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Essex Clipper Dinner Train

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“crackers” (8 reviews)
“prime rib” (13 reviews)
“chicken” (5 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
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Reviewed yesterday

Superb service and wonderful food as we traveled north from Essex alongside the Connecticut River for the celebration of my 80th birthday with my children. What a treat.

Thank john15018
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Dinner Train is a lovely way to experience a little of train travel that has echos of times past. The food is fine but it's not the reason to do this. It's the ambiance, scenery, and slow pace that makes this a great idea...More

Thank Marialina D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I and my wife went on the dinner train on our 25 wedding anniversary and that was 17 years ago. We both had a great time. Dinner was ok nothing great but ok. But that was 17 years ago. Maybe it got better. We even...More

Thank travelmanRA
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

My kids gave us this experience and we truly loved every minute. We rode in a lovingly restored 1924 Pullman Dining car. The meal was wonderful and served on china, with silverware on cloth table clothes. The views were great/ especially seeing Gillette Castle across...More

Thank dberiau
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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

This was a Christmas gift from our children . It turned out to be a great relaxing afternoon. The dining car is beautiful. The attention to detail by the staff- impeccable! I ordered gluten free food- They came out with gluten free bread , crackers...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Great Ride. Very friendly staff and most helpful. Service was great and my Seafood casser was real good.

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 4 July 2017

The Essex Clipper Dinner train was truly everything we expected. Service and food was amazing. I have no complaints. When we first pulled in to the parking lot, there are parking attendants who direct you in where to park. Then there is a nice lady...More

Thank Ale M
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Imagine dining in luxury while traveling through the countryside in a restored dining car! And Here you go! Food great, truly excellent, old school service. What a treat!

Thank Tom D
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Fun train dinner but the food is only ok for the price they charged. No appetizer at all - only serve some crackers with cheese and 2 pieces of salami. Main course is ok, but the drink service is slow, so order your drink right...More

Thank Janelulu88
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Pros: This was a fun experience for our anniversary. The train was set up and decorated with an old-fashioned feel, but with air conditioning. We enjoyed the relaxing 2 and 1/2 hour ride along the CT River. Meal was quite good. Appetizer was a small...More

Thank B H
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Marlene R
11 August 2017|
Response from Ale M | Reviewed this property |
$60 pp for the main cabin. I dont know about a vip. if there is any....
29 June 2017|
Response from Irv B |
As you prefer. some high some casual some very casual... there is no dress code. I suggest comfort trump's all.
15 September 2016|
Response from Pat W w | Reviewed this property |
Hi and "Happy Anniversary." The Essex is an excellent choice for your celebration. Their on line menu can best answer your question regarding the menu. My quick review shows that there are choices for younger diners. The... More
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Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0103
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