Mystic Connecticut restaurants welcome guests to a fine meal

36 Main Street Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-1776

Fine Dining

The historic Griswold Inn, set in picturesque Essex, Connecticut, is the gourmet's destination in southern New England. We offer several dining venues, all rich in character and ambiance. In our dining room our culinary team prepares classic American cuisine to perfection in simple, but imaginative ways. The menu showcases fresh seafood, aged beef, and the highest quality chops and poultry. After any meal, the house-made desserts are a "must." In the Wine Bar we showcase our award-winning wine list -- with over 50 wines by the glass -- and offer an innovative tapas menu, featuring inspired macro plates and artisanal cheeses. Our Tap Room is the place to enjoy cocktails and casual fare such as burgers, sandwiches, and our signature clam chowder. Bon appetit!

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-0103 Toll-Free: 800-377-3987

Make any occasion special

All aboard the elegant Essex Clipper Dinner Train for a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Relax and reconnect while our 2½-hour, scenic journey soothes away the stress of everyday life. The rhythm of the rails and our attentive staff transport you back to the day when rail travel was king and “dinner in the diner” was a delicious special occasion. From May through October.

607 West Thames Street Norwich, CT, 06360 Phone: 860-425-3500 Toll-Free: 800-275-4772

Comfort Foods with an Upscale Twist

Chef Lee Masten describes his new menu as ‘comfort foods with an upscale twist’. He suggests trying the Seared Ahi Tuna or Berkshire Pork Chop with Whiskey Smoked Sugar, Roasted with Butternut Squash Risotto. On the lunch menu, the Baja Fish Tacos and the Seared Scallop Salad are some of the local favorites. Dine at Kensington’s at Norwich Inn to experience unique flavors and textures, with the freshest local ingredients. In addition to exceptional food, the wine list sets the mark with some of the world’s finest vintages as well as wines from many local vineyards.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Kensington’s serves guests of the inn and is also open to the public. With a terrace deck available during the warmer months, the atmosphere is intimate, serene and beautiful. For reservations, call 860-425-3630.

85 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Phone: 860-434-2600

The taste of New England with a local flavor

This classic New England Inn has much on its menu of services and amenities not the least of which can be found in its restaurant. Since its opening in April 2012, it has quickly become a celebrated meeting place for visitors and locals and is hailed by critics and customers alike. The creative chefs offer traditional comfort food selections and more modern options to challenge the way you think about food. The lunch and dinner menu, as well as the wine and cocktail list, change seasonally and employ locally grown and deliciously fresh produce, meat, and seafood, and have on hand farm-roasted coffee and homemade ice cream. After dinner, step into the intimate Side Door Jazz Club and continue the feast.