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Old Lyme Inn

4.2
240 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 434-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lou-Anne Langlois
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Boston Post Rd.
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Parking details
Large open parking lot on property.
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Public transit
Our guests visiting from the I-95 corridor (Boston to New York) may request free pick up from the Old Saybrook, Amtrak-Shoreline East train station.
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Entertainment
Live entertainment on selected evenings in the lobby or when whether permitting our patio.
Visit theSideDoor, a premier jazz club featuring world renowned jazz artist as well has local jazz artists.
Selected by Connecticut Magazine for 2014 as Best Live Jazz in Connecticut.

Please visit our website for upcoming shows.
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Special events & promotions
Planning a rehearsal dinner, birthday party or family reunion? The Old Lyme Inn is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion.

We have a number of different dining areas to choose from that comfortably hold many different size parties. Our skilled and attentive restaurant staff are happy to accommodate your dining requests, and will assist in making sure your menu selections please your guests.

The Inn specializes in small, intimate gatherings all year round. Only two hours from Boston and New York. Enjoy the perfect New England experience at the Old Lyme Inn.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Maryland Crab Cakes, Pork Tenderloin Medallions, and Roasted Strawberry & Orange Cream Trifle are just some of our menu items this Mother's Day! Make A Reservation Today!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 240 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter lunch - a reasonably priced 4 course lunch with good choices. Great live jazz trio entertained. Pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Chose Old Lyme Inn for our Easter dinner and was not disappointed. The prix fixed menu had several choices for all and was very reasonable. Easy music from a piano and bass was just right . Looks like they also have an active bar scene weekends.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter dinner here and were seated at a table with extra chairs behind us. The drinks were great but the place was very cold. The manager said it took time for the place to heat up but everyone in our party was cold during the whole meal. Moreover, the food served has not hot. The soup was barely above room temperature, the ham was room temperature and rubbery and the scallop potatoes were barely warmed. Moreover the carrot cake was dry but the frosting was tasty. The coffee at the end of the meal, however, was hot and delicious.
Overall, the Easter meal seemed tired and not special and was truly a disappointment.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Service level poor. Staff pleasant but innatentive/poorly trained.
Men’s toilet blocked and in disgusting condition.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We were so pleased to find the Old Lyme Inn open again.
It looks refreshed and the Bar is very cozy. The new Chef did a very nice job with our dinner. My swordfish was fresh and grilled perfectly served with a tasty cucumber salsa, placed on top of a green vegetable beded upon a tasty couscous. My husband enjoyed a perfectly grilled filet steak over asparagus with an interesting twist on mashed potatoes. Mike, the bar tender had a nice selection of wines - a larger list is being worked on. Susan our attentive waitress ended our meal with a tray presenting a selection of homemade deserts. The cheese cake is a delicious choice.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Inn was very nice, food was very good and portions were ample.
Staff appears to be pretty raw for a resturaunt of this price range,
stacking dishes, dropping utensils, "always how are you guys doing"
fumbling with dishes and who got what. Not terrible but should have been much more professional.
I would go again but probably just eat in the tavern section.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Service and food were excellent. We will go again when the season permits.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The fact that we were arriving at an upscale restaurant on a Saturday night and the restaurant was relatively empty should have been a warning to turn around and run the other way.
Staff was poorly informed as to preparations and choices on the menu gave bad wine recommendations, and when we asked about the jazz club and what was being featured the waitress knew nothing about it.
Two people in our party ordered steaks, one medium one medium rare.
They were given to the wrong person mine which was supposed to be medium was raw in the middle.
Clearly by Shoddy service no point in complaining just never go back.
Stay away and spend your hard-earned cash elsewhere.

