Chapter One - Guilford

4.3
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184 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Chapter One on the Guilford green is proudly open during the Covid pandemic for outdoor dining on our large Patio, Artist Garden outdoor seating, and Curbside To-Go. We light our fire pits in the Artist Garden every evening where you can reserve a Adirondack chair or just enjoy the Ambience. Our kitchen is open daily featuring a variety of meals. Our menu offers a range of entrees including, Seafood, and American cuisines. Our bar serves the finest quality liquors, wines and we have 12 Draft beer lines featuring domestic and local Craft brews.
What 184 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.5
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4.0
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the “chapter” burger which was fresh and flavorful. Their menu attracted us to try the restaurant out. We’ll return when next in the area.

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vipPatriceD
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor patio made dining al pleasure!

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SallyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There is a very large patio and tables were at least 10 feet apart. There were also tables and a fire pit on the lawn. The location is beautiful and right off the village green. The food was delicious. I had lobster over capellini in a creamy pepper sauce. It had asparagus and artichokes. My husband had scallops over risotto. Both were delicious. Staff was meticulous about wearing masks, menus were paper and after tables were cleared they were thoroughly sanitized. The chairs were as well which impressed me.

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vipCraigC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We are big fans of Chapter One but on a special occasion night (my wife’s birthday) which my daughter drove down from Boston to attend, there was a big “disconnect regarding service and communication.

Having spoken to the Manager as we departed to express our bewilderment we are optimistic that this experience will be a “one off”.

We plan on going back and given the quality of this establish we are sure it will be a good experience (albeit with these difficult times it is understandable that mishaps can take place).

Craig Clausen

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DebbieP
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall it was a nice evening. We were celebrating our anniversary. I did feel our waitress did a great job(except for forgetting our salads). It was very busy on patio and besides another waiter she seemed calm and professional and he was completely overwhelmed.

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KateG
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting with wonderful service and great food. Perfect for my first restaurant visit in four months.

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vipCraigC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great to be back to our new “favorite” restaurant having just recently purchased a new home in Madison/CT.

Our server (Jessica) was a pleasure and helped to make our return to “dining out”.

We will be back many times in the future to Chapter One.

Lynne & Craig Clausen

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Brigitta
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch on the back garden patio couldn’t get much lovelier (tho I wish the incessant motor hum could be eliminated). I had fried zucchini and onion rings with scallops— perfectly done and plenty of them. Delish bloody mary’s, too. Good table spacing, masks and distancing, excellent waitress — felt totally comfortable. Oh! And more joy! NO music! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful outside

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great! Service was great and very friendly! The garden seating and patio were lovely and relaxing. All in all ... a lovely night out.

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sweetv2
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

The location was excellent and they did a great job with social distancing with outside seating. Very pleasant. However the food presentation was a mess and the taste was mediocre at best. We should have just ordered pizza elsewhere and ate on the green. What an expensive disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and the staff was very friendly

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SteveR
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

We drove down from Mystic because the Chapter One restaurant there did not have salmon on their menu. My wife enjoyed the salmon burger. My daughter's hamburger was greasy and my lobster roll was small and full of mayo. This was one of the most disappointing lobster rolls I've had in a long time. The french fries were salty. Also I asked what came on the side with my lobster roll and was told that fires were an option. Later I was charged $6 for a side of fries, not very nice.

The outdoor patio was delightful and the tables were well spaced. Mystic is the better option.

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GuilfordB
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor setup to manage restrictions. Food was great, service was good.

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Susan
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the first time we could eat out in the region. We dined outside in a lovely environment. The food was excellent and the service superb - very attentive waiter who made excellent suggestions. We will be going back again.

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is always impeccable. Kelsey is a great sever. Ask for her

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chapter one is a comfortable shoreline restaurant worth the drive. An extraordinary experience. May be the new Stonehouse for Guilford,

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vipToniS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The restaurant ran out of wine glasses, so our wine was delayed and served in water goblets. Later the host gave us complimentary wine with the glasses which was quite thoughtful. Our wait person never informed us of the specials. We realized there were specials when we overheard them being read to another table, however we had already ordered. The food was good, but quite expensive for what we received. The blueberry chocolate bread pudding was lacking chocolate! Overall it was a fair experience. I think our waitperson was new and nervous. I did have lunch there in the past and the experience then was more favorable. Perhaps our recent experience was an exception. I would give the restaurant another try.

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vipDann
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place with great service and food. Nice bar and comfortable seating

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TRWAY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderfully tasty dinner! We just love having a place that we know we can always go to and get a consistent amazing meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

We waited one hour for our meal very poor service and the food was so so not hot or creative will not go back to this restaurant

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PeterM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at Chapter One!

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GinaS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great lunch. Everyone was happy and the Valentine rose was a nice touch.

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding Sunday afternoon Happy hour.
Service, food and attention to detail coupled with great value too/

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SeanM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Small and quaint. Very efficient staff. Things quiet down around 8pm, but of course this is winter time. Nice area to walk around. We had a really good time.

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DeniseM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

A quiet night out. Wanting a steak. Waitress was terrific. Steaks came but waited half way through our steaks, finally the baked potatoes came. Uncooked. They were right in giving us fries on the house.

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vipCaryW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Always a winner with good food, service and atmosphere! A beautiful location facing the Guilford Green.

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vipLoudButGreatApps
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Appetizer course was quick and delicious. Hot entrees took a lot longer than a burger and a steak should have. All the food was tasty. Server was terrific and very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jen was the best waitress! Lived the scallops and shrimp scampi

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service at the high tops is always extraordinary. Thank you Chris.

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mammaameika
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Very attentive staff. Food was a bit salty for my taste but very tasty overall.

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eileeng
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience at Chapter One in Guilford, Ct on Saturday night. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the food is excellent! The atmosphere is very relaxed and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend dining there :)

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vipLeeny
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance..food choices and taste way above average..great place to dine for any occasion.

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Rosie
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

even though there were few patrons in the restaurant, our food seemed to take a long time served. But, i had the Quinoa salad with scallops, and it was the best salad I’ve ever had! There were nine in our group and everyone raves about their meal.

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TRWAY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

Chapter One has been one of my favorite “go to” restaurants and I recommended many guests to try it out because in the past the food was always consistently great.... however I just recently had dinner there out on the patio and the entire menu is completely different......no more of my favorite items like Devils on horseback, asian calamari, vegan paella or the grilled vegetable platter. The calamari instead was basic fried calamari with two sides of sauce. After being in somewhat of a quarantined life for a few months and going back out to restaurants I was a little disappointed to see my favorite dishes missing. I understand the challenges with everything going on, new staff, simplified menu, etc. I do love the atmosphere though so I will be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience great food

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vipSteviev
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding service and a great meal

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CatherineC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The food was excellent and liked the atmosphere but our server was not the best. She was okay. I think we were supposed to get bread which we never received and she was flat, it was like she was going through the paces so she definitely did not improve our experience at the restaurant.

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Willow
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, from appetizers through dessert. The focaccia appetizer was really good, and my entree (seared scallops over a tomato-basil risotto) was delicious. My husband ordered the salmon, which was prepared very well. Meal was well-paced, service was professional but friendly, with our server checking in from time to time as was appropriate. Will definitely eat there again.

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Josie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We love Chapter One but the service is slow. It seems that there aren't enough servers at lunch in particular. Our server was making drinks at the bar and also waiting tables. It was inevitable that this would result in a slow down.

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Chapter One - Guilford offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 533-7988.

Chapter One - Guilford is rated 4.3 stars by 184 OpenTable diners.

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