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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 - 8:30 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: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, 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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    Very good
  • 32
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  • 30
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  • 17
    Terrible
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
Character and atmosphere

We enjoyed lunch at the Griswold Inn, which is an historic Inn. We had salads, which were good, but not great. We had some popcorn, but it was not hot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
Beth S
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West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The food was just ok we had the stuffed shrimp. Also the swordfish, we found that the food was cold. The bar was lots of fun though. Great entertainment!

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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71 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The food is good and seems homemade... Our server didn't know what a sauce on the menu was or what type of fish was in the fish and chips.. She said she would find out and forgot twice, we never did find out. They serve house made chips but they were cold... All in all it was a nice lunch... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We enjoyed lunch at the Griswold Inn, which is an historic Inn. We had salads, which were good, but not great. We had some popcorn, but it was not hot.

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Marble Falls, Texas
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The salad was average, but what wasn't average was the Sangria, which was fantastic. Skip the food and have a drink here instead.

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Noblesville, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere. A true Colonial atmosphere. I highly recommend it if you are in Connecticut.

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Shelton, Connecticut, United States
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We stopped in for lunch after a visit to the Connecticut River Museum, and had a very nice lunch. Quiche and salad for me, French dip roast beef for him. Service was prompt and courteous, except for the unforgivable sin of clearing away plates of diners who finish quickly while others are still eating! When will this abomination end?? Fun... More 

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Boston
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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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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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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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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 

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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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