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The Gelston House
8 Main St.
East Haddam, CT 06423
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The Gelston House Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Private Party Contact:
June Shea (860) 873-1411
RT 149 AND RT 82
Handicap parking available in front of the restaurant and more parking available on the side and rear of restaurant.
A word from The Gelston House
Gelston House offers Fine Dining with a spectacular setting with a view of the Connecticut River. Exquisite Cuisine and excellent service. ** Please allow an hour and forty five minutes for pre-theatre reservations.
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Diners' Choice Winner
We were looking for restaurants on
Open Table and thought this looked like a good one. Nice view, good menu. Made the reservation on Monday for Valentine's day Friday. On Friday, the Valentine's Day menu popped up. The choices were lessened severely. We arrived, the tables were just fine, but only 1/2 of their dining room was used. Despite this, our waiter showed up a total of 3 times in 1 hour 45 min. a) to take our order b) to fill our water glasses one time and c) only after I asked him for the bill after a 20 minute wait after dessert. All other things were taken care of by food runners. The food was not good at all. NY steak had way too much gristle, the champagne was bitter and we left unimpressed. A real shame."
Dined on 2/14/2014
My wife and I dined here on
valentines day. We had only eaten here prior in the outside patio area which we love. The service wasn't the best that night and our waitress wasn't dressed how you would expect for a nice dining restaurant; however the food was very good and portions were a good size too! We would prefer to have more distance between tables next time too."
Dined on 2/14/2014
A little disappointed with the
fact we had to eat in the bar. If we had known that when we made reservations we would have tried another night"
Dined on 12/7/2013
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. :)"
Dined on 11/30/2013
food was plain and boring and very
expensive for the quality would not recommend for foodies"
Dined on 11/17/2013
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."
Dined on 11/16/2013
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."
Dined on 11/13/2013
We enjoyed our pre-theater
luncheon, with service that was prompt and courteous. The menu offers choices that would suit any diner."
Dined on 11/2/2013
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."
Dined on 10/16/2013
Beautiful setting overlooking
Connecticut River and Goodspeed Opera House. We have been here before and enjoyed good service but this time the service was very poor. Also there was poor communication between the waitstaff who took the order and the server who brought the food items."
Dined on 10/20/2013
Was there last month too. Ate
outside that time. Good both times."
Dined on 10/19/2013
It is always a nice evening to
enjoy dinner prior to attending a show at Goodspeed."
Dined on 10/17/2013
This is an ok place to dine if you
are attending a Goodspeed theater performance. Scenic view of the Connecticut River outside your window makes up for the overpriced ordinary food and the inconsistent service."
Dined on 10/13/2013
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."
Dined on 10/12/2013
I ordered filet mignon medium
well. It came medium rare and was cold. The cut of beef did not even look like a filet. I sent it back. It was brought back to me like a piece of charcoal. Good restaurants know how to prepare steak and at the price I was being charged the chef at the Gelston House should have known how to prepare it. My wife ordered the shrimp and scallop scampi and it was average. The restaurant was extremely noisy that evening, as well. The service was excellent. Our waitress, Meghan did a great job. In the future we will dine "locally" and then head to the show. This place is not worth the money."
Dined on 10/5/2013
We sat outside which was ok.
Although the building and area is pretty the decor is outdated. Our shrimp with sweet potato crusted on the outside was delicious. My pear salad was decent although the pears themselves were gross, the dressing was good. The bread was plain n not warmed up. My husbands seabass n risotto was good. My pan seared tuna was terrible. Very bland. I sent it back. The waitress offered something else. I passed. She was very pleasant. We ordered chocolate mousse. Awful! tasted like it was a previously frozen dessert. I would not recommend this restaurant."
Dined on 10/5/2013
This restaurant on the Connecticut
River is a great locale. On a beautiful fall day you can't beat being outside enjoying the view. I'd stick to a drink and maybe an appetizer. Food was really mediocre. Bagged salad with a few pieces of shrimp or meat overly seasoned on it. Desserts were definitely made somewhere else and seemed a bit stale. Sorry but have to be honest and say this was a big disappointment. Maybe a better place for nigh time bar crowd than meals."
Dined on 10/1/2013
The Gelston House is a gem. The
views are spectacular, the food superb, the service beyond competent. A special place."
Dined on 9/29/2013
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."
Dined on 9/26/2013
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!"
Dined on 9/28/2013
Food was just "okay". Service was
slow but it appeared to be minimal staffing. We would possibly go back on a summer day because of the view."
Dined on 9/22/2013
We went to the Gelston House for a
re-theatre dinner. While the food was good, the service was indifferent. Once our waiter took our dinner order (and it seemed like he was doing us a favor), we never saw him again. We have to ask a bus boy for more water and another ice tea. We decided to have coffee in the bar where we found the area to be quitter. We also discovered that we could have eaten there. That would be our choice if we return. The food was good, but over priced for a pre theatre meal."
