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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: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 18
    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
Lovely spot

Located on the river next to the Goodspeed Opera House, this was a very enjoyable place to for lunch before the show. I had the fish tacos which were excellent, although I was disappointed that they were out of my first choice. Service is slow and the place is noisy. Plan on about two hours for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Larry H
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Meriden, Connecticut, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Arrived waitress was very polite. When they cleared our appetizers they cleared my silverware as well. When the three dinners were served we ordered 3drinks an d I asked for silverware. My dinner companions finished their dinners long before our drinks arrived and at that point my dinner was cold and my companions were done. Being a heavy set man... More 

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Madison
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had dinner here before the Good Speed Opera play. Waiter was excellent, view was priceless and the food was on the poor side. I had prime rib and it came with a brown sauce, over cooked (I ordered it medium rare, it was between medium and well done) and lots of fat. The waiter served us... More 

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Hebron, Connecticut
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent facility, food very good, service was excellent. My choice was filet mignon with risotto done perfectly. My wife had shrimp & lobster scampi, large portion of pasta. House coffee excellent, espresso super. Desert was red flannel cake and cheese cake. Good selection of wines. Nice window seat overlooking the river. Also has a good bar and outside beer garden.

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Dayton, Ohio
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My friend and I went to Gelston House for lunch after visiting Gillette Castle. We ate on the patio with a beautiful view of the river. I had a tasty beet salad with goat cheese and almonds; my friend ordered a chicken panini and said the chicken was very tender and the French Fries were excellent. Our server was a... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Located on the river next to the Goodspeed Opera House, this was a very enjoyable place to for lunch before the show. I had the fish tacos which were excellent, although I was disappointed that they were out of my first choice. Service is slow and the place is noisy. Plan on about two hours for lunch if you are... More 

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North Haven, Connecticut, United States
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We just had burgers and paninis but they were awesome. Fries were better than average. Beautiful day along the river. Prices were average. Would go again.

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Wanted someting light and to eat outside so headed to the beer garden at The Gelston House. Ordered a bottle of wine and we each had a bucket of mussels. Mussels were small, sweet, clean and the flavor enhanced by the right blend of smoky chorizo, tomato, white wine and garlic. Live music in the background. Good view, good food,... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Here's why the evening was great, despite the mediocre restaurant review: nothing worse than rushing to a show when your pre-theatre dining experience fails to deliver on time. So come to the Gelston House patio in summer for a) a lovely sunset view; b) a fun cocktail menu; and c) adequate dining to allow you a stress-free arrival at next... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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147 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very attractive & elegant old building, gorgeous view of pristine CT River, lovely white linen covered tables, pretty upholstered chairs, but when we went o n a Tues at 2 pm, dining room was empty except for 4 or 5 wait staff busily placing chairs and salts and peppers at the tables. The young lady who may have been a... More 

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Chestertown, New York
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Online menu Is NOT the one you will receive when you visit. My husband and I chose this location for an intimate dinner for our son and new wife. We had all reviewed the menu online as two of us have celiac. Rack of lamb, duck, lobster raviolis and swordfish were on our "to eat" list, but sadly the menu... 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: Doing business, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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?