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Abby's Place

37 Pratt St, Essex, CT 06426-1159
+1 860-767-0560
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“lobster roll” (16 reviews)
“chowder” (16 reviews)
“sandwiches” (16 reviews)
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Seafood, American, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
37 Pratt St, Essex, CT 06426-1159
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Driving around in the morning and decided to pick a new breakfast spot. Small tucked away place on the water. The eggs, sausage, toast and homefries and coffee was delish. The only downside is the 1 bathroom but it was very clean. Definitely going back.

Thank kipn0te
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice setting, good food, nice menu.... service was kind of slow but overall enjoyed this place... we had the crab sandwich with sweet potato fries and also the French pastrami sandwich- both sandwiches were very good...

Thank JJFlash7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden in a marina a block north of Essex’s busy Main Street, Abby’s is now my favorite spot along the shore for summer breakfast. The outdoor deck overlooks the marina and CT River. The menu is not extensive but but what is on t is...More

Thank TGMerrill
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Driving up from New Haven to Cape Cod, I discovered this hidden gem in the Brewer Dauntless Marina along the Connecticut River. Abby's place serves a delicious variety of breakfasts, light lunches, full dinners, seafood, wine, and classic New England fare. The eponymous chef and...More

Thank buckritler
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Food is always reliable, slightly on the pricey side for breakfast. But, you get what you pay for. French toast, pancakes, eggs all good. But the side of fruit I’ve had several times and not always totally ripe. But try it, very nice staff, clean...More

Thank alisa62
Reviewed 28 April 2018

It was lunch time when we were leaving Essex and saw some signs for Abby's Place and decided to give the place a try and eat there. The great food was reasonable priced. Since there were many boats wrapped in plastic nearby, It was extremely...More

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 28 December 2017

If you can find your way to the back of the marina site, you'll discover this simple but rather charming eatery with a very capable chef, Abby, at the helm. Everything we ate was carefully prepared and tasty, and the service was attentive and professional....More

Thank mimmomnj
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Abby’s is probably our favorite place on the shoreline for lunch or breakfast. The food is excellent, the staff is friendly and efficient, and the view of the marina and river is great at any time of the year. We have been regulars for many...More

Thank Jeff H
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you, Jeff, for your generous review. I appreciate your patronage and the fact that you've supported my business from the get-go! I look forward to seeing you and Sandy soon. - Abby

Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Let me start by saying if you are going to a charming New England local eatery and are looking for lightning fast food service, you going to the wrong place! This family run business has a view to die for, easy parking and great menu...More

Thank Anthony T
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you,Tony, for your wonderful review. I am very glad you enjoy the food, staff (that I love!) and understand this isn't a fast food restaurant. I take great pride in the quality of food that I serve. Please let me know if you come...More

Reviewed 26 October 2017

OMG love love this place. Lunches were wonderful, Soups( chowder and soup of the day) were delicious. You can have a half order if you are not very hungry It was perfect and would love to return. Great location on the Connecticut River....Very casual

Thank 60nantucket
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for the lovely review! I hope you do make it back here!

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Wendy E
1 March 2018|
Response from L M | Reviewed this property |
Hi Wendy E - you posed your question on the tripadvisor website not Abby's Place website- you may want to call them directly..I remember the food was delicious but I can't recall if anything on the menu was gluten free..
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$22
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Pratt St, Essex, CT 06426-1159
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0560
  • E-mail
Casual waterfront dining located in the Brewer's Dauntless Shipyard. A bit hard to find but defintely worth the effort. Abby's Place serves American cuisine with a flair, specializing in fresh, locally sourced meats and seafood.
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