Chapter One - Guilford

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170 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
We are proud to open our second location in Guilford, CT! Our kitchen is open daily featuring a variety of meals. Our menu offers a range of entrees including, Seafood, and American cuisines.
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4.2
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4.4
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GuilfordB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup to manage restrictions. Food was great, service was good.

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Susan
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we could eat out in the region. We dined outside in a lovely environment. The food was excellent and the service superb - very attentive waiter who made excellent suggestions. We will be going back again.

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always impeccable. Kelsey is a great sever. Ask for her

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chapter one is a comfortable shoreline restaurant worth the drive. An extraordinary experience. May be the new Stonehouse for Guilford,

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ToniS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant ran out of wine glasses, so our wine was delayed and served in water goblets. Later the host gave us complimentary wine with the glasses which was quite thoughtful. Our wait person never informed us of the specials. We realized there were specials when we overheard them being read to another table, however we had already ordered. The food was good, but quite expensive for what we received. The blueberry chocolate bread pudding was lacking chocolate! Overall it was a fair experience. I think our waitperson was new and nervous. I did have lunch there in the past and the experience then was more favorable. Perhaps our recent experience was an exception. I would give the restaurant another try.

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vipDann
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place with great service and food. Nice bar and comfortable seating

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TRWAY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderfully tasty dinner! We just love having a place that we know we can always go to and get a consistent amazing meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We waited one hour for our meal very poor service and the food was so so not hot or creative will not go back to this restaurant

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PeterM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at Chapter One!

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GinaS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch. Everyone was happy and the Valentine rose was a nice touch.

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Sunday afternoon Happy hour.
Service, food and attention to detail coupled with great value too/

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SeanM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small and quaint. Very efficient staff. Things quiet down around 8pm, but of course this is winter time. Nice area to walk around. We had a really good time.

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DeniseM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

A quiet night out. Wanting a steak. Waitress was terrific. Steaks came but waited half way through our steaks, finally the baked potatoes came. Uncooked. They were right in giving us fries on the house.

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vipCaryW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a winner with good food, service and atmosphere! A beautiful location facing the Guilford Green.

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vipLoudButGreatApps
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Appetizer course was quick and delicious. Hot entrees took a lot longer than a burger and a steak should have. All the food was tasty. Server was terrific and very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jen was the best waitress! Lived the scallops and shrimp scampi

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at the high tops is always extraordinary. Thank you Chris.

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mammaameika
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Very attentive staff. Food was a bit salty for my taste but very tasty overall.

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eileeng
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience at Chapter One in Guilford, Ct on Saturday night. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the food is excellent! The atmosphere is very relaxed and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend dining there :)

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vipLeeny
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance..food choices and taste way above average..great place to dine for any occasion.

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Rosie
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

even though there were few patrons in the restaurant, our food seemed to take a long time served. But, i had the Quinoa salad with scallops, and it was the best salad I’ve ever had! There were nine in our group and everyone raves about their meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience great food

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding service and a great meal

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CatherineC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was excellent and liked the atmosphere but our server was not the best. She was okay. I think we were supposed to get bread which we never received and she was flat, it was like she was going through the paces so she definitely did not improve our experience at the restaurant.

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Willow
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, from appetizers through dessert. The focaccia appetizer was really good, and my entree (seared scallops over a tomato-basil risotto) was delicious. My husband ordered the salmon, which was prepared very well. Meal was well-paced, service was professional but friendly, with our server checking in from time to time as was appropriate. Will definitely eat there again.

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Josie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We love Chapter One but the service is slow. It seems that there aren't enough servers at lunch in particular. Our server was making drinks at the bar and also waiting tables. It was inevitable that this would result in a slow down.

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Localgal
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff is courteous and pleasant. Food was prepared well and served in a timely manner. We were seated at a 4-top table for our party of 2 so that was a treat. Our only complaint is that there was a private party being held before our reservation and this was not indicated on their website. We arrive a bit earlier for our reservation - as we typically do, and had to wait outside with other patrons. Then we had to rebook our reservation. Kind of confusing.

