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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, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 27
    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
Historic building, pub food

The restaurant is very old and its interesting to walk around and check out the collections of nautical artwork and photographs as well as old firearms. Their clam chowder didn't have much taste. 4 out of 6 of us had the special which was a Crab Melt, we were all happy with it. Service was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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South Glens Falls, New York
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
Hamden, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Sunday Hunt is an above average buffet style brunch. Outstanding ambience, The Gris surrounds you with nautical portraits and such. Staff is polite and efficient. Omelet station offers many add-in choices. Waffles are made fresh so they serve up hot and crispy welcoming the strawberries, blueberries, chocolate and whipped cream. All of the buffet items are hot, fresh and delicious.... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We ate at this historic inn after a ride on the Essex Steam Engine and Riverboat ride in October 2014. We had great service from the start. We were seated right away right in front of a roaring fire in a cozy corner of the inn. Our waitress was very efficient and the food was good. I can't remember everything... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Not recommend their food. We had fish and chips and had a hard time even eating half of our food. But this place is so beautiful and one of the most beautiful places in there.

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South Glens Falls, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The restaurant is very old and its interesting to walk around and check out the collections of nautical artwork and photographs as well as old firearms. Their clam chowder didn't have much taste. 4 out of 6 of us had the special which was a Crab Melt, we were all happy with it. Service was friendly.

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Essex, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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