The Essex

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250 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Modern American Dining With a Focus on Sustainable and Local Product, Cutting Edge Fish Program with $1 oysters ALWAYS.

"Voted Best New Restaurant in New England" Yankee Magazine 2018
"Best Restaurants in Connecticut" CT Magazine 2019
"Not to be Missed" Town And Country

The Essex provides an intimate yet energetic upscale casual dining experience built around our double sided open fireplace. Focused on our locally sourced products from the New England Family Farms, Fishermen, and our partner farms along the shore, we provide a food forward experience with cuisine that plays with flavor profiles of Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China rooted in familiar styles from American Dining Favorites.

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What 250 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Friendly service. Food is outstanding and descent size portions. Definitely would recommend.

S
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening. The food was incredible. I had the steak, my husband the cod and both were amazing. We had the ravioli app and the ramen app and those were outstanding. Nothing else can compare. The birthday cake dessert was one of the best cakes I’ve had

SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drink, service and ambiance were fantastic. The noise level is high.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an unusual experience as a table of 6 were loud, vulgar and disruptive in this small, intimate and always lovely space. Was impressed with how elegantly the owner handled the situation.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful culinary experience as usual. We had the tasting menu, what a treat!

JH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, however, it took a long time for the food and apps to come out. We were only one of two couples dining!

CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef, Colt, is creative and incredibly talented. We are always delighted to try new things and never tire of the surprise his interpretations bring. On this trip we were reminded that the bread basket is in itself a treat and the deserts are as well thought out as the rest of rye menu! Truly a sophisticated and superb experience.

AK
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef's tasting menu ($85) was delicious and lots of fun. Our server Mark was excellent. Highly recommend The Essez!

The Essex
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hello Arthur! Thank you or taking the time to leave a review on your dining experience! And we really appreciate the 5 stars on food, and service! We were just curious as to how we can get the overall experience up from 4 stars to 5 stars? Anything short of 5 is absolutely a failure for us and we would love to address any shortcomings, thank you!

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k
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. We tried a bunch of small plates and all were great. We went off season and had the entire restaurant to ourselves on a Sunday night!

The Essex
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you for your kind words! Happy to hear you had a great experience and looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was amazing; wait staff was great until other groups came and the. He acted like we were a bother. Ended up leaving more of a tip only because we didn’t want to wait another half hour to get our change. This was the 2nd time that happened to us within a month ; we won’t be going back.

The Essex
Responded on 21 September 2019

We are very sorry to hear that you had less than a perfect dining experience. Currently we are in the process of training new staff at The Essex and other staff members have been taking on more responsibility in the the interim. This may have caused the delay in response time at your table. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the menu and would be saddened to hear you will not revisit the restaurant because of an issue with service. We would love to invite you back in for a 5 star experience.

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R
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Didn’t live up to the hype. Food was tasty, but only luke warm when it arrived. My husband’s pasta portion was very small. Overpriced for what you got. The dessert we ordered was given to the table next to us. However, they deducted the price for the dessert.

The Essex
Responded on 9 September 2019

As the Manager of The Essex I was very disheartened to read your review. I am so sorry that we came up short, we are training a new server currently, and that was our mistake not yours to burden. I am curious as to what you ate and why you felt underwhelmed... anything short of a 5 star experience is a failure on our end... We would learn from our shortcomings in your dining experience. A conversation and contact would be much appreciated so we can rectify this review?

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful place. the chef is a great guy, trying many inventive menus that are always delicious. i really admire what is being developed here. and, best vodka martinis ever!

The Essex
Responded on 21 September 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy you enjoyed your experience and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Just the portions were a little small for the price.

The Essex
Responded on 9 September 2019

we appreciate you kind words, and we are sorry to read about the smaller portions... we simply do not like to waste food! we source the absolute best of everything we prepare and serve, including a fully sustainable seafood and meat program, and we are happy to bulk up a portion for those with a larger appetite! We hope to see you soon and make that 4 star review a solid 5!

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J
New England
19 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise. Not what we expected. The food was delicious and flavorful. My Waygu patty melt was a 10. The “house@ salad was a 10. The chicken an 8. Overhaul. A memorable dinner. Wait staff reminded me of The old classy restaurants of the past.

LB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal. Wonderful combination of flavors. We have brought several guests from out of town and all have loved it.

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding dining experience.

The greatest cocktails and finest creative food.

