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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
+1 860-767-1776
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Overview
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (30 reviews)
“fish and chips” (22 reviews)
“turkey club” (7 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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LOCATION
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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1 - 10 of 465 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After spending many summers in Essex on our boat and being weekly patrons of the Griswold Inn, we decided to have an impromptu lunch. Unfortunately, no table was available. However, that wasn’t the problem. We were greeted with the most unfriendly and rude hostess. Yikes!...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gbfJ9419GJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were taken here by our son and friends . We had a terrific meal of oysters, salmon, duck, and cocktails. Because we went during the Christmas holiday they had carolers strolling from table to table taking requests. They were fantastic. When we were leaving...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank AnnRonco
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four people for a quick sandwich. Two burgers came out not as ordered. Overcooked and with buttered rolls although both were ordered with no butter. Waitress response? Not my fault, I wrote it down. Hostess response: Sorry. Unacceptable lack of attention to details or customer...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank DonnaWinsted_Ct
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was unsure, because it is a buffet and you can never know. This was excellent. Two carving stations with a variety of meats and salmon. All excellent with different sauces. The vegetables and salads were all french and also all prepared. I went with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 827staciew
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Greetings from The Gris! We're delighted you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with us! Some of us were there for Thanksgiving as well with extended family and we have to agree - the food was delicious! Just so others who may be reading this are aware...On...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Griswold Inn Essex, Ct One of my favorite towns in Ct. is the village of Essex. It’s a very cool place to visit, especially during the warm weather seasons. That said it’s also awesome during the Christmas Holidays. This is the home of the historic...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Realtor44
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're delighted to hear you have enjoyed your experiences with us. We like to say we are an Inn for all Seasons and...an Inn for all Reasons! :) We are just about to enter our busiest - and most "joyful" - time of the year...More

Reviewed 10 November 2018

My husband and I and another couple had Sunday Brunch at the Griswold Inn. The staff is so friendly and efficient! The breakfast was delicious and the atmosphere is lovely. We all enjoyed it very much!More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank chriss0928
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2018

Greetings from The Gris! We’re delighted you and your party enjoyed our Hunt Breakfast! You may have read - it’s a tradition that started when the British commandeered the Inn during the War of 1812: of course many of those early offerings have since been...More

Reviewed 6 November 2018

The place was perfect for an eArly Friday dinner in the pub. The ambiance was charming. The service was excellent. However their signature fish and chips had a very strange coating. Not my favorite. My husband loved his sausage sampler.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank harrodsfan
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2018

Hello from The Gris! We’re so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and hope you will return to experience the many more “dimensions” we offer. Thank you for visiting! The Paul Family

Reviewed 18 October 2018

My mom and I went on a bus trip with Hadassah from Oronoque Village yesterday. 50 Villagers first stopped at the Griswold Inn. We were seated in three dining rooms, and the one we were in is part of the library from the original inn....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank BibleBobK
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2018

Griswold Greetings! We’re delighted that you and your mother - as well as others from Oronoque Village - enjoyed your trip and experience at The Gris! We appreciate the endorsement and thank you for visiting! The Paul Family

Reviewed 18 October 2018

We've been here many times. The staff is always pleasant and professional. We really love the historic atmosphere. We just had our wedding anniversary here and the dinner was great. We will be back.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Lillydog3
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2018

Greetings from The Gris! We’re delighted you have enjoyed your experiences with us and appreciate your patronage! We thank you for choosing our spot to celebrate your anniversary and making your history a part of ours! ;) With Gratitude, The Paul Family

Reviewed 18 October 2018

I saw signs for this place and notice that this place was historic. What a great place to eat. The hostess sat me down in a prompt time. Then I waited and waited and waited and waited about fifteen minutes before somebody came to me...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JohnBCowgill
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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.
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kenny-2221
15 October 2016|
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Response from Retiredsmiling | Reviewed this property |
I would ask them if I were you
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mbr0806
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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 40
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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