Millwright's Dining Room

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With its unique setting perched atop a waterfall in Simsbury, Connecticut, Millwright’s invites guests to dine in the 17th century mill with acclaimed, James Beard nominated Chef Tyler Anderson and his team. Featuring daily-chosen farm ingredients, the freshest and most select product, proprietary cocktails, and exciting wine menu, Millwright’s offers a new experience to the Farmington Valley farm-to-table dining scene. The culinary team understands the impact of the highest-quality fresh ingredients. Millwright’s kitchen thrives on local ingredients – grown, raised, produced, foraged and prepared – whenever possible. They also take the farm-to-table concept one step further. Millwright’s has partnered with a farm that will grow most of its organic produce. The “Inspired New England” cuisine at Millwright’s pays homage to the land, to the flavor-rich quality of local, fresh ingredients and to the time-honored cooking techniques that enhance the natural goodness of those ingredients.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are offering a 3 course prix fixe dinner for our Thanksgiving Day service! It's $59 per adult and $29 per child. There will be traditional Thanksgiving fare sides and dessert to share for the table. The menu will be available on our website shortly! We are open from 11am-6pm for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, 28 November, 2019

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unbelievable food and atmosphere . 10/10 would recommend dining her. Fantastic experience

g
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I want to like Millwright’s, attractive setting. However, second time here. Both times same problem: champagne not chilled. Waiter makes no apology that a bottle of champagne not ready to be served, begins pouring and declares it needs an ice bath to chill for proper temp. So we wait. 2x’s same problem. Not acceptable for Tattinger. Food is ok, not amazing, prices high. Service doesn’t meet this price point.

G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoughtful and creative locally sourced ingredients served by a friendly yet professional staff in a tastefully restored 300 year old mill building.

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Is it pricey? yes. Is it worth it? absolutely! That is the value.

KF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place, great bar in basement. Planning to go again.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your 5 star rating. We greatly appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend! We'll see you soon.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the review I wrote for the Tavern; the same can be said for the restaurant. "Absolutely Awesome! Incredibly friendly service; fantastic food. Food was expertly prepared, delicious, elegant, wonderful rich flavors without being over the top. 10/10!"
More specifically: the lighting was warm; the windows look out at the waterfall; the service was outstanding; we were treated like VIPs even though it was our first time to the restaurant. Most importantly, the food was some of the best we have ever had. To repeat, flavors were rich and delicious without being over salted or over spiced. We can't wait to return to try the tasting menu, which was recommended, but we decided to choose a la carte this time. THANKS for a great experience!

ER
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Probably one of the 5 best overall meals that we have ever had. We had the Chef's 7 course tasting menu and each course was better than the last. Service was impeccable. Beautiful view of the waterfall from just about very table.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Edward for joining us and for sharing your feedback based on your experience. Tasting menus are such a special culinary treat and we're so happy that you enjoyed the 7 course journey. Thank you for the kind words and we'll be sure to share your compliments with our chefs and service team. Looking forward to your next visit.

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F
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

We just dined at Milwright's for a special dinner after having not eaten there in a few years. Our first visit was not overly memorable, but given all of the positive reviews, we decided to give it another try. The space and setting are beautiful. The staff was attentive and very pleasant. Unfortunately, the food was really just not that good. Truly. We did notice that there was a wedding being held upstairs, and maybe that put a strain on the kitchen, but I would guess that was handled by a separate kitchen crew. We had the dumpling appetizer and the salmon pate and both were marginal and just not that special. But our main courses were really disappointing. The striped bass was undercooked and not overly tasty and the scallops were fine but the accompanying squash bed on which they were served had an odd taste and was far from delicious. The icing on the cake came when we received our bill and there was a $2 surcharge for a drink I ordered on the rocks. I have never seen such a thing. I would've rathered just been charged $2 more instead of seeing that it was a separate charge for ordering a drink on the rocks. This seems like a really petty charge for a restaurant of this supposed caliber. Despite the truly beautiful setting and great staff, I am afraid I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for joining us and taking the time to share some constructive feedback. We apologize that you did not receive the caliber food we are known for. We appreciate your honest opinions shared with us; it's the only way we can continue to improve. We will review these food items and discuss with our chefs during our weekly meeting. In regards to the $2 rocks charge. You are not being charged for ice. Rocks pours are a larger pour of alcohol. We will correct this on printed checks. Thank you!

