Mill Street Brew Pub
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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.53/5 rDev -3%
Been here a number of times.
Mill Street opened with significant expectations, from the geek community and the general public as well. It's nearly always busy and people seem to enjoy the place.
The atmosphere varies from excited beer drinkers, to foodies patronizing the place. People are generally in good spirits and the brick building along the water does well to give this place a nice, mellow vibe that fits with Ottawa and the river quite well. No complaints in this department.
Quality of food and beers is generally quite good. Food is never that impressive, but good enough, and not too expensive. Beers are always in good condition, fresh, and tasty.
Service is hit and miss. In a town with a hockey team, it seems ludicrous to not have the game on when they're playing. Whenever you bring this to the staff's attention, it's always fixed promptly and there is compensation given whenever there's an issue, so good job, but just don't let it happen. Service can be slow at times, and this can be a little irritating, especially when sitting with an empty glass at a table. Although I've never had any issues with service when sitting at the bar, tables are a different story. I've also noticed beers being poured improperly, ie beer touching tap, etc and this creates a very poor image of service. Additionally, I've also seen unacceptably large amounts of glassware waiting to be washed and attracting flies, fruit flies, etc that creates a pretty poor atmosphere. Overall, service could be improved.
Selection isn't terrible, but again if you're looking for bigger, more adventurous beer styles, Mill Street can't really challenge BDT in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Their regular line-up is always available, plus a few more. Nothing too adventurous, but always pouring good. I wouldn't fault it, I'd just like to see something outside the box instead of pandering to the people who get off on being in a place where they brew their own beer.
Food is good. I wouldn't pick this as a place to go solely for the food. It's more of a place where you drink and if you get hungry, food is an option. Not overly impressive.
Prices are pretty good at Mill Street. For what you get, it's fair. It's definitely not a must-see for beer geeks, but it does a good job of pushing craft beer into the mainstream in Ottawa. A few more adventurous beers and some polishing up on service would go a long way. Never a place I would turn my nose up at, but never a place I'm taken aback by.
12-04-2012 02:15:06 | More by tbeckett
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
Visited August 23/2012,
After spending the day visiting Ottawa, and finishing up at the Canadian War Museum, this brewpub was conveniently located on our way back into town. Located in a old Mill along the river, this place has plenty of charm, along with two very nice outside terraces. Inside you'll find the usual restaurant/lounge/bar areas complete with the obligatory noise/sports games that have come to dot the Canadian pub scene. On a summery Thursday night, the place was packed and extremely loud inside where we were seated as the patio's were full.
While waiting for a table, we ordered and shared a flight of 4 (8oz) beers. We tried the Helles Bock, ESB, & the Portage Ale and Ambre de la Chaudiere(only avail. in Ott). Service at the Bar was ok, as they were very busy. Unfortunately I found out too late that the Portage Ale they poured us was probably the last of the Keg, and tasted like it. Coming from Montreal where we live, we have pretty high expectations of brewpubs, so we were a bit letdown by the quality of the beers. Only the Ambre de la Chaudiere would have been worth having a pint of and it was only ok (3.5/5) at best....the rest (besides the Portage which I won't review), started off ok, but all ended a bit flat and not very full flavoured.
Once we ordered dinner I changed it up hoping for something more drinkable with food, and took a chance ordering their seasonal offering of their Whitehouse Ale. My partner ordered a pint of their Witbeer. After the letdown of the flight, we were skeptical but surprisingly the Whitehouse Ale actually had some heft to it and was quite drinkable and was enjoyable while not overly memorable. Same with the Wit, as a standard patio sipper, it would have been fine, nothing outstanding again but decent.
As to food, we were both not overly hungry so stuck to the lighter fare. I initially ordered a Port Steak salad only to find out 20 mins later that they were out of Steak?! After giving them a hard time about how could they be out of steak on a Thursday night, I settled for a Cajun Salmon salad which was quite good but almost too spicy that you couldn't taste anything else and made the beer go down quick! My partner had the smoked turkey cobb salad offering which was nicely presented and very fresh.
Final impression would sum up the Mill Street brewpub's as a decent pub first, quality brewpub second; where the use of making their own brew's are more of a novelty for your average pub drinker. Better than Bud, but lacking from the quality brewpubs of places like Portland or Quebec. Would put this on a similar level to a place like Yaletown Brewing in Vancouver, among others. Overall, for a quick bite in a nice location with a few decent beers, this place did the trick, albeit their beers and food were a little pricy (70$/for the above), though this could just be Ottawa. Not sure I would return though with Hull, QC across the river....
08-29-2012 22:35:58 | More by 4ster
Mill Street Brew Pub in Ottawa, ON, Canada
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.