Mill Street Brew Pub

Mill Street Brew PubMill Street Brew Pub
Mill Street Brew PubMill Street Brew Pub
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

21 Tank House Lane
Toronto, Ontario, M5A 3C4

(416) 681-0338 | map

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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Sprawling place in the distillary districr, the original Mill Street. Has now become a chain and is owned by Labbats. Still, the atmosphere is good, the beer acceptable if not distinguished and the food and service both good.

Oct 03, 2017
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

As plenty of others have mentioned, this place is in the middle of the Distillery District, which is kitschy as kitschy can be - especially if you happen to visit during the Christmas market, which my girlfriend and I did. This means Mill St. tends to be crowded, and that crowd tends to be raucous - even on a Thursday evening. If you're looking for somewhere relatively quiet, this is not for you. Service seems to be hit or miss - our experience seated indoors was subpar, while our experience at the outdoor bar was good. The food is a bit pricey, and is not quite up to the standards one might expect for the price point.

Regarding the beer, this is not a brewery that caters to the hophead crowd - which means that I rather enjoyed their beers. There was an assortment of lagers and porters, most of which were all right, a couple of which were rather tasty. I'd return on my next stop in Toronto, but just to have a beer or three.

Dec 16, 2015
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Mill Street can be found amidst the very touristy Distillery District, an interesting block of early 20th Century building that have been converted to stores, shops, galleries and eateries, of which Mill Street is one. It is very busy, loud and raucous. Maybe you'll get served and maybe you will not. My first attempt was at the indoor bar, where I just got stares from the bartenders. After 15 minutes of watching others drink beer, I went out to the patio bar and all was well. If you can endure the noise, the buzz and the chain atmosphere, you can enjoy yourself with decent beer and hearty grub. While I do not see myself going here again, I would seek out heir beer.

Aug 07, 2015
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped in for a beer and bite. Wanted to try a brew house looking for something off the radar. Didn't find much here.

Same offering as the LCBO and The Beer Store. WAY expensive food and beer. Not much flavor and it's pretty much a crush you in and turn the seats over ASAP and you get that feeling

Not for me again.

Jul 20, 2014
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paulmary from Canada (ON)

2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.25

the brewery is in a lovely setting but the beers were not to my taste. I tried 3 beers and they were all sweet and tasted like they had never seen a hop.

My chicken and mushroom pie had one mushroom and one piece of chicken.

Overall I would not rush back.

Aug 31, 2013
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PaFbird from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Just came back from a trip to Toronto and was able to stop in at the Mill Street Brew pub in the Distillery district. Great atmosphere both within the pub as well as the surrounding area. At the time there were probably 6 or 7 seasonal's on tap as well as their normal selection. The beers that I and the group I was traveling with had were excellent and so was the food. The service was average for a busy restaurant. I would definitely go back if I'm ever back in Toronto.

Jun 13, 2013
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Lobstertainment from Canada (ON)

5/5  rDev +30.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Located in the heart of Torontos brewery district Mill St has been cranking out some top notch beers, and some overly ambitious attempts at new recipes that aren't my cup of tea.

The pub is beautiful with friendly service and a large variety of beers on tap. The price wasn't too bad as I was getting sampler packs to try all the beers without getting drunk.

May 09, 2013
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crashdavisinoh from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here on a recent trip to Toronto with a is located in the distillery district....very cool place filled with restaurants, galleries, a sake distillery (great sake) and mill st brew pub. Very nice looking exterior and interior...we sat inside as it was a bit warm out and were seated on the other side of the glass of the tanks. We were in the bar at a table...service was great...our server was attentive and offered good suggestions for me. I tried two beers of my own and sampled my friends as well. I had the blueberry wheat on cask (see review) and the coffee porter (see review). I was disappointed when they were out of the coffee porter on draft but gave it a go in the bottle anyways. The server was apologetic...asked what kind of beers I liked and made suggetions...BUT I had heard good things about the coffee porter so wanted that. Did not have the food but it looked quite good from what I saw. I enjoyed this place...sitting there...good service...old wooden bar...they had 12 or so house beers on draft at reasonable prices...watching sports...great time. I would make it a point to return when going back to toronto! One thing I didn't like...they offer samplings of their beers....BUT...they organize it for you...4 of this...or 4 of that...or 4 of that...I didn't ask if I could substitute but I like the freedom of picking my own samples. But like I said...I didn't ask if I could this may an easy fix.

