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Marley's Cafe

11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

We hit Marleys once a year usually and always say the same thing, "why don't we do this more often"!!! One of the more unique dining experiences along the Connecticut River. The food is always great. It's BYOB so it ends up being a great value. Something about taking the little ferry over to the island makes you feel like... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

They had the best food and travelling there by short ferry was fun. The owners are friendly, accommodating . Just an adorable adventure

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Coventry, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

You have to take an extremely short (less than a minute) boat ride to get to this restaurant. Once there it is a cute little place run by extremely friendly people. The food was unique and delicious. My wife and I are very hard to please and this place is definitely on our must return list. We had breakfast and... More 

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We love to go to Marley's when we are not away on our boat. The breakfasts as always great with the best coffee. We recently had dinner there. The soft shell crabs were outstanding as was the lamb shank. The owners are always friendly and welcoming. The setting is ideal. You feel that you have gotten away somewhere exotic even... More 

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Plainville, Connecticut
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you want to think you are in the Bahamas, or Miami, this is the place. We tried Marleys for breakfast last week and it was like being 2,000 miles south!! First you need to take the ferry which is very short to get on the island, but the setting is great. People are able to take there dogs to... More 

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New Preston, CT
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Loved taking the boat over to Marleys. Great atmosphere, great view, great veggie wrap and fish tacos. Wish we knew to bring wine though! Will definitely return next time we're in Essex.

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East Northport, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Essex Island is a wonder family marina. I have been going since I was a child and now take my children at least once a year. Marleys has great meals and the best service one could ask for.

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

Unfortunately the restaurant is closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Good casual breakfast at essex island marina

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

So happy we finally made it here! We've been to Essex many times and always passed by the sign at the marina for Marley's, but never went. Finally decided to go and found out you need reservations. So fun to take the one-minute ferry ride over (note: 6 passenger limit). Kinda sets the whole mood of going to an actual... More 

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North Haven, CT
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73 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were out looking for a place to eat when we spotted the sign on the building. We did not realize that we had to take a ferry to get to it (2-3 min ride, tops). Not much inside (50 diner ish) but lovely outside with the breeze and the boats. The food was very good, service a little slow... More 

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Address: 11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
Cuisine: American

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