The epitome of Vancouver dining! Boasting the largest outdoor patio in beautiful Coal Harbour with unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains, the Burrard Inlet and Stanley Park, the Mill Marine Bistro is the destination for not only soaking in Vancouver’s natural beauty, but also treating your taste buds to the finest casual menu the west coast has to offer. Warm & inviting, the Mill Marine Bistro is perfect for an intimate dinner for two or for your next corporate dinner
Food is typical pub/bar style, so nothing stellar... just lower your expectations. You definitely go to this place only for the outdoor patio as you get a gorgeous view of Coal Harbour and the mountains. Service is always superrrr slow every time I go there. But it's definitely worth checking out in the Spring - Fall seasons..
One of my friends took me to this Coal Harbour haunt for some patio snacking and drinking - it was around 10:15 pm so it was already dark outside. When seated, I could not help but noticed that all the available patio tables were unclean and stained somehow and at spots you wish that weren't (for example, where you'd like to rest your elbows). We moved to another table, and yet, had the same problem. I am usually not the type to make a hassle out of anything, so I thought that our server would somehow wipe it up. She did not. Anyhow, being the compromiser I was, I just avoided contact with the table at all cost. I'll just now associated with the Mill Marine with dirty patio tables.
I shared a stuffed mushroom tapas appy with my friend and had a couple beers - the appy was far too overpriced for the quantity given and I was unimpressed. Should have ordered the pizza instead.
If anything, the patio view at the Mill Marine is just awesome and spectacular - its a reminder of why Coal Harbor residents pay the ridiculous prices that they pay to live in their coveted apartments and condos. In spite of the unimpressive experience, I will be back for the view alone with a hot date.
The location of this restaurant is great especially if your dining outdoors on a beautiful day. Food was mediocre for the prices that they were set at. But maybe what my dining companion and I ordered were not the best things: mussels and smoked salmon plate. Other patrons ordered sandwiches and pizzas and they looked delicious. For $9.99 my dining partner ordered a "special concocted caesar" but did not amaze in the taste department. Save your money and order the classic caesar, it is still truly the best. Service was good. A good place for drinks and a view!
Mrs. C and I decided to celebrate summer with a trip to the MMB. The view is good, and the pub itself isn't too bad inside. I felt kind of strange sitting behind the rope on the patio and watching the dog-walkers, and the seaplanes were REALLY loud, but the fantastic view was ample compensation.
It was a bit early for din-din so we had snacks. We shared an order of nachos and a 1/2 pound of shrimp. The nachos were a bit dry, but the shrimp was a great accompaniment to our beers. Service was good and not too obtrusive. The only real complaint was the price. It was about double what you would pay in any normal pub, and that definitely affected my enjoyment of the food and drink. I believe Mrs. C actually gasped when she saw the bill.
Will I be back? Depends on how much I want to throw my money away.
For the high rollers...
Love this pub for its view and that's it. Mediocre pub grab that is usually over cooked or bland. Poor selection of draft beers and everyday wines. Service is unusually slow and poor. Too many young things that would rather talk to a customer than take orders. Long waits for drink most of the time, Dirty outrside tables and rather loud when games are on the TV.
This week, a co-worker friend and I went to the Mill for lunch. Though we both work close to Coal Harbour, it was the first time either of us had visited the restaurant. After perusing the menu on the restaurant's website we were impressed with the variety of dishes and prices and decided it looked pretty good. We also took note and appreciated the recommendation posted to arrive on the earlier side (11:30AM) for lunch in order to be guaranteed seating. We were glad we took that recommendation as it just so happened that there was limited seating that day since the inside part was closed for a private function. We were just as happy to sit on the heated patio and enjoy the beautiful water views. Overall, our experience was excellent. The food was fresh, tasty, and exquisitely prepared, and the service was very good. I had the salmon burger which came with a side salad and a nice light balsamic dressing, and my friend had the salmon salad. The salmon was excellent - a nice big piece, grilled perfectly and so fresh! Unfortunately, our time was limited so we weren't able to stay for dessert. I will definitely be back and am looking forward to trying more dishes.
There is absolutely no where better in Vancouver on a late Summer afternoon after work.
The ambience is a 5 for sure - you have to see it to appreciate it.
They have Granville Island Hef on tap which is the perfect summer patio beer.
The food is OK and a bit pricier for pub food but you don't come here for the food. I have however eaten and the food was pretty decent.
For starters the Mill's washroom is the Vancouver Parks Board washroom which is adjacent to the patio area and both the Men's and Women's were so disgusting we should have left right away.
We sat outside on the patio and realized we were beside a high traffic area with a fountain and a park bench of homeless guys. The dis-interested waitress gave us are menus and I have to say that they the chefs really are trying to make this place something its not. Tasteful. It seems like a brew pub type of atmosphere so I think I'm going to get a burger, as there is a big bold heading that says Burgers and Sandwiches. No. Apparently beef burgers are unhealthy so what do I get but a pulled pork sandwich which was cold, greasy and messy and disgusting. Everyone elses food was slapped together and cold. No fries because there is no deep fryer.
The Mill Marine Bistro has been a local haunt of mine for some time, and I have seen it change for the better over time. Ther menu has a really nice mix of pub favourites, but they have also recently added some new entrees for the winter, that are just incredible! The ambience is always really good; as a Canucks fan it is great to be able to watch all the games in a pub environment, without having to sacrifice the quality of the food. Service is as good as always!
