This restaurant added safety precaution details

This includes info about cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn more.

The Essex

4.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
327 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
Modern American Dining With a Focus on Sustainable and Local Product, Cutting Edge Fish Program with $1 oysters ALWAYS.

"Voted Best New Restaurant in New England" Yankee Magazine 2018
"Best Restaurants in Connecticut" CT Magazine 2019
"Not to be Missed" Town And Country

The Essex provides an intimate yet energetic upscale casual dining experience built around our double sided open fireplace. Focused on our locally sourced products from the New England Family Farms, Fishermen, and our partner farms along the shore, we provide a food forward experience with cuisine that plays with flavor profiles of Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China rooted in familiar styles from American Dining Favorites.

Experiences

Select an experience by choosing a date, time and party size
Explore unique dining experiences for every mood—from prix-fixe menus to can't-miss promotions.

Special menus

  • $1 Oysters!

    Starting Jul 18, 2020
    Come enjoy all the $1 oysters you can eat with dinner and drinks!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 327 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
P
vipPeter
New England
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly atmosphere combined with interesting and beautiful food and drink. We really appreciated that the cook came by our table not once but twice.

r
rainey
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

They had run out of coffee; so, that was not available. My food arrived at a temperate heat level and, although it was a crab dish, I was unable to discern any crab in the serving.

SA
vipSANMAR
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there - will return many times. Go for the tasting menu - so good!!

MH
MeaghanH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was wonderful. will definitely visit again.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, always look forward to my dinning experience at the Essex.

ET
vipEmilyTheRealtor
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started at Los Charros for a margarita and taco appetizer and then went to The Essex for the chef's tasting menu to celebrate my birthday. The food at both places was absolutely legendary. Colt, the chef, makes incredible pairings. I especially loved the eggplant "bolognese" with a scallop on top. But our absolute favorite was the short rib- it had crunchy rye breadcrumbs on top and it was perfect to balance the richness and smoothness of the sauce. I would come back every week if I could. For now we'll stick to once a month to keep it special! I am recommending The Essex to anyone and everyone- you'll have an unforgettable meal and love the ambience!

a
andyl
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent.The way it was very knowledgeable. And the portions were very good.

DF
DavidF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely dinner outdoors on the beautiful enclosed patio. The food was exceptional and the service was impeccable! In this time of uncertainty our experience was delightful.

j
vipjanetf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night out . They practice wonderful social distancing while serving unique delectable creative menu. Beautiful combinations of flavors presented in an artful way. Best restaurant around. Fit for foodies. Owner/ Chef cares about your enjoyment and comes around to make sure you are pleased. Part of the wonderful charm. Happy to support such a creative chef during these pandemic times. Go and treat yourself.

RZ
RemyZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love The Essex. She had oysters and the lobster risotto and couldn’t stop raving. I had filet mignon. It was excellent. Although The Essex isn’t a steakhouse, this steak was as good as anything I’ve eaten in the best steakhouses. As always, the service and ambience were great.

A
Audrey
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at the Essex, as always! We sat outside on the patio next to the space heater and were perfectly comfortable in a sweater & boots. The scallops tasted like candy, the lobster risotto was rich and decadent, and the cantaloupe gazpacho was so creative and tasty! We loved all of it!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I forgot how good this restaurant is as we had only been there once before this occasion!! There was a nip in the air so it was a bit chilly and the heater did not really put off a lot of heat and we were not prepared for outdoor seating but it was lovely nonetheless. They moved us inside before our entrées were served which made it more comfortable. We will definitely be back! Love this place!

PB
PaulaB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Best meal I have had in a very long time. I had the Peaches and Cream appetizer and Beef Wellington for my main course. Both of these plates were creative and well executed. I cannot wait to go back to try something else. So good!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottom line: a knockout! We’ll be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chef’s tasting and it was incredible! Outdoor dining was pleasant and felt special. Excellent service!!

CW
vipCWags
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited twice this Summer. Incredible dishes, great wine list, top notch service.

j
vipjimbo
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good first time dinner at The Essex.
Look forward to enjoying future meals with friends

The Essex
Responded on September 1, 2020

I would really love to invite you all back in for dinner, all the food on me, as long s you're good with tax and tip. I would like to show you a true Essex Experience, and apologize in person for our shortcomings last Friday. I would also love an understanding guest who sees the struggle of restaurants through this time and would ask you to please remove your negative review pending your return visit. Please send you email or phone number if you would give me the opportunity to repair this.

Report
L
vipLeeny
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Essex is a little hidden jewel..a real sleeper! Unknown to most, the owner/chef is world renowned and has worked at many of the famous dining establishments throughout the United States. Everyone in our table for 4 raved about their appetizer and food. I started with Prince Edward oysters ..best I ever had..and as a main course ordered the lobster and shiitake mushroom with mussels, delicate vegetables all prepared in a delicious, subtle broth. An outstanding choice. Generous portions served in a beautiful ambiance. Five star restaurant.

