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“Run Of The Mill .... NOT!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Run of the Mill

Run of the Mill
100 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
207-571-9648
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Ranked #7 of 49 Restaurants in Saco
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Brew Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Run of the Mill is an English Style Brew Pub. We offer 7 beers at a time and rotate those between the 25 different varieties that we offer. Our menu includes traditional meals such as Fish and Chips, Pot Roast and Bangers and Mashed Potatoes. We offer daily specials and non-traditional fare, including many steak, fish and even vegetarian options. The Run of the Mill is family and local oriented and we strive to use local farmers, bakers and fishermen. In addition to great food, great beer and a full bar, we have live music Thursdays, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons at 4pm, as well as an open mic night on Tuesdays. Music starts at 8pm and goes till 11pm. We offer a large deck over looking the beautiful Saco River, a separate outside menu including incredible Fish Tacos and some great Grilled Pizzas.
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“Run Of The Mill .... NOT!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

During a recent trip to Portland Beer Week (November 2013), I took the 20-minute Amtrak Downeastern to Saco, a former mill town west of the city that is currently undergoing a major revitalization of these mills, one of which is now the home of this excellent brewpub.

Located on Factory Island, in the former York Mill No. 3 Building (1838), the Run Of The Mill is a 14 barrel brewpub that serves eight house beers, including one cask and a guest (Old Rasputin), in an intimate and convivial atmosphere with a homey brick-and-wood dining room and a separate Saloon; there is a long polished bar with a chalkboard draft list overhead.

There is also an outdoor deck that overlooks the roaring Saco River and must be a great place to quaff craft brews in the warm weather. (Alas, I visited in November, when it was closed.)

The beers I enjoyed really made this trip worthwhile: Alewife Ale, an English pale ale; Impact, which was a crisp dry-hopped IPA; For Richer or Porter, which was a … well, you know; and the Ex-Wife Extra Bitter Cask. The food menu with its’ array of hearty New England favorites did not disappoint. My chowder and fish-chips were well-cooked, delicious and filling. The server was efficient though seemingly indifferent; however, he still kept my glass filled so no points are lost.

Don’t let its' pun of a name name fool you; this place is definitely not “run of the mill,” but an attractive, well managed venue that meets all the criteria of a Destination – at least when in Portland, Maine. Well, gotta catch the train back to Portland.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Awesome Atmosphere ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The food is really good, but beyond that... If you love renovated old buildings, you will love Run of the Mill. I had the Greek salad with grilled chicken. Very typical other than all of the greens were spinach. My husband enjoyed the fish sandwich and my daughter had a chowder and soup. All very tasty!

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Freeport, Maine
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“7 out of 10”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Stopped in with my wife on our way home on a Sunday evening.
Parking and exiting was confusing - around back and behind the building. Atmosphere is nice - I love the brick and wood of old mills. Greeted and seated promptly.
Waiter was enthusiastic but not always around when needed.
The brew list had some interesting choices, but none available at the time. Would have expected to have a nice winter warmer in November. Tried the cask conditioned ESB ("extra strong bitter"). Expected some strong flavor since it was at cellar temperature. Found it inoffensive, but pretty bland all around.
The menu looked good - seemed to be some healthy options and choices. Fair prices.
I had the grilled salmon focaccia which was salmon on top of lettuce and tomato. It kept falling apart when I tried to eat it. Also pretty bland.
My wife had the turkey dinner - nothing special.
So we'd try it again, but wouldn't go out of our way.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bow, New Hampshire
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“run of the mill Saco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

recommend if you can to sit outside to enjoy the running water. Food is simple but good
Staff is attentive
It is a renovated mill

Visited September 2013
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Sandown, New Hampshire
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“Nice pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

A very nice pub like restaurant in an old mill. I found their food to be very tasty, with the prices extremely reasonable.

Any pub with a good selection of single malt scotch is AOK in my book and the run of the mill is one.

They were busy when we were there for dinner , yet the service was very quick and courteous.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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