Old Lyme Inn
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.
Friday/Saturday: music in the lobby or check our website for exciting entertainment at our newly opened jazz club, theSideDoor.
Love this place , always consistent with food and have the best staff for recommendations.
Lovely place - asparagus soup was great. Other food was just ok. Was very noisy and so busy that it was challenging for staff. Very friendly staff.
Terrible service. The staff all need to be trained - few refreshes of water, drinks forgotten, no replenishment of service ware for brunch buffet - required repeated requests. Also hostess wears her stress on her face and shares it with you in huffs and excuses making it your burden to bear with her. Not a sense of ease or welcome in the place. Feels like tired, old wait staff (not in age) that if they’re not careful will reflect a tired old place. Food headed in the same direction. Quality was basic to poor.
Dear Peonygal, Thank you for your comments. We appreciate hearing your perspective and will do our best to correct the deficiencies you mentioned in your review. Thank you, Chris
Despite their website, they only offered Sunday brunch for Easter at 12:45. Ok with that and moved on. Was not felt welcome by receptionist saying we’ll try to find and open table despite being right on time. Proceeded to be seated in an empty dining room in one of the worst located seat ( doors and foot traffic on all sides). Requested a seat change and was told all other tables were reserved. Many of these were not occupied for at least 45 minutes. This has happened previous times when using open table. Waitress was great and tried to make us comfortable and happy. All items at the buffet were cold and pretty well picked over. Upon trying a second time 20 minutes later we found somewhat the same situation. When we returned to our table we found that our chairs had been removed and used by another waitress at another table. Our table had been loaded with dirty dishes in the time it took to visit the buffet. Long story short. This place is not ready for prime time. It is truly too bad since this place
We apologize for your disappointing experience. We have met with the staff regarding your review have and confidence that corrections will be made. We sincerely hope that you will give us another chance. OpenTable can be problematic when diners do not cancel their reservations or when diners leave earlier than time allotted. We are instituting procedures to alleviate the cancellation problem. Please contact directly if you would like to discuss your experience further. Thank you, Chris
Great place for lunch before the art museums and galleries across the street. Fries were crispy and hot, as is so often not the case, while burger, fish tacos and duck confit flatbread were all first rate. Knowledgeable proprietor/wine steward/barkeep had excellent suggestions and samples on wine. Period charm in a venerable setting.
Wonderful food, great ambience, and not loud. The restaurant has recently become one of our favorites not only because of the previous comment, but also because the staff is very welcoming and efficient
Food was delicious and atmosphere is always lovely. Our neighbors joined us for the first time and also thought it was a lovely place with excellent food. Both my husband and one of my neighbors have cilliac so knowing what is gluten free is always helpful. The only negative was the waiter who looked a bit messy and kept giving us the wrong check. He did get it right by the third check.
Hi Gail, thank you for the informative review. We are appreciative of you bringing your neighbors for a nice dinner. It was brought to our attention the confusion of the wrong check. I can assure you that will not happen again as he is no longer employed here. See you soon, Karin
Food was excellent, staff was knowledgeable and polite. A hidden gem in CT. Definitely will go back!
Thank you for the perfect review. See you soon
Beautiful atmosphere, delicious Brunch selections and relaxing live Jazz!
Thank you for the perfect 5 star review. We also offer a chef select menu available Tuesday thru Thursday 11-9. All items are $15 and under. We also have live jazz on Thursday evenings. See you again soon Karin.
Susan and I had never been to the Old Lyme. We stayed in room 5, saw Patricia Barber (The Side Door), and ate brunch the following morning. Ken and his staff were extraordinary! We will definitely be back. . .Thank You all!!
John Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful informative review. We are so glad that you were able to stay overnight attend a great jazz show at the Side Door and join us for our Jazzy brunch Sunday morning. See you soon Karin
This place should be more crowded. I don’t understand it. The food is incredible. I had grilled salmon on their kale salad. Delicious.
Thank You for the perfect 5 star review. See you soon, Karin
Had a reservation at 11:30 for lunch and we were the only ones there at first. It was a good thing because there was one waitress for the room and as it filled up the service got slower and the noise level increased. Very pretty place and would like to return to try eating outside in the warm weather. Across the street from an art museum that is very popular, will try to return and do both.
Thank you for taking the time time to send a review. We also offer dining in our Peterson room which tends to be more quiet. You can request to dine with us in the Peterson room in the future. See you soon.
The Old Lyme Inn is always good, but this Friday was particularly good. The night's special was a herb grilled Salmon over Jambalaya, and it was outstanding. Cooked just perfectly, excellent. Service and ambiance was as always great.
Thank you for the great informative 5 star review. See you soon Karin
Excellent food. Bar area was noisy, but dining room was perfect. Service was very good, but would have been excellent if there had been one more waiter or maybe a little bit of extra help. Great waiter, not a complaint there. Menu is pricey/upscale.
Thank you for the great review. Yes the bar area tends to be noisy especially on the weekends. We have decided to add extra staff starting this weekend. Friday and Saturday nights are peak busy times please consider visiting again soon and we also have live Jazz in the foyer on Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 with our chef selects menu offered at dinner hours priced at 15 dollars and under, you can call for our weekly items offered. See you soon Karin
The OL Inn is becoming one of my favorites. Great food and service.....and then head to the Side Door Jazz Cafe for an up close and personal jazz experience.
