Old Lyme Inn

4.4
376 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The menu at the Old Lyme Inn’s restaurant and bar offers guests traditional comfort food with a modern twist.

Since its opening in April 2012, the restaurant has quickly become a celebrated meeting place for visitors and locals alike. Hailed by critics and customers, our chefs work diligently to offer dishes that run the gamut from traditional selections to unique options that will challenge the way you think about food.

The lunch and dinner menu, as well as the wine and cocktail list, change seasonally and employ locally grown and deliciously fresh produce, meat, and seafood; as well as farm-roasted coffee and homemade ice cream.

Sunday: Brunch

Monday: Closed

Friday/Saturday: music in the lobby or check our website for exciting entertainment at our newly opened jazz club, theSideDoor.
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BobG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were met on entry by a pleasant hostess who confirmed our reservation and took us to a quiet table for two near the fireplace. I had some confusion regarding a gift certificate and this was quickly resolved. Our server brought us drinks, read the specials and gave us time to settle in. Our entres were excellent. I enjoyed the pork loin, which was served with a variety of roasted vegetables. My wife enjoyed the French onion soup.
While waiting for the Side Door Cafe to open we were invited to wait in the library. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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LouisC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Best waitress ever. Excellent food

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DonnaH
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jazzy Brunch was absolutely fabulous! Our server, Laura, was just the best. Music was terrific and fireplace was lovely on a cold New England morning.

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Billie
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, including dessert was amazing. This was my second time here. The waitress was so pleasant and efficient. The inn and restaurant are classic New England. Beautiful art in dining and reception area.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious lunch, Patty melt with french fries and the Cuban Pork roast with fries. Enjoyed the Sriracha deviled eggs as an appetizer. A very yummy meal. Presentation was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice time. Staff very polite and attentive. Very busy due to Valentines Day and a jazz Band playing . Waited about 45 minutes past our reservation time slot. Still a very pleasant evening.

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JMc12
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! And the food was awesome. We don’t normally go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day, but decided to have a special night this year. They were very busy for the holiday, but made sure that our experience was top notch. We were greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne while we waited for our table to be ready. The menu had wonderful choices. He had the Caesar salad and I had the house. He had the lobster corn chowder, which was so delicious! I had the fried mushroom ravioli - awesome! Then we both had the filet mignon, which was cooked to perfection. Our server was very friendly and helpful, as was everyone else. Such a special night! Will definitely go back again.

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MichaelH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Our reservation on Valentine's Day was 6:45 pm, we were seated just before seven, our drink and dining order taken, we talked and waited and waited and waited, as we were attending the show downstairs we became concerned by 8p not having been visited by our waiter for the past hour, no appetizer no salads??? I got up to inquire at the reservation desk and was told not to worry they hold the show, my concern was one we were hungry and salads and appetizers take over an hour??? Our salads arrive about 10 after 8 and no appetizers as the kitchen was ????? so no appetizers at all and salads pear dressing etc took over an hour to make???? Our entrees arrive w/ more apology about 10 minutes later, so we ate hurriedly to get downstairs by and had to skip desserts, what a masterful job of poor kitchen management.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

While we might be willing to excuse due to the special Valentine's Day occasion, this was possibly the worst service we have ever had - beyond slow...many reminders of previous requests...and service and food item mistakes at every course.

I would return...but I'm in no rush.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our experience at the Old Lyme Inn. We were greeted with a glass of Champagne and it got even better from there! Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful service, outstanding food. We will be returning soon!

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HollyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our third visit in the past month, again we sat in the room with the fireplace, which is cozy and inviting. Service is prompt, courteous. Onion soup is delicious. Their salads are innovative, always fresh, with healthy, tasty ingredients. Entrees are delectable and portions are generous but not excessive, always with the correct complement of veggie or starch. Desserts are irresistible, but we managed to avoid them! What we like best about their food: it is never overly spiced or salted, yet never bland; the flavors of the ingredients are allowed to speak for themselves. We love this place! Especially during the week when the jazz quartet is playing, it couldn't be more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Lovely Live Jazz Combo & Great food. Wonderful ambiance

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JustinF
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a great time at the Old Lyme Inn. The entre (fillet) and salad (Caesar) we’re perfect. However, The dessert (bunt cake) was not on par with the other food. We will definitely be back again.

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petera
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our evening exceeded our expectations. Wonderful appetizers, Our server was wonderful, and the atmosphere by the fire place made for a perfect evening.

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CheryllI
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Depends on if they return my email. Their chef selects menu on line for Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday nights special for $15 did not mention that it is not available on nights there is music in their jazz club.
I decided to take my boyfriend out to dinner and being on a tight budget thought it would be perfect. My $30 plus tip night turned into a $90 plus tip night.
Was not happy with that but we needed to eat because we were attending the show in their jazz club right after. i emailed them asking if they would make things right. I have not heard back.

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PaulJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great, food quick and delisous. Bartender Michael great as well.

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kirfie
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Atmosphere was great, fun and friendly. A teeny bit loud, but not bad - and really nice to have live music. Service was wonderful, and food was really great!! Will definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Years Eve

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vipMaryAnnH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening once we moved to the dining room on the right. The bar area was very loud; the service staff was able to move us to the quieter room where we could talk and hear the piano. Food was delicious and Christina was excellent as was the young man who provided water and other service.
Lovely evening... we will be back.