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DanE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good service foot was hit or miss. My wife enjoyed her salad entree. One of our companions had to return the scallops as did I. Will give it another chance.

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KellyJax
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience on the outdoor patio. The wait staff (Jennifer) and manager checked on us regularly, and the food was outstanding. My son ordered the seafood boulibase, and he ate every bite! Well worth it for a happy 14 year old. The town was also charming like a Hallmark movie. We definitely recommend this place!

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JudyC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Long wait for food, accompanied by repeated apologies and reassurances from waiter and management. Food uneven in quality. Some very good though lukewarm. Some not good at all. Very expensive for quality. Ambience of dining room was fine but high level of noise spilled over from adjacent bar space.

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Local
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We go often, but service is starting to lag and a simple dish was not done very well. Pasta was many minutes past al dente. Drink order took forever as did someone coming back to take check. Had to go to station to get it taken care of.

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Coco
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The patio is a nice lunch spot. Unfortunately, the food is not as delicious as the first time I was there. The lobster was very fishy and I did not eat the meal. I enjoyed the atmosphere and company but the food lots of room for improvement. While dinner was lovely the once I went and had an excellent hot lobster roll, the two times I went for lunch the food was very disappointing.

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SueU
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always loved this building and in most cases the restaurants themselves. Chapter One did not disappoint...we'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bruschetta and mussels appetizers very good. Risotto with scallops also very flavorful—but risotto a bit al dente for my taste. My boys gobbled up their pasta and chicken cutlet sandwich. My husband did not love his clam chowder—felt it was too chunky and lukewarm.

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TRWAY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Chapter One in Guilford as we love eating outside on the patio. The view is so pretty and peaceful and the food is consistently amazing every time! I also love that they have great vegetarian/vegan options that are so full of flavor!

Chapter One is a place that we love bringing our friends to or recommending because we know the food is spot on every time!

This restaurant is truly a hidden gem!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were highly impressed with everything from the cocktails to the deserts. The seafood jambalaya was amazing! We can’t wait to come back again!!

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vipJoannie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We live close by and had family in to see us. We walked to the restaurant and sat on the terrace for lunch We heard there was a new chef and the food did not disappoint. Loved the veg stir fry. Really delicious. You can add a protein to it for an extra charge. But honestly it wasn’t needed at all.

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DuncanH
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant is in a lovely position overlooking the village green, the ambience and the service are excellent but the quality of the food was mixed and overpriced - $30 for a scallop “risotto” was virtually no rice (an essential ingredient for risotto!!) and 5 scallops is outrageous, as is $23 for Mac n Cheese with a few strips of bacon. If money is no object and location/ambience is more important than food quality then this is the place to go, otherwise you could do better elsewhere.

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vipTomB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised at how good our experience was at Chapter One in Guilford. We are already making plans to return. We went on a Monday night with some friends. We were greeted enthusiastically at the door and were led to our requested outdoor seating. The fire pits were ablaze and the area was beautiful. Monday night was buy one get one martini...outstanding. Nadia, our waitress, was absolutely exceptional. We ordered the calamari for an appetizer and it was probably the best we ever had. My wife had the shrimp scampi and raved about it. She said it was very light and not overpowering. One of our friends had the seafood bouillabaisse and said it was great. Another was the chicken piccata which was quite good. I had the bolognaise and I have to say it was the best bolognaise I have ever had and I get it out a lot. The wedge salad was excellent and we had a couple of onion soups which were good although a touch burnt on the edges. But still tasty. Desserts were excellent and fairly priced. I would highly recommend Chapter One in Guilford to anyone.

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Gourmet2go
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Calamari appetizer ok, sirloin steak was an odd looking cut, very thin, looked more like a flank steak, didn't taste like sirloin. Side salad made from pre cut and bagged lettuce, much of which had turned black or brown from age. Shrimp scampi way over salted probably due to using clam juice in cooking. Shrimp scampi is NOT made from clam broth, ever. Should be garlic, white wine, butter or oil. And no parmesan offered. What a waste of money!

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Chapter One - Guilford offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 533-7988.

Chapter One - Guilford is rated 4.1 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

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