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Black Seal Seafood Grille

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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
+1 860-767-0233
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Essex, Connecticut
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

See Black Seal attraction review for restaurant particulars. I reviewed the restaurant under the attraction section accidentally! It's almost better as an attraction these days, sadly.

Thank laursie10
Queens, New York
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cozy bar and restaurant. Prices are reasonable and the food is good. The bar is always packed and the restaurant area is in the rear. We go there often.

Thank Robert B
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Cozy atmosphere, good food and great service. Try the stuffed clams and shrimp app., yummy. Salads are good too!! I would certainly suggest this Grille!!

Thank Dodie G
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This was a great place for a birthday lunch! Food was great and very casual atmosphere. The portions were huge and very good. Really enjoyed it.

Thank lc0425
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Have been here many times over the years. NEVER disappointed. Great Onion soup, bar menu. Nice drinks, VERY friendly staff.

Thank stevedg60
Joe L, Marketing at Black Seal Seafood Grille, responded to this review

Thanks for continuing to enjoy the Black Seal and the kind words. More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Eating- and drinking- options are surprisingly limited in Essex. There are really only a couple of choices for dinner in the village. The Griswold Inn or The Black Seal. We've eaten at both frequently over the past year or so. "The Gris" is the 'go to' tourist place. Almost anyone who visits Essex, will end up there. However, walk up... More 

Thank 4994MM
Williamsburg, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

The pub was very lively, it seemed to be a hangout with locals and was a bit too noisy near the bar area. We stopped in for lunch and the service was friendly and attentive. We were in the mood for seafood for lunch but the menu was limited if you didn't want to order a full dinner. We ordered... More 

Thank Delia C
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Stop shop dining for many, many years. My last experience was needless to say, NOT GOOD! Lack luster service if any at all.. Too many busy people not paying attention to the clients accept for the locals, who never have a tab. It is very annoying to paying consumers. SKIP THE SEAL GO TO THE GRIS>>...They learned from their mistakes... More 

Thank eliisawinkel
Orlando, Florida
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181 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Small Pub with nautical theme accents. Each table has a small vase of fresh flowers and a candle which is kind of classy and a bit romantic. Server was very pleasant and food came out timely. The hamburger was good and the corn beef ruben was also well. The wings on the other hand were small and not that spicy.... More 

Thank BusterBusBus
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Loved the nautical decor, dimly lit dining room....we had baked scrod with crab stuffing and it was very good as was the calamari with sliced cherry peppers. Lots of noise at the bar but didn't bother us...fairly priced

Thank zj97

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0233

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?