The Gelston House
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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.
** Please note that on Monday's we do not accept reservations, it is a first come first serve basis
**Monday's we are only open OUTSIDE
Family get together
I wanted to LOVE this place since we were dining with special friends prior to a Christmas Concert next door at the Goodspeed Opera House. The interior was very pretty, but missing that certain something. Many of the Christmas lights were out, the waiter could not find a match to light the candles on the table (???) and although there were many empty tables when we got there for an early dinner, they squished several other parties in next to us. The Prix Fixe dinner was a good deal and the food was very good. I would definitely recommend if going to the show next door since there are not a lot of choices in the area, but since we live about 90 minutes away, I would not return just for dinner
Food was good and the holiday decorations quite nice. Service was slow but the place was packed. We were happy and the food was good once we received it.
We love the ambiance of the restaurant. The service was excellent. The location near the Goodspeed theatre works well, but the food was just ok. My cut of NY Strip was mediocre and not cooked as ordered.
We had an early dinner, in the bar area, after a show at the Goodspeed. First time visitors. We had reserved for the bar area. Good service, tasty food. Wish there had been a bit more offered on the bar menu. We would like to return when the patio seating is available.
Nice setting. It’s a glassed-in room with a nice view of the river, and right next door to the Goodspeed Opera House. The Goodspeed website said they had a discount for show goers, but the waiter said he knew nothing about this, and we didn’t feel like arguing about it. They have a prix fixe menu with 3 entree choices - fish, prime rib, and chicken. Two of us ordered the prime rib only to be told that they were out of it. They did substitute a strip steak, but it was disappointing as we were both in the mood for prime rib. My wife also ordered the seafood chowder and they were out of that too. It’s hard for me to understand how an elegant restaurant plans so poorly to run out of their featured items so early in the evening - especially since the restaurant was nearly empty - only 3 or 4 other groups on a Sunday night. The food we got was good and the service was also fine. But at the end we all ordered coffee and dessert and unfortunately didn’t get the coffee until we had already finished the dessert. For the price, a little more attention to detail would have been appreciated.
The service was VERY slow. There were not enough servers.
We order from the price fix menu. I ordered prime rib and was told there wasn’t any prime rib that night and I replied it is on the menu. She said we are substituting tenderloin. We said we’ll have that. We ordered one medium rare and the other medium well. They both came medium rare.
We asked for chocolate cake for dessert and was told they had run out. The restaurant was not very busy.
Lovely location and ambiance. Prefer the summer more casual beer garden. The food was uninspired and pricey. Our server was lovely.
Would recommend the beer garden.
Fish and chips over cooked. Credit given. Chicken added to salad dry and over cooked. Didn’t tell server. Other people in our party said the burger was good as well as the shrimp covered with breading.
Not good at refilling water glass!
We were going to a show and due to unforeseen circumstances arrived late for our reservation. We were seated immediately and our service was excellent to get us out in time for the show. We were able to change the sides to our entrees without issue. The special, red snapper, was a very good portion as was the halibut. The filet mignon was prepared perfectly.
Excellent from the moment I made the reservation, confirmed it, server was superior, ambiance was beautiful, food was delicious, timing was perfect!
Excellent food. Short ribs are fantastic. It was very busy so service was a little slow. The noise level from a couple of large parties made normal conversation difficult.
Have been there numerous times and will definitely go again.
Great place to have dinner before catching a show next-door at the Goodspeed. Very nice menu. Wine list is limited but also not overly pricey. Very nice views overlooking the river.
We requested a river view table- and got a wonderful one! Elegant old hotel, and the food was very good.
The dinners are expensive and not worth it. Our server and service was mediocre at best. The ambiance and river view are the best part. Next time we'll try the Italian restaurant across the street.
Our server was friendly and attentive and made it a pleasant evening.
I must say that my prime rib was excellent but 2 others in our party ordered the rib eye steak and found it to be quite tough. That was particularly surprising given it was advertised as a prime grade of beef.
We had the best table for a water view.....which was perfect as we were entertaining family from Florida who had never been to the Gelston House! They were very impressed! Must thank OpenTable in part!
When the restaurant saw it was an out of state reservation, they gave a good table!
The food was really special and we had a wonderful waitress!
The quality and taste of the food has really improved. It was always a beautiful spot for dinner.
