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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426-1132
860-767-1776
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Ranked #2 of 15 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located in the “storybook” village of Essex mere steps from the Connecticut River, this 1776 landmark offers three distinct dining experiences. “Historic Dining” is offered in four handsome rooms - The Covered Bridge, The Gun Room, The Library and The Essex Room – where a renowned maritime art collection fills the walls. The Inn’s New England heritage and connection with the sea is apparent in the classic seasonal cuisine offered; diners may enjoy a more contemporary culinary experience in the stunning wine bar featuring tapas-style dining and an extensive selection of wines by the glass; tavern fare is offered in the atmospheric, award-winning Tap Room where lively music rings out nightly. Patio dining is an option May through October, weather permitting. Lunch and dinner served daily, Hunt Breakfast on Sunday.
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English first
Portland, Oregon, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We stopped by on our New England tour to have a pint and clam chowder. The bar was very quaint and the prices very reasonable. We had thought about staying here prior to our trip, but wanted to make it farther. The town is absolutely adorable.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I recently visited the Griswold Inn with a few friends and was terribly disappointed. Even though our waitress was very nice and very accommodating, the food was just plain lousy. There was five of us in total and only one enjoyed their meal. The 1776 Sausage Special consisted of 5 or 6 pieces of bratwurst cut in half inch pieces.... More

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I took 48 senior adults for a breakfast brunch. From the minute our tour bus drove up I was impressed! Friendly, helpful, food that didn't run out and food that was delicious! Our seniors were overjoyed with everything. They even made a box lunch for our bus driver. Lauri was so great to work with. We will definitely be back.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This was our second visit, and will be our last. From the moment we stepped inside this time, it was clear that this place is for Essex folk exclusively. After a dismissive "once over" from the "hostess," the service was reluctant and inadequate--downright unfriendly, in fact. The Reuben sandwich was a failure: tough meat enfolded by mushy, cold bread. We... More

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Clayton, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The tavern and big dining room can be quite noisy. We ate in the tavern the first night and enjoyed the piano playing. The next night we wanted more quiet so sat in the small dining area with a fireplace. Food was very good. Service was good also. Ambience was excellent.

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CONNECTICUT
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95 reviews 95 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Yummy traditional Sunday brunch. Odd that coffee and tea are not included in the prix fixe prices... but whatever. Omlettes are good, and the waffles are fresh.

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Branford, Connecticut
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69 reviews 69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Have eaten here dozens of times but never at an outside table. Interesting to watch the activity up and down the street. First stop to busy. Went inside but to dark for a nice sunday afternoon. continued our walk to the river and came back 30 minutes later and found a nice table outside. Drinks and a few apps turned... More

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Meriden, Connecticut
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We used to love the Gris. Lunch menu was disappointing, as was the food. At other tables, bread was served practically the minute people sat down. We had to ask for it and it was quite a wait. I ordered a Sangria and a Cobb salad. The glass of Sangria was not even 3/4 full! The Cobb salad was awful.... More

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Montville, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have been to the Griswold Inn many times and it is always worth the trip. Recently we came for a late lunch and ate in the pub area. I had the burger that was wonderful. Service is great. Inn is historic and beautiful.

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Trumbull, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Nice rustic setting. Waitstaff in the Griswold Wine Bar were excellent. Very quaint and comfortable.

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