One of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country, we opened our doors for business in 1776. Although the Inn exudes the charm of days gone by, we are anything but dated. From our sophisticated cuisine, extensive wine offerings, comfortable accommodations, and modern amenities, The Griswold Inn, located in the historic seaport village of Essex, Connecticut, offers the best of times.
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.
In our Wine Bar, Chef Ferrisi lets her imagination take charge with an innovative tapas menu, inspired macro plates and artisanal cheeses. Ferrisi’s stylized dishes are widely acclaimed and her unique desserts are another of her 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.
In our Tap Room, Executive Chef Toppin features casual fare prepared exactly the way it was meant to Always straightforward, Chef Toppin’s menus include burgers, house-made soups and chowders, fish ‘n chips, and salads.
Our Tap Room, originally built in 1735 as a schoolhouse, was attached to The Gris in 1801 by a team of oxen, rolling it on logs down Main Street. It has been called the most handsome barroom in America, the best-looking drinking room in America, and variations on this sentiment expressed by many. Certainly it is an original. We are open seven days a week and entertain every night with live music and a spirited atmosphere.
36 MAIN STREET
ESSEX, CT 06426