We went for the advertised Octoberfest menu that the The Gelston House shared in an email, and posted on outside their. building. Unfortunately, the menu was changed and they were not offering one of the special entrees - sauerbraten - so that was a big disappointment. My veiner schnitzel entree came out as the bratwurst entree so they had to start over to prepare what I had ordered.
In all, the food and desserts were good, and the view was spectacular on a gorgeous fall afternoon.
Food was good - Service was great - nice place for lunch or dinner
The food , location , water and bridge view all enhance the experience ... The crusing Steamboat didn't hurt either ...
Service was poor. Asked 3 times for refills on drinks and second set of drinks finally came when we were finished with our dinner. Ordered the halibut with a lobster tarragon sauce. Ensured I could get it GF. Came without the sauce, which was half the reason the dish sounded good, and was never notified that this was how the dish would be made gluten-free. My husband ordered lobster and shrimp scampi with Gluten-free pasta. When it came the waitress wasn’t sure it was the gf pasta. So they remade it and it came rubbery and very little scampi sauce. Rest of the food was mediocre at best. If I ever go again, I’ll stick with a burger.
The Gelston House was a convenient place to dine after a show at the Goodspeed. The view of the river is beautiful, but the food & ambiance were only OK. Next time, I will opt to eat in downtown Chester.
The food was outstanding!! Prices were reasonable for the quality of our meals.
Service was excellent!!!
Convenient to Goodspeed. Brought our daughter for the show and she only eats a few things. Restaurant accommodated. Very nice waiter. My crab cakes were missing the crab so they were soggy bread cakes with a horrible topping.
The "better" glass of Sav. Blanc was dreadful. Seafood bisque was missing the seafood and served in wide bowl so cooled off fast.
I had a reservation for 8 and we arrived about 45 minutes early and were seated right away. The food was cooked correctly and served appropriately. They don't have a huge menu, BUT, what they have on the menu, they know how to cook to perfection. Lobster mac and cheese is HIGHLY recommended. Serving portions were more than adequate, and reasonably priced. Only down side was they didn't serve the Blue Moon beer with an orange slice. Our waitress was very attentive and timely, so good job there as well.
Theatre night however server was very scattered and we had to ask for utensils for each course. Had to ask for fresh pepper and then discovered hairs in vegetables. Server discounted the entree.
Definitely not worth the prices. No manager present in dining room and food courses very rushed even though arrived 2 1/2 hours before theatre and asked for meal to be paced.
Then dessert was communicated as pumpkin chocolate pie. Came out as peanut butter chocolate pie. Glad we didn’t have but allergy.
Anyway. Some attention to detail and training of service staff around knowledge of meals and utensil usage.
Everyone was very nice though.
Always a lovely spot for pre theater lunch. Fried eggplanat sticks are to die for! Light and scrumptious. Portions are very generous. Lobster roll is delicious. With two lobster rolls and a huge pile of french fries per serving, this is ideal for sharing. Our group never has room for dessert, but the cakes look yummy and also perfect for group sharing. I will return here whenever I am in athe area.
Our server was EXTREMELY nice and accommodating, making sure every aspect of our dining experience was good. This is a very positive sign, because in the past many of our servers have not been as competent.
It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed lunch on the outdoor patio. Food was delicious. I had a short rib and cheese and caramelized onion sandwich that was excellent. I wish I had one now.
The Gelatin House was wonderful. The food was excellent, and the service was outstanding.
Great atmosphere and service but the food for all six of us was very disappointing.
Outside dining was wonderful. We went for lobster rolls but they were not available. That was the only disappointment.
Loved the chicken avocado salad . Great dressing. The view is great and it was perfect to eat there before a show at the Goodspeed.
We got the pre-fixed meal. It was alright but nothing great. We ate there a year ago and the food was fantastic. I don’t know if they have a different chef but....
Beautiful view of the Connecticut River and an excellent meal before going to see a show at the Goodspeed. Our server was friendly and attentive, and the meal was quick and delicious. I highly recommend the crab cake appetizer and the beet salad! Will definitely be back!
Location ideal for going to a show at Goodspeed. However food was marginal, the service marginal and fruit flies come in the drinks. In the future I will look for another place and plan for a little extra time to avoid this place.
Good food and good service in a beautiful location on the lower Connecticut River
The Gelston House is rated 3.9 stars by 518 OpenTable diners.