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The Essex, Old Saybrook, CT

The Essex

4.8
4.8
934 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Set in the heart of downtown, across from the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, the “new” Essex will continue to offer the progressive, modern, approachable cuisine that has made it a top restaurant in the region. Whether it’s a pre-theater dinner, a casual gathering with friends, or a tasting menu for a special evening, guests can gather at The Essex to create memories with family and friends while enjoying excellent cuisine.

The Essex menu showcases modern American cuisine that draws inspiration from the land, sea and deep heritage of the Connecticut River Valley, using the freshest locally sourced products available from farm and sea. All will inspire an ever-changing menu of progressive interpretations of timeless dishes.

"Voted Best New Restaurant in New England" Yankee Magazine
"Best Restaurants in Connecticut" CT Magazine
"Not to be Missed" Town & Country Magazine
"Rising Chef Star" CT Mag

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary French / American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (860) 237-4189
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Colt Taylor
  • Private party facilities
    Your Special Events Destination: Elevating the Dining Experience on the Shoreline.Contact Colt@TheEssex.com
  • Neighborhood
    Old Saybrook
  • Cross street
    Across From Town Hall and The Katharine Hepburn Theatre
  • Parking details
    Parking in Rear
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 934 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Innovative

  • Connecticut

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Middlesex

    Best Food

  • Middlesex

    Best Service

  • Middlesex

    Best Ambiance

  • Middlesex

    Innovative

  • Middlesex

    Great for fine wines

  • Middlesex

    Romantic

  • Middlesex

    Good for special occasions

  • Middlesex

    Lively

934 Reviews
  1. Maggie

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always everything was perfect. Many thanks to Peter and Colt.

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  2. MarkF

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was fabulous. The best dish for our visit was a Tuna Crudo. Peter was a great waiter. You could tell the kitchen took pride in their dishes. Great wine selection as well.

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  3. HankB

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service at rye bar exceptional. Brendan a true professional and you can watch the cadence unfold from the kitchen. Best restaurant in Ct. James Beard quality for sure from the kitchen.

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  4. Steen

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The superior service at The Essex was unparalleled and made our night! In addition to the wonderful staff, the space is extremely welcoming, and the dishes are as delicious as they are interesting. Our party had a fantastic time!

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  5. CathyinCT

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a lovely time we had at the Essex! The service was excellent, and the food was very good too excellent. Unfortunately, unfortunately we had to sit outdoors but we got lucky with a beautiful evening. The outdoor speaker was a little loud, but the weight staff was happy to turn it down so we could hear each other better. The food was excellent, except that my halibut had too much Asian soy sauce sitting in the bottom, soaking up in the rice. And my spring salad was almost exactly what I got for vegetables in my halibut dish, so it was a little bit redundant. they did serve a creamy asparagus soup that was out of this world. We will definitely come back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our experience. Went with the chef’s tasting menu. Can’t wait to do it again.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. Great experience we did the tasting menu and enjoyed some new food that we would not normally try. He also did the wine pairing which was excellent! Our servers were all excellent knowledgeable and pleasant . We will definitely return.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time in two months and the menu was completely new. Everything was so delicious and all the flavors were extremely well balanced. We were having a family reunion and our server didn't rush us and even took several pictures. No just amazing food, a wonderful experience!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal at the Essex was the best dining experience we've had in years. The food was fresh, using what appeared to be local vegetables and the seafood, steak and chicken were phenomenal. My husband saved room (somehow) for the terrific rhubarb tart and was still talking about it the next day. The restaurant is really pretty and the waitstaff is top notch. What a wonderful chef! We can't wait to return.

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  10. Noni

    New York City

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service & food. Bit expensive & limited menu so will plan to use only for special occasion.

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FAQs

The Essex is rated 4.8 stars by 934 OpenTable diners.

The Essex does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Essex

247 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Across From Town Hall and The Katharine Hepburn Theatre
  • Neighborhood
    Old Saybrook
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary French / American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking in Rear
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Colt Taylor
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (860) 237-4189
  • Private party facilities
    Your Special Events Destination: Elevating the Dining Experience on the Shoreline.Contact Colt@TheEssex.com
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