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.”

-Hartford Courant

“The exquisite Wine Bar is a contender for a top spot among Connecticut’s best restaurants.”

– New Haven Register

Wine Bar, Winter 2017

Micro Plates

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.

Small Plates

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

arugula salad
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

braised beef
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

Macro Plates

More substantial portions offered as a main dish or to share.

Atlantic salmon
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

Artisanal Cheeses

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