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“"Delicious Lunch in a Delightful Setting!"”

Cafe Flo at the Florence Griswold Musuem
Ranked #6 of 31 Restaurants in Old Lyme
Price range: USD 8 - USD 24
Description: A peaceful outside setting on the veranda overlooking the Lieutenant River. Inside seating available on inclement weather days. Light eclectic menu, something for everyone. Vegetarian Offerings. Locally sourced ingredients. You do not need to be a member of the Museum or pay an entrance fee to dine with us, although members have perks! Customer Favorites- Veggie Sandwich, Lobster BLT, Tuna Nicoise, Vegetarian Chili, Ms. Florence's Asparagus Soup and the daily specials!
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Description: A peaceful outside setting on the veranda overlooking the Lieutenant River. Inside seating available on inclement weather days. Light eclectic menu, something for everyone. Vegetarian Offerings. Locally sourced ingredients. You do not need to be a member of the Museum or pay an entrance fee to dine with us, although members have perks! Customer Favorites- Veggie Sandwich, Lobster BLT, Tuna Nicoise, Vegetarian Chili, Ms. Florence's Asparagus Soup and the daily specials!
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Getting together with an old friend is always lovely, but finding Café Flo yesterday made it even more memorable. When we arrived, we were told there would be a slight wait, but before we had sat five minutes on the bench outside the dining area, we were ushered to our table, overlooking the spacious lawn and the Lieutenant River. Our server Dianne could not have been more gracious and welcoming, giving us very helpful suggestions concerning the lunch menu as we couldn't seem to decide among the many savory offerings.
With her help, we decided on hot soup to ward off the cool breeze, one- a white bean, sausage and escarole soup, and the other-a cream of asparagus soup with sour cream laced on top. These delicious beginnings were followed by a Reuben sandwich accompanied by cole slaw. Both of us had Arnold Palmers as well. My only regret was that we had not been there before this end-of-summer luncheon.
Both of us agreed we must return before the days grow shorter and the weather colder. Thank you, Dianne, for your friendly and excellent service!

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Thank Yankeefans95
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Sometimes the food is great. Sometimes not. The lobsters dishes best. Maybe you like liverwurst? The shrimp dishes to be avoided at all costs. Their shrimp must come from the Bay of China. Beware of overcooked toast.
The ambience on a summer day is marvelous. On a covered porch overlooking the Lieutenant River, home to early American impressionists, like Childe Hassam, the scene is lovely and unsurpassable. The Cafe is attached to the Florence Griswold Museum, and therefore offers great opportunities to peruse history and art.

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Thank finerdiner
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Our group of six had lunch here on Saturday enjoying perfect weather, lovely scenery and wonderful food. The average rating reflects the fact that it took almost 30 minutes for the food to arrive after we ordered it and I consider that amount of time to be unreasonable. However the food was much better than average. Thee people st our table ordered the lobster blt which was very good and filled with lobster meat. Two people ordered s salad comprised of greens and fruit also very good. For dessert the table shared a serving of creamsicle cheesecake. The food gets 4 stars the ambiance 5 stars and the time to deliver the food 1 star. We were there on a Saturday and even with a 12 noon reservation the restaurant was filled. Perhaps better service when it is less crowded.
The restaurant is on the terrace of the Francis Griswold museum overlooking the Lieutenant River. While we were eating lunch we saw a bald eagle soaring over the river looking for food.

Thank ramsey48
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

My Mom went here with my Damian's they all raved about it. Top notch food. There is always a line. Just a magical spot. Visit the museum too.

Thank alison33821
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Recently we visited the Florence Griswold Museum for the first time, and fortunately we decided to have lunch at Café Flo behind the Krieble Gallery. We sat on the veranda, where we were protected from occasional light rain. We thoroughly enjoyed taking in the gently meandering Lieutenant River; the wild shore grasses and leaves of the old trees rustling in the breeze; and visits by many birds including goldfinches and even a Great White Egret. If the art exhibit had carried our thoughts and sentiments back in time, our lunch on the veranda carried us back body and soul to the serenity and restorative beauty of the early twentieth century countryside.

You know how it is when you take lunch at an art gallery: it's usual to be served small portions at high prices. Café Flo is a sterling exception in this regard. We enjoyed generous portions, beautifully presented, and were surprised by the affordable prices. As for the food, it was scrumptious, and service was excellent.

Special kudos to Gourmet Gallery Catering for providing several vegetarian options. I am usually adept at detecting ingredients and spices, but the Vegetarian Black Bean Chile defied discovery of some elusive, savory ingredient. I would love to know the secret - it was outstanding.

My husband had a tuna salad plate: a generous heap of tuna on a lettuce leaf, dressed with vinaigrette and surrounded by fingerling potatoes, fresh whole green beans, Kalamata olives and tomatoes. He enjoyed his lunch as much as I did.

We thoroughly enjoyed our exploration of artworks and period furnishings at the Griswold Museum, but there is no doubt in my mind that the time we spent dining and relaxing on the veranda at Café Flo will remain vivid in our minds as a very special moment of our lives.

Thank mxchana
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