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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
  • "excellent food, great service, beautiful site, we have enjoyed lunch and dinner at this restaurant, and have not been disappointed. a bit expensive."
    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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The Mill never disappoints. Always great. Never lacking in charm and quality."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Wonderful time overlooking the full moon. Food is always wonderful."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I really enjoyed come here for brunch. Friendly staff. Great food. The outdoor patio was beautiful as well."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was very, very good. The service was also quite good."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I sent the restaurant feedback directly. Bottom line...overpriced and underdelivered. Never again."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Best spinach salad I have had. Food beautifully presented. We were made a special request that was beyond our expectations."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • " 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