join us every Day for $1 Oysters

every wednesday we honor those in the hospitality industry with a buy one get one free Tasting Menus
for everyone in the industry from porters and dishwashers to owners.

join our sister restaurant los charros cantina every tuesday -Sunday!

thank you to CT Bites for voting us in the top 100 best restaurants in connecticut

Thank you to CT Mag for voting Chef Colt Taylor as Up and Coming Chefs in the State

Our Story


He stands tall and proud in the background of this elegant venture.

From growing up on Bushnell Street in Hartford to his days of being a corrections officer in New Haven, Michael has built a life of perseverance, honor and diligent work ethic to uplift those around him. Thirty years ago, he began his pallet manufacturing business in New Britain Connecticut and, now, is bringing his experience from years of travel and dining to help reinvest in his home of Essex Connecticut.



Just down the street at the original Saybrook Fish House, and later at Dock and Dine on The Connecticut River, Colt Taylor began his cooking career while still in high school.

Thus began a lifelong passion for the culinary world which led him, after graduating from UVM with a degree in small business entrepreneurship, to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America.

After graduating, Colt spent time traveling through Europe, and upon his return back to the US, worked as a professional chef in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Through this expansive culinary journey, he continually sharpened not only his cooking techniques but also his perspectives on food, wine, and the essence of what it means to be a restaurateur.

Also on his travels, Colt scouted places that he would eventually desire to one day open a restaurant. A trip back home to the Connecticut River Valley and contemplating the bountiful harvest it offered, led him to finally put down permanent roots in his hometown of Essex.

As an outdoorsman and lover of the land, Colt works closely with his purveyors: the farmers, fishermen and foragers who dot the surrounding landscape , ever searching for the most pristine bounty to bring to his kitchen.



Terra Firma Farms, North Stonington CT - LINK
Arethusa Farm, Bantam, CT - LINK
Seacoast Mushrooms,  Mystic, CT. - LINK
Niantic Bay Shellfish Co.,  Niantic, CT. - LINK
Burnsy Homegrown Fresh Produce, Deep River, CT - LINK
Upper Pond Farm Old Lyme, CT - LINK
Long River Farm Old Lyme, CT - LINK
Huntsbrook Farm Waterford, CT - LINK
Snake River Farms Boise, ID - LINK
Browne Trading Portland, ME - LINK


Melissa Barbieri, Essex, CT - LINK
Katey Wallker, Essex, CT - LINK
Paul Sterzcek Sag Harbor, NY - LINK
Bell & Anchor, Sag Harbor, NY - LINK
Beacon, Sag Harbor, NY -  LINK
Fresno, Sag Harbor, NY - LINK