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  • The Ancaster Old Mill Inn

  • 3.5 stars
    (48 reviews, average rating: 3.4/5)
  • Cuisines: American (Traditional)
  • (905) 648-1827
  • 548 Old Dundas Road Ancaster, ON L9G 3J4
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elainej
3 Reviews
9 days ago
  • Poor service, great food
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • As always, the food was delectable. The atmosphere wasn't conducive to a romantic date night due to the Christmas party crowd seated nearby. The main disappointment was our waiter's lack of warmth and friendliness....he didn't introduce himself or the specials! He was standoffish and seemed to be going through the motions.

    When my husband's steak was sent back because it was underdone, the waiter didn't take responsibility for this mistake. We would have appreciated the offer of a complimentary soup while waiting for the steak to be returned. No complimentary items or discounts were offered. Guess they really don't need the repeat business.

  • Order: bison steak & elk
 
collegegeezer
1 Review
2012/03/20
  • good gets better
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • My favourite slow food restaurant is still one of the best bets in Hamilton. Ancaster Mill is a local legend, and the commitment to locally sourced, organic produce makes eating even the simplest dish here a joy. The chef's innovative take on bistro cuisine is reminiscent of a tapas bar: All of the plates are small (with prices to match), and dishes include crisp Yukon Gold frites, asparagus with poached egg and pine nuts, and tender duck confit with polenta. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable; ask about the difference between a glass of Ontario Riesling and a French sauvignon blanc, and you're likely to get a taste of each as well as an explanation. The only caveat is that they still do large parties and brunch which are more a theme in a lesser quality setting, otherwise, it's a gem.

  • Order: what haven't I ordered!!!
 
Greenfrog
17 Reviews
2011/05/04
  • Not as great it has been...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • I love this resto.

    However, the last meal I had at The Mill was disappointing. Most of the items we ordered were fantastic, but the lamb 2 ways was far below par. Granted, as the (fantastic) waiter pointed out, the plate was in the pilot phase.

    This new lamb plate ($45) featured a braised lamb, a piece of lamb cooked sous vide, roasted potatoes and beautiful heirloom carrots and root veg.

    It was good, don't get me wrong. But I have 2 major issues, and frankly for $45 a dish should sing.
    #1 the plate was tiny!!!!
    #2 the sous vide lamb was disappointing. It was overcooked (which should never be the case with this coking method), lacked depth of flavour, and was presented on top of the braised lamb without any further saucing...the effect was off-putting and unappealing to the eye, as well as bing quite dry.

    I will return, but hope to see the new dishes meet my expectations!

  • Order: lamb 2 ways, king salmon, gnochi started, onion soup
 
Diner
1 Review
2011/01/24
  • My friend and I had lunch there in the winter of...
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • My friend and I had lunch there in the winter of 2009. We first went in to enquire about reservations for an hour or so later, and were met with an off-hand response that made us feel like they didn't care whether we dined there or not. None-the-less, we came back becuase we were a) hungry and b) the view was appealing. We were greeted with more friendly service this time around. The overall experience however, was disappointing. The view isn't worth the price and we felt the place was lacking in atmosphere. We've had a much more enjoyable time, consistently, at Rouseaux House next door - great food and service, which you would expect at a fine dining establishement. Perhaps things are better now at the Old Mill in 2011.

  • Order: cannot remember
 
Greenfrog
17 Reviews
2010/11/08
  • A regular at the Mill
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $61-$100
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Most beautiful location for any restaurant. Especially the Falls room, and the patio over the falls.

    I have had every item off the menu, although the menu changes seasonally.

    The service can vary --- some are inexperienced and young. Some, like Jackie Leemo are the best servers around anywhere. "Table Zamboni!"

  • Order: I have had every item off the menu. I have never had a truly disappointing meal.
 
mpk678
1 Review
2010/08/20
  • Trying too hard to be different
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $61-$100
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • I agree with Margie (below) spices are too overwhelming and plates too complex with each side order competing with the next... instead of complimenting the entre. A piece of pork smothered in peach chutney with oregano (?) sitting "on top" of mustard mashed potatoes and vegetable mix...it slips around and makes a mess of your plate...and the other dish was the maple sauteed alaska cod (grilled) but came out in a bowl like steamed fish soup because the veggies were floating in a maple syrup / fish broth along with the gnoce. More like fish soup than grilled fish.

  • Order: natural pork chop dinner and alaska cod sauteed in maple
 
Rooster
6 Reviews
2009/08/23
  • In sum: Terrible Service because: 1) Two tables...
  • Overall
    1.0 star
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      1.0 star
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • In sum: Terrible Service because:
    1) Two tables including mine asked to turn down the air conditioning because it was freezing. I love a/c and don't get cold easily but it was so cold by the end of supper my head was cold from the constant a/c blowing on my head. What really gets me is that it was about 19C or less outside...not even hot, and there was no sun on the windows to heat the place up!

