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About Mill's Tavern

Taverns have had a constant important presence in American life since the late 1600's. Many of them, which were attached to inns, were opened as resting places for travelers needing a place to stop, relax and fortify themselves. Of course the local residents frequented the taverns too, purchasing drinks and meals as well as participating in lively conversations. Taverns were the focal point for neighbors to come together, exchange news, talk of politics, and share in the general feeling of conviviality. Taverns were firmly established as gathering places for the light hearted socializing, serious talk, and of course, a
hearty meal accompanied by a tasty libation or two.
In this American tradition, we at Mill’s Tavern welcome you with genuine enthusiasm. Our staff is warm, friendly, caring, and knowledgeable. So please come, relax, visit with friends and family. You will leave refreshed and nourished, body and soul.

101 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 272-3331

Website:
http://millstavernrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Menu Options:

At Mill's Tavern we offer customized menus created specifically for each event to better accommodate the specific event or preferences of our guests.

Our menus change with the seasons using only the highest quality local and seasonal ingredients.

Parking Details:
complimentary valet

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tasting Menus Available Upon Request.

Mill's Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Good for a Date (38)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Romantic (25)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Business Meals (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Cozy (18)
Bar Seating (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Seasonal (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Authentic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

I have been to the Mills many times and my last visit was exceptional, this visit was not. Not even close. The service was poor and not attentive (enough said on that). We ordered from the restaurant week menu, which I do not normally do, because I find the food to be on par with wedding food. That is pretty much what was served. Pre-prepped, bland, bad food. The calamari was cold and bland, the blue fish pate was bland and served with no accompaniment. The salads looked like they were sitting around forever. Ordered a half price bottle of wine (fume blanc), it was served warm and it took the waiter forever to bring the bottle. Ordered risotto with a beef shank and the waiter failed to tell us the shank was not included, but rather, the beef was incorporated into the risotto. Really! One of the entrees was the muscles, in which the portion was tiny. Maybe 8 muscles. You get more with the half order at Red Stripe. Dessert was bland and terrible. Espresso served cold. Wow! Total disappointment. Clueless waiter. Do not go to this restaurant during restaurant week. I sent the risotto back and ordered an app to cover and they charged for the more expensive dinner. Couldn’t get out of there fast enough. The host was pleasant and professional and the setting is nice. Only two bright spots. Yikes! Bad experience. Probably will never go again.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Love Mills Tavern. Have been here many times and the food and service is always awesome. Items on the menu can highlight some new tastes but I have found that they may be willing to simplify for a simpler taste. Can't recommend highly enough.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Mill’s typically is one of the best restaurants in the city of Providence. Historic Tavern feel with an excellent reputation for Steaks, Chops and Seafood. We have enjoyed our visits in the past but this time the service and hospitality did not live up to our expectations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great for a special occasion. Got a bit of a stuffy vibe at first, but service was impeccable and food was delicious.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Once again the wait staff made this a very pleasant evening, paying attention to each detail and making us feel valued and special. Thank you to all for a great night.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

For the Providence area this restaurant is in the top tier. I was disappointed in the wine list as there are few choices in the moderate price range and mark up is 2.5X retail in most instances. If they allowed corkage, I would have graded them higher. There were 3 in our party, one had the scallops- 4 to a plate, average presentation, good taste. The acorn squash ravioli with rabbit meat was the best of the 3. Different combination which actually was quite tasty. The rib was adequate in presentation, tasted very good. We would recommend the ginger carrot soup as well.
Noise level was good but the place was half empty. As always sit away from the bar if you wish a quiet conversation.
Overall, a decent restaurant that is worth trying. Better than most in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We ate here on Christmas Eve, which we've done several years in a row primarily due to the convenient location near our church. The atmosphere is wonderful, and the service was outstanding (our waitress - Kate - was very attentive). The food was good; some dishes were very good, like the calamari appetizer and the swordfish entree. For the price, however, the food should be a bit better. Entrees that are in the $30s and $40s, which we consider to be New York City prices, should be memorable. All in all, an enjoyable experience, albeit an expensive one.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

My husband and I went to dinner at Mill's Tavern before seeing the Pops at PPAC. I really loved the ambiance of the restaurant. It was decorated beautifully for Christmas and the lighting was soft. They were offering a great special, 3 courses for $30. I ordered the filet which was an extra $10, but totally worth it. My husband ordered the swordfish which was equally delicious. We enjoyed a nice bottle of red wine during dinner and capped off our night with an espresso martini. I would highly recommend Mill's Tavern to a couple or group of people looking for a nice night out.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had an excellent dinner. Always enjoy the ambience. Service was impeccable- helpful and engaging without being overbearing. Loved the evening!