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CR
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, carefully prepared, pleasantly served, perfectly paced, meticulously designed. We’ll be back.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Catherine! We're so happy that everything exceeded expectations. We appreciate the kind, constructive feedback. We'll be happy to pass along the compliments to our chefs and service team. Have a wonderful weekend.

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DD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Overall a good experience however my guests meal was visually unappealing and undercooked. they should remove the striped bass from the menu.

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Responded on 10 October 2019

Thank you Damien for joining us and for sharing your feedback as well. We apologize that your guest did not enjoy our striped bass entree. Please never hesitate to share your feedback when you are joining us. The last thing we want is for a guest to not enjoy their time with us. We will always gladly re- make a dish, provide a different dish and remove the item from the check for you. Please let us know if there's anything else we can assist with.

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BT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! Beautiful location. Food was delicious and fun!

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Responded on 10 October 2019

Thank you Beth! We're very happy to know that the setting and the food were thoroughly enjoyed; and helped create a memorable experience for you and your guest. We look forward to your next reservation with us!

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter, Ron was exceptional and our out of town guest thought the atmosphere and location was terrific.

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Responded on 10 October 2019

Thank you Badge for joining us and for sharing your feedback as well. We will gladly pass along the compliments to Ron! He's one of the best in hospitality and we love that he made your evening with us that much more special. Looking forward to your next visit!

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Being a big fan of Arethusa in Bantam, I feel Millwright’s is it’s sister restaurant.
Food was outstanding, service was top notch and loved the rustic ambiance, I can only imagine how beautiful it looks during the upcoming holiday season.
Our first experience was delightful, but definitely not our last, worth the hour ride.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 10 October 2019

Thank you Fredo for joining us and for the kind words as well. Thank you for making the journey to us here in Simsbury. We're happy it was worth the drive and your time. We will gladly pass along the compliments in regards to food, beverage and service. We are eagerly awaiting your next with us. Have a wonderful week!

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k
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The menu is limited but excellently prepared. It is pricey however we enjoyed a reduced price prix fixe "taste of suburbia" special.

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you kdzdoc! We're happy to know that you enjoyed your time spent with us, in addition to our Taste of the Suburbs special as well. We're looking forward to your next visit with us.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to celebrate our Anniversaries and had a wonderful meal and evening. Our servers were attentive and pleasant. Even though the restaurant was busy, the noise level was pleasant. Pretty setting.

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you Sandim for joining us and for sharing your feedback with us. Thank you for joining us for your anniversary celebration. We're very happy to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us. Looking forward to having you back.

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LA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Old New England flavor all around. Traditional fare. Very pleasant experience.

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you LACC! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're looking forward to your next reservation with us.

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time visit for my husband's birthday. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, as well as recommendations. Entire meal was fantastic - we look forward to visiting again!

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you JenP! And thank you for joining us for your celebratory occasion. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to our service team as well. We're looking forward to your next visit with us.

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RU
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visited for wedding anniversary. Perfect experience. Tremendous value for the money, service and food was excellent. Seated by window, next to hand hewn support beams and an evening view of the waterfall - what else can you ask for?

Recommend the Dining Room, not the Tavern, if you are looking for an elegant experience.

Would definitely visit again.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 26 September 2019

Thank you Raymond for joining us and for sharing your experience with us! Happy Anniversary again! We're elated to know that food, service and ambiance were all contributing factors to an enjoyable evening. We look forward to having you back soon.

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a lovely place with excellent food, ambiance and service. Each entree seemed to have that little something extra that made it out of the ordinary. We were a party of six and everyone (including a few fussy folk) thoroughly enjoyed what they ordered. Would love to see Millwrights open some outdoor seating to take full advantage of the views. Excellence all around!

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 26 September 2019

Thank you Fredricka! We are thrilled to know that food, ambiance and service were all contributing factors to your enjoyment with us. We have a few things on the drawing board for outdoor seating. We'll be sure to announce any changes as they arise. We look forward to having you back. Have a wonderful evening!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An incredible experience. The seven-course tasting menu is the way to go. We were blown away. Every course was exquisite and our service was wonderful.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 26 September 2019

Thank you so much! Tasting menus are a special culinary journey and we're happy to know that you enjoyed everything it had to offer. We will share the compliments with our chefs and service team. All the best!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our 1st wedding anniversary dinner and did the tasting menu. It was phenomenal....the food and the service. Ron and Bridget were exceptional. Highly recommend.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 19 September 2019

Thank you! And Happy Anniversary again! We are very happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu and the service that accompanies it. What a way to ring in the 1st wedding anniversary! We look forward to many more anniversary dinners with you and your spouse. Have a great day!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

My wife’s fish entre was raw in the thick part of fish. Sent it back but now the whole fish was way over-cooked. They took it off bill as by this time I was done with my entre. Have dined here many times in last as used to be a favorite of ours but not in last few years due to moving away. Was hoping for it to be the same as we remembered but will give it another try.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 12 September 2019

Good evening, Thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We apologize that your fish was not prepared the way it should have been. I'm more apologetic that you didn't receive the memorable experience that we are known for. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention so that we can continue to improve. Thank you for giving us another chance. Have a wonderful weekend.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are regulars and have never had anything but a great experience.