    2) It took 1 hour and 25 minutes to get our main course after ordering. Other tables around us that were seated well after we had arrived got served dinner first. I don't mind waiting for good food but come on!
    What also gets me is I've seen this before: Large groups will get priority, and waiters will try to take on too many tables in a night to boost their total tips. Both were clearly evident tonight.

    3) My poor wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary (yes we did get married at the Ancaster Old Mill!) and she got so hungry and was sipping the red wine, that she got a major headache waiting for the entree. So we had to ask for her dinner to be wrapped up to take out! THE WAITER CAME BACK WITH THE WRONG TAKE OUT PACKAGE!!!! (It was another half eaten steak from another customer!)

    For $130.00 we cut our losses and declined desert and coffee AND the offer from the management for a "coupon" for our next visit. I was so angry I didn't want to list all of the above complaints in front of my wife as we were celebrating our aniversary.

    Unfortunately we will not be dining there again for awhile!
    (The location is lovely and I had no complaints on the taste of the local grown food. The presentation was not spectacular but the food did taste good....when we got it.)

    If you want to enjoy the view of the fall in the restaurant go for coffee and maybe a desert but for $130.00 (not including desert and coffee) totaly not a bargin.

    Sadly this is the worst tip I have ever given...and I don't like being cheap to waiters.

  • Order: Onion Soup, Blue crab salad, Steak, Duck
 
GarethWarren
1 Review
2009/03/20
  • I went to the old mill in ancaster following a...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • I went to the old mill in ancaster following a recomendation of a friend, i have heard of this restaurant many many times, As I understand it, it has been around for many years.
    The exterior of the building is very beautiful, 3 waterfalls run right through the centre of the restaurants, the valet parking was a nice touch.
    We were greeted very nicely by a lovely young lady, we sat in the lobby area while they took our coats, and got our table ready.
    We were led to our table over a glass bridge overlooking the waterfalls, i wanted to stop to gaze but our hostess seemed a little hurried.
    Our server was a young gentleman who was very polite, I, not being a wine expert, let him suggest and select a beautiful local niagara wine for us.
    We ordered scallops, a goats cheese tart, a green salad and a french onion soup. All were delicious, although did take a little long to arrive(we were rather hungry though!)
    Our Waiter had recommended the feature of the evening, a 60day dry aged steak! He explained the process of dry aging and why they felt it was important, We subsequently ordered 2 of these! My wife ordered the organic chicken, and our friend the Cod.
    All of the dishes were delicious, but i would like to pay particular attention to the steaks, I have never been a lover of brussel sprouts, but thought i would try them again, the combination of bacon, tiny onions, brussel sprouts and dry age steak have made me a new fan of the tiny childhood horror!!
    My wife was very happy with her chicken, and commented on how perfectly cooked it was, our guests also enjoyed their meals, the cod was 'light but satisfying'. We were too full for all of us to order dessert, but we did share a 'famous' french apple tart, which was buttery and warm and a creme brullee, which had a delicious layer of fruit at the bottom, it broke up the creamy custard perfectly.
    I would and will dine at this restaurant again, although it is not cheap, it is an excellent reprsentation of the food movement in hamilton.....i only wish the other restaurants in the area would catch on.

  • Order: scallops, goat cheese tart, green salad, french onion soup, dry aged steaks, black cod, roasted organic chicken
 
Jeremiah
11 Reviews
2008/12/26
  • VERY negative experience on Christmas night. I'm...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $61-$100
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 4
  • VERY negative experience on Christmas night. I'm actually going to write the owner to give him an opportunity to respond before posting the full experience.

    Many fond memories of this place in the past, bit I do NOT recommend it now.

 
Margie
3 Reviews
2008/12/21
  • Ambiance was fantastic, but food was let down...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • Ambiance was fantastic, but food was let down. We have been to many restaurants and would not return. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. French onion soup was good, cesaer salad was ok, but croutons were hard as rocks, no parmasean, dressing too lemony (usually lemon is on the side). The bread served at start of meal was unusual, I prefer a choice of various rolls and apple butter would be associated with breakfast. The steak was over done and dry and somewhat tough, the 3 mushrooms with it were too vinegary, potatoes tasted like instant and seasonal vegetables were appalling. Felt somewhat ill after dinner, didn't like cheese on top of steak, too many various taste experiences and I find they didn't go together...too disappointed to have desert.

  • Order: cesaer salad, french onion soup, 8 oz strip loin,
 
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