The Griswold Inn
`Currently we are offering dine in, dine out, and Gris To Go! Inside, guests may enjoy dining in historic, art-filled rooms which exude character, charm and tradition. Seating for the alfresco experience is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exception of larger parties of 7 or more which may be made by calling 860.767.1776.
The Inn boasts a wine list consistently recognized by Wine Spectator with the prestigious Award of Excellence; Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure have recently recognized the Inn's restaurant as "Connecticut's coziest" and it is included in Patricia Schulz's "1000 Places to See Before You Die". The Griswold Inn is also the recipient of Connecticut's Highest Award for Hospitality. The best of old and new meet here.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
House-Made Sticky Toffee Pudding
with butterscotch sauce and freshly whipped cream
New England Escalloped Potatoes
Romaine lettuce, Asiago cheese, house-made croutons, and Caesar dressing
Great summer menu, love sitting on the bigger patio, lovely ambiance.
Love the atmosphere and the food is very good. Friendly waitstaff. Wish we lived closer, we’d be here often!
Beautiful inn for a special meal
The service, ambiance and food were awesome! Essex is a great place to take a stroll before and after you eat or happy hour! Highly recommend!
Great place. Old beautiful Inn with nautical theme. Impeccable service….had the Caesar salad and Baked cod. Very good meal
My sister and I had a lovely lunch in celebration of her birthday!
We dined on a Sunday evening in mid June, before the busy summer season and it was a very pleasant experience The servers were very attentive and we felt well taken care of. In fact, when deciding between two dishes, the server suggested the fish and chips because the preparation (potato crusted) is unique to the "Gris" and it was an excellent recommendation. The menu was varied, portions not skimpy, and the food hot and delicious.
I believe they have entertainment in the taproom every evening in the summer and pay homage to the shipbuilding history of the area in their decor. The covered bridge room is literally covered with pictures of ships dating back to the Revolutionary War. The Gris seemed to be popular with guests at the Inn as well as locals. I would definitely dine there again when in the Essex area.
The Gris always delivers. From service to main course to dessert.
The Gris is always a relaxing place for a meal.
There was a more limited menu than I recall from past visits.
Salads were a bit expensive for just greens.
Wonderful place on a lovely evening to enjoy an outdoor dinner to celebrate an anniversary. The food was very good (but one of us was hoping for a duck option) and the service fine. We retired to the Tavern for the sea shanties but it was packed, could not hear, and no effort to social distance. Hopefully that need will be behind us soon.
Server was awful. Watched him run his fingers threw his hair as he looked at his reflection in the window. Never smiled, never came back and checked on our empty drinks, seemed really inconvenienced by our presence. Food was mediocre at best.
We have been to the Griz many times and always enjoy our evening. Unfortunately this trip was disappointing and especially so as we had out of town guests.
The ambience was great as usual and were seated right away. However, our server (table 56 on 6/3 at 6:00) was very rushed and short with us all night and we even got a dinner that we didn't order. Our guest decided to keep it, but they got the Swordfish instead of Salmon. We also had a hard time getting our server back to order more rounds of drinks and to get the check.
We'll be back for sure, but are looking forward to our typical experience.
Food was excellent as always. Staff was friendly and attentive.
Our food was excellent and the wait staff was extremely courteous and friendly. She definitely enhanced the experience for us.
Food of type and quality you cannot get in NYC. Well worth the two hour drive.
Very consistent quality in an authentic, historic setting, free of stuffiness!
Excellent pulled pork tostado small bites. Although sangria wasn’t on the menu the waitress ordered it for us and bar service made it for us
Visit to Essex.
Wonderful welcome and new patio dining was perfect. Make sure your reserve ahead for smooth sailing to your table .
My family and I had yet another wonderful dining experience at the Griswold Inn.
Kind and attentive service. Amazing food.
The Inn was outstanding as always. We live in NW CT and look for any reason to dine there. Great food and service with comfortable surroundings.
The setting and food were excellent. Service was on the slow side but one of the servers was in training. A great place to meet up with friends.
A historical restaurant and inn that oozes with charm in the picturesque village of Essex, Connecticut. Don’t miss it!
We were there for lunch. I ordered the arugala salad. It was $15 without anything added. The server asked if I wanted to add anything and after I thought about it, I added shrimp. It's a good thing I did, because the salad was enough for about 3 bites; very little of anything in the salad and I'm very disappointed. It was absolutely horrifying to see what was presented to me.
We were there for Mother’s Day and the menu was different than other days. But, the food was unique, well-prepared and delicious. The wait staff backed each other up and had very nice personalities. One in our group, a seafood lover, said the scollops were the best she ever had!
The desserts were limited. But, again unique and well prepared. We felt we received good value for our money
Our server was not very attentive..but the food and the ambiance was outstanding
The Mother's Day dinner was a hit, creative, delicious and we will go back.
Upon walking in, I was greeted by a hostess. She aske, "Are you Alan?" Yes I am. We had talked on the phone. She seated me. She went over the entire menu with me. I have allergies. She made sure I was safe with what I ate. Great start.
After we got rid of our apathetic first server who in no way wanted to be there, we were taken care of by the amazing Sandy. The specialty drinks were strong and tasty. The food outstanding. Filet came out medium rare, as ordered, which rarely happens. The desserts were the highlight, but that is not knocking anything eaten prior. Sandy gave me a quick tour of the restaurant. An amazing dining experience from start (well almost) to finish. Griswold Inn is terrific. Dining there is a, and I borrow this from the great movie, Real Genius, "A Moral Imperative"
Interesting place, tons of props to look at. The food is average. Caesar salad was nothing special. Tiramisu was just a strawberry shortcake and not a good one, very misleading.
We were celebrating our Anniversary and enjoyed our evening very much.
Truly enjoyed this gem of a restaurant. Great food, outdoor and indoor options, excellent service, wonderful historic building.
Enjoyed a great healthy grain bowl with grilled chicken. Ruined the low calorie count with the signature home-made chips and Gorgonzola sauce!?
Our server was definitely not enthusiastic to be serving us. He was not friendly and threw the check on the table while we were still eating. I asked for extra lime in my drink, when he brought it over without lime, I asked for a lime and he brought one in his hand and gave it to my husband. Waters were not refilled, we were not asked if we wanted another drink,, no follow up attention was given to check in and see how everything was. This was Sunday at 430pm. I did not bring it to management attention as it was busy there due to the boat show. This was just disappointing as we ate in the restaurant business and rarely get to enjoy a dinner out. The food was good as always, however I wish I knew the scallops were a small plate size, as I later heard another server explain to her table while they were ordering.
We enjoyed a nice lunch at the Gris this past Saturday. We each had an appetizer, then shared the Fish & Chips. Very nice to be out and about. Great lunch!
Great location and service! I’ve been here multiple times- always a great experience.
Charming ambiance, very attentive to covid protocols without being overwhelming and disruptive
Good food and service.
We loved our second dining experience here. We drive from Rhode Island to dine here so you know it has to be a special place!
The Griswold Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 767-1776.
The Griswold Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 204 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.