Chapter One - Guilford

4.4
238 reviews
$31 to $50
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 238 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.4
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4.5
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PennyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great brunch menu! Dined outside on a beautiful Sunday

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NicoleF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for a late lunch on Saturday. Such a cute spot overlooking the green. We shared a bunch of appetizers, all of which were great, and even tried a couple of desserts. The cocktails were amazing, and everything inside was adequately spaced for Covid. Our server Sebastian was friendly, attentive, and offered great suggestions. Will definitely go back!

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Chewy
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome ! Food fabulous and service great!

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CGVandFriends
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Due to the wind we did have to move indoors, but it was nicely spread out and we did not feel unsafe. The restaurant was very clean. Food was excellent. Service was a little slow, but not unacceptable. Overall, it was a nice brunch and we will definitely go again!

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vipDave
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We recently moved back to Guilford after many years away and have been catching up on the local restaurants. This week we tried Chapter One and couldn’t have been more impressed. While outdoor dining is running out of time, we were able to enjoy a chilly but manageable night on their patio, which is very nice and reasonably heated via overhead propane heating units. The patio is something that we look forward to visiting often in the spring and summer season because it looks to be a great spot.

There were four of us dining on Saturday and everyone found the food to be excellent. We started with a squash soup special, calamari and some little necks. All were well prepared, very tasty and they were delivered very timely. In fact, the service was excellent overall.

Three of us enjoying a salmon with spinach and risotto special, while our fourth had a shrimp salad. Again, everything was great and we enjoyed all aspects of the meal. We finished off with pumpkin cheese cake (insanely good) and an apple cobbler that was average only due to the apple skins being a little too firm.

We are very pleased to know that Chapter One will be a go to restaurant for us and e highly recommend it.

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Hydrogin2
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chapter One's outdoor patio on a sunny fall afternoon is delightful....try the classic Mac Lobster Mac n Cheese.
Delicious

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StephenG
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Food took quite long. First brunch of shrimp and grits was lumpy and sour. Ordered eggs etc and got it quickly. We were charged for each cup of coffee(even half cups to warm it) we spent something like $17 on bean water. We had to ask for many things repeatedly- ketchup, salt and pepper, spoon...
This may not be our brunch spot.

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vipMiniMom
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We tried Brunch on Saturday. It was an order off the menu & the menu was quite large with some very creative items.
Food was very good, be patient the service is slow.

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Allilluu
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We met friends for Sunday brunch. The waiter was attentive and helpful. I had the Sea eggs Benedict, delicious with lobster claw meat. My husband enjoyed the lobster omelette. Our friends both had the Farm eggs Benedict which they enjoyed. The Bloody Mary is spicy good!

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JuliaO
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

I order fried avocado and the vegetarian rice dish both super salty
Hubby had clam chowder but there was no clams in it and overall he felt it had a very unique flavor to it
I can’t say we will be back soon hoping it was just a bad night for the kitchen

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Fudah
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

We are locals. I’m afraid Chapter One was disappointing. Food was mediocre, drinks straight up were loaded with ice. Our last time at Chapter One.

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KatyM
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Sat outside and there was no heater next to our table. Freezing.

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Lucia
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Sitting outside was perfect with the weather the night we were there.
Social distancing rules were in place.
The outside area was light up nicely.
Wait time for drinks/water... 15 minutes +
Dinner specials were presented long after we had our menus, 1/2 hour.
We waited almost an hour for our dinner but it was our first night out since March so it was okay.
Dinner was as delicious as all the to-go meals we have gotten from Chapter One.
A memorable wedding anniversary dinner.

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vipJack
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful outdoor dining experience. We were welcomed at the hostess stand & seated to a nice table outside which was socially distance by others. The temperature was comfortable and there were standing heat lamps near by to give warm as needed. The menus had some great options. Our wait staff was VERY attentive!! We enjoyed our meals and had a lovely dining experience. Would recommend to anyone. Love Chapter One!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Event: Shuck it Sunday - all you can eat raw bar- quaint place, service was great as well as the atmosphere. Had live music - all in all a great time

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Babe44
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a great dinner last night !! I had the scallop risotto and my husband had shrimp scampi it was delicious !! Great atmosphere too !! We will be going back again !!

MM
vipMiniMom
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Sat outside on the patio, very nice. They have heaters now which is great as the weather is getting colder. Food was good, although the service was very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The all you can eat clams oysters and shrimp was amazing ! The only issue we really had was with the service being very dlow

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HappyFoodCritic
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

We had a very disappointing dining experience. We ordered clams on the half shell which were fresh and tasty but we were given a gelatinous cocktail sauce that was tasteless. We also ordered very crispy calamari which came out more soggy than crispy and was served with 2 tasteless sauces While the Caesar Salad Was fresh and crispy, the dressing had the consistency of mayonnaise and had little taste. One of the entrées we ordered was shrimp scampi. The linguini had very little sauce on it and the shrimp had not been sautéed in the scampi sauce. When we asked for more scampi sauce, they brought out what appeared to be an Alfredo sauce. The other entree was Cavatelli Bolognese which came out also with little sauce that wasn’t as good as Chef Boyardeeand a cut up mealy meatball. We asked for some more Bolognese sauce and they brought out a Vodka-like sauce which was also tasteless. Worst meal we have ever had.

