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Black Seal Seafood Grille

15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
+1 860-767-0233
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“burgers” (11 reviews)
“seafood” (8 reviews)
“spinach salad” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
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1 - 10 of 132 reviews

Reviewed 14 September 2017

We're local and the Black Seal is our "go to" dinner spot. Always good. I would recommend this restaurant.

Thank Karl K
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We go to the Black Seal at least twice a month, in eight years l have never had a bad meal, everything is top shelf; great food, wonderful waitstaff, nautical setting.

Thank frank k
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Nice little place for sandwiches or meal. All of our food was good. Nautical decor, child friendly, does have a bar area also.

Thank bethab54
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We had a nice dinner with family while strolling through Essex. Excellent service, fresh ingredients and convenient location!

1  Thank P H
Reviewed 13 June 2017

My friend and I both had sea food from the menu of the day. Lots to choose from so it was difficult to make up our minds Our meals were plated nicely. No salad unless we wanted to pay extra and we had to ask...More

1  Thank HonestEvaluatorGal
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

See Black Seal attraction review for restaurant particulars. I reviewed the restaurant under the attraction section accidentally! It's almost better as an attraction these days, sadly.

1  Thank laursie10
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Cozy bar and restaurant. Prices are reasonable and the food is good. The bar is always packed and the restaurant area is in the rear. We go there often.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Cozy atmosphere, good food and great service. Try the stuffed clams and shrimp app., yummy. Salads are good too!! I would certainly suggest this Grille!!

Thank Dodie G
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This was a great place for a birthday lunch! Food was great and very casual atmosphere. The portions were huge and very good. Really enjoyed it.

Thank lc0425
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Have been here many times over the years. NEVER disappointed. Great Onion soup, bar menu. Nice drinks, VERY friendly staff.

Thank stevedg60
Joe L, Marketing at Black Seal Seafood Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Thanks for continuing to enjoy the Black Seal and the kind words.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0233
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