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“Artistry and Precision (Mostly)”
Review of Millwrights

Millwrights
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Ranked #2 of 52 Restaurants in Simsbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Waterfall Way
Description: With its unique setting perched atop a waterfall in Simsbury, Connecticut, Millwright's invites guests to dine in the 17th century mill with acclaimed Chef Tyler Anderson and his staff. 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 dining scene. Our staff eagerly awaits your next visit...
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Holiday dinners/brunches tend to be stressed, both for restaurants and their customers. One usually lowers one's expectations. That is not necessary at Millwright's! Today's Easter Brunch was flawless in the food department and very good, if not quite excellent in the service arena.

The food comes first, and the array of six appetizers, six main courses and four desserts on their holiday menu reflected sophistication without pretension. My wife and I both had the silky foie gras mousse with thin slices of strawberry and brown bread to start. It was masterful. We also both opted for Spring lamb, four thick slices of loin, exquisitely cooked, on a bed of herbed faro and with a nice chunk of fennel. The lamb was sublime. We chose different desserts, a lemon curd Pavlova with caramel-cardamon orange slices and a chococate tart with peanut butter and brown sugar oats, both wonderful.

We could have been equally happy with the other menu options.

Millwright's has a superior waitstaff, and they were as cordial as ever, but the tag team approach to keep things moving with 300+ reservations, did get a bit jerky. Clearing plates just as you finish your last bite, via someone you haven't seen before, sets the wrong tempo. We always prefer coffee after dessert, bot before it arrives-and we weren't given the option. Seeing our waitress bobbing around the dining room, stopping here and there with some accelerated movement, had a bit of a pinball machine effect. We were in and out in 75 minutes. Efficient, yes. Relaxing, no. The front desk wasn't manned when we arrived, and barely so as we left.

Still, the bottom line is the virtuoso kitchen. The wine list is moderately extensive and well chosen. If the weak link is the tempo of service, I would rather it be that than another category. On a less busy afternoon/evening, we've experienced everything working according to plan. All in all, still the best restaurant for miles around.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Great bargain for the price. Enjoyed the variety of the five courses. The wine pairings were very good especially the sherry with dessert. Three of the courses were very good the others were well executed but uninteresting or uninspired. Nice setting good service disappointed head chef could not make it in due to weather delays.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Went here in January, had a very nice meal and a good server named Ron. This time, we had a very aloof older woman who made numerous mistakes with our order and wine pairing. We were told the menu had recently changed, so we ordered the tasting menu again. Most of the courses were the same if not very similar to the ones we had in January. In short, a real waste of an expensive meal. We should have gone elsewhere.

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1  Thank Peter Q
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Millwrights has been my sister’s and my favorite restaurant for several years. Chef Tyler’s menu consistently features fresh ingredients thoughtfully and creatively prepared. It is apparent that attention to detail and customer satisfaction are the top priority. The menus change seasonally and there are usually a variety of main offerings including fish, game, meat, poultry and vegan. They also offer 7 course options. Delicious and beautiful desserts all in a lovely rustic mill building with waterfall views. Great ambiance, romantic and seemingly perfect!

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

This was our second visit to Millwrights and this time was to celebrate Valentines Day. Our first visit was an excellent experience, this time, not quite as good. They had a pre-fixe 4 course Valentines Day menu which was limited in choices which we never understand. The dinner started with 2 offerings for the table that were on the menu, a cheese puff (gougeres) and a beausoleil oyster. Even though I informed our server of my shellfish allergy, they still brought one cheese puff & one oyster. No accommodation was made to substitute the oyster with something else. For our first courses we had the crab "johnny cake" which was excellent and the foie gras, also excellent. For our second courses we had the haddock & the lentil dumplings, both very good. Our main courses were the NY Strip steak and the guinea hen. Sadly, the steak was overcooked and had to be sent back & re-done. On return, it was cooked properly however, the quality of the steak itself was not as expected and we have had much better steak elsewhere at less cost. The guinea hen was very good. Overall, we felt that they were not at their best this evening and hope that it was just an off night!

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1  Thank Mark S
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