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Chez Lin & Rays

2270 Lakeshore Rd, Essex, NY 12936-2207
+1 518-963-4024
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good36%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“escargot” (4 reviews)
“pasta” (7 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, French, International
$$ - $$$
2270 Lakeshore Rd, Essex, NY 12936-2207
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family tried this out for Saturday evening dinner. When we called for a reservation, we were told either quite early (5:30 PM) or late (8PM) was all they had available and apparently this small but delightful place is busy most nights. The night we...More

Thank AndyV2011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So grateful to find that Lin has been able to carry on the tradition of delicious food in a charming atmosphere. My chicken liver pate and sea scallops were wonderful, and my husband's chicken marsala and Caprese salad were delicious. All this and a wonderful...More

Thank JFC65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On an otherwise gorgeous weather vacation storms cancelled our outdoor dinner plans. Glad it rained A wonderful dinner awaited us. Place was full so we dined at the bar. Couple of drinks and a shared escargot and the chicken linguini and the salmon. Everything great....More

Thank Zeeman69
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

This is a special place. The food is authentic and original. I have had escargot a thousand times, but never with this delicious flavor twist. The scallops were great, and the special pasta with sausage and shrimp was a discovery. Very quaint spot. Nice location...More

Thank Manchego100
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We dined here with ten friends after a boat ride on Lake Champlain from Vergennes, Vermont. The food is superb. Several of us enjoyed the lobster and spinach ravioli special. My wife had the broiled scallops and we all enjoyed the escargot for a shared...More

Thank HarryWilder_Vermont
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We recently ate at CLR for the first time last week. We enjoyed ourselves hugely. The outdoor lakeside table we hoped for was booked all evening; so we ate inside-- still had a great lake view. The food was very good. I had Pasta Milanese...More

Thank William James C
Reviewed 7 September 2017

My wife and i parked our car in the commuter lot in Charlotte, VT and took the ferry to Essex, NY for dinner on a Wednesday night. We walked 5 minutes up to Chez Lin & Rays. When we arrived at 5:45pm, many of the...More

Thank Dave327
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We have a nice house on the lake in Willsboro but other than turtle Island there is not very much fine dining for the occasional time we get out. But we made an exception and travelled the 15 minutes or so to Essex and very...More

Thank Zeeman69
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I have enjoyed many meals at this fine restaurant, often bringing friends to sample the delicious food and incredible ambience. We usually eat on the covered deck which overlooks Lake Champlain in the quaint upstate town of Essex, NY. Meals are reasonably...More

Thank Jess S
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Right away you feel a warm and friendly atmosphere, love for cooking special meals, beautiful ambiance with gorgeous lake views, an open terrace. The food is delicious, the wine list delightful.

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Questions & Answers
Laurie G
24 August 2018|
Response from HarryWilder_Vermont | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do have a small dock in front of the restaurant, but there is also another adjacent dock that can be used. It is then just a short walk to the restaurant.
Donald F
16 July 2016|
Response from Bestchoice_10 | Property representative |
No, that would be the Old Dock Restaurant. My restaurant is called Chez Lin & Rays and we are less than a 1/4 mile south of the ferry landing on Main Street in Essex, NY
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2270 Lakeshore Rd, Essex, NY 12936-2207
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 518-963-4024
  • E-mail
Lakeside dining and inspired bistro cuisine. Casual atmosphere with outside seating on Lake Champlain. Serving lunch and dinner. The food is well prepared by two seasoned chefs who love tasty food and good wine. The menu has plenty of fresh seafood, pasta, poultry and steak selections.The restaurant is located in the small Port of Essex, NY . Large sailboats, motor yachts and fishing boats can be seen from the restaurant. The setting is quaint, charming and nautical.The atmosphere is casual, comfortable and the views of the Lake and surrounding mountains are just breathtaking.Reservations are suggested.
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