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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Ranked #2 of 16 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
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
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  • German first
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English first
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We make the pilgrimage to the Griswold inn whenever we have out-of-state or foreign guests. Located in Essex - there isn't a more picturesque village in Connecticut, "The Gris" (as it's affectionately known to locals) has not changed since 1776. I only wish they would improve the quality of their food. The chicken in the cob salad was under-cooked (on... More

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New York
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266 reviews 266 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Surprisingly good brunch with the standard buffet items plus a few nice additions...worth the visit to see the historic setting

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The Griswold Inn in Essex, CT is one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country. It opened in 1776, near the banks of the CT River. I had the pleasure of dining at The Griswold Inn for their famous Hunt Breakfast. While the live jazz music was unexpected and I was concerned the four of us would not... More

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Waterford, Connecticut
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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My family really enjoyed a late afternoon meal here. It is a lovely, unique place. That said, it is not perfect. We made a reservations for the tap room for 5 people at 3:30 on Sunday afternoon. Granted, this is an odd in-between time for a meal, but that is why we called ahead. When we arrived they did not... More

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Redlands, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Good food, varied menus, stunning atmosphere, excellent service, a tad pricey...but who's to notice?

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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

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
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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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Additional Information about Griswold Inn ~ Dining

Address: 36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426-1132
Phone Number: 860-767-1776
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
Cuisine: American, Bar, Wine Bar

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