Wonderful food and service
Mary Thank you for the perfect review. The staff and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Karin
A beautiful lunch! We had 4 people in our party, 2 sets of sisters. One set each had the soup and half a sandwich. They thoroughly enjoyed the thick, creamy split pea soup which had lots of flavor and great body. They shared a burger, cooked just beyond medium, as they requested. My sister had the beef crostini, beautifully presented and generously laden with carmelized onions, house made sauce, and greens. I chose the portobello, a grilled mushroom with a butternut squash stuffing laced with thyme dressing. The dining room was lovely, just the right amount of busy, and our server was solicitous but never hovering. A happy experience, start to finish, I highly recommend The Old Lyme Inn and I am looking forward to a return trip.
We are so happy you enjoyed your Valentines luncheon. Thank you for the informative review, see you again soon Karin.
Everything at the Inn was so nice. The restaurant's food and martini was great! Very good professional service too!
Rosanne we are glad you enjoyed your meal at the Old Lyme Inn. Thank you for the great review. See you again soon Karin
Wow what a fabulous place!! A charming and cozy dining experience. We were warmly greeted and seated immediately. The delightful sounds of the jazz band made our senses come alive!! The music was fabulous, the wine selection delightful and the meal superb!! We started with the hot & delicious split pea with ham soup & delicious beet salad- both excellent. Followed by perfectly seared sea scallops on a bed of expertly prepared veggie risotto- not too creamy, not mushy just delicious. My husband enjoyed the Maine lobster ravioli. As a rule we only enjoy Maine lobster in Maine, but this was a delicious medley of flavors. For desert we shared moist & delicious blood orange pound cake with homemade vanilla ice cream. The portions were generous, but not overly while the flavors were divine. The whole time we were treated to the most wonderful jazz group!! Fun, frivolous and very talented. The owner greeted everyone at their table in between sets and our waitress Lois was friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is the very best way to enjoy a cold Thursday evening in New England!!
Thank you for the great detailed review. It is very nice to receive such wonderful comments in regards to the food, music and staff. I will be sure to share your kind words with our team. We all look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely Karin and Staff of the Old Lyme inn.
We were seated in a beautiful, small, elegant room with a fire place. The noise level was low, it was easy to have a normal conversation with my partner. The food was delicious. The service was helpful and pleasant, without being overbearing. Some gluten free options were labeled on the menu and other dishes could be prepared gluten free.
We came here because we were going to the jazz club next door. I originally choose a nearby Italian restaurant but it was all booked, so we ended up here. Next time, this will be my first choice
Marc, Thank You for the great informative review. See you again soon, Karin
Our server was very pleasant, efficient and was quick to offer suggestions, food was outstanding!! I had the loin of lamb and it was so good I could have gone back the next night and ordered it again. My husband had one of the specials that evening and he was very pleased as well.
Diane what a great review. Thank you for your comments see you soon Karin
Had a delicious dinner served by an engaging server.
Thank you for your review and comments. We will see you soon, Karin
I found this place by mistake I was looking for a place to have a nice dinner with my girlfriend happens to be her birthday. Well this wonderful place made her birthday so special she was so happy. And the food was amazing. So thanks see you all soon
Took my husband for his 60th birthday! Atmosphere was relaxing and food was delicious. We stayed at the Inn and attended the Jazz show at the Side Door! Wonderful evening!
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for the great review. See you again soon Karin
Delicious creative menu!
This is our second visit since just before the holidays. I can’t share the same “wow” factor. We were told the head chef was sick and things were a little off in the kitchen. For example, they ran out of figs, which were awesome last time, but still served the same dish offering no substitute or discount. Of course, didn’t find out until after the food was served.
Beer specials at the bar are excellent! As well as the lounge specials such as burgers or salmon cakes. Not sure I would recommend the cocktails though. Go to Grano in Chester if you seek a true drink special experience.
Love the fire pit at the entrance, wish I brought marshmallows.
Had dinner before the Side Door. Great experience all around.
Food was not remarkable. Charming old inn, but smelled like a wet basement. Not recommended for people with asthma!
We’ve been dining here for many years, visiting several times a year with our granddaughters. The service is always outstanding, the servers very friendly to us and our girls, and the food creative & delicious.
We’ll see you again in the Spring!
Christmas brunch with friends
What a lovely place for brunch. The food was delicious, the live jazz music was amazing and the service was fabulous.
Such a great experience, as usual. Food, service and atmosphere, spot on!!!!
We had 7:00 reservations and it seems like everyone got there at the same time and the staff was having trouble managing it all efficiently. Waited for awhile for the waiter to show up. Once he did, he was good and attentive but you could tell that he had a lot going on at once. Wondering if people all show up for dinner before jazz club show at the same time. If that's the case, they need to figure out how to manage that. Food was good...salad a good idea (burrata, fig, arugula) but a little too much dressing. Entree (crusted cod) was good.
Food and ambiance was fantastic! Server was a bit new to the role, but all in all she did a great job. The restaurant was nicely decorated for the holidays! Will return for sure!
The ambiance is amazing. The waitstaff are warm a d friendly. The food was delicious...but pricey. $32 for a few lobster ravioli might have been softened by at least including a small side salad. But the jazz venue is warm, cozy, and the enthusiasm of the owner is infectious. The whole place shows the love that has been put into it. I shall return.
Everything was perfect. Food excellent, service great, wine was high end and fairly priced. A great place in every respect
1st time here. Nice place to have a quiet dinner. Very pretty inside & out. Food and service are very good. Thanks for a great nice & we will be back soon
Thank you for your review. Great comments looking forward to seeing you soon, Karin
Hard to make a fair assessment after only one lunchtime visit, but the food was very good if a bit pricey. Service friendly but a bit slow. Lovely inn-like setting, and the array of jazz musicians they book lead me to believe that this would be a very good spot indeed.
Love coming here ! The service is always great as is the food ( we’ve had lunch and dinner ) . Great spot for everyday / special occasion.