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Fudah
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Weather was most pleasant adding to a comfortable outdoor dining experience. Food was fair. Server was efficient and pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was mediocre. Service was very slow . It was a beautiful day to sit outside and enjoy the yard and the sculpture. If it had not been so enjoyable outside I would have probably given it 2’s across the board. I went once and it was great but the last 2 times it was pretty bad. I miss Whitfields.

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vipToniS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very nice outdoor experience during covid dining. Our food was very good. Pablo, our server, was excellent!

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Julie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor seating was very comfortable and enjoyable. The food delicious and reasonably priced. The musical entertainment was excellent. Our server, Brian, was charming and attentive.

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KitKat
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time at Chapter One and I'm already looking forward to a return visit! Bucolic outdoor seating with comfortable spacing between tables and the best lobster roll I've ever had; thank you for such a memorable experience.

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vipSpoiled
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

a nice outside patio and of course good food and great service.
Always an enjoyable experience

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We made a reservation many days in advance and requested outdoor seating, as had been recommended by others. There was no distinction in outdoor seating between patio or on the lawn. Disappointingly, we weren’t placed in the more desirable patio, as we learned, but were on the lawn downwind of the fire pit without a reasonable explanation for our placement despite advanced reservation and multiple other available tables. Otherwise, the food was tasty and the service was friendly and mostly available.

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KimB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We ate outside near the firepit, which started out smokey. The smoke eventually settled down and it was a nice ambiance. Candles would be a good addition to the tables.
My food was delicious but the temp was a little cool (salmon and mashed potatoes).
I was assured that my beer was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but it was not.
Our waiter (Brian?) was terrific!

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CTJeepGirl
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Staff and ambiance makes the place. Drinks were good but the food was terrible. I’m extremely disappointed with the whole meal. Apps, entree and dessert were just down right bad!! we drove 40 minutes to have a meal that was way overpriced and just awful!!

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vipCaryW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good. An absolute must during Covid because of the large backyard.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary dinner

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vipShellyS38
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice outdoor dining. Basic. Not memorable.

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KyNel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed sitting on nice patio for dinner. Staff was great

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BarbaraD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My shrimp scampi was great how ever my husband's clams were large and chewy. We liked the atmosphere in the back garden and our waiter was good food was warm and we were lucky there was a lovely breeze that night.

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SeajayFS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Wonderful patio behind building

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vipJenniferH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

It took a long tome for someone to approach us at out table and give us a menu. We had to wave someone down to order. Then it took too long to get our food.

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ellegeedee
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Went out for an evening with my siblings and our spouses and was very excited to try chapter one. We had a reservation but unfortunately had to wait in the driveway and then in the Adirondack chairs for more than half an hour before we were seated. The fire pit & ordering drinks was nice and this wouldn't have been a big deal alone. We then waited very long periods of time to get each type of menu, waters, utensils, and place our orders - although our water was very kind and attempting to be attentive, it was clear that he was completely overwhelmed and the restaurant was totally overbooked. All the tables around us had the same experience - constantly looking around wondering where the waiter, drink, food, or bill was. We finally got our food and only 4 of 5 of us were served. I waited patiently, thinking that the kitchen was just backed up, but 10 minutes later my dinner wasn't there and I flagged down the waiter who hadn't noticed. Another 20 minutes passed and everyone had finished, the waiter had come back and assured me it was coming but I still hadn't gotten any food. Another 5 and it finally came. I thought for sure they'd comp my meal or our drinks but half an hour later when we had to ask twice for our bill, nothing was removed. We had been there for hours and were ready to go home so we just paid and left but it was disappointing. The menu is great, fantastic cocktails, super patio, and the waiter was very friendly but the kitchen is woefully understaffed and the management completely overbooked the place. I want to say I'd come again but I'm not sure - definitely not with anyone I'm trying to impress or if I ever have somewhere to be within 3 hours. I hope they can improve!

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vipLP2014
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very pleasant outdoor setting, with tables set comfortably apart from others. Service was slow but pleasant. Bread was offered as an afterthought. My meal, salmon with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables, was very good but I had to send it back to be cooked through as I had clearly ordered it. Server took care of it promptly and apologized. Food and wine were priced a little high but overall a very nice experience and I would go back.

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guilfordsummer
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. Attentive and friendly service. We had a nice outdoor table on the lawn by the sculptures and tiki torches. My family was visiting and commented how they thought the restaurant was excellent and had a nice time.

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vipWilliamG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nicely set for Covid distancing, excellent food.

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vipMellen
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Chicken teriyaki was too salty. I had to send back. The fried calamari was under cooked - coating all fell off a soggy mess

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You can order delivery directly from Chapter One - Guilford using the Order Online button. Chapter One - Guilford also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 533-7988.

Chapter One - Guilford is rated 4.4 stars by 238 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.