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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 41
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  • 25
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  • 18
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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

I love the porch area, we eat there on special occasions. The food is very good, and although its a bit expensive - we find it is worth it for the quality. It is a bit upscale, so lots of tiny children might be a challenge - but for our family with teen/adult children its very nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Emily4-H
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Springfield, Ohio
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80 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is the perfect compliment to a show at the Goodspeed Opera House. Park once, have dinner, see a show, and easily depart. We sat at a table inside, but the large windows all around give you a feel of being outside. Our waiter was extremely friendly and attentive. We all chose the fixed price menu, which included a soup... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I love the porch area, we eat there on special occasions. The food is very good, and although its a bit expensive - we find it is worth it for the quality. It is a bit upscale, so lots of tiny children might be a challenge - but for our family with teen/adult children its very nice.

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Portland, Connecticut
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I really think the Gelston House is a bit overrated. The property and interior is beautiful. Their food is usually okay/decent (although I once had a steak that was literally too tough to cut) and the beer garden has fairly good pub food. The prices however seem too high for the food and quality and visitors would be much better... More 

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Seymour, Connecticut
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We frequently attend the shows at the Goodspeed. We always end up at the Gelston House. Food is good but not great. It seems that they need more help. On days that there are shows the restaurant is busy and wait staff seems harried. Was served a piece of carrot cake that was all crumbled on the plate and the... More 

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Brimfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

After touring the Goodspeed theater we went to lunch...we had some ligh salads which were delicious, there was a large selection of delicious sounding desserts which we did not have. The service was excellent the location perfect...a great experience...would like to go back for dinner some other time...only 100 foot away from the theater...

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Boynton Beach
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Gelston House has had good kitchens and not so good kitchens over the 40 years we have lived in town. Right now -- for some reason -- it appears to have abandoned dinner service altogether. You are advised to have a very nice dinner at La Vita Gustosa across the street. Signed East Haddam Resident

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Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

A friend said that this would be a great place for lunch, but the best I can say is "average." The lunch menu has the same food you'll find anywhere else, and there was nothing special about the preparation. It was good, but not exceptional in any way. It seemed a bit pricey for what it was. What disappointed me,... More 

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The Gelston House overlooks the Connecticut River and provides a beautiful location to have a wonderful meal and enjoy the pleasure boats plying the river or if you are fortunate enough, watch an enhancing sunset. We had our wedding there and have enjoyed our anniversary dinners there since. The food selection is varied and one can always find a meal... More 

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

For a restaurant that has had a good rep. the meal I had was so poorly made, the kitchen should be ashamed. I ordered crab cakes and was so surprised they were dark brown in color and the crab was the worst I've ever been server anywhere. It looked like the cheapest canned shredded cat food no real crab meat... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We usually eat here before we go see a play at GoodSpeed- but will never return. The Maitr'd shouldn't greet the patrons or worse - seat them. Her attitude, ruins the whole evening. Her grumpy demeanor (she just never smiles) is usually forgiven because the rest of the waitstaff are really courteous ( and makes up for her rudeness). Well... More 

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Additional Information about Gelston House

Address: 8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
Phone Number: (860) 873-1411
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Haddam
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
Average Prices: USD 19 - 27
Cuisine: American

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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: Romantic, Doing business, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?