The Griswold Inn

American Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast, and Wine Bar$$$$
  • Mark C.
    "night away with the Shiny Lapel Trio in the Tap Room."(7 Tips)
    Ben B.
    "The oldest bar in Connecticut."(2 Tips)
    Rachel T.
    "live music"(2 Tips)
    Doug C.
    "white bean soup & chicken salad wrap half sandwich."(2 Tips)
25 Tips and reviews
  • tap room
  • seafood
  • good for dates
  • live music
  • great value
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    HISTORYAugust 26, 2010
    This is the oldest continuously-run tavern in the US. Founded in the late 1700s, it has been under the stewardship of only 6 families & during Prohibition local yachtsmen came for the entertainment.
  • Rachel T.
    Rachel TeubertJune 15, 2015
    The food was fantastic and we enjoyed the live music, Eric Ducoff's band was brilliant. We especially love the special guest Catlin Hettel singing some Janis Joplin.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CappiSeptember 28, 2011
    Update. Thursday nights is now the night to come to the Griswold Inn to dance and enjoy the music of the Shiny Lapel Trio. You are sure to have a fine time.
  • Bree S.
    Bree ShirvellJune 29, 2012
    Essex, Deep River, and Chester—Not Your Usual 'Tourist' Haunts: First, a warning: if you visit these towns, in the lower Connecticut River Valley, you might not want to leave. Read more
  • Mark C.
    Mark CappiSeptember 21, 2010
    Tuesday nights from 8:00 - 10:45, Come Swing the night away with the Shiny Lapel Trio in the Tap Room. Always a great time!
  • Lyn M.
    Lyn MartinMay 3, 2015
    Tap room entertainment every night with different sounds. Excellent wine tasting with tapas. Great piano bar happy hour 4-6.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MJanuary 4, 2011
    I don't know what Michael S. is talking about. I always eat in the tap room when I go and have never had a problem with service.
  • Liam N.
    Liam NeeMay 30
    🏆 BEST HISTORIC INN | '16 Editors' Choice, Yankee Magazine: "There's no inn in America with a longer continuous record of welcoming, nourishing, and entertaining guests … 240th birthday in June."
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Order the clam chowder and get a pint of the Ten Penny Ale. Read more
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle ReignierDecember 22, 2013
    Morraccas at the popcorn machine in the tap room. First come fist serve. USE THEM!
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SneathSeptember 30, 2015
    So cozy! Has been around forever and has a warm, welcoming charm to it.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 23, 2013
    They brew their own beer! Try "The Gris: Revolutionary Ale."
  • Doug C.
    Doug CaldwellJanuary 31, 2012
    First visit, trying white bean soup & chicken salad wrap half sandwich. Parking in rear.
  • Dan T.
    Dan TroxellJune 29, 2012
    Had a great glass of 2011 Matua Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand at the wine bar.
  • aaron d.
    aaron deanDecember 20, 2010
    The tap room is awesome! Hot buttered rum on a cold night!
  • jennifer v.
    Atlantic Salmon, Cod, Clam Chowdet
  • Angela J.
    Angela JonesFebruary 15, 2011
    Go for sea chanties on monday nights!
  • Neil D.
    Neil DMarch 25, 2010
    Essex CT's coolest historic inn, restaurant, tap room and wine bar.
  • Yolanda L.
    Yolanda LoweJanuary 28, 2012
    Just finished the Cod dinner. Excellent
  • Ben B.
    Ben BSeptember 24, 2014
    The oldest bar in Connecticut. Est. 1776.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MilanoJune 5, 2011
    Two words: Sunday brunch
  • Harold H.
    Harold HarperDecember 8, 2013
    Horrible staff and poor service. Food orders were messed up, over cooked, and not good in general. (This was in the Tap Room).
  • Doctor C.
    Doctor CuervoNovember 23, 2012
    Best place for Thanksgiving
  • Bill E.
    Bill EvansMarch 1, 2013
    Happy hour
  • Kat C.
    Kat C.July 12, 2014
    WASPs gone wild!
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