The Essex
Responded on August 29, 2020

thnak you so much for taking the time to leave a kind review! you are valued and appreciated! you seem like quite a hidden gem yourself!

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing! Flavor pairings excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had the Chef’s tasting mg menu—extraordinary! Service outstanding—all the staff are exceptional. They grow all their own vegetables on site. Go!

LN
LauraN
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed comfortable outdoor patio. Excellent food and service. Small portions. Would go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Chef is So Gifted - The layers of flavors and textures (especially the Tasting Menu!) are always exciting and easily rival the best London restaurants (lived there 18 years) along with NYC, Miami & Boston. Not too heavy or too rich. I always want to eat at The Essex when in the area. The wines & cocktails also in keeping with the level of the food. (The more casual side focusing on Mexican is also good). But the main side of the business is Easily one of the best restaurant along the CT coast. Can’t wait for our next meal there!

M
vipMaggie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute pleasure...food outstanding

CM
vipChristinaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and wonderful service. As good as any NYC restaurant. A hidden gem!

M
Michelle1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was amazing. The restaurant is on the expensive side but it was worth it. If you're able to I suggest treating yourself to a delicious meal there. I did the tasting menu and I loved every course!

PW
PeterW
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was world class

We loved the food

Cocktails were creative and fun

Super experience

j
jean
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent thoroughly enjoyed the rolls--different presentation from the usual. Service was very knowledgeable & attentive (our waiter brought a complimentary proseco toast even though we didn't expressly tell him it was our anniversary). We sat indoors with distance seating and felt very comfortable. Good & somewhat unusual wine selection. A very enjoyable experience!

B
Babs
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Farm to table.
We ate outside, where the accommodations were pleasant and plenty of space between tables!
Chef Taylor is innovative and serves top notch meals!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Every time we eat here it’s better than the last! It’s definitely a MUST try if you haven’t been.

JK
JudithK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It is hard to make a final judgement about the overall experience given the unique times we are living in. Each dish that we had was outstanding and unique, with extremely large portions Even though there were few tables in the room, the noise level was high and voices and sound carried throughout the room. Service was a challenge with a wait time for our first course of over an hour...apparantly our order was never entered...and others ordering after us had already been served.
However, given the high quality of the food preparation, we will give it another go.

LC
LisaCiv
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food-oysters were outstanding.
Very good service too!

C
vipCaren
New England
99 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing dinner....fabulous cocktails...namely the Hibiscus 🌺 Punch and the Lost in Paradise. We had the $1 Mystic oysters, the Hawaiian Poke with salmon belly and Wahoo to start...then the Double Double Wagyu Burger, CT lobster roll and the buttermilk fried chicken with "Mac-n-greens" and kimchee. For dessert we shared the Corn 🌽 Pavlova and the S'mores Tart. Everyone sitting around the table is really happy and full.

JR
vipJackR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We are self-proclaimed foodies and dining is a major activity for us that has been impeded somewhat by Covid-19. We were delighted to discover this neighborhood gem on one of our first post-lock down outings. The food was well-prepared, served attractively and exceptionally flavored! The wine list was well-suited for the menu and reasonably priced. We were seated inside by request, but there were also attractive outside tables available.
Prices were reasonable for the quality of food and service. Recommended for most any occasion.

AC
AC926
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleasantly surprised with the Essex. We did the chefs tasting menu and every dish was executed to perfection. Couldn’t recommend more!

YM
YuliaM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I had a great time and enjoyed their outstanding food.

DS
vipDocSam
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated my wife's birthday after the re-opening of in-door dining. Tables far apart. Waiters wore facemarks. We kept ours on unless eating. Great $1 oyster deal so ordered a dozen. The fish skewers were tasty but a little skimpy. I had the Korean fried chicken - excellent! Served w/ kimchi. Wife had the long bone Wagyu and one son had the Wagyu steak frites - both superb. Other son had a spicy noodle dish that had a nice kick to it.

Finished the meal with 2 desserts - a sweet corn puree dish and an Asian Yuzu parfait. They put a candle in the corn dessert and sang Happy Birthday.

Very enjoyable and felt safe. Plenty of left overs to take home.

BN
BrigNess
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious. We started with a salad of greens, tomato, watermelon and goat cheese. Definitely out of my wheelhouse and yet surprisingly delicious! Followed up with a poached halibut in an Asian broth with ramps asparagus and radishes. My tastebuds were delighted and surprised with the flavor combinations. I cannot rate the food higher!

SF
SusanF
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at The Essex. Food is beyond incredible and made with the love and joy!

DN
DavidN
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible, As the wait staff is very good. It was very nice to be there and enjoy eating out on the deck.

FG
FoodGuyCT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great meal as always, half the group did the tasting menu that they loved and the other half ordered off the menu. The food has a fresh full bodied layer taste that helps even the non-foodie among us appreciate the experience of eating at The Essex. Another special occasion celebrated with an awesome dining experience at The Essex.

FAQs

The Essex offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 237-4189.

The Essex is rated 4.8 stars by 327 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.