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Gelston House

8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
+1 860-873-1411
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good31%
  • Average22%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“chicken” (23 reviews)
“prime rib” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We once again had a great meal at our favorite restaurant before attending the Goodspeed Opera House. We were seated at a comfortable table where we could look out at the CT River and the Opera House. Our waitress was attentive with a good sense...More

Thank tripdogs2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a lovely pre-theatre meal at the Gelston before visiting Goodspeed. The restaurant was busy, so definitely book in advance. And although it was busy, the service was terrific and the atmosphere very relaxed.

Thank vivb19
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgous place to come and eat dinner. Views of the river and opera house. Beautiful sunsets. Good food and great staff. My wife and I will be returning.

Thank Evan C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Received a gift certificate for dinner and a play, dinner at the Gelston House, play at The Goodspeed; 3 course meal, choices; Surf and turf, Excellent, Baked Cod, Excellent, l can't remember the third. Service was excellent, only disappointment was the Cappuccino. Lovely seating outside...More

Thank frank k
Blerta K, Manager at Gelston House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad to hear you enjoyed your meals! We'll fix the Cappuccino issue ASAP! Thank you for your feedback Frank!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and a fabulous atmosphere with wonderful service staff and the building was very historic and beautiful!

Thank sdparent1
Blerta K, General Manager at Gelston House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed yourself! Thank you for the review!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were part of a tour of the area with 51 people. We had three lunch choices, lobster roll, blackened chicken, and a lobster casserole. The lobster rolls were served with French fries, not the kind of side dish one would expect from a well...More

Thank traintraveler10543
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We are Vegans and emailed the restaurant weeks prior to our reservation to let the chef know. We gave them the date, time and name of the reservation. After a few days, they wrote back and said the chef could prepare several delicious entrees for...More

Thank Booneboy
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Stopped here for lunch and cocktails with another couple. We decided to sit outside on the patio and enjoy the lovely view. We each had the Goodspeed Burger (Bacon, Sautéed Onions, Cheddar Cheese and Tangy Sauce) served with fries. Drinks were really good, the burgers...More

Thank glitterqueen1975
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Had wonderful scallops as an appetizer followed by the Gelston Salad, both were very good. Beautiful dining room with gorgeous views of the river. Very attentive service staff too.

Thank Teenzone
Reviewed 19 September 2017

The service is so abysmal on two recent pre-Goodspeed dinners that my guests and I decided never to return. The location and view is lovely. The good is even good. But on both nights the service was agonizingly slow, and our orders were mixed up...More

Thank Katherine L
Blerta K, Manager at Gelston House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Katherine, We are sorry for your experience and would like to share with you that we have hired and trained new staff and they are great! We have also added more gf items to the menus and have made it easier by labeling which...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 19 - USD 36
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Television
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 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: +1 860-873-1411
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