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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 32
    Poor
  • 20
    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
Beautiful views

We had a lite lunch and dessert here before seeing Wonderful Life at Goodspeed. We were seated quickly. Brunch was winding down and not too busy. We started by sharing a crab cake. Then we had dessert- chocolate ice cream and chocolate fudge cake(shared both). I also had coffee. Our food was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
Gloria H
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

What a disappointment. Went for thanksgiving dinner. Three of us ordered the turkey dinner. Dry turkey, no dark meet, skimpy portions of squash, potatoes and stuffing. Didn't think you could ruin stuffing, but they managed. Needed to ask for more gravy, but it didn't help much. My wife ordered the shrimp and lobster scampi. Seafood was way over cooked and... More 

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Thank David J
Fairfield, Connecticut
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657 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We had a lite lunch and dessert here before seeing Wonderful Life at Goodspeed. We were seated quickly. Brunch was winding down and not too busy. We started by sharing a crab cake. Then we had dessert- chocolate ice cream and chocolate fudge cake(shared both). I also had coffee. Our food was served quickly and all was good. In addition... More 

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1 Thank Gloria H
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Very disappointed today when my husband and I stopped for lunch. The hostess directed us to a table in the large dining room that was set for many people. When asked if we could sit in the bar she said it was too busy. She seated us next to a window with a lovely view of the Connecticut River. She... More 

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Thank Michaela G
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

First let me start by saying me and my mother have season tickets to the Opera House since 2006 and have had lunch and dinner at Gelston many times over the course of time. Our last visit for lunch on Nov. 8 will probably be our last visit- which is a shame since it has such beautiful views and at... More 

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Thank Twoordinarypeople
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I thought it would be nice to stay in this old house style hotel, which I went to mainly for the location across from the river cruise. There was no temperature control in the room (too hot) and because the stairwell to the bar and restaurant is open right outside the door, I could not fall asleep until well after... More 

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Thank kmu524
Northford, Connecticut
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful building, charming decor, breathtaking views, and excellent food. Great experience, perfect before the theater. Seafood chowder was perfectly prepared and loaded with seafood. Rack of lamb was cool to perfection. Rigatoni with chicken and sausage was al denote and flavorful. Carrot cake was superb.

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1 Thank NorthfordBill
Neptune, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We stopped at the Gelston House for drinks and appetizers before a show at the The Opera House right next store. The drinks and appetizers were both very good. We enjoyed the ambiance of the old inn. What we did not enjoy is that a customer, rather than sitting in his seat, stood in the aisle between his table and... More 

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Thank linlar2015
Higganum, Connecticut
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

wait staff, pleasant, somewhat befuddled, hard to keep track off, food mediocre at best, unable to have desert and still see the play at The Goodspeed Opera House, an hour and a half is more than enough time for dinner, but not here.

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Thank frank k
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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119 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

we were driving by and decided to stop for some lunch. What a good choice, we really enjoyed the bar and the food. had a great bloody mary. There is an outside bar and patio, can't wait to check it out next summer.

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1 Thank Arnie S
Salisbury, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Had a wonderful dinner here... relaxed, elegant atmosphere. We were easily the youngest couple there by about 20 years. Typically serves the Goodspeed Opera House pre-show, which is within 50 yards of this restaurant. Very nice views of the river and bridge.

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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: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?