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Gelston House

8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
+1 860-873-1411
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good30%
  • Average22%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible9%
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“prime rib” (14 reviews)
11:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
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1 - 10 of 279 reviews

Reviewed 5 days 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 17 September 2017

The temptation is to think of the Gelston House as an old-timer joint, but the food is great and the service is spot on. Great location with a view of the river, take advantage of this wonderful place!

Thank overeasy
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Went with my mother for a previously purchased dinner package before the show. Totally disorganized, service was poor, food was Ok at best. Couldn't tell who worked there or who did what. Bad experience. Specifically- waited 10 minutes after seating for waitress acknowledgement. The only...More

Thank Jimand3
Management response:Responded 16 September 2017

Hello, I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience here at the Gelston House! We appreciate the feedback and would like to inform you that we have hired and trained more staff! We would love it if you would give us another...More

Reviewed 26 August 2017

The title gives it away. The location is perfect- not only for the proximity to the Goodspeed Opera House and views of the swing bridge, but it is the only restaurant in this part of the world with outdoor seating facing west across the river....More

Thank 4994MM
Reviewed 20 August 2017

This was the worst meal I have had in a restaurant in recent memory. I ordered the chicken dish ($28) which consisted of a tasteless chicken leg and thigh, a lump of cold,bland potatoes and some sliced beans and carrots. The restaurant is so pretty,...More

1  Thank Jane C
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Great Location, food less than mediocre but great service. Colin, your service was great, too bad the food is mediocre at best. Have been to this place a ton of time but this was a HUGE Disappoint. We ordered the Shrimp with Sambucca- $13 for...More

1  Thank Antonio R
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Lynda C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 19 - US$ 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 - 9:00 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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