Dined on 9/22/2013
Nice spot with views of the river,
and a great location if you're going to the Goodspeed. The building, dining room and view are really lovely. The Bloody Marys were the highlight of the menu, though. Sunday Brunch was fine, just uninspired and pedestrian."
Dined on 9/22/2013
The food was OK but overpriced,
apparently catering to the quasi-captive audience who were attending a show immediately afterward at the Goodspeed Opera House."
Dined on 9/11/2013
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!"
Dined on 9/11/2013
We had 6:00 reservations for a
patio table. When we arrived, we were told that there were 6 parties ahead of us and that we needed to put our names on a list. Isn't that what a RESERVATION is for? We obediently put our names on the list and sat at the patio bar. We sat...and sat...and sat some more. 20 minutes go by before the bartender gets our order for two drinks, shrimp cocktail and clam chowder. Drinks arrive around 6:45 and we are given a seat approximately 5 minutes later. We order our food: Lobster roll, wedge salad and a burger salad. And we wait some more. Half hour later our meals arrive and mine is wrong. Hostess comes over to check on us. Bad idea on her part. We won't be going back there for sure!"
Dined on 9/8/2013
Once seated, we waited 10 minutes
for someone to notice. It was now 5 pm and were surprised that they were lunch menus. The server poured us glasses and asked us if we were ready to order drinks and we asked for a moment. One glass of water had a small dead bug floating in it and both glasses had other unidentifiable items floating in it. We repeatedly tried to get the attention of.the server, but to no avail. So after a total of 25 minutes, we walked out with nothing more than "protein" water and frustration. There were no more than 16 other people in the restaurant. So there was no reason for such poor, unattentive service. As we walked out, neither our server and what appeared to be a manager, acknowledged our visible frustration.i"
Dined on 9/3/2013
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!!!"
Dined on 8/31/2013
Enjoyed the fixed price
three-course menu before performance at Goodspeed Opera next door. Food excellent, service outstanding. Lovely views of Connecticut river."
Dined on 8/31/2013
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."
Dined on 8/29/2013
Waiter might have been new but he
seemed nervous and didn't have much personality. I ordered salmon and had to send it back, it was cold. The second plate was just lukewarm and didn't have much flavor."
Dined on 8/29/2013
Since we were eating at the
Gelston House just prior to a show at the Goodspeed Opera House, the Gelston House was very busy for lunch. We ate outside overlooking the CT river. It took quite a while for a waiter or waitress to approach our table. When our food was served we had no salt/pepper or sugar/sugar substitutes on the table. We had to make a special request for these items. My friend liked her crab cake sandwich very much. However, I did not enjoy the lobster roll as the lobster was not particularly tasty and somewhat dry. It's a nice setting in which to eat but I would not recommend the lobster roll."
Dined on 8/27/2013
I was very disappointed in the
Gelston House. My sister and I brought my mother there for her birthday dinner to be followed by a show at the Goodspeed. We were 1/2 hour early for our reservation, but they seated us right away. That was about the only thing that was good. We had a glass of wine and put our order in. Our appetizer took an hour to arrive. By the time our dinners arrived, we had 20 minutes to get to the show on time. Our server was nice, but very rarely came by to check on things. Very disappointed. I would not recommended anyone to go there."
Dined on 8/11/2013
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."
Dined on 8/10/2013
Great location and wonderful
atmosphere. Can't you find a decent chef? Notice I said decent not even good. The only reason they have business is due to goodspeed. The experience has never been good here but this was particularly bad. Dinner was barely passable and dessert inedible. Find someone who can actually cook. Good location for kitchen nightmares."
Dined on 8/3/2013
It took awhile for the server to
come over. Ordered a nice bottle of wine, the server poured 3 fingers worth of wine and put it aside stating she had cork in the glass. Allowed me to taste the wine in a new glass and after approval continued to pour for my wife. As she was going to leave with the first glass of wine, I had to ask what she was planning to do with it, and she said bring it back, why do you want to take out the cork pieces? I said no but I thought at least you would have the bartender just strain it. So she left and came back with the glass latter, still with cork pieces. Next my Sea Bass came nice and warm and my wife's chiclen dish cold. It took about 5 minutes for the server to come by and ask. She offered to warm the dish"
Dined on 8/4/2013
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."
Dined on 7/27/2013
Great location next to Goodspeed
Opera House. Very easy if you are going to the theater. Food and service was mediocre."
Dined on 7/14/2013
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."
Dined on 7/13/2013
Being right next door to Goodspeed
Opera House, this is a perfect restaurant for a pre-theater dinner. Prices seem high for the area and for the quality of the food but portions are reasonable and several appetizers make a good "small plate" meal. I probably would not seek out this restaurant unless attending the theater."
Dined on 7/12/2013
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