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The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn

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American, Contemporary
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100 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT 06371 (Formerly Bee & Thistle Inn)
18604341667
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 6
    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
Another great meal

I have been to this restaurant 4 times and haven't had an experience yet that wasn't a great one. We tried the beets and the scallops for appetizers, and the short ribs for dinner. All were great dishes. Looking forward to our next visit. Cost is a bit pricey although worth it, and we tend to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
vt48
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Colchester, Connecticut
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Colchester, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I have been to this restaurant 4 times and haven't had an experience yet that wasn't a great one. We tried the beets and the scallops for appetizers, and the short ribs for dinner. All were great dishes. Looking forward to our next visit. Cost is a bit pricey although worth it, and we tend to go here for special... More 

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Briarcliff Manor, New York
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at this restaurant on Saturday evening. The appetizers and the dinner were simply awesome! The dessert was also an incredible experience and we look forward to going here again!

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Thank amf660
Norwich, Connecticut
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Friday (October 16, 2015) was the date of our annual fall pilgrimage to the Bee and Thistle for dinner. We have been going there in the middle of October for years. I really don't know why they use this Chestnut Grille designation. We've been through several owners and seen some ups and downs but the quality has always been good... More 

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White Plains, New York
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46 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We were staying over night in this area of Connecticut and wanted a good meal at an establishment with a relaxing atmosphere. We really wanted to love The Chestnut Grille, but the evening just fell short. When we arrived around 8:30 pm, we stepped into the entry and were immediately impressed. Candles adorned the tables, the decor was reminiscent of... More 

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Middlebury, Connecticut
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

What a charming restaurant right next to the Florence Griswold Museum! Had a lovely dinner before attending a seminar at the museum. Great food and atmosphere!

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Thank Kathi J
North Clarendon, Vermont
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97 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

What a pleasure for our 21st anniversary! The moment you were greeted at the door you knew it was going to be a special evening. We ordered glasses of wine at the cozy bar and went outside to wander the beautiful gardens and grounds. The woman who is their Events Manager, I believe, came up to us and wished us... More 

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Hartford CT
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We chose this place for an anniversary dinner and enjoyed the evening. To save space, I'll just list the things we liked and a couple suggested improvements. We arrived during happy hour just to relax with a glass of wine before dinner. There is a comfortable sitting area with small tables and good service. Greasy popcorn goes poorly with wine;... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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120 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This was my second visit to the Chestnut Grill at the Bee and Thistle and I was once again very, very pleased. The food was outstanding (I had the duck) and the service is warm and friendly. Several glasses of wine by the Lieutenant River in the late afternoon and dinner at the Grille is an excellent way to spend... More 

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Oxford, Connecticut
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119 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Wonderful setting, incredible delicious food and service that is simply extraordinary. When it comes to the trifecta The Chestnut Grill at the Bee & Thistle is the winner - excellent service, incredibly delicious food reasonably priced in a setting that is quaint and romantic. No wonder this location is a "must do" for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.... More 

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1 Thank peter m
East Haddam, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My family and I have been to 'The Bee and Thistle' several times now, and it has always been wonderful.

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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: 18604341667

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
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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