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Lower Mills Tavern, Boston, MA

Lower Mills Tavern

4.6
4.6
68 Reviews
$30 and under
American
At Lower Mills Tavern, we strive to make this place feel like home to all – Whether that be during game day, date night, or a quick drink after work. We are a Dorchester-local bar with a strong passion for community and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. We offer live music 2-3 nights a week as well as $1 oysters, wood-fired pizzas, wings and so much more.

Our delicious seasonal menus are sure to have menu items specially catered towards any dietary need (ex: gluten-free, vegan, etc.). Voted Best Neighborhood in Boston (Dorchester; Boston Magazine 2018)!

We are located in the heart of Lower Mills right down the street from our two sister restaurants Yellow Door Taqueria and Madre Osteria & Bar - perfect spots to grab a drink before or after your reservation!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (857) 267-4461

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Luke Sullivan

  • Neighborhood

    Dorchester

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Burger & Beer Special

    $18.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Each week we feature a craft beer and design a burger specifically to pair with the notes and flavors of that beer!

Offers

  • $1 Oysters Monday

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Join us for buck-a-shuck Oysters starting at 4pm.
  • Irish Seisiun!

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Every Tuesday starting at 7:30PM we have a live Irish Seisiun! Come and enjoy, or bring an instrument and join in!
  • Live Music!

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM,Sat - 4:30 PM - 10:45 PM
    Every Thursday & Saturday night starting at 7:30PM, we feature some of the best local talent!

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What 68 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. ED

    EdwardD

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great spot for brunch- good food.
  2. M

    Mateo

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Everything was great. The music is too loud for any kind of conversation on this particular night, but if you are okay with just listening, then it is great.
  3. p

    patriciac

    New England

    196 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    196 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our mozzarella pizza was delicious as was our swordfish kabobs both recommended by our outstanding server, Tara!! Definitely worth the visit especially when there is entertainment to top it off!!
  4. LB

    LindaB

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around. Food delicious. Oyster's scrumptious. Jake our waiter was awesome!! See you next Monday for oysters and more. TYVM.
  5. s

    star

    New England

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    I ordered lamb shank with a red wine reduction; I think they forgot the reduction. And spinach does not pair well with a braised lamb shank. The crispy chicken was not crispy.
  6. TB

    TimB

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was a bit loud but the new menu is awesome! Highly recommend. Can't wait to go back
  7. LL

    LillianL

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our party of 4 enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch at Lower Mills Tavern. The food was excellent; service was attentive and friendly. We especially enjoyed the Ricotta Stuffed French Toast and the Buttermilk Chicken. Since the restaurant is a bit small, voices carry and it can be hard to have a cross table conversation. Seating is also a bit cramped. However, this shouldn’t deter you from giving this neighborhood gem a try.
  8. PN

    PNaw

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was good. The server was exceptional! (Male server) Very good at his job and personable. The place is adorable. I don’t love sitting on a stool with no back but the overall experience made up for it. We didn’t eat brunch menu items but they also looked good coming out. Burger, chicken sandwich, salad and pizza were delicious. I would go back and I would recommend.
  9. B

    Barfly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Dollar oysters on Mondays: Outstanding! Good food, good service, good atmosphere. Definitely had a pleasant dining experience.
  10. DD

    DonnaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Has become my go to when I'm not up to cooking, food is amazing, always able to get in and enjoy the food, atmosphere and service all around.
  11. J

    Jeff

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Was seated two tables away from live music, was a lot of fun!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Service was friendly and attentive, but the server was put in a difficult position because food took sooooo long to come out ( for simple brunch items) even though we were only 1 of 2 occupied tables in the entire place. In addition, one of our party of 4 ordered the only vegetarian option on the menu and the kitchen added meat to it. The server was very apologetic and comped the item and her replacement dish.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lexi is an amazing bartender, good music and good drinks
  14. J

    Judy

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Our host and waitress were fabulous. Very nice and friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the restaurant except it was prohibitively loud. You couldn’t have a conversation it was so loud, but then the live music started and it was lovely. The drinks and cocktails were delicious. My 3 fellow diners had the buttermilk chicken sandwiches and said they were delicious as were the smashed potatoes for an appetizer. I a vegetarian had the cauliflower tacos and they were not good. But I would go back and just order something different
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good food, nice atmosphere.
  16. s

    shakira88

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was great! Steak needed some seasoning & mimosa could of had more flavor . Truffle fries were awesome ! Our server was so nice and polite ! Place was nice and clean too!
  17. RL

