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The Mill on the River - 26 Reviews - 989 Ellington Rd, South Windsor, CT - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (860) 289-7929
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The Mill on the River

989 Ellington Rd
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 289-7929
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The Mill on the River - South Windsor, CT


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We are just over the moon with happiness so far with selecting the Mill for our september wedding. From the first phone call Amanda was prompt to respond, flexible with menu/time...


Pros - Beautiful Landscapes, Great Food!

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/14/2013

Not very impressive service, almost rude. Very noisy atmosphere. There are many places to go that will serve and treat you better. Will not recommend to any one. more

So far... so good! 3/13/2012

We are just over the moon with happiness so far with selecting the Mill for our september wedding. From the first phone call Amanda was prompt to respond, flexible with menu/times/guest counts, and has given us a calm and focused feeling that we did not previously have with the other venue that made us wait almost 3 months to even send a proposal. We hope that our experience post wedding is just as good, but we have faith that this is going to be easy, fun, and amazing to plan :) Thanks Amanda!!! more

Careless, Wedding Mill 6/24/2011

Calling it a ""mill"" is apt; it is a wedding mill. As the wedding coordinator told me, they do weddings here every weekend. The result: you are not special to them and they will not work hard or be flexible at all. There are 10 other people behind you in line who will put up with their baloney and rudeness. more

The best food you'll ever eat! 7/9/2010

I've been eating here about once a year for the last 5 years or so. Then when I was getting married, there was only one place to look. The Mill was amazing. The best venue, well priced receptions. The best part was that the cake was included. They have their own pastry chef that makes them. It was sooo good. Compliments from all of our guests. The fish, the chicken, then prime rib, sooo good. I love good food, and this place continues to surprise me with how good it is. Don't go anywhere else for dinner. This will be our permanent anniversary dinner establishment. Thanks to you, Mill on the River and their wedding coordinator Laura Coviello, for making our dreams come true! Food: 5 Stars, amazing Ambiance: 5 Stars, amazing Service: 5 Stars, AMAZING!!! Pros: Amazing selection with unbelievable taste! Cons: Absolutely nothing! more

Delicious Food and Wonderful Atmosphere 3/14/2010

I happened apon The Mill on the River this Sunday after seeing a show in Hartford. This was my first time here and what a beautiful restaurant this is. From the covered bridge over looking the waterfall to the grand lobby and NY City style dining room, this place is top notch. more

Food fine, wait staff surreal 10/4/2009

Sat in the bar area for dinner Sunday evening and started with a bottle of wine. After our waitress (not friendly, very condensendingly phony) gives us the bottle, she told us to hurry up because the kitchen was closing in 20 minutes.. We placed our order and got our food, and asked for some sour cream for the quesadeas...and was told the kitchen was locked shut. Im glad the company I was with was awesome to make up for the service shortcommings. Pros: food Cons: service more

mill on the river wedding 9/30/2009

I recently had my wedding at the Mill on the River, I can not tell you what a wonderful experience it was. From the time I booked over a year ago our wedding coordinator Laura was absolutely wonderful. She made our wedding absolutely perfect. She attended to our every needs, going above what we expected from her. Pros: best place to have a wedding more

Brides BEWARE!!! 7/1/2009

I recently attended a wedding at the Mill and I couldn't believe how RUDE the managers were! The wedding cake started falling over and I complained to a waitstaff because I couldn't find a manager. Then a manager finds me and asks where the bride and groom are and complains that they are out taking pictures! I asked her about the cake and she rolled her eyes at me and walked away! The event managers are so unprofessional! There was a wedding right before the one I attended and they left the table clothes on from the previous wedding! They just put napkins on top. I looked under the napkins- EWWW!!! We also told them that we would be providing our own chair covers and decorations and when we got there we found that not only had they let guests in before we got there, but they left the previous weddings decorations up! This was after they tried to charge the bride and extra $3.50 per chair cover, so we bought our own for cheaper! The food was alright. Definitely not 4 star quality though. Their salads were wilted. The wedding cake they made was made from store bought boxed cake mixes and frosting. Disgusting. I was thoroughly disappointed. Not only was the cake unappetizing but it was UGLY. The bartender was fabulous though. So I guess that was a saving grace. Though they don't serve frozen drinks like strawberry daiquiris. Pros: Beautiful Setting, Food is OKAY, Cons: Staff are rude, bad parking, Poor Quality of Pastry more

