My husband and I received the Connecticut Dinner Train ride as a Christmas present from our children. We had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the train ride. The food was delicious and the servers were great. The scenery was beautiful and I got some awesome pictures. Thanks for a great time!
My husband and I had a wonderful week-end. The train-ride was so enjoyable and restful. We loved the scenery, and found it really relaxing. Paul was a very pleasant person, and the wait staff was excellent in conducting their meal settings. We also stayed at the 'Captain Stannard' bed and breakfast, it a wonderful experience. We will be dropping hints to out son & daughter-in-law (who gave the trip as a gift) that our 50th anniversary would be a great time to go again. Sincerely, Carole & Frank Canning, Flanders, NJ September 29th.
The Dinner Train in Essex was a birthday gift from my wife. We decided to make an overnight trip since we had a 2 1/2 hour drive to Essex. The trip was well worth it. We arrived as sugggested 1/2 hour prior to boarding. The location truly brought us back in time. The station as well as the conductors and waitstaff depicted the era. Aboard we were met by a pleasant waitress and the meal was tastey and well presented. Our conductor Paul explained the history of the train and visited at each table. Although Paul's input was interesting, it would have been nice to have a brief discription of the sight as we were approaching them. We enjoyed the scenery along the Conn. River and saw the rice puffs growing along the route. We would defintely return again in the Springtime, we took this trip the end of ther summer. Our only sugestion would to possibly have a little dinner music to add to the ambiance. I would recommend this trip to anyone. The leisurely ride and excellent food and waitstaff truly added to the stepping back in time and leisure of the train experience.
The scenery along the way was interesting. Seeing the wild rice growing in the preserve and hearing about the birds eating it during their migration was fascinating. The Connecticut River was beautiful as well as the swing bridge and the Goodspeed theater. The ambiance of the dining car was delightful and the company, my husband, made the journey wonderful. The only thing lacking was the food. I had to return my plate as the salmon and vegetables were over cooked. The dessert was the highlight of the meal.
This was an amazing event from start to finish. It is like stepping back in time to be pampered by the wonderful waitstaff and conductors. The scenery inside the train and going by the windows brought back bygone days of the luxury of train travel we no longer get to experience like this. The food was excellent - delicious, well presented. Overall, and excellent experience, I would do this again and recommend it to anyone - ride the train and dine in luxury and enjoy!!!
Great experience for couples. Dimmed lights, service was excellent. Everyone was courteous. Me and my girlfriend will come back.
My fiance and I enjoyed an all-around fantastic experience. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was romantic, the staff was great, and the scenery was fabulous. Would definitely go again in addition to recommending to others.
It was a lovely ride, wonderful food and a great relaxing get away. you only give us up to 5 for the best I would say it was a 10. All of the employees were wonderful and very pleasent. Keep up the good work.
Thought it was a very relaxing ride and dinner. Food was very good and servers were excellent. This was a gift from our son & daughter-in-law from Christmas of last year. It's not anything I probably would have ever thought of doing, but now that we have gone on it, we may just do it again.
My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful evening aboard the Dinner Train. It just so happened that we were able to pick the night of our 22nd Anniversary and it was a beautiful evening. Would recommend the Dinner Train for couples or even a small group of friends.
Everything was first class! Food was far better than anticipated and the wait staff smiled and took care of our every need. The dining car was clean and the music was not too loud was perfect for a walk back in time. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
We enjoyed our dinner for two. The staff was excellent, the experience enjoyable, the food delicious, the evening a delight. Our only disappointment was the train rain ended in the dark and we did not see much on the return due to the darkness of the hour, but we understand that was not something within your control. We had a wonderful time.
An outstanding experience. Food was excellent, service was first class, and the train ride was an adventure. Well worth the time and money.
My boyfriend bought me this as a birthday present and I couldnt have had more fun! The food was absolutely delicious and the waitstaff was both perfectly in character for the 1920's setting and extremely friendly. I almost wish I bought this for him so that I would be the cool one! All in all, we had a great time! I would absolutely do it again!
This was a terrific experience. The food was delicious. The wait staff was courteous. The conductors were knowledgeabe. We had a beautifl experience.
My husband and I took the Dinner Train on Sat. June 23rd and thoroughly enjoyed it. What a unique experience. The food, service and scenery was great. Would suggest this to anyone and will go again.
Excellant food, relaxing ride, pretty scenery. If a few trees could be cut down in a couple of highlight areas, it would be even better
A very nice trip and the food was good too! We will be back. Thank you.
We enjoyed ourselves. It was very nice and food was delicious. Thanks
It was excellent.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent food and service. We have already recommended it.
It was excellent had a wonderful time. I have already recommended it to friends.
Food was very good, service was very good, surroundings were lovely with tableclothes and fresh flowers, but the sights and surrounding areas were a big disappointment. Due to the storm, some tracks were impassable and we just backtracked and came back he same route - nothing much to see.
