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Gelston House

8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
+1 860-873-1411
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good30%
  • Average22%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible8%
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“prime rib” (16 reviews)
“chicken” (24 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had lunch preshow for the Goodspeed theater ( right next door ) service was great and the food was excellent. Wonderful historic building with very large glassed in dining room overlooking the Ct River with great views of the boats passing by and watching the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Robert N
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The views make this place. The food creates it. I loved this place. Sitting on the deck, under the shade of a tree, overlooking the river. I cannot imagine anywhere nicer to eat. We arrived around lunch time and got a table out on the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Blingrich
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Arrived about 2 hours prior to the show. The dining room was pretty full. We had a pre-theater dinner included with our tickets at the Gooddpeed. The salads and soups were OK. The prime in was average. The Cod was awful. Dessert was OK but...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ogerkan
Blerta K, General Manager at Gelston House, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2018

Hello Ogerkan, Thank you for your feedback, we like whatever feedback we get as it helps better us. Could you give us some tips on how the cod could be better. Was it too dry? Undercooked? I would also like to respond to the pre-cooked...More

Reviewed October 19, 2018

It came here with a friend. The house was nice. The waitress was great. The food was good, and you get an incredible view of the Connecticut River.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed October 15, 2018

We were early and seated right away. Service was exccellent. The ceasar salad was over dressed but ok. The disappointment was the prime rib. It was part of a the fixed price. When we ordered it the waitress made a point of saying it comes...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank williamcG2431OM
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Great service for large group. Attention staff, a pleasure to dine here . Great views and grounds. Food was pretty good for this type of occasion.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank X9009WPdavidr
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

No reason to go for dinner or lunch unless you have a play to see, next door, and every other restaurant in the area is closed. Dinner for four was just so so and the service was not great and the whole restaurant is in...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank GlobeBiker141
Reviewed August 29, 2018

I just had a horrible lunch at the Gelston house. I ordered mussels, not a hard dish to make, but I guess at this restaurant it is. They were over cooked, dry and unable to get out of the shells. That brings a question, why...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank GibbyOxford_Ct
Reviewed August 26, 2018

We regularly visit the Gelston House before our matinee season tickets at the Goodspeed Opera House. The weather was good so we opted to eat on the patio. We were early and were seated at a table on the porch area. We had a lovely...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank lckyriakos
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Went here on a rainy day but that didn't diminish the wonderful meal we had. First time there, under the tent with a bar on the deck, we had a great meal. The view on the river is great and it is right next door...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Bogus52
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Questions & Answers
October 26, 2018|
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Response from Blerta K | Property representative |
We do not have buffets on Sunday, we do ala cart, so ordering is off the menu. AND IT'S GREAT :)
August 6, 2018|
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Response from cckone | Reviewed this property |
Yes....but with reservations - both literally and figuratively. As it is the nearest restaurant near the Opera House, it gets very crowded before show times so a reservation is a must. And then allow plenty of time (at least... More
Lynda C
July 22, 2017|
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Response from sue f | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lynda No sorry but they don't.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$19 - $36
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 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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