Originally we had a reservation for Valentine's Day based on the menu we had previewed at a gallery reception.
Canceled going back to Cafe Routier where you always get a good meal.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was a little slow and the bartender was slow. Jazz show was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Enjoyable Sunday lunch with good friends. Food selection was fine with excellent service. Jazz group could have been quieter but was enjoyable overall.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

First time at old Lyme inn. We will be back. Everything about it was great.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Very lovely inn. The food was excellent. We all have the fig salad with prosciutto and it was really great. Service was quick and friendly. Would return in the spring where it will be a bit warmer. The room was a little cold but I think it is because it is an old inn and the temp outside was 5 degrees.

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3.0Dined on December 14, 2017

The music was so loud that everyone in the dining room was practically yelling across their tables to be heard.

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3.0Dined on December 14, 2017

We loved everything about the Old Lyme Inn except the service. My friend and I met there for a late lunch on a weekday afternoon, and the dining room was lively but not overly busy. We were completely ignored by wait staff and finally had to ask if we could please place an order. The food was delicious but the service was so poor as to be distracting and overall took away from our enjoyment of the afternoon.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

My husband and I went with our twin 7 year olds. We were looking for a formal dinner. Old Lyme Inn provided just that. The ambiance, food, and entire dining experience was superb. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Great service. Friendly bartender and lovely waitress!

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2017

The Inn was cute and nicely decorated. The goat burger was good but my short rib was quite hard. Good for everyday and casual dining fare but not a special occasion or fine dining type of place.

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3.0Dined on November 14, 2017

First, the greeting we received upon our arrival was not overly friendly. When our waiter arrived, he was pleasant but his appearance (and the appearance of other personnel) was rather sloppy. We asked for a carafe of water and it never came. On the bright side, the winter salad we shared was delicious — but the kitchen didn’t separate the salad for us (as most other restaurant do). We were never offered ground pepper. The rolls were fresh, but nothing special and the butter was foil wrapped (not an attractive presentation). When our entrees came, my lobster pie (basically bisque with a bit of pastry floating on top) was tasty, but the salmon was over cooked and tasted old. The smoked tomato sauce was overpowering. I would not suggest this dish. We had a coupon for free dessert — bananas foster (very nice). Frankly, we will probably not return — several other area restaurants offer much better food, service, and atmosphere for comparable prices. I hope management considers stepping up the service end of things — appearances do matter in this business.

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2017

We were very disappointed with the portions. It was very expensive to eat in a bar. Very small space waitress couldn’t even walk around our table so we had to pass everything. I don’t think I would go back and I definitely will not recommend it! ☹️

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1.0Dined on October 31, 2017

If it wasn’t for the hilarity of the horrible service, the evening would have been a huge disappointment! So many gaffs, we lost count! Obviously, that evenings waitstaff received NO TRAINING. Guests talked among themselves about their frustration with the service!
-we asked what was in the seafood burrito-our waiter had not a clue and to spare him further embarrassment , we ordered another entree. Five minutes later the table next to us asked him the same question, with the same response. Then, that table received their salads AND entrees at the same time! The guests remarked that they had never seen that kind of presentation, but it was obvious that they sensed the service would only go downhill from there.
-twenty minutes after finishing our entrees, we left our table and asked the waiter for two coffees and the desert menu. His response was “and what would you like to drink?” Fifteen minutes later one coffee with no sugar or cream OR desert menu arrived. However, the entree menus remained on our table!
-two guests were seated and handed menus-to their surprise they were immediately served with salads that were meant for another table! Wrong meals were served to almost half the tables that night! At this point we were doubled over with laughter and the guests at that table informed us that the joke in town was that the food was great at The Old Lyme Inn-but service has always been abysmal!
We can’t imagine how much it cost to renovate this beautiful show piece, but what a waste to forget that with poor service that money was not well-spent.
The only bright spot that evening was the manager Terry who apologized graciously. She is the only reason we would ever again consider spending our hard-earned dollars here! The Kitchings were supposed to “save” this gem? Perhaps instead of focusing on the music, some attention should be to hire and train competent wait staff. Remember, guests will tell a few about good service, but tell tenfold of bad service.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

This is a favorite venue of my husband’s and mine by virtue of the creative menu, excellent food (best fries anywhere— though they have upscale choices as well), and a great adjacent jazz club (The Side Door).

