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The Essex

4.9
4.9
415 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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Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Centerbrook

  • 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

Experiences

  • Enjoy Our Tasting Menu at The Chef's Counter!

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    We launch a fresh tasting menu every single week! Enjoy our signature Chef's tasting (both 5 course and 7 course available) in the best seats in the house, served directly by the kitchen team, and enjoying a fully immersive experience. Seats parties up to 6 people, tasting menu only in these seats!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Seafood Platters

Served with Yuzu Mignonette | Juniper Cocktail | Lemon

  • Savage Blonde Oysters

    • ea$1.00
  • Shrimp Cocktail

    • Pc$3.50
  • Lobster Tails

    • Pc$17.00

Appetizers

  • Scallion Salad$12.00

    Red Leaf Lettuce | Carrot | Ginger

    • Wedge Salad$14.00

      Iceburg | Spiced Bacon | Sesame

      • Beef Tartar$14.00

        Prime Filet | Bone Marrow | Chili

        • Seacoast Egg Souffle$16.00

          Black Truffle | Shiitake | Dashi

          • Lobster Scallion Pancake$16.00

            Chili | Honey | Mussel | Dulce

            • Tuna | Kanpachi Hand Rolls

              Nori | Rice | Cucumber | Chili

              • 2 ea$15.00
            • KFC Legs

              Peanuts | Chili | Honey

              • 3pc$15.00

            Butchers Feast

            $55 per person (Full Table Participation); Tasting of 4 Cuts of Beef

            • Scallion Salad

              • Ban-Chan

                • Ssam-Jang

                  • Doenjeng

                    • Bibimbap

                      • Steamed Bok Choy

                        USDA Prime Beef

                        • 12oz Bulgogi Galbi Strips$26.00

                          • 20oz Prime NY Strip$32.00

                            • 20oz Prime Ribeye$32.00

                              • 8oz Prime Filet$36.00

                                Snaker River American Wagyu

                                • 8oz Black Label Filet$48.00

                                  • 12oz Black Ribeye$79.00

                                    • 12oz Black NY Strip$67.00

                                      • 12oz Black Galbi Strips$48.00

                                        • 12oz Gold Ribeye$90.00

                                          • 12oz Gold NY Strip$88.00

                                            • 12oz Gold Galbi Strips$58.00

                                              Add Ons

                                              • Ban-Chan

                                                • pp$7.00
                                              • Red Leaf Ssam-Jang

                                                • pp$6.00
                                              • Frites$5.00

                                                Composed Plates

                                                • BBQ Half Chicken$32.00

                                                  Spicy Kimchi Fried Rice | Bok Choy

                                                  • Black Cod Bibimbap$34.00

                                                    Vegetables | Soft Egg | Rice | Ssamjang | Doenjeng Marinade

                                                    • Scallop & Shrimp Japchae$35.00

                                                      Sweet Potato Glass Noodles | Seasonal Vegetables

                                                      • Bosaam 16oz Roasted Pork$32.00

                                                        Red Leaf | Saam Jang | Rice

                                                        • Crispy Pork Belly Soon Tofu$28.00

                                                          Kimchi | Soft Tofu | Shrimp | Bacon | Crispy Shallot

                                                          • Short Rib Gang Doenjeng$34.00

                                                            Fermented Soy Bean Stew | Doenjeng | Mustard

                                                            Desserts

                                                            $10

                                                            • Red Currant Tart | Almond | Coconut Sorbet

                                                              • Trio of Eclairs | Cranberry | Dark Chocolate | Salted Caramel

                                                                • Yuzu Creme Brulee

                                                                  Corrupted Classics

                                                                  • The Hannya Tale$12.00

                                                                    Banhez Mezcal | Espolon Reposado | Hannya Tou Plum Sake | Grapefruit Bitters

                                                                    • Midnight Blues$13.00

                                                                      Brockmans Gin | Blackberry | Blueberry | Lemon | Simple Syrup | Mint

                                                                      • Bitter Than Your Average$12.00

                                                                        Aperol | Lillet Rose | Grapefruit | Club Soda

                                                                        Tropical Creations

                                                                        • Blood Type: Coconut$13.00

                                                                          Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum | Clement Coco | Hibiscus Syrup | Lime

