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Reviewed February 16, 2022

I really wanted to give this restaurant a 5 star rating but cannot. The location is great, the decor great and the staff great. I just can't get past the poor quality of the food. My standard is that it must be better than my...cooking (I am a mediocre). This was not. I have tried their Mystic location and found the same quality, so I'm assuming the problem has to do with their recipes. I have gotten better food at diners. I also feel that their price point is high, and one would expect the food to taste good. I must add that the staff was very attentive and asked how everything was. I didn't have the heart to tell our waitress how disappointed I was, considering that it was not her fault.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 20, 2021 via mobile

We tried two different cocktails, the peach margarita and the Whitfield Fizz. Both were terrible. The soup was butternut squash. It was terrible. The pasta with meat sauce was terrible. The grilled tiny asparagus was terrible. The strip steak was average. All in all we...were 1 for 6 ….terrible. Service was good, kitchen was terrible, food quality was below average. We were thankful Ashley’s ice cream was on the way home.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Journey20624214854, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2021

840tr, first and foremost, thank you for choosing to dine with us here at Chapter One Food & Drink. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with us. Our team strives for excellence & we're disappointed you didn't enjoy...More

Reviewed October 19, 2021

A pitiful small piece of salmon $34, and not well prepared, I go to the FINEST restaurant in the area, by far, and the same fish, much bigger, much, much better is $31. What happened? It's a joke. I had never been to this restaurant...before, under this ownership, despite living 1 mile away. And I will not be back. It is crazy, almost criminal. A restaurant should be better than that, and for that amount of money!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Journey20624214854, Marketing at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2021

First and foremost, thank you for your review. We really do appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with us. Our culinary team strives for excellence & we're disappointed you didn't enjoy your meal. Your feedback...More

Reviewed July 3, 2021

I ordered a tomato and mozzarella salad with little arugula. Then added a topping of plain lobster The add on lobster was 18.00 plus the salad. It came to about 43.00. Hardly any lobster. My friend ordered same salad with blackened chicken. Tiny cut up...pieces of chicken went on top. NOT WORTH IT. Restaurants are trying to make up for COVID- well, so am I, honestly. You guys will lose customers if this continuesMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Journey20624214854, Marketing at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2021

First and foremost, thank you for your review. We really do appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with us. Our culinary team strives for excellence & we're disappointed you didn't enjoy your meal. Your feedback...More

Reviewed April 27, 2021 via mobile

Great Sunday brunch... I enjoyed the Shrimp and grits... very good, way to big a portion to finish so great leftovers... tons of shrimp!!! Great service, nice setting, attractive interior...More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Journey20624214854, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2021

JJFlash, we are so grateful for your kind words here on TripAdvisor! Thank you so much for this fantastic feedback! We are so appreciative and cannot thank you enough for supporting local. We strive for excellence, from food to service to decor, and are always...More

Reviewed March 13, 2021 via mobile

I cannot say enough about this place (and I am picky). I went there because a good friend had her daughters wedding there and raved about it. The salmon picante was one of the best salmon dishes I ever had. The fish was so tasty...(those mashed potatoes beyond words)and the pasta dish was cooked perfectly with a fresh and delicious sauce The service was very attentive and friendly. The other great part was the heated tent. It makes it comfortable to eat outside. I watched them sanitize menus and tables. The prices is a little on the higher side, but as they say “you get what you pay for” and this was the case here. You get good quality food from a chef who knows how to cook, attentive service , and nice atmosphere. I cannot wait to go back!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Chapter One Food & Drink, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2021

Theresa B. WOW! Thank you so much for this fantastic five star review! We are so appreciative and cannot thank you enough for your kind words. We strive for excellence, from food to service to decor, and are always happy to hear when our guests'...More

Reviewed January 24, 2021 via mobile

Great brunch/lunch today. One of the best COVID dining experiences I’ve had. The tent in back shielded us from the wind and the heat being pumped in kept us so warm we were able to take out coats off even when the temperature was 20...degrees outside. The food was really good (lobster benedict, steak sandwiches, etc), the Bloody Marys were just spicy enough, and the service was great (especially tending to our 2 tables of 4). I highly recommend Chapter One and then take some to check out the lovely shops around The Green, especially the Page, the best hardware and gadget store I’ve ever seen.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Chapter One Food & Drink, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2021

Joe K, thank you so much for this fantastic five star review! We are so appreciative and cannot thank you enough for your kind words. We strive for excellence, from food to service to decor, and are always happy to hear when our guests' have...More

Reviewed August 30, 2020 via mobile

Late afternoon lunch with the family. The calamari app was salty, the hot lobster roll was small compared to other places in CT, the hamburger was very greasy & the burgundy chicken was just ok. Service was slow.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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chapterone_ct, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2020

Mark, thank you for your review. We really do appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with us. Our culinary team strives for excellence & we're disappointed you didn't enjoy your meal. We'd love to give...More

Reviewed August 12, 2020 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant right on the guilford green. wait staff is awesome, and friendly. food is absolutely amazing. a must try when in the area.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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chapterone_ct, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2020

EliteReviews O, WOW! Thank you so much for this fantastic five star review. We are so appreciative and cannot thank you enough for your kind words. We strive for excellence, from food to service to decor, and are always happy to hear when our guests'...More

Reviewed July 22, 2020 via mobile

Before I get into the meat of the matter, I direct the reader to the recent reviews that vary widely. All—good and less good—ring true. But particularly noteworthy is the Owner’s attentive response to each, which is a very good sign of commitment to hospitable...customer service. Okay. I don’t want to repeat prior reviews. Let’s take a step back and acknowledge that restaurants are in an extraordinary tough spot as they seek to both meet our demands for an excellent experience while taking the necessary cost and PPE containment measures in an environment of significantly higher operations costs. So something has to give, like food costs, service, and/or menu prices—and typically all three get serious vetting. So, this is context. Chapter One is housed in a beautiful building directly on the Guilford green and could not be a more inviting presence. Staff are equally and warmly inviting. Interior well-spaced tables are buttressed by rear patio and lawn tables. Attractive in all respects. Pablo is our server. He is fantastic and we were so lucky by his deep global gastronomic experience that included startling stints in Lyons and Shanghai. He is recent to Chapter One but possessed easy familiarity with the menu, wines and kitchen. Despite the demands of his other tables, Pablo managed our experience with knowing expertise. Food standouts: Scallops app beautiful and toothsome; chowder a buttery creamy extravaganza; salad with added flat iron steak more than the sum of its parts. Only miss was the special $55 rib eye that was just a poor quality cut and thusly hard to slice and benefitted too much from its accompanying potato foundation. Wines: the Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc absolutely delicious. The Zin a lesser experience. The final tab for 3 was $220 plus tip, incl the wine ($80). And here’s the rub going forward: Is the new eating out experience justified by the new higher menu prices and understandably compromised standards despite stated commitments to excellence on all fronts? Proof will be in repeat visits after the glow of just getting out wears off, but the word problematic comes to mind. Wishing all restaurants fare sailing through choppy waters.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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chapterone_ct, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2020

Alan, first & foremost, our sincerest gratitude for writing such a thorough & kind review. We’ve had to take many, many deep breaths these last few months, that’s for sure! It takes a true restaurant aficionado to understand and appreciate this industry in general, let...More

Reviewed June 15, 2020

Sitting outside was wonderful. It was a beautiful day and they did a great job with social distancing. The staff was friendly and the manager checked in, but the waiter was slightly on the inattentive side. The food was overpriced, overcooked, and poorly presented. If...it wasn't for the company I was with it would have been a total waste. I know this time has been challenging for everyone but to have my first meal out in ages be such a let down was a big disappointment.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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chapterone_ct, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2020

Vickie, thank you for your review. We really do appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with us. Our culinary team strives for excellence & we're disappointed you didn't enjoy your meal. We'd love to give...More

Reviewed May 31, 2020

This restaurant has gone through some previous mutations. When it was "Whitfield's," it was awesome. Then, it became "Devine's." Nothing to write home about. However, now as "Chapter One," I'm done! I want to support local businesses amid this pandemic, but I'll either wait longer...in quarantine, or take my chances with the virus itself. Outdoor seating available. There were two fire pits smoldering smoke on customers. Why pits were burning is beyond me. It's 1 pm, and 70 plus degrees. The smoke was eventually overbearing, and couldn't relocate to another table. Needless to say, our clothes smelled of smoke. As far as the menu, be prepared to see $30 plus main entrées. I wasn't paying that much for lunch. So, we decided to scale it back, We ordered the Chicken Sandwich, and the Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Grilled Chicken. How hard can it be? The chicken was dry, cold, and over cooked. You can tell it was sitting there with charred black edges.The bread on the sandwich wasn't toasted... it was burnt, black. The salad was a package of spinach from Stop 'N Shop, diced plum tomatoes, sliced pickles, and dill drench in pickle juice. "One and done!" We will not go again. I'll wait for the next evolution of this restaurant. We left a 30% tip because it's not the waiter's fault. Both our daughters are waitresses. I get it.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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chapterone_ct, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2020

Daniel, thank you for your review. We really do appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with us. Our culinary team strives for excellence & we're disappointed you didn't enjoy your meal. Your feedback regarding the...More

Reviewed February 16, 2020 via mobile

Nice setting , good service.. entrees expensive and lacked flavor. Veggie sit fry was like rice-a-Roni :salty,lacked texture of fresh veggies- just some peppers,no substance . .... Cajun pasta was like kraft Mac and cheese w some chicken and spinach and again some peppers.. will...not return need lots of water to flush out sodiumMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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chapterone_ct, Owner at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

blizzard98, thank you for your review. We really do appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with us. Our culinary team strives for excellence & we're disappointed you didn't enjoy your meal. We'd love to give...More

Reviewed November 17, 2019

We've eaten here a couple times for dinner and twice for happy hour. the food and service is consistently excellent. Portions are large, prices reasonable, variety excellent.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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chapterone_ct, Manager at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2019

Landmarkfinder A, thank you so much for this fantastic five star review. We are so appreciative and cannot thank you enough for your kind words. We strive for excellence, from food to service to decor, and are always happy to hear when our guests' have...More

Reviewed October 9, 2019

Our second time here. This time with another couple. I love the atmosphere, good menu and wine list. The food was very good. We must have gone on a bad night, the service was very slow, though they were apologetic.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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chapterone_ct, Manager at Chapter One Food & Drink Guilford, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2019

Annie62arpi, thank you so much for this great review. We are so appreciative & cannot thank you enough for your kind words. We strive for excellence, from food to service to decor, and are always happy to hear when our guests' have enjoyed their experience...More

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