SR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had oysters which were delicious salad by the wagu steak and halibut both entrees amazing , Oh such a complement my element was it delicious French Sauvignon Blanc which now is my favorite.

ON
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was delicious. Flavors were crisp, sharp and on point. Service was excellent. The evening was made even better by the owner visiting our table to ensure our experience was to our liking. The Essex is definitely worth the trip!

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Interesting menu ideas that are a little risqué for the area but appreciated here.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food... Five of us went for dinner and everyone loved loved loved their meal. Also outstanding service.

DS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Essex is a first rate restaurant serving an outstanding menu. Some of the dishes are very sophisticated but even simple items like lobster rolls and patty melts are beyond compare. The staff goes out of their way to provide attentive service and the delightful chef makes the rounds to assure a pleasant experience. Lots of parking, music not too loud, easy to find.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Peter was incredibly knowable about the cocktails and wine list. His recommendations were spot on. Chef Colt presented some inspirational food and desert. This is a must visit for anyone who enjoys great service, great ambiance and outstanding food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food. The service was great, peter is very knowledgeable and friendly we loved having him as our server. The menu items are sophisticated but have nice twists. We loved our meal at The Essex and will definitely be coming back.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I tried the tasting menus. I can’t say enough about the variety, quality and tastiness of the food. Essex is so blessed with such high quality restaurant and chef(chef Colt). We always look forward to our dinning experience at The Essex when we are back in CT.

LC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! Extremely accomodating and food was fantastic!

LB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful innovative food. Excellent cocktails and again some are quite inventive. The Asian themed dinners on now are excellent. Portions are not large but very sufficient, more like a NYC or European restaurant.

MS
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time we’ve been there since they’ve rearranged into two separate restaurants. The menu has taken on a bit more of an Asian spin but there were foods any palate would still be comfortable with.

BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Cute place, food was good, waiter did everything from seating us, water boy, took drink order, took food order, delivered drinks, food, cleaned up after people left. Which is probably why he never came by to see how drink are, how the food is nor came back and asked if we wanted another drink

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was elegant but very relax the service was perfect.
I would highly recommended.

CB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute must-visit restaurant in CT. Do not be intimidated by the menu, everything on there is outstanding. If you are unsure, ask the chef. Without question do the tasting menus, you will be absolutely delighted with every single item that comes out and sends your tastebuds for a wonderful ride. 5 stars, our new favorite restaurant in CT.

AP
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Despite living for years in the area we only discovered this gem last Sunday. We enjoyed everything about it. The staff was polite, service fast, we met the Chef. The ambiance is great and we were happy to be able to have a nice dinner conversation with our friends. The food was very tasty, drinks were great (the men were satisfied and the ladies found suitable, nicely presented light drinks too). We highly recommend the place!

R
New England
45 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were surprised about the new menu change but decided to stay. Options were limited unless you were into Asian influenced foods. We found a mix of choices and were happy with them! Service was great. Unfortunately a sizable group joined the dining room and were extremely loud which took away from our dining experience. But hey, they were young and having a good time. I recommend others to give this place a visit.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal at the Essex. In fact, I’ve had some of the best meals there.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pure pleasure, inspirational.

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best soft-shelled crab I've had in decades, perfectly prepared. Worth a journey! Would love to see some more vegetables on the menu.

a
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during Japanese week, the food was amazing!

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute experienced the best!! Worth every penny !!

CA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Bland presentation, they ran out of potatoes and just didn't say anything, I asked , Server snickered said "oh sorry forgot to tell ya" the $85 aged steak was unimpressive, my one crab leg left me hungry with a cut up ear of corn and cold broccoli. . . Need more work in that kitchen .

The Essex
Responded on 13 April 2019

Dear "Chef", Nowhere on our menu did the King Crab say that it came with potatoes, we didn't run out. You ordered a half pound of the WEIGHED appetizer as your only dish when it is clearly listed under APPETIZERS, which makes me curious to how you owned a restaurant thinking that would fill you up? If the 36 day dry aged snake river farms wagyu wasn't to your liking, my heart aches for your palate. Please refrain from slander, Peter did not 'snicker at you'

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BG
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing. Some of he best flavors we’ve had in awhile.

CT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed by the menu which was all done to a Japanese theme. We sampled a couple items from the raw section (Salmon was our fave), a couple appetizers (Shrimp and Pork Gyoza was amazing), and a couple of the skewers. The wagyu skewer was so good I had to order a second one. Service was top notch! Lots more on the menu to try, so we will definitely return.

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