                                                                          • Seas The Day$14.00

                                                                            Gray Whale Gin | Yellow Chartreuse | Velvet Falernum | Lemon | Club Soda

                                                                            • This Sh*t Is Bananas!$14.00

                                                                              Glenlivet Caribbean | Banana Maple Syrup | Pineapple | Orange | Lime | Nutmeg

                                                                              Sparkling & Rose

                                                                              • Prosecco Brut, Zardetto 'Conegliano', Italy$11.00

                                                                                • Champagne Brut, Veuve Clicquot, NV$18.00

                                                                                  • Rose Brut, Francois Montand, France NV$11.00

                                                                                    • Coteaux d'Aix Rose, Provence 'Sabine' '19$13.00

                                                                                      White Wine

                                                                                      • Grillo, Tasca d'Almerita, Sicily, Italy 2016$10.00

                                                                                        • Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point, New Zealand$12.00

                                                                                          • Chardonnay, Böen, California 2016$11.00

                                                                                            • Estate Riesling, Donnhoff, Germany '18$14.00

                                                                                              Red Wine

                                                                                              • Pinot Noir, 'Poco o Poco' Sonoma, CA '17$15.00

                                                                                                • Red Blend, Skyside, CA '16$12.00

                                                                                                  • Cabernet, Broadside, CA 2016$13.00

                                                                                                    • Nebbiolo, GD Vajra, Italy 2018$15.00

                                                                                                      Beer

                                                                                                      • Thomas Hooker, #Nofilter 7% CT$10.00

                                                                                                        • Grey Sail, Captains Daughter 8.5% RI$12.00

                                                                                                          • Landshark Lager 4.6% MO$6.00

                                                                                                            • Golden Road, Mango Cart 4% CA$6.00

                                                                                                              • Two Roads Passionfruit Sour 4.8% CT$9.00

                                                                                                                • Buckler NA$4.00

                                                                                                                  • Heineken Zero$4.00

                                                                                                                    Last updated: February 26, 2021

                                                                                                                    What 415 people are saying

                                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

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                                                                                                                      Wonderful dinner and amazing service!

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                                                                                                                      New York Area

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                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined today

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      This was our first time at The Essex. It was an extraordinary experience. World class mouth watering food, exceptional service and cozy sophisticated ambience.

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                                                                                                                      Babe

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on September 25, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      The Essex is the finest restaurant in the area, and always the highlight of our roadtrips.

                                                                                                                    4. P

                                                                                                                      Pete

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on September 10, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                      Amazing food, always an incredible meal when we want to treat ourselves. Pricey, but worth it.

                                                                                                                    5. GH

                                                                                                                      GregH

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on September 4, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Excellent food!

                                                                                                                    6. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on September 4, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Superb! We had the tasting menu tonight, it was hard to say which dish was my favorite. Absolutely delicious!

                                                                                                                    7. LT

                                                                                                                      LeeT

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on August 28, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                                                                      We were disappointed in both the food and the service. No prime steaks were available and because I can not eat seafood, I only had a choice of very expensive steaks or chicken. To me, they should have made the black and gold steaks available at a more reasonable price seeing the prime was not available. I don't mind a small variety of food, but I'd at least like more then 2 less than desirable options.

                                                                                                                      The EssexResponded on September 1, 2021

                                                                                                                      we always try our best to provide a true 5 star experience. anything less is a failure. The steaks were not an issue we had control over, as i hope you are aware the supply chain is a disaster and our meat order that was scheduled but never even showed. the prime steaks are quite close in price to the wagyu currently due to the price hike on beef (that has not affected wagyu) we would like to resolve this and make it up to you... please respond to us so we may help.

