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Black Seal Seafood Grille

15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426-1173
+1 860-767-0233
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (9 reviews)
“burger” (19 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
££ - £££
15 Main St Ste C, Essex, CT 06426-1173
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been a resident of Essex Connecticut for over 30 years. My family and I went often and the food and atmosphere was always great. However recently the food quality has gone down significantly. I don’t know if the Chef is different but what...More

Thank Sdsx72
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice evening with group of friends for Prime Rib special night. The menu allows you to order Prime Rib in a number of ways! Food is generous and wait staff is very friendly. We had a group of nine and our waitress was the best!...More

Thank gezette
Reviewed 29 April 2018 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 30 April 2018

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 29 April 2018 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 30 April 2018

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 22 April 2018 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 27 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 4 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 17 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 3 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.

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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, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
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 06426-1173
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0233
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