This complex, which now includes a restaurant and tearoom, dates to 1793, when it was the city's first industrial building. In 1914, on the first day ... More
Old Mill Restaurant (The)
This complex, which now includes a restaurant and tearoom, dates to 1793, when it was the city's first industrial building. In 1914, on the first day of WWI, entrepreneur R. Home Smith founded the Old Mill Tea Garden, a popular establishment to this day. The buffet-style restaurant is decorated with waterfalls, fireplaces and balconies. Its three-level space, numerous dining rooms and dance floor make it perfect for almost any occasion. It also features a gift shop called Flower Power, offering fabulous floral arrangements and gift baskets.
I HAVE DINED AT THE OLD MILL RESTAURANT ALMOST EVERY WEDNESDAY FOR 26 YEARS.
TODAY,IN THE MILL ROOM, I HAD THE BEST SALAD EVER!
IT WAS BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED,AND COMPLETE WITH ARTICHOKES,SWEET PEPPERS,ZACCINI,SPINICH SALAD,AND SEASONED CHICKEN SLICES. COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHEF!
I'LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK
Beware! Four of us attended the Saturday Night Oldies live radio show held every now & then at the Old Mill. (Good time BTW) We have not attended in the past due to high pricing $100 / couple plus food etc. We called that afternoon for availability and we were told $49 + tax & gratuity per person for show AND dinner, set menu. We assumed, key word assumed, that they had changed their high priced ways. Well, at closing time we were handed a bill for $500. There was obviously a loss in translation. The entertainment charge was $49 pp, dinner was not included in the price as we were informed. The manager handled our situation poorly. He denied his mistake of false advertising and continuously kept walking away insisting it was our fault then called security for no reason at all. We were not being confrontational in any way we simply wanted to discuss the issue at hand.
Now for the food. My friend & I chose the over priced ($38) prime rib. Our wives chose the Pad Thai. I honestly say the prime rib was very good but that is where it ends! The Pad Thai was like no other we have experienced at any other establishment. Warmed up flavorless coleslaw was my first impression.There was some sort of crispy noodle concoction which resembled a tangled ball of string after 2 or 3 coats of varathane had been applied. The mashed potatoes would have come in handy earlier in the day when I ran short of drywall putty. A dry flavorless blob of what we concluded must have derived from a box of Carnation instant mashed potatoes. To assist us in our efforts to consume these "potatoes" we determined a little moisture would improve the spuds. Enter the gravy. If you like Franco American canned gravy you are in luck. I maybe incorrect about the Franc American label but the flavor did remind us of our old high school cafeteria gravy. If our deductive reasoning is wrong and it was not Franco American, well it would be a killer driveway sealant. The spinach, well to save time, lets just say it was referred to as Lake Erie seaweed.
As stated earlier, the show was entertaining and enjoyable. The service was somewhat friendly but lacking. We were chasing the old buggers around half the night for forgotten drink orders. Still trying to determine if there is a dessert menu. The entire wait staff and manager seem to portray a holier than now attitude and that it was our privilege to be at there establishment.
The evening was fine til the end which left a bad taste in our mouths and not just from the food. The chef and manager should be ashamed!
The Old Mill is a gorgeous Inn and that's why I chose it. I firgured what better place to take our family (16 of us) for Christmas dinner. Wanted something that would feel very christmasy and that an "old english country inn" would foot the bill like nothing else, but I was wrong.
I made the reservation about 3 weeks in advance. Then I get an email saying I had to chose one of two menues. Well I can understand that, so I chose a menu that seemed to accomodate everyone (and it did) but I didn't like the dessert choices so I call (1 week in advance) to ask if we could have cheesecake (which was already an option) but could we please have a really good chocolate cake. The girl on the phone said that they couldn't do that because "it's not on the menu". I said I understand that but could you please have it available for that night. After much himming and hawing, she said okay. Then she calls me back and asks me how many pieces of chocolate cake will I require. Now I'm starting to get a little (well more that a little) ticked off because I'm not calling everyone and asking them what they're having for dessert. Could she please just get a good chocolate cake and make it available? She said fine, okay.
So, we sit down and have a lovely dinner (my steak was delicious) and after dinner the waiters just start bringing out desserts, no-one was asked what they would like for dessert and they are the original options. I go to the manager and tell him about the conversation I had with one of his employees regarding the chocolate cake and he's a bit of a "know best" and finally acquiesces and brings out a cake was NOT really a chocolate cake but some sort of coffee flavored thing. Not a bad cake really, but NOT chocolate.
I'm not a whiner/complainer type of gal, but could have gotten much better service at a Keg for heaven's sake (for 1/2 the price too!). I just wanted this to be a very special night for everyone and for me, it just didn't cut it. I would NEVER go back.
We dropped close to $2,000.00 for this dinner - I would have expected more/better service than what we received. By the way, the wait staff was good, not complaining about them.
Buyer, beware. Management needs to change some policy and actually try to cater to people's needs and wants. It's no wonder the place wasn't packed for dinner at Christmas week. It's one of the most authentic feeling, Enlish Country Inn's on the planet (even more English Country Inn surroundings than some English Country Inn's I've been in!). It's gorgeous. But an establishment can't and shouldn't rely on that to make people want to come back. They definitely do not give (service wise) a worthy exchange.
Given the high prices at this elegant restaurant I would have thought they would not replace their beautiful silver with cheap-looking stainless steel.
Food was adequate, prices high and for this a cheap looking dinner service. I will not be returning.
A party of 20 went to the Old Mill for Christmas dinner EDec. 25, 2008. There was a buffet, plenty of food, but tateless and cold.
The service clearing paltes etc. was good. There were about 500 people in the room very noisy and hot.
We wouldn;t go back it was not worth it.
Walking along the Danforth, you're sure to be enticed by the aromas coming from this Greek restaurant that boasts cuisine
from a 2,000 year old tradition. Tradition is also the keyword here in both the atmosphere and decor. White ...
With a name recalling the first Mogul emperor in India, one would expect only the finest northern Indian cuisine at
this Queen Street West restaurant. You also receive impeccable service from formally clad waiters in black and white, in ...
When the original opened in 1990 on Gerrard Street, this restaurant claimed the title of the first authentic Thai restaurant
in Canada. True or not, it has built up a solid reputation as a place where you can get ...