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The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn

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100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426 (Formerly Bee & Thistle Inn)
18604341667
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Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Connecticut
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133 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent menus and daily specials including salads and lamb and deserts. Very best seating and very good service at good prices

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California
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Had a lovely dinner with friends here. Staff was overly attentive. Had fabulous wine list. The presentation and flavor of the food was exceptional. Beautiful summer evening and we ate indoors. Outside dining is also offered.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

I usually call 3 month in advance for my reservation. Tosh always remember to have my roses on the table. Their menu is seasonal and is awesome especially their lamb steak was to die for. I highly recommend this place since i have been going there for 20+ years and i look forward to my yearly mecca there.

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Thank Angel F
Ct, Usa
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

My husband and I both were born and still live within 15 miles of the Bee and Thistle Inn. It has always been a landmark property and today is more so than ever. The decor is genuine old style New England without being over the top. The gardens are lovely and the food is locally sourced as much as possible... More 

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Thank nytwind
BeeandThistle, Room and Group Sales Manager at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear nytwind, Thank you for your great review. We work hard to please our guests and we appreciate your kind feedback. Hope to see you again soon! More 

New England
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119 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Truly one of the greatest places we've ever been to. The food was amazing and so was our evening. The atmosphere at the Inn is perfect and would highly recommend the Bee and Thistle to everyone!

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BeeandThistle, Room and Group Sales Manager at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear Brandon E, We are so glad you had a good time. We look forward to your future visit soon! More 

Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

I have been going to Bee and Thistle Inn for the past 20 years, their service is five stars , Tosh is wonderful and The owners for the past decade they always great us when we come in as they know we come annually to the restaurant. Their Prices are excellent, they have expanded their Drink Menu and Wine Menu.... More 

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Thank Angel F
BeeandThistle, Room and Group Sales Manager at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear Angel F, Thank you for your recommendation. Tosh is a gem and we are lucky to have her on our team. We look forward to your next visit! More 

New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

I stayed here overnight and ate dinner at the restaurant. The food was really delicious - I had the chicken. I also ordered a Brandy Alexander, which I would highly suggest ordering, because it was one of the best I've ever had. The cocktail hour vibe of this place is so lovely - as is the dinner ambiance. This inn... More 

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Thank Fiona S
BeeandThistle, General Manager at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear Fiona, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your dinner and cocktails- the Brandy Alexander is one of our favorites! We are so sorry to hear about the quality of your sleep; please let us know if there is something we could do to make you more comfortable for your next... More 

Woodmere, New York
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189 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

We had a delicious dinner and enjoyed wonderful wine. The wait staff, as is everyone in the inn, was attentive and friendly. A walk by the river in back afterwards makes it a great place to dine too..

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Thank peggyvb
BeeandThistle, General Manager at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear Mrs. VonBargen, It was such a pleasure to have you visit for your birthday; we loved having you back. Look forward to your return. Best, Tosh More 

East Lyme, Connecticut
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

This place used to be special in every regard, not just the food. I believe our experience was not just a "bad night". For the prices charged, you expect top notch experience at all levels. Consistent with many times we've visted over the years, food was well executed. But menu is small now with only 5 or 6 appetizers and... More 

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BeeandThistle, Owner at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review; we’re sorry to hear that your last visit wasn’t what you were expecting. Three years ago, we updated our décor to feature all local artwork and make the Chestnut Grille more approachable. Most of the artists are alumni from the Lyme Arts Academy or live right here in town. Even though the artwork may not... More 

Colchester, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I have been to this restaurant 4 times and haven't had an experience yet that wasn't a great one. We tried the beets and the scallops for appetizers, and the short ribs for dinner. All were great dishes. Looking forward to our next visit. Cost is a bit pricey although worth it, and we tend to go here for special... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $50
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426 (Formerly Bee & Thistle Inn)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Lyme
  • Phone Number: 18604341667

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?