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Marley's Cafe

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11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426
8607672489
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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West Hartford, CT
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West Hartford, CT
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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 

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Manchester, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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

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Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 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 

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Essex, Connecticut, United States
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3 reviews
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!

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A friend and I were in Essex doing touristy things and went to Marley's for lunch. It is located on an island and uses a less than a minute, free, small boat ferry, to get to the restaurant. A nice touch. Sitting at a table, watching boat traffic in the marina 75 feet away, on a summer afternoon, not much... More 

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Newtown, CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Eating at Marley's is a great summertime experience. To get there you can take a ~30 second ferry ride to Essex Island. When we arrived there was a little wait, but its summer so we had no where to be. Once we were seated the service was very good. Out table was in the shade of a tree and we... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were staying at the Brewer's Essex Island Marina and we enjoyed 2 meals at the restaurant (two couples). Every meal was excellent and we only wished we were there 1 more day to enjoy a dinner there, too. Breakfast and lunch selections were all nicely prepared to order. If you're staying in Essex, it's just a quick short (free)... More 

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essex, ct
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

beautiful setting with excellent food. wish they had more room. quaint little ferry ride to island. excellent service. nice people.

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Bethel, Connecticut
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74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Went with a party of 6 and had breakfast. It is a unique experience in that you come and go to Marley's via a small water taxi that shuttles back and forth over a narrow channel. Makes for an interesting experience. The food was very good and the service matched the food. Lovely setting to enjoy a meal.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I was on friend's boat on the Connecticut River anchored across from Marley's Cafe. I called and asked what time they stopped serving and if they allowed dogs. I was told they closed at 8pm and at dogs were welcome in their outdoor seating area. We got ourselves and the dog into the dingy and motored over to Marley's. Once... More 

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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

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