this establishment is worth walking from much further away. Made a reservation via OpenTable and made a note that it was my wife's birthday; we arrived at the time of the reservation and was seated shortly thereafter with a view of the falls. The waitress acknowledged my wife's birthday without any prompting from me at all (WOW -- small detail, but impact is HUGE). The food was OUTSTANDING (calamari, salads, stuffed French chicken and sesame-crusted yellow fin tuna [ordered rare and prepared perfectly]) and courses flowed seamlessly. Complimentary birthday dessert and champagne topped off the perfect repast."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had our wedding here, was amazing. Had our 1 year anniversary dinner here and it was just as good. Great place to eat and has a very large wine list (bottle)."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a 50th Anniversary apart from the Family."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We made a 7:30 reservation and arrived at 7:30 to find our table would not be ready until 8:00. We were not alone, as the entrance was quite full of other people waiting as well. The dining room was dark..food was marginal..service was adequate at best..we will not return"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband & I were celebrating his birthday. Our appetizer (shrimp cocktail) was superb. My husband had the prime rib and I had the Cod, both meals were outstanding, and well as the service. Thank you for making it a great evening. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We went on our first date here and 20 years later came back for an anniversary dinner. Still the same great spot. Great staff. Surprised us with champagne and a complimentary dessert. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I brought my date here for a special evening. This establishment has definitely delivered. The seaters were fast to seat us. Waitress was attentive to our needs and knowledgeable of their menu adding in personal experience of her favorites. The music was smooth and calm and the table we had was amazing with the view. The food came at a reasonable time for what was ordered, lobster pasta, and oh my was the portions generous. Loads of lobster and huge portions at that. Hot fresh and delicious. Dessert was decadent as well. The ambience was that of romance and extravagance. It was special and my date loved it. We will definitely have to return."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This restaurant exudes ambience and charm and at times has superior food. Service may be spotty. However, the AC is freezing--bring a sweater!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My wife and I have been repeat customers for many years. We have always had a pleasant experience, the food is always excellent. Overall the staff is excellent except for this last visit. Our waitress wasn't as friendly and personable as the ones we have had in the past. She wasn't welcoming, didn't smile and it seemed like she didn't want to be there. This was a new experience for us but this will not stop us for returning or recommending The Mill on the River to our friends and family. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014