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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

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Tue, 6/18
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

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Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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Come Celebrate with Us!
In our historic dining rooms, Executive Chef Toppin prepares classic American cuisine to perfection in simple, but imaginative ways.
His menu showcases fresh seafood, aged beef, and the highest quality chops and poultry. After any meal, Chef Toppin's house-made desserts are a "must". Our historic dining rooms exude character, charm, and tradition, where one can be as comfortable in casual attire as in "black tie." We are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Every Sunday, but holidays, we serve our famous Hunt Breakfast, a bountiful spread laid out Buffet-Style.
A dining convention started when the British commandeered the Inn during the War of 1812, our Hunt Breakfast remains a popular tradition today.
In December diners enjoy a unique and festive culinary experience
Our Holiday Bill of Fare includes Seasonal Game Selections as well as Gris Classics and more "traditional" holiday favorites. There's something for everyone's palate! While served by costumed waitstaff the Royal Court Singers perform seasonal classics tableside! Though this experience may be enjoyed through the 30th, on December 1 only we have an added bonus: the Coast Guard Idlers, a spirited a cappella group of cadets, perform throughout the dining rooms and in our Tap Room. Our December 1 season "opener" has been a favorite tradition for the Idlers and the Gris for many, many years! Festive indeed!
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.
$15 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
American, Bar
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We are regulars at the Wine Bar at The Gris. We love the ambiance, the lighting and the art. Great that we can get small plates or larger entrees. We love the wait staff, so nice and they know their wines. We always have a...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank KippieH
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Griswold Greetings! We are delighted that you enjoy our spot and appreciate you taking the time to share your comments with others that may be considering The Griswold Inn's Wine Bar experience. Thanks so much for your continued patronage: we look forward to welcoming you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a very memorable dining experience at the Griswold Inn - main dining room in the back. The room is rustic, but this particular room had no windows. The bread basket is plentiful with a nice variety. Do order the potato pancakes! We enjoyed stuffed...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank KripaluGuru
Reviewed 1 week ago

The clam chowder is rich and replete with clams, we shared the Caesar salad which still gave us each a substantial portion. We purposely came on a weekend because that's when they serve prime ribs of beef. We ordered rare, the piece was indeed rare...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Devorah33851
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten here at least 4 or 5 times and always had a great meal! They have their own beer, Revolutionary Ale, which is very good and the clam chowder is top notch. Dark wood and old beams and memorabilia are everywhere, plenty of...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank FeatherTech
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here with freinds ordered wine to have with dinner despite reminding server and asking at desk they fail to bring the wine I ordered ate meal without wine place exists on unique history but not on service not my first choice love the building...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank karljanesky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stephanie and Laura are amazing! Thanks for a great experience; food was delicious and staff was lovely.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank bexluthor
Reviewed April 25, 2019

We made a trip to Essex specifically to do a little shopping and then eat here. Hadn't been in a long, long time. The decor was still nice, authentic. The service was still very good, and the receptionist made us feel right at home while...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Lois B
Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner celebrating my birthday and Valentines. First for apps had clam chowder and a sampler of sausages. Dinner we had the prime rib and pork roast. Very good. Can’t wait to go back!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Beccamarie72
Reviewed April 6, 2019

Ate there tonight after a photo shoot in this quaint, quiet, historic classic New England Town. Lots of history displayed on the walls dating back to the 1700’s with shipbuilding photos and models. The food was really good with very friendly staff that treat you...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Andrew L
Reviewed April 5, 2019

As a tourist driving the coast of connecticut, I recommend pulling off the freeway and planning a lunch here. Walk through the hotel lobby, meet the greeter, and be escorted down through the wood paneled bar - the kind you'd want to come back to...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2019

We're delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope you will return again as we offer so many more dimensions - Dinner in our art-filled historic dining rooms; live music every night of the week in or award-winning Tap Room; a stunning Wine Bar...More

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Connie A
November 9, 2017|
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Response from janetgeraci | Reviewed this property |
There is no brunch, only a Thanksgiving buffet which is currently fully booked.
October 14, 2016|
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Response from Retiredsmiling | Reviewed this property |
I would ask them if I were you
August 26, 2016|
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Response from DRJ1963 | Reviewed this property |
They do a brunch on Sunday, not a lunch menu
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