Millie's Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2603 E Main St

    Richmond, VA 23223

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  • 804-643-5512

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Did a round up of several restaurants this weekend and hadn't visited in a while. Food was good, service attentive. Waits can be a bit long but worth it.

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★★★★★

Did a round up of several restaurants this weekend and hadn't visited in a while. Food was good, service attentive. Waits can be a bit long but worth it.

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I used to live in Richmond , 10 years ago. Back then Millie's had truly good food. Recently I've been to Richmond on business a lot, tried Millie's 3 times in the past year and every time it was just ok. The hype for this place is just too much as often happens in our media spin culture. Millie's is still good, not denying it, but just not incredible.

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★★★☆☆

I used to live in Richmond , 10 years ago. Back then Millie's had truly good food. Recently I've been to Richmond on business a lot, tried Millie's 3 times in the past year and every time it was just ok. The hype for this place is just too much as often happens in our media spin culture. Millie's is still good, not denying it, but just not incredible.

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Excellent breakfast/brunch menu with a few non-meat options. Can get pretty crowded in the weekends. The ambience is warm and personal. The bar is pretty decent. Dinner is too expensive for my taste (~$30 per entree) and they generally have no non-meat options. Located near the end of Main St. so parking isn't too difficult.

4
★★★★☆

Excellent breakfast/brunch menu with a few non-meat options. Can get pretty crowded in the weekends. The ambience is warm and personal. The bar is pretty decent. Dinner is too expensive for my taste (~$30 per entree) and they generally have no non-meat options. Located near the end of Main St. so parking isn't too difficult.

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I'm sure there are a few people who just don't get the vibe or the style of food at Millie's, but there are plenty of other restaurants for those folks. If you're looking for creative cuisine, one of the best wine lists anywhere, and a memorable experience, go to Millie's. Saturday and Sunday brunch are much like attending a rock 'n roll concert, weekday lunches are just what's needed to break up the monotony of work, and every dinner is a work of art. Many staff members (who are also musicians and artists) have been there for more than a decade, and once you've entered the fold as a regular, you are treated as part of the restaurant's ever-growing, amazingly talented, slightly dysfunctional family. If you're a single diner, go in and sit at the counter; you're bound to meet any variety of people who will soon become friends.

Note: under "restaurant info," this site claims that smoking is allowed; Millie's is a non-smoking restaurant.

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★★★★★

I'm sure there are a few people who just don't get the vibe or the style of food at Millie's, but there are plenty of other restaurants for those folks. If you're looking for creative cuisine, one of the best wine lists anywhere, and a memorable experience, go to Millie's. Saturday and Sunday brunch are much like attending a rock 'n roll concert, weekday lunches are just what's needed to break up the monotony of work, and every dinner is a work of art. Many staff members (who are also musicians and artists) have been there for more than a decade, and once you've entered the fold as a regular, you are treated as part of the restaurant's ever-growing, amazingly talented, slightly dysfunctional family. If you're a single diner, go in and sit at the counter; you're bound to meet any variety of people who will soon become friends.

Note: under "restaurant info," this site claims that smoking is allowed; Millie's is a non-smoking restaurant.

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High end pricing, quality steak, but there's so much else the diner puts up with that it is not worth it. Ever been to one of those places where it's somehow supposed to be hip that the waitstaff is surly ? They are rife in Richmond, especially downtown, but IMHO Millie's defines that attitude. Customers are supposed to think it urbane to be treated with arrogance and disinterest, while paying top dollar for an experience that can easily be upgraded in other nearby venues for less money. Tried it several times, but no more. Decor adds nothing to the experience. The place seems to have its devotees, but this reviewer is lost as to why.

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★★☆☆☆

High end pricing, quality steak, but there's so much else the diner puts up with that it is not worth it. Ever been to one of those places where it's somehow supposed to be hip that the waitstaff is surly ? They are rife in Richmond, especially downtown, but IMHO Millie's defines that attitude. Customers are supposed to think it urbane to be treated with arrogance and disinterest, while paying top dollar for an experience that can easily be upgraded in other nearby venues for less money. Tried it several times, but no more. Decor adds nothing to the experience. The place seems to have its devotees, but this reviewer is lost as to why.

