We’ve dined at Millwright’s in Simsbury, CT, several times since moving to the East Coast, and every time has been better than the last. Everything from the staff and the atmosphere to the food itself and the presentation of the food has been outstanding every single time. Most recently, we visited after a day trip to Hartford. Though it was dark outside and busy inside, which meant I couldn’t take many great shots of the riverside exterior or the beautiful historical decor of the restaurant, everything was top-notch. I hope to return someday soon and take photos when it’s still light outside and not so busy inside. Read on to learn why Millright’s is well worth a drive to the charming city of Simsbury.
Location: Simsbury, CT
Address: 77 West Street
Food Type: Upscale Tavern Fare
Dining Experience: Indoor, Outdoor & Greenhouse
Price: $150+ per Person
Dress Code: Smart Casual +
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Gluten-Free (not GF dedicated)
Millwright’s in Simsbury is such a great place to dine because it’s a different experience every time. Not only does their menu constantly evolve to reflect the current season and what’s locally available at any given time of year, but they have numerous dining experiences on location. They offer beautiful greenhouses for parties of up to 10 people outdoors, they have a bridge over the river that allows for incredible views of their waterfall, plus they have an indoor tavern and waterfall view of the river. Pair this with changing seasonal views and their inventive meal options; no two visits will ever be the same!
On our most recent visit, the sun set early and it was dark inside, lit by carefully placed interior lights and candles for a romantic, intimate setting. I love this kind of atmosphere, though it does make taking pictures of our food difficult, haha. I never use flash photos, and certainly not while other guests are eating, so keep that in mind when looking at the food photos. While they’re not as bright as my regular photos, the food was out of this world!
Millwright’s Simsbury Menu & Our Meals
As I mentioned, the menu is always changing to mimic nature. They use local ingredients whenever possible and with skillful culinary craftsmanship, they emphasize the local flavors and bring out the very best in them. We’ve eaten here six or seven times over the past two years and every single time the menu has been unique, creative, and delicious. While we don’t eat meat, we love seafood and vegetarian food and there’s always at least one option for each diet. Plus, if you let them know in advance that you have dietary restrictions they’ll ensure you have more options.
We started our meal with their fresh crab dip and toasted crostini. I ate mine without bread and Robin ate the standard version of I, and both of us loved it! It was so fresh, so succulent, and so flavorful that if this had been all we’d eaten we would have been satisfied.
Robin also ordered their seasonal vegetable soup topped with toasted pepitas. I didn’t have any of this, but he said it was delicious and that the complex flavors of the soup really paid homage to the late autumn timing of our meal here.
If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I love scallops. So, anytime I see scallops on the menu, I can’t resist trying a new preparation. This one featured a pescatarian broth, wild mushrooms, and seaweed which was exactly the kind of light, refreshing meal I was in the mood to enjoy! This was absolutely phenomenal and each scallop was seared to perfection.
Robin when with a lentil and sweet potato dish that was delicious. It tasted a lot like something we like to make at home, which is essentially sweet potato tacos with lentils, but this was even better than that and his dish was stuffed inside fire roasted peppers and topped with crema.
We don’t normally eat a lot ofdessert, but we shared a trio ofhandmade ice cream topped with flower petals. If I remember correctly, the flavors were charcoal lavender, honeycomb, and mixed berry. They were all so sublime and refreshing.
Robin also ordered a banana-flavored cake with fried honeycomb, edible flowers, and sweet banana ice cream. I was very envious of how much he seemed to enjoy this, because I couldn’t eat any as it wasn’t gluten-free. Still, it looked and smelled delicious, and he said it was one of the best desserts he’d ever had.
Final Thoughts on Millwright’s in Simsbury
I’m already looking forward to my next visit. Milwright’s in Simsbury, Connecticut, is one of my favorite places to eat in the state. The staff are always very kind and helpful, the food has never been the least bit disappointing, and the vibe of the restaurant is wonderful. It’s perfect for date nights, special occasions, anniversaries, birthdays, and more, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!