Millie's

4.5
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$30 and under
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American
Millies 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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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Having been to the original Millie's on Nantucket, I was excited to try the one in Spring Valley. The ambiance was nice, open and energetic with patrons. We had a great seat against the same wall as the bar so it provided a nice overview of the restaurant. The food was good, but I think I bit overpriced for what you get. I would go back, but I will pay more attention to what I order to get a better value. $17 dollars for a salad is a bit much.

Cheers!

l
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was delicious which is the only reason for my recommendation. The service was pretty terrible. My friends and I split a few things: clam chowder, shrimp tacos, tuna sashimi, peach bruschetta, beet salad. All beautifully plated and scrumptious. However, regarding the service... upon arriving, I was seated first and sat for a good 10 minutes before someone asked if I wanted a drink. During that time, there were about 5 servers socializing at the bar next to my table. The waiter did not check in once during our meal while all of our wine and water glasses were empty. When I sat down, I told the host that we were celebrating my friend's birthday and he gave me a blank stare. Waiter did not ask if we wanted coffee or dessert; he simply brought the check. I'll go back because of the food, but the service could use some serious work.

MP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff as well as manager. The quality of service and food has made us wanting to return with friends very soon.

DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance and yummy food. Service is fine. When we visited the restaurant did not have any dessert except for ice cream, which was the only disappointment of our meal there.

t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’ve been to Millies a few times now and keep hoping it will get better. The food is decent, but expensive for what it is. Everything just seems a little bland to me. The atmosphere is lovely and it’s definitely a prime spot for ladies who lunch. The outdoor patio and ice cream window is by far the best part!

W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Went on a Wednesday night. Requested a quiet table. They sat us next to the bar, even though we later saw there were several open table near the kitchen that were much quieter. Service was very slow. They held us hostage for 30min after dinner, taking our credit card, then telling us their computers were down, and refusing to return our card.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I ordered the lobb salad for $27 there was arugla salad, small cut up potatoes, one hard boiled egg and the lobster and balsamic dressing on the side, everything was good except for the lobster. The lobster tasted flat, not fresh. I wish I ordered the lobster salad. There was 2 of us and my friend ordered a crab cake over salad for $22, she enjoyed it. With 2 cocktails and 2 entrees, it came to $74, with tip and tax, I ended up paying $96 for lunch. I will not be going back there for lunch, I have never paid that much for a lunch for 2.

WC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sat at the Bar. Abc was great and the noise was comfortable enough to have a convo. The Cod sandwich was really great.

GM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Millie's is the best, most lively restaurant in DC. If you want to feel like you've been transported back to 18th century Versailles, go to Millie's! The people watching alone is worth the visit.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most fantastic meal at Nina

B
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!!

JB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was poorly cooked. The quality of the food and preparation declined quite a bit in the last year. The service has also been on the decline. On this occasion our waiter disappeared for long periods of time despite the restaurant being empty. The bus team stood next to our table the entire meal and conversed which was quite awkward. Overall this was an Unpleasant and expensive dinner. Good place for a drink and appetizer but not likely to return for dinner.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Millie’s is a great place! Good fun, staff and ambiance. Always.

TT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Millie’s! Food’s delicious, great for families.

d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We went for an early New Year’s Eve meal with 4 kids. We felt rushed even though half of the tables were empty. Most us found the food to be mediocre.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grear overall

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch! It was great. Highly recommend the potstickers appetizer

AD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibes and excellent food!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience!! Can’t wait to come back!!!

PR
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joined a friend for lunch and tried Millie’s for the first time. Literally the best chicken tortilla soup I’ve ever had. It was thick but not overly rich. Topped with fresh avocado, shredded cheese, cilantro and fresh made tortilla strips. The menu was clearly labeled with allergens (thank you!!) and had good variety without being overly extensive. Good wine and beer selection. Service and ambiance were great.

m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience.. we went for Brunch and a surprise Birthday celebration.
Lovely restaurant.. great food.. nice service.. brunch was jam packed with crowd.. and lots of families and children .. it is very loud in Millie’s..
Music playing.. loud kids. Much of that is the attractive somewhat industrial design of the space. Sound bouncing everywhere..
that being said.. it is obvious that all the kids. And they certainly were all nice children.. liked the food..
wonderful testament to the quality of the menu..
we will find again !!
The Huevos Rancheros, steak and eggs, crab Benedict.. all great.. Oyster mini tacos.. yummy.. one hot sauce there.. just be aware!
Great place !
Make Reservations!!

LB
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. The restaurant accommodated for my celiac disease (gluten free). Great spot!

PL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing server. We stayed way to long and never felt pressured to leave. Everyone was so professional.

k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

too noisy! Acoustics is terrible.
Food is good. Not a place for conversatıon

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Food was fresh and well prepared. We returned for lunch a few days later

JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Southwestern take on biscuits and gravy. I had the goat cheese scramble and thought there could’ve been a little more flavor or goat cheese, the mushrooms were excellent. Chocolate Chip pancakes and crispy hash browns were tasty.

DD
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would highly recommend Millie's. Fun atmosphere, really good food, good service. Great setting. One significant complaint though- The noise level is way too loud and the proprietors should do more to deaden the sound (cloth inserts in the ceiling?).. Too many hard surfaces and the noise just echos everywhere making it hard to carry on a conversation..

C
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood gem. Lobstah!!

ST
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I had the seared tuna in a flour tortilla. The tuna tasted a little tired. It was just okay. Not delicious by a long shot.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Very loud.

J
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Millies. It’s our neighborhood gem. It feels just like you’re on Cape Cod and everyone at the restaurant really shows you a good time. Kid friendly.

MO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibrant atmosphere, very friendly and attentive staff, excellent food. One of our favorites!

A
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High end neighborhood place in a high end neighborhood.

KM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Convenient, lively and good drinks. Food seems to be slipping and new menu isn’t rocking me. The roast cod was undercooked and a sparse portion, the oyster tacos were flavorful but dry.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, great food, drinks, and experience. Our server was friendly and was attentive to our needs. The menu rotates on a seasonal basis. We ordered the Caramelized Pear Bruschetta to share between two. The sweetness of the pear, nuttiness of the arugula, saltiness of prosciutto, bitterness of the blue cheese was a great combo. We also ordered the Baby Lamb Chops, which was tender and came with perfect vegetables and whipped potatoes all in a flavorful buttery sauce. The Lobster Pot Pie was very flavorful. Not your home-made flaky crust pot pie. The pastry top was very difficult to eat because it was thick and very hard. The lobster bisque came with at least three pieces of lobster and hearty vegetables. It was a bit on the salty side, but still very delicious.

LB
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Enjoyed Millie’s very much! Had some gluten free options if needed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

brought my parents in for dinner and we were treated very well

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great salads and server (Jordan!)!

l
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menu is varied but I find most of the dishes are a little too heavily sauced. There is an underlying richness to the soups, tuna poke, chicken skewer that is unexpected. The potstickers were delish!