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Restaurants near The Spa of Essex

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A photo of Surfridge Brewing Company restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(35)
Price: Moderate
• Pub • Centerbrook
Booked 7 times today
Wood fired Artisanal pizza and brewpub. Cold and hot share plates, Neapolitan Pies, and chef driven cuisine. House brewed beers, wines, mixology. Large patio, family and dog friendly.
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4.8
Exceptional(1701)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Old Saybrook
Booked 19 times today
Savor the authentic tastes of Italy when you dine at La Marea. Located on the shoreline of CT in Old Saybrook, our family owned Italian restaurant prepares northern and southern Italian cuisine using a mix of the finest imports from Italy as well as fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Gluten Free and Vegetarian options are available. Enjoy your dining experience in either our dining room or be sure to reserve a seat at our conversational hi-top tables or at the bar in our lounge.Important: when making a reservation through OpenTable there is an option to make a reservation at a high top table in the bar area or standard table which is in the dining room. If the high top option does not pop up as an option for you then that means that there are NO High Top tables available at those times. If you would like to reserve bar seats please leave us a note or call us. See you soon! Take-out available
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4.5
Awesome(688)
Price: Moderate
• Pub • Essex
Booked 6 times today
If you’re looking for an authentic tavern cuisine and rustic ambiance, Scotch Plains Tavern is the place to be. Located minutes from Essex Steam Train, Rt. 9, and I-95, guests can kick back with a drink and some wings in our newly renovated upstairs bar, redesigned in a modern vintage industrial style while maintaining the original bar from Oliver’s Tavern. The bar, retrofitted for additional space, was originally built in 1913 for a bar in Chicago where Al Capone is rumored to have regularly tipped a glass.
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4.3
Awesome(864)
Price: Expensive
• American • Essex
Booked 7 times today
The Griswold Inn is an inn and restaurant located in the historic seaport village of Essex. The Gris, as it is affectionately known, has been in continous operation since 1776.`Currently we are offering dine in, dine out, and Gris To Go! Inside, guests may enjoy dining in historic, art-filled rooms which exude character, charm and tradition. Seating for the alfresco experience is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exception of larger parties of 7 or more which may be made by calling 860.767.1776. The Inn boasts a wine list consistently recognized by Wine Spectator with the prestigious Award of Excellence; Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure have recently recognized the Inn's restaurant as "Connecticut's coziest" and it is included in Patricia Schulz's "1000 Places to See Before You Die". The Griswold Inn is also the recipient of Connecticut's Highest Award for Hospitality. The best of old and new meet here.
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4.6
Exceptional(1351)
Price: Expensive
• Seafood • Old Saybrook
Booked 72 times today
Fresh Salt is more than just a restaurant; it is a place to enjoy one another’s company and experience the breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound quietly intertwined with the Connecticut River. Utilizing the chef’s simple yet high quality approach, the fresh, seasonal local ingredients of Connecticut are transformed into beautifully inspired dishes. Our Local Food Commitment allows us to work with local farmers and artisans to ensure the quality of locally grown ingredients from the sea, land and soil. These fresh ingredients and vibrant tastes of Fresh Salt are available daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located right on the water means seriously fresh seafood and our menu definitely delivers. From the beloved Lobster Roll to the cherished Clam Chowder and so many more specialties, Fresh Salt dishes are guaranteed to please every palate. We offer indoor and outdoor dining, outdoor dining is based on a first come first serve basis, outdoor dining is non-reservable.
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4.9
Exceptional(2593)
Price: Expensive
• Seafood • Old Saybrook
Booked 12 times today
Opening in 2006, Liv’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant quickly became a dining destination in Old Saybrook. Inspired by his daughter, Olivia, and years of experience in the restaurant industry, owner John Brescio set out with a desire to welcome the community to his family’s table.Dining at Liv’s, whether in the main room, at the bar, or on the patio, is an experience to be savored with friends and family long after summer on the shoreline has past.John Brescio also serves as Liv’s Executive Chef, creating simple, focused dishes with an emphasis on local ingredients, and the stunning seafood that the area provides. The menu at Liv’s changes with the seasons, bringing guests a true taste of the pristine environment. John works closely with Liv’s partners to make sure only the best produce is used, as he would serve nothing less to his family.Together with his exceptional staff, John welcomes you to the special experience he’s created at Liv’s Oyster Bar.
