We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302 (RT 149 AND RT 82)
(860) 873-1411
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

219 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 219: English reviews
Wethersfield, Connecticut
Level Contributor
125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A friend and I saw Bye Bye Birdie at Goodspeed Opera House today and then had a lovely dinner at the Gelston House. The food, presentation and service was attentive and pleasant. I'd go back as the food choices were all appealing.

1 Thank Velma Sue
Fairfield, Connecticut
Level Contributor
739 reviews
559 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had an enjoyable lunch. We sat on the outdoor patio. From the patio there are lovely views of the Connecticut River and the Goodspeed Opera House. They have a good menu- salads, sandwiches, appetizers, entrees, coffee, drinks and desserts. We started by sharing the crab cakes appetizer- very fresh and tasty. I had the veggie burger on top of... More 

1 Thank Gloria H
Killingworth, CT
Level Contributor
429 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner here in the outdoor Beer Garden on a busy Friday night. Good salads (especially the blackened shrimp salad). The Cosmo was weak but the Blood Orange Margarita was excellent. Service was good and the view of the Goodspeed Opera House and the Connecticut River was beautiful.

1 Thank v0yageur22
Long Island
Level Contributor
246 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dining room at the historic Gelston House was packed when we arrived for lunch recently but our service was still efficient, attentive and hospitable. With windows on 3 sides of the room, we were able to see the Connecticut River activity while we enjoyed our delicious meal. Maureen was our friendly server and my spinach salad with chicken arrived... More 

Thank LongIslandMabel
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Level Contributor
39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Beer Garden, which is attached to the Gelston House. When walking to the outside patio, over looking the Connecticut River, I couldn't help noticing how filthy the floor was under and around the tables on the deck. There was so much left over food and litter under the tables and on the floor we nearly left. I... More 

Thank MrPudly
South Windsor, Connecticut
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to show a foreign ambassador and his family the best that Connecticut has to offer. While Gillette Castle, the Connecticut River views met all expectations, lunch at Gelston house fell flat. The patio was almost empty, but it took a long time to order drinks, more to be served. Another long wait to order lunch, mostly salads. That... More 

Thank Vaira P
New York City
Level Contributor
116 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

With mediocre food and a distracted wait staff, sadly, the only reasons to eat here are the river views and the proximity to the Goodspeed Opera House. It's not enough for us though, we won't be back. If you want good food, excellent service, reasonable prices, and still make the curtain at Goodspeed, try Rustica in Chester. You'll have to... More 

1 Thank Janet A
Southington, Connecticut
Level Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Came for Father's Day. Made reservations months ago. No one cared to tell us we would be stuck on the patio with plastic glasses, crappy seats, didn't need a reservation and the worst part a modified menu.

Thank xomannycindyxo5
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful service, excellent food and convenient parking! Had time to relax and enjoy the grounds. Took pictures of the area on a beautiful day before a matinee at Goodspeed.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
South Windsor, Connecticut
Level Contributor
3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We went to dinner after a show at the Goodspeed Opera House. The noise level was so loud that my husband and I could not even talk to eachother. We will never go there for dinner again. The food was OK but the noise level spoiled everything.

Thank jacksnappy1873

Travelers who viewed Gelston House also viewed

East Haddam, CT

Been to Gelston House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$19 - $27
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
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: (860) 873-1411

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Gelston House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?