Pros: quality steak

Cons: service below par, staff is disinterested

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Millie's is definitely a sleeper. When you first walk in, you may think you are in the wrong place. The menu was very creative; the staff is very relaxed and helpful. I've only been once. It was for a romantic nite out. I was a bit overdressed. It is definitely a jeans and T-shirt place. Their sparkling wine selection is different. I picked a South African sparkling wine and have never tasted anything so perfect. I will be going for brunch.

2
★★★★★

Millie's is definitely a sleeper. When you first walk in, you may think you are in the wrong place. The menu was very creative; the staff is very relaxed and helpful. I've only been once. It was for a romantic nite out. I was a bit overdressed. It is definitely a jeans and T-shirt place. Their sparkling wine selection is different. I picked a South African sparkling wine and have never tasted anything so perfect. I will be going for brunch.

Pros: MENU, CREATIVE CHEFS, GREAT STAFF, RELAXED ATMOSPHERE

Cons: PRICE

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Awesome food and lots of energy. The hand-written chalkboard menu changes regularly, with a few staples that never fail. One of my favorites is the Avocado Tomato and Cheddar Omelette, though I usually order something a bit more involved (e.g., Eggs Benito, an Ecuadorian twist on the brunch classic, with papusas and chorizo filling in for the usual english muffin and ham). The homefries are best swirled in the Sriracha squiggled on the side of the plate, the bloodies and mimosas are served proper, and the juke is probably the best I've ever seen, period.

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★★★☆☆

Awesome food and lots of energy. The hand-written chalkboard menu changes regularly, with a few staples that never fail. One of my favorites is the Avocado Tomato and Cheddar Omelette, though I usually order something a bit more involved (e.g., Eggs Benito, an Ecuadorian twist on the brunch classic, with papusas and chorizo filling in for the usual english muffin and ham). The homefries are best swirled in the Sriracha squiggled on the side of the plate, the bloodies and mimosas are served proper, and the juke is probably the best I've ever seen, period.

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Millie's unique atmosphere is very welcoming and enjoyable - it is obvious that the owners have put a lot of work into creating a very personal restaurant.

I have been there a few times, and I was very pleased with the food each time. They offer an incredible variety - everything from Thai shrimp to quail. Price is also reasonable for the quality of the food; it is about $25/dinner entree.

Millie's is located right outside of downtown Richmond. The restaurant does not look like much on the outside, but inside it is very nicely decorated. The wait can also be a little long, as the restaurant is not very large.

4
★★★★☆

Millie's unique atmosphere is very welcoming and enjoyable - it is obvious that the owners have put a lot of work into creating a very personal restaurant.

I have been there a few times, and I was very pleased with the food each time. They offer an incredible variety - everything from Thai shrimp to quail. Price is also reasonable for the quality of the food; it is about $25/dinner entree.

Millie's is located right outside of downtown Richmond. The restaurant does not look like much on the outside, but inside it is very nicely decorated. The wait can also be a little long, as the restaurant is not very large.

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We've been to Millie's for brunch a few times now. It is a nice little hole in the wall, but the food is not as amazing as everyone makes it out to be.

Yes, they have interesting dishes and everything is usually good, but that does not make a place amazing. That is what a restaurant should offer me.

An ok place for a Saturday morning, but not worth the long wait on a Sunday morning.

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★★★☆☆

We've been to Millie's for brunch a few times now. It is a nice little hole in the wall, but the food is not as amazing as everyone makes it out to be.

Yes, they have interesting dishes and everything is usually good, but that does not make a place amazing. That is what a restaurant should offer me.

An ok place for a Saturday morning, but not worth the long wait on a Sunday morning.

Pros: Hole in the wall atmosphere a welcome change from chain restaurants

Cons: Busy on Sunday mornings, food is only ok, parking can be a problem

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Outstanding!!! Best brunch ever. Great service, great environment, and fantastic food. Every time I come to Richmond to visit, we HAVE to go there.

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★★★★★

Outstanding!!! Best brunch ever. Great service, great environment, and fantastic food. Every time I come to Richmond to visit, we HAVE to go there.

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The best brunch in the city. If you like spicy cuisine, then this is the place for you. The Devils Brunch Scramble is amazing. Note though there is quite a wiat when you go for Sunday brunch. Call ahead.

2
★★★★☆

The best brunch in the city. If you like spicy cuisine, then this is the place for you. The Devils Brunch Scramble is amazing. Note though there is quite a wiat when you go for Sunday brunch. Call ahead.

