Chapter One - Guilford

4.2
332 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.
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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ACKgogirl
Naples
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

1. My lemon drop martini came without a sugared rim. When I asked the server to ask the bartender to make a new glass with the sugared rim she said “I’ll ask her if she wants to do that!”

2. I’m a firm believer that alcohol should be offered with a carb like bread or crackers. None here.

3. The swordfish was overcooked.

4. The shrimp scampi was bland. No grated Parmesan was offered.

I’ve seen many people eating there for breakfast and lunch; perhaps those meals are better.

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FriendlyFoodie234
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I brought my sons and Mom, waitress was great, food so/so- overpriced entrees at 30$ For most plates. It wasnt bad food, just not what Id consider 30$/plate quality. Id go back for apps and drinks probably not a dinner. Drink menu was excellent and apps we had were very good. Definitely not geared toward kids but they were very accommodating.

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neighborLinda
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambience was great. Food was tasty and very nicely presented. Would definitely go back with friends.

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vipWilliamG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious Food. Good Service. Nice atmosphere. Easy Parking

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Decided to treat my husband for his birthday to a new place. Found this restaurant in open table and the menu looked good. It took 25 min for the waitress to stop by our table. Mind you, our table was right in the middle. Our drinks were wrong but the excuse was “we have a new bartender.” We ordered oysters but the waitress did not know where they were from. Instead said “the ones you catch.” I wondered if the oysters were from the marsh area :-).

Our dinner came then the oysters, only because we reminded the waitress we had ordered an appetizer. We ordered an extra plates for sharing and we never got it.

Overall the food was good. Ambiance was good and they were busy for a Friday night.

Ended up driving to another restaurant for a birthday dessert and an after dinner drink.

Will definitely not return to this restaurant named Chapter One. One wonders if they will be more chapters :-)))).

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Mslp
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Service unbearably slow

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Braveheart
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Took us quickly to our outdoor table we had a cocktail and waited for our meal.Soup and salad came out reasonably on time and then we sat for a long time until the waitress asked my wife how was your dinner she said I wouldn’t know as it did not turn up? Our waitress was unaware of our situation and said let me go look into this when she came back it was just like matter of fact that they misplaced our ticket.The food came however it was disappointing it took so long.No attempt was make to rectify the situation poor customer satisfaction.Maybe on time next time would be helpful if there is a next time.Want to give back locally however need to pay better attention to detail.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I will be back! Very classy and nice atmosphere the food was tasty but my complaint is it could’ve been bigger portion for the price but now I know for next time. The waitress was very friendly and helpful and the location is downtown Guilford is a delight!

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vipHydrogin2
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Charming early evening dinner on the patio. Our server was attentive and polite! Our visiting West Coast guest loved the New England clam chowder.

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Unfortunately, like many other restaurants these days, Chapter One seems to be trying to maintain a quality dining experience, but falling short due to staff shortages. Our food took an exceptionally long time to arrive and my shrimp scampi dish was void of the flavors and items as described in the menu. The waitress understood and spoke with the manger for a remedy. I was pleased with the drinks and appetizers enough to consider returning in the future for happy hour only. Also, we noted during the reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary - most places acknowledge that sort of thing, Chapter One did not.

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philipg
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

food was good but service very poor wine was reasonable scotch was way overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Enjoyed outside patio but service was slow

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Raf our waiter was fabulous and took care of my allergies. Fabulous food. Sat on the patio beautiful lighting on a late summer evening. Highly recommend

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vipGuilford
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the seating by the hostess to the final check, it was a pleasurable experience. Christie M. our server was a delight. Several of us started with the French Onion Soup and it was very good. I had the Bolognese and it was very good but not as hot as I would have liked it. My wife had the Scallop Risotto and again good but not hot.
The tastiness outweighed not being quite up to temperature. This is a great place to eat and their outdoor patio is very quaint and cozy.

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CarrieG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was very friendly and the food was delicious! Great brunch menu, cocktails and outdoor patio!

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SarahC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor patio, drinks, food, service and atmosphere was amazing. I have no complaints. As a bonus the servers all were wearing masks. I can’t wait to return! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This is one of our go to places mainly for the outside patio and a couple dishes we love. Cheesecake to die for! They could stand to be a bit more consistent with food prep and replace the narrow dishes that food falls off of. Staff always friendly & accommodating.