Jul 19, 2011
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

If you live in Ontario, you probably think Mill Street is an amazing brewpub, and rightly so! English-speaking Canada is not exactly famous for its full-bodied, flavorful ales, right? :-)

But if you live in French Canada or the US, you may not find this place so appealing. This is what happened to me.

The location itself is nice, in the Distillery District of Toronto... beautiful building and charming atmosphere. Good service too.

Food is so-so. Looks better than it tastes. And VERY expensive! I ordered a wild mushroom bisque that was just OK, a little watery 'shroom soup. Also a $16 CAD "Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich" that tasted like it had no lobster at all... the twenty-dollar grilled salmon was no better than an entree at Red Lobster. Disappointing grub all around.

So much for that. And the beer? Canadian, mind you. A passable "organic lager" (whatever), an awful "Stock Ale" (at 5%, nothing like what you might be thinking)...

Their only good (but not great) beers were their IPA and the Coffee Stout. They are proud that there is no other coffee stout brewed in Ontario... which explains why this brewery wins so many awards but feels so average to the American craft-beer drinker.

A bunch of beers and appetizers for four came up to over $160CAD. Next time I'll spend that amount in gas and drive to Quebec for real good beer! :-)

Would definitely not go back.

Sep 27, 2010
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Popsinc from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in right at opening and sat up at the bar. Service was great since nobody else was there yet. Bartender warmed up to us after we showed some interest in the beers available.

We did 8 samplers and then ordered a few pints. Mill St brews are decent but nothing over the top and nothing that will make your jaw drop. The Coffee Porter stands out and the Tankhouse Ale is solid. Otherwise, some nice efforts even though not everything hit the mark.

Didn't have any food here, only beer, but visually this place looks great. A little off the beaten path as the Distillery District is a good 15-20 minute walk away from the downtown core.

All in all, a good experience, nice atmosphere and simple, adequate brews. Not the best stop in the city but worth a trip nonetheless.

Sep 05, 2010
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This was my 185th stop on a quest to visit as many quality brewpubs/breweries as possible.

For me, Mill Street Brew Pub had the most impressive atmosphere of any brewpub (and beer destination outside the student union at UW Madison). It's part of a refurbishided distillary on the east side of downtown Toronto. Lots of other shops, bars, and restaurants. Do yourself a favor and come during hours where the other places are open so you can soak up the history of the complex. A local article on the wall said this is the most impressive representation of a complex like this in North America.

On to the beer....
I wish I could get as excited about the beer as the venue. Many pedestrian beers that did little to excite me so I settled on a very good coffee porter that lacked mouthfeel. I kept looking at the menu (scotch and martini menu) and finally came across the fact that they had a house Kreik - very ambitious. I had a sample and it could benefit from sweetness and tartness (two traits that can easily be overdone) but I felt it was a great entry for the masses which is the customer base of Mill Street.

High marks for the retro branding and great job of interior decore.

Aug 10, 2010
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited in January 2010

The Mill Street Brewpub is a great place to grab dinner and a pint. A nice mid-range atmosphere and ticked in the middle of the beautiful cobblestone roads of the Distillery District in Toronto for the perfect setting.

A nice selection of beers on tap, including a few that aren't bottled (Cobblestone Stout) and a couple of seasonals (Vanilla Porter). The only disappointment about this place is seeing and tasting all of the great beer that isn't a bottles and sold at the retail level. Picked up a growler of IPA to go.

May 29, 2010
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kwjd from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Great location in the historic distillery district. I always get great service here. The servers are not always beer experts, but the bartenders seem to be quite knowledgeable. They are great about giving you samples too while deciding. I like the rotating seasonals. There is a solid line up of beers always on tap as well. The food is typical pub food as it is run by a group that runs several other pubs in the city. The prices for beer and food are quite reasonable compared to other places in the city.

There is also a retail store on site where you can buy most of the beers in bottles, plus they usually have several growlers.

Mar 04, 2010
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DrDj from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mill Street is quite a gem, in a nice part of Toronto. It does, however, have a little too much appeal to the metro-chic crowd, which jam it full on evenings. The Toronto poseurs are annoying, but I guess if they're going to bolster the revenues of a place so we beer hounds can get our fix, that's okay by me. At least the restaurant is big enough that you can avoid them.

Food is good, though more vegetarian options would appeal to me, but most of all, the beer is solid. Very solid.

My one beef is the beer-wareness of the staff, who often have little idea what they're talking about when it comes to the beer. "It's a brown beer, so strong" or something like that is a ridiculous way to describe a beer. But they to tend to be friendly, so it's easy to say "could I just get a taste of it" and avoid the facile descriptions.

