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Romantic restaurants in Connecticut offer intimate dining experience

Fine restaurants of Connecticut stand ready to provide an extraordinary variety of atmosphere and cuisine to enhance any couple's romantic getaway. Whether you are tucked into a cozy seafood restaurant in one of the state's shore towns or in a sparkling bistro in New Haven or Hartford or enjoying locally created foods at a farm-to-table restaurant in Litchfield, you are bound to be satisfied. Also, remember that Connecticut vineyards serve special occasion and holiday dinner and lots of tasting and pairing events.

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The Griswold Inn

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

Step back into a romantic time when you dine at this historic village inn

Gleaming wood, comfortable chairs, imaginative menus and award-winning wine lists make dining at the lovely Griswold Inn in equally picturesque Essex Village a romantic experience you will want to repeat. From the historic dining room to the award-winning bar at the Tap Room to the elegant Wine Bar, dining venues at “The Gris” are designed so you will feel you are stepping back in time (the inn began operating in 1776, after all). The menus showcase fresh seafood, aged beef – and house-made desserts that make you want to linger just a bit. The wine list at the Wine Bar, where tapas are served, is regularly given Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. (Check the website for updates on openings and health regulations.)
Romantic Dining 500x250 - Essex Steam Train & Riverboat - Essex, CT
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

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. Please check our website regularly for 2020 schedules and updates.