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Essex Clipper Dinner Train

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1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426
+1 860-767-0103
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Fun train dinner but the food is only ok for the price they charged. No appetizer at all - only serve some crackers with cheese and 2 pieces of salami. Main course is ok, but the drink service is slow, so order your drink right after you get on train.

Thank Janelulu88
West Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Pros: This was a fun experience for our anniversary. The train was set up and decorated with an old-fashioned feel, but with air conditioning. We enjoyed the relaxing 2 and 1/2 hour ride along the CT River. Meal was quite good. Appetizer was a small plate of cheese, cured meats, crackers, grapes and a jalepeno cream cheese spread. Prime rib... More 

Thank B H
Staten Island, New York
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Experiencing a romantic dinner on a train was on my bucket list. The 1920 Pullman Car dining experience on the Essex train fulfilled my expectations. The decor, service and food were all excellent. I enjoyed every minute of this special adventure. It was everything I was hoping for and more!

Thank peggygris
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I just loved this....the service was amazing as was the dinner....I am still amazed how nothing moves on your table ....the trip was so lovely, moving at a slow pace for 2 1/2 hrs , shifting between wooded areas, water views, quaint homes and streets, this a real experience...at the end of the trip as we exited the train the... More 

Thank zj97
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The Essex Clipper Dinner Train is a step back into the 1800's. The train ride is about two hours and during that time you are served a white linen dinner . They have four wonderful choices an d a four course dinner complete with a full bar. The dining car is a step back to the beautiful days of yore.... More 

Thank Marsha S
Danbury, Connecticut
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We booked this on a whim, finding ourselves kid free for a weekend. It was everything we expected and more. The atmosphere once we boarded was elegant and the staff were welcoming and very attentive. The food was excellent and cooked to perfection. Menu choice was limited and you had to order when booking, but given that they cook everything... More 

Thank Pannn
Orleans, Massachusetts
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142 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The dinner train was a delightful experience. We dined while riding in a beautifully restored (and air-conditioned) antique train powered by a steam locomotive. Our salads were fresh and served with a choice of 3 dressings. My beef tips in gravy were delicious and tender, served over noodles and accompanied by excellent scalloped potatoes (I know, 2 starches is weird.)... More 

Thank Saltyblue
westbrook, ct
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We love trains and the Essex Steam Train and the Essex Clipper Dinner Train are located and a magnificent setting along the banks of the very scenic Connecticut River valley. My wife and I visited for a summer evening date. We arrived at the prescribed time of 6:30 pm and boarded almost immediately. We had a table for 2 on... More 

Thank biggdaniel
Crete, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

My recent trip aboard the Essex Clipper was an elegant epicurean experience. I dined on an excellent cut of Prime Rib while passing a hillside view of the Gillette Castle. The service was of the best quality. The friendly staff worked hard to make sure that every passenger had every need met. I look forward to repeating this worthwhile event.

Thank Pat W w
Bernardsville, New Jersey
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I gave my husband a gift certificate as a Christmas gift. We used our certificate this past weekend (6/18) and had a great time. The train departs at 7pm and they ask you to get there at 6:30pm. The boarding of the train goes very quickly and we were shown to our table. The wait staff came immediately and introduced... More 

Thank rcerbo22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0103

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