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The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn

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100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426 (Formerly Bee & Thistle Inn)
+1 860-434-1667
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17:00 - 21:00
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Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bee and Thistle is one of our most favorite places! Not only have we enjoyed many terrific dinners here, this lovely and very charming place has been the site of family weddings, birthdays, baby and bridal showers. Excellent food, attentive service and laid back elegance make this Inn a special experience not to be missed

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Thank Constance E
STAMFORD
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295 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Ate in this restaurant while staying at the Inn. Food was very good; drinks too. Odd dining area - small main room, couple hallway type side rooms. I'd go back there again, and again, and again. Chef has been there a number of years; doesn't an outstanding job.

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Thank RALPH H
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Very cosy inn, really attentive and friendly staff and the most delicious scallop meal ever. Good price with prix fixe menu and warm friendly atmosphere. Would recommend

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Excellent atmosphere and food. Lovely setting downstairs in the Bee and Thistle Inn. Service was very good.

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Thank Madeline B
Connecticut
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138 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent menus and daily specials including salads and lamb and deserts. Very best seating and very good service at good prices

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Thank Eastportme
California
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Had a lovely dinner with friends here. Staff was overly attentive. Had fabulous wine list. The presentation and flavor of the food was exceptional. Beautiful summer evening and we ate indoors. Outside dining is also offered.

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Thank Shalynne
Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

I usually call 3 month in advance for my reservation. Tosh always remember to have my roses on the table. Their menu is seasonal and is awesome especially their lamb steak was to die for. I highly recommend this place since i have been going there for 20+ years and i look forward to my yearly mecca there.

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1 Thank Angel F
Ct, Usa
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

My husband and I both were born and still live within 15 miles of the Bee and Thistle Inn. It has always been a landmark property and today is more so than ever. The decor is genuine old style New England without being over the top. The gardens are lovely and the food is locally sourced as much as possible... More 

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1 Thank nytwind
BeeandThistle, Room and Group Sales Manager at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear nytwind, Thank you for your great review. We work hard to please our guests and we appreciate your kind feedback. Hope to see you again soon! More 

New England
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120 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Truly one of the greatest places we've ever been to. The food was amazing and so was our evening. The atmosphere at the Inn is perfect and would highly recommend the Bee and Thistle to everyone!

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1 Thank B-and-C_Rhode-Eats
BeeandThistle, Room and Group Sales Manager at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear Brandon E, We are so glad you had a good time. We look forward to your future visit soon! More 

Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

I have been going to Bee and Thistle Inn for the past 20 years, their service is five stars , Tosh is wonderful and The owners for the past decade they always great us when we come in as they know we come annually to the restaurant. Their Prices are excellent, they have expanded their Drink Menu and Wine Menu.... More 

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1 Thank Angel F
BeeandThistle, Room and Group Sales Manager at The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn, responded to this review

Dear Angel F, Thank you for your recommendation. Tosh is a gem and we are lucky to have her on our team. We look forward to your next visit! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426 (Formerly Bee & Thistle Inn)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Lyme
  • Phone Number: +1 860-434-1667

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?