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Black Seal Seafood Grille

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, , Seafood
15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426-1173
+1 860-767-0233
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“seafood” (9 reviews)
“salad” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426-1173
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for dinner on a Sunday evening. Place was busy, service was fine, food was ok, nothing special but not bad. Pretty old place. Good for kids except they do not have ice cream. So if you’re hoping to get a little one a...More

Thank Drknite12
Joe L, Public Relations Manager at Black Seal Seafood Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your input. And, you make a very good point. We will consider this idea for the coming warmer months. We do hope to see you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m local, go every once in a while. Had dinner at the bar. Burgers are very good and fries also. Not really sure about the entrees, have not tried them. The bar staff is great. Prices are reasonable. If you’re visiting, I would recommend checking...More

Thank alisa62
Joe L, Public Relations Manager at Black Seal Seafood Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind words, and yep we have a great crew......all nice people. Try one of our seafood entrees sometime, they are all really good.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a local Essex place that one can see is frequented by locals. And it is very good! The food is very good and has nice Nemo choices. Drinks are large and well prices. It has that hole-in-the-wall feel with food that is way...More

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped in on a Tuesday night- was surprised at how elaborate the menu was! Reasonable prices and good food. We had the Reuben, chicken sandwich and clams casino. All were good. Chardonnay at $8 was a nice surprise. No room for dessert! Server was sweet...More

Thank Barbara G
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

As a long time Essex resident a trip to the seal with friends or family is a must. The old world bar and great pub fare it’s a consistent pick for lunch or dinner. From sandwiches to dinners there is something for everyone.

Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Fast service and friendly . Nice Nautical ambience . Located 10 minutes from Essex train stations . Very cute with the little shops around. Food is typical American food. Delicious Home made Mac and cheese. We had the red snapper slightly over cook. Nothing especial.

Thank rickysheiy
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Just had the most wonderful lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Reuben sandwich was as fine as any NY deli. Cajun shrimp was just a delight. The seafood casserole is to die for. Lynn The hostess was just wonderful our waitress went above and beyond. This...More

Thank ProseccoandRoses
Joe L, Public Relations Manager at Black Seal Seafood Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

Thanks for your visit and yes, Lynn is terrific, as is the entire staff. We are a family restaurant for sure. Got kids???? Bring them with you on your next visit.😊

Reviewed 4 December 2017

The place has a great atmosphere with authentic sea side decor. The bar is a great place for a happy hour drink with really good buffalo chicken wings (some of the best I have ever had). Even though seafood is their core the nachos are...More

Thank Andres P
Joe L, Public Relations Manager at Black Seal Seafood Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Thanks for the kind words. We love to hear feedback like this. Thanks for taking the time to review and we hope to see you again soon. P.S. I'm also a big fan of the French Onion soup.

Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

I have been going for years and will keep going back. Love it! Still has the best onion soup hands down I have ever had. Never had a dish I don’t love. My kids have been going since they were toddlers and ask to go...More

Thank IsabelSal
Joe L, Public Relations Manager at Black Seal Seafood Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

We very much appreciate the support and strive everyday to bring the best we can to all our diners. We wish we had hundreds just like you. See you soon 😊

Reviewed 11 November 2017

All you would expect from a small diner/pub but then oh so much more. Had a great dinner and the food was delicious!

Thank xhaustpwr
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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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