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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
+1 860-767-1776
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (26 reviews)
“wine bar” (41 reviews)
“griswold inn” (97 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Dined here while on vacation on Memorial Day evening. A quiet, chilly evening. Dinner was much enjoyed. The fried chicken breast over puréed potatoes was unique and very good. Husband had an excellent pasta dish. Wish it had been a bit more lively that evening.

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best places I have seen in Connecticut. A place with stile and charm as well as a very friendly service. I was there for Sea Shanties and warmly recommend the event.

Thank Bojan G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met my brother and his wife here for dinner. I had a Yuengling beer and my wife had a nice Reisling wine. I had the scallops which were very good and my wife had the cod special which was very good. My brother had...More

Thank VinMar_10
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for sharing your recent experience at The Gris with the traveling public. We are so pleased it was first rate as your review will potentially guide others in making a decision as to whether to give us a try! :) As a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The "Gris" as the locals call is one of the oldest Inns and restaurants in America. Steeped in nautical history and filled with art and artifacts throughout, this is a wonderful experience if nothing thing else than just for a drink and meal at their...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tap room is pretty amazing in appearance, however like many such experiences the food is good but overpriced. You are paying for the experience more than the food. The fish chips however were a solid affordable delicious option.

Thank Jackalcall
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

A must-do when in southern CT. Set in the quintessentially New England town of Essex, it is loaded with old-time charm. The food is okay, but you're really there for the atmosphere. The relatively new wine bar is fun, and either adds or detracts with...More

Thank laursie10
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Lively restaurant on Monday nights. Real New England bar. Almost everyone I spoke with has some kind of relationship with sailing. Dinner was ok. Service was good. Food lacked flavor. Had the pork chops and the burger the next day. The burger was way worse,...More

Thank BethCohen90
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Enjoyed the Griswold Inn last evening before going to Ivoryton Playhouse. We ate in the time piece of a dining room and both were tempted by the sword fish special. Both of us thought the food was delicious--a generous, thick portion of seared sword fish...More

Thank dlhc
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

We took our two toddlers and everyone had a great time. The kids menu was great, and the grow ups had delicious sandwich/salads. The atmosphere is charming and the waitstaff was very nice. We will be headed back soon!

Thank Emily I
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The food and the service was tops, excellent recommendations and it's just too lovely to dine in a historic room kept up with so much love.

Thank Tom D
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Nearby Attractions
Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
491 reviews
1.56 km away
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130 reviews
.17 km away
The Spa of Essex
29 reviews
.66 km away
Black Seal
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.31 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
do you have a thanksgiving menu
15 October 2016|
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Response from Retiredsmiling | Reviewed this property |
I would ask them if I were you
Are you open for lunch on Sunday?
27 August 2016|
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Response from DRJ1963 | Reviewed this property |
They do a brunch on Sunday, not a lunch menu
Is there a dress code for the main restaurant?
24 May 2016|
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Response from steven9179 | Reviewed this property |
Casual is the only word for the Gris and the rest of the town. I would recommend The Peach Tree in Saybrook if you fell adventurous
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-1776
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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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