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The menu is very confusing, but the food is delicious. Great atmosphere and service. Sometimes their spin on classic dishes does not meet your expectations, but it’s stilk a great dish. Definitely a little pricey. Dinner for 2 was $300.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Restaurant service impeccable. Duck preparation succulent, sweet-savory, and totally yummy. Go to Providence and see how wonderful the food is. This place is among the best.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We love Mills and had a great table in the corner. Will definitely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

As always, Naomi and the staff made us feel welcome. This is a very dependable place that knows what it's doing. We always look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This restaurant ambience and the food is always consistent and good. A "go to" kind of place.
However, the service is really lacking. You can sit at the bar and be invisible for at least 10 minutes until the bar tender wraps up his/her conversation. RUDE.
You can also sit at a table with a glass of water for the same amount of time, without being acknowledged and then wait forever for the food to be served (2 people). The waitress blamed it on the large party infant of us.. Since when does a large party overshadow a deuce? A good server will put the deuce in first..Then you have to flag down the server to get the check and
pick up the charge..Valet is no where to be found when you need your car..
So my friends, yes, your food and ambience is really great.. but please upgrade your waitstaff training on what service really looks like.
There is so much competition in the city..but why go elsewhere?
Especially on the "new menu" upgrade that is in the works for Mills Tavern?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

THe weather outside was snowy and gloomy but the atmosphere inside this restaurant was warm and friendly. THe food was exceptional as was the service. We highly recommend.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Went there for our yearly family business Christmas party dinners. Food was amazing. We had everything from the raw bar, charcuterie board and salads. The entree portions were some of the largest portions I’ve seen for such a nice restaurant. We also had our 11yr old and 7yr old sons with us. The atmosphere was just right for kids. Both had the macaroni and cheeses side dishes. The portion was plenty for a kids meal. The wine list was top notch and the desert list very authentic. A must go.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

As usual our dinner at Mills Tavern was wonderful! It's our favorite restaurant- the food is always good and the service with Lynne is warm and comfortable. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This was our first time at Mill’s Tavern, but not our last. Great old (excellent condition) downtown classy restaurant. They have everything we look for in a dining experience. Good selection of food, delicious, great service, everything. Just put on your nice clothes and go!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful as usual. All we've come to expect over the years. Always amenable to special occasions.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I have been here a few times. It was average this time, for the price! I also look forward to the holiday special menu but I guess they didn’t have it yet.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our experience at Mills Tavern on Thanksgiving was wonderful! Very busy but the food was spot on and the service was excellent

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was FABULOUS!! The turkey dinner tasted like home cooking.....the seating was private and our waitress....Lynn Webster....was the best!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

One of the few remaining really pleasant, cushy, warm and kinda plush-quiet restaurants around. It's become so rare to be able to have a conversation at a normal pitch or hear oneself think in a restaurant, even a good one - this is wonderful. The food and wine are EXCELLENT, the service professional and discreet, and, while pricey, particularly when one looks at the supposed 'tavern' schtick, it's very good value for money - great place for a romantic tete-a-tete, a family event with older folks whose hearing might get shattered in more raucous places, a chilly fall/winter evening when one wants really satisfying/stick-to-the-ribs AND sophisticated food. All-around good place - can't recommend highly enough as, at least, a specialish-occasion sorta place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We’ve been here several times and the food and experience are always excellent. We had a party of 6 and all of us had a fantastic evening. Ambiance is good- quiet but not took quiet, upscale yet comfortable. Amongst us we ordered a wide variety of foods, most of which was shared, and all of which was delicious. I can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 15, 2017

20th Anniversary.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have chosen Mill’s Tacen for special occasions for many years and have always been thrilled. One of my favorites places.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Over priced! Noisy! Food was good but not worth it!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We’ve eaten here a number of times and have always enjoyed it. Warm and inviting space, excellent service and typically very good food even for my wife who is a vegetarian. This time the food was off from appetizer to entrees.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always an amazing experience. Dinner was outstanding. Service was professional and efficient. A nice window table to watch all the waterfire activity downtown.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Dumbed down menu. Inattentive,dismissive service, cold food, high prices

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is fun restaurant on the main street in downtown. Short UBER ride and you are there!
The menu was fun, creative and seasonally based. Service was attentive and informative.
Extensive wine list and great cocktails.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food, service and ambiance! Would definitely recommend! Thanks to Phil, our excellent server.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food is always very good but the bread pudding dessert is a 10+ and worth the trip for that alone.
Lynn as the server is perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We arrived early and enjoyed a drink at the bar while waiting for two couples. We all enjoyed our dinners and the vibrant atmosphere. Would return again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Luis was a phenomenal waiter. Very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor! I am definitely going to request hime the next time I go to Mills Tavern

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food and service
A great Providence restaurant

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent meal and excellent service!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Unfortunately a hefty price tag does not guarantee quality.

My wife and I had a Roast Beet Carpaccio which was excellent.

We also both had the filet mignon and it was perhaps the toughest filet I have ever had.

Service was ok.

Left disappointed and probably won't be back.

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