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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
+1 860-767-1776
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (26 reviews)
“wine bar” (40 reviews)
“griswold inn” (96 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must-do when in southern CT. Set in the quintessentially New England town of Essex, it is loaded with old-time charm. The food is okay, but you're really there for the atmosphere. The relatively new wine bar is fun, and either adds or detracts with...More

Thank laursie10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lively restaurant on Monday nights. Real New England bar. Almost everyone I spoke with has some kind of relationship with sailing. Dinner was ok. Service was good. Food lacked flavor. Had the pork chops and the burger the next day. The burger was way worse,...More

Thank BethCohen90
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the Griswold Inn last evening before going to Ivoryton Playhouse. We ate in the time piece of a dining room and both were tempted by the sword fish special. Both of us thought the food was delicious--a generous, thick portion of seared sword fish...More

Thank dlhc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our two toddlers and everyone had a great time. The kids menu was great, and the grow ups had delicious sandwich/salads. The atmosphere is charming and the waitstaff was very nice. We will be headed back soon!

Thank Emily I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and the service was tops, excellent recommendations and it's just too lovely to dine in a historic room kept up with so much love.

Thank Tom D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for a quick bite and ordered starters to share outside at the Gris. Everything was very good and enjoyed by all. We had the potato cakes, which were excellent especially good with some sour cream. The crispy chicken which has a very interesting...More

Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ate dinner in the bar area so this review is limited to that setting. When we were there you could order off the taproom menu or off the main dinning room menu. They also have a nice but not large selection of beers on tap....More

Thank L B
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The Griswold Inn was established about 241 years ago in 1776 and has been going ever since. It has an extensive collection of nautical and marine artifacts and there are also a fair number of firearms used during the Revolution and the War of 1812,...More

Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The food was quite good. The setting was quaint and beautiful. And, even the live entertainment was nice and appropriate. All in all, a good stop!

Thank David M
Reviewed 23 March 2017

After a matinee at the Ivoryton Playhouse, we went to the "Gris" for an early dinner before heading home. Tap Room was open and we had a very filling choice of hot Tap Room food -Sandwiches like Seared Beef on Ciabatta bread, Roast Turkey, Reuben's...More

Thank justbill2015
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do you have a thanksgiving menu
15 October 2016|
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Response from Retiredsmiling | Reviewed this property |
I would ask them if I were you
Are you open for lunch on Sunday?
27 August 2016|
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Response from DRJ1963 | Reviewed this property |
They do a brunch on Sunday, not a lunch menu
Is there a dress code for the main restaurant?
24 May 2016|
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Response from steven9179 | Reviewed this property |
Casual is the only word for the Gris and the rest of the town. I would recommend The Peach Tree in Saybrook if you fell adventurous
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-1776
  • E-mail
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. Patio dining is an option May through October, weather permitting. Lunch and dinner served daily, Hunt Breakfast on Sunday.