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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
+1 860-767-1776
12:00 - 20:30
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Pomfret, Connecticut
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Each couple drove half-way to go to the "Gris" for lunch on a Tuesday between Christmas and New Years. Luckily we made a reservation for 12:30pm. It was absolutely needed. Lots of couples, families, business folks waiting to get in. Hadn't been to the "Gris" in years as we had moved away. Staff was attentive and friendly. Food was delightful.... More 

Thank Hatwoman
Wallingford, Connecticut
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153 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for drinks and food kind of on a whim. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our visit. We had small plates of the fig pizza, braised beef, risotto and pan seared scallops. All excellent! The scallops were especially outstanding with the bacon and Brussels sprouts. Our drinks were made to perfection. I loved our time here and look... More 

Thank Pekelo98
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51 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch and got the grilled chicken on focaccia, it was ok. The clam chowder had good consistency but lacked clams and clam flavor. The server was a teenager and seemed not to be interested in being there, service was sub par. The building itself is beautiful, if the ambience matched the food and service, I would give it... More 

Thank Bone143
Durham, Connecticut
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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Always wanted to go here for dinner. Was disappointed that we were put at a small table in the library and no other patrons nearby. Great food, but would have loved to be by the fireplace

Essex, Connecticut
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We live in town and the only time we go is when an out of state friend "insists" that they have to treat us to a meal there. Food is mediocre. Ambience is very good. Some service is a bit wacky. Friends wanted to go to the wine bar. One in the group wanted a mixed drink and had to... More 

Thank MCfromEssexCT
Enfield, Connecticut
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We've been to the main dining room in the past, but wanted to try the Wine Bar for the first time. Visited on a Sunday afternoon. It's in the main building but is a separate entity; you have to go outside to enter the front door. Our party of four was very comfortable in the alcove. Very attentive staff person... More 

Thank Michaelman73
Middletown, Connecticut
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This place is very interesting in that the walls are covered in nautical stuff: prints,ship models,clocks and such. We had three young children in our party who were dazzled by the place. Our service was good and our server was very patient as the kids were in near constant motion. A good place for a special family outing. The food... More 

Thank Frank H
Milford, Connecticut
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145 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

There were four of us for lunch, and we all enjoyed it very much. We had a cobb salad, fish and chips, butternut squash ravioli, and grilled chicken with spinach and butternut squash as sides. All delicious.

Thank huskiesfan2015
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The service was attentive , but not over bearing. The lunch was a Ten. I suspect there is a new chef that is spot on with his/her culinary creations. The meals were delicious and each meal actually complimented the other. I was with a family member and before dining we decided to taste a portion of each others entree. Both... More 

Thank eliisawinkel
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This restaurant is composed of many rooms, each with its own character. Ask to see them all before settling down in one. The lunch proportions were enormous so bring a small cooler to safely transport what you cannot eat. The Revolutionary Ale was delicious.

Thank Jim M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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
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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