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The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn

) #2 of 21 Restaurants in Old Lyme $$$$ American,
100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
+1 860-434-1667
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Contemporary
100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

This was a great "Date night"!! We had a pre dinner drink in the bar, listened to a delightful duo, and enjoyed a fine meal with a quality bottle of wine. Excellent value for money spent.

Thank John P
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Nice atmosphere, seating can be a little unusual, food and presentation above average, can be a little pricey. Service quite good during the week and slow on weekends and holidays. What else is new! Located in an historic inn and generally well done and attractive....More

Thank Cedar1221
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

I had grilled salmon, which was done perfectly, over wild mushroom risotto with a cucumber salsa-delucious! My husband had pan roasted scallops that were equally delicious. The chef really listens to your requests and delivers creative, satisfying dishes. Cocktails are generous. We highly recommend this...More

1  Thank missterryn
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Location nice, atmosphere nice, main entry nice, service nice, the salad with the meal was ridiculous ....Ceasar Salad with 6 pieces of lettuce and some cheese for $11.00-would make any real chef embarrassed! Pretty much wrecked the meal-if I go back , won't get the...More

Thank MCB11
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Great service, charming setting. Yummy food. A true gem. Don't miss out. I especially love the brandy Alexander and the fun music in the charming bar area.

Thank alison33821
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Have gone here several times. Great service, nice atmosphere, tasty food. Somewhat on the pricey side, but worth a treat.

Thank mysticalfoodie
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We had a lovely dinner in their main dining room--the scallops with pancetta were delicious, but the pita bread and olive dealie was not so good. Basically 400 olives on hummos and charred pitas. Skip it, go to the scallops or lamb (what my husband...More

Thank Krisbrazil
Reviewed 19 April 2017

As the name indicates, the Bee and Thistle is a bit on the old-lady side of things, but it is not stuffy. We visited on a Thursday night and found a real bargain with a $75 pp dinner with wine and three courses. A very...More

Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This is a top notch restaurant. I have eater here for over 20 years, several times a year. The restaurant is perfect. The food is impeccable. Staff is always friendly, the service great. There is nothing at all bad that can be said about it....More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The best place for dinner and/or drinks in Old Lyme. A beautiful Inn style restaurant for a fine meal. A great place to gather with friends for delicious drinks (The Beast, my favorite) and small bites.

Thank philzelmanow
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14 July 2016|
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Response from BeeandThistle | Property representative |
Hi bbakery 21, Unfortunately we do not allow pets whether for dining or lodging due to health code violations, guest allergies, or disturbances. We do hope you still decide to visit the inn, it's a lovely environment and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$50
American, Contemporary
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, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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