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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Ranked #5 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
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Guilford, Connecticut
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Had lunch here after a visit to the Connecticut River Museum. I ordered the Fish and Chips and my wife had some sort of crab dish. We were both disappointed in the meals, they weren't bad, but the food at the "Gris" used to be MUCH better. We were also disappointed in the service, it was a very long time... More 

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Gainesville, VA
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Good food but quite a loud atmosphere. I think that is not a criticism really because it is supposed to be like that!

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Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Used to go often to the Hunt breakfast here growing up. Neat place to check out. Beautiful old new england street and inn. Food very mediocre but service pleasant and I would recommend reservations in the library room if you can get them!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

My company had their holiday dinner at The Griswold Inn on Thursday, Dec. 18th. We ate in the Library Room. The atmosphere and decor along with the Madrigal Singers created such a festive and happy place. Lauri and Penny took such good care of us. Our meals were delicious! The Mud Pie is out of this world!!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The bar tender was very rude, and seemed intoxicated...and just did not care about customer service. They seem to just hire anyone there...

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Lake Como, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Dinner at this historic Inn was surprising and wonderful. Medallions of moose tenderloin is certainly not on many menus. The moose was tender and flavorful. It had the subtle mineral taste you expect in game meat, and the seasoning was perfect. A second dish was game meat pot pie. A variety of game meat was mixed with root vegetables in... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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81 reviews 81 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We hadn't been to the 'Gris' in a while after being regulars for a number of years. We thought we would top off a nice Holiday celebration concert with a stop for dinner on the way home from Hartford. We had called ahead for a table in the gun room and were told that 'it was requested' but could not... More 

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

Throughout the course of a year we serve many, many guests at The Griswold Inn. The period from Thanksgiving through December is the busiest and most popular time of year to visit the Inn. As you mention, our Holiday Bill of Fare features game items: we also offer our “Gris Classics” menu – quite an extensive selection of more “traditional”... More 

Essex, Connecticut
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Griswold Inn is slipping. We ate there today thinking a nice relaxing walk thru town and ending with a nice lunch at :The Gris". We were seated quickly. No one came back to our table for fifteen minutes. Waiters and waitress's running by our table, no one asked to help us. We took it upon ourselves to go to... More 

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

Greetings from The Griswold Inn. We strive to provide an authentic experience in a charming atmosphere offering good food and spirits, served by a friendly and efficient staff. Clearly we fell short of this objective on your visit and it is absolutely not acceptable. While this is certainly not the norm, we take all of our guest comments seriously and... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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164 reviews 164 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My husband and I had just taken the Essex Steam Train and boat tour and wanted a bit more of the old Essex charm so we walked in town and had a late lunch/early dinner in the Tap Room. The room is dark with old wood trim, and a small decorated Christmas tree was perched on a post in the... More 

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

December Greetings! As you know, there’s no place like the ‘Gris’ and we’re so glad you got to soak up and appreciate the atmosphere in our award-winning Tap Room! Guests comment that one of the many charming features of our 1801 Tap Room is the “Christmas tree” perched in the middle of the room, on display 365 days a year... More 

New England
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have been coming here for a few years for their Thanksgiving Buffet and it never disappoints!! The food is wonderful and the selection is quite nice. Another fabulous Thanksgiving meal!

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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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