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The Gelston House

367 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 367 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.8  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TomS (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipJamesM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

Kathyb (New England)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipMJPete (New England)
2.0  Dined 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.

Oaksong (Austin)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food and service.

Dave (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipKath (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

Lonsue (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined 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!

KBBBB (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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.

Gene (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

Cozycomfort (New England)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipEat2L (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

Windsortraveler (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 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.

TomS (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

Linda (Richmond)
4.0  Dined 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.

Eatherenow (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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 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!

mmmb (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

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