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“Birthday dinner” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn

The Chestnut Grille at The Bee and Thistle Inn
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Ranked #2 of 28 Restaurants in Old Lyme
Price range: US$35 - US$50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
East Lyme, Connecticut
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Birthday dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Wonderful evening, great food and music by Mass Confusion in the lounge. A relaxing birthday celebration ending with the pumpkin dessert. My favorite haunt never disappoints!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cathy E
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  • English first
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English first
Worcester, Massachusetts
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89 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“spend some time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

this defines dining - not just eating out. if you go plan to spend a few hours relaxing. the warming fire and the warm atmosphere blend to give you a very pleasurable experience. the staff masterfully goes about their business in the background without distracting presence. they are right there to anticipate your needs.
the food was nicely presented and was everything you could hope for even though the menu was somewhat limited. better to do thing right rather than offer too many choices is probably their thinking.
our party of 4 was evenly divided between salmon and steak. both choices were equally enjoyed. i think it was the veggies portion of the meal however, where the chef(s) showed the most creativity. look forward to this part.....
Three hundred dollars for a party of four is expensive for us north country folk but in keeping with the CT home to this restaurant and inexpensive compared to going into nyc.
bottom line - this is the place to go for a memorable dining experience to enhance that special occasion.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bill M
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Woodstock, Connecticut
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Delicious dinner in a wonderful classic New England Inn.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

Tonight was our first trip to the Bee and Thistle (even though our son is a waiter there). We had heard mixed reviews in the past but we must say that we were absolutely delighted with our dinner.
The Inn itself is a classic New England gem with cozy and comfortable seating in several small rooms and a main dining room. We were fortunate to sit at the fireplace which was perfect.
Our appetizers-Clam chowder, duck confit quesidilla and a mushroom salad were all cooked and presented to perfection. Main courses of Coffee rubbed pork tenderloin and salmon were some of the best we have ever had. The dessert we had, coffee creme brulee, apple fritters and chocolate cake were decadent beyond compare.
We will be back--and soon!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JR591011
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“dinner at the bee and thistle b& b”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

food was excellently prepared, very tasty, varied, nice wine list and reasonably priced. the setting is in an old Inn and the rooms were charming, with views of the gardens and river.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Ltaub268
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West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Delectable offerings & beautiful view (even on a rainy night)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

We had an incredible meal, in a romantic setting, complete with a perfect view out the window down to the river. If the weather had cooperated, we would have had our cocktails and wine on the lawn of this historic home, down by the river. Outdoor dining at small care tables is apparently also available, but without the river view. The inn is located next door to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT, and the scenery out back inspired a community of American impressionist artists some years ago. The interior decor in the restaurant area of the inn is classic, warm, and inviting. I liked the artwork and sculpture displayed. The cocktail specials fashioned by the bartender were fabulous, and the wine we shared (Carnivore) was excellent. Our waiter was attentive, well-informed, and gracious, as was the owner who by to check on our degree of satisfaction. Our party had a good sampling of fare - chowder, salads, salmon, chicken, yellow fin tuna, skirt steak, etc. All entrees were extraordinary and satisfying. Good portions were provided. Desserts, too - coconut creme brule, lemon sponge cake, and chocolate sundaes - were thoroughly enjoyed. The epresso was quite good as well. We will definitely return. Prices were very reasonable, and we enjoyed every minute!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beth S
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