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Lower Mills Tavern, Boston, MA

Lower Mills Tavern

4.6
4.6
102 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 19 times today

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

Offers

  • Live Music!

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 9:15 PM,Thu - 4:00 PM - 9:15 PM,Sat - 4:00 PM - 10:15 PM
    Every Thursday & Saturday night starting at 7:30PM, we feature some of the best local talent!

What 102 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CatherineO

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Waited for wait staff - table Not clean - pizza not cooked - disappointed - really gone down hill since opening

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had the swordfish skewers and a salad. I expected the swordfish to be dry, but it was surprisingly very tender and moist and had a delicious sauce on it. The salad greens and vegetables were incredibly fresh. It was a very fresh, tasty, well prepared meal. 

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  3. LIZC

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    My meal was a disappointment. Chicken was hard. Not enough sauce as described on the menu. The fries were not fresh done. There were not a lot of clients, the cooks should have done better. I want to try the other Restaurants that belong to the same owners in the future, hopefully it will not be another disappointment.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    loved the food and service was speedy! the entire experience was enjoyable!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic cozy environment with terrific dining menu and drink options. My family enjoyed Mother’s Day Brunch and the experience exceeded my expectations. I will be back to check out the night time scene as well.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I forget what the hostesses name was a young girl I believe may be either she was so accommodating, so sweet and just made the experience wonderful

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  7. AnnS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The host was very rude from the time I walked in the door. He said my name wrong and it is not a difficult name, I corrected him, and he ignored me, picked up two menus and said, “Right here.” Slammed the menus on the table and one fell on the floor and he walked away for me to pick it up. The waitress was fine, not the best, not the worst. When the check came, my friend and I put our credit cards on the table. The RUDE host walked by, slammed his hand on the check and our cards, and walked away without a word. Didn’t ask if he could take it, is this all set? Just a slam on the table and stormed off. As we left, he kept his head down and didn’t say a word. The chicken wing appetizer was dry and the shrimp fettuccini was the worst I ever had. The pasta was way over cooked, the dish was oily and tasteless, and the shrimp was rubbery. My friend’s coffee martini came out in seconds and she said it was drinkable. She didn’t order a second one. We will never return, very disappointing Friday after work dinner.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. They were very accommodating

    1 person found this helpful

  9. deezy

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Always a good selection of beers. And always a good deal of variety in the menu. Blackened fish sandwich was delicious. The dollar oysters (on Mondays) are good quality and well presented.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. AndrewH

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my go to spots with another couple. Perfect for some live music and quality cocktails. The food is always great and the service is amazing. The vibes inside are cozy yet elegant. An absolute staple for a casual date night!

    1 person found this helpful

  11. AngelaP

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    I made reservations online nowhere did it note the lunch, brunch, dinner times. We arrived at 4pm and received a lunch menu, no explanation. We decided not to wait because the hostess was not hospitable.

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  12. Jessica

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere for family for Easter! Staff was pleasant and attentive

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  13. feefee

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wednesday "burger day" is so much fun! The burgers are delicious as always. Jackie slings a mean drink and she has a fun super-nice personality. Ashley is lovely and a great server. She's friendly & professional. I'm happy LMT "survived" COVID and remains consistent with it's menu.

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  14. CraigM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were in for brunch Sunday and it was excellent. We needed special attention due to a handicap and the woman who greeted me took care of it right away and was very nice. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Service was a bit delayed but the place was full so understandable. Overall it was a great menu and quality and I will be back soon

    1 person found this helpful

  15. DavidG

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food, very good service. Everyone was very attentive.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. TammiE

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    every thing was excellent; had a wonderful time. Food was good, service was good. Location great

    1 person found this helpful

  17. DianeP

    New England

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious upscale pub food, mellow but good Irish music on Tuesday

    1 person found this helpful

  18. Exim52

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Cozy local offering better than expected food, friendly environment, charming service personnel and $1 oysters on Monday nights.

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  19. DaveLuci

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner there last night. The drinks and food was very good and the service excellent. Our server Steph was very nice, friendly and on point. We really enjoyed the acoustic music too. Everyone was very pleasant. Special tanks to the young lady hostess that chased us down the street to where we parked to return our credit card that we accidently left on the table. Thank you all for a great and memorable evening.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Cute little spot for a date night

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  21. BobbyD

    New England

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Tuesday night, an Irish acoustic music! You can’t go wrong with that! Plenty in the drink department to choose from. Great low-key night to enjoy food and music. Thanks.

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  22. Lovedatenights

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and definitely returning! The service was great and meal was unbelievable! Truly recommend if you’re in the Milton/Dorchester line. You will not be disappointed!

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  23. JulieD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Loved the ambiance, love music and drinks. The fries were soggy and the steak served in a bowl over mashed potatoes was not my thing.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was our first time at LMT. Shortly after we arrived, it became quite busy and it appeared that the two servers were overwhelmed. Our server appeared to have too many tables and our order was not submitted timely based on how long we waited for our meals. Ultimately, the manager came over to speak to us and handled the situation appropriately. Despite the less than ideal service on this night, the outstanding quality of the food and the general manager, Paul, will result in us giving it another try. My wife had the tomato bisque and white clam pizza and said both were outstanding. I had the pierogies and the tomato and mozzarella pizza. The pierogies were good and the pizza was terrific. Best bar/tavern pizza we’ve had.

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  25. Joannie

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 6, 3 of whom were young adults with special needs. Easily accessible seating was explicitly requested in advance. LMT was not prepared to accommodate us and after good bit of back and forth we agreed to seating that was not optimal. This said, the food was excellent as was our service. Too bad we got off to a rocky start.

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  26. Lark

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and entrees! Tried a little bit of everything between our party of four and it was all excellent! Add in a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktail options with the live music in the background and it was an awesome experience! Will definitely be back to try more of the great menu options, we did not get to this time.

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  27. AnthonyL

    New England

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local spot! Food was great!!!

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  28. Joannie

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner. The food was great as was our service. We were eager to get out the house for dinner and the Lower Mills Tavern was the perfect destination.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Service was great drinks were meh pizza was good but tomato’s way to big. Cloud candy was available!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Live music was great too!

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  31. ThomasB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Celtic music was exceptional and I will be coming back on regularly Tuesdays for this indulgence. The food here is never a disappointment —imaginative and delicious.!

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  32. mayday

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice vibe. Loved the high top seating. Awesome waitstaff. Delicious food. We had the swordfish kabob and the swordfish was moist and tasty. We also had the grilled cheese brisket that was mouth watering, with the perfect crunch to the toast and gooey inside. The only downside is the piped in muzak is a little too loud to enjoy your conversation.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The service itself was fine meaning we got our correct orders within reasonable time but the server was rude.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was a one man musician who was excellent!

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  35. EdwardD

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great spot for brunch- good food.

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  36. Mateo

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 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.

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  37. patriciac

    New England

    201 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    201 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!!

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  38. 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.

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  39. star

    New England

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 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.

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  40. TimB

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 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

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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 102 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 19 times today
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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