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Marley's Cafe

11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426
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Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Essex
Cuisines: American
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82% Recommend
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English first
Wethersfield, Connecticut
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We absolutely love this charming little island restaurant in Essex. From the boat ride to get there, to the great views of the water and the boats in the marina, to the wonderful food, what's not to like? We are always greeted warmly, the service is friendly and efficient, and dining at a leisurely pace is encouraged. There is truly... More

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Branford, Connecticut
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Never been to this cute little cafe. You take the pontoon boat over from dock to dock. BYOB. Great sandwiches. Try the Cubano and Pesto Mozzarella panini. Very fun and the prices are great. Essex is a beautiful little town with lots to see and visit. A must do.

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Deep River
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited Marleys for the first time last year towards the end of their season, unfortunately for us we were only able to make it one time before they closed! When we heard they were opening back up this season we knew we had to stop by! We both had the "Charles" Benedict, let me tell you... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

There are not many great places to lunch in Essex....but thank goodness there is Marley's. We come by sea and "park" at the Essex Island Marine dock (for free!), and walk up the dock to Marley's. The food is great. I particularly love the BLT's. Maybe I am just hungry, but they always hit the spot. On busy days, the... More

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Four of us were looking for a place to go to off the beaten track for breakfast and we found Marley's. It's a two minute free ferry ride to a very beautiful spot. Although the service was a bit slow we didn't mind because of the really nice setting. The poached eggs, crab cakes, eggs home fried potatoes and Caribbean... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled on this wonderful hidden treasure. We had an amazing experience, the Jamaican French toast was nothing we ever had before, so delicious, my husband had the crab Benedict he is still talking about it. Our waitress was Michelle who made our stay so pleasant, we can't wait to go back again, we highly recommend it,... More

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Essex, Connecticut
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Getting there is half the fun. It's on an island - really - and you get there by water taxi in a minute across a very narrow inlet. You can sit indoors but nearly everyone chooses to sit out on the lawn under an umbrella. What a great breakfast or brunch with an interesting a varied menu. Lunch and dinner... More

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Charleston, SC
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had heard from friends in the Essex area that Marley's Octoberfest was lots of fun. !2 or so of us made a reservation and at the appointed time piled into the boat and went to Essex Island. It was a chilly evening, some clouds, but nothing odd for that time of year. Sadly for Marley's all the other reservations... More

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