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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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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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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33 restaurant reviews
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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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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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8 restaurant reviews
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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 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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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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67 restaurant reviews
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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
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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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34 restaurant reviews
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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
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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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