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The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn

100 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT 06371 (Formerly Bee & Thistle Inn)
860-434-1667
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Ranked #2 of 26 restaurants in Old Lyme
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Niantic, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

After too long an absence, four of us revisited the Bee and Thistle last night and had a delightful time, with the surprising benefit of an "early bird" three- course dinner. Appetizers consisted of a fresh green salad or a crab bisque, both of which were delicious. Two of us had the steak , one opted for the cod, and... More

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East Lyme, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Picture Saturday evening crowning a chaotic and wildly cachophanous week. Pam asked , how about a quiet evening out - just to eat and talk. Private window side table. View of spring garden flowers through well appointed curtains. The right music and superlative staff with quiet attention. And then Chef Rowe 's spring menu. The Shatter Grenache , a perfect... More

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Clinton, CT
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We revisited The Bee & Thistle for dinner and were pleasantly surprised with our experience! Our meal was most enjoyable, tasty and the service was attentive but not overbearing! This has always been a very nice venue and we're very pleased to find things have changed from our previous experience. Thank you to the staff and current owners!

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

You can always expect Chef Rowe to deliver an extraordinary meal. The professional waitstaff meets the mark to make a visit there exceptional.

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Springfield, Virginia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I enjoyed a really lovely lunch here with some friends. I had the lemon cod with salad. The cod was beautifully prepared and cooked to perfection. The lemon flavor was light and tart, and the salad dressing reflected hints of that flavor as well. The salad was rich with candied cashews and fresh tomatoes. All around delicious! My dad had... More

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NYC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We froze sitting in a barely heated porch, next to windows that barely closed. The waitron was forgetful and the food took 45 minutes to arrive. No bread during the wait. Water glasses left empty. Drinks orders confused. If it hadn't had been my birthday we might have left. (We had reserved ahead of time,4 people) The lights dipped every... More

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Westport, Ct
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78 reviews 78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

The food was very good and had a lovely presentation. Staff was well accommodating. We also had afternoon tea on, and must say it fell quite short of our expectations...especially the presentation of the finger sandwiches. They need quite a bit more thought in design.

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East Lyme, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Wonderful evening, great food and music by Mass Confusion in the lounge. A relaxing birthday celebration ending with the pumpkin dessert. My favorite haunt never disappoints!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

this defines dining - not just eating out. if you go plan to spend a few hours relaxing. the warming fire and the warm atmosphere blend to give you a very pleasurable experience. the staff masterfully goes about their business in the background without distracting presence. they are right there to anticipate your needs. the food was nicely presented and... More

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Tonight was our first trip to the Bee and Thistle (even though our son is a waiter there). We had heard mixed reviews in the past but we must say that we were absolutely delighted with our dinner. The Inn itself is a classic New England gem with cozy and comfortable seating in several small rooms and a main dining... More

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