The Gelston House

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447 reviews
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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.
** 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
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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I will be interested in coming back during the warmer months and daylight hours to see the pretty views! It made for a nice Valentines dinner. The restaurant was not crowded, which was a pleasant surprise. There was a fixed menu for the night so I can't speak to the normal menu, but I highly enjoyed most courses. The French onion soup was bland, but my surf and turf was wonderful. The Caesar salad and desserts were good.

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JV
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner before the show and it was just wonderful. We were initially disappointed that we were not in the main dining room but the pub was nice and cozy and much quieter than the dining room. We will definitely come again. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

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k
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Location, atmosphere and food are decent, but there was a office party taking place and it was EXTREMELY noisy.

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ST
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was super great. Both my husband and I did not get the Christmas spirit until we sat in the dining room overlooking the river next to the Goodspeed Opera House.

We both love it there for lunch or dinner or brunch before a show at the opera house.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We went for a Christmas gathering with old friends. It was very nicely decorated. Our wait staff was very good. However while we waited in the bar area for our table the bartender could not have been more unpleasant! The food is also only average. I don’t think I would return.

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

This past Saturday the main dining area ( THE VIEW!) was closed for a holiday party so we were put in an overly lit stark pub room. We were in festive holiday dress for this special dinner. We should have been notified of limited seating and would have made alternate plans. Actually we discussed finishing drinks and leaving but feared jeopardizing the timing on the rest of our evening. My dinner( a $33 entree) of shrimp and lobster scampi had crisp/good shrimp--the lobster was mush with an ammonia smell !!(this means it is OLD) After an unfortunate swallow, I pushed the rest aside on my plate ( did not complain since I had voted earlier to stay) and did not finish--I only hoped I wouldn't get sick. Others enjoyed the special soup (butternut squash) salads calamari and burgers among other items . ~the Mrs.

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N
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

I had the chicken which was not good at all. It was served with green beans full of garlic. It did not say on the menu green beans with garlic. I don’t eat garlic. She did bring a plate of green beans after I was done eating without garlic. I felt obligated to eat them. I don’t think I will be eating there again. My husband enjoyed the cod. I guess that was the better choice.

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner with friends and had a great time @ the bar and main dining area, great location, service and food.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited the Gelston House for a Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet. The food and service were very good. I would do this again and I would recommend this as an option for those who like to eat out on the holidays.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This place has beautiful scenery and is close to the Goodspeed opera House. The furniture is a little bit worn the seat cushions were a little bit soft and syncing. But overall the atmosphere is beautiful and it can easily overlook the mediocre food. the pricing is a little bit high for what we got brunch for three people with one drink and two desserts .... $87.

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TS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

If you going to Goodspeed Opera House. Have dinner and your show is 50 feet away.

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m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Theater at Goodspeed.

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t
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We come for lunch whenever we have matinee tickets. Last Saturday things seemed a bit off. The mussels were tiny and overcooked, the mussel sauce -- described as white wine garlic butter sauce -- had a beef soup flavor, and the cappuccino was delivered on only half a cup. The service was affable, but we had to ask specifically for things like bread and tartar sauce. Hence our rating of 3 stars.

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CA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am disabled and travel with a hundred and 20 lb service dog not one of them looked at me strange not one of them made me feel out cast they were excellent the service and the food was excellent and they got us to the show on time

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very large, pretty room, but quite dark with illumination from just a few table lamps spaced far apart. Bathroom OK, but could use some remodeling. Very nice view of the Connecticuit river. Room had no glasses other than a single coffee cup. Asked for a couple of glasses, but never arrived. Only real complaint was lack of breakfast. If you are attending a show at the Goodspeed, perfect place for dinner and perhaps spending the night. Otherwise, probably better choices.

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GC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun to make a day or evening of Goodspeed Opera House and the Gelston House next door. We will do this again!

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p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Service was very good, food was good but felt we were packed into a very noisy place - too bad because the building is historic and the view is lovely.

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very pleasant dinner, wait staff very friendly & amenable and very cognizant of getting people served promptly & out in time for theater. Food was good and prices were fair. Lovely ambiance in dinning room which during the day has a great view.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We go there for a convenient lunch prior to a musical next door at the Goodspeed Opera House, which we subscribe to. Views of the Connecticut River and almost always a good show.
David

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O
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were so pleased with everything we ordered. Each of us ordered the prix-fixe meal (pre theatre) and would so do again!

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R
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining, excellent show at the Goodspeed. Wonderful evening!

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service outstanding with a smile!

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CH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always eat here before Goodspeed and always enjoy the experience...

