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8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302 (RT 149 AND RT 82)
(860) 873-1411
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Today
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
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 22
    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
Most recent review
One of the best views in Connecticut!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Juliet C
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East Haddam, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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156 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
East Haddam, Connecticut
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Norwich
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We went with 2 other couples for pre-show dinner last Friday night. The dining room was decorated beautifully for the holiday. It really felt like a special night. Our waitress was very nice and genuine. Now the bad news. While the prix fixe dinner was a good value at $36, the dinner entrees came with no salad and averaged in... More 

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Haddam, Connecticut
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Today I had perhaps the worst restaurant lunch ever. I want to love the Gelston House because I live nearby and the view is so beautiful. However, I'm just crossing my fingers that my friends and I don't get sick from our lunch. One friend had the pasta with shrimp and lobster. It had a pungent fishy smell as soon... More 

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Oxford,Ct
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

What a fantastic weekend ! Stayed at a bed and Breakfast saw a great Xmas play and a super Dinner at this fine restaurant. The service was good and food excellent! We had a window table and was served in a timely manner even when the place got full our server had time for us!

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I took a group of 55 senior adults to the Gelston House before going to see" Holiday Inn". The staff was very helpful and courteous. the food was great, what was to be cold was cold and the food that was suppose to be hot was hot.

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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?