Bee and Thistle Inn

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314 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Romance
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
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 $75 per couple

Live Music in our Lounge or Garden Wednesday and Sunday Evenings
What 314 People Are Saying
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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!!

AU
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always enjoyed, charming, intimate, cozy. But menu too small and too limited with no entree specials offered.

GK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Another great dining experience at the Bee & Thistle!

LB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Sadly this place has gone down hill over the years. The food choices were quite limited. We were there at 5:30 and they had pretty much run out of sweet potato gnocchi by 6:15 which was crazy. They also ran out of spinach for a side order. The condition of the exterior and interior of the building was quite dismal. There were stains on the chair fabric at the tables, chairs were chipped and in bad condition, the front step had loose or missing bricks, there was no hand rail at the front step when entering the building which for elderly patrons was unsafe. We were quite disappointed. Our server was quite slow and several times we had to flag someone down for water. Not a great experience.

j
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had dinner outside in the garden. The food was very good and the service outstanding which is harder when the diners are outside so that was an A+. We are booked in for next week again. Enough said.

KJ
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is always a special evening when we get the chance to go to the Bee and Thistle! Chef Rowe never disappoints! The wait staff are attentive and you just can’t beat the view!
We certainly wish we had the time to dine here more often!

S
New York Area
167 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We Saturday in the outdoor patio overlooking the lawn and river as it was a great evening to do so.

Our waitress was attentive and very pleasant.

Cocktails were good and out Garnacha wine with dinner was excellent.

The hangar steak special and chimichurri crusted pork err both superb and cooked to perfection as requested.
Our last minute request for sautéed spinach was handled graciously and it arrived quickly.

The Peach bourbon bread pudding topped off a great meal with a cup of tea.

It was an awesome celebratory dinner and look forward to returning when again in the area!!

BW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We return to the Bee and Thistle each year and have always had an exceptional meal. Thank you.

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always come in July so we can go down to the river before dinner-beautiful view! Food is always excellent and such a lovely setting

LP
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner was amazing! Headed back soon!
Why are you making me write so much. I like to keep things short!

l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second visit to the Bee and Thistle for a "special occasion" dinner, and it did not disappoint. The service was attentive, the food quality and presentation were exceptional, and the ambience was what one would expect from a fine establishment such as this: romantic and full of New England charm.

T
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our thrift trip to dine there and we loved it again. The service was top notch and the food was wonderful.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a lovely relaxing evening!

RM
Naples
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening however when I got home and looked at my receipt,I saw that I was charged full price for 2 glasses of wine 22$ instead of the Happy hour price

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food

BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a bit chilly for outdoor dining, so we sate at the bar. The limited wine selection is always very thoughtfully crafted and the food, well it is over the top!

D
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There is really no place like the Bee and Thistle!
Tosh and the rest of the team there are absolutely incredible.
It’s wonderful to be able to recommend a restaurant to people and know for sure that they will be extremely happy when they go there as well.
The food is consistently excellent and the people there make everyone feel so special.

TM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time outside on the patio and it was a great evening. Very pleasant, nice atmosphere, and great food and service (as always).

KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at the Bee and Thistle. But our waitress forgot my glass of wine and we had made a point of telling her that we were going to the Goodspeed for a 7:30 performance. We didn't get our bill until 10 after 7:00 and the theatre is 25 minutes away.

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My husband and I dined here on a Sunday evening and loved it. Cozy romantic rooms with antiques, flowers, glowing fireplaces. Lovely staff. Well chosen wine list. Delicious food beautifully presented. Elegant but unpretentious. We plan on dining here regularly.

JF
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing first visit. We were greeted with warm smiles and friendly approach. The Fillet was perfect and my wife’s cod was the best fish either of us had ever tasted!!! So proud to have such a gem 💎 in Old Lyme!

SS
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for a special occasion! We really enjoyed our dinner.

