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Review of Gelston House

Gelston House
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Price range: $19 - $36
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: RT 149 AND RT 82
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We were doing a spot of Sunday driving, and happened to be in Haddam around lunchtime.
We parked by the river and strolled about for a while, then decided to try the restaurant/inn next to the Opera House. Last time we'd been in the area, several years ago, we'd seen it from the road, and thought that it might be a nice place to have a meal. It's an impressive old building, with a pleasant vibe. It has a splendid view of the river, and lots of outdoor terraces which must be rather nice in the Summer.
As we walked in, we realized that the dining area had a faint haze of smoke, and a smell of burning fat. My wife's first inclination was to walk out again; mine was to wait and see. I mentioned it to the hostess, who seemed to be surprised. Fortunately, it diminished, or we got used to it, and the building didn't burn down, so that was good.
The dining room was empty, except for a long table at the end. I think it may have contained a party from the Opera House. Our table had a good view of the river, which was nice.
The lunch menu came as a disappointment. It was a single page, and most options were burgers. From the outside, this place looks like a New England Inn: we were expecting something just a tad more elaborate. This was OK, though - whatever our expectations, we just needed a light meal.
I had a chicken sandwich - my wife had some kind of soup. We each had a glass of house wine, which was inexpensive and perfectly drinkable. The food wasn't bad at all, and the fries may even have been fresh. The price was low - lunch for two, with wine, cost us just over $30.00.
Service was good. Admittedly this isn't difficult in an empty dining room.

So why only three stars?

This is a lovely, historic building, with a great view and industrial quantities of atmosphere. Why, oh why does it have a menu more suitable for a greasy spoon?

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

The food is nothing special. Go in the summer and get a burger on the patio with a view of the river. Don't expect very good service.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The outdoor dining is wonderful, the food is just novel enough to keep your interest and consistently good. Go when there's not a s how on next door for better atmosphere.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We went to Geltson House to celebrate my birthday with friends before heading over to the Goodspeed Opera. The setting is lovely and the view is very nice. The atmosphere is very appropriate to the location but is not stuffy at all. The food was good, but not great. The spices used on the steak were a little strange. The appetizer options were a little on the boring side. Desserts were very good. All in all, I would certainly return.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We had the opportunity to have two dinners at the Gleston House. Both were great with excellent service

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