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The Gelston House

4.2
385 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Gelston House offers Fine Dining with a spectacular setting with a view of the Connecticut River. Exquisite Cuisine and excellent service. ** Please allow an hour and forty five minutes for pre-theatre reservations.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 873-1411
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
RT 149 AND RT 82
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Parking details
Handicap parking available in front of the restaurant and more parking available on the side and rear of restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 385 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
4.4
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3.9
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was great but small portions. But will come back.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

This is not a destination restaurant, but there is a destination next door: Goodspeed Opera House. It is very handy to combine the two. The views of the river, from inside or outside, are glorious; the service is earnest and the food is OK. I seem to recall better food on several past visits, but with a packed dining room they do a fine job of getting you to the theater on time, or afford a pleasant place to linger after a show. I'm afraid I have more the impression of banquet food than of a place to you go because the food is enticing.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always enjoy the Gelston House before going to the Godspeed Opera House.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Everything was excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Pre-theater lunch with my daughters. We sat outside on the deck. Perfect day- great food promptly served, but not rushed. Glad we chose this venue.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Food was excellent but you must watch your check very closely. We both ordered the pre-fixe meal special for $39.95 each. They charged us for each individual part of the meal, over charging us over $30 for two people. Once we bought it to the waitress’s attention she corrected the check. Wonder how many people that are successful in overcharging?? Seemed like a scam. Not sure if we’ll go back there again.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We liked the restaurant for pre-theater dinner. Two entrees had to be sent back because they were overcooked. We got two new entrees without any problems. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant for dinner before attending the Goodspeed theater.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The menu had a variety of food and drinks at a moderate price range. The service was efficient and all of the meal from appetizers to desserts were served in a timely manner. Friendly servers and bartenders. Never felt rushed nor felt like wait was overly extensive. The view of the river, boats, and the swing bridge adds to the ambiance. Outside seating is also available. One of our favorite spots before or after a musical at the Goodspeed Opera House, another gem on the river.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Perfect for proximity to Goodspeed Opera House and good food. Unfortunately the staff was overwhelmed for the pre-theater crowd and service was a little slow. They were as nice as could be but stretched too thin.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

A great dining experience before going to Goodspeed .

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great first time brunch. Beautiful scene and historic house next to river. Made for a beautiful Mother's Day.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Terrific view and Pretty restaurant. Quiet and easy to have a conversation.
Food good, service so so. Nice wine list.
A bit pricey but you pay for the view and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We were in the area for the Will Rogers Follies at the Goodspeed Opera House and were very satisfied with our meal and the beautiful ambiance.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

French fries were NOT fresh! This happens often. Fried fish was way overdone. Has gone downhill considerably since I have been going there. I always loved going, but not so much from now on. Perhaps a prouder chef who takes more pride in good food and well prepared food.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Love the restaurant, was the first time there; went for brunch before a Sunday show at the Goodspeed. No complaints, service was excellent as was the food.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

As we were following dinner with a ‘treat’ at the Goodspeed, we elected to have an early & leisurely dining experience at the Gelston House. We were not disappointed. We had a table for two window side, a lovely bottle of wine, a delicious dinner and were served byJuan who made certain we were happy and well taken care of. He picked out an awesome desert for us to share at the end of our meal. We look forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

This was our first meal here this year. The new menu was intriguing, the food was all well prepared with excellent presentation and best of all it all tasted GREAT!

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Food was Ok. My husband ordered shepherd's pie and got a grilled short rib sandwich instead. We were going to a show at the Goodspeed and so my husband took it. There was no offer to get the right order or to comp the meal. My salmon was overcooked. Service was slow. I doubt we will go back.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Fabulous for before or after Theatre (Goodspeed Opera House). Solid dinner menu and reasonably priced. Quaint small town atmosphere, on the river, photogenic, romantic, convenient.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Good good and good service. A party of 70 came in shortly after we did. Our server made sure or orders were in and food delivered before the huge party.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2017

We were going to see a matinee at the Goodspeed Theatre next door, so it was a perfect place to have lunch before the performance.

