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Griswold Inn ~ Dining


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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Our Own Famous 1776 Brand
Sausage Sampler, three sausage varieties with Dijon mustard
Potato Cakes
served with sour cream and applesauce
Clams Casino
broiled in the shell with garlic, butter and sweet pepper, topped with bacon
Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Signature Clam Chowder or Boss’ Soup of the Evening
Classic House Salad
with mixed greens, sliced radishes and our original Garlic-Asiago dressing
Roasted Cod Fillet
with Crab and Butter Crumb Crust white wine-lemon sauce and chef’s vegetable
Seared Atlantic Salmon
roasted potatoes, leeks, grape tomatoes and mustard-chive sauce
Baked Stuffed Shrimp
four jumbo shrimp with seafood filling, served with chef’s vegetable
Half rack $21.0
Full rack $32.0
Slow-Cooked Baby Back Pork Ribs
house-made BBQ sauce and potato salad
Braised Short Ribs of Beef
with whipped potatoes and red wine demi-glace
12 oz. $32.0
Grilled New York Strip
served with maître d’hôtel butter and chef’s vegetable
12 oz. $32.0
Signature Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
with baked potato, au jus and fresh rasped horseradish. Served Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings
Crispy Shrimp
with sweet chile-garlic sauce
Baked Stuffed Mushrooms
with sausage, mushroom and herb filling
Caesar Salad of romaine lettuce
Asiago cheese, house-made croutons and Caesar dressing
Mixed Greens and Blue Cheese
with pepitas, apple cider vinaigrette and balsamic glaze
With Grilled Chicken, add $5.0
With Sautéed Shrimp, add $6.0
Butternut Squash Ravioli
with Portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, Asiago and sage-cream sauce
Lemon-Herb Rotisserie Chicken
our slow-roasted half chicken rubbed with lemon and herbs, served with sautéed broccolini, mashed potatoes and sauce supréme
Sautéed Bacon-Wrapped Monkfish
served with grilled leeks, grape tomatoes, herbed polenta and lemon-butter sauce
Rotisserie Long Island Duck
served with cranberry compote, mashed potatoes and chef’s vegetable
Mac & Cheese w/Applewood Smoked Bacon
Roasted Butternut Squash
Mashed Potatoes
Vegetable of the Evening
Located in the “storybook” village of Essex mere steps from the Connecticut River, this 1776 landmark offers three distinct dining experiences. “Historic Dining” is offered in four handsome rooms - The Covered Bridge, The Gun Room, The Library and The Essex Room – where a renowned maritime art collection fills the walls. The Inn’s New England heritage and connection with the sea is apparent in the classic seasonal cuisine offered; diners may enjoy a more contemporary culinary experience in the stunning wine bar featuring tapas-style dining and an extensive selection of wines by the glass; tavern fare is offered in the atmospheric, award-winning Tap Room where lively music rings out nightly.
US$15 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
American, Bar
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've eaten in the historic Tap room and the library dining room and love the atmosphere and decor in both. The library boasts a collection of antique firearms and the Tavern dates from the 18th century and has the feel of history. There is live...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Lea S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful ambiance but mediocre food Have been eating there for years, and the quality of the food has only gotten worse. Not a great value for the dollar.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Bill S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I tried the Wine Bar rather than a larger dinner. We shared "tapas sized" meals and several wine samples and were not disappointed. The duck and paella were not to be believed, they were that good.The Creme Brule was some of the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Gary S
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, again, Gary, for sharing your Gris experience with potential guests! The Wine Bar adds another delicious dimension to our experience and, happily, it never seems to disappoint! As a matter of possible interest, our new Wine Bar winter menu just started this week...More

Reviewed 3 January 2019

If your along the Connecticut shore in the Essex area, don’t miss this real gem. You can’t beat 250 years of atmosphere. The food and service is wonderful. Your never know who you will see there, especially during the summer.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank edgelea21
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Greetings from The Gris! We are delighted you enjoyed a “5-circle” experience with us - :) - and hope you will return for more! Thank you for visiting! Gratefully, The Paul Family

Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

Make a reservation if you want to eat at this inn. The food was great, and the environment even better. Lots of ships and old steam boat featured in pictures and model. Great wine selection, and a superior menu. Essex is a wonderful small town...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Khardin258
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We’re delighted you enjoyed your experience with us and the very special and picturesque village of Essex. Thank you for visiting - we hope you will return for more! Essex offers a different - but wonderful - experience in every season! :) With Gratitude, The...More

Reviewed 24 December 2018

What a night out at a historic New England Inn? Try The Griswold Inn situated by the Connecticut River in Essex, CT. The Clams Casino or the New England Clam Chowder are a great way to start. I've had several things from the menu and...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank dukestravels
Reviewed 18 December 2018

Love the Gris !! food is always good, wonderful dining rooms with period painting and pictures of sailing and steam ships. Main dining room constucted of old wooden bridges and ships and is one of a kind dining experance.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Robert N
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

After spending many summers in Essex on our boat and being weekly patrons of the Griswold Inn, we decided to have an impromptu lunch. Unfortunately, no table was available. However, that wasn’t the problem. We were greeted with the most unfriendly and rude hostess. Yikes!...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gbfJ9419GJ
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

We were taken here by our son and friends . We had a terrific meal of oysters, salmon, duck, and cocktails. Because we went during the Christmas holiday they had carolers strolling from table to table taking requests. They were fantastic. When we were leaving...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank AnnRonco
Reviewed 5 December 2018

Four people for a quick sandwich. Two burgers came out not as ordered. Overcooked and with buttered rolls although both were ordered with no butter. Waitress response? Not my fault, I wrote it down. Hostess response: Sorry. Unacceptable lack of attention to details or customer...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank DonnaWinsted_Ct
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Connie A
10 November 2017|
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Response from janetgeraci | Reviewed this property |
There is no brunch, only a Thanksgiving buffet which is currently fully booked.
15 October 2016|
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Response from Retiredsmiling | Reviewed this property |
I would ask them if I were you
27 August 2016|
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Response from DRJ1963 | Reviewed this property |
They do a brunch on Sunday, not a lunch menu
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