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Marley's Cafe

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11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You get to the island on a six person shuttle that takes a minute to cross !! Eat on the porch or lawn with great Caribbean music Menu is creative and fit for foodies. Try the fresh seared ahi. Tuna melt!! Service is cordial and top quality. Dpnt miss it. Need dinner reservations.

Thank pjd223
Ontario's Near North, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We selected this spot based on Trip Advisor ratings. The town of Essex is beautiful. This little restaurant is in a great location with plenty of out door seating. Service was great and staff were quite friendly and efficient. Pricing was reasonable and the menu had good variety. We had lunch, but the breakfast menu also looked quite good. The... More 

Thank 40oceanblue
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Half the fun of Marley's is getting there! Free little shuttle boat across the river adds to the experience. Lunch was tasty and people friendly with good service. Spot is small so they do have outdoor tables in nice weather. View of the river and boats makes you feel as if you have been transported to the islands!

Thank hollyPennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Been here dozens of times and it never fails to impress. Friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. I always bring a bottle of wine or a few beers and relax in the sun. If you are in a hurry this os not the place to go as part of the charm is taking your time to enjoy the experience. Would... More 

1 Thank Dan C
Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Fantastic atmosphere. On an island in Essex with great views of the CT river and boats going by. There is a free shuttle boat across 30 feet of water. The standard line is we took a cruise to the island and had lunch. also good for breakfast.

Thank Beacon137
essex ct
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Delightful spot on a delightful day! And getting there is half the fun! Must be the world's shortest ferry ride. Food = good.....no raves.

Thank boneyjoany
Oyster Bay, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

One of the best things about Marley's is the setting. It is absolutely picture perfect, and the 1 minute ferry shuttle just adds to the ambiance. It's a family friendly, dog friendly place, where tables are out on a deck, or on the lawn. On top of the perfect setting, the food and the coffee are really good too.

Thank mribando
Branford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Nine of eleven appetizers were warm, at best to include lobster bisque, clam chowder, duck wings. Dinners - cold, cold, cold. Lobster ravioli ($27) was cold, as was the pork tenderloin and the prime rib dinners. Waitress was more interested in her large family and child at the next table. Never asked how everything was; had to be flagged down... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This surprising little restaurant is simply special .. and that's true for Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner ... Family owned and operated and deeply caring about the quality of their food and the inventing of fun and interesting preparations it is a really find and the experience of sitting on the lawn and looking at the boats and water is... More 

1 Thank bluemoonbob
East Haddam, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Very casual, nice vibe. Marleys's is part of an Island Marina in Essex, Ct. You have to take a lunch across to get to it. That only adds to the adventure as far as I'm concerned. The food is good, they aren't trying to be anything other than what they are. Seasonal, so go before the end of Fall.

2 Thank LJSEastHaddam

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Caribbean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 8607672489

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?