The Essex

4.7
235 reviews
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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.

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What 235 People Are Saying
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LB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal. Wonderful combination of flavors. We have brought several guests from out of town and all have loved it.

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding dining experience.

The greatest cocktails and finest creative food.

SR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had oysters which were delicious salad by the wagu steak and halibut both entrees amazing , Oh such a complement my element was it delicious French Sauvignon Blanc which now is my favorite.

ON
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was delicious. Flavors were crisp, sharp and on point. Service was excellent. The evening was made even better by the owner visiting our table to ensure our experience was to our liking. The Essex is definitely worth the trip!

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food... Five of us went for dinner and everyone loved loved loved their meal. Also outstanding service.

DS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Essex is a first rate restaurant serving an outstanding menu. Some of the dishes are very sophisticated but even simple items like lobster rolls and patty melts are beyond compare. The staff goes out of their way to provide attentive service and the delightful chef makes the rounds to assure a pleasant experience. Lots of parking, music not too loud, easy to find.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Peter was incredibly knowable about the cocktails and wine list. His recommendations were spot on. Chef Colt presented some inspirational food and desert. This is a must visit for anyone who enjoys great service, great ambiance and outstanding food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food. The service was great, peter is very knowledgeable and friendly we loved having him as our server. The menu items are sophisticated but have nice twists. We loved our meal at The Essex and will definitely be coming back.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I tried the tasting menus. I can’t say enough about the variety, quality and tastiness of the food. Essex is so blessed with such high quality restaurant and chef(chef Colt). We always look forward to our dinning experience at The Essex when we are back in CT.

LC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! Extremely accomodating and food was fantastic!

LB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful innovative food. Excellent cocktails and again some are quite inventive. The Asian themed dinners on now are excellent. Portions are not large but very sufficient, more like a NYC or European restaurant.

MS
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time we’ve been there since they’ve rearranged into two separate restaurants. The menu has taken on a bit more of an Asian spin but there were foods any palate would still be comfortable with.

BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Cute place, food was good, waiter did everything from seating us, water boy, took drink order, took food order, delivered drinks, food, cleaned up after people left. Which is probably why he never came by to see how drink are, how the food is nor came back and asked if we wanted another drink

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was elegant but very relax the service was perfect.
I would highly recommended.

CB
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute must-visit restaurant in CT. Do not be intimidated by the menu, everything on there is outstanding. If you are unsure, ask the chef. Without question do the tasting menus, you will be absolutely delighted with every single item that comes out and sends your tastebuds for a wonderful ride. 5 stars, our new favorite restaurant in CT.

AP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Despite living for years in the area we only discovered this gem last Sunday. We enjoyed everything about it. The staff was polite, service fast, we met the Chef. The ambiance is great and we were happy to be able to have a nice dinner conversation with our friends. The food was very tasty, drinks were great (the men were satisfied and the ladies found suitable, nicely presented light drinks too). We highly recommend the place!

R
New England
44 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were surprised about the new menu change but decided to stay. Options were limited unless you were into Asian influenced foods. We found a mix of choices and were happy with them! Service was great. Unfortunately a sizable group joined the dining room and were extremely loud which took away from our dining experience. But hey, they were young and having a good time. I recommend others to give this place a visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal at the Essex. In fact, I’ve had some of the best meals there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pure pleasure, inspirational.

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best soft-shelled crab I've had in decades, perfectly prepared. Worth a journey! Would love to see some more vegetables on the menu.

a
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during Japanese week, the food was amazing!

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute experienced the best!! Worth every penny !!

CA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Bland presentation, they ran out of potatoes and just didn't say anything, I asked , Server snickered said "oh sorry forgot to tell ya" the $85 aged steak was unimpressive, my one crab leg left me hungry with a cut up ear of corn and cold broccoli. . . Need more work in that kitchen .

The Essex
Responded on April 13, 2019

Dear "Chef", Nowhere on our menu did the King Crab say that it came with potatoes, we didn't run out. You ordered a half pound of the WEIGHED appetizer as your only dish when it is clearly listed under APPETIZERS, which makes me curious to how you owned a restaurant thinking that would fill you up? If the 36 day dry aged snake river farms wagyu wasn't to your liking, my heart aches for your palate. Please refrain from slander, Peter did not 'snicker at you'

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BG
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing. Some of he best flavors we’ve had in awhile.