    RobertL

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday. Had a great meal.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great weekend brunch. Fun vibe, friendly staff, timely service.
  19. RD

    RalphD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Full but packed, simple food took 45 minutes to arrive. WAY TOO LOUD!! Food was good and good value. Maybe come back on a weeknite.
  20. KM

    KristenM

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our meal and experience at Lower Mills Tavern. Would love to come back for brunch or a live music night.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Classic tavern located in a revitalized and historic Boston neighborhood. Large open window panels, flowers boxes and beautiful interior design provided a great setting for a springtime lunch. Service was first rate too however our meal was inconsistent and quite ordinary. The LFT wings were very good with a interesting house sauce but a bit on the small side. The chicken Caesar salad was overdressed but otherwise good. The short rib sandwich seemed interesting but was quite disappointing. The meat was sparse, dry and lacked any real flavor. It also had a bone shard that indicated a bit of carelessness to me. The bar offers a very good choice of beers and spirits. Overall a four and I’ll try them again. They obviously work hard, aim to please and deserve a chance from others too.
  22. GL

    GregoryL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent over experience. Perfect neighborhood spot.
  23. JG

    JeanneG

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was just ok. Mac n cheese cold
  24. p

    patriciac

    New England

    197 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    197 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place for weeknight dinner especially if you enjoy craft beers. A bit noisy but great burgers!! Definitely worth the visit.
  25. TN

    TopNotch10

    New England

    264 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    264 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great neighborhood place with full bar seating plus hightop and standard seating. Cozy atmosphere, great burgers and fries, salmon also very good. Appetizers could use some imagination but salads fresh and varied. The room is very lively with over-amped music and the occasional live musician -- space can get very lively with live music added to the mix. Service is welcoming, efficient and informative.
  26. J

    Josh

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place. This newest version of the menu looks like a winner! Already looking forward to our next visit. Accommodating friendly staff as usual for this place. We didn’t know live music happened so that was both a annoyance and a treat. The performers were great but the volume was as if you were going to a concert and not ambiance, it was a distraction and limited our stay to just having our meals and going somewhere else for drinks and deserts because it was impossible to enjoy our company.
  27. AP

    AshleyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely experience with Jake he was attentive and the food and drinks were delicious. Definitely a family place that we will go back to.
  28. WK

    WendyK

    New England

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Fun cozy tavern. Delicious food and beverages. Loved the Irish music! Will definitely return.
  29. BH

    BriaH

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was okay, kinda cold. Waiter wasn’t very attentive but they don’t have a lot of staff so it makes sense.
  30. KS

    KiwanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is AMAZING!!!! The food, drinks, staff and atmosphere are all a win!!
  31. SQ

    SuzeQ

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our first visit here. The place is small but has a nice friendly neighborhood vibe. We ordered the special fish and chips and learned they were already sold out. How odd since it was not yet 6 pm. My husband is a light eater and was happy with his chicken Caesar salad - tons of chicken. I had the salmon which tasted great but the honey mustard and other things that it say on was too spicy and overpowered the fish. Next time I will get the salmon over the salad. My husband remarked that we were not rushed at all - very nice. It seemed like most there stayed awhile too. We will visit again.
  32. d

    dorchesterdd

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    The music was too loud for dinner time (7:00). We had to shout to be heard. Even our server had a hard time hearing us when we were ordering. Everything else was great.
  33. J

    Jacquelyn

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The crab toast appetizer was excellent as was the salmon and hanger steak entrees. The server, Julianna, was also excellent-just the right amount of friendly and efficient. We also enjoyed the entertainment. There was a nice variety of songs and the musicians and singers were great.
  34. R

    Rich

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great burger and excellent service
  35. KK

    KevinK

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was decent, but portions were small. Didn’t get appetizer.
  36. CR

    CarolynR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went in a Tuesday -the Irish Music was excellent as well as waitstaff and dinner
  37. JS

    JSull

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great menus
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great food drinks and service!
  39. m

    maryo

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the place. Fun pub with good food. Love music was a plus so nice to be out post Covid world.
  40. KT

    KristineT

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great from the start! Our waitress was so friendly and attentive even with how busy it was. Brunch was so yummy! Highly recommend the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Lower Mills Tavern using the Order Online button. Lower Mills Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (857) 267-4461.

Lower Mills Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Lower Mills Tavern

2269 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02124-5624

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Dorchester

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Executive chef

    Luke Sullivan

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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