The Griswold Inn

4.6
110 reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Griswold Inn is an inn and restaurant located in the historic seaport village of Essex. The Gris, as it is affectionately known, has been in continous operation since 1776.

`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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 110 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.3
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quintessential New England dining experience in picturesque downtown Essex, CT. Great food, great atmosphere with friendly and polite service. Good variety on menu including healthy options (seared salmon) and good old fashioned comfort food that goes perfect with the cozy historic atmosphere. Great shops and boutiques within walking distance to enjoy a stroll before or after your meal. Great for all occasions.

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DianeW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family's dinner at the Griswold Inn was lovely. The waitress could not have been nicer and the food was all absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the Griswold Inn.

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Suzie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Cozy atmosphere with assortment of comfort foods as well as fresh salads and seafood.

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DavidC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great lunch, on a cold day, with the fireplaces going. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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MaryB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely, as always. Felt very comfortable - everyone wore masks, table were distanced. The food was done very well!

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stusan96
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, our experience at The Griswold Inn was spectacular.

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Jeff
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Hadn't been to the indoor seating at The Gris for years but after enjoying some outdoor dining over the summer decided to give it a try again. Food was much better and reasonable and will go again. Would have preferred to sit in the Library and will ask for that the next visit.

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Jacqueline
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

I came in with a few friends to show them a quintessential New England inn. Despite our server who seemed to be annoyed and disinterested in us we had a delicious meal, enjoyed the ambiance, and had lovely conversations with a neighboring table!

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vipPassionate4food
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A charming restaurant with historical elements. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Essex is a beautiful village. We were extremely happy with our meal and service.

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MarlaC
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service are always excellent. This time was no exception.

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margek
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an awesome meal. Butternut squash ravioli and porchetta. An amazing experience

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vipThirty
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Big fan of The Griswold Inn but did not enjoy my meal choice (some type of chicken dish) and the fact that no rolls are being given. I love the atmosphere but will think hard before returning.

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vipFromOC2NYC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Griswold Inn has always been a great experience whenever we have gone. Historic charm, great food, and friendly staff that make it a memorable experience!

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WynnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go every year to see the fall leaves and have lunch at the Griswold Inn. I was a bit worried about the experience given COVID, but it was wonderful and no impact at all. Food was delicious, service was good and the ambiance was wonderful. I highly recommend a visit if you want to dine in a charming, historic Inn.

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KarenB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was great as well as the food and service.

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Allo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Rather disappointing. The Duck Confit hardly had any Duck. Had to literally “fish” for pieces.
Overall experience rather poor considering all the recommendations we had got.

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vipAussieinny22
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Hostess was rude and ungracious when I asked for an outdoor table (which I had already noted in my rez). Told us there were none when in fact four tables cleared out shortly after we sat down (we did get seated in the end). Entrees were both overly sweet. No bread while we waited. Wine pour was generous. Patio setting lovely.

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vipJudyc
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely place and atmosphere. The potato pancakes was a very substantial appetizer and delicious. My husband's fish and chips was more than ample and yummy. My salmon was outstanding, though the size of the fish was smaller than I would have expected for $30.
The sticky pudding with butterscotch sauce was a wonderful finish to our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was superb! Great meal, great place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful to eat in a location that has been a part of our nations history for over 200 years.

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vipMikeC
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to the Gris for over 35 years. We haven’t done much since COVID 19 so we decided to take a drive . It was well worth the trip. The food was excellent. Will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

This place is full of history and nostalgia. The food is mediocre at best. Very friendly staff.

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JayC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Professional and courteous wait staff. Ambiance is second to none for classic New England charm. Our meals were all perfectly prepared. Looking forward to returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Drinks were great! The food is always good! This Was our second visit. We will definitely be back!

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Ziggythefoodie
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been going here ever since it re-opened. It is always excellent.

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vipLorraine
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

My husband and I had a lovely meal at the Gris! Food was delicious...we both ordered the Macro plate. The meat was incredibly tender and truffle fries were thin, crispy and loaded with flavor!
I look forward to all restaurants getting back to normal! More fun and pleasant to have diners filling up the room!

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AlysonS
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A true New England masterpiece, the Griswold Inn was a part of my childhood that I got to revisit. The food was exquisite, I had the salmon and my husband had beef. My rice was a bit mundane but, who eats rice when you have salmon. The decor hasn't changed since my birthday dinners as a child in the '60s. The antique muskets behind glass, the paintings of Clipper Ships, the shelves of old and musty books. It all blends together to make a comforting, warm and truly colonial experience.

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FredS
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A great place to settle in for a nice relaxing dinner. Great food and service in a comfortable historic setting. I love the location in Essex. Go early and browse the shops and walk down to the water.

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MarkV
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Room seemed huge with so few tables....just the right ambience...great food...great service!

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vipBoSox
New England
110 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night out! We were seated in a quiet room with a fireplace. We had a wonderful meal, good drinks and really good service.
Thank you Griswold Inn.!

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vipArtM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner... a bit pricey

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NANCYN
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love the Griz! Will try to make it more often .... from Branford CT. My mom and dad have been coming here for years dancing around the place on Sunday nights with banjo player singing "When the Saints Come Marching In". Many many years ago

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vipNicke
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jazz brunch hors de série.

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Quincey
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was EPIC !!! Standing Piano performances were a nice touch and added to the already historic charm. Lots of friendly patrons and the drinks and eats were fairly priced. Also had a majestic fireplace.

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DeirdreR
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We had a fine time and enjoyed food. Server could have been more attentive.

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vipDavstev
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Kind of a tourist trap if I am being honest. Food was mediocre at best. Limited choice, bad attitude by staff, dessert was a choice of cookies. Better brunch options elsewhere.

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Benjamin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my wife for Valentine’s Day and the food was amazing. The staff was extremely helpful and kind.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food staff and atmosphere

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vipFoodie
New England
44 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner and service on Valentines Day! Excellent food and ambiance. Highly recommended!

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MarcL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! Special occasion Valentine's Day dinner with my bride of 50 years. Food was outstanding (best beef short ribs I've ever had...highly recommend). Service was excellent. Friendly, attentive but not overbearing. Rustic, warm atmosphere. Great experience overall.

FAQs

The Griswold Inn offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 767-1776.

The Griswold Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 110 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.