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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
Sun 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 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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128 reviews from our community

53% Recommend
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English first
Cromwell, Connecticut
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Boone, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

After a truly great performance next door at the Goodspeed, we had dinner at the Gelston House. Although they were mobbed by the after show and pre evening show patrons, our reservations were promptly honored. The Gelston House is a beautiful old building and if you have a window table, there are great water views. The food was pretty good,... More

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Harwinton, Connecticut
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Liked the atmosphere an the food. Only issue was a big party for a wedding that diverted our waitress' attention, but we were ableto get another who took care of us even though we were not in her area.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Had dinner at Gelston House before a showing of Fiddler On The Roof at Goodspeed. Gelston House is steps away from the theatre and does offer nice views of the water, if you're lucky enough to sit along the window's edge of the dining room. Broccoli soup was lovely and the bread was warm. I ordered a filet medium-well, it... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We have heard many wonderful things about the Gelston House and were excited to try it, so we made reservation for dinner before the play. My husband had Chicken Francaise with mashed potatoes and broccoli - nothing special but he said it was good. I ordered the Penne Primavera which was suppose to be penne pasta with sun dried tomatoes,... More

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Walpole, New Hampshire
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Visited with friends. Unusually busy. There was a problem in the kitchen and the wait was very long. We were forewarned and our waitress was very apologetic. We ate outside with a view of the river and the Goodspeed Opera House and as we were with friends, the wait was not a problem.The food was good. This is a different... More

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Massapequa, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is the first time I have ever written a review, but felt compelled to do so after reading some of the reviews for this restaurant. My husband and I are from New York City area, and booked a rehearsal dinner at the Gelston House for our son's wedding without ever dining there. Prior to our dinner, my husband read... More

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