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Marley's Cafe

11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426-1183
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“tuna melt” (5 reviews)
“fish tacos” (3 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426-1183
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a sunny fall day you can't beat the atmosphere of Marley's Cafe amongst the boats on the Connecticut River in Essex. Fortunately the food matches the view! We had the Jamaican Burgers which were nicely sized, cooked as ordered and topped with lettuce, tomatoes,...More

Thank epicure7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Marley's is located on a small island in the Connecticut River owned by a marina. Take the passenger ferry across the channel for some great casual eats. Always a treat going there.

Thank Karl K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a great evening with friends and even met the chef/owner. Edamame dumplings were delicious as were the shrimp cocktail and calamari. BYOB and they even brought us real wine glasses so we didn't have to take our plastic ones out. Even though it's only...More

Thank 411BarbaraS411
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been going to Essex for years and never knew you could take a 30 second ferry over To Marley's. What a Great Spot for Lunch. Could get crowded but well worth it.

Thank corrinesdad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a nice atmosphere--basically, it's a cafe at a marina. Don't be taken in that it's on an "Island"--the Island is a 50 foot boat ride from shore. Food is good, adequate. It is bring your own, so that makes it nice.

Thank Brett G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't comment on the food as we were not able to be seated, after driving 1 1/2 hours to get there. I called several days before, NO one answered the phone NOR did they return my call requesting a reservation for Fri, 6 pm....More

1  Thank zoozanne
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Heard many good things about the place. We took a ride up from the valley, it was worth the trip. I had a crabmeat on a roll, my girl had a club sandwich, the club was big enough to feed two people. The seats outside...More

1  Thank rlewis0012
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Easy 5 min boat trip across. Fortunately no wait for table at 1130 but when we departed it was a 60-90 minute wait. Beautiful views of harbor and boats. Enjoyed the ahi tuna sandwich and the fish tacos. Coleslaw great because not a lot of...More

Thank kkr67
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This charming outside cafe is lovely.open only for the season,you take a 30 second ferry to an island in the'Ct. River. Outdoor seating under umbrellas and a BYOB policy. Open for breakfast and.lunch. closing at 2::30. Then reopen for dinner at 6. Do make reservations..only...More

Thank Colleen G
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Half the fun is in getting to Marley's ... a 30-second boat ride across to the small island on which it's located. Fabulous atmosphere on a sunny day, all tables and chairs in shaded areas either on the lawn, on the deck, or inside the...More

1  Thank ModernWanderers
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Nancy V
8 August 2017|
Response from Joe_from_Boston | Reviewed this property |
11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426; Phone 860-853-0133
6 September 2016|
Response from 673gene84 |
Are you open on Mondays
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426-1183
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 8608530133
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