Just a wonderful experience. I would suggest that in order to see more of the scenery that patrons should consider the time of year, time of day, and when it gets dark. Missed things because it got too dark.
Overall a nice experience, staff was very pleasant and helpful, food was delicious and more than enough, dessert looked good but tasted very artificial. The ambiance was romantic if only the AC would have been more on the comfortable side. I was freezing in there and looked forward to get out and warm up a little bit in the nice summer air.
The ride was outstanding. All the servers did a fine job. They made you feel great. We had the prime rib and it was cooked to perfection...... We plan on coming back!!!! Oh by the way, the weather was excellent.
This was an experience that was surprising and well worth the 2 and a half hour drive up to the train. The food was absolutely incredible and the people as host were really engaging. The only reason Im not able to rate a 5 is I thought there wouldve been more sightseeing. I recommend if you looking for something different the Connecticut Dinner Train will fulfill a different Experience.
Food was good but NOT great! Over all there was lack of attention as to where to go and how to get there. The train ride was not scenic as advertised. The only good thing was the conductor and the waitresses! Sorry for the poor review but it can be done much better and the food selection needs to be wider and courses should have been 7 as most places do that do not have scenery that is breath taking.
George E Lindemann
I just loved it :)
Our first time on the Essex Pullman Dinner Train. Will do it again in the future. It was a wonderful experience and the food and service were first class.
Staff was excellent, food mediocre, ride OK. Bathroom filthy and unsanitary-definitely a health hazard. I thought the experience it was extremely overpriced for what you got and would not recommend it.
The train ride was delightful the service was great but the food was mediocre.
Great experience. Everyone was super friendly and we had a great time.
We thoroughly enjoyed the train ride...nice scenery, good service, interesting commentary and the food was good, not great. Prices for drinks were reasonable. Would recommend it to friends.
The food was great and the scenery was awsome.
While the weather was ugly and we had no choice but to attend despite a difficult commute, we arrived and unfortunately the waiting room was closed and we had to stand in the rain until they boarded the train. However once we identified ourselves we were treated very well, personally escorted to a charming dining car where the table was beautifully arranged and already set up with crudites, crackers and cheese and everyone from the conductors to the extensived wait staff was extremely courteous and efficient. The entire meal was excellent and could not have been improved on in any way. The server even came by with a container for leftovers (the portions were huge) without being asked. The train was a smooth ride and it was a relaxing enjoyable experience.
We had a wonderful experience. The staff members were all friendly and helpful. Most importantly, they all had a smile on their face. The food could not have been better, and the presentation was exquisite. To top it all off, it was a beautiful day, and the foliage, although near the end of the season, was astounding. Thank you for such a pleasant afternoon. We look forward to going again.
Fantastic - a most memorable experience!! The staff was very friendly, the meal delicious and the ambience very relaxing - we felt as though we had been taken back into a very nice place in time!! Hope to do this again - and will recommend it to family and friends!
My husband and I received the dinner train ride as gift from our children. We would have liked if the train moved more quickly, giving us a feeling that we were going somewhere. The meal was good. I had the stuffed chicken, which I liked very much. My husband had the prime rib, which he said was just okay. He was not asked how he liked it prepared (medium, rare, well). Dessert had peanut butter, not a good choice because high incidence of allergies. Overall experience was positive, but too far for us to travel (2+ hrs each way) for a 3 hr event.
The entire experience was just what I had hoped it would be, it was Wonderful. The food, the music, and the personnel were all perfect.
Great time!! The ambience and music playing gave you the feeling of being back in time. The food was great and staff were very friendly. We'll be back again!!
We received this trip as a Christmas present from my daughter last year. We went on the ride last Saturday. We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the service superb. Very, very enjoyable. I will recommend this to my friends and family.
We enjoyed it very much - food & service were excellent. Only thing missing was some interaction with the conductor. Previous reviews said the conductors were very funny - except for answering one question ours was MIA.
We received this as a gift and we totally enjoyed the experience. The food was very good and the staff was top notch. Yes, we would like to do this again.
My husband received the train ride/dinner as a birthday present. We boarded the train last Sunday and had a fabulous time! We sat in an orginal car- it put us right back to the 1920's! The service was unmatched and the overall feeling was just wonderful. There was more than enough food and the scenery just perfect. Even the restroom accomodations which are antique, yet adds to the train's charm. We recommend this trip to anyone and look forward to having our parents go soon! Thank you!
Wonderful evening, enjoyed the ride and the food was excellent. The wait staff were attentive. Would recommend this experience to others.
What a wonderful experience!!! From the time we entered the property the staff was more than friendly. The dinner train was beautiful and the staff was very professional...yet warm and friendly. Food was a pleasant surprise..so many fellow diners took home 'doggie bags'! Thank you!