I have been going to the mill since it opened, yes, every restaurant has their 'off' days, but honestly - I have been here a TON of times and for me, it is always very enjoyable. It is close to my house, so very convenient. Their daily specials keep the menu exciting, peel and eat shrimp are yummy, lasagna & butter chicken are SO tasty! Its a small but well thought out menu and their drink list is also concise and well priced. I know many, many people who are regulars here and we all say what a great local hang out the mill is. This is not a fancy place - it is a friendly, comfortable & inviting restaurant / pub. Prices are considerably lower than any other restaurant in the Coal harbour area.
I've been to The Mill several times and each time the experience is awesome. The food is always amazing, the staff are friendly, upbeat and personable, and the view is just incredible! Whether it's a family meal, a romantic evening or just to hang out The Mill Marine Bistro is the place to be!
Was at a conference in downtown for weekend and had their burger.
Dish came out with three mini burgers. The three combined would be the same size as a hamburger in McDonald's. and no cheese in these burgers. $13. Very normal taste. Nothing special about sauce. And yes, $3 extra for a mini salad. OK if the taste was OK no problem as you normally get small servings and then excellent taste, but nope small portion and poor taste.
Anyways I always TRY a place.
The city of Vancouver and the Parks Board have a strange set of double standards. While publich health codes, and the city bylaws require restaurants to have washrooms, it does not seem to apply to such concession restaurants when they build them. Those "public" washrooms are repulsive. Unfortunately, the restaurant operator has little say in their maintenance.
It is afterall, a restaurant not a pub so children can enter or sit on the patio. Isn't this confusing though? While someone under 19 cannot go into the lounge area at say Cardero's, they can go to the MILL. In fact, all the little kids get to splash around in the water park while mommy and daddy get shiznit-faced on the patio. Oh, and you can park your dog there too. Now that is a much more civilized way of licensing. Wouldn't you agree?
The food is ok, but I don't understand why so many people complain about the prices. They are in line with what you would find anywhere in the downtown core; and, thus reflect the cost of real estate - or leasing from the Parks Board.
I have to admit the scene can get surreal there. Seaplanes, kids splashing in the waterpark, homeless guy sorting his belongings over at the washroom, the stench of the washrooms, the birds, dogs, and sunbathers.....oh what a visitor from another country must think of us crazy democratic liberal Vancouverites.
Two friends & I went to the Mill for a drink and bite the other night, the food was dissapointing to say the least. Pulled pork sandwich was dry, beef dip was average I've had better at neighbourhood pubs and the lettuce wraps while a good idea were boring and flavourless. The service was solid though a bit uninspired. I would think twice before returning to the Mill.
I don't care how good the view is, the food was so bad that no one in our table of 8 wants to go back to THE MILL ever again. The Red, Hot & Blue Pizza turned out to be a tiny 7" bland pre-fab crust, with tons of cheese and little spice or blue cheese for $14??? Nachos for $14, with $3 for extra cheese and $3 for guacamole? A $15 salad filled with iceberg lettuce?
I'm sorry, I know that Vancouver can be expensive to eat in but I also know that Vancouver has some quality to it. THE MILL has no quality to their food, at least these 8 dishes that we had didn't. There are far better dining choices out there and some of them have a better patio and a better view. Stay away from THE MILL if you can!
The good thing about this place is the view. You can sit outside and watch people walk along the seawall, and beyond that, you can stare at the ocean and across to the North Shore mountains. That part is excellent.
The not so good part? How do you feel about listening to some stupid radio station, turned up way too loud, all the way through your meal? That certainly ruined the feel of the place for us. Why don't they play some classical music - or something nice in any genre? I can't imagine why they would choose to go with a crappy music station, which came complete with annoying advertising.
Also not so good: the food. I had a caprese salad (you know, the one with tomatoes and bocconcini cheese) and the bocconcini was old and rubbery. If the bocconcini in my fridge was that old, I'd throw it out and go buy some new stuff. We had a few other things, too. Ok, but not worth the price, we thought.
Now, if you don't mind the loud music station, if you're just wanting something to drink and a snack near the sea, you might love this place. We were hoping for a peaceful dinner involving good food, and were disappointed.
So far I can't say I'm totally loving this "bistro" (what??). I went with a friend for lunch and we opted to sit inside as it was getting cold, but since half the lights weren't on I could hardly see her with the backlighting from the outside. The service was adequate, but we sat for a long time after finishing and our plates taken away before they came back so we could ask for our bill. In the meantime two guys with cologne and ties no jacket appraoched us and started becoming talkative. SO SMOOTH. They were trying to make small talk and asking personal questions and showing off about the car one of them bought. So pathetic. Then they became desperate when we noticed we are dismissing them and continuing our own conversation and just started being forward picking us up. Even if I were single I am not easy. Anyway speaking of bad taste, The tartare was not ok, and strangely flavourless for the first few seconds. Some spice came through after. I'm hoping that it's just some kinks that need to be worked out, but so far I wouldn't rush back.
I have been coming here for years, and have seen it steadily improve over that time. There are some negative reviews for The Mill on this site, but I strongly disagree with them. If you go to a pub-style restaurant and then complain about receiving pub-style food, then you should not be writing reviews I'm afraid.
For what it does, it does very well. The food has improved considerably over the years, as well as the quality of service. Never have I received less than stellar service here. When I want to chill out on a patio with an unbelievable view and enjoy beer and burgers or nachos, there is simply no other choice for me. Based on the huge popularity of the place, I do think they are doing it right. While it's not the cheapest place for beer or nachos, it does enjoy the BEST piece of real-estate in the city.
Well done and keep it up! I'm there next summer.
We've been visiting the Mill weekly since the sun came out and I have to say that we really enjoy the location. While the the food can be hit and miss and the service a little slow some times the location always makes a visit worthwhile.