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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%
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“brunch” (23 reviews)
“cod” (19 reviews)
“potato cakes” (6 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The service was excellent. My chicken pot pie was as tasty as I have had in a long time. Plenty of chicken, good combination of veggies. The short ribs were good as well but served only with mashed potatoes. Another veg would have been nice....More

1  Thank Jerandnanc
Reviewed 2 days ago

There were 5 in our party and we arrived around 1pm for lunch. The restaurant was mostly empty. Every step of the service was SLOW from drink orders onward. We ordered soups, quiche, salads, and sandwiches. Nothing complicated. The food was finally served after 2pm...More

Thank Mike N Sally S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve loved going to the Gris over the years. It’s always an experience to stop in for a drink and listen to the music. But the food seems to be slipping in quality. While some entrees are still good and the seasonal menus are nice,...More

Thank betsygggg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a lovely dinner in a very comfortable setting. The music from the bar added to the enjoyment. After dinner we went into the bar. The whole building is filled with interesting memorabilia. Great service and pampering by the staff.

Thank yellowbirdVermont
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t eat here so I can’t comment , but had a great night singing sea shanties ! It happens every Monday night I believe !

Thank Liz L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wish I could give a review of this place as I was excited to stop by on a recent Friday afternoon with friends but unfortunately we never got to order. We were told dinner seating in the restaurant was not available due to the...More

Thank keh199
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 25 September 2017 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 10 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

1  Thank BarbAWS
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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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