Ancaster Mill

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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One of the most sought after restaurants for a Sunday brunch or a dinner celebration, Ancaster Mill epitomizes the spirit of great hospitality. By looking to the harvest for inspiration, our chefs are able to provide guests with a culinary experience that highlights the spectacular local, seasonal ingredients from our Earth to Table farm and Craft Cut butcher.
Situated beside a creek, with a large dining room built out overlooking the falls, Ancaster Mill is in demand year-round for weddings, family or corporate events and celebrations. Restored to keep its authentic character intact, this is a place where ambience fuses with fine food and great service.
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4.7
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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Ancaster Mill used to be my family's first choice for Sunday brunch but, I was very disappointed with the quality of food and the service. The lamb was under cooked and the seafood was not fresh.

KP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall the food selection and flavour was delicious and fresh! Nice Ambience too. The only comment was my hubby wanted to try the omelette but no server was at the station. He went back a few times!

d
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife's birthday at the Ancaster Old Mill. With important celebrations, I don't leave anything to chance and I now that when you want to impress the ones you love, the Old Mill will never let you down. Thanks to all the staff who made this such a wonderful experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sever was awesome, food and drinks are always great! Really worth what you’re paying for

SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night, wonderful food, excellent wine list, perfect service and a view of the falls.

SS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed at the Ancaster Mill. The quality of the food is outstanding! Although it is a lovely restaurant, I have never felt as though it was too fancy to feel comfortable. This is the perfect spot for a special occasion. They even had dairy free ice cream for the vegan! I would highly recommend this wonderful spot.

HB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique experience in a very comfortable setting. The greeter was very welcoming and the server was knowledgeable and made the meal a wonderful experience.

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awesome was the view of my dining companion, and praised the food, service, ambiance, and the scenery.

t
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We come to brunch a couple times a year, I saw u had some afternoon weddings so it was extra busy. How However, for the price the food was just alright. Selection didn't seem to be as previous visits and not replenished. For a family of 4 and my son was half priced the bill with tip was $250.00, didn't seem it was worth that price. Service and atmosphere were great as always

AK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, as always. Never feel rushed. A nice time with the family.

HL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Much too noisy, tables were too close, a few pampered guests were seated in a nice quiet room while the rest of us were relegated to cafeteria seating

AR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always LOVE coming to Ancaster Mill. Everything is always spectacular.
My daughter was married at Ancaster Mill and my other daughter married at Cambridge Mill.
We always have excellent service.
Keep up the good work!!
Alyson and Bob Rutherford ...... THANKS!!!

OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch is always a pleasure to attend and it never disappoints: a worthwhile trip to Ancaster.

a
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good in all corners, just a little too slow

KH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service there is amazing! If you need something anyone is willing and ready to help. They check on you at all the right times and the food was AMAZING! So much food how much you actually pay. I love how they do their service and are always bringing food once you finish your plate.

JD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were married in 2012 at the Ancaster Mill and have returned each year on our wedding anniversary. There is a reason we always come back. The food, atmosphere and the amazing hospitality have earned our loyalty as customers and dining at the Mill is a perfect reminder of the investment we have made in one another and our family from the day we were married onwards. This year we decided that when it is time to have another party and renew our vows -something we'd both like to do at some point, the Ancaster Mill will of course have to be the location. Thank you for the care you take in providing the very best of experiences!

JP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was exemplary -- a stunning quail, impeccably cooked duck. Perfect garnishes for both. The waiter was very helpful with respect to wine pairings. We were seated exactly on time. My only quibble has to be with the live entertainment on this Saturday night. The Ancaster Mill seems to be presenting itself as a high(er) end restaurant -- having a guitarist/vocalist (however delicately amplified) crooning Eurythmics songs seems to work at loggerheads to the restaurant experience. When the performer finished, moderately loud music was played through the restaurant speakers. I do not speak for all, of course, but my experience would have been significantly enhanced with the absence of a performer and with the absence of popular, if mellow, music. Non-interruptive, strictly instrumental music would positively contribute to what I feel is the finesses of the Old Mill vibe. Why distract from astonishingly good food with quotidian cover tunes? If I'm looking for a performer, a cafe or lower end restaurant seems appropriate -- but not at the Old Mill.

J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Great food from a fairly limited seasonal menu (there should be something on menu for everyone).

I wasn't super thrilled with the arrival process. We got there on time for reservation and host said "Ok - wait over there and we'll let you know when ready" and it was about 10 minutes before we got to our table and about 30 minutes after reservation was made before we even got drink order in. They also placed us at a very small table initially, but we got moved on request. (There was only one of these very small tables in the restaurant so I guess we were unlucky at first). Overall - first impressions were not great though.

Waiter and food were excellent and made up for that.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant date night restaurant in a lovely natural setting. Plenty of space between tables, and tasteful live dinner music.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

First time that we actually came for the brunch, reservation was for 2:30, taken at 2:50. Placed in a corner where the AC was just blaring on us. (October 20) Asked the waiter to get orientated to the brunch arrangement. The waiter was very nice, observant when we had no cutlery. We ate quickly as we were cold, capaccino at the end finally warmed us up. Got splattered by oil by the guy making omlets, wanted to give me a wet cloth to wash off the splatter. Was kind and concerned, however I found that a little sloppy, this isn’t an all inclusive, public should be a little more protected from the arrangement...luckily I wasn’t burned! However my garment is ruined. For this being my first time being for brunch, I’ll never come back, not a great experience overall.

JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonderful food, great service. We are two couples who celebrate our wedding anniversaries at this brunch.

Ancaster Mill
Responded on October 22, 2019

Janet - thank you so much for taking the time to comment and review your special occasion brunch experience with us. Happy Anniversary to all of you! We hope to see you again soon.

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Was special occasion for Moms 80th Birthday. Had two tables booked; one for 10 & 4.
The party of 4 arrived at 11:15am for 12 pm reservation and waited until after the party of 10 to be seated. Which was after we arrived at 12:10. The table for 4 was in the adjacent room; not even close to us; unexceptable and extremely disappointing. Service was mediocre. Was too loud and he spoke to softly that no one at the table heard a word of what he said. Was asked to pay bill at 1:45 and advised to leave at 2.
The food was disappointing; meat was either undercooked or dry. Eggs Benedict was terrible. The young guy shucking oysters didn’t know what he was doing; you had to wait in line, then wait in front of him while he’s chucked them.
When I ate them they were full of grit from broken shell. Manager never came around to ask about anything?
Would not recommend this place for a specia occasion; your treated like cattle for Sunday brunch.
Drinks were premade and watery.

KE
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall, it is a good experience for us. We booked a table for Seven for Sunday Brunch. We came around 11:45 which is the most busy time slot i guess and waited around 10-15 mins for the table to get ready.
The food is always good and fresh, we really enjoy the crab and oyster.

Ancaster Mill
Responded on October 22, 2019

Kevin, thank you so much for taking the time to review your brunch experience with us this past Sunday! The seafood station is always a crowd favourite!! We look forward to seeing you in the future :)

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch buffet is one pf the best buffet in Hamilton. Fresh seafoods and bread.

J
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place and great buffet. High quality and delicacies such as fresh oysters, shrimps, etc.
Only small feedback: would be nice to have a cappuccino machine. Also couldn’t find a toaster for bread.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My pasta dish, was well undercooked. Tasted like flour. No mushrooms to be found in this mushroom dish.
My partner’s fish portion size was tiny. Just not enough food for the money.
Apps and desserts were great.

m
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting. Top-notch service. Impeccable execution of the menu. A gem in the heart of Ancaster.

T
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Ancaster is a gorgeous place, especially in the fall. Food is creative, delicious and not pretentious. I docked a star because the size of rooms lacks intimacy but this is compensated for by the warmth of the design. Also, all that glass leads to a higher level of noise than perfect. However, all that glass allows spectacular views of the falls and gardens. All in all, a wonderful special place!

A
Toronto
166 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Ancaster Mill is a beautiful location. If you go, make sure to request a seat by the window. The service is good but I was disappointed with the food. We ordered the chicken entree and the chicken was nicely done but the chanterelles and the sauce were not hot and the greens under the chicken was cold. For the price I was expecting a lot more. Also, when I booked the reservation I noted that it was for a birthday celebration. There was absolutely no recognition at all. Very disappointing.

LH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't remember how many times I've been & each time is amazing....the blueberry/white chocolate scones were to die for, however I do miss the pot de creme on the dessert table....as usual the smoked salmon & oysters were delicious....would have liked to have seen mashed potatoes to go with the turkey & dressing but the gravy was great.....the only thing which was disappointing was our seating location....I know you need as much seating as possible but we were seated right at the edge of the dining area beside the soup, it was very busy with people brushing up against us & our table......do prefer to sit elsewhere......will be back soon.....thank you.....PS....the owners young son was working & he was a great worker, & did a great job.... always keeping busy & checking on things, great to see..

VF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My entire group was disappointed that there was only breakfast potatoes to go with the prime rib and turkey

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual! Love coming back over and over again!

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We do end up paying to an extent for everyone else's more costly indulgences, such as seafood which is an awful thing to eat gross.

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and Thanksgiving

CS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious but when I tried to change the reservation earlier it said extra guests could not be accommodated but when we arrived the restaurant was empty. We were there celebrating my mom's birthday and she was given a lovely piece of blueberry pie with a candle. :)!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience5

Well the property is beautiful! The food was ok. The wine was great the service was chain restaurant service. We were looking for a regular restaurant tipped 25% but got 5% experience. This is a great place to go if you are looking to look and pay for an expense experience but to get a Boston pizza experience. Very disappointed

DM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Beautiful setting, great atmosphere and the best brunch buffet I've ever had. Favorite s were the Shepard's pie and most of all the apple crisp. I would recommend the old mill to everyone.

S
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Great service and fabulous food.

AR
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunch at Ancaster Mill was beautiful. Amazing ambience. Excellent staff. Great food. Expensive but worth the value for what you get. Pretty surroundings. Would highly recommend.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ancaster Old Mill is perfect for any special occasion. The grounds are beautiful for a fall walk. Gorgeous

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