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Gelston House

8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
+1 860-873-1411
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good30%
  • Average23%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible9%
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Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
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Reviewed yesterday

Had wonderful scallops as an appetizer followed by the Gelston Salad, both were very good. Beautiful dining room with gorgeous views of the river. Very attentive service staff too.

Thank Teenzone
Reviewed 5 days ago

The service is so abysmal on two recent pre-Goodspeed dinners that my guests and I decided never to return. The location and view is lovely. The good is even good. But on both nights the service was agonizingly slow, and our orders were mixed up...More

Thank Katherine L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The temptation is to think of the Gelston House as an old-timer joint, but the food is great and the service is spot on. Great location with a view of the river, take advantage of this wonderful place!

Thank overeasy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with my mother for a previously purchased dinner package before the show. Totally disorganized, service was poor, food was Ok at best. Couldn't tell who worked there or who did what. Bad experience. Specifically- waited 10 minutes after seating for waitress acknowledgement. The only...More

Thank Jimand3
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Hello, I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience here at the Gelston House! We appreciate the feedback and would like to inform you that we have hired and trained more staff! We would love it if you would give us another...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The title gives it away. The location is perfect- not only for the proximity to the Goodspeed Opera House and views of the swing bridge, but it is the only restaurant in this part of the world with outdoor seating facing west across the river....More

Thank 4994MM
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the worst meal I have had in a restaurant in recent memory. I ordered the chicken dish ($28) which consisted of a tasteless chicken leg and thigh, a lump of cold,bland potatoes and some sliced beans and carrots. The restaurant is so pretty,...More

1  Thank Jane C
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Great Location, food less than mediocre but great service. Colin, your service was great, too bad the food is mediocre at best. Have been to this place a ton of time but this was a HUGE Disappoint. We ordered the Shrimp with Sambucca- $13 for...More

Thank Antonio R
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

I ordered the salmon and was perfect chucked And my wife calamari, very delicious Wonderful food,And amazing service Highly recommended..!!!

Thank ferdinandplaku
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We didn't have reservations so we came early and sat out on the patio which was just great. The food and service were great. It looks right onto the swinging bridge and the opera house. Very high quality

Thank sharronc413
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is not a destination restaurant, but there is a destination venue right next door: The Goodspeed Opera House. In recent years, the Gelston has been owned by the Goodspeed people, and they have a vested interest in keeping their clients happy. While there are...More

Thank ulysses4
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Lynda C
22 July 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$36
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Television
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423-1302
    (RT 149 AND RT 82)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Haddam
  • Phone Number: +1 860-873-1411
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