                                                                                                                    8. SG

                                                                                                                      SusanG

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      The Essex never disappoints. We were greeted by our favorite waiter, Peter. He always makes great suggestions. He always has the best wine pairings for our meal. We started off with oysters and they were great and the sauces that were served with them were out of this world. We leaned towards the Caribbean part of the menu which was great...conch soup, a tomato Heirloom salad, shrimp and lobster paella and snapper fish was great. We even had room for the pineapple Beignet and a Caribbean Sundae. We visited the restaurant on Saturday August 21st, the eve before Hurricane Henri and when we arrived there was only one other couple seated. When we left the place was hopping. We were so happy for them. This place needs to be discovered by more adventurous diners. The flavors are superb and really awaken your palate. Thank you also to Colt Taylor, the owner and chef who visited our table and made us feel so welcome. Looking forward to visiting them again soon and visiting the Mexican Side of the restaurant. Sincerely, Susan and Michael Gula Niantic, CT

                                                                                                                    9. B

                                                                                                                      Burl

                                                                                                                      Charlotte

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on August 13, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Food was fabulous. Every course: oysters, heirloom tomato salad, conch & quahog coconut chowder, and entrees: Snapper Barracoa and Sanocho (stew of 7 meats). Waiter was superb. Ambiance was nice. A little pricy, but overall worth the value.

                                                                                                                    10. CC

                                                                                                                      CraigC

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      29 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      29 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on August 11, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      First time at the Essex. Nice offering of formal and casual dinning. We ate in the nice dinning room and had Peter as our server. He was very engaging and professional and made our dinning experience even better. Craig Clausen

                                                                                                                    11. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Miami

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      10/10 from start to finish. Get the chef’s tasting!

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                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on August 4, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      This was date night for me and my husband. Everything was absolutely delicious.

                                                                                                                    13. MS

                                                                                                                      MarilynS

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 29, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      We had a wonderful tasting menu at the Essex. Innovative and delicious. The Caribbean influence was unique and well executed. Along with impeccable service it was a great evening.

                                                                                                                    14. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 24, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                                                                      Amazing Caribbean tasting menu! Perfect wine pairings!!

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                                                                                                                      Barbie

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 21, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Peter, our server, was superior in every way. He was very attentive, made menu suggestions when asked, & helped me eat a wonderful gluten-allergic free meal !

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                                                                                                                      dianeg

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 17, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      My husband and I had the Caribbean Vibes 6 course tasting menu. It was amazing..far exceeding our expectations. At the end of our evening, Colt Taylor, the gifted chef/owner came out to greet his patrons. He told us in 6 weeks the menu will change and not to be strangers. We can't wait to go back to one of Connecticut's little gems.

                                                                                                                    17. K

                                                                                                                      Ktdubs

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 16, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      This was probably one of the best dinners and experiences I have ever had while dining out. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing and holy cannoli it did not disappoint!! Hands down the best meal - so much fun - and our server was extremely knowledgeable and fun!! 10/10! ** Go to The Essex and GET THE TASTING MENU!! **

                                                                                                                    18. RD

                                                                                                                      RamziD

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 16, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      overall great appetizers , drinks and entrees dessert could be improved

                                                                                                                    19. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 16, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Way too hot inside. AC not even close to cutting it. Too expensive for such small portions.

                                                                                                                    20. m

                                                                                                                      mark

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 10, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      The food was excellent. We will go back. The waiter was excellent and very nice.

                                                                                                                    21. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 10, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      The food and service were both exceptional. Our server was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, taking the time to explain (and not in an obnoxious way) the pairing for each course of the tasting experience. The food was just unreal - amazing flavors. We will absolutely be back!

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                                                                                                                      lesa

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      35 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      35 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 9, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      The Caribbean them food and drinks are terrific. Our waiter, Peter is fantastic.

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                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 9, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      We absolutely LOVE The Essex! The food and cocktails are incredible. The staff are exceptionally knowledgeable and provide the best service we’ve ever had in any of the area restaurants. If you’re a foodie, you MUST request the tasting menu! You will not be disappointed. The Essex is a restaurant that we return to again and again.

