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Bee and Thistle Inn

4.6
4.6
352 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American


We aare temporarily closed until further notice but are offering curbside takeout Wednesday-Sunday from 5-7:30 pm. Phone Lines open at 1:30 pm, Wednesday-Sunday.

Contemporary, Distinctive, New England Cuisine. With a menu that changes with each season, our chef uses only the most fresh, local and seasonal ingredients to reflect the bounty of the Connecticut River Valley. Whether you are enjoying an herb infused cocktail at our bar, a casual small plate in our garden, or an elegant evening in one of our three dining areas, you will be sure to have a memorable experience.

The Chestnut Grille and Lounge is open:
Wednesday-Friday 5:00-9:00
Sunday 4:00-8:00 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesdays

Bee Happy Hour: Wed-Fri, 5-7:00 pm, Sunday 4-5:00 pm
1/2 off select cocktails, $5 house wine, $3 beer

Thursday Night Bee Romantic:
A three course menu for two with a complimentary bottle of wine for only $85 per couple

Live Music in our Lounge or Garden Wednesday and Sunday Evenings

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Menu

Starter

Choice of:

  • Baby Kale Salad

    with Fresh Mozzarella, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Brioche Croutons, Basil Vinaigrette

    • Traditional Caesar Salad

      Entrée

      Choice of:

      • Faroe Island Salmon

        with Seacoast Farm Wild Mushroom Risotto, Jicama Salsa, Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Sautéed French Beans

        • Grilled All Natural Grass Fed New York Strip Steak

          with Smoked Gouda & Bacon Potato Gratin, Sautéed Greens, Roasted Carrots and Red Wine Demi

          Dessert

          Choice of:

          • Double Chocolate Amaretto Truffle Tart

            • Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

              House Wine

              Choice of:

              • Cabernet

                • Pinot Grigio

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                  What 352 people are saying

                  Overall ratings and reviews

                  4.6
                  4.6 based on all time ratings
                  • 4.6Food
                  • 4.6Service
                  • 4.6Ambience
                  • 4.3Value

                  NoiseQuiet

                  95% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                  1. MT

                    MikeT

                    New York Area

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on February 23, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    This is a great place to share a special dinner. In our case, it was a delayed Valentine's Day dinner. This Inn has such a romantic warmth and feel. The food is exquisite. And the service makes you feel very special.

                  2. JM

                    JohnM

                    New York Area

                    9 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    9 reviews

                    Dined on February 16, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Place was packed, the host jumped in to help our waitress who was in the weeds! Excellent overall

                  3. s

                    sgermanmd

                    New York Area

                    28 reviews

                    4.0

                    28 reviews

                    Dined on February 15, 2020

                    overall4food5service3ambience4

                    Seated immediately. Nice wine list. The online food menu did not reflect the menu that was handed to us. Smoked trout appetizer was delicious, with a lot of trout! My Sweet potato gnocchi were great. Perfect consistency, large portion, very flavorful mushrooms. Wy wife's filet was cooked perfectly. A little sparse on the root vegetables. Bread pudding was flavorful, and not too heavy. One downside were the long intervals between service. We had already finished our coffee when the desserts finally came. Similar delay between asking for the check and finally receiving it. Maybe understaffed on a Saturday evening??

                  4. TM

                    ThomasM

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 15, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Delicious lobster bisque, arugula salad, salmon, and chocolate tort desert. Service impeccable. Ambiance romantic!

                  5. CH

                    CraigH

                    New York Area

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 14, 2020

                    overall4food4service5ambience3

                    The Bee and Thistle Inn has a reputation of one of the most romantic restaurants in CT. While the food and service were good, it did not strike me as romantic, especially since we booked far in advance for Valentine's Day. It was a Friday night and there was no live music (they used to have a harpist) only piped music that was not very romantic. I was somewhat disappointed with the evening.

                  6. SJ

                    StephenJ

                    New York Area

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on February 14, 2020

                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                    Perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! Best filet I have had in a LONG time!

                  7. WH

                    WilliamH

                    New York Area

                    6 reviews

                    5.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on February 14, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Valentine's Day at the Bee and Thistle is special to us since we were married there 8 years ago. As always, the staff is wonderful, place is gorgeous and romantic and the food delicious. Can't beat if for a romantic dinner.

