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“A Must See for the area - at least for a drink”

Griswold Inn ~ Dining
Ranked #1 of 17 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Must See for the area - at least for a drink”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE BAR, not food or the Inn.

If you are in the area, you must stop by to check this place out and have a drink. This place oozes history. You can't help but wander who else has ate/drank here. They have an awesome display of antique guns and memorabilia dating back several centuries.

We came here as an after party for a wedding and had a blast. They had a live band with a couple of elder statesmen playing classics in a kind of Vegas-lounge style. Drinks were inexpensive ($6-7) and the bartenders did a good job keeping up.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Ryan W
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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381 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“A quintessential New England Inn”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

The best thing about dining at the Griswold Inn is the charming, historic atmosphere regardless whether you are in the dining room areas, or the Tap Room bar area. The nautical theme is really fun and all the prints of various sailing vessels on the walls were enjoyable to look at while dining. We chose to eat in the Tap Room late afternoon on a weekday. It was crowded with after work locals and was a bit noisy but after all, it is a bar. I ordered a turkey club sandwich for $11.50 that was a decent size and enjoyable. I had a choice of chips or salad and chose the salad that was quite tasty. My wife ordered fried shrimp with fries for $15 and enjoyed her meal. Our server, with 4 years of service, did not seem very familiar with the menu. She forgot to bring the coleslaw that came with the meal and we had to track her down to get it even though the happy hour crowd had left. She also neglected to check back on us and I had to go to the bartender to get water refills. The server was also not up to speed on the happy hour prices. I thought I was getting the Happy Hour $3 Griswold Revolutionary Ale but found out that price only occurs on Fridays. Our server failed to bring that to my attention and had to pay $4 for each of our ales. Overall, this is a quintessential New England Inn that exudes charm and ambiance. Worth your time to visit.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank BionicOne
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Pearl River, NY
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The real deal”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Every aspect was great -- food, service, and ambiance.
Clams for appetizers, soup, swordfish, shrimps-- all well-prepared and served hot and timely.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank StevePaula
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Alamosa, Colorado
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good food and fun music”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I liked the food which was yummy. I had the heirloom tomato salad and soup and it was yummy. I really enjoyed the sing along in the bar singing old sea shanties. So much fun!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank jmordecai
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Easton, CT
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I thought being sick after a meal here last year was not as a result of the food, but after both my husband and I ate the clam chowder (the only thing we both ordered) -- which was nothing special at all -- we were both very sick the next day. Twice bitten -- I will never eat food here again.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank TATEaston
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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
We note that the most recent visit you are commenting on was in August, one of our busiest months of the year! Our authentic New England Clam Chowder, for which we are known, is one of the most popular items on our lunch, dinner and tavern menus. As we serve many bowls of clam chowder on a daily basis, we are surprised to learn of this unfortunate experience as, thankfully, no one else reported a problem. That being the case - two people is too many! We are sincerely sorry and hope, given some time, you will consider giving us another try.

The Paul Family
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