Millwright's

4.7
1522 reviews
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With its unique setting perched atop a waterfall in Simsbury, Connecticut, Millwright’s invites guests to dine in the 17th century mill with acclaimed, James Beard nominated Chef Tyler Anderson and his team. Featuring daily-chosen farm ingredients, the freshest and most select product, proprietary cocktails, and exciting wine menu, Millwright’s offers a new experience to the Farmington Valley farm-to-table dining scene. The culinary team understands the impact of the highest-quality fresh ingredients. Millwright’s kitchen thrives on local ingredients – grown, raised, produced, foraged and prepared – whenever possible. They also take the farm-to-table concept one step further. Millwright’s has partnered with a farm that will grow most of its organic produce. The “Inspired New England” cuisine at Millwright’s pays homage to the land, to the flavor-rich quality of local, fresh ingredients and to the time-honored cooking techniques that enhance the natural goodness of those ingredients.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were married at Millwrights (then Hop Brook) in March of 1994, so we recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. Our daughter (who was our bridesmaid) and our grandson flew in from Texas to help us celebrate our anniversary. Millwrights was the perfect choice. Our seating preference near the waterfall was accommodated. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the prices were reasonable. So glad our special peeps were able to carve out the time to share this experience with us!

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BF
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb experience

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KC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Started downstairs with drinks then headed upstairs for dinner. Celebrated our nephews birthday and did the tasting menu paired with wine and it was an event. Amazing food, great wine, wonderful service ...an overall stellar experience.
The ambience is sublime and the restaurant is incredible without feeling stuffy. They are one of the best restaurants in the US we have ever experienced.
Well done. Thank you for a great evening.

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BR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional Dinner , Service and Atmosphere! I like the casual but elegant vibe

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P
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Millwright's has made a small change in the format of their menu, but the quality of the food and service has not declined one bit. We all ate something different ( duck, lamb and scallops) and each person thought their meal was outstanding. The ambiance is lovely. We had a window table overlooking the waterfall and we managed to spot the beaver who lives there, apparently for the first time this year. There were also fish leaping over the waterfall. Service was impeccable, helpful but not overly intrusive. This is, and will remain, our go-to place for special occasions and entertaining.

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Having been there many times, I have to say that the last few times have been less than stellar. First off, I dropped off my son and wife at the door while I parked. My wife and son were advised they would be seated after I arrived. Really? Is that necessary? Why the wait. Our server was, as she always is, welcoming and enthusiastic. We placed our order, and our appetizers were good...not great. Our entrees, however, were not good at all. I had the pork which was just ordinary. When I go to Millwrights, I expect special..I expect disappointment when I am finished, feeling I want more. My wife had the sword fish. First, the portion was minuscule, and second, the taste was awful. I even suggested to my wife that she return it and order something else. Just so disappointing. I hold the restaurant in the highest regard, but lately, I am not sure it deserves that. It has become ordinary, perhaps even less.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food lacks seasoning overall. Wait staff were great.

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LB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a celebratory dinner/date night. Our waitress surprised us with a champagne toast for our good news. Cocktails were excellent and our meals were both top of the line. Waitstaff had a wonderful attitude, was very attentive but also allowed us to take our time. I look forward to going back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant experience we’ve had in CT! The tasting menu is a must!

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WG
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took out of town guests... fantastic food wonderful presentation and service.

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j
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined a Millwrights on many occasions and plan on more still. The food is excellent and the service impeccable. Marie our server for the evening was just wonderful and having the manger, Vanessa, stop by and chat about the meal is always helpful. The portions are not huge so if you like volume versus quality this might be your place. It is though one of the few places you can thoroughly enjoy three courses and not feel bloated. The food is very tasty.

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Little Rock
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ical about, but which was divine--

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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RW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Millwright’s is a wonderful, fine dining restaurant which retains a very open and welcoming atmosphere. My wife and I got married at the upstairs function room and we still love to return, this time for our 6th anniversary. Food is inspired and wonderful people make the whole experience worthwhile. Thank you Millwright’s for your dedication to quality!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was awesome as always

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j
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ron, our amazing waiter, is always helpful, fun and makes dining at Millwright's so wonderful. Went with a large group of 9 women for a work dinner. Great food, service and fun evening. One of my favorite restaurants in the area.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting
Nice service
Tasty food
Hapy to go again

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GG
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive and worth every penny. Exceptional food for our brunch-- benedict served perfectly (which is tough to do), and all other components of the meal for three of us was just right. Quality shines through.

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

as usual, it was amazing! Millwright's is always wonderful - great food, great service, beautiful venue

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint was
We were told by waiter that two of
our considerations were on the tasting menu, so we decided to go with that;only problem was the chef changed them.
So it was a surprise when the Cod came out instead of quail
and even more of a challenge was getting lamb instead of swordfish ! That did not sit well

It was however a lovely dinning experience overall

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful setting, excellent service, interesting and delicious menu. Fabulous all around.