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G
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Only reason we went for dinner was we had a play before and won’t go back.
Service is not great and food is edible

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and Betsy is a delightful server! Looking forward to returning !

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LC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Diners should be aware that the menu on the Open Table website is for the pub side of Gelston House, but the reservation you make is for the formal dining room (which was nice and has a great river view, but is definitely a 'jackets required' situation). It was difficult for the pickier members of our group to find something on the smallish and fairly gourmet menu, and the staff seemed less than thrilled about providing a burger (available on their lunch menu and on the pub menu) to the high-schooler among us, but they did eventually agree. We would probably choose to sit on the pub side next time, but it all depends on what type of experience you want; forewarned is forearmed.

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r
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu was very intriguing with new entrees and they had some great specials. They are very accommodating to dietary needs as one of our group has celiac disease but never has a problem here. The staff are energetic and helpful knowing their menu very well.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Dinner was not whatvwas described on the menu. Ran out of bread.

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BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This was truly one of the poorest dining experiences I have ever had. I am married to a a very well known chef and would be mortified if he ever served anything like this! I am floored that they are still in business. My food looked and tasted like something I would have had at a wedding in 1985!!! For a starter I had the calamari which was overcooked and flavorless. My husband had the beet salad that looked like it was just thrown on top of his plate. Then for dinner he had over cooked Salmon ( which was obviously not wild caught) with FROZEN sauteed spinach and a lump of risotto that was thrown on the plate. I had Shrimp and scallops tossed in a cream sauce that was glazed over from sitting too long under the salamander. Finally for dessert we had STORE BOUGHT Carrot cake! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Our choices were Chocolate Mousse Cake, Cheesecake, Lemon Cake and Carrot cake! I have had better food and service in a diner than here.
This is totally not acceptable from a restaurant at this price point level. Our bill was over $100 and I left the server ,who was also nothing to write home about a 20% tip. After years of being in the restaurant industry I always try to find the best in a restaurant and never write anything bad but I am so beyond disappointed in my experience there! I would have gave negative stars if it were an option.
I am astonished that Goodspeed Opera House would even associate themselves with you!
Needless to say I will never frequent this abomination again.

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c
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend the Gelston House as a pre-theatre venue. They have a special menu for theater goers - four courses for $39.95, and the food was wonderful!! We had a large salad, shrimp cocktail, steak, mashed potatoes and veggies, and tiramisu and cheesecake with coffee. Lots of food and it was delicious. The ambiance was nice, too. Just what you would expect from an upscale restaurant.

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K
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Gelston House is a lovely old hotel next to the Goodspeed Opera House in picturesque East Haddam, CT with gorgeous views of the CT river. It was the perfect place to have lunch with a friend before a matinee at the theater given the location and atmosphere. The food was so-so -- stick to the basics here, I think (which I did not, regrettably).

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Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My Dad and I arrived shortly after the 2 pm Goodspeed Opera House Show ended. We had a lovely view of the water and the bridge. We had delicious meals (my Dad had the Gelston Chicken and I had the Branzino fish special). Even when the restaurant started filling up, the noise level was fairly low. All in all, it was a pleasurable experience.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Periodic trip from NYC to enjoy the productions at THE GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE. Our visit to East Haddam is never complete without a stop at the Gelston House. Over the years, the food and service have consistently been excellent, and the view from the dinning room is just an added bonus. It is an ideal location for a quiet dinner with that "special someone!"

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful !!!

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful restaurant for celebrating a special occasion. The food was delicious and the staff courteous.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Gelsen House is always a great spot, conveniently located right next door to The Goodspeed Opera House and right on the Connecticut River. Our visit was for lunch right before the performance of Oliver on Sunday afternoon. My aunt was visiting from Maryland and this is the fourth time we have made reservations for lunch before a performance. For the first time, we sat out on the patio as Sunday was cooler and a beautiful day. Our main meal was delayed due to a large party, but we didn't mind. We enjoyed the afternoon and watching the activity of the river.

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TS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always, dine here before or after a performance at The Goodspeed Opera House (next door). Food is very good. Service can be very good or at least fair (sometimes inexperienced college students). View is wonderful during the summer, situated on the Connecticut River. Outdoor dining available ( you can get inside menu if desired). Special Prix-fixe menue available with show purchase on Friday evenings.

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q
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was friendly but the bar couldn't seem to deliver drinks without various mishaps -- wrong drink, no lemon, etc. Food was good, though. And we got to sit outside and see the river, so hard to think too much about what was less than perfect.

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BC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leisurely meal and excellent service. The food was very flavorful and cooked just right. Our table had a great view of the river and the Goodspeed Opera House.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Awful food, awful presentation, everything was overcooked and poorly prepared

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