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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

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American, Bar, Wine Bar
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36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426-1132
860-767-1776
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Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in the “storybook” village of Essex mere steps from the...
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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  • 29
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  • 30
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
HIdden Gem

Stopped by for a cocktail before boarding the Essex Steam Train down the road. The Wine Room was not open until 6PM so we sat in the Tap Room. Small bar with standing only on the rail but half a dozen tables for sitting. Very busy but efficient waitstaff. Piano player was belting out some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
tmarcone
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Boston
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  • Bar scene
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Boston
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312 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Stopped by for a cocktail before boarding the Essex Steam Train down the road. The Wine Room was not open until 6PM so we sat in the Tap Room. Small bar with standing only on the rail but half a dozen tables for sitting. Very busy but efficient waitstaff. Piano player was belting out some classics. Complimentary popcorn and appetizer.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We love the history of this restaurant which has been right there serving it public since the revolutionary war. The wait staff is generous with its time and advice; obviously interested in serving us as guests and friends. The food is excellent and the atmosphere memorable. We always leave knowing we will be back

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Providence, Rhode Island
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Well, the previous reviews nailed it. This restaurant has such indifferent service that I was amazed how two (TWO!) pleasant servers in a mostly empty dining room could ignore us so completely. We had to ask for bread twice and it finally came after a 15 minute wait along with the appetizers. The food itself is average in quality but... More 

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Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

My wife and I had lunch here 6/6. I had chowder as a starter, not as good as wholefoods. My wife ordered a salad and i had the crab special. The food was average at best, I hate soggy side salads!!l.The waitress arrived with our main course and proceeded to push my plates out of the way instead of clearing... More 

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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this review

We always share guest comments with our staff - the raves and the "less than". We are sorry that your experience fell short - which is unacceptable to us. Your comments are unfortunate but will help us to address the issues moving forward. We serve thousands of customers throughout any given year and know, through comments to our managers, hosts,... More 

Newbury, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I Used to love eating here years ago. Was excited to see the boat show them go for lunch. The service was poor and the food no better than what I would expect at a chain restaurant. Time to step up your game Griswold if you want to remain as special as you used to be. Until they do, not... More 

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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments. We are sorry that your recent experience with us was not what you had hoped. Certainly a less than satisfying guest experience disappoints us as well and we take steps to improve the circumstances immediately. We have addressed your comments with the staff to ensure a consistently great guest experience... More 

Long Island
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130 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

On a rainy day in Essex, my friends and I were happy to be seated by the fireplace in one of the dining rooms of the Griswold Inn for our noonday lunch. The historic setting and the delicious meal was a welcome respite from the rain outside. Our waitress was attentive and efficient. My Cobb salad was lovely to look... More 

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Trinity, Florida
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Overall pretty good dining experience: Cod ($27), Trout ($29), sausage sampler app was interesting, chowder was good. Service overall was good except for two things; confusion on which Pinot Grigio wife wanted/ordered, which was corrected, but the server left the impression that she was right and we were wrong. Other issue: bartender (woman) dipped cherries from jar into the garnish... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Frankly, hadn't been to the Griswold Inn in years, but was in the area for business and since historic places and interesting, great or fun food are "out thing", we decided it appropriate to give it a try. Oddly, I have a phobia for taxidermy, so decided to ask the hostess ( just in case) really thought there would simply... More 

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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments regarding your recent experience at The ‘Gris’. As we’ve been in business for a very long time we have years’ worth of historical records regarding what the majority of our customers really want to see on the menu, order, and most important – enjoy! Our menus are composed with this... More 

Massachusetts
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Terrific fresh sea scallops and wonderful medallions of beef and the tagliatelli with shrimp was tasty. The wines were good. So the chef and sommelier? Did their jobs. We had eaten dinner at the bar of the Wine Bar before and liked it very much. But this time, the bartender, who was covering service for the entire space, was not... More 

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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this review

We are sorry that you were not 100% satisfied with your recent experience at the Wine Bar. Fortunately yours is not a common one as our Wine Bar staff, in particular, typically receives very high praise for customer service: they are called out on a regular basis for their attentiveness to our patrons and their extensive knowledge of the food... More 

Bradenton, Florida
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We have visited the Griswold Inn several times, since my wife went there for a bridal shower several years ago. It is in a charming town not far from Interstate 95, and is very old, dating from 1776. They have their own Revolutionary Ale, which is very good, and each day of the week has a special. Yesterday I had... More 

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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426-1132
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 860-767-1776

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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.
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

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