Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto)

miller tavern-a review

alfie | | Mar 16, 2008 06:41 AM

Last night four of us went for a casual dinner at the Miller Tavern on Yonge.Overall I would say that the meal was "functional" but overpriced.

We started with drinks and they were the standared fare from scotch to wine to ceasars.

The main issue that I can see there is the service. While ok, it struck me as distracted or disinterested. Nothing was especially wrong or rude but it did seem like every time we wanted something we had to ask. It was never anticipated. This ranged from asking for water to the bread basket to ordering dinner.Once we requested these things they were accomodated but with little enthusiasm.

Requesting suggestions or inquiring about certain dishes was met with noncommital answers or a shrug. As well it always seemed like the waiter was trying to get away and had something else to do. I do appreciate that they are busy and he had other tables to attend to, but isn't that his job? When I go out to a restaurant I want to think that my patronage is important and that the good money i am paying (and at this restaurant really good money) is appreciated. I don't want to feel like I am just being accomodated by being there.

That being said the restaurant is obviously not hurting for businass. It was packed so obviously enough people are very satified with the service and food.

Speaking of the food the reason I have not mentioned it thus far is that it was fine, neither great or bad,just overpriced.

We``started with appetizers of the surf and turf quesadilla, the fried calamari and a couple of salads. The quesadilla was very good the calamari seemed fresh and the salads were fine but a bit overdressed.

The mains included Pad thai, seared tuna and steak. The tuna was prepared as ordered but a bit bland. The pad thai was tasty and the steak was a bit oversauced but certainly respectable

Actually the warm cornbread in the breadbasket was excellent.

Dinner for four with four drinks came to about 150 dollars a couple including tip.

As stated the meal was ok, the service passable and for the experience and food given the price was, in my opinion too high. It is not a place I would avoid but I would'nt go running back.

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