Millie's

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4.6
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335 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Millie's is located in the heart of Spring Valley and provides a delicious community dining experience. We focus on fresh coastal cuisine and refreshing, island cocktails. We offer a bright, indoor dining area as well as a large outdoor patio. Our patio also features full service Ice Cream and Take Out Windows.

We accept reservations on a limited basis via OpenTable, but hold the majority of the restaurant for walk-in parties. Because we hold tables for walk-ins, we recommend coming in and if there is a wait, we will seat you as quickly as possible. Generally speaking, everything moves pretty quickly in here and of course the bar areas are first come, first serve.

We do not reserve outdoor tables because we can never be sure of the weather. If you make a reservation, you can request to be seated outside on the patio when a table becomes available.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The noise level when we walked in was terribly loud. We couldn’t eat outside bec we thought it was going to rain. We had difficulty communicating with our server regarding a lactose allergy. He was not helpful offering options and it was difficult to have a careful discussion with all the noise. In stead of an option for potatoes we had a 1/2 plate of greens. The soft shell crab still came with a sauce that had milk. I would like Millie’s to offer a complimentary dinner

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RH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good, I got the scallop tacos which I really liked. My boyfriend got the crab fried rice and he said it was ok. I wish I would have looked more into it because this place seems more suited for a group of people getting dinner and drinks. It was so loud in there that we had to scream and repeat ourselves so that we could have a conversation. Just something to keep in mind!

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JH
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best POKE bowl in town!! And Best FROSE in town!! Wonderful little spot for weekend brunch or lunch, especially when the weather is nice and you can sit outside though sometimes the patio is overrun with kids. We like to order a few things and share (quesadilla, poke bowl, salad) - though I do wish they had all quesadillas and tacos on the lunch menu too.

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Casual and noisy. Food is good but 427.00 Lobster rolls are too rich for us.

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RL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with a friend

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food great-service not. We ordered drinks, soup and entrees 1 beer arrived quickly. Then both entrees. We started on the entrees and the soup arrived. Waitress then stopped by. Had to ask for the undelivered iced tea and when I mentioned soup came after entree, answer was “not my fault, I don’t control the kitchen. (Pause). I’ll tell them about it.” No manager came by to apologize. Next time we saw anyone it was waitress with check.
PS. They do not sell desert any more. Need to revise open table menu which still shows desert.
PPS. Clam chowder and scallop entree were great.

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DD
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Millie's is always a great spot for a group dinner or just to stop by for a drink. Fun atmosphere, great food, attentive staff. Can't help but feel like you are in a mini-vacation.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoy the atmosphere and food but it was extremely loud. We dined early so there were many families with young kids who got noisy!

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D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Super noisy and hard to talk and hear. Service is cheerful and bar to table is slow. Great menu.

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EE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the indoor outdoor feel. The fros 'e is delicious.

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F
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The kitchen should REALLY let up on the salt. Also, I was given an option for a reservation at 11:30 or 1:45 and there was no one there. Surprised I could not get in at noon. People started showing up around 1. Odd.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun

Frose is delicious.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The waitress was friendly and the food came put very quick.

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AS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Would have liked Happy Hour menu, but preferred outside seating.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening — excellent food and atmosphere but still kid-friendly.

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DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot. Lovely staff. Food is really wonderful.

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LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I love coming to Millies! Whether the weather is warm or a dreary day, the waitstaff is always very attentive, the food is delicious, and I always seem to run into someone I know who is enjoying Millies just as much.

