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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 18
    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
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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
ConnecticutLocavore
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Connecticut
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Boynton Beach
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
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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New England
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305 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The Gelston House is located next to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT – near the bridge across the Connecticut River. It is a large renovated historic Inn – with upscale dining. It is a nice setting with views of the river. The restaurant and tavern can get busy before the shows at the Opera House, so reservations... More 

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CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Last August we tried the Gelston House for the 1st time prior to a play at Goodspeed. While my husbands food was good I was not served what I ordered and the service left alot to be desired. We decided to give it another try on Saturday prior to a play and brought friends who had never been. All of... More 

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Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great brunch, all the usual breakfast and lunch items all done well. Great setup for brunch with great views. Need to go back for Dinner and a show at Goodspeed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

We were attending a show at the Goodspeed Opera and had dinner before the performance at the Gelayon House. While we were not seated at the window, we had lovely views of the river. The service was good, although there were a few minor missteps, such as leaving dessert without the silverware. The food was quite good and the portions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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