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: (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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Mill on the River reviews from OpenTable diners
143 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (103)scenic view (102)romantic (94)great for outdoor dining (57)good for groups (55)notable wine list (54)fit for foodies (51)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (31)great for lunch (18)hot spot (14)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • DOES NOT DISAPPOINT
    JAGUAR
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Once again the Mill on the River was wonderful. Our friends who we brought had the same opinion that we do - a real quality restaurant. Our waiter Arlo is a gem who has great recommendations, a fabulous personality and a way about him that enhances your dinner experience. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Out.
    Grammasweets24
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We went to Mill on the River for my husband's birthday. Each member of our family chooses a special place for their birthday dinner. We had an excellent meal with great ambiance and our server, Emily, was extremely attentive. She made us feel welcome and special. We will go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SBoo
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My wife Nicole and I were married at the Mill on the River last November under the gazebo. We returned on our 1st anniversary. We were welcomed by the staff and treated like old friends. The food, atmosphere and service is always stellar. We look forward to our next visit and our spending our future anniversaries with the great folks at Mill on the River.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have been here several times and always have great food and excellent service. We would recommend it for just a night out or for a special occasion. Be sure to try it....enjoy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a little off the mark.
    handquilter
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Usually excellent in all areas but this time the food was slightly off. I had scallops that were a tad to caramelized and made it feel like I was eating sand along with the scallop, and one of the desserts was just a little dry. We will return and try again as we have been here before and it was wonderful on every level.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT DINING
    JAGUAR
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Thanks to the great ambiance, Justin the Manager and Arlo our fabulous waiter, our visit to the Mill on the River was Super. My wife and I had not been there in years and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Going back with another couple on 11/19 and hope to get Arlo as our waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a delight!
    Glad
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food and service are both excellent. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic for Brunch
    Mjc019copVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Dined her with 7 other guests for brunch. The setting was nice, the staff attentive, interior dated but cosy. Some of the food was not prepared to expectations ie: french toast way over cooked. But, the overall foord experience was satisfactory and priced right. The foods at the brunch buffet table were prepared well and of good quality. The desserts were very good. A place to consider for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    TGB33
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It had been years since I ate at Mill on the River. We decided to go on our anniversary for dinner. The good was absolutely fantastic and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Charlie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The only negative thing I would say is you need to update your menu. We came in for my wife's 30th BDay and she could not get what she wanted. Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho - if it's a seasonal thing, it shouldn't be on the fall menu. The Steak Frites...not sure why the chef could not make a chimichurri sauce since it contains pretty much a select few items...none of which are seasonal. We were told it was also seasonal and she couldn't get it. Don't get me wrong, we love the place and will be back, but the other night just wasn't up to par. Either change the menu, or the waiter should tell the guest what is off the menu before we plan to order.
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Every thing was good.We requested a table by the water WE did not get it.That was dissapointing
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date
    Hotdate
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    very good seabass. Good experience for first time. I will come back for more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pamela
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have always enjoyed Mill on the River for their consistent great food and a lovely evening atmosphere with soft lighting. Visited them many times and never a bad meal. Well trained, polite servers enhance the quality of the dinner experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our party of three chose items from the Octoberfest menu selections. They were all delicious. The butternut squash soup was exceptonal. Our waiter was very attentive, helpful and personable despite the restaurant appearing to be filled capacity. The menu itself is interesting with a nice variety of creative selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be back!!!
    BlakeM
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Mill on the River gave us an excellent dinner for our 5th Wedding Anniversary meal out and away from the young one. Service was excellent with the food cooked perfectly. Even had room left over for a slice of cheesecake that we both split. They sat us at a window seat that gave a wonderful view of the waterfall, as requested when I made the on-line reservation. Will be returning soon and I recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than we expected
    Powercouple
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Looked great on the website and we heard it was good. Turned out to be better than we even expected. Food was excellent and a very comfortable atmosphere made for a great anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Families gathered for birthday celebration and enjoyed great food and service. Highly recommend for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely would come back
    JMo1348
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a nice dinner here. Our reservation was a little backed up but the hostess was very kind and eventually brought out appetizers while we waited. We were seated and our waitress was great! Attentive and kind. Food was great also. B.L.T wedge salad was great, although a little too much dressing for me. I had a great Airline Chicken and my pear and cranberry cobbler for dessert was amazing! I would come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant a Week
    Sweettooth
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was restaurant week in CT last week. Have always enjoyed the atmosphere at "The Mill" and Thierry prefixed restaurant well menu was appealing. The service was phenomenal and the food was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for Anniversary!
