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Black Seal Seafood Grille

) #6 of 11 Restaurants in Essex $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
+1 860-767-0233
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“seafood” (8 reviews)
“burger” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a nice dinner with family while strolling through Essex. Excellent service, fresh ingredients and convenient location!

1  Thank P H
Reviewed 13 June 2017

My friend and I both had sea food from the menu of the day. Lots to choose from so it was difficult to make up our minds Our meals were plated nicely. No salad unless we wanted to pay extra and we had to ask...More

1  Thank HonestEvaluatorGal
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

See Black Seal attraction review for restaurant particulars. I reviewed the restaurant under the attraction section accidentally! It's almost better as an attraction these days, sadly.

1  Thank laursie10
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Cozy bar and restaurant. Prices are reasonable and the food is good. The bar is always packed and the restaurant area is in the rear. We go there often.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Cozy atmosphere, good food and great service. Try the stuffed clams and shrimp app., yummy. Salads are good too!! I would certainly suggest this Grille!!

Thank Dodie G
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This was a great place for a birthday lunch! Food was great and very casual atmosphere. The portions were huge and very good. Really enjoyed it.

Thank lc0425
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Have been here many times over the years. NEVER disappointed. Great Onion soup, bar menu. Nice drinks, VERY friendly staff.

Thank stevedg60
Joe L, Marketing at Black Seal Seafood Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Thanks for continuing to enjoy the Black Seal and the kind words.

Reviewed 9 January 2017

Eating- and drinking- options are surprisingly limited in Essex. There are really only a couple of choices for dinner in the village. The Griswold Inn or The Black Seal. We've eaten at both frequently over the past year or so. "The Gris" is the 'go...More

Thank 4994MM
Reviewed 3 January 2017

The pub was very lively, it seemed to be a hangout with locals and was a bit too noisy near the bar area. We stopped in for lunch and the service was friendly and attentive. We were in the mood for seafood for lunch but...More

Thank Delia C
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Stop shop dining for many, many years. My last experience was needless to say, NOT GOOD! Lack luster service if any at all.. Too many busy people not paying attention to the clients accept for the locals, who never have a tab. It is very...More

Thank eliisawinkel
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0233
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