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Foodie Review - Best Romantic Dinners in East Haddam

East Haddam is a beautiful getaway for a weekend or other spontaneous trip. If you’re staying in one of the many bed and breakfasts with your special partner, you may be looking for a unique and delicious experience for dinner. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner, look no further than these two spots:


Corvo Bar & Grille - 10 Banner Road, Moodus


Black Birch Golf Club is nestled in the rolling hills along the Moodus and Salmon Rivers in the Moodus section of town. The golf course boasts a delicious Italian restaurant that has also made our list for one of the best sandwiches in East Haddam. Enjoy a relaxing and romantic dinner at Corvo Bar & Grille where you can be seated inside the quaint restaurant or on the outdoor patio, overlooking the forested valley. In years gone by, this valley was known for its “Grand View” and had a namesake hotel and resort on the property. If you’re looking for something creative to do with your date after the romantic dinner, take a short hike up the hill to nearby Grand View Campground where you can take in the full view of the night sky with all of its stars and constellations. For dinner, Corvo boasts a full menu with all your traditional Italian favorites. But there are also some American grill favorites like Surf and Turf.

Grilled shrimp on top of steak and mashed potatoes
Surf & Turf via Corvo's Facebook Page

Gelston House - 8 Main Street, East Haddam


If a romantic dinner along the waterfront is what you’re looking for, look no further than the Gelston House Restaurant. This historic structure is located in the heart of East Haddam’s downtown village center and is only a few steps away from the world-famous Goodspeed Opera House. It also sits on the bank of the Connecticut River and its main dining room has a gorgeous view of the river through wall-to-wall windows. There is also a biergarten patio where you can sit, enjoy your meal, and watch the pleasurecraft drift by. It’s the perfect setting for that romantic evening with a special someone.


Gelston House specializes in American fare and you will find that reflected on its menu. Delicious steaks cooked just right, as well as burgers piled high with delicious toppings, and also fresh and tasty seafood dishes can all be found at Gelston House. After dinner you can take a stroll along the waterfront and out on the docks, or if visiting during the summer, maybe catch a free lawn concert right next door.


A restaurnt table overlooking a river with mist rolling over it.
A view of the misty CT River from the Gelston House dining room - via Gelston House's Facebook page

These are two of the best romantic dinners in East Haddam, but there is also one other idea we’d like to propose for those who like their romance to be a little out-of-the-box: With so many great nature preserves and open space, East Haddam has many beautiful spots to picnic. If the weather is right, perhaps pack a dinner and surprise your date with a romantic picnic at one of these best picnic spots in East Haddam.

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