TI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The B&T is our favorite restaurant in the area for its lovely ambience, superb location and consistently good food. We have always enjoyed dining there, whether for dinner or a special occasion like Easter lunch, and this year (our fourth in a row) was no exception. And we really appreciate the warm and personal greeting on our arrival each time.

KA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go to the Bee and Thistle a few times a month because it is consistently excellent. A number of people in our family get the cod every single time because it’s the best we’ve had anywhere. The service is always attentive, but never too much. I highly recommend Bee & Thistle.

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It had been a couple years since we dined here and still as good as I remember. Lovely service, didn’t feel rushed. Love the ambience.

TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding evening! Arrived at 6pm,didn't leave table until 9:45pm. Not rushed, made to feel very welcomed. Dinner courses were served spaced out to allow conversation in between. The food was cooked to perfection, the cocktails mixed to perfection, the hostess, barmaid, waitstaff all very pleasant, helpful, cheerful and wonderful to interact with. Can't wait for our next visit!

R
New England
44 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Parking was an issue due to live entertainment in the lounge. However we had a great table and very much enjoyed the music venue. Simply Phred was excellent! Only negative was the limited entree selections.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bee is our favorite local spot. Sometimes they are busy and sometimes not, but any time it is a lovely place to spend the evening.

RO
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this place. Always friendly and exceptional service, not to mention the food

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always a beautiful place to dine. The charm factor is a 5 and the service is attentive and very professional. The menu is not changed up very often and lacks inventiveness which prevents us from going frequently as we live nearby. The food however was cooked perfectly and presented nicely. I’d like to see more locally sourced foods. Lyme/old Lyme has a ton of farms where the food could be sourced. They are GF friendly. A bottle of Perrier was $11 for the table. You can go to the big y and get it for $1.89, so quite a mark up.

CR
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best meal that we’ve ever had in CT!! I’ve always loved the Bee and Thistle, but this meal was PEEFECTION! We started out with the wedge salad, and my fiancé and I are fine sharing a plate, but the chef kindly split the salad for us without us needing to request it. Then we had the salmon, accompanied by wild mushroom risotto and braised cabbage and the filet entree with mashed potatoes and vegetable. Everything came out very hot and all at the same temperature - this is not our usual dining out experience, and we were very impressed!

Our table was amazing and our server, Lexie, is a ray of sunshine, just full of kindness and excellent service. We loved every part of our dining experience!

T
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Bee and Thistle was a wonderful find. My husband and I love to experience new to us places. The Bee and Thistle was a magnificent find for us. The staff were wonderful, they were genuinely interested in making sure we were satisfied with every part of our meal. The ambiance is beautiful, the character of the Inn makes for a nice relaxing dinner experience.

SR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Romantic perfection!
Romantic perfection!
💕🍸🎼👌🏻

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have eaten here often and this was the best of all the meals we have experienced. Truly the best combination of dishes prepared in the most superb way. Kudos to the chef on this Valentine’s masterpiece

LN
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to enjoy an evening out- great atmosphere and friendly service with tasty food!

t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a comfortable table and our waitress was excellent. Attentive but not over bearing. The beet salad was very good and large. The cod was excellent and my wife’s pork was equally as good. It was an excellent choice for my wife’s birthday dinner. It was very relaxing after a hectic week

EH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We have been coming to the Bee and Thistle Inn for dinner since we moved to New England in 2013. Not only is the ambience wonderful but the food is pretty consistent. And this visit, which was a birthday celebration, was no different. The food was delicious and well prepared from soup to dessert. There was one disappointment, however. One of the reasons we love coming here is their stellar bartender, Jack. When we came for a pre-dinner drinks we saw that he was no longer working there. I ordered my usual drink, a sazerac, which I always looked forward to when I came here. I’m still not sure what it was served but it wasn’t very good. What it made me realize is how important a good bartender is to a dinner house. I hope that the new one gets their chops going soon.

DH
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience: Food, service, atmosphere all very, very good. Highly recommended.

NR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent all around. Mixologist, service, food, atmosphere. A+

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