The other thing that bothers me is that some of the seating puts you too deep in the middle of the action. One time I sat at a two person table that seemed to be surrounded by main traffic aisles. I felt like I was sitting in the middle of a busy street, and it made for a rather uncomfortable meal. But I can be a little neurotic about stuff like that. I want peace, relaxation, a good pint (or three) and good food. I got two of the four.

Feb 13, 2010
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cratez from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

EDIT - MAY 2012: popped in here with the lady after viewing some apartments and I couldn’t believe that the Blueberry Wheat was the only specialty/one-off available. Grabbed a growler of the Paradise IPA and it tasted like a weak English bitter. I’ve lowered my score significantly.

2009 Review - Had another wonderful evening here on my most recent visit to the city.

VIBE: a spacious bar and restaurant area greet you at the door, seating accommodates groups of two, four, or larger. At this time of year there's Christmas lights dangling throughout the establishment, which adds a bit of cheer to the atmosphere. Crowd is a diverse mix of young couples, beer geeks, older folks, tourists, and locals. The number of wine drinkers suggests that people actually come here for something other than the beer!

SERVICE: just okay. Our waitress seemed busy and distracted, she might've had too many tables. Nevertheless, the food arrived quickly. We got our drinks in reasonable time by grabbing the attention of other servers.

SELECTION: this being a brewpub, the beer list is all of Mill Street's offerings. I tried the Roggenbier, ESB, and Helles Bock, the latter of which I had to settle for because the waitress told me - erroneously - that the Weizenbock was not available. I enjoyed all three beers and my girlfriend found a wine of her liking.

FOOD: excellent quality. With such a large menu you'd figure something would suck, but all of our stuff was very tasty. I'd recommend the Coffee Porter ribs, good smokiness and spice, drenched in BBQ sauce, with a bit of slaw on the side.

OVERALL: based on this last visit, we will definitely come back to Mill Street on future trips to Toronto. Despite the mediocre service, this brewpub has a great vibe, awesome beer and food, and solid value. A gem on the T.O. beer scene.

Dec 30, 2009
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johnyeast from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really like this place. In a really cool area that's growing. The buildings and brick streets make for a cool atmosphere, but it's a new, clean, made over atmosphere.

Service was great. The bartender was well informed and willing to let us try a few samples each to find the right beer to drink. (On my kick of not blindly getting the sampler tray, but that's another story.)

The beer was good. I was impressed with both the selection and the quality. I will definately go back and I would recommend Mill St. to others.

The food was really good also.

Oct 28, 2009
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beertraveldude from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I was visiting Toronto and stopped in on a Wednesday night around 7pm in September. The Leafs were playing on TV, and when I arrived the place was quite busy, but it thinned out by the time I left at 9.

Tried 3 beers
Balzacs's Coffee Porter - very tame, but drinkable. Coffee flavor not very evident, very little roast. Also light in color, not even close to opaque.

ESB - very evident DMS, overpowering the malt or hops. I was not impressed by this one at all, and will steer clear next time.

Tankhouse Ale - red ale with nice malty aroma. Malt forward flavor, despite description of Cascade hops , they take a backseat. Still, a very enjoyable beer, and I would have it again.

The Jambalaya I ordered was not at all spicy, and very tomato flavored, certainly nothing memorable. It was rescued by the Tabasco brought by my waitress. Probably should have ordered the Halibut special. My salad never arrived, and they took it off the bill. The apple pie, however was quite good.

I wouldn't rush back here for the beer or the food, but I'll probably make a return trip after I try the other options in Toronto so I can try the rest of their beers.

Sep 24, 2009
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Otterburn from Canada (QC)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went there on a saturday night, and we had to wait outside because the place was crowded.
This could be a good sign.
The place was a little loud around the bar, and they were presented a sport game on screen,that I can,t remember..
The beer I ordered was fresh and nice.
The service was a bit slow because it was saturday night on a hot day of July I guess..
They offer there beers on tap and to go.
I had a Hamburger wich was really good.
I cant remember the price so I guess it was reasonable.
I enjoyed my visit.

Feb 01, 2009
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BrewerB from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went here back in July with family who live up in Toronto. Relaxed atmosphere, very open environment with fermentation tanks, mash tuns, etc. visible from areas of the dining room.

Bar had an accommodating number of stools, the retail shop's selection of gifts and sampling of beers was impressive.

Ordered an IPA which I enjoyed. Tasted a bit English and lacked the West Coast punch that a Californian has come to expect.

Food was fair, nothing special but a decent selection of choices.

I'd certainly make a return visit if I'm in the area again.

