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The Miller Tavern on Yonge at York Mills

Hey....had lunch there today at a Chowhounds suggestions...it was almost one of the worst lunches I've ever eaten...had the cup of soup and veggie wrap....soup was only lukewarm and not at all flavorful and wrap was like a piece of paper stuffed with tasteless veggies...c'mon you guys...aren't we looking for great food...how did that ever get posted as yummie.. are we on the same page or what...guess I'll take everything with a grain of salt.....will check the posters from now on Yuuk....Miranda

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  1. Dunno who said it was good. I've been twice now; once for lunch, and once for dinner. The only reason we did the dinner was because our friends had a coupon for free dinner for 2. Good thing it was free. I find the food to be pretty bland and tasteless, and for that they charge outbloodyrageous prices. The decor leaves me cold, which brings me to the internal temperature there, freezing both times (once summer once winter). Service awful both times; the waitstaff could care less, all they want to do is move the table multiple times, so before you're even finished your apps, the main is being zipped under your nose.

    Nope; wasn't me you hear that yummie from!

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    1. re: The Goddess

      The Miller Tavern is neither particularly good nor particularly bad. Like most restos everywhere, it's average, acceptable, not distinctive at all in its cuisine. The best thing it has going for it is its charming setting at the edge of a lush park near Yonge St.and York Mills Rd., and its free parking lot (which it usually jammed, it seems, when I get there of an evening, forcing me into the nearby public parking lot). I've been many times, mainly because I live in the area, and the Miller papers the neighborhood every now and then with $25-off coupons. If you don't have a coupon, or can't take advantage of $1 corkage on bring-your-own-wine on Monday evenings, you'll find your bill can be rather high given the quality of food you get - indeed, it probably pays to seek out much better food at a similar price nearby, namely Coppi, or Sequel, which are just a few blocks south down Yonge St. But if you know what they do well, you'll have a pleasant evening (I've never been for lunch). Don't be too demanding of its kitchen. It does a nice steak dinner at about $26, a good price. It does a good Irish salmon. One or two of the pastas are pretty good. So are some of the salads. Most everything else I've tried there is not bad, just forgettable and, in my view and given the nearby competition, about 20 per cent overpriced. The booth seating in the upstairs dining room is spacious and comfortable. The service is usually good, but - like most places with young staff - is sometimes desultory. Maybe because the waitstaff seems to have changed quite a bit every time I get there. I never seem to see an in-charge person around, directing things, which may account for the shortcomings of the service. The wine list, if you decide not to bring your own on Mondays, is good (a nice selection at $35). In short, it's a good joint if you live nearby and if you know what to order, but it's not something I'd travel across the city to experience. Take advantage of its strengths, stay away from its weaknesses. I've never had any luck with their poultry dishes.

      1. re: The Goddess

        Couldn't agree more - we used to go there for drinks and snacks on the patio in the summer - one of the best spots in the city to go with a gang in terms of summer vibe. Lost enthusiasm when I realized how expensiveit was going to be every time.

        Seafood nice and fresh, but everything is just North Toronto bland.

        Their specials are rather overwrought - they just seem to pile fat upon fat for fat's sake. Not a terrible idea if you're adding fois gras to lobster; less exciting if you're dding cheese to a burger.

        We stopped going a couple of weeks ago. We went down for a late lunch on what looked to be one of the last nice days of patio weather for the season. Patio not crowded, although there were a few leisurely tables enjoying the day.

        I ordered cobb salad, my wife ordered seafood salad. Half an hour later, I asked the waiter "how are we doing on the salad?".

        He looked at me like I'd just blown my nose in the breadbasket, and said "if it was ready, it would have come out by now".

        I complained to the young manager on duty, and his response was a deer-in-headlights stare and a mumbled apology. No attempt to put things right - not even one of those $25 coupons that the Miller throws around North Toronto so promiscuously.

        We had awesome charbroiled burgers, and better service, fifteen minutes later at Harvey's on Avenue Road.

      2. Nope, I never would have recommended that place. It's overpriced, mediocre food. Honestly, you would have been better off at Milestones or Baton Rouge, north of Sheppard.

        If you're looking for something more upscale (and non-chain) then most of the options north of the 401, then my recommendation would be Wildfire, which is on the west side of Yonge, another couple of blocks down from the Miller Tavern. Nice atmosphere, reliable food. Won't blow you away, but it will be good.

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          Or isn't Auberge de Pommier in that nabe?

          1. re: Wiley

            Yep, but that's *really* upscale! That falls into the category of an expense account lunch for me. :)

            1. re: Wiley

              Yes, the justly-celebrated Auberge du Pommier is indeed just a little north up Yonge St. from the Miller Tavern. But the Auberge is also in another price level entirely. It's about $200-plus (with wine) per couple, so at that level it damn well BETTER be terrific. The Miller Tavern clocks in at about $125-$150 per couple if you don't have its ubiquitous $25-off coupon and can't take advantage of its $1 corkage on Monday evenings. At that price, and in that neighborhood, its natural competitors are, as I've mentioned, Coppi and Sequel, or, as TorontoJo has accurately suggested, Wildfire, a well-run steakhouse that delivers a consistent experience, and - besides steaks - does poultry much tastier than Miller Tavern. But on a sultry summer evening (agreed, some months in the future), at a table overlooking the tennis courts in the charming little park, with the $3 million castles of York Mills Valley in the near distance, you have to go with the Miller Tavern - provided you're prepared to put up with occasionally indifferent food.

              1. re: juno

                I usually whip into Yonge an Lawrence once a week from the 401 picking up cheese then leave town. I love lunch! Is Auberge du Pommier a place someone can go by themselves? Can I read a paper or is too formal?

                1. re: The Boss

                  Auberge is fancy, but at lunchtime, I can't imagine anyone raising an eyebrow at a single diner reading a paper. The service is generally quite gracious. I'd give it a go and see if you like the atmosphere for lunch. I would also try Wildfire for lunch on another one of your trips.

                  http://www.oliverbonacini.com/auberge...

                  http://www.wildfiresteakhouse.com/

                  1. re: The Boss

                    If you don't feel comfortable dining alone and/or reading your paper in the dining room, you could ask to eat your lunch in the bar. The bar menu (offering the same food as the dining room) is slightly less expensive, and the atmosphere is less formal.

            2. The place is overpriced and overly ambitious. Try any of the restaurants a little further south on Yonge Street for a decent meal, especially the new one....I forget the name...it has no sign....it's on the east side of the street, next to a place called Cravings...anyone know what I am talking about????

              1. Their salads are wonderful though. The salad chef is a pro.

                1. Back in the day, my friends and I used to hit the Miller to enjoy a few cold ones, and chase women. But food? All they had was pickled eggs, sausage sticks, and potato chips. Then they went all upscale. But I never gave a thought to eating there -well, except for the chips. I swear the eggs stayed in that jar for months at a time.

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                    1. re: rbp foodie

                      Has anyone checked out their brunch on Sunday?