Restaurants near Essex Square

Restaurants in this area are known for Contemporary American, American, Italian, Seafood and Steakhouse cuisines.

Some of the popular local menu items include Lobster Roll, New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Mac And Cheese, Bone-in Ribeye and Goat Cheese Tart.

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77 restaurants available nearby

A photo of The Griswold Inn restaurant
1. The Griswold Inn
4.6
Exceptional(74)
  • $$$$
  • American
  • Essex
Booked 3 times today

Took my wife for Valentine’s Day and the food was amazing. The staff was extremely helpful and kind.

A photo of The Wine Bar & Bistro at The Griswold Inn restaurant

Valentine’s Day dinner-table was ready, service was attentive and food was great. Tough to find a more charming spot; though a bit noisy (I wear hearing aids so I am particularly sensitive). Not objectionable, conversation was possible but whispers were not. Wine selection is impressive; I tried...

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3. The Essex
4.8
Exceptional(283)
  • $$$$
  • American
  • Centerbrook

OMG!! Valentine’s pre-fix menu was to die for. Great wine pairings, even pave on the courses, just the right portions and amazing changes in tastes/flavors from course to course. Started with a few craft cocktails up stairs (works of art, really) seated prompt/y on time. Could not have had a...

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4. Los Charros Cantina
4.6
Exceptional(189)
  • $$$$
  • Mexican
  • Centerbrook
Booked 1 time today

We had a BLAST! The food was incredible. We all had tacos of different kinds and every single person was blown away. The guacamole was so good we ordered a second order half way through our meal. The server was fast and knowledgeable, drinks came fast and were delicious. The open kitchen is a...

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5. Scotch Plains Tavern
4.4
Awesome(243)
  • $$$$
  • American
  • Essex
Booked 2 times today

We had a great meal and enjoyed live music. We were a group of 5 each having different meals. Everything was great. Seafood Fra Diavolo, prime rib, a vegetarian wrap and small plate steak. The chocolate cake desert was killer. Nice craft cocktail menu. Really nice relay atmosphere.

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6. La Marea
4.8
Exceptional(908)
  • $$$$
  • Italian
  • Old Saybrook
Booked 12 times today

We love La Marea we like to sit either at the high top tables or the bar. Excellent food and a great local place

Top special
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7. The Copper Beech Inn
4.4
Awesome(653)
  • $$$$
  • Contemporary American
  • Essex
Booked 3 times today

We had a great time. All was good,

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8. Bee and Thistle Inn
4.7
Exceptional(350)
  • $$$$
  • Contemporary American
  • Old Lyme
Booked 1 time today

Great food. Excellent service

A photo of Old Lyme Inn restaurant
9. Old Lyme Inn
4.4
Awesome(374)
  • $$$$
  • American
  • Old Lyme
Booked 1 time today

Jazzy Brunch was absolutely fabulous! Our server, Laura, was just the best. Music was terrific and fireplace was lovely on a cold New England morning.

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10. Aspen Restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(904)
  • $$$$
  • Contemporary American
  • Old Saybrook
Booked 1 time today

The meal was delicious! Grilled Romsine Caesar salad was extraordinary! Loved the salmon, cooked perfectly. Delightful waitstaff and just really wonderful meal!

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