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8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302 (RT 149 AND RT 82)
(860) 873-1411
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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The Gelston House is located next to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT – near the bridge across the Connecticut River. It is a large renovated historic Inn – with upscale dining. It is a nice setting with views of the river. The restaurant and tavern can get busy before the shows at the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
riny
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New England
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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165 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Middletown, Connecticut
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We usually eat here before we go see a play at GoodSpeed- but will never return. The Maitr'd shouldn't greet the patrons or worse - seat them. Her attitude, ruins the whole evening. Her grumpy demeanor (she just never smiles) is usually forgiven because the rest of the waitstaff are really courteous ( and makes up for her rudeness). Well... More 

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New England
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208 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The Gelston House is located next to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT – near the bridge across the Connecticut River. It is a large renovated historic Inn – with upscale dining. It is a nice setting with views of the river. The restaurant and tavern can get busy before the shows at the Opera House, so reservations... More 

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CT
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Last August we tried the Gelston House for the 1st time prior to a play at Goodspeed. While my husbands food was good I was not served what I ordered and the service left alot to be desired. We decided to give it another try on Saturday prior to a play and brought friends who had never been. All of... More 

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Branford, Connecticut
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great brunch, all the usual breakfast and lunch items all done well. Great setup for brunch with great views. Need to go back for Dinner and a show at Goodspeed.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

We were attending a show at the Goodspeed Opera and had dinner before the performance at the Gelayon House. While we were not seated at the window, we had lovely views of the river. The service was good, although there were a few minor missteps, such as leaving dessert without the silverware. The food was quite good and the portions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I usually come to have a quick bite with friends before I go to see a play with them. But this time around it was ten times better than any other time I've been here. Our server was Alex and he was s serious looking fella, but he was attentive and right there when we needed him. This time it... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had dinner in the main dining room before the 6:30 show. The view of the CT river is magnificent seen through large glass windows. The food was very disappointing. I had branzino stuffed with shrimp, scallops and sun dried tomatoes with risotto and string beans. The veggies were perfectly done, risotto was not cooked properly and... More 

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Top Contributor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We've had some great meals here. If you sit in the main dining room you will be treated to fantastic views of the Connecticut River and Good Speed Opera House next door. You will also pay for those views. Gelston House is expensive for the area and best experienced on a nonholiday, nonbrunch day. When they are crowded service is... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My fiancee and I had stopped in here to grab a little bite to eat. The prices were bad and the food was good. The young lady that waited on us was also very friendly.

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East Haddam, Connecticut
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I like the Gelston House in the summer when you can sit on their huge patio and soak in the glow of a sunset sparkling on the water. The patio menu is what you'd expect: sandwiches, salads, wraps, burgers. The best - steamers with drawn butter and their fabulous bread to soak up the juices. An incredible place to be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
    (RT 149 AND RT 82)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Haddam
  • Phone Number: (860) 873-1411

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 19 - 27
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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