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Gelston House

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302 (RT 149 AND RT 82)
+1 860-873-1411
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant is so bad, All I can say is do yourself a favor and stay away. I will never go back. Restaurant was 70% empty and we had to wait for one hour for our food.

Thank Sharon G
Essex, Connecticut
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90 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice location near my favorite theater. Really busy with bus loads coming in for the theater. Service was really great but the food was not. We mentioned to the the waitress how disappointed we were but how her service was great, especially being so busy.

1 Thank Harley M
Clinton Conn
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The reviews for Gelston House were mixed so I lowered the bar and ordered safe items. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive knowing we were attending a show at the Goodspeed Opera House in less than 1.5 hours. Items ordered were NY Strip Steak, Prime Rib, Lobster roll, and Salmon for entrees and shrimp cocktail and fried calamari for... More 

1 Thank Jack06413
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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101 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We went on a Friday night (almost everyone was there before the show, but we were not). We were lucky to have reserved a table because the main room was full to capacity. We had a great waitress -- she had a name like Blora -- and she provided expert service, but was also very entertaining.

2 Thank Jim M
Danbury, Connecticut
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We had reservations for weeks and had requested a window seat. My wife even called twice over those weeks to confirm and was told that everything was confirmed. We arrived to find that there was no window seat. When we explained to the host about how it was pre arranged and confirmed by the staff there, replied in a really... More 

Thank Darth_Rater
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

I was with a large group for lunch at Gelston House. It is a very beautiful, very elegant place in which to eat. We had several tables, all with river views. The whole dining room is gorgeous. My spinach salad with a poached pear was skimpy, based on my experiences with such salads. The pear was also not poached properly,... More 

Thank QQueenie
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

We had tickets for the Goodspeed show so decided to have dinner on the patio at the Gelston House. The service was slow and inconsistent. Food was average. Many of the waitstaff looked like they had just come from a yoga class and looked sloppy and unprofessional. I don't usually post negative reviews but feel that the responsibility is with... More 

Thank alleno
Madison, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

I'll start by saying the few reviews I've submitted have always been to praise a job well done, however, that is not the case here. I felt compelled to write this review because of my 25+ years in the rest. business and how much my wife and I enjoyed the food/location. Service is a key component in any restaurant, especially... More 

1 Thank foodloverWallingford
Naples, Florida
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Had a wonderful lunch, sitting outside with views of the CT river and the Goodspeed Opera House. They had entertainment as well. Highly recommend this. The pizza is excellent and a good deal - $10.00. Beet/goat cheese salad and crab cake appetizer is a good lunch.

1 Thank P W
Hartford, Connecticut
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We made the mistake of choosing to eat on the patio because of the gorgeous weather and the view. So did too many other people who were either just getting out from the matinee at the Goodspeed next door or had tickets for the evening performance and were trying to eat beforehand.Too few waiters for the crush. Ended up sitting... More 

1 Thank debra3472

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$19 - $27
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Television
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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: +1 860-873-1411

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