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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

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American, Bar, Wine Bar
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36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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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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Oxford, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went early with another couple, who are good friends. Seated right away and had a great waitress. I had the clam chowder, very good. My friend has the Cobb salad, which she had for lunch several days earlier and even though it was not on the menu, she was able to get it for her dinner. The guys had entrees... More 

Thank Madi Y
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stayed in the inn, and decide to try the restaurant and we're glad that we did. The hostess and server were great. We were seated promptly, and our server was at our table quickly. She answered our questions, and was efficient and friendly. The meals were well prepared and appetizing. What can I say? Yum maybe. We loved the... More 

Thank Robert M
wallinford Connecticut
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The decor is out of the past. I always enjoy the prime rib. They don't give it away, but its good size and nicely flavored. The baked potatoe was cold, the service a little rushed, but I will always go back. The town of Essex is we orth a walk around so save some time, particularly to walk down to... More 

Thank gerald f
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are a sailing enthusiast this is place you would love, Restaurant is like the inside of an old ship with lots of things to see.Food was good but not exceptional. I will say they gave you enough to feed an army. Staff was courteous.

Thank Shalynne
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit Essex a couple times a year via boat. The Wine Bar is always a stop. With the new chef, it's even better. Delicious! Our daughter and neice absolutely enjoyed dinner. Tapas menu provided them opportunity to experiment with flavors/ingredients and to select some classics. Plus the manager is wonderful. She and their team are lovely and work hard... More 

Thank Michelle H
Scottsdale, Arizona
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We accidentally dropped in on Wednesday night where women get wine 1/2 price at the wine bar. Great historical inn, great service, gorgeous little town.

Thank Cindy B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So while most will recommend you eat here...there are better places to eat! The setting may be quaint and adorable, but the food could best be described as bland. It lacks creativity, seasoning and overall quality.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place really looks like it is from 1776- and this is the main reason to go. The martinis are watery but the food is above average. Prime rib small but tasty enuf tho no bone. Salad dressing superior. Waiter inexperienced, forgot utensils but very friendly. I would look carefully at the different rooms before accepting your season because some... More 

Thank ronaldfairbairn
Rochester, New York
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for an early dinner, but found out that they don't start seating for dinner before a certain time. However, we were allowed to grab a seat on the patio area. We decided to order some drinks, and then some food. While the service was a little spotty (there we a lot of people chilling out on the patio),... More 

Thank Peter S
Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met old friends for lunch in this charming old 1776 inn that we had visited long ago. We ate in the back room near the fireplace. It was dark but oozing with history. Lunch was excellent! The road out front was striped red,white and blue for Independence Day and the Griz was decked out with bunting. Loved it!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $40
American, Bar, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, 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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