    Juan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Enjoyed the food, the place. Everything is good! With Reservation, we did not have to wait. Staff is friendly
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful lunch spot--any time
    DandPVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Excellent food served in an old mill atmosphere....updated beautifully, with fireplace, window views of the waterfall, and just comfortable an delegate settings. Food choices outstanding, along with the presentation and food sevice. If you have not been here, truly come. A choice meal for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mill on the River review
    40yearbride
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great place for a romantic evening dinner for 2. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and were seated at an intimate table overlooking the waterfall as requested. Waitress made special note of our occasion and we were delighted to receive a small flute of champagne and some delicious chocolate covered strawberries at the end of our meal. French onion soup was the best I have had in years!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good Overall
    sassafras
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Ate here on a late Sunday afternoon. It was surprisingly crowded. Goos menu and wine list. Most of the food was quite good. My lamb was almost too tough to cut with a knife, but my wife had the same dish and hers was fine. The appetizer, side dishes, and desserts were all very good. The service was excellent. The decor looked a bit old, but perhaps that was intentional as part of the mill decor. Overall, not bad and we would return if in the area again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Return Customer
    sluggomagoo
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I always take my wife here for her birthday. It's what she wants. The food is always good and the service is as good as it gets. I just don't like the sound level and layout of the dinning room that much. If there's a wedding or other party you can hear it through the ceiling but it isn't that bad. The food all but makes up for that for sure. They have an excellent wine list too. We had the shrimp cocktail for starters which was cooked perfectly, nice and crisp. The Hunter's Veal (Jaggersnitzle) almost brings me back to 1983 in Cochem, Germany. It comes with mashed potatoes and the best purple cabbage I've ever had. It would be difficult for me not to clean my plate. Desert was excellent. I had the chocolate cake. It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pet Peeve-being seated ½ hr late
    sallyddVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I understand the challenge of guessing how long parties will stay at dinner, but with a reservation I do not expect to be seated 30 minutes late. The manager did buy us a round of drinks, which was nice. The food was very good, the highlight being the molten chocolate dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Sandy
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food well presented..portions generous…romantic venue
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Lover
    Freedom1
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food was very good, service was very good, atmosphere was very quaint. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good start then service dropped
    CTResident
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our server Jen was fantastic to start, really going the extra mile. The food was fantastically cooked, especially the rib-eye. However, it wasn't long until our server was perhaps oversat, as a group of 10+ elderly women, another group of 6 people, a family with multiple children, another couple, etc. wound up all sat in her area as well. My wife and I sat for quite some time waiting for Jen to return so we could look at a dessert menu. Then waited a long time for dessert to arrive and even longer to get our check so we could leave. The service started fantastic but ended on a sour note for us, based more on the volume of other customers rather than on Jen herself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DonnaM
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My first time at the Mill on the River for brunch. A beautiful day, excellent service, great food. My only regret was not thinking ahead and asking for a table outside. I will definitely return to this restaurant for brunch!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner
    travellady
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The restaurant is located next to the river and has done great landscaping around. It is nice to stay indoor or outdoor. The food was excellent and for wine list they deserve Wine Enthusiast award. Really great place to have a romantic dinner or to celebrate the special occasion. It is priced very reasonably for higher end of the restaurant. I would recommend the visit. Service was professional and friendly. I will come back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A great place!! Great service and food. BUT we ate at the MOTR on Sat 09-27 and their was a wedding downstairs. The noise was way too much. That was very disappointing as we were not warned about it before we sat down to eat. Aside from this, a good dinner all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mill on the River
    NewingtonJohn
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    From my initial visit over 25 years ago, the Mill on the River has become a dining destination of choice when I try to impress my special guests. Over the years the menus have obviously changed, but the level of quality, selections, service and a romantic setting always remain wonderfully same. My most recent visit here did not fail to impress me and my guests once again. Mill on the River was, is and will remain as my favorite special dining destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    No sooner did we sit down when a waiter rather rudely dropped warm rolls onto our plates. He actually stood there until we moved our menus. Then the waitress came repeatedly while we were waiting for our drinks, which took a long time to arrive. Touting a $150.00 bottle of wine for $120.00 strikes me as pretentious. After drinks arrived, she was back again and again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most romantic dining location!!
    CTFoodie4UVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've been dining at your restaurant for many years. From my sisters wedding to my wife's 30th birthday I'm always impressed as I leave your establishment The ambiance that has escalated over the years with modern renovations Is a wonderful SW Gem!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch pretty good
    Brunch
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The complimentary bloody mary didn't seem to have any vodka in it but the smoked salmon at the continental buffet was very good as were the deserts. The pastries were terrible, dry. Everyone enjoyed their brunch menu items (seafood crepes, salmon). I had the eggs benedict which was satisfying, good breakfast potatoes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    Calh
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went to the Mill on the River on a Friday night. Our request for a window table was quickly accommodated. We had gone specifically to participate in the 2014 dinner, a promotion a number of restaurants in the area which offers a three course dinner for $20.14. When we were seated, we were given the regular menu and there was no mention of the promotion. When asked, the promotional menu was quickly offered and we did choose from that. All of the food we had was wonderful - roasted tomato soup, served hot the way I like it; salmon with fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetables; and a warm apple strudel for dessert. A great experience. Our server, Emily, was pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The waitress was very engaging. The meals (3)were all delicious. It is one of my favorite places to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food as usual, but . . .
    CinCTVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    If you want the advertised special, you have to ask for it. We went Thursday night, Sept 18, because of the advertised special "Taste of the Suburbs" menu, but the waiter presented us only with the higher-priced usual menu and did not mention the special offering at all. When we asked about their $20.14 menu, he went to get those, and we ordered from them. But the impression we got was one of deceit. That said, the food was good as usual, and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LennyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    As always the cuisine was exceptional and we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diner101
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went for the first time because of the CT restaurant week. Arriving you have to walk through a small area that is used by smokers, and there were smokers! Definitely smelly. As we left we even saw the restaurant manager smoking there. Bibb lettuce salad just ok, salmon was tasty though I sent mine back for being overcooked. Second one was better and the apple dessert was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate