Bee and Thistle Inn

4.6
352 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

We aare temporarily closed until further notice but are offering curbside takeout Wednesday-Sunday from 5-7:30 pm. Phone Lines open at 1:30 pm, Wednesday-Sunday.

Contemporary, Distinctive, New England Cuisine. With a menu that changes with each season, our chef uses only the most fresh, local and seasonal ingredients to reflect the bounty of the Connecticut River Valley. Whether you are enjoying an herb infused cocktail at our bar, a casual small plate in our garden, or an elegant evening in one of our three dining areas, you will be sure to have a memorable experience.

The Chestnut Grille and Lounge is open:
Wednesday-Friday 5:00-9:00
Sunday 4:00-8:00 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesdays

Bee Happy Hour: Wed-Fri, 5-7:00 pm, Sunday 4-5:00 pm
1/2 off select cocktails, $5 house wine, $3 beer

Thursday Night Bee Romantic:
A three course menu for two with a complimentary bottle of wine for only $85 per couple

Live Music in our Lounge or Garden Wednesday and Sunday Evenings
What 352 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great place to share a special dinner. In our case, it was a delayed Valentine's Day dinner. This Inn has such a romantic warmth and feel. The food is exquisite. And the service makes you feel very special.

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vipJohnM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Place was packed, the host jumped in to help our waitress who was in the weeds!
Excellent overall

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sgermanmd
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Seated immediately. Nice wine list. The online food menu did not reflect the menu that was handed to us. Smoked trout appetizer was delicious, with a lot of trout! My Sweet potato gnocchi were great. Perfect consistency, large portion, very flavorful mushrooms. Wy wife's filet was cooked perfectly. A little sparse on the root vegetables. Bread pudding was flavorful, and not too heavy. One downside were the long intervals between service. We had already finished our coffee when the desserts finally came. Similar delay between asking for the check and finally receiving it. Maybe understaffed on a Saturday evening??

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ThomasM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious lobster bisque, arugula salad, salmon, and chocolate tort desert. Service impeccable. Ambiance romantic!

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CraigH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The Bee and Thistle Inn has a reputation of one of the most romantic restaurants in CT. While the food and service were good, it did not strike me as romantic, especially since we booked far in advance for Valentine's Day. It was a Friday night and there was no live music (they used to have a harpist) only piped music that was not very romantic. I was somewhat disappointed with the evening.

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StephenJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! Best filet I have had in a LONG time!

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WilliamH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine's Day at the Bee and Thistle is special to us since we were married there 8 years ago. As always, the staff is wonderful, place is gorgeous and romantic and the food delicious. Can't beat if for a romantic dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Excellent service

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occasionalvisitor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A warm fire, cozy surroundings, pleasing light level, lively but not loud noise, comfortable chairs, good food, excellent service.... Altogether a very pleasant experience.

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Gene
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was creative, tasty and served hot and all together. One minor complaint, the tile floor was very cold. The atmosphere leaves one feeling luxurious as you pass through stuffed couches and a live fire into a full window porch. A very pleasant experience and evening.

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viplizf
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sister and I were in from New York for the weekend and picked this restaurant based on reviews. We could not have been more pleased. The ambiance was quintessential New England. So cozy and inviting on a stormy January night. We were greeted by the manager John who gave us a brief history of the beautiful inn and helped us select the perfect wine for our dinner. My sister ordered the cod and I had the salmon. The fish was cooked to perfection and the sides of risotto and farro were delicious. Our waitress could not have been lovelier. We will definitely come back.

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AlanA
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience. We have also done tea there and had a similar great time. Excellent food.

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AmyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

lovely place for a special meal. The staff was helpful and atmosphere lovely. We hit it on a very quiet post holiday evening.

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vipJamesbytheSea
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff. Excellent food. Perfect time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

New Years Eve

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vipLeilani
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Charming and delicious! We loved our NYE dinner.

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vipPrestplan
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening. Pre-New Years celebration with the in-laws. Staff couldn’t have been nicer. We had a lovely table for 5 by the fireplace. Been there before and always enjoyed it, but this was the best food we’ve ever had there. Our family all had the saddle of lamb which was cooked to perfection. In-laws has Salmon and veal chop. Our daughter substituted the cheese plate listed as an appetizer for dessert which was a brilliant idea.

It’s a long ride for us, but totally worth it. I wish it was closer but the ambience is so lovely it’s hard to resist it.

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Diane
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

A very quiet and romantic dinner. Limited menu, food was good. Our server was very good and friendly.

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ChrisV
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. The staff noticed without my saying that I was not 100% comfortable physically at the table where we were initially seated and they suggested a different table which was a perfect fit for our long legs . Impressive that they noticed subtle clues. The holiday decorations were lovely and all fireplaces were lit and cozy. And importantly as stated first, the food was absolutely delicious. We each ordered different starters, entrees and deserts and all were excellent.

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vipsteven
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

A lovely spot particularly at Christmas. Well decorated and pleasant fireplaces. But then.....the food and cost. Very expensive, and not very good. I had one veal chop for $48. The other 3 of our guests had slightly less expensive choices but equally poor quality. Also very few choices on the menu, but perhaps they had to do that for Christmas Eve.

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SusanR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

A pretty country inn with mediocre food and service. Expected more for $100. Dollars a person. I should have known better when I saw chicken entree for $31. Never again

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My only suggestion is that your bar offers Chopin Vodka & Tito's Vodka as both are very popular right now and high end.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Such a lovely experience for their holiday tea. We didn't feel rushed and service was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We met friends for a holiday dinner. The setting was beautiful, the food delicious and the service excellent. Attentive without being excessive. We did not feel rushed or under pressure to leave. It was a beautiful evening.

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FoodGuyCT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience5

I really wanted to love it but the waitress was not present and the food wasn’t anything special. Neither plate was even hot when it arrived at the table and getting a drink at a stadium is easier and faster. Too bad I miss the old days when you went to a place like this and it was top notch. These folks are just putting in the hours and the lack of passion for the food or the patrons is apparent.

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BarbaraW
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We eat at Bee and Thistle almost every time we are in the area and have enjoyed it each time. The food is excellent. We especially like sitting in the breakfast room because it is more intimate with the fireplace going at this time of year. We were surprised when we got there to hear the entertainment. It made the evening for us. Thank you so much for having a great restaurant!!

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Super
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow what a little gem, food, athmospere and service absolut top notch
Per & Anne-Charlotte

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RiannaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food. Also, wonderful place to have a wedding or a special event.

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CherylG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The last time I ate at The Bee and Thistle Inn was 30+ yrs. ago. It's just as terrific now as I remembered it. I won't wait so long to return.
Everything was great - the food, service and ambiance.
I highly recommend it.

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vipCindyK
Algeria
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Holiday experience!
Food and Service outstanding and not at all rushed.
Will be back!

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CarolG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything about our evening at the Vantassel was lovely. Beautifully decorated, excellent service and the music was a nice touch

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Great atmosphere

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BHaw
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow the food was outstanding! The servers were the most down to earth friendly people. The atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing. The Live music was fantastic. We can’t wait to go back.

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vipMort
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s always a treat eating at The Bee and Thistle Inn. Great food, great service. The staff is always warm and friendly. In addition, you can have a conversation without raising your voice because of the quiet, refined atmosphere.

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Duxbury
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food as always and enjoyed speaking with Chef Kris........a very nice gentleman.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fun night with out of town friends who were celebrating their 60th Anniversary.

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picamo
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal . Service was excellent, the inn is always lovely. The menu is quite limited, but what is served is done exceptionally well. The wine list has something for everyone. We had the lamb and the salmon and both were done exactly as requested. Sides were creative and delicious. The all star was a brioche, fig bread pudding....oh my!

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vipPamela
Miami
227 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Came here to dine as my husband had find remembrances from years ago. The restaurant has definitely seen better days . The waitress was very inept. The worst ever was when she delivered our bread, not wrapped in a napkin so it slid to the side of the basket so she took her entire bare hand and pressed it in the basket in front of us. The wind was not poured tableside and the glasses were not poured to regulation pour. The food was totally bland. The cod was completely tasteless. The experience was nothing short of terrible.We dined at two other places in town of much higher quality and better pricing.

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NanW
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, food and service. Our favorite for a special night out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding establishment! From the staff to the atmosphere to the amazing meal, our experience was top notch! We were also fortunate to meet and have drinks with the owner which was a special treat. Its no wonder this place is so amazing when the owners themselves are such great people!!

FAQs

Bee and Thistle Inn offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 434-1667.

Bee and Thistle Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 352 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.