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Chapter One - Guilford, Guilford, CT

Chapter One - Guilford

4.0
4
415 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Chapter One on the Guilford green is proudly open during the Covid pandemic for outdoor dining on our large Patio, Artist Garden outdoor seating, and Curbside To-Go. We light our fire pits in the Artist Garden every evening where you can reserve a Adirondack chair or just enjoy the Ambience. Our kitchen is open daily featuring a variety of meals. Our menu offers a range of entrees including, Seafood, and American cuisines. Our bar serves the finest quality liquors, wines and we have 12 Draft beer lines featuring domestic and local Craft brews.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 533-7988

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Guilford

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking around the Guilford Green.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 415 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. B

    Bella

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Drinks terrific. Wonderful appetizers. Salad just ok .
  2. KC

    KathleenC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Lovely place, good food - but waited too long for the food to come. The server and manager were attentive and apologetic. We will definitely try Chapter One again, hoping the wrinkes have been ironed out.
  3. R

    Robertv

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Had a reservation that we were 10 mins late too and still waited 30 min for a table. The service took forever and the food was way overpriced for what you actually got
  4. LR

    LanaR

    New Zealand

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Took way too long to get our food. Original opinion item was not available and we were also not told right away. Told after 25 minutes waiting for our order to arrive
  5. RC

    RogerC

    Surrey

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    We usually love Chapter One ..but was hugely disappointed this time…..picked a music night and found the music too loud and invasive- we couldn’t really chat to our guests….our fault for picking a music night - also took ages to get our drinks ….maybe the staff were too busy
  6. RM

    RonaldMcCrea

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant/Service was beyond great!! Our server Heather & food was sooo good for our 1st time experience. Food was sooo good that we asked to personally speak to the cook. All in all great experience
  7. EP

    ElizabethP

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner, and enjoyed it very much. The restaurant is very clean, and was quiet the night we were there. Our server, Heather, was helpful and very familiar with the menu. We had the mussels in white wine sauce as an appetizer. The mussels were cooked perfectly, the sauce very tasty. I had scallop risotto for an entree. The scallops were cooked just-right, and the risotto was very tasty - and not too salty, which is always a concern when ordering risotto. My partner had the seared tuna over vegetables and rice, which was excellent as well. A very nice evening, really good dining experience.
  8. h

    happy

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Our experience was good as usual, but we need to ask the waitress to slow down the speed at which she spoke, as we couldn't understand her at times. Other than that service and food was great. still highly recommend
  9. SR

    SaraR

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always lively outside on patio!
  10. E

    Eric

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good: Excellent Salman. Great service (Olivia). Not so good: Seem to never have filet mignon, tuna (sushi grade) was clearly previously frozen and tasteless.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great ambiance with good food (not great)….wonderful service (hostess, waitress & bartender). Enjoyed the music very much “The Subliminal’s”…will return.
  12. BF

    BernadetteF

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Such a lovely location but the kitchen just can’t seem to get the menu right. Food prep was not good and portions were lopsided - six small strips of tuna with way too much wasabi and way too much rice. Prices were high - $48 for a lobster roll. Steaks priced in the $40s. Please get it together. Everyone in Guilford would love to see a success story at this restaurant.
  13. DJ

    DJPilot

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Diner food at best. The “ Bolognese” was like having Franco American out of a can….hardly any meat, just pasta with some sauce. The garden salad was oversized, mundane and brought out with the entrees. We preferred indoor seating due to the heat, but a band was playing so loud inside the dining room that we opted for outdoors where they had a singer, making the ambiance backyard karaoke. My wife and I would never return.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Took a business associate out for a late dinner, service was very poor and very late although the wait staff seem to be constrained by the limitations from the kitchen. Manager try to make amends. Might try it again in the future. Man you need to diversify, offer different options remove two fish items. Thank you.
  15. k

    kermitsmom

    Philadelphia

    93 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Meh. Food was okay. Service was slow. For some reason the management thought we were there for a concert if a guitar singer instead of an evening for a nice dinner out where we could chat with friends. We thought outside on a lovely night would be nice. Didn’t come for the bad music or the ants. Won’t be going there again.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We are on vacation and spent the night in Guildford and had dinner at Chapter One. The food was tasty but the service was not what we expected. Also the music is very loud.
  17. CB

    CeciliaB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    It seemed like the restaurant was short staffed. Waitperson was also the bar tender. At first, my party of 2 was the only one in the dining room. Another party came in half way through our meal but the person who originally waited on us was busy at the bar. The appetixer was good
  18. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Nothing special for the money. Fod was just okay - swordfish bland. Service equally bland.
  19. L

    Leeny

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Back patio provides outdoor setting adjacent to a small sculpture garden. Reliably tasty food and terrific wait staff. Highly recommend.
  20. RM

    ReneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a treat for an outside summer dinner. Rosé Prosecco spritzer with fresh blueberries was the perfect refreshing cocktail. Coconut Shrimp app was the best I’ve had and was visually beautiful to boot. The Lobster roll was superb as were the truffle fries. Finished with crème brûlée that did not disappoint. The staff was welcoming and lovely. I recommend the outside patio with a backyard vibe. Perfect dinner with my Mama! TYCO
  21. p

    peterg

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    We discovered Chapter One about a year ago and it became a favorite. Wonderful setting and food was consistently good. With some amount of understanding given to COVID staffing issues, our last meal there was not very good. Our poor waitress was clearly overburdened but the real disappointment
  22. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! Fantastic food & service! Thanks for a great evening.
  23. h

    happy

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful evening at Chapter One in Guilford! The staff took good care of us, the food was excellent, and the outdoor seating area had a great ambiance and no bugs, a big plus! I loved that the staff was not only friendly and helpful to their customers but that friendliness extended to each other. Felt like a welcoming family!
  24. M

