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Abby's Place

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37 Pratt St, Essex, CT 06426-1159
+1 860-767-0560
Tue - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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Rohnert Park, CA, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent clam chowder, fish sandwich, BLT, quaint hot cider (seasonal). Homemade desserts, friendly staff, just a little tricky to find-follow the signs. Breakfast and lunch only. Outside tables available.

Thank CTtoCADon
Level Contributor
178 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stumbled on this place hidden in the marina. Not fancy, but very cute with a great menu, fresh local sourced ingredients, full bar, some great local craft beers, outside deck and a lot of charm. The staff was super friendly and Abby herself came over to check on us. Really nice. It is easy to overlook when it sits... More 

Thank gnolect
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with our teenage granddaughters. Plenty of choices for everyone! The food was wonderful. You must have the clam chowder, awesome! Burgers are yummy...oh, and the onion rings, YES!!!

Thank Dodie G
Essex, Connecticut
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Essex is a picturesque river town and this lovely restaurant has a commanding view of the Connecticut River as it makes its final turn towards Long Island Sound. In the summer especially but anytime during the year you will find wonderful food and casual dining here and a very friendly (and hard working) wait staff. Abby is the head chef... More 

Thank Larry K
Wethersfield, Connecticut
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We had an extremely large group but the staff handled us well. They were super friendly (7 of our 16 were children), they brought the drinks out quickly and breakfast soon followed. We did not feel rushed and they were great with the kids.

Thank giaabruzzi
Essex, Connecticut
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

food is quite good, but very slow. however i've heard that this has been corrected. during summer is has open porch which looks over the marina. winter a bit confined

Thank 1960duke
Stamford, Connecticut
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

One block off the main street, on a hill above the shipyard, you'll find Abby's Place, where the views are terrific and the food is excellent. We had breakfast on the sunny deck and watched the birds above the marshlands around the cove and the river waters. Breakfasts are large. Corned beef hash came with eggs, toast and a fruit... More 

Thank Julie B
Norwalk, Connecticut
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We had just left the Essex Steam Train, and were looking for a casual place to have a late lunch. We went past a few high end restaurants, which we weren't dressed for, and when we were just about to leave, we drove past the marina and saw the sign for this restaurant. We decided to give it a try,... More 

Thank carla-ct-2015
Essex, Connecticut
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This lovely restaurant sits overlooking boats at anchor and at the dock and affords the only panoramic view of the section of the Connecticut River I consider the most beautiful. The fare is American and the preparation is beautifully done ranging from full breakfast meals to complete dinners. There is also a choice of Glutin free meals you don't see... More 

Thank Larry K
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134 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stopped here because the Black Seal had too long of a wait, Cute little place with outdoor seating, The service was good but slow...it wasn't very crowded and we had a wait quite a while for our lunch. The clam chowder was mostly potatoes....not what you would expect from a place on the water. The crab melt was good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$22
Seafood, American, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Pratt St, Essex, CT 06426-1159
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-0560
Casual waterfront dining located in the Brewer's Dauntless Shipyard. A bit hard to find but defintely worth the effort. Abby's Place serves American cuisine with a flair, specializing in fresh, locally sourced meats and seafood.

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