The Mill on the River

4.6
1670 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Mill on the River is a 200-year old Connecticut mill that has been converted into one of East's most esteemed restaurant and event venues. It is all about the historical experience and one-of-a-kind ambience and is not simply a meal - it's an overall dining enlightenment.

If you're with a group at The Mill on the River, it should be a dining prerequisite for you to order the Atlantic Ocean Rocks Tower. This Goliath appetizer comes with jumbo shrimp, clams, oysters, Maryland lump crab meat, cocktail sauce and remoulade sauce (as long as all of these items are freshly in season). Follow this with the blackened swordfish and you will experience a life-altering, culinary sensation. Sides are served à la carte so you can create your perfect meal and nothing less than perfection is served at The Mill on the River.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1670 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jennifer
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner on the patio. Shrimp cocktail and filet were outstanding!

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WarrenM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from the location and scenery from the parking lot to the bridge walk across to the restaurant really set the mood food was delicious we got the scallop app and eggplant both great for entrees we got the red fish and the sea bass phenomenal so much flavor but light enough to leave room for dessert and drinks whatever purple cocktail I ordered the lavender martini one of the best cocktails I’ve had this summer definitely stealing the idea for home thanks again to our server whose name we forgot but we will be back and will ask for you

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great time staff was very friendly and accommodating. Outdoor seating was perfect with the weather and view as the swans were out we were able to feed them table side near the river

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gunter
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was lovely. We took our son and daughter-in-law for dinner for their 20th wedding anniversary and we were all treated very special. Our server was aware of this special occasion and brought all four of us a glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. We spoke to the manager and made our feelings known because we appreciated the special service. This has become our FAVORITE restaurant.

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TaniaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wwnt to The Mill on the River for a birthday celebration and everything was on point. The food was great. The drinks were good. And the service was speedy even during the busy hours. I left happy and full. Worth every penny.

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RodrigoO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Every time I go there I feel that my time and money are well spent. Service is always excellent and the food is goooood.

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teacherslovetoeat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner with friends and really loved the atmosphere. Watching the swans was especially fun 😀

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TerryJim
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Mill. We have especially loved the new outdoor seating.

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Helen
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice food. Very slow but they were super busy. No big deal

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TomG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a 2 hour limit. Wish we had known when we sat down. Didn’t find out until the 2 hours were up and we were not finished

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Charly
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delightful meal in a lovely setting; The staff is very friendly.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to go. We had not been in 18 years since our wedding reception and it was still as amazing as it was on our wedding night. Staff, food, and ambiance are perfect.

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Azra
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and I love what they did with expanding the patio section. My husband and I got married here and went back for our anniversary. It was great!

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JeanS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jenna, the female service was AMAZING! He is honestly, the best waitress I have ever had on my whole entire life. She went above and beyond, and anything we asked her, she genuinely seemed happy to serve us and provide us with the best service possible. My friend and I wanted a simple picture at the table but instead, she offered to take us to the boardwalk and kindly take a better picture outside. She was so busy, and I knew she was because she was serving large parties around my table, and despite her running around and serving other guests, she OFFERED to take us to the boardwalk and take time to take a picture. What other waitress would take that time to do that? Honestly, I’m so short in words, but Jenna was the absolute best. Everyone else in regards to staff was nice, but Jenna genuinely went above and beyond for my friend and I, and because of that, she provided us with an amazing experience. Because of that, I will cone back many more times. Thank you, Jenna.

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Starwarslady
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Due to the weather we had to eat in the dining room but it never did rain. The 4 of us were all able to order from the special menu which was excellent choices. The servings were not smaller than you would think for such a price. The wait staff was quite attentive and we only had to ask for more butter for the baked potatoes. My husbands prime rib was quite fatty but he did not complain about it other than to me. Everyone else had a great meal. We will be back.

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MrsH1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beautiful setting at Mill on the River can’t be beat! The brunch menu had a great variety of items allowing two of us to go with more lunch fare and two to order breakfast fare. The brunch included two cocktails per person from a choice of four which was a nice addition. The service was efficient and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for our anniversary dinner! Our server, Zack, was attentive and polite. Our drinks, apps, meals, and desserts were all spaced out at an appropriate pace, and we never felt rushed. We enjoyed our time there very much.

