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“Mill Street Grill on a Friday night”
Review of Mill Street Grill

Mill Street Grill
Ranked #3 of 136 Restaurants in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $32
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Mill Street Grill is a medium-priced, full-service restaurant located in the Shenandoah Valley. Already an established name, Mill Street Grill is also a name synonymous with quality. At Mill Street Grill everything is made fresh daily and based on our own original recipes. We feature homemade soups, sauces and dressings made from the finest ingredients, with hand cut steaks, fresh seafood, garden salads and the best barbeque ribs in the Valley.Full Gluten free menu avaliable as well as Vegeterian items. We balance good quality food with fast, fun, efficient service. All served in the cozy confines of a turn of the century flour mill. Customers always get their money's worth at Mill Street Grill. From our opening 1992, our goal has been to be the most consistent restaurant in the area, and our large numbers of regular customers prove that we have succeeded. No one is a stranger at Mill Street Grill, because we treat our customers better than family.
Reviewed October 2, 2006

My friend and her husband and I went there on Friday, September 29. I was visiting from out of town so it was my first time there. Of course, it was very busy because it was a Friday night, so there was a 40-minute wait for a table. We went to the bar area while we were waiting, which was very small and packed with people, so there wasn't much room to stand. Mixed drinks were $7.95 each, which I think is kind of expensive, but my drink tasted great and the bartender was very nice.

Once we were seated at our table, we had a great waitress. The bread they bring out to your table is wonderful, and it came with strawberry butter, which was excellent. I ordered the potato-crusted rockfish and garlic mashed potatoes, which were excellent as well.

Overall, the service, food, and ambiance were great. My only complaints were the small bar area and expensive drinks. However, I highly recommend the Mill Street Grill. If you go on a weekend evening though, be prepared to wait awhile for a table.

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Reviewed July 24, 2006

We visited Staunton, VA for a day. The front desk at our hotel (the Stonewall Jackson Conference Center) directed us to the Mill Street Grill, stating that it was the best restaurant in town. Incidentally, Staunton is pronounced Stanton (the U is silent). A gentleman at the tourist center told us that it was named after a governor's wife (Lady Staunton) who made sure that the U in her name was silent! Apparently, the confederate troops used Staunton as a password. When the sentry asked for the password, the cogniscenti would say "Stanton", while spies and ne'er-do-wells would say "Staunton", causing the sentry to shoot them dead outright! (the source of this information was the tourist office in Staunton).

We went to the Mill Street Grill at about 6:30 pm on a Monday. It was not crowded. The waitstaff were very pleasant. We were ushered into a pub-like room with simple, dark, wood furniture, stained glass windows high in the walls and dim lighting. The meal began with dark and light breads baked in an aluminium container served with sweet maple pecan butter. They had several beers on draft and "homemade, fresh-squeezed lemonade" (no refills) - too sweet for our taste. We had the appetizer sampler (2 each of oysters rockefeller, fried artichoke hearts, fried mozarella, and chicken satay with 3 different sauces) - a very large, filling plate for about $10.95. We found the breading to be to heavy, undermining the taste of the artichoke hearts. The oysters rockefeller was also a disappointment - too heavily seasoned and somewhat watery. The satay was excellent.

For entrees, we had the seafood platter and chicken brancusi. Each was preceded by salads. We tried the Greek and Cesar salds - the best part of the meal. The seafood platter was heavily breaded, to such an extent that we could not taste the clams and shrimp. There was some peel-and-eat shrimp with Old Bay seasoning on the plate, but we found the shrimp to be rather dry. The chicken brancusi was a concoction of chicken, shrimp, spinach and rice smothered in a goopy sauce. We ate the shrimp and fished out the few pieces of spinach and left the rest uneaten. They offered to pack the remains of our meals to go but we declined the offer. We also decided not to explore the dessert options.

On the positive side, the ambiance was excellent, the wait staff were uniformly pleasant, the drinks and salads were great. We saw several families and older singles dining there and obviously enjoying the food but we could not determine what it was that they were eating. Perhaps we chose the wrong items from the menu.

It is unlikely that we will come this way again, but if we do, we will give the Mill Street Grill a miss and try some of the other restaurants in the area.

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Reviewed February 10, 2005

This is a family favourite and ususally saved for special occasions. Varied menu, value for money and great salads. The only negative point is it has poor lighting but don't let that put you off.

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