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Essex Clipper Dinner Train

1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
+1 860-767-0103
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crackers” (8 reviews)
“prime rib” (14 reviews)
“chicken” (5 reviews)
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1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426-1516
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was an excellent experience. Good for dates. There's a wide variety of cocktails. It goes at a slow pace and the view is breathtaking. The locals wave as you go by..lol

Thank abjohnwill1
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this as I had a very good experience last year on the Conway Scenic Railroad"s dining car. Their food was to die for. Let me start with the good, the staff was very friendly and service was very good. Our conductor was very...More

Thank mittmott
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the second time we have taken the Essex dinner train. Wonderfully romantic and a must for those who love a unique dinning experience.The salmon was delicious on our first trip and the prime rib super tender and tasty last evening.As an aside the...More

Thank Joyce H
Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

I was very skeptical about taking one of these dinner trains on our special day - well I was wrong, it was amazing! The cleanliness and the first class treatment was more than we ever expected. The meals were prepared to the highest perfection just...More

Thank kdhill84
Reviewed October 11, 2017

Charming ,romantic and unexpected . If you want to really surprise you love one this is the way to do it.

Thank bytom54
Reviewed October 2, 2017

We have taken the dinner train twice. Yes, it's that fun! Each train car is decorated as though it is the golden era of train travel. Cole Porter classics play in the background, add to the ambiance. The views of the Connecticut River Valley are...More

Thank gotsouthernroot
Reviewed September 22, 2017

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 September 16, 2017

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 September 14, 2017

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
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Reviewed July 24, 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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September 24, 2017|
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Response from travelmanRA | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, but to be sure give the office a call for sure.
Marlene R
August 10, 2017|
Response from Ale M | Reviewed this property |
$60 pp for the main cabin. I dont know about a vip. if there is any....
June 28, 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.
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Restaurant Details

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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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