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Abby's Place

37 Pratt St, Essex, CT 06426-1159
+1 860-767-0560
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (16 reviews)
“chowder” (16 reviews)
“sandwiches” (15 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PMAll hours
Seafood, American, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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37 Pratt St, Essex, CT 06426-1159
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you can find your way to the back of the marina site, you'll discover this simple but rather charming eatery with a very capable chef, Abby, at the helm. Everything we ate was carefully prepared and tasty, and the service was attentive and professional....More

Thank mimmomnj
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Abby’s is probably our favorite place on the shoreline for lunch or breakfast. The food is excellent, the staff is friendly and efficient, and the view of the marina and river is great at any time of the year. We have been regulars for many...More

Thank Jeff H
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you, Jeff, for your generous review. I appreciate your patronage and the fact that you've supported my business from the get-go! I look forward to seeing you and Sandy soon. - Abby

Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Let me start by saying if you are going to a charming New England local eatery and are looking for lightning fast food service, you going to the wrong place! This family run business has a view to die for, easy parking and great menu...More

Thank Anthony T
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you,Tony, for your wonderful review. I am very glad you enjoy the food, staff (that I love!) and understand this isn't a fast food restaurant. I take great pride in the quality of food that I serve. Please let me know if you come...More

Reviewed 26 October 2017

OMG love love this place. Lunches were wonderful, Soups( chowder and soup of the day) were delicious. You can have a half order if you are not very hungry It was perfect and would love to return. Great location on the Connecticut River....Very casual

Thank 60nantucket
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for the lovely review! I hope you do make it back here!

Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We checked out the quaint town of Essex for an afternoon and saw Abby's place had lobster rolls. They used to, but no more. The four of had a variety of dishes. All were good but we waited an hour to be seated. Finally pointed...More

Thank RAMX13
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

I'm sorry we didn't have lobster rolls, but we stop making them after mid-October because they are out of season. When we are very busy we inform customers that they will have to wait for a table. We do this because we don't want customers...More

Reviewed 20 October 2017

This is a little hidden gem in Essex CT - the food was good. with sandwiches and soup and adult beverages. The setting was very nice and the restaurant very clean. The owner came over to see if we were enjoying our food. Very nice...More

Thank L M
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

I'm very happy you enjoyed yourselves! Thank you for the compliments. I agree, I have very nice staff! :-)

Reviewed 17 October 2017

Have only eaten lunch here, but have done this on numerous occasions. Favorite spot in the area! Good value, creative menu items, all freshly made. The sweet potato fries are an added bonus! Sandwiches on the grainy bread are delicious, as are the soups. Share...More

Thank trughouse
Abby M, Owner at Abby's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Hi!, I am very glad you enjoy my restaurant! You've made my day! Please let me know when you're here next, I'd like to meet you. Kind regards, Abby Miner, Owner

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We arrived just as it opened. The server was just brewing a fresh pot of coffee. Great way to start. We each had an omelette. Both were winners. They were perfectly cooked and served neatly with diced potatoes, toast of choice and fruit. I also...More

Thank FranP1216
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Looks like our experience here two weeks ago was not unlike some other recent reviewers'. Entered at 1130. The waitress?hostess? told us it would be a 5 minute wait as she needed to swap the menus from breakfast to lunch as they were just making...More

Thank ABGinCT
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were traveling with another couple from Philadelphia to Newport and Boston. It was a goal to try lobster rolls from various locations to see if we agreed on the winner. Abbey's beat the others we tried in Newport and Boston hands...More

Thank Melinda M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 22
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Pratt St, Essex, CT 06426-1159
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0560
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Casual waterfront dining located in the Brewer's Dauntless Shipyard. A bit hard to find but defintely worth the effort. Abby's Place serves American cuisine with a flair, specializing in fresh, locally sourced meats and seafood.
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