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Marley's Cafe

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11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Location, location, location

Delightful spot on a delightful day! And getting there is half the fun! Must be the world's shortest ferry ride. Food = good.....no raves.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
essex ct
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essex ct
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Delightful spot on a delightful day! And getting there is half the fun! Must be the world's shortest ferry ride. Food = good.....no raves.

Thank boneyjoany
Oyster Bay, New York
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133 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

One of the best things about Marley's is the setting. It is absolutely picture perfect, and the 1 minute ferry shuttle just adds to the ambiance. It's a family friendly, dog friendly place, where tables are out on a deck, or on the lawn. On top of the perfect setting, the food and the coffee are really good too.

Thank mribando
Branford, Connecticut
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Nine of eleven appetizers were warm, at best to include lobster bisque, clam chowder, duck wings. Dinners - cold, cold, cold. Lobster ravioli ($27) was cold, as was the pork tenderloin and the prime rib dinners. Waitress was more interested in her large family and child at the next table. Never asked how everything was; had to be flagged down... More 

Thank Diner429
Key Largo, Florida
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This surprising little restaurant is simply special .. and that's true for Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner ... Family owned and operated and deeply caring about the quality of their food and the inventing of fun and interesting preparations it is a really find and the experience of sitting on the lawn and looking at the boats and water is... More 

1 Thank bluemoonbob
East Haddam, CT
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Very casual, nice vibe. Marleys's is part of an Island Marina in Essex, Ct. You have to take a lunch across to get to it. That only adds to the adventure as far as I'm concerned. The food is good, they aren't trying to be anything other than what they are. Seasonal, so go before the end of Fall.

2 Thank LJSEastHaddam
New York City
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90 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

What a fun place this is for dinner. A VERY short boat ride takes you to the island where the café is located. It almost feels like vacation time! The menu is limited but the service is excellent in this family owned business. The homemade biscuits are a delight. Dinner reservations are a must. No alcohol is served but you... More 

1 Thank JanetA-RayMNYC
West Hartford, CT
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is a very chill place. It is very relaxing; it can take awhile to get a table and then to order and get your food, but that is part of the great experience. So, if you go, bear that in mind! I love this restaurant. Getting there on the little boat is fun. We take our dog. We just... More 

2 Thank CTDusty
Manchester, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Great place, service excellent, food excellent, very reasonable priced. Tuna melt was recommended and did not disappoint. Ask for Patrick, he added to the experience

Thank Chris S
Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A friend suggested I try this restaurant, I'm glad they did. Note however that what others have said about waiting long etc. is true ..But we were in no rush. I thought the wait staff were pleasant, the food was good and expense so bring your folding money. The rest rooms were not kept up and could of used some... More 

1 Thank El S
Essex, Connecticut, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We love Marley's. I take friends there all the time. The food is wonderful and the boat rid (all of 60 seconds) gives you that island vacation vibe. Claudia does a fantastic job for special occasions. Had my daughter's bridal shower there with a Hawaiian theme. It was perfect!

1 Thank Sharon C

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 8607672489

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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