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ArthurF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent drinks, attentive service. We visit with our 2 granddaughters at least twice a year, and enjoy ourselves each time.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and thought the atmosphere and food were outstanding. We look forward to our next visit

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BrienO
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely old world In atmosphere. Warm welcome on all levels from drinks to dessert.

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LindaO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful place! Excellent birthday lunch with a friend. Delicious food and attentive staff. We will be back!

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DavidC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really have thoroughly enjoyed our two times having dinner at the old Lyme inn. Ken's band is fantastic and it's so nice to see him again.we will be back soon hopefully on a Sunday

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Doreenm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a step back in time, the staff are so kind! We enjoyed the food the ambience. Would definitely recommend this to anyone we went for the brunch. Can’t wait to go again

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vipefromct
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our party of 4 enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Old Lyme Inn. We sat outside at a patio table on a beautiful warm day. Our server was helpful and attentive even though we were the only diners outside! The tempura vegetable appetizer was outstanding and huge, it could serve as a meal! The deviled eggs were delicious, very creamy. I shared the pulled pork sandwich and the only reason I wouldn’t give it 5 stars is because on the menu it said it was served on buttermilk biscuits. However as our waitress let us know, it is now served on a brioche roll. It was good, but we would have preferred the biscuits. The fried oyster po’boy was tasty and the shrimp cocktail was fresh and bright. We spent almost two hours enjoying the food, the company and the beautiful day!!

Old Lyme Inn
Responded on October 1, 2019

We apologize about the biscuit/brioche exchange but are pleased your enjoyed your meal! We are switching over to our Fall menu and hope you will come back to try our new offerings.

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vipArminderS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing spectacular. A reasonable place for a meal.

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vipADELEA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience

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vipfoodie4fun
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and great service. The chef and bartenders are very talented

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JohnT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent dinner, very well served and a quiet, romantic atmosphere.

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vipMurph
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside near the real fire. Service couldn’t have been better and the food was great. Can’t wait to return.

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GailC
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love the Old Lyne Inn but I have commented before that it is difficult for my husband, who has celiac, to get have a complete meal there. This visit he ordered the cordon bleu burger on a gluten free roll, since other options were not gluten free. You were out of gluten free rolls - come on, buy some at Big Y and keep them in the freezer.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I have a pet peeve when a greeter, service desk person does not engage a customer immediately, especially when they are not on the phone or otherwise preoccupied. That is their job. The norm seems to be to stare down at their computer screen and then look up after a period of time with a rather annoyed look. Such was the case here. Time for some customer service training, re-training.

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vipJenniferH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The band that was supposed to be playing wasn’t there. My husband got the lamb. It was supposed to be a porterhouse. Instead, it was lamb chops. Also, it didn’t come with the yogurt sauce as described on the menu. The swordfish was very tasty but was a small portion. Other than that, the food was very good and it was nice to sit outside!

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jenos
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant; ate at table in bar area. Nice aspect is the ability to eat outdoors-- we had after-dinner coffee and dessert outside, with an excellent guitar player providing music in the background.

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LoveMeSomeHandCrafted
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Needed to use lift to second floor which was a fun experience. Hostess/server was awesome and we made some special requests. Haven't been in years due to bad reputation on food, but they have had a new chef for years now and the food was great! Oyster Po-Boy could've used a few more oysters, but it surprisingly came with a nice sized salad. Highly recommend rhubarb/brie flatbread, risotto, and reuben. Fries were perfect! Formal dining room had lots of light and was quiet. Will definitely visit more often now!

Old Lyme Inn
Responded on July 20, 2019

Thank you so much for 5 Star review. We hope to see you frequently and we never disappoint! We aim to please!

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vipMichelle
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely lunch listening to a gorgeous live jazz! Beautiful spot with friendly waiters and delicious cocktails!

Old Lyme Inn
Responded on July 13, 2019

Thank you, Michelle for the 5-star review! The jazz trio also plays rain or shine on Thursday night and if you have never experienced the SideDoor Jazz Club, you might want to check it out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Not enough staff, or poor training. Won’t go back until summer is over.

Old Lyme Inn
Responded on July 13, 2019

Thank you for your comment. I apologize for whatever transpired during your visit. In reviewing the evening, I believe that we were a bit under-staffed. It would be helpful in the future if you spoke to a manager regarding your concerns so that we can work to improve any service deficiencies . I hope you will try us again before the fall. Thank you.

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JLL343
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is such a beautiful place with excellent food! Loved the Sunday Brunch. We were a little too early for the music, but next time we plan on coming a little later! It is such a treat to have this beautiful place so close to where we live! I highly recommend the Old Lyme Inn. It is a nice romantic place for any special occasion too!

Old Lyme Inn
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you for your lovely review. In case you can't make it to brunch we have blues music on the patio Wednesday night and the Pennies (same band as Sunday brunch) play on Thursday night rain or shine. AND for a really special night we have shows at the SideDoor every Friday and Saturday night.

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CarolynH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just what we needed to reunite w/a long lost cousin.

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Old Lyme Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 376 OpenTable diners.

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