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Black Seal Seafood Grille

15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426-1173
+1 860-767-0233
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“seafood” (9 reviews)
“burger” (19 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426-1173
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

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...More

Thank SaganakiMakito
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...More

Thank Lanie A
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We had lunch at the Black Seal our first day in Essex. Our server was a treat and, besides taking care of our food needs, she gave us lots of good local knowledge and some history. We were early for lunch so they weren't that...More

Thank CaptSteve W
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Oakland, California
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Bland, mediocre food. I wouldn't recommend it. I got a cesarean salad, my husband got a burger and our kids got the kid menu fare. It was underwhelming.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Good service. Gets very crowded on weekend afternoon/evenings as all the boat people come in. Food is decent. I really like the seafood chowder.

Thank JohnSF8
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Although sitting in the bar was very noisy we were seated immediately. The food was very good and of good diner quality. We especially liked the onion soup. Next time I would choose to sit in the loft to avoid some of the noise.

Thank Jerry16
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped here to have lunch with our son while visiting him in CT. The food was good, even the burger if seafood is not your thing. If you like seafood, you must try the seafood stew. It was one of the bet I ever...More

Thank Pat C
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The food is consistently good and fairly priced. I love their burgers and also the brunch menu. The drinks are always perfect and the service great and friendly......

Reviewed 14 July 2016

Very popular with the lunch crowd it appears. We got a table right away at noon, but by the time we finished our meal there was a bit of a wait for a table. I was very pleased with the fried cod sandwich, and my...More

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed 8 July 2016

Right in the heart of beautiful Essex, this place offers a classic menu of old school favorites. Don't expect experimental dishes here, just proven, delicious stuff. We tried it out and were not disappointed. The service was friendly, the food was well-prepared, and the prices...More

Thank Peter S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426-1173
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0233
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