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Mill Street Bistro

$$ - $$$
Brew Pub, American, Bar, Canadian, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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15 Mill St E | Ontario, Elora, Ontario N0B 1S0, Canada
+1 226-384-2277
11:00 - 20:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the brisket, Mac n cheese, beans, sweet potato fries, and slaw. Fantastic portions, and delicious food. Provides a wine/beer pairing for each meal, which is nice!

Thank Andrew I
Elora, Canada
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Shepard Public is a great spot to grab a casual lunch or dinner while strolling through the downtown area. Stop in and take a break. Friendly staff happy to serve. From fish & chips you an awesome burger & fries. Only thing missing from the little place is a patio for summer sitting outdoors.

Thank Dawn F
Guelph, Canada
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We had hoped for better. The service was friendly but otherwise, quite bad. The server often kept his back to us and we found him chatting at the bar 15-20 minutes after ordering a glass of wine. He clearly forgot. The "chef will not touch the chicken tonight" we were told. "What does that mean?" we asked. "We are out... More 

Thank Muriel M
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Waited for along time to be served though there was only one other table full. Sadly when my chicken pie came, it had a dried out crust and there was actually no chicken in it. Just sort of gravy and vegetables. Couldn't be bothered to complain as we had waited so long. Would not return.... More 

Thank NS-blue21
Fran W, Owner at Mill Street Bistro, responded to this review

Would it be possible to let me know what day you visited so I can look into your concerns. We use puff pastry as the topping for our chicken pot pie, not sure why it was dry. I wish you had mentioned it to the server as we could look after the situation and correct it. I hope you reconsider... More 

Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

The atmosphere is amazing. The staff were extremely busy but very engaging and friendly. The food was delicious! We will definitely be back.

Thank theclarks39
Elora, Canada
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

The Bistro has great food, quality and taste. The patio along the river is really nice in the summer. This family owned restaurant is definitely worth the visit. I highly recommend it.

Thank pappapipes1
Fergus, Canada
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Nice relaxed setting, one of few in Elora / Fergus that is genuinely on the river. Nice menu selection that lives up to the expectation of a Bistro. Staff were friendly, service was timely and the food and drinks were enjoyable.

Thank HallJones
Elora, Canada
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Beautiful place to sit out side by the river with the beauty of the old trees for shade from the sun. The food was so good had Bistro salads .Tables are places far enough apart for privacy . Enjoyed it very much

Thank Jackie Z
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had a date night with dinner at the Bistro. We sat out on the outdoor patio overlooking the Grand river and the Swans. The service was good and the food was tasty. We followed it up with a movie afterwords

Thank Steve R
Guelph, Canada
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We have been at this restaurant 3 times in the last couple years because it has outdoor seating overlooking the river and only eaten there once. You can get seated but staff continue to walk by without acknowledging guests or offering drinks. We finally left on our last two visits which will be our last attempt.

Thank T M
Fran W, Owner at Mill Street Bistro, responded to this review

We are one of two outdoor patios overlooking the river. Consequently we are extremely busy and unfortunately for you we where not able to get to you in a timely fashion. We have decided that next summer, if we get a rush, we will have to refuse seating as we are not able to handle the large volume. Sorry for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Brew Pub, American, Bar, Canadian, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Mill St E | Ontario, Elora, Ontario N0B 1S0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Elora
  • Phone Number: +1 226-384-2277
Situated on the banks of the Grand River, Mill Street Bistro & Smokehouse offers spectacular views from our dining room, upper deck, and brick patio! We do off-site catering and on-site. Book our beautiful, landscaped park by the river for a reunion, wedding, community or corporate event. Classical music Friday nights, and live music and dancing on the patio Saturday nights in July and August. We have about a dozen Ontario craft beers on tap, and a great selection of Niagara wines. Our approach is farm to table, what we don't grow on the Bistro farm, we source from our neighbours! The Bistro is open everyday for lunch and every night for dinner in July and August, and for dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights off-season.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?