8 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
Get directions

About Us

The Gelston House, for those who like their dining experience steeped in tradition, has thankfully returned, having been dark for a while, and is once again a suitable accompaniment for its neighbor, the historic Goodspeed Opera House.

You will be overwhelmed by the spectacular setting. The Gelston House looks as buffed and pampered as a big old riverboat steaming up the Connecticut.

Enter a portal of history as you enter the door of this building. Records indicate that as early as 1736 there was a tavern on the site. Shipbuilding, military enlistment, rum running and other activities have all been centered in the variety of establishments on this site.

Buildings and their uses came and went until 1853 when the basic structure that exists today was built. This companion building to the Goodspeed Opera House now houses a 125-seat restaurant, 6 guest rooms, and function halls that provide a perfect setting for celebratory receptions or business group meetings.

“Wonderful for an elegant wedding”
....My wife and I recently held our wedding (about 55 guests) at The Gelston House. Our day could not have been more perfect! The Gelston House was a perfect location, the setting on the scenic Connecticut River next to the Goodspeed Opera House was a perfect backdrop to our ceremony. We actually got married on the covered patio (referred to as the Beer Garden) and our guests were able to enjoy the ceremony while looking out on the river and catching amazing breezes.

The food was incredible (rave reviews from all of our guests!) from the impressive appetizers to the elegantly prepared dinner meals. Hats off to the chefs! The staff at the Gelston House, from the owners Benny and Iso, the banquet manager June, to all of the wait staff (many whom are family members) made us and our guests feel at home on our very special day. We have found our new favorite restaurant!

Whether you are looking for a wedding location, an elegant romantic dinner, or just a relaxing burger on the patio - The Gelston House is your destination choice! Enjoy!!!
~Chris & Raeann


Ceremony Options
Ceremony Personalization
Languages Spoken
Guest Capacity
Up to 150
Guest Capacity - Indoor
Up to 150
Reception Guest Capacity - Indoor
Up to 150
Onsite Venue Services
Ceremony SiteFull Bar AvailableOnsite CateringOnsite Overnight AccommodationsOnsite ParkingReception Facility
Religious Denomination Supported
Venue Style
Venue Type
Inn / B&B