Dec 31, 2008
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slyke from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We wandered in to Mill Street about 3:30 on a rainy Friday afternoon intending only to browse their retail store and taste the samples available there. After a few minutes, we decided to head into the brew pub and siddle up to the bar and try a few of the beers not available in the retail store.

I very much enjoyed the Cobblestone Stout, while my fiance caused a bit of a stir by asking to have the raspberry mixed with the wit after sampling them both. Before long, other patrons and even one of the owners were sampling the concoction - no one else ordered it.

When we get back to Toronto, we will return to Mill Street; for the vibe, for the beer, and next time for food too.

Apr 06, 2008
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

3.36/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I was surprised by how big this pub was. Looked somewhat cavernous and empty when we walked in (admittedly early) and was maybe half-full when we left. The interior is really nice, but the ever-present flat-screen TVs are a kick to the teeth of the ambiance.

Can't comment much on the food - we had some snacks from the appetizer menu which were decent. The beers I tried were OK to pretty good, although in my zeal to try new things, I neglected the tankhouse, which IMO, is one of the better things on tap (and only on tap) in Ontario. There were three seasonals when I visited: a cask-IPA, raspberry wheat and bock.

Service wasn't bad - fast, pleasant, attentive and the waiter seemed knowledgeable enough. I was allowed a beer sample before deciding on ordering it or not. OTOH, an order was forgotten despite not being crowded or anything.

Jan 28, 2008
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

A really nicely done pub in a historic area. Exposed brick walls, and exposed copper kettles, with a nice patio out front and back. They have a full selection of Mill Street beers on tap (not surprisingly), and a retail store if something is needed for the taxi ride home. I've had a couple of decent growlers from there. All beers I've drank at the pub have been of good quality, and I'd recommend it for visitors.

We've eaten the pizza there, and it represents real good value, because it tastes great and more or less feeds two. The pulled pork sandwich is also delicious.

Service has always been quick and courteous.

Edit - the food has taken a turn for the worse, and is now farely mediocre. You'll still find some nice things on the menu, but in general the quality seems lower than all the other beer bars in town.

Jan 16, 2008
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Rudgers73 from New York

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The interior is old brick with fermentation tanks, wooden beams, and a high exposed architecture ceiling. Music, talking, lots of people sitting down eating. There are about 9 taps, most of which are microbrews. I had the Helles Bock and the Wit. The service was just okay. It took about 10 minutes for us to get acknowledged. After that we were able to try samples and the bartender was pretty good at describing the beer types. Overall, pretty neat time. I like this area of Toronto and next time I'm there I would like to spend more time.

Oct 23, 2007
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The new Mill Street brewpub is pretty impressive, definitely the biggest one in Toronto.

The room is very large with high celings. Exposed brick walls, old timey oversized chandeliers and a wooden cieling with iron frames give this place a vintage feel. To the left of the entrance is the brewing area ensconced in glass. To the right is the long bar.

On tap there are about a 10 Mill Street brews, all the usual suspect: Stock Ale, Tankhouse Ale, Coffee Porter and also a wide variety of seasonals and tap onlies like Pilsner, IPA, ESB, Raspberry Plambic and Helles Bock. There has been a cask ale on offer the last 3 times I visited, and each time it was pretty underwhelming.

The food good for pub fare, I had coconut shrimp to start and a pulled pork sandwich last night. It was good but the pulled pork could have been better. The service is generally very good, though sometimes it takes a long time to get a waiter's attention.

I like this place a lot and recommend it. If only they had guest taps. I like half of the Mill Street beers, but variety is always good.

Visit this place.

May 03, 2007
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BrewSomerville from Canada (ON)

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

I used to stop by the brewery before it became a brewpub, so the renovations made to the actual building really impressed me.
It's in the beautiful distillery district of Toronto so there is plenty of other things to do as well.

The service was O.K. talkative, friendly, but the food took a while to find its way to our table. Maybe I was just hungry.

The food was alright. It would have been great but when I ordered the steak and smoked gouda wrap, I thought that the whole wrap would be at least warm, the steak was hot (and cooked just right) but the vegies and cheese were cold (not room temp. actually cold). My friend ordered the shepherds pie and seemed pleased. They have these delicious sweet potatoe fries that you must try too. They mainly offer the stick to your ribs type of pub food.

The Beer selection was monopolized by the host. I'm not sure how to feel about that because the Mill street Beers offered were great and they had more on tap than what is usually available for retail sales.

Overall, I like it and I'll be back for more.

May 03, 2007
Mill Street Brew Pub in Toronto, ON, Canada
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