Waitstaff Could Use a Makeover 2/16/2009

My family and I have celebrated Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, and just recently, my sister's 27th birthday at the Mill on the River, coming for brunch each time. Of the three visits, I've had one decent experience with the waitstaff. The other two visits were less than satisfactory and a bit uncomfortable to say the least. My first bad experience was with a waiter who immediately said there would be no substitutes, that what was on the menu was all you could exceptions. I found this a bit frustrating since I follow a strict bodybuilding diet, as does my boyfriend. After working up the nerve to see if we could make some changes, the waiter agreed and reluctantly took our orders, leaving us feeling burdensome. My most recent experience was with a waitress who was taking our drink orders. After ratting off a list to me, I told her no thanks, that I was on a diet. She replied, ""So just the water? Is that on your diet?"" She walked off and looked back with an uncomfortable stare. At that point I wanted to go home. In the future I will ask my mom to go elsewhere for our celebrations. Cons: Rude, uninviting waitstaff. Snobbish feel. more

ODIOUS WAITSTAFF/MANAGER...used to be GREAT!~ 1/30/2009

I've been a regular customer at the Mill on the River for about 20 years. Pros: Good Food Cons: Odious Service more

Very good overall 1/1/2009

My S.O. and I went to MOTR for New Yrs Eve this year. We made reservations for 5p and were seated on time when we arrived. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with the fireplace adding a lovely ambiance. Pros: Excellent food and atmosphere Cons: A bit pricey for some items more

A Very Special Wedding 11/11/2008

I'd like to Thank the Management and Staff for making my wedding so special at the Mill. From the moment I got out of the limo each and all of the staff treated me with royalty. Everything was just perfect. The room was set up gorgeous. Everything fell into place really nice. Till the moment I left everything ran very smooth. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. If you are looking into having your wedding here I personally would highly reccommend speaking with Laura Coviello the Manager who made our wedding just perfect. She meets with you and wonderfully arranges your special day. Thank You all again, The Owner, Laura, all wait staff, and kitchen. I will never forget my special Wedding at the Mill. :) Pros: Excellent staff, great food, nice setting more



Reception Desk Staffed by Ditzes 10/20/2008

We arrived for Sunday brunch with party of ten promptly at the time we had reserved and re-confirmed. ""Table will be ready shortly."" Fifteen minutes later the table was indeed ready, and the three young ladies at the reception desk promptly gave our table away to a party of five who'd just walked in. These babes were stumbling over themselves and had No Clue: They did not suggest we move into the bar to wait; did not point out the appetizer buffet was available; mis-estimated time for next table. Hostesses with no hospitality! The manager stepped in and ""suggested"" they help get our table ready. We finally sat down 40 minutes after our reservation time. That said, the brunch menu was nicely varied. the food was good, prices reasonable, promptly served. I'd go there again (but I'll hope that the, like, airheads at the reception desk, like, went back to their junior-high homeroom.). Pros: Tasty fare, well-served and reasonably priced. Cons: Reception desk is not to be trusted. Hover, else they'll give your table away. more

