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Gabrielle's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gabrielles.net
  • Phone: (860) 767-2440
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jason Groten
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact Gabrielle's for your next party and ask about our prix fixe menu options. In addition to parties during our regular dining hours, the full restaurant is available for private bookings. Ask for Kate, Corinne, or Mauricio for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Christie (860) 767-2440

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Gabrielle's
Chef Jason Groten (Bricco’s, Sigs, Grants and Max on Main) completes the partnership behind Gabrielle’s but retains his own signature as the creator of dishes that result in a sophisticated, light and clean menu. Chef Groten says, “I enjoy creating simple and approachable food,” a statement which articulates his philosophy for a modern dining experience. Gabrielle’s is the emergent taste of the Connecticut River Valley; extraordinarily fresh and flavorful ingredients, a skillfully creative celebration of the local partnerships, and of course, a celebration of food.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Gabrielle's is a meticulously maintained and decorated restaurant with a cosy wood paneled bar and a spacious, beautifully decorated dining room. Tables are nicely separated and near bright windows so the noise level is modest and conversations easy to maintain. Food and service were equally good -- a caesar salad with steak was my personal favorite. What a gem!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was great. Bought the "light fare" muscels as an appetizer. It was so much could not finish the main course, even though we split the dinner. The service staff was very accommodating. We did have to slow the server down when he brought the salad with our drinks. After he knew we were not in a hurry and explained how we liked our dinner served he wa great"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food was good, not great but good. Certainly better than most restaurants in the area. Service was good however our server did get our order wrong which caused a wait of about 45 minutes. Mistakes happen and he was very apologetic. He provided us free drinks for the error which was nice. Calimari appetizer was excellent, some of the best I've had in CT. Our Party of 4 had mixed reviews on the main entrees."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I was very disappointed in the new salads. Didn't even eat it and the server did not ask why. Went back to work and grabbed something else to eat"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "4 of us went for the 1/2 price entrees on Monday and had the most fabulous food. It is a very busy night so reservations are a must but the quality is consistent and service un-flustered and friendly. We love this place and it was our 1st time on a Monday - great value for the same amazing food."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This was our second time to the restaurant. On this occasion we were a party of eight. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The mixed drinks were perfect. The fried oyster appetizer may have been the best fried oysters I have ever eaten. We had several different kinds of seafood and everyone loved their meals. The salads were extraordinary. Having been there on two occasions and sampled a variety of the offerings, I am in a position to highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My only sour note of the evening was when we arrived....my open table reservation was for two people, not four.....the hostess looked very chagrined.....took a couple of minutes checking the room, etc.........what was ridiculous was the place was and remained half full,,,,,"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "the food and setrvice were goo but some minor issues that were corrected quickly....one of the drinks we ordeerd from the bar was incorredct but it was corrected right away. One salad did not have goat cheese as advertised so some was brought out. the entrees were good though i would say the shrimp with garlic & capers was a tad too salty as was the sauteed spinach underneath. Overall we had a great evening and would definitively return!!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent and the price on Monday's is discounted, which is a real deal. We saw all ages enjoying themselves. And with a menu that is varied for all tastes, everyone should be happy. The waitress was knowledgeable and helpful. The fried calamari starter was a bit salty, but is was fresh from the kitchen. My salmon was prepared with a mango sauce on the side and topped with jellied wasabi (that looked like fish eggs)! The crab salad with greens and noodles on the same plate were a great garnish."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Good ad on the "village" map. Food was very good and our waitress was happy and nice to talk to. Will come back on our next trip to old saybrook"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We are somewhat regulars to this wonderful restaurant located on a busy street in Centerbrook, CT. The food and service never disappoint. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Initial service was good, but once we ate, and it was clear that we didn't want dessert or coffee, we were virtually ignored. Had to ask for the check. Once it was brought, we waited well over ten minutes, and finally had to ask someone to pick it up for payment. Mussels were quite good, but the Margherita pizza didn't have nearly enough basil. Three local pizzerias have better."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were seated right at the time of our reservation...only complaint...it was an unseasonably warm day, and we were seated in a very sunny spot...warm!! Food was excellent, and our server was very friendly and accommodating!! Our drinks were brought out somewhat slowly so not much time to relax with them before eating. There was no part of the meal which was not delicious...I had the rack of lamb, and my husband had the duck. Both were delectable, and the presentation was very inviting. Overall, this was a great dining experience, and we would definitely return!! One note: this is a special occasion restaurant due to the pricing."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have eaten at Gabrielle's quite a few times and have never been disappointed and that includes the special meal the chef makes for the vegan in our party. Just wonderful food."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My husband and I have a vacation home in the area and have seen restaurants come and go. I'd heard of Gabriele's, and so we finally went on Saturday evening. The restaurant is comfortable, with carpeting and tablecloths to absorb sound. There are some large tables but they are separated from most of the small tables. The food was very good. I started with a delicious sausage, lentil and potato soup with a broth base that had vegetables (& not many potatoes). My husband's Caesar salad was better than our usual favorite. We ordered chicken and trout off the regular menu; both were well-prepared. Many gluten-free options noted on the menu. Desserts are made in-house. The service was attentive and we will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Gabrielle's and we were not disappointed either time. The food was great. The server had a few tables that she was taking care of so it was a little slow, but she was very attentive and we were not in any hurry. So it was fine. The restaurant is clean and friendly."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "One of our favorites. Except the swordfish special was a little iffy, will order it rare in the future. But that is a rarity. So maybe 4 1/2 stars."