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Marley's Cafe

11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426-1183
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Caribbean
$$ - $$$
11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426-1183
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank ModernWanderers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice spot for an outdoor lunch on Essex Island. It's really an island - you take a free water shuttle that ferries you across the boat channel to the island. Very busy on a Sunday afternoon when we got to Marley's; almost a 30 minute...More

Thank Joe_from_Boston
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The owners and chefs of this unique restaurant are seasoned restaurant owners and caterers and it shows in everything they produce. Yes, there is a theme of Jamaican cuisine here but also a range of styles and motifs that make the place interesting and the...More

Thank Larry K
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Take a 30 second boat ride from Essex to the Yacht Club where you will find this little gem of a restaurant. Sit outside, see the view of sailboats on the CT river and BYOB. Lobster bisque to die for. Sandwiches huge. Crab cake sandwich...More

Thank Barbara G
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Nice little town, we had a nice walk on a fall day, then a nice little, free, ferry ride as this restaurant is across the road from the water. A very nice spot of paradise for a bit of lunch.. We had a burger and...More

Thank sariemi
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Authentic German meal. The deserts and fresh hot coffee finished off a great evening. A must do if you are in the area.

Thank VWHoundog
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I heard about Marley's through a friend. I stood on the dock 2 years ago and had no idea it was there, as it is truly a hidden gem. All seven us us went here yesterday. This experience is one in a million. If you...More

Thank Roseann_S_123
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were spending a few days in NYC and Connecticut, taking day trips to towns along the coast. We found ourselves in Essex, hungry and looking for lunch. After parking we walked to the harbor hoping to find a suitable place for...More

Thank Frank D
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I have been reluctant to submit this review for years only for the fact that I don't want the word to spread too far. However, it is only fair to the owners Claudia and Jeff that I finally write it! If you want really good...More

Thank TheJukes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We love Marley's and try to visit at least a few times every summer/fall. The menu is simple but very good, made with fresh ingredients and plenty of attention. Take the very short ferry ride to Essex Island, make reservations and enjoy a peaceful afternoon...More

Thank EssexOnTheGo
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beverly z
Handicap accessible. Hard to walk any long distances. Walk with cane
27 August 2016|
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Response from danrmj | Reviewed this property |
We walked there from town and as I recall, there's no on-site parking. Parking is outside the marina and I don't know if there's a place to drop off. Why not call Marley's and ask?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Ferry St, Essex, CT 06426-1183
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 8608530133
  • E-mail
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