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Gelston House

8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
(860) 873-1411
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Price range: $19 - $27
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: RT 149 AND RT 82
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English first
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I should no cocktails at The Gelston House before an amazing play. We have seasons tickets to The Goodspeed Opera House and love to arrive early to enjoy the amazing views and relax with a beverage. This is the fourth time in two years we have yet to accomplish this. Each and every time the bartenders have either not served... More

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This was our second time at Gelston House. Both times we sat outside and enjoyed the view of the river from the umbrella topped table. It was painfully obvious that school had started and the wait staff was horribly diminished from our first experience in July. I think the regular chef went back to school too because the food, while... More

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Niantic, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

What a beautiful spot on the Ct. river! Diverse menu, well prepared. Excellant and attentive service. Chef/owner came to our table to say hello and chat. Brought us a plate of fresh tomatoes as we were served the other kind!!!! [our only complaint] and bought after dinner drinks. Sat outside, view of river was lovely and relaxing!! A definite go... More

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Lake Worth, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Visiting friends in Portland, CT and went to lunch at the Gelston House before heading to Gillette's Castle. We sat in the beer garden with a beautiful view of the CT River. The setting was lovely. We started with beers for 3 people and wine for 1. The wine list was paltry and the wine was rotgut, needless to say... More

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Altamont, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were on our way to William Gillette State Park, and saw people on the patio having lunch, so we decided to join them. We sat out on the patio, shaded by the big umbrellas, and had a wonderful view of the river. I had the lobster and citrus salad, and my husband had the fish and chips. Both dishes... More

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Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We met with friends for lunch before a show at Goodspeed. Mentioned to server that we had a 2 p.m. performance to attend, scheduled lunch at Noon. We ordered three sandwiches and one entree salad. While the food was very good, it did not arrive until 1 p.m., and the server took his time getting us the check and picking... More

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had a party of four and a plan for a leisurely lunch. We were not disappointed. Sat out on the bier garden on a beautiful Friday afternoon. I had the fish tacos which were amazing. The others had Gelston burger, Gelston salad with chicken added and eggplant fries. Every ones meals were great. Our waiters were very friendly and... More

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We ate here a couple times and the food was really good. We tried it again last year and the dinner was not good at all. I have not been back since. There are too many other restaurants around with better food for the price.

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Avon, Connecticut, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We have many memories of family dinners at the Gelston, including one during an unexpected April snowstorm. However, I never really thought of the restaurant as a to-go venue. My husband and I recently attended one of the summer concerts held on the lawn below the Gelston and discovered their wonderful lobster rolls. The food, atmosphere and music were great.

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California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visit the Connecticut shore once a year and we usually attend a performance at the Goodspeed Opera house and have dinner at the Gelston House before the show. When I checked the reviews of the Gelston house before our visit this year, they were so poor that I tried to find a different restaurant nearby. NO luck, so I... More

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