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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
+1 860-767-1776
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (21 reviews)
“cod” (18 reviews)
“potato cakes” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 8:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner at the wine bar area with small plates. We had a flight of chardonnay, prosecco, and each shared about 6 small plates. The butternut squash soup with toasted marshmallow on top was to die for. Very cozy warm environment. Good service.

Thank Kristiesue
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found "The Gris" fabulous. My husband had Prime Rib but preferred spinach and fingerling potatoes instead of chefs veg and baked pot. No problem ! I had the best braised short ribs, tender and delicious. We were delighted, have always LOVED the Gris.. Going...More

Thank Marj A
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Helped friends celebrate a special anniversary. Started with wine in the piano bar. Nice! Dinner was excellent. 3 of us had the prime rib which was cooked to each of our liking. Would've liked my green beans a little more done but overall, a small...More

Thank Shelby N
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I was with a large group. Several of us asked for a wine list. The surly waitress said what do you want red or white. I replied red, she said what kind etc. But refused to provide a wine list for any of us. I...More

Thank BarbAWS
Reviewed 3 September 2017

My husband and I have food issues and we were able to be accommodated easily at the Griswold Inn. There is a great wine/beer selection and in the different dinning areas food selection (tapas etc.)

Thank mize2017
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We received a Gift Certificate for our wedding. We stopped at the Inn for lunch prior to heading back home. Very historic; no matter where one looks, there is some item which takes one back to an earlier time! Food was very tasty and well...More

Thank DianeMin4
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Despite our server being a little clueless about the ingredients of some of our dinner, we found the food as it has been for many many years, serviceable New England chow fit for the tourist masses. But the old dining room is really a site...More

Thank Barnaby H
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We ate here twice last week - first time, we did enjoy the meal, we had a crab dip appetizer that was good and served with interesting crisps that were warm, swordfish was thin, but still was ok, dessert was very good....so we found ourselves...More

Thank mainetraveler0918
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We came from New York to have brunch with family who assured we would love this place! and we did! From the moment we saw it outside we just knew this would be special.....The age, the history, the décor was perfect....the first thing we saw...More

Thank christmas152
Reviewed 13 August 2017

When in Essex, you must have lunch, dinner, or drinks in the tavern at the Gris! It is old and dark, and lovely! A full bar, nice selection of craft beers, and a nice selection of wines! They serve great salads, sandwiches, and entrees. A...More

Thank ShelSouthShore_MA
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.31 km away
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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
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, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-1776
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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.
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