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Griswold Inn ~ Dining

36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
+1 860-767-1776
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped into the Gris after a show at the Goodspeed, perfect pairing! I had not been here in perhaps 10 years, decor is the same, lots of antiques and ship pictures, which fit the local to a tee. The food was much better than I...More

Thank Bill S
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Griswold Greetings, Bill! We are so glad that you came back and were happy with the total experience! Thank you for sharing your comments with the traveling public and potential visitors. We hope you’ll return for more! All modesty aside, ‘Historic Dining’ is wonderful as...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my mom and friend to the GRIS. It was great! call and get a reservation, it fills up fast. The atmosphere was awesome! The service and food were moderately priced and delicious. Take time to explore the cute downtown before your lunch/dinner reservation.

Thank Leah496
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

We met our daughter for light fare in the Tap Room, it was our first visit and found both food and service to be good. I like that you can select from both menus, dining and tap room-we had sandwiches and salads and were satisfied....More

Thank LandJNewEngland
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Griswold Greetings! Thanks so much for your visit and sharing your comments with the traveling public and potential new customers! :) We're so glad you enjoyed the experience! Forget we're associated for a moment - ;) - the Wine Bar IS a wonderful option as...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018

We keep returning to the to this wonderful spot in Essex for the shops, the water, and the Griswold Inn. There is a renovation at the annex next door and the new owners are always striving to improve this great place. Besides the additional lodging...More

Thank Ray R
Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold Inn ~ Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Griswold Greetings and WOW, Ray! We love hearing that you have enjoyed our spot on more than one occasion. Yours words are music to our collective ears - :) - as there are so many variables that go into creating a wonderful guest experience: we're...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Griswold Inn was established in 1776 and currently contains both rooms upstairs and several dining areas on the first floor. We preferred the very cozy setting of the “annex” to the right as you go past the breakfast room area and into the main...More

Thank DownhillSkier67
Reviewed 9 March 2018

We stayed at the Griswold Inn for Valentine's Day and ate dinner in their restaurant that evening. The have a very nice menu and the service was excellent. Prices aren't bad.

Thank VinMar_10
Reviewed 27 February 2018

We stayed at this inn and loved the place. Rooms were good and clean and the food iin the restaurant was superb.

Thank chrzo
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Stopped by to gran dinner and a beer. The food was well served and tasty, but what really brings this place to life is the ambiance of the place. This is specially true in the bar area. You feel like you have been taken back...More

Thank brodarte
Reviewed 4 February 2018

We stopped by the Gris for lunch a week ago. The food was, as usual, quite tasty. However, we were dismayed with the service (or lack thereof) that we received. At first I chalked this off to the busy time but even as the place...More

1  Thank sullific
Reviewed 23 January 2018

What an interesting place to enjoy a fantastic meal...a little pricey though. Atmosphere is authentic, cozy and full of antiques (at least they look like antiques!) and historical maritime artifacts that make a statement for Connecticut's heritage. It's also smack dab in the middle of...More

Thank gtans2016
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Connie A
9 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.
14 October 2016|
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Response from Retiredsmiling | Reviewed this property |
I would ask them if I were you
26 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
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-1776
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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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