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 an Asian approach to Modern 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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special Events

Jump on the opportunity to join us for our small gatherings celebrating food and special occasions throughout the year. All of the events below are reservable via email info@theessex.com or by calling 860.237.4189. Feel free to check back regularly as we update often, and seating is VERY limited for all special events to get your spots while they are available!

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Wednesday September 18th 6:30 PM

Peru: Here & Now

come experience why this small country is being heralded as one of the worlds premier food and drink destinations with an elevated approach to modern Peruvian cuisine and a full Pisco Pairing (per person 65++)


Friday September 27th 6pm//8pm seatings

Two Year Anniversary & Coco Club Grande Opening

come celebrate our TWO year anniversary and party with us at The Coco Club Grande Opening. reserve your seats for the 6pm or 8pm seatings, where you will enjoy our special tasting menu taking you through the micro eco systems of Connecticut. You will also be invited to partake in our Speakeasy grand opening to unlock the code to “Connecticut’s one true speakeasy” per Feast & Froth and finally enjoy the full Essex Experience. Wine & Cocktail Celebratory specials All evening!

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Wednesday October 2nd, 6:30 pm

An Evening in Burgundy

come back in time with us to why Burgundy is Burgundy! Enjoy our dinner with Bouchard, one of the premier winemakers in the region as we bring you some of the most iconic dishes of the region in a throwback dinner that would make Julie Childs proud!


private parties & Contact

Name *

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

Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

Reservations strongly recommended for all.