The Wine Bar & Bistro at The Griswold Inn

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Wine Bar
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 over 50 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. The New Haven Register said "The exquisite Wine Bar is a contender for a top spot among Connecticut's best restaurants." That pretty
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LL
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their meal immensely! The flavors in both the soup and the salad were unique and savory. The ravioli also possessed uniquely paired flavors and was out of this world. I dream of the day I can return and try the cheese fondue! Overall a delicious and delightful experience!

VL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 the recommended special (2015 Piazzo Barbaresco DOCG Piedmont). It was pricey but delicious.
Our table of four ordered 5-6 small plates plus 2 starters; it was the perfect amount for us.
We’ll definitely be back to visit this delightful place!

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I generally love the Wine Bar at The Griswold Inn, but my dinner on Wednesday evening was not as good as usual. I had exactly the same meal there just before Christmas, and it was so good that I ordered exactly the same this week. Sadly, the arugula salad was under-dressed and consequently not as flavorful as it should have been, and the beef on goat-cheese polenta was tough and the serving size very small. I know it was a 'small plate', but the portion was tiny, with very few vegetables. But, as usual, the service was excellent, and the ambiance wonderful.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already recommended to friends and coworkers. Lovely atmosphere. Friendly waitstaff. Fantastic foods. Will be coming back regularly.

RW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Reception and seating were done quickly and efficiently. The Bar and Bistro was pleasantly full, which may explain why service was a bit slow. However, that was not a problem, because when the food arrived it was well-prepared and delicious. The six guests at the large table grew very animated as the evening wore on, which made it at times difficult to hear each other.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service is great. A relaxing and friendly place to enjoy time with friends

DG
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wednesday night half price wine event is worth the price of admission. Will definitely be returning.
One suggestion is that bread be served during meals whether they be micro or macro plates. Micro and
macro plates are a bit pricey.

FL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate setting with great food. Duck was amazing.

LO
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wines, food and service. We love this place!

g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gather your girlfriends and enjoy half priced glasses of wine on Wednesday nights!

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the River Valley's best kept secrets. Everything is perfect and totally enjoyable. The great staff only serve to make the exceptional food even better.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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EH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal. Suggested wine was special (got home and ordered a case on line). Waitress was attentive and most pleasant. Food was outstanding. We stuck with the smaller plates and shared with total enjoyment. Setting couldn't have been better

DW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to The Wine Bar. This time my husband and I each tried a flight of wines which was fun. The one I liked best was actually the least expensive, that does not happen often. The atmosphere is quiet so you can easily have a conversation over dinner. There is a wide selection of tapas to choose from. We had the cheese plate and then an arugula salad. Was all set to try the pork next but wanted to save room for dessert so we finished with the delicious strawberry tarts. Very enjoyable evening.

Z
21 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place -- micro plates for tasting -- decent but not large selection... Wine flights are fun. Was quiet for a Sunday evening but wait staff very attentive... would recommend it highly

DL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing food.