the experience

Constantly Evolving | Locally Sourced | Crafted with Love


2018 Best New Restaurant Yankee Magazine

2019 CT Magazine Best Restaurants in CT

2019 Rising Chef Star Colt Taylor CT Magazine

2019 Opentable Diners Choice
10 Best Restaurants in CT

Photos by winter caplenson

Passion, love and innovation fuel our vision to bring a full spectrum experience to our guests. We value the foundation of French Technique with a modern approach to classic American Cuisine.

Experience Modern American cuisine that draws inspiration from the land, sea and deep heritage of the Connecticut River Valley, alongside a legion of international flavors. The Essex marks the transition between old New England charm and upscale elegance; a time that calls for refreshment and rejuvenation. Steeped in the rich heritage of the Connecticut River Valley, the land infuses our culinary vision with the freshest locally-sourced products available from farm and sea. We call on traditions from around the world, as well as the avant-garde to represent both the nostalgic and the modern through progressive interpretations of timeless dishes.  






Enter through the
front Stone Entrance

30 Main St.
Centerbrook, CT



W   5p-9p
Th  5p-9p
Fri  5p-10p
Sat 5p-10p

Su  5p-8p

Check out our sister restaurant Los Charros Cantina!


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private parties & Contact

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Upcoming Events
call 860.237.4189 to book!


A Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloween & Fundraiser 10.31.2019

Celebrate our Kid Friendly Halloween Party all week long in the spirit of Tim Burton! We have partnered with toys for tots, and you will receive a $5 coupon towards your experience when you bring an unwrapped new toy to donate! We will also be awarding prizes for best costumes ON HALLOWEEN ONLY!


Happy Hour at The Essex
all day wednesdays 5-9
thursday-sunday 5-6

Enjoy our award winning cocktail program and wine list including daily white and red pours, a sidecar, dirty martini, and old fashioned for just $6 alongside our famed wagyu double double burger and $1 oysters!


Essex Locals Week
November 6-10th

In the holiday spirit, we are giving back to our local community and those in need. We are offering a special 3 course prix fixe to residents of Essex for just $39++.
All proceeds will be donated to Veterans 4 Response team founded by local legends Ray Guasp to help bring potable water to areas crippled by disaster.


Call (860)237-4189 daily,
or book online with OpenTable.

Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

Reservations strongly recommended for all.