CT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed by the menu which was all done to a Japanese theme. We sampled a couple items from the raw section (Salmon was our fave), a couple appetizers (Shrimp and Pork Gyoza was amazing), and a couple of the skewers. The wagyu skewer was so good I had to order a second one. Service was top notch! Lots more on the menu to try, so we will definitely return.

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The chef is doing wonderful work exploring different cuisines with great attention to detail. We had the omakase sushi/sashimi menu, and each offering was very distinct and interesting. I did not find each selection perfectly balanced--for instance, the brown butter flavor, which I loved, didn't really meld with the yuzu flavor, which I also love--but not one dish was ordinary. The miso soup was outstanding.

It was also fun to talk with the chef about the various dishes and see how he was refining and reimagining his menu. You can see an intelligent culinary mind at work, rather than the rote offerings you find in many restaurants.

WM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried the tasting menu. Each item was flawless in terms of taste, texture, and presentation. Service was perfectly balanced. Each course was explained and discussed. In some cases Chef Taylor came out personally to chat with us about a particular course.
The Brazilian tasting menu was just fantastic. Chef Taylor gave us a small hint from his upcoming menu and it was also wonderful. We got into a long discussion about the food, dishes, and plans. It was a brilliant evening. Cannot wait to go back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the Omakase with wine pairing and we were not disappointed! Excellent food, wine and service. A truly memorable evening...we will be back soon!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Omakase menu. Food was excellent; best in Essex. Service was great too; highly recommended!

PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative food in nice atmosphere. Waitress was great actually listened!
Wine good but a little steep
Not cheap but worth it

A
London
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at The Essex and it was wonderful. The prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu was delicious and just the right amount of food, beautifully presented. Our servers were attentive and well-versed.

C
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This review is based on a Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner. Our waiter suggested my wife and I order everything to share between the multiple courses, which each had two options. Great suggestion, as we both loved almost everything served. And when we *both* didn't love a dish, at least *one* of us did. It was an imaginative, perfectly prepared meal, with two main themes - land, mostly meats, and sea, fish and lobster. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. The timing of the courses was very good, with only one noticeable delay between each. And the wine pairing were spot on. Kudos to chef Colt Taylor, for not only his menu design, but who personally served some plates, checked on us during the meal, and warmly thanked all his patrons as they left.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cozy atmosphere was wonderful on Valentines Day! The food was AMAZING!!! Every bite of the five-course meal was delicious and the perfect amount of food! The owner introduced himself to all of the guests, which added to our experience. We can’t wait to go back!

R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Would have rated the ambiance higher but we were stuck in an awkward corner table next to the fire, very disappointing for my first time and it being Valentine's dinner, however the food was interesting and very good

BT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

we had a lovely dinner..besides the exceptional menu orders that we placed the chef delivered an arugula salad and two tasty between course treats..a wonderful dining experience!

SW
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to try the fabulous tasting menu. What a treat! The chef changes the menu several times a year. When we went, it was Brazilian cuisine. It was so much fun to try the variety of foods and ingredients. I think we had about 8 different small plates ranging from fish to meats to sweets. The chef or our waiter explained each dish. It was truly an event, not just dinner out.

CB
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible, all around. From the service to the cocktails and food. The friendly waitstaff and chef explained each dish as it came out. Even more, as we were a bit unsure of some of the items on the menu, the chef came over with a tasting of a few of the items on the menu we did not order. My one critique is that I wish the waitstaff did a better job of explaining the menu before we ordered as we were left with no insight into the unusual Brazilian items on there, and as a result did not order many things we wish we had after tasting them from the chef.

Will definitely be back for the Japanese themed menu starting in April.

GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best spots in CT. I can’t say enough about this food. We ordered the Omakase which is Japanese for “your choice or you decide” and WOW. If you are a fan of amazing culinary achievements this is a must visit!

ME
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The meal was very nice- we did not have the tasting menu but I would like to go back and experience that. We had three different steaks, they were all delicious and cooked to perfection- had the scallop and oyster app also very nice. Service was top notch. overall a very nice evening

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