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D
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Millie's is a friendly place with a young vibe. My friend and I had salads which were on the expensive side. That made not getting free bread ridiculous.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t think I could love this place any more than I already did, but wow. Yesterday was SO GREAT!!!! I REALLY wish I remembered the name of the hostess that sat us, she had long brownish hair and it was around 145 if that helps. Anyway, I don’t usually remember hostesses because they really don’t do anything, but she was SO SWEET and made sure we had everything ready to go and was very attentive. And that was the hostess! We didn’t wait once we sat down, Nicholas came by and knocked the whole experience out of the park. We had our son with us and Nicholas was just perfect. Made sure we were okay, made the baby comfortable, and he was just a super nice guy. Drinks were never empty, always checked on us, even made small talk. The food... omg... I wish I could have ordered the whole menu. The kitchen staff is phenomenal. We ordered the dip trio and that salsa with mint was life changing. Like what?! Who thinks to put mint in salsa?! SO GOOD! The soft shell crab sandwich and lobster roll was just like being in New England. Even the damn baby’s food was out of this world. We got him the kitchen kebab and he murdered it. Even the rice. And the tortilla. OMG okay I’ll stop just know everyone there that day was excellent, can’t forget the bar staff too for making our drinks great! I won’t wait 2 years to come back again.

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DP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience; food, atmosphere, staff, service, and location all make for outstanding time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was fine, not exceptional. We never saw the same server twice, it took a long to time to place an order and a request for salt and pepper was acknowledged but never fulfilled. So basically, service issues. They are usually more on point so will chalk this one up to an off day.

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SW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful addition to the Spring Valley neighborhood in NW DC. The food is excellent, fresh and well prepared. Great youthful staff, good drinks. Terrific outdoor seating for those warm DC summer nights.

There are a lot of hard surfaces inside, and so it can get a tad noisy when its busy, which is often.

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great brunch! Nice ambiance. Food was delicious but a bit overpriced.

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J
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our first visit. We shared a number of appetizers and I particularly liked the swordfish. It was a lovely afternoon so the bar scene was a bit crazy. The noise level was a little distracting. Otherwise a great experience.

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NO
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The perfect spot in NW DC for a summer evening dinner. Leave room for ice cream, too!!!

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Millie’s! Best food, best service, best frosé, best chef!!!

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SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed the Po' Boy sandwich and the wonderful outside dining experience. Come for the Nantucket inspired seafood, but skip the coffee

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DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mother’s Day

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had a reservation for 8:45 pm and had to wait an additional 45 minutes to be seated. What is the point of a reservation when you have to wait? Then when we sat down they told us their kitchen was closing soon and we needed to order soon.

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant atmosphere, service, food and that it’s dog friendly in the patio section. I will definitely be coming back.

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CB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Such a lively neighborhood restaurant. We love that it is so close, the food is excellent and while somewhat noisy it is clearly loved by many. We enjoyed "tacos" that weren't tacos but just perfect for a light dinner. Thanks for a great dinner.

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J
Washington DC
183 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, just a bit pricey.

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WR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious!!! Both cocktails and tacos were awesome! Service was outstanding as well... just wish the noise level was a little more muted... hard to hear those you are with once it starts to get crowded.

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best food and the most fun of anyplace in Spring Valley/Wesley Heights.

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AT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Unbeknownst to most, Millie’s changed their reservation policy from first available to inside seating only. I’m pregnant and couldn’t stand and wait for a table for 2 hours so had to accept the inside seating on a beautiful night when I had hoped to wait for a short period of time for a patio table (with a reservation). It definitely put a damper on the entire experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always! I love the atmosphere!

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Millie's on Nantucket is one of my favorite restaurants so I was thrilled when one opened in DC. Had my favorite grilled shrimp tacos and a margarita for a birthday dinner. My friend loved hers too! Great atmosphere inside or outside.

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CB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu is very interesting and it's hard to choose just one thing to eat. I had the scallops tacos and they were amazing. The service was excellent. The restaurant can be noisy, and the seats are very close together, but other than that, it's a great place to meet a friend and grab a bite.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was superb, but service was a bit botched. Main course came out very quickly (made us feel it had been prepared ahead of time), before the salad.

Wait staff was pleasant and accommodating. Noise level was high.

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DP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was not as interesting as on previous visits, also noise level inside made conversation difficult, we did have an excellent server.

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