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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 16
    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
Very nice, Amazing view, but inconsistent food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
Citymominwoods
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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160 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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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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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
2 helpful votes 2 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I enjoyed a quite Sunday lunch overlooking the CT river which was beautiful in the dead of winter but must be equally if not better during the warmer months. The food was delicious and slightly different from other places in the immediate area. I would definitely dine here again when visiting Goodspeed Opera House!

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Westbrook, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

NOnononononono!! I'm sorry, but I need to post this review. People are so rude, and like others mentioned, SLOW! We barely left in time to see Holiday Inn at Goodspeed. And the food wasn't even that good. This place has fantastic potential, with beautiful view, but they blew it for us.

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Waterford, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We are regulars at Goodspeed next door and wanted to try Gelston house. The dining room - carpet, decor, furnishings - are very dated and need refresh. Arguably not relevant. The menu is very plain, nothing creative. The service is slow, inconsistent, and they seemed very overwhelmed by the ~20 tables occupied. I had chicken parmesan with pasta. It was... More 

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Plainville, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My husband and I researched area restaurants on various apps such Tripadvisor and open table to find a place to celebrate our 35 anniversary while staying at a local Inn. ​​we selected G House and made reservations for a 6:30 on a Monday evening. On every site we researched there were, AND STILL ARE open hours posted for this restaurant... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner after a show at Goodspeed. Got drink order wrong, had to request bread 3 times. ordered off prix fix menu for $35 pp--food average. Glad we are after the show-- others in restaurant complaining about slow service. We were very disappointed.

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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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?