    Michael

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    really nice anniversary meal .. very good service as well ..thanks!
  25. G

    Georgette

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Nice place, but they need help desperately!!! Waitress was nice, but overworked. Food was slow coming from kitchen even though we were early-birds with only one or two other tables occupied. Prices high, especially for lobster or beef, but that is becoming the norm nowadays.
  26. BT

    BrentT

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined on the patio and it was a great experience. The service and food were superb!
  27. AM

    AnneMW

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The outdoor patio is always nice. Very buggy. Sophia our server was very pleasant and attentive but the food took a ridiculous amount of time. We ordered in appetizer - devils on horseback which was 4 dates. Used to be 6 dates so disappointing. Our main entrees were 2 salads with grilled chicken and the calamari appetizer. We still didn’t have entrees 2 hours after being seated. They said the kitchen was backed up but by the time we had dinner, the dining room was empty and the other 2 parties on the patio were finished. We also didn’t order major entrees. Disappointing
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    They didn’t have all the ingredients listed on the menu for the dish my friend ordered. Instead of telling us they served the food without it. Was strange and changed the quality of the meal. Luckily still good, could have been better.
  29. CL

    CharlesL

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    If you're looking for good, friendly service this is not the place to go. We were seated and 10 minutes later I had to ask someone if anyone knew we were here. It's not as if they were busy. Only 3 tables in the restaurant were had patrons. When someone did finally come to the table they asked what we wanted to order immediately. We had to let them know we'd like water first and a cocktail before we actually. Once things settled down we did get our food and I would rate it as just OK. Nothing special. In the end the did comp my cocktail to make up for their poor service.
  30. MR

    MaryRose

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We were seated near the hostess stand while the prime window seats were open. They had no soup of the day and when I asked if they had the other soups, the waiter said we have those everyday but the soup of the day changes daily. Yet they didn’t have one that day. The chowder was mostly broth. Little potato and clam, no other vegetables. The scallop risotto only had 3 scallops and the risotto was undercooked and hard. The asparagus in the risotto was bitter. The salmon offered in the restaurant was different than the one posted online. It was good but not worth the cost. Overall, I was disappointed.
  31. LP

    LeahP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I tried Chapter One for our anniversary and were not disappointed. The evening was perfect from the moment we arrived until we left. The food, service, and the atmosphere were all perfect.
  32. T

    Travlergirl

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Honestly we sat for an hour at least after ordering waiting for our food, then when it arrived it was only warm. Nobody said anything because a couple of us had to be somewhere and it was later than we expected it to be but would never waited that long again my friends said. Sorry
  33. i

    izzy

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great dinner although took forever to get our food and portions, esp the scallop risotto was small for the price
  34. D

    Diane

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Lovely venue, but the food could use some work. My husband and I ordered a spinach salad to share as an appetizer, and it was obvious the spinach had been simply dumped into the plate from a bag. About one-fourth of the spinach was quite wilted and inedible. The spinach leaves were rather large, and the stems large, woody and untrimmed. The salad was unappetizing at best (not to mention the onions we'd asked to be left off the salad were put in, anyway.) My husband's grilled swordfish was overcooked, rendering it tough, and a disappointment to say the least. A beautiful outdoor setting will only go so far to compensate for mediocre, or poorly prepared food. Will think twice about returning.
  35. E

    Evaave

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambience, wonderful live music by an older gentleman singing Frank Sinatra. Lovely vibe in an outdoors space. Food was very good!
  36. MW

    MikeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food…outstanding service! We will definitely be back.
  37. DA

    DianeA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great oysters, attentive service, but the coconut shrimp was not all that exciting.
  38. SY

    SueY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The restaurant was disappointing. The Cesar salad had no dressing, there were hard undercooked tomato wedges in the salmon dish, water was not replenished after requesting and there was only one other table with diners. The hamburger ordered looked delicious and I was envious.
  39. AL

    AmyL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The waitress was fine but the kitchen had some issues. Hour wait in between 1 appetizer and our dinners. We put all in at same time. Then to charge $48 for a lobster roll that had less than 3 oz of lobster meat on it is OUTRAGEOUS! Yes we should’ve asked but no restaurant on the shoreline charges that and we were told they had to “thaw” the lobster meat—-come on you should be ashamed of yourselves. Pastrami sandwich was burnt on 1 side—turned over to hide when should’ve started over. We won’t be back. Very very disappointed
  40. F

    Felnerfoodie

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    1.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    As a small business owner, I REALLY hate to write negative reviews for other small business owners. But our experience for brunch on Sunday was SO bad, I feel I need to. We arrived on time for our reservation and were promptly seated. Our server took our drink orders, and because we already knew what we wanted, we placed our food order - two pastrami sandwiches. As we looked around the dining room, we did not see many people eating. Then another patron came in from the outside seating to complain that it had been over an hour since she ordered and was not yet served. Then we heard the bartender tell some patrons that "the kitchen is backed up" so they should order ASAP. We had come from a memorial service and were very hungry and tired, so after 45 minutes we paid for our drinks and left. I realize it is difficult to get people to work these days, but reservations should not be taken if they can't get the food out.

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You can order delivery directly from Chapter One - Guilford using the Order Online button. Chapter One - Guilford also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 533-7988.

Chapter One - Guilford is rated 4 stars by 415 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Chapter One - Guilford

25 Whitfield St, Guilford, CT 06437-2631

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Guilford

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bistro, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking around the Guilford Green.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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