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                                                                                                                      RoyS

                                                                                                                      Milwaukee

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 7, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Food is always amazing

                                                                                                                    25. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 2, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Best tasting menu ever!

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                                                                                                                      JudyM

                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 1, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Wonderful evening with Our server Peter. The chef owner visited our table which added to our enjoyment.

                                                                                                                    27. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 25, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Fabulous experience

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                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 24, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Our server was phenomenal, and the food was great!

                                                                                                                    29. V

                                                                                                                      Vmom

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      66 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      66 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 20, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Fantastic Tasting Menu! We enjoyed every course especially the banana poached lobster and Wagyu filet. Be sure to ask for bread and butter!

                                                                                                                    30. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 18, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      We had one of the best experiences. Amy the manager was so wonderful and made it so easy for us to accommodate nine people! Our sever D was excellent and very knowledgeable of the menu as well as the wine list! Thank you for making my birthday so special!

                                                                                                                    31. AD

                                                                                                                      AnneD

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 16, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Fabulous dinner and excellent attentive service. We thoroughly enjoyed the taste of Thailand tasting menu. Truly incredible flavors.

                                                                                                                    32. D

                                                                                                                      Davissa

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 12, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Chef’s sample menu was outstanding! Paired by our very knowledgeable waiter with great wines for each course. We’ll definitely return!!!

                                                                                                                    33. MM

                                                                                                                      MichelleM

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 12, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      Exceptional dinner, and lovely decor/ambiance. The service was really fine but not superior. Our only complaints were the standard chairs (cushioned w arms) were narrow and not workable but larger people and it was a bit noisy. They did switch out one of our party’s chairs but the hostess has said they had no other chairs and it took the waiter to go get one. But honestly the drawbacks were worth it for the exceptional meal.

                                                                                                                    34. z

                                                                                                                      zmanmom2004

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 12, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                      The food is great! One dish is better than the next. One thing to be aware of if you dine early: tables are limited to 90 minutes. We felt a little rushed during the second half of our meal.

                                                                                                                    35. m

                                                                                                                      mamabrak

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 10, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                                                                                      The Essex was a great experience- the Thai themed menu was a delight and both our first courses and entrees where delicious (although the black cod was a little heavy on the salt content). The service was very good - the server was knowledgeable, funny and attentive. The onlt down side was we were seated in the first table in front of the fireplace which wasn't a great table. But a small downside. The intimacy and quiet made it a great place for a quiet early dinner for my husband and I; we will return. And we can't wait to see the next theme.

                                                                                                                    36. f

                                                                                                                      food2di4

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      63 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      63 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 10, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Amazing food, drinks, and great service from Peter. We love that the menu is always changing.

                                                                                                                    37. S

                                                                                                                      Spidey

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 30, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Nice restaurant . Did the chef tasting but my husband was upset he didn’t get the steak after he saw it lol.

                                                                                                                    38. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 27, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      As always perfection on every level .. drinks.. service.. atmosphere and of course the food!! Don’t miss the Thai happening now .. never better

                                                                                                                    39. AT

                                                                                                                      ATMJ

                                                                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 26, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Absolutely phenomenal dining experience. Restaurant could easily compete in NYC.

                                                                                                                    40. JK

                                                                                                                      JoeK

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 22, 2021

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      I took my wife here for her birthday and was delighted yet again with the creativity of the exotic ingredients. The chef, Colt, absolutely delivered! It's not every day the chef comes out to check on how his guests are enjoying their food. The staff is attentive and friendly.

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                                                                                                                    The Essex is rated 4.9 stars by 415 OpenTable diners

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                                                                                                                    Google Map for The Essex

                                                                                                                    30 Main St Centerbrook, CT 06409-1075

                                                                                                                    • Cross street

                                                                                                                      Across From Town Hall and The Katharine Hepburn Theatre

                                                                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                      Centerbrook

                                                                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                      Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                                                                                                      Dinner
                                                                                                                      Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                                                                                    • 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

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