Pros: Great food, Good Service, Ample parking

Cons: , Always a wait

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Foir those who have eaten at Carman's Country Kitchen in South Philly and had their absolutely delicious food, this place will remind you of it sans the eccentric cook. Actually the cooks here are busy doing their faire right in front of you as you enter into this very casual diner where everyone is at home. Try their signature Brunch dishes, called appropriately "Mess" and you will be delighted! I had the Vegetarian Mess with eggplant, carrots and peppers. My friend had the Western with sausage and bunches of other stuff. All seasoned well and with Vietnamese hot sauce. Unique place in Richmond!

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★★★★★

Foir those who have eaten at Carman's Country Kitchen in South Philly and had their absolutely delicious food, this place will remind you of it sans the eccentric cook. Actually the cooks here are busy doing their faire right in front of you as you enter into this very casual diner where everyone is at home. Try their signature Brunch dishes, called appropriately "Mess" and you will be delighted! I had the Vegetarian Mess with eggplant, carrots and peppers. My friend had the Western with sausage and bunches of other stuff. All seasoned well and with Vietnamese hot sauce. Unique place in Richmond!

Pros: Awesome food, Reasonable Prices, Great service

Cons: Can get crowded

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Millie's is world-class food, lively ambience, great drinks and an awesome place for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends or business associates. One tip-it does get crowded. On winter nights when the place is bursting at the seams, put your name on the waiting list and walk up the street to Poe's Pub for a couple of quick drinks. Then head back for what will be one of the best meals you'll ever have.

2
★★★★★

Millie's is world-class food, lively ambience, great drinks and an awesome place for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends or business associates. One tip-it does get crowded. On winter nights when the place is bursting at the seams, put your name on the waiting list and walk up the street to Poe's Pub for a couple of quick drinks. Then head back for what will be one of the best meals you'll ever have.

Pros: Great Chef, Great Music, Cool wait staff

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Millies brunch is outstanding. I have visited many times ordering a variety of different items and have never been disappointed. Brunch is a great value. I have never had dinner here. My only complaint is they need a nonsmoking section

2
★★★★☆

Millies brunch is outstanding. I have visited many times ordering a variety of different items and have never been disappointed. Brunch is a great value. I have never had dinner here. My only complaint is they need a nonsmoking section

Pros: brunch, value, quality

Cons: smoky, Sunday wait, parking

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love the food, love the brunch cocktails - love the devil's mess.

2
★★★★★

love the food, love the brunch cocktails - love the devil's mess.

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Oh my god. The best breakfast/brunch in the city. Go for the soft scrambled eggs w/ crab/lobster. To die for.

2
★★★★★

Oh my god. The best breakfast/brunch in the city. Go for the soft scrambled eggs w/ crab/lobster. To die for.

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Before my husband and I moved away from our beloved Church Hill, we would walk to Millie's for dinner or drinks several times a month. The staff is the finest I have seen -- they are professional, warm, accomodating. While the food isn't quite as good as it was when Millie's kithcen was under the care of Joe M., it's still outstanding. We revisited on a recent trip back to VA and felt like we'd never left.

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★★★★★

Before my husband and I moved away from our beloved Church Hill, we would walk to Millie's for dinner or drinks several times a month. The staff is the finest I have seen -- they are professional, warm, accomodating. While the food isn't quite as good as it was when Millie's kithcen was under the care of Joe M., it's still outstanding. We revisited on a recent trip back to VA and felt like we'd never left.

Pros: friendly staff, great bar choices, appetizers fabulous

Cons: parking limited, no reservations, bad sound system

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Millie's is a fabulous Richmond restaurant, but our service last time was the WORST service I have ever received at a restaurant. We asked our server to split our party of 4 into 2 checks when we sat down; she said that was no problem.

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★★★☆☆

Millie's is a fabulous Richmond restaurant, but our service last time was the WORST service I have ever received at a restaurant. We asked our server to split our party of 4 into 2 checks when we sat down; she said that was no problem.

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This place is not a diner. DO not let the name fool you. When I think of a diner, I think of reasonably priced home cooked meals. This place is posh, and expensive. The food is good, but be prepared to spend$$$ and wait for a table. It is

1
★★★☆☆

This place is not a diner. DO not let the name fool you. When I think of a diner, I think of reasonably priced home cooked meals. This place is posh, and expensive. The food is good, but be prepared to spend$$$ and wait for a table. It is

 

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