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Yanger
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location Beautiful decor and ambience. Food was outstanding. The menu is expansive. Easy to find many things to eat.

Small quibble, servers congregate outside kitchen and chat loudly. Diners in the area can hear things that perhaps they should not.

Dinner for 3 with desserts and drinks was $200. Did not mind paying that given the quality and presentation of the food.

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Lizzie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was mixed: fries were great, the fish was over cooked (from frozen. A bit disappointing.

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CaroM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Good seafood variety. We had the pork chop, baked stuffed shrimp, scallops, sea bass and lamb. All were cooked to perfection.

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SusanL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening. Sat by the water and enjoyed the beautiful views. Our server was EXCELLENT! He was professional and personable. The food was fantastic. I highly recommend visiting, and I’ll be back for sure.

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RichardT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was my wife's birthday and she wanted to go to a restaurant we hadn't been to in a while. Of the 4 of us, three had ordered pasta dishes and found them wonderful. My bulognese was as good as I've ever had. Unfortunately, our birthday girl ordered the Ahi Tuna which was not a good choice. We ordered the tuna rare and it came out well done.
It was supposed to be a sushi grade tuna at $31 price. The restaurant did a great job replacing the dish as quickly as they did. Unfortunately my wife said it was not sushi grade and did not taste as good as it should. I'd recommend sticking to the pasta.

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CathyW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect Dining experience for me to schedule a business lunch with my new customer. It was easy to make reservations. We were greeted warmly & seated immediately. The atmosphere was formal but comfortable, offering indoor & outside dining options. The menu offered a variety of delicious and nutritious choices. Our server was prompt and efficient. We were able to eat, converse and be finished in exactly 45 minutes. The salads we both chose were excellent. I will return.

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EricJ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, outstanding service!! We have.been before and they were very good, but the food quality is now better and the service on this day was as close to perfect as you can get.

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Epal
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mill on the River has it all, great food, friendly service and a beautiful setting.
It’s perfect for a special occasion or just to grab a drink and quick bite.
We’ve been there often and have never had a bad meal.
I’ve had both their seafood selections and their traditional German fare, whatever you order you will be pleased.

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Halle
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 of us had dinner on a Tuesday and their “ fixed price “ specials menu was awesome… good variety and all delicious. Our waitress was fabulous and attentive despite it being extremely busy. Would definitely recommend !👍👍

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vipEdwrd
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our meals were outstanding. Mary too k great care of us was very friendly and attentive. It was our first time dining there and can't wait to go back.
Very beautiful outdoor setting too.

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BevsSavvyTravel
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The very young “hostess” informed us at 640that without a reservation only option was a high top in the bar. As I was in an orthopedic boot that was not an option. We left/ went to the car/ made a reservation for 7 and were seated immediately. The table was placed in a spot which made you feel the vibrations from the obscene amount of foot traffic akin to having a small child kicking the back of one’s seat. I moved the chair so it was kitty corner which abated the issue. Server greeted us. Stated the specials . Water was poured. I asked for a drink and was told to wait as she would be back. 25 minutes later she returned. My spouse commented on how busy it was and the reply was she was busy and “ she seated you guys”. I blame management on overworking the staff to the point where involuntary comments of frustration slip out, there is a 25 minute wait until you see wait staff. 40 plus minutes before you have a drink and when within 5 minutes of receiving your salad your entree appears. The food has been consistently good not great.

My family has hosted fetes of 100 plus people on more than one occasion at Mill on the River.

Until management addresses it’s personnel issues we will not be back.

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sandik
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance , food and service of Mill on the river is fabulous. We were lucky enough to dine on one if the patios .. best outdoor dining in the area

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant, staff and food were amazing, will definitely be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kasia did a wonderful job and a visit from the owner, Helmar Wolf was delightful as was the complimentary wine and dessert.
Always a special place to visit, even after all these years.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Staff was very snobby, the food was good, was way over priced and I have absolutely no problem spending a lot of money for great dining. I will go back but probably just for brunch.

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ShelleyS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had great food and our server was fantastic. It was a birthday celebration and I'm so glad we went.

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DoJi
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sea bass was the absolute freshest and best tasting fish I have ever eaten. Server Nance was attentive and pleasant. Love the ambiance of this restaurant. The best anniversary dinner we have shared in many years. Thank you!

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CameronD
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great value for excellent food. Will return. Very good service

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