A photo of The Essex restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(952)
Price: Expensive
• American • Old Saybrook
Booked 7 times today
Set in the heart of downtown, across from the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, the “new” Essex will continue to offer the progressive, modern, approachable cuisine that has made it a top restaurant in the region. Whether it’s a pre-theater dinner, a casual gathering with friends, or a tasting menu for a special evening, guests can gather at The Essex to create memories with family and friends while enjoying excellent cuisine. The Essex menu showcases modern American cuisine that draws inspiration from the land, sea and deep heritage of the Connecticut River Valley, using the freshest locally sourced products available from farm and sea. All will inspire an ever-changing menu of progressive interpretations of timeless dishes. "Voted Best New Restaurant in New England" Yankee Magazine "Best Restaurants in Connecticut" CT Magazine "Not to be Missed" Town & Country Magazine"Rising Chef Star" CT Mag
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4.7
Exceptional(1641)
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary American • Old Saybrook
Booked 5 times today
Aspen Restaurant Voted Best New Restaurant for 2009 by Connecticut Magazine. A premiere destination dining experience, serving contemporary american cuisine with global accents. Aspen Restaurant is Located on 2 main street in Old Saybrook,CT.
A photo of The Wine Bar & Bistro at The Griswold Inn restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(70)
Price: Moderate
• Wine Bar • Essex
Booked 1 time today
The Wine Bar at The Griswold Inn is an extraordinary space in which to enjoy a delicious experience in every respect. It features an innovative tapas menu, inspired "macro" plates, artisanal cheeses and handcrafted desserts. The menu changes periodically to take advantage of all that characterizes a particular season, though there are a few classics that remain on the menu throughout the year, like its very popular Grilled and Carved Bistro Steak, served with white truffle-laced pommes frites, arugula,and red wine jus. A consistent winner of Wine Spectator's prestigious Award of Excellence, it offers numerous wines by the glass, wine flights, and a more extensive bottle list. A full-service bar is also available. A creative and accomplished chef and a knowledgeable and attentive service staff complete the experience.
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4.3
Awesome(294)
Price: Moderate
• American • Old Saybrook
Booked 14 times today
Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant is an English style pub located in Old Saybrook. The casual and friendly atmosphere on two stories offers plenty of options for diners. Whether you choose the entertaining and active downstairs or the quieter dining upstairs or even the patio when weather permits, the casual pub fare will win you over. Lunch choices at Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant include classic English pub favorites such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and a corned beef Reuben. The dinner menu has some special night offerings such as corned beef and cabbage on Thursday nights, as well as prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights. Be sure to ask about specials such as prix fixe dinners and the extensive beer list. Be sure to also keep watch for live music events at Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant.

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  • LauraB
    Greater Boston •14 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 2 days ago
    Located in the back, the brewery was a bit hard to find at first. The beer and food was good and the service was great. There were some nice selections of menu and drink items. Bathrooms were clean. They could use more outdoor seating in my opinion. Overall, we were pleased.
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    Surfridge Brewing CompanyPrice: Moderate• Pub• Centerbrook
    4.6
  • DianeW
    Connecticut •14 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 4 days ago
    Continued culinary excellence at La Marea. The calamari appetizer and linguini and clams are THE BEST. Tonight, we introduced friends to La Marea for their first time. They called it a gem. We prefer to dine at the high top tables in the bar area given the ambience. We will continue to patronize La Marea regularly and introduce new people to this gem.
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    La MareaPrice: Expensive• Italian• Old Saybrook
    4.8
  • CherylCvip
    Southwest Florida •36 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 5 days ago
    We celebrated our anniversary there and everything was perfect! We enjoyed cocktails at the outside bar overlooking the sound snd marina. Bartender Shane was very attentive. Then we were seated at a table outside for dinner. The spicy calamari was yummy and so was the Caesar salad. My husband had a huge bowl of seafood and angel hair pasta in a red sauce which was delicious. I had the lobster roll that I was craving because Florida lobster cannot compare. We then splurged and had a delicious tiramisu cake followed by after dinner drinks. Our server, Jeff , was very personable and attentive. The weather was great too! All in all , we had a perfect night at Fresh Salt .
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    Fresh SaltPrice: Expensive• Seafood• Old Saybrook
    4.6
  • JoshuaF
    Baltimore / Maryland •1 review
    5.0
    Dined 6 days ago
    We really enjoyed the Griswold Inn restaurant. It is our top choice for celebrations and occasions and never disappoints. The food is excellent and the character of the restaurant is unmatched in the area. We enjoyed the service. My only critique is that we wish there were a few more menu options for entrees in the summer months even with the seasonal menu. Awesome, always 5 stars!
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    The Griswold InnPrice: Expensive• American• Essex
    4.3
  • OpenTable Dinervip
    New York City •6 reviews
    5.0
    Dined on Jul 13, 2024
    We came for a birthday with a large group (12) Our server was great! The food and drinks were tasty and came out fast. Great time- thank you!
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    Scotch Plains TavernPrice: Moderate• Pub• Essex
    4.5
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