The Essex

4.9
387 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Current Theme: Study of Thailand! 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.

Support The Essex during COVID-19

Experiences

  • $1 Oysters!

    Multiple dates available

    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
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
What 387 people are saying
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vipVmom
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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AnneD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Davissa
New York Area
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!!!

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MichelleM
New York Area
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.

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zmanmom2004
New York Area
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.

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mamabrak
New England
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.

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vipfood2di4
New England
61 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Spidey
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
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

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ATMJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JoeK
New York Area
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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LisaPRJ
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED the assortment of salsa dips (great since we liked the different kinds) and the drinks were lavishly presented and tasted quite good! ...and you can't go wrong $1/oyster!! Simple Elegant atmosphere and good service too. Not sure why we don't come here more often!

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mangiacomida
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food made with care and attention to detail. A must for any foodie!

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Glitchy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Life during COVID must present some hard and unique challenges for restaurants trying to keep things safe and keep food and service great. The Essex has done that, and it was nice to see a room full of happy people. In spite of a couple of minor glitches, our really great waiter saved the day and helped to make it a nice experience overall. It was our first time there, and the owner’s visit to our table made us feel very welcome. Highlights of our meal were the Wagyu filet, chayote salad, great local oysters and generous cocktails from the bar. All great.

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GerriL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was our first time at The Essex. It was very good. The food was very good and they have theme meals. Ours was Mexico. So, the food was based on the theme. The choices were amble and something for everyone. There was also basic menu as well. We enjoyed it very much and will go back. Chef Taylor Cole came out to the tables which was a nice touch.

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suzannez
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night, loved it!

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CTcook
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We Mad the Cinco de Mayo menu, which was delicious, as was an outstanding Margarita

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Staff made great effort despite being short handed. Look forward to new menu changes on next visit

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BarryF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavor(s) are everything and theirs are amazing! It’s like contemplating the nuances of a fine wine. And the wine list is nicely integrated, too!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've ever had, and we're serious foodies! Chef Colt Taylor has created an amazing experience. Mexico theme was delectable -we fell in love at first bite! Homemade chips and rack of salsas were surprise treat. Great wine list. Peter's S's service was beyond impeccable, and made the dinner unforgettable. I wish we lived near The Essex because we'd be regulars and would want to try every themed menu. Can't wait for our next meal there.

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vipNStreetDiner
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a pleasant surrounding with great service.

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vipKelly
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing new spring items on the menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot in Connecticut.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food tasted good but expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Essex, absolutely fantastic!!
The service is impeccable, on point from the moment you arrive. Delicious appetizers, the waygu enchilada is by far, the best entree I've ever had. Accommodating to patrons with allergies too!! I look forward to another delightful evening in the very near future.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner but a bit pricey

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Kako
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with a rotating menu. The tasting menu is always great, the chef here always creates something special.

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CTcook
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The restaurant had the final days of Korean BBQ and I wasn't going to miss it. We had the equivalent of a tasting menu and it was wonderful.My husband is not an adventurous eater but even he loved it, bar a couple of side dishes/

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ShariR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great.....Korean barbeque....and menu changes often. Will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence is the standard here always!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Korean BBQ menu very much especially being of Korean decent with the limited options in the area. Chef’s spin on some traditional dishes and staying true to others was refreshing and a little exciting. Will be going again next week!!!

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FloydG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely delicious Korean dining experience.Thanks Chef Colt and Co.

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TracyP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was beautifully cooked, and perfectly spiced. We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night for Valentine’s Day.The only critique is that the portions of food were small but they did taste great. The service was really great as well.

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Chrissy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent prix fix menu and wine pairings for a lovely Valentines dinner. Never disappointed at The Essex!

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Northwest
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was really a great experience. Wait staff was remarkable and the food was somehow, even better. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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KyleJ
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing wait staff and cool ideas for the dishes, good social distance between tables, and super informed design!

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vipDave
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentine’s tasting menu with wine pairings!!

FAQs

The Essex is rated 4.9 stars by 387 OpenTable diners.

The Essex does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.theessex.com/gift-cards.

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.