Wine Bar Dining
In our Wine Bar, Chef Mitchel lets his imagination take charge with an innovative tapas menu, inspired macro plates and artisanal cheeses. His stylized dishes are widely acclaimed and his unique desserts are another of his special talents. Choose from over fifty wines by the glass or try any of our incredibly popular wine flights. Of course, our award-wining bottle list and full-service bar are also available. The Wine Bar is an extraordinary space that is both classic and sophisticated. We are open for dinner Wednesdays through Sundays.
The Griswold Inn Wine Bar is the proud recipient of the Wine Spectator’s prestigious Award of Excellence for 7 years running.
“…friends of mine with palates that are relatively discerning (if not demanding) enjoyed themselves immensely here.”
-The New York Times
“This is 4.5-5 star food, throwing down the gauntlet to the shoreline’s best.”
“The exquisite Wine Bar is a contender for a top spot among Connecticut’s best restaurants.”
– New Haven Register
Wine Bar, Winter 2017
Petite portions to enjoy with your wine as you peruse the menu or as an addition to accompany your meal.
Grilled Flatbread with Citrus Olive Oil, 2.
Spiced Sweet Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip, 4.
Warm, House-Marinated Olives, 4.
Our tapas-style selections span many cuisines of the world and are specifically designed for sharing.
May we recommend three dishes per person for dinner.
creamy potato soup
chorizo oil, crispy leeks, chives, 8. Recommended wine: Felsner Grüner Veltliner
prosciutto, goat cheese, apple, white balsamic vinaigrette, 9. Recommended wine: Felluga Pinot Grigio
mac ‘n’ cheese
brie, chorizo, herbed crumbs, 10. Recommended wine: Hartford Court Chardonnay
seared sea scallops
blood orange, Tuscan kale,
saffron beurre blanc, 14. Recommended wine: Treana Rhone Blend
Thai shrimp curry
jasmine rice, scallion, crispy noodles, 13. Recommended wine: Navarro Gewürztraminer
blackened pork tenderloin
white polenta, Swiss chard, caramelized honey-thyme jus, 11. Recommended wine: Broquel Malbec
parsnip purée, red onion jam, fried leeks, 13. Recommended wine: Indian Wells Merlot
thin crust pizza
parmesan cream, crispy mushrooms,
duck confit, truffle, 11. Recommended wine: Dom. Lumières Cote du Rhône
More substantial portions offered as a main dish or to share.
parsnip purée, baby bok choy, Meyer lemon, beurre blanc, 24. Recommended wine: Villa Maria Pinot Noir
buffalo ricotta and chard tortelloni
garlic cream, slab bacon, sage, 21.
Recommended wine: Antinori White Blend
grilled, carved bistro steak
white truffle-laced pommes frites, peppery arugula, red wine jus, 23. Recommended wine: Chateau Simon Graves
Our cheese selections come award-winning farmsteads that strive to produce superior quality hand-made cheeses.
Artisan Cheese Plate 1 oz. Portions of the Cheese Served with Bread, Fruit and Nuts.
Toma Piedmontese, 6.
This semi-soft, cow’s milk cheese is one of the oldest cheeses produced in Italy. It has a smooth, creamy texture, delicate fragrance and a sweet, nutty flavor.
Recommended wine: Malvolti Prosecco
Cana de Cabra, 6.
A soft-ripened, Spanish cheese from pasteurized goat’s milk, it has a delicious, mild citrus and buttery flavor and a soft, creamy texture.
Recommended wine: Grandes Perrieres Sancerre
Buttermilk Blue, 6.
This raw cow’s milk cheese from Wisconsin has a creamy, moist, crumbly texture and is aged for 3 months. It has a tangy bite with a sweet, clean finish.
Recommended wine: Essensia Orange Muscat
All of our hand-crafted desserts contain only the highest quality ingredients and are individually presented by our chefs.
vanilla and pink peppercorn crème brûlée mango chutney, mango macaroon, 8.50
dark chocolate cremeux blackberry, pistachios, cocoa, 8.
passionfruit tart, 8.
caramelized meringue, graham cracker, raspberry sorbet