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Black Seal Seafood Grille

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15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
+1 860-767-0233
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Thank stevedg60
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 to' tourist place. Almost anyone who visits Essex, will end up there. However, walk up... More 

Thank 4994MM
Williamsburg, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 the menu was limited if you didn't want to order a full dinner. We ordered... More 

Thank Delia C
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 annoying to paying consumers. SKIP THE SEAL GO TO THE GRIS>>...They learned from their mistakes... More 

Thank eliisawinkel
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159 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Small Pub with nautical theme accents. Each table has a small vase of fresh flowers and a candle which is kind of classy and a bit romantic. Server was very pleasant and food came out timely. The hamburger was good and the corn beef ruben was also well. The wings on the other hand were small and not that spicy.... More 

Thank BusterBusBus
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Loved the nautical decor, dimly lit dining room....we had baked scrod with crab stuffing and it was very good as was the calamari with sliced cherry peppers. Lots of noise at the bar but didn't bother us...fairly priced

Thank zj97
Essex, Connecticut
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94 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We had been here before and always thought the food was just ok, but we liked the atmosphere. We brought a couple from out of town last night for dinner, and we all loved our food! From the mussels in pasta (a bit rich), to the Mahi, to the scrod, and fish n chips, all were really good. No complaints.... More 

Thank alisa62
Essex, Connecticut
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180 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The specials are really good especially when they change daily. I love the spinach salad, always fresh and tasty. Although it is a little squashed, it really feels friendly. Not fine dining, but usually okay.

Thank Teenzone
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

You would think you are getting good food, that is not the case unless you find out 15 minutes after eating, your food taste bad, and you start to feel sick to your stomach. The service was awful, not even to up sale what is good on the menu. It is old and historical, but that is all that was... More 

Thank SaganakiMakito
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

After spending a couple hours at the Steam Train and River Boat in Essex, CT, I searched my GPS for restaurants and found this one only one mile away. Our travels from the train took us into the heart of Essex, CT. My husband and I took a chance with the Blue Seal and what a quaint little place we... More 

Thank Lanie A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?