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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
+1 860-767-1776
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (28 reviews)
“cod” (19 reviews)
“turkey club” (7 reviews)
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm Hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Griswold Inn for Valentine's Day and ate dinner in their restaurant that evening. The have a very nice menu and the service was excellent. Prices aren't bad.

Thank VinMar_10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at this inn and loved the place. Rooms were good and clean and the food iin the restaurant was superb.

Thank chrzo
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Stopped by to gran dinner and a beer. The food was well served and tasty, but what really brings this place to life is the ambiance of the place. This is specially true in the bar area. You feel like you have been taken back...More

Thank brodarte
Reviewed 5 February 2018

We stopped by the Gris for lunch a week ago. The food was, as usual, quite tasty. However, we were dismayed with the service (or lack thereof) that we received. At first I chalked this off to the busy time but even as the place...More

1  Thank sullific
Reviewed 24 January 2018

What an interesting place to enjoy a fantastic meal...a little pricey though. Atmosphere is authentic, cozy and full of antiques (at least they look like antiques!) and historical maritime artifacts that make a statement for Connecticut's heritage. It's also smack dab in the middle of...More

Thank gtans2016
Reviewed 23 January 2018

During our stay at the Griswold Inn, we enjoyed having a drink, some tasty food and entertainment. Friday night there was an oldies rock band. Good music and good food - a winning combination!

Thank LAL1202
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Can not fault this place. Great food with a variety of choices and the restaurant itself is very warm and inviting. The staff were friendly and attentive which made for a great night

Thank lovechristmastime
Reviewed 29 December 2017

My wife and I chose the Griswold Inn to celebrate our 49th Anniversary. We went for lunch rather than dinner to enjoy the immediate surroundings of Essex, a quintessential New England town. The inn, itself, is fascinating; oldest continuously operating inn in the United States,...More

Thank carriagehouse37
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

I first visited the Inn this summer and had a lovely dinner in one of their historic rooms. I was eager to bring my family back for Christmas Eve brunch to enjoy a meal in one of the cozy rooms filled with nautical antiques and...More

1  Thank Kristen R
Reviewed 23 December 2017

By tradition the male family members get together near Christmas in various locations in Southern New England with the Griswold Inn being this year's location. Restaurant was decorated beautifully for the holiday with a plus being a quartet of carolers. After drinks being served, we...More

Thank Bernie O
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Questions & Answers
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 40
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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