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2.0Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our second time as we always feel every restaurant deserves a second chance. Unfortunately, there will not be a third. The pros are its convenience to Goodspeed and the view. Great building as well with the potential for much greater ambience. The cons are too numerous to list all but let me say that it feels like the restaurant doesn’t make much of an effort and relies on its proximity to Goodspeed to keep it afloat. The food was painfully mediocre with no creativity or thought. The wine list is laughable and the cocktails are a throwback to about 15 years ago. The owners and management could make this a very special place - updating interior would be a good start. Bring in locally sourced food and change up the menu regularly (hire a proper chef who could do this!). If you are over 80, you’ll love this place. For all others, look elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food and service.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

A good place to go before the show at The Goodspeed. Although a little pricey, the menu had a good amount of choices and both our meals were nicely-prepared. We both had the glazed salmon; the portion size was good, and they were both cooked as requested. The dessert menu sounded good, but we were pretty full after dinner and 2 cocktails each.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

We've been to the Gelatin House for lunch several times when we were going to the Goodspeed Opera House. Food is always very good, lots of diners, and everybody seems happy. A lot of elderly people for the matinees...and I have brought my mother and friends of hers and they always had a wonderful time.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Beautiful setting. Nice variety on menu. Salads are beautiful and delicious. Very pleasant and consistent.

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1.0Dined on September 15, 2017

The resturant was over sold, had theater tickets at 8 O'Clock, got there at 6:30.
Waited 15 minutes for a table in the lobby. Then waited another 15 minutes for a
server. Got dinner at 7:40. Food was not good. This is not the first time this has
happened. Not good customer service.

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2017

I had not been to the Gelston House restaurant or The Goodspeed Opera House since the 70's. I was so happy both of these beautiful, historic buildings were still here! You just can't beat the view of the CT River, very nice luncheon!

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Enjoyed a nice lunch on the patio before attending Oklahoma! at the Goodspeed Opera House. It was a beautiful day, the view was outstanding. Food was good, service was okay, they were short handed and the two folks taking care of the patio did the best they could.

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2017

We had a nice dinner prior to seeing Oklahoma at the Goodspeed Opera House. Very convenient for the evening. Great view of the Connecticut river.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

Our lunch was excellent as was the service. We were not rushed although it was a busy pre theatre time. We are planning to return in November before the next show!

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

We eat here when we are going to a Goodspeed matinee. The food is good but we order simple lunch food, sandwiches, etc. The service tends to be very good and the setting is grand. It's not a first class restaurant but it's very nice for a lunch before theater.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

The Gelston House is so convenient to Goodspeed Opera House which is a great way to wait out the departing crowds. Food is good although nothing really special. Dining outside overlooking the river is wonderful.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Had a very nice lunch, with a beautiful view of the CT river. Food was very nice, fresh, hot, and tasty.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Very good food reasonably priced. Excellent location on the Connecticut river next to Godspeed Opera House. Great for pre-show dinner or after show cocktails and entertainment. A Connecticut landmark.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2017

The short ribs were marvelous, and the portions very generous. We skipped dessert, but it looked good. We liked the convenience for pre-theater dining and appreciated the ample parking. The only minus was that we chose seats (inside) next to what turned out to be a very loud table (the only one in the restaurant!), but we would go back again for dinner and perhaps try the al fresco tables.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Abysmally slow and inattentive waitress
Food was almost as bad....wife and I each ordered off the prix fixe menu
Shrimp cocktail was good but only 3 shrimp ea not the 4 were told
Surf and turf was some good grilled shrimp but accompanied by school cafeteria tenderloin with a gravy that was gross....I asked for a new plate sans gravy, marginally better with some overly creamy horseradish sauce.
The other entree was fresh pasta with a bolognese sauce....the sauce was good but the pasta was so over cooked it was like mush. When we complained we were told that chef said that all fresh pasta is that way.
I respectfully disagreed but said I did not want to get into an argument with the chef and asked the waitress to just take it away.
A few minutes later a plate of perfectly cooked al dente pasta bolognese was presented ....it was very good but why did we have to fight for it?
The included dessert was cafeteria quality chocolate mousse.
I do not think we will return here as the $111+ after tax & tip was absurd....oh that included 1 draft beer . I had to send back the 1st as it was flat and get a different brand!

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was good but not exceptional. Service a little slow. Servers not very attentive.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Food, service, ambience, and view of the CT. River all first rate. Conveniently located right across from the Goodspeed Opera House where we had tickets for the show that evening. It was a superb way to begin the evening. We had a grand time!

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Place is really special and dining room menu looked interesting. Ordered duck pâté but was told they were out (at 5:30pm). Ordered wedge salad (very good) and fried dumplings (average). Others ordered Tagliatelle with Bolognese. Sauce needed seasoning and was served over a fettuccine or linguini, not tagliatelle. Beef stroganoff was also bland and seemed to lack sour cream. Just meat with very little sauce over egg noodles. Amish chocked arrived a full 5 minutes after the other entrees and the fresh vegetables (green beans and carrots) were nearly raw and far too hard to eat with utensils. Had to ask for water 3 times. Convenient for theatre. Not a dining experience I'd repeat.

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