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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Ranked #2 of 15 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Sun 11:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 pm - 6:00 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
New Preston, CT
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We had our wedding weekend at the Griswold Inn. We started with a buffet for our rehearsal dinner which everyone raved about! The scalloped potatoes are a must thanks to Lauri's recommendation. We had several people dine the following night at the Wine Bar which everyone also loved! Service was slow there but I think it was bc we had... More

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My husband and I have been to Essex numerous times but never made it to the Griswold. This time we made it for Sunday lunch. Friendly staff, good lunch choices. I had the turkey club with the homemade chips, very good. My husband had the burger, which he also liked. They have live music in the tap room, which was... More

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Bedford, TX
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The food selections and preparation was excellent. We had the Cod topped with crabmeat was well prepared. The Cod was moist and fresh. Service was excllent and on this particular night a group was playing a singing seafarers songs. Great place to go.

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Stony Brook, New York, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Dinner was delicious and we had a great waitress. Great atmosphere & fun band playing. Drinks & dessert were great, we would definitely go back

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New Haven, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We absolutely love "the Gris". From drinks, or a quick lunch to a family reunion, or anniversary dinner, it is the place to go in Eastern Connecticut. Service is always flawless and the food is never disappointing.

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Copiague, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Good food in a quaint setting. Attentive and good service. Clean and spotless this is a good choice for a meal. There is a good selection of items, well prepared and presented.

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The food was wonderful.The place charming and fantastic. The atmosphere is great nice low light and quite.I would go back again this was are first time there and the service was second to none.Love all the old things on the walls just a very charming place to take your family and friends.

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New England
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We've gone to The Griswold Inn for their Thanksgiving Buffet for 3 years now and every time it is fantastic. The atmosphere is very charming and old fashioned. The food was excellent!!

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Rumford, Maine
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86 reviews 86 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

You'll be hard-pressed to find a prettier, charming, quintessential New England town than Essex. (Apologies to Woodstock, VT). The Inn itself matches the character and beauty of the town perfectly. It's 1776 patriotic heritage is clearly evident. They even serve a "Revolutionary Ale" from a 1770s recipe -- an excellent brew for a warm summer day. We stopped in for... More

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Burlington, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went to the Griswold for lunch with our 2 little girls as we were visiting family in Old Saybrook. The lunch was great - my husband and I both enjoyed the half sandwich and chowder. The inside is unlike anywhere we have ever been and the kids loved looking at everything. Will definitely go back!

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