You be the Judge!
Food and drinks are good but I think it is expensive.
They have somewhat of a captive audience with Goodspeed Theater next door.
Our Filet Mignon orders were mixed up and served incorrectly(medium vs medium well).
By the time we realized the error it was not worth the effort to straighten it out.
The cut of meat is excellent.
Watch your check and your credit card charge. Ours was over by 57% and had to be corrected. I hope it was an honest mistake!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely setting great attentive
Lovely setting great attentive service menu pricey
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another very postive experience
Another very postive experience at the Gelston House. Great venue for dinner before a Goodspeed show. Noticed the new. to me, bar menue. Intend to return soon to try the casual side of their venue.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The sea bass was the best
The sea bass was the best I've ever had. A perfect amount of food.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Next door to the Goodspeed Opera House and overlooking the Connecticut River, the Gelston House is an excellent destination for an evening of fine dining or great meal immediately preceding the show. With indoor and outdoor dining, an excellent selection of dishes and wines, a full bar and great service, the Gelston House is a convenient destination for theater goers, a romantic evening or a well deserved quality meal. I have this place high on my favorites list!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Mother's Day...dinner
Nice Mother's Day...dinner after buffet was over. Very excellent service....Moses was great Owner came over and said he was a busboy...what a riot!
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an excellent time at the Gelston House to celebrate my wife's birthday.
Thank you.Our server
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Most of the food was rated Okay to great, but a few in our party were not happy with their lunch. In particular, the steak sandwich was very dry and the taste was overpowered by the "too-breadie" roll it was served on. The atmosphere and the view were absolutely great and was only seconded by the service - which was great. The servers really worked wonderful together and were always on top of things.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Goodspeed Opera House fan
Right next to Opera House with beautiful view of CT river. Good food, nice salads, mostly convenient and lovely setting
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before the Show
Dining on the patio was lovely even on a very hot day, but positioning is everything. Take a table well away from the sun's rays after 6:00 near or behind the bar. Food was lovely, salads perfect for a hot day. Service was super.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful server, Hunter. He was attentive, personable and knew about the menu. Five of us went for lunch on a Saturday, a beautiful day in June. The food was delicious and well presented. The bread basket was warm and dessert was awesome.
I will return to the Gelston House in the future.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Play it up!
Dinner and a play. That's the draw. Convenience and ambience. Great icon and traditional fare. View of the river and lobster pot pie. Good combination.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, outstanding service, outstanding view of Connecticut River, very convenient to events at Goodspeed Opera House.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for lunch before show
We had low expectations for Gelston House because it has a more or less guaranteed supply of diners given its proximity next door to the Goodspeed Opera House. We were pleasantly surprised, however; the food (lunch) was great, the view excellent (window table), and the service exceptional.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the prettiest restaurant I've ever been to. The location on the banks of the river and convenience to Goodspeed are unmatched. The service is excellent. The food, however, left a lot to be desired. Perhaps it was what I ordered (Lobster Shepherds Pie), but it was not good. There was little flavor, less lobster, and it was hard to tell the difference among the components. What sounded interesting on the menu, and came with a recommendation from the server, was clearly a mistake on my part. I should have stuck with something more familiar. Having dined at the Gelston House previously, I know they can do better than Lobster Shepherds Pie. Everything else I had was fine, though the housr salad dressing was a bit too sweet.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect place to dine prior to a show at the Goodspeed Opera House. We will look forward to dining there again.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
dinner before the show
This is a good restaurant to go to before the show at Goodspeed Opera house. The food is very good, the prices reasonable and the view is outstanding. You can dine indoors or out on the balcony. The wait staff is very courteous, and attentive.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rack of lamb was awful
Four people in our party. Three were pleased with food. The rack of lamb was dry, tasteless and overcooked. Ordered medium rare; it was at least medium well done.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely atmosphere on the Connecticut River. The outdoor patio was lovely on a mid August afternoon. The portions were very generous, the price (value) was excellent. Service was fine, no complaints at all - our waitress was attentive without being too much. I can't wait to go back, perhaps during the Autumn folliage.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before the matinee at Goodspeed we headed for the outdoor patio. The crowd inside was too noisy. Server was great,although he didn't mention his name. I had the fish tacos which were superb. My friend had the grilled chicken. Everything came out promptly and the white wine by the glass selection was spot on.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding service and view
Enjoyed the fixed price three-course menu before performance at Goodspeed Opera next door. Food excellent, service outstanding. Lovely views of Connecticut river.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The lunch menu is priced moderately
The lunch menu is priced moderately and our choices were very good. The service was excellent. The view was spectacular. Beautiful roses on every table was a lovely touch!!!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Theater with lunch
I highly recommend The Gelston House for lunch before theater at Goodspeed. My choice of entree was ahi burger and it was delicious. Our server was friendly and the food was served promptly as time was a factor. Try the Gelston House and I am sure it's a spot you will revisit!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always fresh and made with fresh ingredients. If you are going to a show at the the Goodspeed they make sure you will make the opening and enjoy your meal as well.
Views of the Connecticut river are spectacular.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Dining Experience
The restaurant is very beautiful with window seating overlooking the Connecticut River. The menu was extensive and the food very good in both presentation and taste. We had a very pleasant and fun server. Service in general was very good. Great for a romantic evening, and there is even a nice patio bar outside (and one also inside) for a cocktail before dinner. Loved it!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Historic and Special Restaurant
The Gelston House is a gem. The views are spectacular, the food superb, the service beyond competent. A special place.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd time we have eaten here.
2nd time we have eaten here. 1st time about a year ago, everything but the view was terrible, especially the service. This time, the opposite. Food and service very good! We will definitely try again, maybe outside if the weather is good.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place to have lunch before attending a matinee at the nearby Goodspeed. Seating and service were prompt, food very good, and the view of the river always a treat. Very good value for the moderate price. We will return.
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
pre theatre dinner
It is always a nice evening to enjoy dinner prior to attending a show at Goodspeed.
10/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Before theater lunch
Was there last month too. Ate outside that time. Good both times.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Classy and laid back
We enjoyed our pre-theater luncheon, with service that was prompt and courteous. The menu offers choices that would suit any diner.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Better Than Expected
More often than not, the reason to choose Gelston House for a meal was its proximity to the Goodspeed Opera House. Past experiences suggested that the "captive audience" wasn't fully appreciated and that the dining was uninspired and overpriced. They have upped their game. The food and service now reflect a genuine effort to reward patrons for trying them. The setting on the CT river is delightful. While not quite a foodie destination, our most recent experience reflected good quality and a very pleasant venerable New England Inn experience. Our waiter, Allen, was both professional and friendlhy, and the wine and food worth repeating.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Experience
This was our first experience at The Gelston House and it was fabulous! We had a lunchtime celebration for my mother's birthday. When we arrived, the dining room was very quiet, then the crowds arrived and it did become quite noisy but overall the atmosphere and ambiance were lovely and comfortable. The view of the water was awesome and added to the relaxed atmosphere. Our server was attentive but not overwhelming, she was just perfect! The food was out of this world, tasteful and elegant, and good sized portions for lunch. We will definitely return for another visit.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been going to the Gelston House for many years now...it's not only convenient for pre or post theater dining next to the Goodspeed Opera House, but the food is always good and the wait staff is usually dependable. Our waitress was especially professional and friendly on our most recent visit, making the evening perfect. :)
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM