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

Oak Room at The Copper Beech Inn


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
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


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
Known For
  • live music Wednesday through Sunday
  • game room with pool and shuffleboard
  • patio dining by the fire pit in warmer weather