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Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you Michael! We look forward to your next visit with us. Thank you for the kind words!

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DP
New England
35 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience. Excellent food and service, I truly innovative menu. Highly recommended for a special occasion or an unusually nice evening out.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you David for the kind words. We're happy to know that food, beverage, service and ambience were all factors in a memorable experience with us. Have a wonderful weekend and we're looking forward to your next visit with us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly wait staff. They gave us additional service without us having to ask and were very accommodating.

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Responded on 5 September 2019

Thank you! We're very happy to know that you received a high caliber of service that elevated your dining experience. We're looking forward to having you back. Have a wonderful week.

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M
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice & fancy place... food was really good but, portions were extremely small for the price we paid for. The service was great, amazing view, but portions were very small. They were like piece of art. More concerned how it looked on the plate than how much is on the plate.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you Milly for joining us and for sharing your constructive feedback with us. We apologize you didn't enjoy the food portions or the value of the food. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Have a wonderful evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been a server in the food industry for quite some time now. To this day, entering this establishment feels like a very rare treat, something that comes across with the essence of a lavish Christmas gift. The server Ron is by far the absolute best and most attentive server I have ever had, and I commend the chef and it’s staff on their excellence. Seriously, Ron is the server I wish to be and I would highly recommend him to future patrons. Thank you!

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Responded on 5 September 2019

Thank you very much for joining us and for sharing your experience with us. We're thrilled to know that food, beverage and service lived up to and exceeded expectations. Ron is one of the best in hospitality. We're lucky to have him as part of the team. We're elated that it contributed to your enjoyment with us. Have a wonderful week! Looking forward to your next visit.

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PF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food, comfortable rustic environment

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Responded on 5 September 2019

Thank you Paul! We're happy you enjoyed the food and ambiance. Looking forward to your next visit.

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EG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences we have had in years. The food was amazing (the chef’s tasting dinner was an impressive progression of seasonal foods), but the service and general running of the restaurant really made the experience top notch. Fine dining food and careful and thoughtful service without feeling stuffy or pretentious. Everyone from the hosts to the servers to the bussers were friendly and helpful, and everyone genuinely seemed to want to be there to make the experience awesome. An evening we won’t soon forget. Many thanks to the entire staff for a wonderful evening!

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 5 September 2019

Thank you Erica! We're extremely happy to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of your dining experience with us. Tasting menus are a truly special culinary journey and we're thrilled you enjoyed yours. We take food, beverage and service to heart and couldn't be any happier to hear that it elevated your enjoyment. We're looking forward to having you back. Thank you again.

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k
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Puzzling place. The ambiance is stunning; warm, welcoming, the falls, the windows, the view into the kitchen; all make you fully prepared to have a great evening. After that, very little stood out. The food, in our case, salmon rillettes, pork, scallops, a side of potatoes and dessert was passable, but not something you'd expect from a restaurant - and a chef - that is so well and so frequently rewarded. The salmon rillettes were fine, but fine? who goes to Millright's for fine. The creme fraiche topping did not complement the salmon, rather it fought with it for dominance on your pallet. The scallops were superbly prepared; not a particularly difficult thing to do for a good kitchen but they were excellent. The lobster sauce, fava beens and potatoes that accompanied the scallops. Meh. Again, an accompaniment that was present but not supportive. The pork was delicious but the plating was weird. The pork sat on a bed of tasty grits but the grits were ringed with mustard that obviously went with the pork but did nothing for the grits when they ultimately all mingled on the plate. Puzzling and not appealing. Desserts? One good, one graciously taken back to the kitchen by the server when told that the chocolate somehow found its way into a salt shaker.