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TS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for Brunch, a pleasant room, great view of the waterfall that likely once powered the mill in the building. Excellent waitstaff, and friendly people. Too bad it is about 130 miles from where I live.

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please offer more Rhône valley wines and Chianti’s. Always a lovely evening when spending it with you. Thanks!

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very happy and have been there many times. However, I changed my reservation on Open Table which the restaurant didn't receive which wasn't their fault at all as I had the email confirmation from Open Table. The restaurant accommodated us without any issues.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ron, our server, made our dining experience great fun! From the recommendations to the interesting conversation, Ron was fantastic. We choose the 7 course tasting and it was a decision we were glad we made!

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B
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Ron was excellent and stopped our party from walking out. First management tried to stick my party of 7 in the back of the restaurant near the ugly silverware station and kitchen window, which upset me since I made a reservation one month in advance to celebrate my birthday, and strictly made it at Millwright's solely for the ambience with waterfall view. Our party moved to a better table and then Ron took over. We got the tasting menu with beverage pairing and had a wonderful time. Food was very good - not great - but there were some stand outs like the tapioca clam chowder , beverage pairing was excellent. Ron was exceptional.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my children to Millwrights to celebrate and it was perfect! We had a perfect view of the waterfall upon request. Everyone was very friendly and the food was amazing. I look forward to going again very soon.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. A bit pricey, and the menu was a pre-fix for Valentine's week so we had no choice but to go with the $75/person fixated menu. This came with some 4 courses with 2-4 choices per course. Also if you're not seated by the windows, the whole point of the restaurant (ambiance and the view) is lost as you then can't see the view. Two people, 2 alcoholic beverages totaled $215 (includes 20% tip). Waiters and service were excellent.

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DF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening of fine dining, excellently prepared food and outstanding service by all staff members. My daughter and her husband accompanied my wife and I for the first time; and they were very appreciative and satisfied as well.
Always a pleasure for us, as we live close by and make a point to be frequent guests for casual dining and special occasions. Kudos to the Chef and kitchen staff for making every visit special.

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Tyler Anderson continues to knock it out of the park. The food and ambience are absolutely perfect for date night or special occasion. Both the interior and exterior are extremely romantic. Our favorite restaurant, without a doubt.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here, our Server was Marie. What can I say, she was bright and cheerful she was attentive yet gave us our privacy. She is absolutely a great asset to your restaurant, I look forward to seeing her again. My wife had gone to the restroom just before our main course came out, when I came out, Marie asked if I wanted her to take it back to keep it warm til my wife got back, as soon as my wife returned, there was Marie with our food. Such attentive, pleasant and personable service is so hard to find these days. Our first experience at Millwright was excellent but was made even better by Marie. We will be back!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Typically we have a great experience at Millrights, but not this time. The server started off attentively, but we didn’t see her after our first 20 minutes of being there for most of the night. The mixed drinks were good, but my friend ordered a scotch and the pour wasn’t even a finger. A manager told me that they measure their drinks and our concerns were basically dismissed. They also overcharged him $20 for an advertised $18 drink.

The atmosphere is near perfect and the food still has a consistently amazing quality to it. The value isn’t really there as the portions are smaller than average and the extras sparse. It really depends on the server. We’ve typically has good experiences here, but there are signs of financial issues with the measured pours and menu price discrepancies.

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KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary/Valentines Day ... Valen-versary?

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AG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We love Millwright's and almost exclusively go for the tasting menu. This was by far the worst service we've ever had. I believe our server was Marie. We were excited to go for the price fixed menu for Valentine's Day, but our server was a ghost nearly the entire meal. Two courses came out directly on top of each other. I had to essentially shout and flag her down to get refills on any beverages. Though, we did notice she was attentive to the two tables near us that had ordered a bottle of wine (despite the fact that we ordered more than a bottle of wine's worth of cocktails). It sure felt a lot like age discrimination as we were the youngest couple there by about 20 years. I will only go back when Ron is working and will request him from now on. Far too expensive to have subpar service.

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t
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal!

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SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We were seated next to swinging doors leading to the kitchen. Not romantic to say the least especially for Valentine's Day. It disturbed me, especially since we were dressed elegantly. The food was quite good however. Not sure we will be back.

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PB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as always. Service also excellent. Restaurant was full. No empty tables. Yet we did not wait between courses, or for attention. If only they weren’t out of the Turley Zinfandel.

A very nice Valentines Day dinner.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class

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ML
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had told them when we made the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. Everyone we came in contact with wished him a happy birthday. He was also offered a complimentary dessert or after dinner drink. My one complaint was one of the entrees came out lukewarm while the other 2 were hot. Overall though a very nice experience.

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EB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch in a lovely setting with excellent friendly service.

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