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CarolT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful little spot - the outdoor dining was quaint and lovely. Our server was charming and the food was very good.

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vipCayW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

I have been to this restaurant many times and usually have enjoyed my meal very much. In fact, last month overall great. This weekend, poor service and food. No bread-they ran out, appetizer arrived at the same time as the entre and to food all subpar. New cook? New waitstaff? I don't know. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience and a beautiful place to have an outdoor dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

From all the great reviews (and from the prices) I really expected more from Chapter One. The food was mediocre at best. My bolognese was pasta with meatballs, a couple of sausage slices and a stray piece of what might have been veal. It pretty much tasted like spaghetti and meatballs. My husband got a Caesar salad with a tuna steak, which he asked for rare. It came well done. He left half of it on his plate. The server did not ask why. We won’t be returning to Chapter One.

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vipRandiSue
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

$43.00 for the pasta special (gluten free) says it all. NYC prices in Guilford, Connecticut just wasn’t worth it. My cocktail was huge and delicious, and our servers were attentive.

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vipFranB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Server was friendly and efficient! Pleasant outdoor patio. When asked regarding watered down Watermelon Martini, server was understanding and brought an additional oz of vanilla vodka to be added to drink. No charge other than $14 for the Martini. Tasted very delicious once more liquor was added. Fried calamari soggy from the chili thai sauce served directly on the calamari rather than on the side.My wedge salad good, but stingy with bacon. Husband’s Mac and cheese needed salt and more cheese, quite bland.
Will be back as service is good and close to home. Some improvements needed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sebastian was a great waiter

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JimM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Dinner was very slowly paced. If we were in a hurry, it would have been too slow. We wanted to talk so the pace was okay. Service was attentive and friendly. Drinks were good appetizers were good although they ran out of oysters. Not a big deal. Entrees were good but could have been served hotter. We got one entree comped and desserts for the table. They were unfortunately understaffed and the kitchen was overwhelmed so it was decent of them to comp one entree and the three desserts. I hope they can hire more help soon. I’m sure the pandemic has taken a toll on their business. We would probably give them another chance as there was a spark of something there.

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vipSpirit
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service by waiter Sabastian . All of our dinners were excellent. They did run out of all of the oysters and most of the deserts. However our experience was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Brunch was pretty good, nothing to write home about though.

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vipSteveP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setting; excellent attentive service.

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vipAskmelanie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Outdoor seating was comfortable and cute. Good tasty cocktails. Those were the good parts.
Both appetizers came out at different times not hot. Salmon was thin and not good tasting. Citronella candles were blowing excessive black smoke due to wicks too long. We told wait staff but nothing was done.

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JustinC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

It took an hour for simple breakfast food to come out. But the food was delicious and the service was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great service, great food, great company

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kmcnelli
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service as always!

ML
vipMarcyL
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very GOOD and service was GREAT
WILL RETURN TO THIS RESTAURANT

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Laurel
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here. Ordered several menu items for our party of 4, all were very tasty and freshly prepared. The server was pleasant and helpful with menu suggestions. Kitchen accommodated our special requests without any issue. The special entree was a bit on the pricey side, but delicious. Would definitely return!

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vipBabs
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We like Chapter One a lot for both lunch and dinner. The food is good to very good. The service is also very good. The garden in back is nice. I will suggest that one bring a sweater because it is always very cold in the dining room.

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Yumm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent, waitress was attentive & helpful, no long waits. We will definitely return to Chapter One. We were seated at a table for 2 close to the hostess station, which was not a problem, but would have preferred seating closer to the windows, where we could see the Guilford Green on a summer evening. Next time we will mention that. Overall a very good experience.

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53stgermain
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience2

Sebastian is an excellent waiter
The floor was dirty the glasses were dirty the napkins were dirty the bathrooms were dirty

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WesleyM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Comfortable, casual, and delicious. I hade the Tuna entree and my wife had the Shrimp Alfredo. Mystic oysters were fresh and delicious. Service couldn’t be beat

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Took over an hour to get our food.. the waiter was very inattentive. He didn’t check on us and we had to pull another waitress aside to order our food. Wasn’t busy so there was no reason for it. Strangely quiet too… overall decent food

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LaurieS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The server was attentive at first Took drink order right away but then didn’t take our food order for 30
Minutes. Caesar salad was bland and not crisp. Fried shrimp were very good though.

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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 4.2 stars by 332 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.