Gabrielle's
Gabrielle's

Gabrielle's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gabrielles.net/
  • Phone: 8607672440
  • 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.
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Gabrielle's reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)special occasion (27)neighborhood gem (27)romantic (19)great for lunch (13)good for groups (10)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My significant other and I each enjoyed an entree special offered that evening -- I had the swordfish, and he had the pork, and neither of us were disappointed. Portions were plentiful, and the taste was devine. The others at the table enjoyed a burger and the small portion of the hangar steak, and they were both very pleased with their selections. Our server was wonderful as always, and he was very helpful about the menu . . . a nd he had a very good sense of humor which made the evening extra enjoyable. We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always consistently good
    Kds2014VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been coming for years. Having lived in NYC for 20 years, we know good food. This place is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    LP2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our dinner experience was poor. We were able to be seated far from the noisy bar. The waitress was welcoming but strong and phony. We very specifically asked for salad dressing on the side but the salad, delivered by another server, was dressed. We didn't complain and it tasted good. Our fish dinners included a small piece of fish completely overwhelmed by a plateful,of oily chorizo and shallots. We picked at the food, and didn't finish half of the food on the plate. We had no interest in trying dessert.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a mess
    Irisbow
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Although we arrived 1 3/4 hrs before we had to leave for a play we had such inattentive and slow service that we only had our drinks and salads. We informed our waitress upon arrival and she cheerily assured us there wouldn't be a problem. When we needed to speak to her I, several times had to get up and walk around to find someone to attend to us. We have eaten here before and have had very attentive, timely service and good food. This time was truly disappointing. Our stomachs were rumbling as we uncomfortably watched the play.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sauces complement not overwhelm
    LocalFanVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Within easy reach of Ivoryton Playhouse or Goodspeed Opera, Gabrielle's gave us great food and efficient service. The fried oysters were treated with care given to zucchini flowers, i.e. light, delicate and letting the juicy oyster be the star, and the dip was outstanding. My pork special was crispy outside, moist inside with a terrific bacon sauce and a hint of barbecue not overwhelming the pork. My wife had the scallops with a red curry that was just right. She does not like things too hot and this had just enough flavor to be exciting while letting the large scallops be the principle flavor. All portions were generous. My martini of organic gin with their homemade hot pickled green beans is now a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delight
    Lulu
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Not sure why we hadn't eaten at Gabrielle's in awhile. Sorry we waited so long. Decided on an October meal of bratwurst and knockwurst ( food I don't usually eat). It was delicious. The service was attentive without being intrusive. It is such an important aspect of a dining experience that in the past, I have not returned to a restaurant where the food was good but the service poor. Not the case at Gabrielle's. Food and service were excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Monday night value!
    CSkin
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Gabrielle's is an upscale restaurant offering a great value on Monday nights. Every entree is 50% off. The restaurant was crowded and lively, but the service did not suffer as a result. The portions were large and quite delicious. The scallops had an Asian flair, and the hangar steak was prepared to order. They also offer casual plates which is a nice option. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob22
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Has always been very god. the service is great also. Big factor is the 1/2 price entries on Mondays
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extensive Gluten-Free Choices
    Theatergoer
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Outstanding food and service. Many gluten-free items designated on menu. Lovely ambiance. Convenient to Ivoryton Playhouse.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charlie Tuna
    Crunch
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Mondays are very affordable with 1/2 off entrees! All the food is wonderful, and the specials can be spectacular! I'm not a drinker, so I can't speak to the wines, etc. We try to get in for 5 to 7 visits each year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Lorraniumschoice
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Wonderful restaurant! A perfect evening with great ambiance and service. Food was beyond delicious and our drinks were made perfectly. Can't wait to return next time we are in CT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    babs
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Gabrielle's was a great find. After the Ivoryton Playhouse matinee, we found this great restaurant on main street not far from the theater. They do not open until 5 pm so we were the first customers. Service was terrific as was the food. I will definitely go back to this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfortunate
    Martian
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had one totally average appetizer (spring roll) and one order of truly awful scallion shrimp pancakes that were riddled with uncooked dough. That being said - the entrees were all successful though very late arriving to the table. Since he had children with us this was a problem. So...would advise keeping the kids at home. Our server was attentive and did go back into the kitchen to seek out the kids meals.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!! Food, Ambience, Service
    Rosie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In all our years of patronizing Gabrielle's (10), we have only been CONSISTENTLY DELIGHTED BY FOOD, SERVICE, AMBIENCE. There has never been a dissappointment of any kind, other than over salting entrees' Our only comment is that if you are 'salt sensitive', you request that the chef go easy on the salt. The food combinations presented are so phnomenal, that the additional salt takes away from the presentation at times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Favorite local gem with good small plate additions to menu . Always have had a good plus meal in a good setting!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant Lunch
    Mike58
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Staff is exceptionally skilled. Food, especially the ginger ice cream, is out of this world. Old world elegance!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicicious!
    WeekendDiners
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal at Gabriell's. My husband had well prepared sea bass and I had salmon with tofu and vegetables that was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Our friends had tapas and a pork special. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • favorite place for all the locals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    wonderful as ususal. great personalized service. accomodated our special needs well
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garbrielle's
    moose
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Six of us for lunch before theater right down the road. What a great pick. They know how to pour a good drink here and the mussels and fried calamari were about the best we ever had. Portions are large and flavorful. Service was friendly and efficient. Tables are spaced nicely apart so we did not fear that our loud group was annoying anyone. Definitely would go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent recommendation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were in area for 2 nights and Gabrielles was recommneded by the staff at a local inn. We were not disappointed. Everyrhing was great from the ease of reservations to the service, food, drinks and desserts. We wish we lived closer to go back more frequently but will definiately go back when were in the area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious special
    NRfoodie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The regular menu has a good array of dishes but we've been pleasantly surprised with some specials. Last night's bowl of shrimp (jumbo and small) with rice noodles, veggies and a lobster roll on the side (all gluten-free ) was a real treat. And on Mondays half price entrees--who knew?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Details
    LeeLeeVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had a lovely brunch in this quite and beautiful restaurant. I loved the details of the fresh flowers on the tables and throughout the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice out of the way place
    GeoS
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 417 reviews are from the Gabrielle's reviews archive.
  • Good Overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sad Salad
    Saybrook
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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
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  • Great evening!
    MBbook
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gabriellas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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,,,,,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasting value esp. on Mondays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real gem
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we found it.
    Vacationgirl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent -As always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We are somewhat regulars to this wonderful restaurant located on a busy street in Centerbrook, CT. The food and service never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiting
    rudeboy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Mother's Day At Gabrielle's
    PattyM
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised
    NRfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Elln
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gabrielle's
    TomB
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PatnSteveEat
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Betsy
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    You can always be sure you will have a tasty meal!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate