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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
+1 860-767-1776
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (26 reviews)
“cod” (17 reviews)
“clam chowder” (20 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 20:30All hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I've always only written reviews about restaurants I've enjoyed but in this instance felt compelled to make an exception for what was perhaps the rudest service I've ever experienced in my certainly 40+ years of dining out. To be fair, we were subjected to this...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped in for a bite before heading to the theatre. Food was excellent. Service was great - even when we asked to substitute chicken for shrimp in one of the dishes. Area was quiet and conversations were easily managed. A great place to eat.

Thank thesometimetraveler
Reviewed 6 days ago

Try to stop at Griswold's whenever I'm in the area; was in time for lunch, and ordered their famous Fish 'n Chips, Don't know exactly how they fry their fish, but it's the best in the world, as far as I'm concerned; never greasy, just...More

Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great menu, food delicious! Outdoor dining a plus! Staff friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back!

Thank janetgeraci
Reviewed 14 June 2017

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 7 June 2017

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 June 2017

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 5 June 2017

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 30 May 2017 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 29 May 2017

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
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Nearby Attractions
Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
506 reviews
1.55 km away
Connecticut River Museum
131 reviews
.17 km away
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29 reviews
.66 km away
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.31 km away
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14 October 2016|
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Response from Retiredsmiling | Reviewed this property |
I would ask them if I were you
26 August 2016|
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Response from DRJ1963 | Reviewed this property |
They do a brunch on Sunday, not a lunch menu
23 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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