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "You can always be sure you will have a tasty meal!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The table water has always been terrible -- tastes too much like minerals -- so we had to buy sodas to drink. All they need is a good water filter for drinking water. Otherwise it was a great dinner and dessert. Seemed short staffed...took a while to get our check -- glad we were not late for Ivoryton Playhouse!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Very attentive but no hovering. Food choices were excellent. Ready to go back!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Excellent service, delicious food, but table location in middle of room was terrible, felt like sitting in a fishbowl and spoiled the experience. There were other tables open but request to move was declined, disappointing."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Gabrielle's has the best Caesar salad in the area and it keeps bringing my family back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A little pricey for the level of food. Long wait for service. The menu tries to be all things to all people and doesn't quite make it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed our night out from having our table ready when we arrived to the tour of the lounge afterwards. The wine list was extensive and we found a good Chardonnay my partner and my margarita was over the top and I look forward to the next one. The mussels and shoestring potatoes were good and the sauce was as good as the mussels. The grilled hanger steak was done just right at medium rare and tasty with a good chew and mouth feel. The fingerling potatoes were al dente and tasty. After seeing the desserts we would of liked to have save some room but settled for a cappuccino instead. We were very pleased!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Excellent choices for lunch. Although it was very quiet good for getting caught up with our wonderful good friends ."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The service was poor at best. Witnessed the waitstaff bumping into each other multiple times. We were served something we did not order (even before we ordered our meals). The chaotic scene was not comforting."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was amazing however we ordered our food at 8pm and it did not get to the table until 9:30. Horrible service. They said it was because of a party of 20 that was holding everything up. Well, you should know how to juggle that as a restaurant. Shame too, because again the food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a lovely lunch/brunch on Sunday. Good menu choices. Great salads. Friendly service."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "It was Valentines Day 2/14/14 and we had 5pm reservations. We were seated close to the entrance door, we asked to be moved but they said they couldn't. It was apparent they overbooked - restaurant patrons were standing by the door waiting for their tables to be available, clearly the result of overbooking. The food took a very long time to come out of the kitchen - you could see that we were not the only ones waiting for our food. And the food was so,so. Our waitress was very nice - not her fault. I have always liked Gabrielle's but it has changed -we won't be back for a long time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "when we arrived , we were nicely greeted, our coats were checked in and we were seated. our waitress was very friendly and attentive. we ordered an appetizer but it took a while for it to come out, and then the entrée also took too long to be served. although the food was very good and the presentation of our entree's was lovely, it was a bit too long of a wait. the restaurant is lovely and very nice for a special occasion. we would consider returning for dinner but hoping there is a quicker turnaround with the meal. we would have also preferred better seating. we were seated at a table to the right of the entrance. it was noisier since it was very close to the door and also a little cold."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was looking for a unique restaurant that could provide a diverse yet distinctive menu. Well Gabrielle's did not fail me. Having gone for a birthday dinner with the family, we found that it provided us a wonderful experience. The staff was quite attentive to providing the very best service to us, while not being intrusive while we were eating. The food was well prepared and extremely flavorful. The presentation could have been a bit more creative, but again, the flavor was outstanding. Having a party of six, the food came to our table together and hot. Being that it was the middle of the week, many more people were opting to eat at the bar. The newly renovated dining area exuded a clean, crisp and comfortable feeling. Will go back."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Soup and salad appetizers were tasty. Waitress was lovely but found it odd that I was told I would have to wait for my drink because the bar was backed up. Main course of beef and shrimp was quite bland and quite skimpy Beef was very undercooked. I sent it back and waited almost ten minutes for it to be returned."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed the bar, food and wine. It was a fun experience. Service was good. Would go back again."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We were greeted nicely upon arrival and promptly seated. Our waitress had a nice sense of humor which helped her get through the occasional glitch in service. The food was very good nicely presented and the portions were quite large. We were not rushed through the meal, so that added to our enjoyment. Overall, I would consider this to be one of the best dining experiences I have had in this area for quite awhile!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had a very wonderful dinner. Interesting, creative, flavorful dishes. We had an early reservation, so the restaurant was less than full. What surprised us was the noise level. You could hear other table's conversations clearly. So on a busy night, expect it to be tough to carry on a conversation. Again, the food is great and the service is terrific."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Has a deserved reputation for good food. I've only been there once, so it's hard to say a lot other than the menu is good with a good variety of more-or-less "standard" type offerings and the entrees I and my companion ordered were well-prepared. I would definitely eat there again. Good service, decent ambience, happy that were not rushed and we could converse comfortably."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great service, but food very salty and too much oil"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service!! Everything was perfect and we had a very memorable dinner on New Year's Eve! This is the second year for us dining at Gabrielle's and it won't be the last."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was our first visit to Gabrielles. we went with friends two days after Christmas. We were a bit worried when it was basically empty, but it had been recommended to us as a good spot. We got a nice table, although it was chilly next to the window. We had a few glitches with incomplete menus, not getting drink orders right, not noticing when a mishap with food left us with water and wine glasses that needed to be replaced. Since the restaurant was not at all full, we were surprised that these simple things were overlooked. All that said, the food was very tasty. The question above (#2) does not hit any of the reasons we would recommend this restaurant. We would recommend it because it is a good (albeit a bit pricey) option for the area."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We always go for Christmas Eve dinner and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 12/24/2013