The Griswold Inn

American Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast, and Wine Bar
36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426, United States
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
    • 6:00 PM–Midnight
  • Tue
    • 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
    • 8:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM–Noon
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
    • Noon–2:00 PM
    • 8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 76 votes

People like this place

  • What you need to know
    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)
    "Order the clam chowder and get a pint of the Ten Penny Ale."(3 Tips)
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24 tips and reviews.

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  • tap room
  • seafood
  • good for dates
  • live music
  • great value
  • cod
  • wine
  • cozy
  • family-friendly
  • romantic
  • clams casino
  • authentic
  • toffee
  • tapas
  • healthy food
  • Caesar salad
  • brunch food
  • dancing
  • beer
  • dinner

    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.

    HISTORY · August 26, 2010
  • Mark C.

    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.

    Mark Cappi · September 28, 2011
  • Bree S.

    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

    Bree Shirvell · June 29, 2012
  • Rachel T.

    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.

    Rachel Teubert · June 15, 2015
  • Greg M.

    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.

    Greg M · January 4, 2011
  • Mark C.

    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!

    Mark Cappi · September 21, 2010
  • Lyn M.

    Tap room entertainment every night with different sounds. Excellent wine tasting with tapas. Great piano bar happy hour 4-6.

    Lyn Martin · May 3, 2015
  • Harold H.

    Horrible staff and poor service. Food orders were messed up, over cooked, and not good in general. (This was in the Tap Room).

    Harold Harper · December 8, 2013
  • Esquire

    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

    Esquire · February 1, 2011
  • Michelle R.

    Morraccas at the popcorn machine in the tap room. First come fist serve. USE THEM!

    Michelle Reignier · December 22, 2013
  • Doug C.

    First visit, trying white bean soup & chicken salad wrap half sandwich. Parking in rear.

    Doug Caldwell · January 31, 2012
  • Jake S.

    They brew their own beer! Try "The Gris: Revolutionary Ale."

    Jake Smith · June 23, 2013
  • Charlie S.

    So cozy! Has been around forever and has a warm, welcoming charm to it.

    Charlie Sneath · September 30, 2015
  • Dan T.

    Had a great glass of 2011 Matua Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand at the wine bar.

    Dan Troxell · June 29, 2012
  • Neil D.

    Essex CT's coolest historic inn, restaurant, tap room and wine bar.

    Neil D · March 25, 2010
  • aaron d.

    The tap room is awesome! Hot buttered rum on a cold night!

    aaron dean · December 20, 2010
  • Ben B.

    The oldest bar in Connecticut. Est. 1776.

    Ben B · September 24, 2014
  • Angela J.

    Go for sea chanties on monday nights!

    Angela Jones · February 15, 2011
  • Yolanda L.

    Just finished the Cod dinner. Excellent

    Yolanda Lowe · January 28, 2012
  • jennifer v.

    Atlantic Salmon, Cod, Clam Chowdet

    jennifer von mayrhauser · April 10, 2015
  • Todd M.

    Two words: Sunday brunch

    Todd Milano · June 5, 2011
  • Doctor C.

    Best place for Thanksgiving

    Doctor Cuervo · November 23, 2012
  • Kat C.

    WASPs gone wild!

    Kat C. · July 12, 2014
  • Bill E.

    Happy hour

    Bill Evans · March 1, 2013

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