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Gelston House

American, Bar
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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
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Englewood, New Jersey
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289 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On the river and next to the Goodspeed....this is the place to be especially if you are attending the theatre. We had wonderful cocktails after the matinee and the service was great.

Thank Nava1203
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The dining room is lovely and the deck is wonderful in the summer. Great views of the Connecticut River and the Goodspeed. Food is above average... sometimes service can be inconsistent.

Thank Gerard S
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I read many negative reviews right before we left for the restaurant. I was afraid the food would be awful but this was not the case. Good beer selection. Hamburgers were decent. My daughter had pasta but I would stick with American type foods here and leave Italian to places that feature that type of food. Overall, OK for a... More 

Thank felynek9
Clinton, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First - The Gelston House restaurant is great. No Complaints there. HOWEVER, I would not advise anyone to stay in one of the four overnight rooms they have available. I preface this by saying I did stay at Gelston about five years ago, and the experience was a good one, and lead me to reserve my stay this time (August... More 

Thank Douglas W
Killingworth, CT
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450 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sitting out on the deck looking at the beautiful Goodspeed Opera House and the gorgeous Connecticut River it is hard not to feel great. But slow and erratic service can take the edge off the experience, and inconsistently prepared food detract as well. A pear salad was the most pitiful thing we've seen served in a restaurant in a very... More 

Thank v0yageur22
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect classy setting. Huge wine list, excellent selections. Presentation of food very elegant. Food was fabulpus, prices a little high.

1 Thank Dori D
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gelston House is simply an amazing restaurant, with fabulous views of the CT river. We love coming to the "beer garden" in the summer and listening to bands at night. I highly recommend the "banging shrimp" appetizer, it is so tasty. The beer garden is laid back, inside is a bit fancier, and they also have a full bar... More 

1 Thank JLStrong83
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grab a drink on the patio/beer garden overlooking the opera house and Connecticut River as a wonderful way to wind down after a busy week. Iso, the owner is the best!

Thank TravelLoverSchlag
West Hartford, Connecticut
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84 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner before going to the Goodspeed Opera House. Our dinner was very good, I had the short ribs and my wife had the sea bass. Both were very tasty and enjoyable. Cocktails were also very good. But having a window table looking out to the river was just super. Service was pleasant and knowledgeable but a bit slow.... More 

Thank AbacusTT
Rochester, New York
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location of the Gelston House is perfect - right by the water, close to the opera house and located in a beautiful section of East Haddam. The house is in great condition and the waiting area and restaurant are clean and beautiful. The food is good but with some tweaks could be great. I ordered the salmon tacos with... More 

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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
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Private Dining, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, 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: (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?