2 Best Restaurants in Essex, Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley

Oak Room at The Copper Beech Inn

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Crystal sparkles, silver shines, and candles glow in Copper Beech Inn's main dining room—or you can dine more casually at the bar. Notable dishes have included a starter of jumbo lump crab cakes with remoulade dressing and entrées ranging from steak frites and honey-grilled chicken to grilled swordfish and blackened salmon.

46 Main St., Essex, Connecticut, 06442, USA
860-767–0330
Known For
  • venerable country inn environment
  • many gluten-free selections
  • happy hour at the bar Tuesday-Friday
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch, Reservations essential

Scotch Plains Tavern

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Share small plates, have a pub-style sandwich, or enjoy a full entrée at this iconic neighborhood tavern—there's something on the menu that will appeal to everyone; the Friday Night Prime Rib Special is a big draw. There's also a great selection of local craft beer and cider and a full wine list.

124 Westbrook Rd., Essex, Connecticut, 06426, USA
860-662--4032
Known For
  • live music Wednesday through Sunday
  • game room with pool and shuffleboard
  • patio dining by the fire pit in warmer weather