                  8. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    New England

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on February 12, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great food. Excellent service

                  9. o

                    occasionalvisitor

                    New York Area

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 9, 2020

                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                    A warm fire, cozy surroundings, pleasing light level, lively but not loud noise, comfortable chairs, good food, excellent service.... Altogether a very pleasant experience.

                  10. G

                    Gene

                    New York Area

                    17 reviews

                    5.0

                    17 reviews

                    Dined on February 2, 2020

                    overall5food5service4ambience3

                    Food was creative, tasty and served hot and all together. One minor complaint, the tile floor was very cold. The atmosphere leaves one feeling luxurious as you pass through stuffed couches and a live fire into a full window porch. A very pleasant experience and evening.

                  11. l

                    lizf

                    New York Area

                    13 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    13 reviews

                    Dined on January 26, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    My sister and I were in from New York for the weekend and picked this restaurant based on reviews. We could not have been more pleased. The ambiance was quintessential New England. So cozy and inviting on a stormy January night. We were greeted by the manager John who gave us a brief history of the beautiful inn and helped us select the perfect wine for our dinner. My sister ordered the cod and I had the salmon. The fish was cooked to perfection and the sides of risotto and farro were delicious. Our waitress could not have been lovelier. We will definitely come back.

                  12. AA

                    AlanA

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on January 11, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    A great experience. We have also done tea there and had a similar great time. Excellent food.

                  13. AS

                    AmyS

                    New York Area

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on January 5, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    lovely place for a special meal. The staff was helpful and atmosphere lovely. We hit it on a very quiet post holiday evening.

                  14. JS

                    JamesbytheSea

                    New York Area

                    7 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on January 1, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Lovely staff. Excellent food. Perfect time.

                  15. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    New York Area

                    2 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on January 1, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    New Years Eve

                  16. L

                    Leilani

                    Los Angeles

                    8 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on December 31, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Charming and delicious! We loved our NYE dinner.

                  17. P

                    Prestplan

                    New York Area

                    51 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    51 reviews

                    Dined on December 28, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Wonderful evening. Pre-New Years celebration with the in-laws. Staff couldn’t have been nicer. We had a lovely table for 5 by the fireplace. Been there before and always enjoyed it, but this was the best food we’ve ever had there. Our family all had the saddle of lamb which was cooked to perfection. In-laws has Salmon and veal chop. Our daughter substituted the cheese plate listed as an appetizer for dessert which was a brilliant idea. It’s a long ride for us, but totally worth it. I wish it was closer but the ambience is so lovely it’s hard to resist it.

                  18. D

                    Diane

                    Philadelphia

                    2 reviews

                    3.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on December 27, 2019

                    overall3food3service5ambience5

                    A very quiet and romantic dinner. Limited menu, food was good. Our server was very good and friendly.

                  19. CV

                    ChrisV

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on December 25, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The food was delicious. The staff noticed without my saying that I was not 100% comfortable physically at the table where we were initially seated and they suggested a different table which was a perfect fit for our long legs . Impressive that they noticed subtle clues. The holiday decorations were lovely and all fireplaces were lit and cozy. And importantly as stated first, the food was absolutely delicious. We each ordered different starters, entrees and deserts and all were excellent.

                  20. s

                    steven

                    New England

                    6 reviews

                    vip
                    3.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on December 24, 2019

                    overall3food2service4ambience4

                    A lovely spot particularly at Christmas. Well decorated and pleasant fireplaces. But then.....the food and cost. Very expensive, and not very good. I had one veal chop for $48. The other 3 of our guests had slightly less expensive choices but equally poor quality. Also very few choices on the menu, but perhaps they had to do that for Christmas Eve.

                  21. SR

                    SusanR

                    New York Area

                    9 reviews

                    2.0

                    9 reviews

                    Dined on December 24, 2019

                    overall2food2service1ambience4

                    A pretty country inn with mediocre food and service. Expected more for $100. Dollars a person. I should have known better when I saw chicken entree for $31. Never again

                  22. KP

                    KarenP

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on December 19, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    My only suggestion is that your bar offers Chopin Vodka & Tito's Vodka as both are very popular right now and high end.

                  23. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    New York Area

                    14 reviews

                    5.0

                    14 reviews

                    Dined on December 15, 2019

                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                    Such a lovely experience for their holiday tea. We didn't feel rushed and service was fantastic.

