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The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn

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100 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT 06371 (Formerly Bee & Thistle Inn)
860-434-1667
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating
Scenic view

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Birthday celebration

I started my birthday "week " at the Bee with a lovely dinner with family which was delicious. From the salmon to the scallops everything was perfection. I ended the week with an amazing gathering of friends and felt like I was treated like a queen! From the burger to the brandy Alexander's we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
Cathy E
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East Lyme, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Reservations
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
East Lyme, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I started my birthday "week " at the Bee with a lovely dinner with family which was delicious. From the salmon to the scallops everything was perfection. I ended the week with an amazing gathering of friends and felt like I was treated like a queen! From the burger to the brandy Alexander's we had a blast. The versatility of... More 

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Princeton and Charlottesville
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I started with a drink in the sitting room, perfectly prepared by their expert bartender and enjoyed without pressure. I was shown to my table on one of the enclosed porches only when I was ready--very much with a sense that the staff sought my pleasure, not their convenience. On the evening when I dined in the Inn, the chef... More 

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Norwich, Connecticut
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We made dinner reservations for 7:15pm. We arrived at 10 after 7 and were offered to sit in the waiting area while they "got the table ready". A few minutes later a hostess gave us the drink menus so we could order drinks while we waited. We ordered drinks and they came out quickly. We ended up getting seated at... More 

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East Lyme, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

New Years Eve is best celebrated at a wonderful, festively decorated country inn. The Bee certainly fits that bill. Starting with a wonderful meal, which is not easy to get on a busy evening at some restaurants, and then moving on to dancing to an 18 piece band and champagne to toast midnight. An elegant yet really comfortable setting made... More 

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Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have no idea what a regular evening at the "Bee" is like. I have only celebrated special occasions and wine dinners here. The food has been very good (same owner two different chefs). The service is attentive ,but not obtrusive. The Inn is decorated for the holiday in a big way, no matter what the holiday is. Trees for... More 

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westbrook, ct
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Dined at the Chestnut Grille at the Bee and Thistle Inn last night to celebrate wife's birthday. We were seated in the side porch area where there were only 4 tables. Having arrived just before 6:00pm we were able to order from the Prix Fixe menu. Wife had salad. salmon/risotto, and coffee ice cream hot fudge sundae ($29). I had... More 

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Deep River, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I loved eating here! My first visit was in September when I went with my fiancé and his family to quietly celebrate our engagement. The ambiance was wonderful, the server was attentive, and the food was delicious! I highly recommend this for a romantic date or intimate night out.

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Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Four of us went to tea today, the room was beautiful. The service was terrible, waited to place our tea order for quite awhile ,got our tea, then a long wait for the food. You would think that was ok if they were making the sandwiches up fresh but they were all made on extremely stale bread. We had to... More 

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Niantic, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

My friend and I won dinner for two for our Halloween costumes! She was a Grande Witch, I was a French Apache Dancer! Just wait until next year!!! The dinner was outstanding from the starters to the dessert!! Also inc. a bottle of California Chardonnay, Kenwood, which was perfect for our meal. Puree of roasted chesnuts and parsnips soup, yummy!... More 

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Connecticut
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

My wife and I recently celebrated our 12th anniversary at this wonderful restaurant. Everything from the appetizers, to the salad, to the main course was over-the-top tasty, fresh and simply perfect, The staff were friendly and welcoming, knowledgeable and accommodating. We have found our new favorite dinner spot!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT 06371 (Formerly Bee & Thistle Inn)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Lyme
  • Phone Number: 860-434-1667

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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