Chapter One - Guilford

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$30 and under
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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 28 Day Dry Aged Steaks, Seafood, and American cuisines.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 :)

L
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience great food

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding service and a great meal

CC
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.

W
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.

J
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.

L
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.

DE
New York Area
1 review
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.

KJ
Philadelphia
1 review
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!

JC
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.

L
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.

C
New York Area
4 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.

SU
New York Area
13 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!

OT
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.

TR
New York Area
1 review
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!!

OT
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!!

J
New York Area
17 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.

DH
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.

TB
New York Area
23 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.

G
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!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Excellent food, green (inexperienced, slow) dining staff.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quant /cozy atmosphere. Waitress was excellent! Scallop Risotto dish was superb!

JB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The ambiance is of Chapter One is cozy and inviting. Warmly lit, relatively quiet and the outdoor space is a relatively new cozy option as well. After dark, however, the lighting by the windows should be dimmed a bit to equal the warmth of light if the rest of the indoor area. For entrees, there is as good variety of pasta, fish, meat and vegetarian options, as well as a selection of burger and sandwich options for lighter fare. Service is very friendly, very good and prompt. They know the menu well and can describe items quite thoroughly.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful, our meal was eye appealing and delicious, the seating comfortable, and the atmosphere calm, attractive, and conducive to conversation. We look forward to dining here again!

JW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and value

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Variety of food. My wife is a vegetarian, also gluten free, and has a few options. A full menu for others.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Attentive and friendly service from our waitress Wendy, comfortable inviting decor. Menu descriptions made all dishes tempting. Execution was mediocre. Stonington seared scallops appeared cut in half and only one scallop in the dish had a nice carmelized sear, risotto lacked any depth in flavor, cavatelli bolognese sauce was bland, highlight was the meat. Churros were soggy and chewy, albeit tasty sweet. Highlight was the ceviche appetizer.

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was exceptionally attentive. Good experience.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

My raw clams had pieces of shell in them and my steak was cold

m
New England
142 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decided to try Chapter One again after a couple of bad experiences because I heard the owners were trying to improve and I love their rear patio. Everything was much better. The food was great and our waitress couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful. The only downside was that there was a noticeable smell of manure, maybe from a nearby garden. I hope they take care of that! Can’t speak to the noise level inside, but I will go back.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The room and location was great as was the service. The food did not measure up. My date had a salad which was basically croutons with a few pieces of asparagus on top- saved by the shrimp which was good. But with out the shrimp, it was a $14 crouton salad. $23 with shrimp. I had the linguini with clams which was good- and a nice presentation with steamed clams around the pasta on the dish. The clams, however, were inedible ( unless you like to swallow large hunks of chewing gum).
Very overpriced!

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time to Chapter One. Food was creative and very well presented. Service was very friendly and helpful. Our server even made some wine and cocktail recommendations based on our food selections. Homemade bread pudding was delightful. Will definitely be going back.

Chapter One - Guilford
Responded on July 22, 2019

csd2, thank you so much for this amazing 5 star review! We greatly appreciate the feedback. We are so lucky to have such an amazing staff, from our servers to our kitchen staff! We're so happy you thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us here at Chapter One. We really do strive for excellence, from food to service to decor, and are so grateful when our guests want to come see us again! Thank you & we hope to see you again soon!

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CG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.. outside dining very pleasant. No bugs! Wait staff very attentive...

Chapter One - Guilford
Responded on July 22, 2019

CarolG, thank you SO much for your kind 5 star review! We greatly appreciate it. We strive for excellence, from food to service to decor, and are so grateful to hear when our guests have so thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Thank you again for your feedback & we hope to see you again soon!

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for lunch. Dates with bacon appetizer was delicious. Patio was great for a nice summer day.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Not a good experience. We've been twice before and felt mixed about the place. This time, the restaurant was less than half full on a July Sat eve. Ordered our drinks, chowder and dinner. Drinks came, then chowder, which was overly salty. Then we waited. Nearly an hour later, just as we were about to leave without eating, the new GM brought out our dinners apologetically (which was nice), but we decided to leave when one dinner arrived undercooked and not as requested and we didn't want to wait for it to be corrected. At each table around us, diners were complaining about the food---too salty, too sweet, too spicy--- and about the long wait for food. As a local, I really miss having a good restaurant in that spot. Chapter One needs a real overhaul on food and service.

RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I wouldn't recommend. My bouillabaisse was very salty, our friends french fries which he asked to be very crispy were soggy. The Thai Calamari was not fresh, rubbery in consistancy and not a lot of Thai flavor. The drinks were fantastic

l
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The waitress was outstanding and the decor is casual elegant. The AC system worked perfectly on a very hot day. Appetizers are delicious and can be shared as they are mostly very large. The salmon entree was over cooked and dry, but the bouillabaisse was just right. Someone at the next table sent their steak back as it wasn’t cooked properly, so entrees are hit or miss.

RS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

NY Strip was excellent however the price included nothing. Potato and vegetable were extra. Ordered their baked potato, which was on the menu, only to find out I couldn't get it. They said it wouldn't cook in time.
Chicken in my wife's sandwich was thick and rubbery.
Drinks were very good, however even though we were there during happy hour, we were told happy hour was not available to us because we were not at the bar.