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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 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
Beautiful Historic Restaurant

Very lovely location nestled right in the heart of Essex. The food wasn't anything special. I'd recommend going for the atmosphere and the chance to see inside. I'd say I was more impressed with the history of the building than anything else. A must see if you are new to the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Conner M
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Essex, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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234 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Essex, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Very lovely location nestled right in the heart of Essex. The food wasn't anything special. I'd recommend going for the atmosphere and the chance to see inside. I'd say I was more impressed with the history of the building than anything else. A must see if you are new to the area.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Waitress was terrible and useless....food was very generic and obviously frozen and not fresh....very good clam chowder....we had a gift certificate and we have to go back to use it up.....too bad because they have a great reputation.....

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New Haven, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Hubby and I recently took a free Sunday tour (approx. 2 hours) featuring the steamship art at the Gris. Our engaging and entertaining guide was one of the owners. The tour was quite interesting, even for those of us who aren't necessarily intrigued by steamship art, as we also learned about the history of this quaint inn. We booked reservations... More 

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Riverside, RI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Whether going on a Friday to enjoy the music and dancing or just sitting in the bar this Inn is always a center of activity for young and old. The food is well prepared and the service is good. There is a roaring fire in the winter which just adds to the atmosphere.

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Lebanon, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Valentines dinner, yet another snowstorm. Dinner reservations were made and we arrived early due to the storm and figured we would just enjoy a cocktail while we waited. They had cancellations and got us right in for dinner. We chose not to order the valentine menu and had Chowder and Potato Cakes for appetizers, nothing fancy, but excellent. Dinner was... More 

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Connecticut
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The Griswold Inn is a historic building that is very well maintained and provides very good quality food, service and excellent atmosphere.

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Westbrook, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Went to grab a quick appetizer and a beer. Potato pancakes and 2-4oz sliders. We sat for 40 minutes without food. Saw two tables around us get food, funny thing was we ordered before both. When we asked for an explanation our server advised us it takes 20 minutes to cook sliders!?! That might work on someone that's never cooked... More 

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The Tap Room is supposedly the oldest operating bar in CT. Went there for that reason. They have other dinning rooms in the Inn and a larger menu which we did not try. The atmosphere in the tap room was great. Old pictures, memorabilia, etc. The beer was good and we had the burgers which were fine. If I were... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 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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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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