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 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014
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HISTORIC DINING

Named ONE OF AMERICA'S FIVE BEST RESTAURANTS OLDER THAN 100 - Esquire

In our historic dining rooms, Executive Chef Jim Gallagher 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 Jim’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.

"The most famous brunch in Connecticut can be found at The Griswold Inn."
- The New York Times

Every Sunday we serve our famous Hunt Breakfast, a bountiful spread laid out buffet-style. A dining convention started when the British commandeered the Inn during the War of 1812, our Hunt Breakfast remains a popular tradition today.

In December diners enjoy a unique and festive culinary experience: our Holiday Bill of Fare includes Seasonal Game Selections as well as the Gris Classics and more "traditional" holiday favorites. There's something for everyone's palate! While served by costumed waiters the Royal Court Singers perform seasonal classics tableside! Though this experience may be enjoyed through the 30th, on December 1 only we have an an added bonus: the Coast Guard Idlers, an a cappella group, perform throughout the dining rooms and in our Tap Room. Our December 1 season "opener" has been a favorite tradition for the Idlers and the Gris for many, many years! Festive indeed!

Free Art Tour & Talk April 19

The Griswold Inn's museum-quality collection of nautical prints, paintings and ephemera will be the subject of a free tour and talk on Sunday, April 19th at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, 860.767.1776.

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"Pour Your Own Pint" Sat March 21

The "challenge" is hosted by The Gris and Guinness from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. following the Essex Go Bragh Festival. Come spectate or participate.

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Annual Essex Go Bragh at The Gris! March 21

The Fifth Annual Irish Parade and Festival celebrating Ireland and Essex will conclude at The Gris where all can enjoy Irish music by Rock of Cashel beginning at 11:30 in the Tap Room. See "Area Events" for more on the Parade.

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Irish I Were at the Gris! March 17

St. Patrick's Day Celebration beginning at noon with Irish-inspired food and drink. Live music with the spirited Jovial Crew in the Back Room from 6:30 to 10 pm!

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