Historic Dining

We are now offering outdoor dining, dine-in and Gris To Go with curbside pickup, all available from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm daily. For Indoor Dining we encourage you to make a reservation by phone, 860.767.1776, or online. Outdoor Dining is available on a first-come, first-served basis, although we do accept reservations for 7 or more. 

We hope to see you soon!

Governor Lamont mandates mask-wearing for all unvaccinated people.


Review from OpenTable:

Dined 11/29/2020

“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.”




In our historic dining rooms*, Executive Chef Toppin prepares classic American cuisine to perfection in simple, but imaginative ways. His menu showcases fresh seafood, aged beef, and the highest quality chops and poultry. After any meal, Chef Toppin’s house-made desserts are a “must”. Our historic dining rooms exude character, charm, and tradition, where one can be as comfortable in casual attire as in “black tie.” We are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Named Connecticut’s “Coziest Restaurant”

– Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure magazines

“The most famous brunch in Connecticut can be found at The Griswold Inn.”

– The New York Times


Please note: We are currently offering a Hunt Brunch on Sunday from 11am – 1pm, featuring several a la carte brunch-style selections.

In December diners enjoy a unique and festive culinary experience: our Holiday Bill of Fare includes Seasonal Game Selections as well as Gris Classics and more “traditional” holiday favorites. There’s something for everyone’s palate! While served by costumed waitstaff the Royal Court Singers perform seasonal classics tableside! Though this experience may be enjoyed through the 30th, on December 1 only we have an added bonus: the Coast Guard Idlers, a spirited a cappella group of cadets, perform throughout the dining rooms and in our Tap Room. Our December 1 season “opener” has been a favorite tradition for the Idlers and the Gris for many, many years! Festive indeed!


*We have four historic dining rooms – the Essex/Ward Room, The Library, The Gun Room and our largest space, The Covered Bridge, which is accessible to those with disabilities.