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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
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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English first
Connecticut
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I decided to take a ride up and have lunch on Sunday, 7/20/14. We were seated at the patio with a beautiful view of the river and vintage airplanes taking off from the nearby airport. I found the gorgonzola hamburger excellent, the wedge salad excellent and the lemonade made me feel like I was on a porch... More

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Haddam, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Gelston House has one of the best locations in CT, sitting on the banks on the CT River, overlooking the Goodspeed Opera House. My husband and I walked around the grounds, which are lovely, and then went up to the expansive outdoor patio for drinks. It was late afternoon, and there were only a few tables filled outside. Since it... More

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Lyme, Connecticut
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Gelston House has a beautiful outdoor patio seating area, with a fantastic view of the Connecticut River. If you only want to have a cocktail and enjoy a few moments relaxation this is the place to go!! The service however is terrible. We went Friday night and were there for 45 minutes without ever seeing a menu. We got... More

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Groton, CT
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Goodspeed Opera House took over this classic spot and it continues to be great. It offers upscale in the dining room, casual in the tavern and even more casual in the Biergarten in the back (seasonal). They do each perfectly.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This place had a great outdoor beer garden, the view is beautiful and I could sit out there for hours! When we were there last weekend, my mom ordered the calamari, she sent it back because it was like chewing on rubber bands. We got the buffalo chicken spring rolls, they were OK at best. We also ordered the fried... More

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Fairfield, Connecticut
Top Contributor
416 reviews 416 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We had a very enjoyable lunch. We sat outside- on the patio. The views were lovely- Connecticut River, Goodspeed Opera House. We started with the Margarita pizza- very fresh and tasty(shared it). For my entree I had the mixed greens with grilled chicken- very fresh and tasty- generous serving of grilled chicken. My husband had the grilled chicken panini- very... More

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Renton
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We love going to Gelstons. The food and service are always wonderful. We went on a very busy Mother's Day and they treated us really well in spite do us walking in with no reservation! We really love going into the bar after a show at the Goodspeed Opera House to talk about the show, have a drink and a... More

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New England
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We had tickets for dinner at Gelston House and the show at Goodspeed last night. The show was great, but I'm here to write about how amazing our dinner was! Our waitress was Marissa (not Rex..only 3 people will get that joke). She told us that she wad only been there 2 weeks, but you couldn't tell. Our every request... More

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Avon, CT
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were at the Gelston House for a special occasion and were highly pleased. It is pricey but worth it. Don't have a negative comment. As it happens we just returned from Philadelphia and ate at the Four Seasons which was ok. This was better.

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Connecticut
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The ambience is spectacular. Panoramic views of the Connecticut River, and a charming old restaurant couldn't be better. The service was also excellent. OK is an apt description of the food. I had Tuna, medium rare, and it was OK. I suggest stopping by for drinks and hors d'oeuvres before going to the Goodspeed, Or, to just sit out on... More

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