Avoid!!! Don't order the specials!!! 10/3/2008

At first I was taken aback by the beautfil venue. That was until I got out of my car and smelled the odoriforous ""river."" If someone told me that the septic drained into the river directly I would have believed them! I went in and they have a lovely bar, however, the rest of the decor is stuck in limbo between the 70's with hideous retro light fixtures to the modern 21st century with the art work above the fireplace. I looked over the extensive menu and narrowed down my selection to a seafood entree that server assured me was fantastic. She was a nice girl, but was slow with bring out our food. Upon arrival of my dinner I sent it back because the fish was cold. I then received back an entree that was pipping hot in the middle like it had been microwaved and the same sides were sloppily scraped onto the new plate. The fish must have been on its way out, because it was overpoweringly fishy. Maybe that is why it was on the special and the server was pushing it so hard. The server never came over again to see how everything was, but when she came back for our plates i let her know. She had a ""to bad for you attitude,"" and took our plates. I ordered dessert which tasted like it was left in an open refridgerator for a long period of time. All I can say is I came to the Mill on the River hungry and left without an apetite. Pros: Pretty venue if you can not smell Cons: Food, service, decor more

Great food; Horrific Management 9/20/2008

I recently had my wedding at the Mill on the river. The food was exceptional and so was the service. However, I should have been put off from booking my wedding there when I first went in to meet with the banquet coordinator. I sat in the lobby for almost an hour waiting for her. Another young girl told me she was just finalizing some other work, but I could see her talking to the other manager. I walked by the office to use the bathroom and at one point she was gossiping about the staff. I was really put off about the whole experience, but I couldn't pass up having my wedding at such a beautiful location. It came time for the big day and I was very excited. It was a beatiful Saturday morning this summer and perfect wether. When I arrived I wanted to wait some where so my groom would not see me before the wedding. I was told I could not go downstairs due to the set up crew or wait in the office. because it wolud be too chaotic. Needless to say I wound up waiting outside in the summer heat where 90% of my make up sweat off and I looked awful. It was nice though a server came outside and offered me a beverage. I never saw the blonde manager again until moments before I walked the aisle. She then evaporated again and reappered literally seconds before I had to be introduced. It was horrible. There was only one other function at the same time and it wasn't a wedding, so I'm not sure what she was doing. Maybe she was gossiping again. All in all I would avoid ever having a function there or speaking with their management. They are rude and aren't there for the customers. Food is outstanding and the service was great too. Pros: food and service. beautiful venue Cons: management. Rude and nonprofessional more

Need Better Banquet Coordinators 5/7/2008

Had my wedding at the Mill very recently and had a few not so good experiences with the Banquet Mgrs. They are very lucky that the guests had a great time and the food was excellent. When we were considering Pros: the food and the surroundings Cons: If you don't mind the invisible Banquet Mgrs. have your wedding there, the food and the wedding menu is great and a great value. more

Great Food, Bad Service 5/4/2008

Pros - Beautiful Landscapes, Great Food! more

Terrible front desk service and inconsistent seating policies. Never got to the dining room. 2/2/2008

We lost our table on a prior visit because we were 5 mins. late and there is no grace period for reservations. This time our party of 7 was early. After a 20-minute wait, while several parties came and went, we observed a suitable empty table, but were told it was for a party of 11 who were scheduled at the same time we were and were now 20 minutes late! Wouldn't they have lost the table by being late? They must have been very important people to have a table held for them well beyond their reservation time. The front desk personnel were not friendly or accommodating in any way. They didn't seem to care that they were permanently losing 7 locals. We had dinner at another restaurant where we had excellent food and friendly service. more

Romance on the River 12/25/2006

My girlfriend and I went to the Mill on the River and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Approaching the restaurant through the kissing bridge set the tone fot the rest of the evening. It is a very unique setting. The food was fantastic. We started with the crab cakes which were the best we ever had. For entrees we had the pecan crusted salmon and the chicken cordon bleu. Both were out of this world. I would recommend the Mill to anyone looking for a restaurant that is reasonable priced, romantic and has fantastic food. Overall we loved everything about it. Pros: Kissing Bridge, River, Food, Price, Great Service, Easy parking more
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  • The Scene
    Flower beds dot the lush green lawns of this old gristmill on the bank of the Podunk River. Innumerable wedding pictures have been taken in front of the 30-foot fountain,...

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    Sat: 5pm-10pm, Sun: 11:30am-2pm, 3pm-8:30pm, Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9:30pm
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