                  24. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    New York Area

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on December 14, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    We met friends for a holiday dinner. The setting was beautiful, the food delicious and the service excellent. Attentive without being excessive. We did not feel rushed or under pressure to leave. It was a beautiful evening.

                  25. FG

                    FoodGuyCT

                    Las Vegas

                    6 reviews

                    2.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on December 13, 2019

                    overall2food2service2ambience5

                    I really wanted to love it but the waitress was not present and the food wasn’t anything special. Neither plate was even hot when it arrived at the table and getting a drink at a stadium is easier and faster. Too bad I miss the old days when you went to a place like this and it was top notch. These folks are just putting in the hours and the lack of passion for the food or the patrons is apparent.

                  26. BW

                    BarbaraW

                    Orlando

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on December 11, 2019

                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                    We eat at Bee and Thistle almost every time we are in the area and have enjoyed it each time. The food is excellent. We especially like sitting in the breakfast room because it is more intimate with the fireplace going at this time of year. We were surprised when we got there to hear the entertainment. It made the evening for us. Thank you so much for having a great restaurant!!

                  27. S

                    Super

                    New York Area

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on December 11, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Wow what a little gem, food, athmospere and service absolut top notch Per & Anne-Charlotte

                  28. RL

                    RiannaL

                    New York Area

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on November 30, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Wonderful food. Also, wonderful place to have a wedding or a special event.

                  29. RS

                    RedheadSX

                    New England

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on November 28, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The last time I ate at The Bee and Thistle Inn was 30+ yrs. ago. It's just as terrific now as I remembered it. I won't wait so long to return. Everything was great - the food, service and ambiance. I highly recommend it.

                  30. CK

                    CindyK

                    Algeria

                    3 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on November 28, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Wonderful Holiday experience! Food and Service outstanding and not at all rushed. Will be back!

                  31. CG

                    CarolG

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on November 24, 2019

                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                    Everything about our evening at the Vantassel was lovely. Beautifully decorated, excellent service and the music was a nice touch

                  32. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    New York Area

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on November 3, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Amazing food. Great atmosphere

                  33. BH

                    BHaw

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on October 27, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Wow the food was outstanding! The servers were the most down to earth friendly people. The atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing. The Live music was fantastic. We can’t wait to go back.

                  34. M

                    Mort

                    New York Area

                    23 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    23 reviews

                    Dined on October 4, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    It’s always a treat eating at The Bee and Thistle Inn. Great food, great service. The staff is always warm and friendly. In addition, you can have a conversation without raising your voice because of the quiet, refined atmosphere.

                  35. D

                    Duxbury

                    New York Area

                    5 reviews

                    5.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on October 3, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Good food as always and enjoyed speaking with Chef Kris........a very nice gentleman.

                  36. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    New York Area

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on October 3, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Fun night with out of town friends who were celebrating their 60th Anniversary.

                  37. p

                    picamo

                    New York Area

                    8 reviews

                    4.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on October 2, 2019

                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                    We had a lovely meal . Service was excellent, the inn is always lovely. The menu is quite limited, but what is served is done exceptionally well. The wine list has something for everyone. We had the lamb and the salmon and both were done exactly as requested. Sides were creative and delicious. The all star was a brioche, fig bread pudding....oh my!

                  38. P

                    Pamela

                    Miami

                    239 reviews

                    vip
                    2.0

                    239 reviews

                    Dined on September 22, 2019

                    overall2food2service1ambience2

                    Came here to dine as my husband had find remembrances from years ago. The restaurant has definitely seen better days . The waitress was very inept. The worst ever was when she delivered our bread, not wrapped in a napkin so it slid to the side of the basket so she took her entire bare hand and pressed it in the basket in front of us. The wind was not poured tableside and the glasses were not poured to regulation pour. The food was totally bland. The cod was completely tasteless. The experience was nothing short of terrible.We dined at two other places in town of much higher quality and better pricing.

                  39. NW

                    NanW

                    Tampa

                    5 reviews

                    5.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on September 8, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Lovely atmosphere, food and service. Our favorite for a special night out.

                  40. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Diego

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on September 7, 2019

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Outstanding establishment! From the staff to the atmosphere to the amazing meal, our experience was top notch! We were also fortunate to meet and have drinks with the owner which was a special treat. Its no wonder this place is so amazing when the owners themselves are such great people!!

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