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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar
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36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant is composed of many rooms, each with its own character. Ask to see them all before settling down in one. The lunch proportions were enormous so bring a small cooler to safely transport what you cannot eat. The Revolutionary Ale was delicious.

Thank Jim M
Pueblo, Colorado
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397 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by for lunch after we took the train in Essex. The inn was easy to locate and we were able to park close by. We had our lunch out on the patio. My husband had their revolutionary ale and he said it was so smooth he had to have another. We had a Cobb and Caesar salads. We... More 

Thank Kenmarsam
Newport, Rhode Island
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wonder if the inn has changed hands recently? My wife and I stayed there for two nights. We are in our mid 50's.They have a beautiful pub but a bartender straight out of a gangster movie roadhouse. I asked to charge the drinks to my room and a monologue started about how he had to have my credit card... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For breakfast there were many options--bagels, cereal, fruit etc. The Wine Bar has fabulous small plate options.

Thank sgm4058
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Griswold Inn has a nice room with a private entrance for bus trips. The food was scrumptious. We had a choice of cod or pork. My friend said it was the best cod she’s ever had! I had the pork. It was excellent served with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. The appetizer was a fresh fruit cocktail and we... More 

Thank Magg1017
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Celebrated a birthday there. The food was fantastic. We were mesmerized by the history of the inn and the furnishings. The floor to ceiling historic marine art is really something for your bucket list. Server was also excellent. Unforgettable!

Thank Journeys9
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Practically in out back yard we foolishly forget just how lucky we are to have not only a historic gem of an establishment but one that serves a great lunch in our home town. We had friends visiting and I hemmed and hawed over where to go for lunch. literally an hour before they arrived I thought - The Gris... More 

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Pavilion, New York
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were a potentially awkward group of six on a Friday night, and each of us had a great meal and a wonderful experience. Our two servers were appropriately interested in our happiness. One made a heroic and successful search for plain black hot tea! The pumpkin ravioli was absolutely delicious. Much enjoyment, also, of the potato cakes. Yum!

Thank Retiredsmiling
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Griswold Inn is wonderfully decorated with images of boats and nautical antiques. We sat in the Gun Room, surrounded by ancient muskets and rifles. Our food was well-prepared, and service was excellent.

Thank smoothjohnk
Essex, Connecticut
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Historic Brunch with all the trimmings of a hunt breakfast. The atmosphere and entertainment are vintage nautical New England and worth the visit.

Thank Allhoney

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $40
American, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 860-767-1776
Located in the “storybook” village of Essex mere steps from the Connecticut River, this 1776 landmark offers three distinct dining experiences. “Historic Dining” is offered in four handsome rooms - The Covered Bridge, The Gun Room, The Library and The Essex Room – where a renowned maritime art collection fills the walls. The Inn’s New England heritage and connection with the sea is apparent in the classic seasonal cuisine offered; diners may enjoy a more contemporary culinary experience in the stunning wine bar featuring tapas-style dining and an extensive selection of wines by the glass; tavern fare is offered in the atmospheric, award-winning Tap Room where lively music rings out nightly. Patio dining is an option May through October, weather permitting. Lunch and dinner served daily, Hunt Breakfast on Sunday.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?