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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
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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 

Thank foodloverWallingford
Naples, Florida
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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 8 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
Ellington, Connecticut
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

I was quite taken aback with the Lack of attention from our server. Never once did she come to table To ask if everything was satisfactory. The person who delivered our food To the table brought additional Requests. My husband ordered A turkey club and the bacon was Not cooked and the turkey processed. Not at all fitting for a... More 

Thank dorih53
Hopkinton, New Hampshire
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We had dinner mid week, after the crowd for Goodspeed had departed. Restaurant was basically empty so we had a nice quiet setting for dinner. Food was top notch, service friendly and balanced...attentive but not overwhelming.

1 Thank Avee80r
long island new york
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149 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

With the great location, historic building and setting right on the Connecticut River, one could expect decent dining. Not true here. The food is just not right; almost like food is an afterthought. The shrimp cocktail smelled and the shrimp was dried and flimsy, almost as if it wasn't refrigerated. The mussels were small and not tasty. Service is slow... More 

Thank Seapinesmiserable
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141 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

You cannot fault the location of this establishment, a wonderful view of the Connecticut River and the Goodspeed Opera House. There are three dining options and we ate on the patio as it was a glorious day. Unfortunately the food and in particular the service did not live up to the location. Service was slow and sloppy, and food was... More 

Thank jackim
Englewood, New Jersey
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293 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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

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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
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
Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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?