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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

$$$
American, Bar, Wine Bar
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36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426-1132
860-767-1776
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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, Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 99
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  • 90
    Very good
  • 33
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  • 31
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  • 19
    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
Colonial Restaurant Full of Charm

The Griswold Inn, known to locals as "The Gris", was built in 1776 and is the oldest continuously operating inn in the USA. The building and its decor beautifully reflect the colonial period in New England We sat indoors but there is also a bar area and an outdoor patio. The food was very good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were in the area and my daughter had eaten here a few years back and recommended it. What a pleasant surprise. The early American ambiance was terrific with a relaxing quiet atmosphere. To top it off the food and service was excellent. We had fish dishes and we could not be more satisfied. we will definitely schedule a return... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The Griswold Inn, known to locals as "The Gris", was built in 1776 and is the oldest continuously operating inn in the USA. The building and its decor beautifully reflect the colonial period in New England We sat indoors but there is also a bar area and an outdoor patio. The food was very good, especially the fish and chips... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

What a pleasant experience, I went with a large group. The staff was terrific, they were very quick to help in anyway. The Food just can't tell you. You really have to have try it. Baked Fillet of Cod Great! and the Sirloin of beef Wonderful! This is a must.. I will be back.

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had a very nice dinner here last week. We had the cod baked with crabmeat, and a penne dish with vegetables. Prices were fair and service very good.

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Essex, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Biggest complaint is not the huge mistake they made, No ..my biggest gripe is the staff would not listen to my complaint. First we ordered drinks but the drinks never came and we reminded our server and finally gave up. My meat was so over cooked that I could only eat the middle part. tried in vain to send it... More 

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A beautiful place to dine.Historic restaurant and Inn. The wait staff are very friendly and professional. The food is well cooked. The meals are very fresh and hot. The atomshere is wonderful.A wide menu to chose from. I would go there again. Had lunch this time will try their dinners next. Plus the downtown is a great place to walk... More 

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Madison, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Server got our orders wrong. Dinners were brought at different times which made ding together very difficult. The staff refused to hear my complaint, never mind address the issue. Rude comment made. Overall an unpleasing dinner that we really prefer to forget. Will never return to this place.

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Essex, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Gris as the locals call it is a must to even just enjoy a beer in the bar where George Washington downed a few. The historic charactor in this beautiful small town setting will make for a great lunch and stroll, a fine dinner, or an overnight stay to enjoy the area. We walk the mile to the Gris... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Whenever we visit CT we make sure to stop at the Griswold Inn for either lunch or supper. Located in the town of Essex on the CT River this restaurant is consistently excellent. Our party of 3 stayed with the seafood theme - fish and chips, seafood platter, and scallops. All of the food was fresh and cooked perfectly. I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Our waiter was friendly and prompt. The hot rolls with maple butter were nice but the lobster roll sandwiches seemed mediocre and though the french fries were hot, they were also soft, not crispy. The setting was very interesting and gave the feeling of authentic historical perspective. A nice place to visit and perhaps have a drink.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?