The Mill on the River

4.6
1685 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 1685 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Brenda
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place, great ambiance. Strongly recommend.

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AmeliaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting even on a rainy day. Fabulous service, good, reasonable price but my waffle was tough. It was hard to cut even after dousing it with syrup.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Very pretty spot, the staff was quite good. The food was just above average for a brunch. The desserts were quite good. The cocktails were subpar. Mimosas shouldn't come on the rocks, the bloody mary's were bland and uninteresting. It was clear they were preserving profit margins on the drinks.

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CliveMC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my third visit to that Restaurant.

The first was when my daughter got married there. The second was my own wedding anniversary in March of this year and the third was on the 23rd November when my wife and i, our two boys and a goof friend of the family went to celebrate my wife's birthday.

As usual, the meals were divine and the service was beyond excellent. The meals did not take long to be prepared and so we did not have to wait long for them to reach our table. The ambience (inside and out) is what one would expect of a top-class restaurant such as this one.

I am looking forward to the next special occasion to go there again, even if i have to make one up (lol).

I would recommend this place to everyone.

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vipPilgrim
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Mill on the River is a favorite when we come to this area. It has been several years since we have been here but we were glad to see nothing has changed. Our meal was great and so was the service.

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vipAEOrtner
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We really like the place, the hostess, our waitress and especially the food. The only issue was timing. Our Apps and our Soups/Salads came out together (they had trouble fitting it all on the table. Then minutes later they tried to bring out our meals. We were very concerned that when we were ready for our meals they would have been cold but they weren’t, so the kitchen did a good job or keeping them warm, or remaking them. PS: Nice wine list too.

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4dangelos
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great comfortable atmosphere with a solid menu and great food. Service was prompt, will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday and Anniversary

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Whydoyouneed24characters
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great experience and really good food. However, the front of the house was really rude when we asked to sit closer to the fireplace. They didn't acknowledge our leaving what so ever......very rude. We almost left because of their treatment. Our server was outstanding.

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TommyO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good, bartenders were attentive, funny, made good recommendations, and the ambiance was very nice. Would recommend Mill on the River!!

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Janice
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Mill on the River is one of our favorite places. The food and service are the best! Always a delicious meal! The service is great and the ambiance is wonderful.

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GeorgeDavid3rd
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Special place for couples and families celebrating important dates

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DrDerbie
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

The restaurant and the setting are beautiful. We loved where we sat which was right next to a window and the river. However, the food was adequate but not noteworthy. There was virtually no seasoning added to the omelet, and it was pretty nondescript. When I saw that it was a 4-egg omelet, I expected a very large omelet, but it was actually quite average with a modicum of filling. And there are no substitutions, and sides cost extra. The prix fixed for Sunday brunch is only worth it if you get two cocktails. If you don't drink, it is way overpriced. I am sorry to say that I would not recommend it for brunch.

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NicoleC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

The restaurant was insanely hot - my husband was sitting under the thermostat and it said 70 degrees. The waitress rushed us in and out. We were only there for one hour total and that was two courses plus a cup of coffee. The food was only ok. For the cost it was not worth it. Will not be going there again for some time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meeting the family is a big deal! Mill on the River is the perfect place to make memories!!

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DeniseR
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Made our reservation and we were seated downstairs in the banquet room at a table with no setups. Not what we were used to aa we have dined and hosted dinners here for many years. We went on a Friday night looking to relax at the end of a long week, that didn’t happen.

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JanW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

If your party doesn’t drink alcohol be prepared for sullen service. Also seating near doors and prep stations should be expected even if it is a special occasion. Since it was a special occasion we took our chance to exit early.

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Srobby
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Our second time and we will be back.

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CraigZ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Outstanding time as usual.

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DebbieC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole visit was Very Nice and everyone was Very Helpful. The Food was Wonderful and our Waitress, Molly was Great. We will be back. Happy Thanksgiving early. 👍🤗

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CarrieH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy an evening at the Mill. Great food, love the bridge and waterfall. Our server Zach was very attentive and friendly.

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RichardD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants - sitting on the deck is the best enjoying the sun!

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LinneaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening there. It was crowded so definitely not quiet. But where we were seated was a great spot. Service was great. Waiter very attentive. All in all wonderful dining.

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KemB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

We went to celebrate my great friend's birthday. The waiter brought out a birthday treat (chocolate covered strawberries) at the end of our meal. He told my us, we could sing if we want to. He doesn't sing, they don't pay him enough to sing!

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Judy
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the finest meals my husband and I have had! Every course for each of us was wonderful. And terrific service by a knowledgeable waitress who slowed the pace of the food to our preference. Truly wonderful meal and evening!!

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SharonP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My most favorite place to eat! Food is always delicious, wait staff is friendly, helpful and always professional. The setting is delightful

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PhilR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

I had a cod dish and I was pleasantly surprised that it was perfect. Great taste, the salt was just right for enjoying the overall flavor. The display of my plate was food

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vipSWRegular
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time at the Mill on the River. It was a spur of the moment decision to go out for a bite to eat so we decided to sit in the bar. The restaurant was busy. Service was great. Food was even better.

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vipGkad
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

The food was wonderful. Service not so much. The hostess was down right rude. No smile, or even communication. Dropped the menus on the table and walked away. Our waitress was good she was attentive and checked on us. When the servers brought out the food we had to clear our table off for them to set the food down. It also happened to the couple next to us. The man just rolled his eyes like you got to be kidding me. I know getting good workers is hard right now but they do need to be trained. The atmosphere was great a beautiful restaurant. I would go again because the food was so good.

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CMac
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it here, and can't wait to go back. They made me feel so special on my birthday!

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MaryB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always come here for special occasions. They did it right bringing over complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for my friend's birthday.

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MICHELEM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I have loved this restaurant in the past. It might be due to the pandemic but the quality of the food was not up to par. It seemed like everything was precooked and then finished right before it was brought out to us.
It seemed like the food was not prepared fresh to order. I had the baked stuffed shrimp and my husband had a cheeseburger. He had clam chowder and I had the butternut squash bisque (the whole reason I chose to go on my birthday). Dessert was the cheese cake for my husband and I had the apfral strudel. Neither seemed to be made in house.
The service was great. The wait staff was friendly and prompt. The plexiglass cut down on neighbors noise and that was nice.
I might try doing lunch in future to see if there is a difference in the preparation of the food.

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AmyF
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a beautiful place to celebrate our anniversary!

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GioS
1 review