Intimate and featuring talents well known and upcoming, The Side Door has the hip vibe of a classic NYC underground spot but without the smoke and 3 hour drive. Unique too is that the site is an historic Inne and across the street from a world-class museum so it’s fantastic for a weekend getaway. There is a fire pit outside beside which it is lovely to enjoy pre-meal cocktails and in summer there is ample outdoor seating.

The restaurant could stand to add some serious sound dampening in the dining room for the rush leading up to shows, as well better training of wait staff, but neither ‘drawback’ is enough to dampen what is an an otherwise fun, vibrant, and tasteful /tasty destination.

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3.0Dined on October 27, 2017

The place felt a bit run down. Service was reasonably attentive. Food was fair. Clam chowder in bread bowl would have been good if advertised as potato chowder - not many clams discernible. Sandwiches - reuben / turkey - were mediocre.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

I had the Fig Toasts which were very good; a little hard to ‘hand’le, but tasted delicious.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2017

Waiter was also bartender. That does not work for service.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

The new chef is a great improvement. The menu is more considered and creative. We went for brunch recently, quite good. Definitely give it a try

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food, restaurant was crowded with a special event so service was lacking. Noise level was high.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

We went on a Saturday night when a high school reunion was was also enjoying the inn. This made for a much noisier environment than one would normally expect, but everyone was having fun and this made for a happy atmosphere.

We sat in the bar and enjoyed leisurely service. The grilled apple salad, the duck and the swordfish special that evening are all excellent. Everything was cooked as we had ordered.
When our server was not familiar with some of the new Fall menu, she quickly would speak with the kitchen staff and return with a detailed description. The inn's owner stopped by each table to check about our dinner and evening - a very nice and appreciated gesture.

We will return.

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3.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Took a long time to get out food. Food was fine but nothing worth waiting for.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, live trio playing soft drums, bass fiddle and piano and the waiter was delightful! Food arrived promptly and was delicious. Brought a friend there for her birthday and waiter was kind enough to bring a slice of cake with a candle. Highly recommend sitting by the outside fire with a cocktail then heading in for dinner. We took advantage of the Mid-Week Medley/Chef Selects.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

The menu is creative and varied; our service couldn’t have been better, the original cocktails were delicious, and the price reasonable for the whole experience.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Food was fantastic. Atmosphere is wonderful. We requested a few things which we got when requested.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

The Inn is charming, the food was outstanding and the jazz was very enjoyable

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Food for lunch was interesting in concept, but fell down in execution

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Went for dinner and then went to the Side Door all adding up to a great evening. The Thana Alexa Prject was wonderful at the Side Door. My wife and I enjoyed our dinner and the jazz club.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

It was the first day of the Fall menu at the Old Lyme Inn. My friend ordered the short ribs, which the waitress said are a favorite with the restaurant's customers. I ordered the duck because and asked for extra sauce anticipating it may be dry. They brought some on the side. It wasn't needed. the duck was moist, tender and delicious. Definitely recommend trying out the new menu.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

It was s wonderful brunch with great jazz background

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Just delightful, outdoor patio dining
Very nice menu options.
Perfect weather didn't hurt.
A definite repeat.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

The quality of ingredients is excellent. The chicken and mash potatoes were greasy. The grilled asparagus salad would have benefited from more simplicity. There was just too much going on. The steak and rice were very good as was the desert. The dining area is charming.

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2017

The corn and shrimp chowder was delicious - except it was way too salty. The grilled shrimp with lime - excellent!

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2017

We were on the road and got there late. We hadn't eaten there in a few years. The atmosphere is very nice. There are several dining rooms to choose from. The lobster roll was outstanding.

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