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“An Early American Inn tradition”

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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Edmond
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“An Early American Inn tradition”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

if visiting or just wanting a very nice place to have a meal or just hang with the locals, the Griswold Inn in Essex is one of the early American Inns with lots of tradition and history. They serve fresh Fish along with great steaks and the Prime Rib was my favorite meal, When friends came to town to visit this was one of the places that I would take them along with a trip to Gillettes Castle. The Griswold and surrounding area is close to the Connecticut River Waterfront which was a major seaport in its time. Take a stroll down to the river and visit the many small shops that surround the Inn. I have never stayed there but there are also room to rent. You will see many pictures of the Essex area from the past. The bar is a local meeting place and you can find people from all over the world have a brew in the pub. I highly recommend a visit to the Inn.

  • Visited August 2013
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Essex, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The Gris is a piece of living history; not to be missed!”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

If you find yourself in Essex, CT during your tour of the Connecticut coast, congrats - you've just found one of this country's most beautiful and charming small towns. Now that you're there, don't miss a meal, a cocktail, or an evening in the Wine Bar at the justly famous Griswold Inn, the oldest continually run Inn in the United States. The Tap Room is a wonderfully atmospheric slice of history; great drinks, fun music most nights, and a world-class maritime art and artifact collection assembled over the years by its owners. The restaurant is lovely, broken into a large room and several smaller ones; great place for a wedding party, too. The Wine Bar is my favorite; delicious small plate meals and a great wine selection, all helped by a bright and friendly waitstaff who really know their stuff.

  • Visited April 2014
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Chatsworth, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Absolutely great place to eat.”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

Had lunch my wwife had the french onion, and I had the brisket. The waitress answered questions about the history of the inn and the town. The place felt very quiet, and peaceful. Would recommend to anyone going through town.

  • Visited April 2014
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Windsor, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Won't Go There, Again”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

The atmosphere was great. The food terrible.

This is a historic inn. The walls are covered with pictures and nick-knacks. It has plenty of charm. Plus, there was a very good live guitar player.

Unfortunately, the food was extremely bad. Tasty, yes, but it sat on my stomach all night. Just passed it and it smelled like their toilettes. I don't know what that means. Maybe the cooks didn't wash their hands; hope it wasn't worse.

The service was slow: slow to be seated, slow to take our order, slow to get the food, slow to bring the check.

If you click my name you can look at my other reviews. I'm 100% honest about my experiences. I had great hope for this place and, now, I won't go back.

  • Visited April 2014
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Essex, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Historic Inn with tons of charm”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Whether for dining or a weekend getaway, you can't beat this inn for the atmosphere, great food, excellent service and a peak at what inns looked like when George Washington was our President. Fireplaces in cooler weather and music every night of the year: banjo night, folk tunes, 60s rock and other fun entertainment. Locals sing along in the sea faring bar or dine in a separate room for quieter conversation. A collection of flintlocks adorns one area and artwork depicting the steamship days covers the walls. I highly recommend a meal or a stay at "The Gris".

Visited March 2014
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