So why did I say I'd recommend this place to a friend? Well, I would with reservations. This is a beautiful place to eat and the less formal tavern downstairs looks like it would be fun. But, in the end, I'd go back just because this was one meal. It was a meal that was well-intentioned but, in my opinion, didn't make the grade. I'd give it one more shot but not with particularly high hopes.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 5 September 2019

Thank you kofigan for joining us and for taking the time to write a review based on your dining experience with us. I will share your feedback with our chefs. I do apologize that you didn't receive the caliber of food that we were are known for. Thank you for giving us a second chance. We would also like to hear more about the level of service you received as well. Any insight to a 3 star rating is appreciated. It's the only way we can continue to improve. Thank you!

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I've been coming to Millwright's for quite a while and my recent visit was disappointing. We decided to eat in the Tavern as we love the Fish and Chips but were told that due to wait staff shortage we could not sit in a booth by the waterfall so we had to sit near the bar at a table with lots of other diners in earshot of the TV. We were then told that there was only one portion of Fish and Chips left. Our reservation was at 5:30! Fortunately, the Tavern Burger was good and my date willing to share the Fish and Chips. Hope this doesn't indicate a change in the wind at Millwright's.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 31 August 2019

Good afternoon Helen, Thank you for joining us and for sharing your feedback based on your experience with us. We do apologize if you received incorrect information. We are staffed adequately and that evening we didn't receive reservations for that particular room in our tavern. Yes, we did only have one order left of our fish and chips at that time frame due to a delay in our fish delivery. We apologize that this impacted your dining experience with us. I can assure you, there's no change.

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CP
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time for dinner. From the starters to our entrees they were delicious. Our waitress was very attentive and polite. We shared a bottle of wine that was excellent. The ambiance and views from our table exceeded our expectations again.

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Responded on 30 August 2019

Thank you CPF1! Welcome back and thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your dining experience with us. We're very happy to hear that food and service were top notch. Looking forward to your next visit with us.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dinner for a special occasion. The chef is very creative and everything was delicious. Wait staff was courteous and helpful. We asked for a table by the window for the view and were seated overlooking the waterfall. We have never been disappointed at Milllwrights.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 30 August 2019

Thank you Carp for joining us and for writing a review based on your experience with us. We're very happy to know that food, service and ambience were all contributing factors in a memorable evening. Have a great weekend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This was my first visit to Millwrights and I was not disappointed. The food and drinks were excellent, our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable (and suggested an excellent wine); the rest of the staff was pleasant and helpful as well. It took a bit longer to get our entrees than expected however we still very much enjoyed the evening.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to submit your feedback based on your experience with us. I will review timing with our chefs. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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MK
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waiter Ron was excellent, great recommendations and wine pairings, informative without being pushy. Other waitstaff were friendly, supportive and attentive without hovering. Excellent food and wine. Great window views of the water (and wildlife) and peaceful ambience even with a fairly full dining room. Was on the pricey side, but worth the expense.

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Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you Mel! We appreciate you joining us and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Ron and the rest of the service staff.

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NN
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Was underwhelmed. Expected better for brunch. The Toast with Parmesan Cream and shishito peppers wasn't toasted and there wasn't enough cream to counter the overwhelming numbers and bright heat of the peppers. A steak ordered medium well came out well-done on the ends and rare in the center. The salmon was well-prepared but a little bland, the black rice was delicious. Staff was excellent, very accommodating for a party of 9. Service was prompt and professional. It's a lovely venue but I left not really feeling like I'd want to go back anytime soon except to give the kitchen a second chance to show how top-notch they really are.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you Nancy for your thorough report on your visit with us. We are happy to know that you received excellent service. We appreciate your constructive feedback on our brunch dishes. We will bring the following items to our chefs attention: non toasted bread, unbalanced proportion of parmesan cream and shishito peppers, irregularly cooked proteins, and bland salmon. Thank you for bringing this to our attention so that we can continue to improve.

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DW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New favorite. Expertly prepared ridiculously fresh food juxtaposing sumptuous flavor palates. We greatly enjoyed the tasting menu, and the wine pairings were immaculate

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you Dave! We're elated you enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings! We'll be sure to send compliments to the chefs. We hope to see you soon! Enjoy the last portion of summer!

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Millwright's is the perfect choice for a special occasion. For me, it was my 70th birthday. I appreciate the attention and care given to me in making this celebration a memorable one!

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you Kathleen! Happy Birthday again! We're happy that you selected us for your special occasion. We're even happier to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your time spent with us. We're looking forward to your next visit with us.

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FV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is gastronomically outstanding. The service is phenomenal. The view of the waterfall is memorable. A must visit.

Millwright's Dining Room
Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you Fred! We're happy to know that you enjoyed the full experience from food, service and ambiance. Looking forward to your next visit with us.

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