A pleasant and unique way to spend an evening. The train decor was excellent. The food was satisfactory and the waitstaff attentive and friendly. The views were pretty enough but certainly nothing special. There are actually a few industrial areas that are unappealing. The ride back in the dark is a little lacking as looking out the window reveals only darkand a few house lights. Overall, a romantic enjoyable evening.
It was FANTASTIC. Truly exceeded expectations. I thought the food was going to be airline food but instead it was top quality restaurant caliber. The staff were well trained and very attentive. Rob, the conductor, did his job beautifully. Both my wife and I would highly recommend the Essex Dinner Train.
Received dinner train tickets as a gift from our daughter and son in law for helping with their wedding. It was a wonderful and memorable experience. Food, service and train ride was great! We definitely would do it again.
My wife and I had a very positive experience this past Sunday. If we do this again it would be earlier in the season. The food, service and ambiance we excellent.
We had a wonderful time on the dinner train, the food was delicious and the staff on the train from the conductor, engineer and waitstaff were very friendly. The trip was very enjoyable along the CT River with beautiful scenery full of color. We would recommend it to everyone!
This was the easiest reservation I have ever made and the experience was as promised. Would do it again and would suggest an early train to take advantage of the view.
We enjoyed the experience very much. The food, main course and dessert were very good as was the service. The appetizers should be upgraded to make this experience top-rated. The chairs were a little uncomfortable and would benefit from a cushion on the seat. The experience starts too late to really enjoy the sights. In late August it was very dark outside the entire ride back. Can't imagine what happens in October. Suggest starting the last train at 5:30 or 6:00. We would do this again and recommend to friends.
My wife and I truly enjoyed our dinner train experience, very romantic, fun experience! The staff was great funny, and sweet.The food was excellent, We were smiling the entire time...had great conversations with the conductor and other staff. Will do again........
What a romantic, fun experience! The staff was great attentive, funny, and sweet. They really enjoy their jobs, which shows in the care they take with the customers/passengers, and the whole experience. We were smiling the entire time...had great conversations with the conductor and other staff but also enjoyed our romantic dinner with each other. A fun time would recommend it.
My husband and I truly enjoyed our dinner train experience. The food was excellent, the staff was attentive and the ride along the Connecticut River very scenic even though we had a rainy, cloudy day. Our only complaint was that the chairs at our table got slightly uncomfortable after 2-1/2 hours.
The food & service was excellent- the only thing the dinner needed was a little more on the appetizers-train was immaculate- I would highly recommend this relaxing & romantic event.
Overal a nice experience but it could be improved. On the positive side the food, service,and atmosphere were excellent. The staff was very friendly and the conductor was hilarious. Wish departure was earlier as the entire return part of the trip was in the dark. Also, the viewing platform was not open until the return which again was in the dark. If departure time cannot be modified, would suggest serving appetizers (upgraded vs actual starters served) and cocktails on the way out with viewing platform open. Then dinner on way back when you can't see anything. Finally, all literature indicated this train was powered by a steam powered locomotive. Although they had steam engines running, the dinner train was powered by a modern diesel locomotive. Very deceptive advertising.
The first impression to the Station was awesome. It was a beautiful night by the River and the train and decor brought you back to the past. Scenery nice but Sunset was breath taking. Food & Service OK for what it was. Would be bored to revisit it again. Maybe in the fall for a train to boat excursion which one of the servers reccomended.
Food was excellent. Servers and conductors were friendly. Clean, good temperature. Scenery nice. We want to go back for future rides.
Very relaxing, excellent food (prime rib), pleasant staff always willing to assist. Temerature in our car could have be more comfortable (cold) entire experience was exceptional.
This was a retirement gift that I will always remember. The food was excellent, the ambiance, superb and the staff, friendly and efficient. Our conductor was knowledgeable and entertaining. Many thanks.
This is one of the things that should be on your bucket list. I totally enjoyed the whole experience. From moment you board to the time you leave, there are not enough adjectives to describe the experience. We are going to make it a yearly event. Bravo!!!!!!!
The food was very good. There wasn't too many options to drink if you weren't having hard liquor or wine. The views were wonderful. The staff was very nice and kept very busy.
We had so much fun on this dinner train experience! Quite romantic! The conductor in our car was hilarious!! The food was to die for! I almost crave to have that stuffed chicken at home! My only complaint was that our seats didn't allow for us to have much of a view of anything. But in all honesty, what can one really do about that anyway. We are definitely making the dinner train a fall tradition and recommending it to our friends and family!!
Our experience was given as a Christmas gift 2007 we decided to wait, ride, and dine in the fall. It was definitely worth waiting for! Music, food and, service was excellent as we traveled through smalls towns, along wetlands and the river. The colors of Autumn were nice. Also, THANKS so much to the couple who decorated their home,dressed in costume, and put us into Halloween spirit, waving as we rode by. Sunset to dark, we enjoyed every minute!
Our evening was wonderful thanks to the ambience and the scenery and the Glenn Miller music playing throughout our trip. Our food was good, but nothing to write home about. Our green beans were cold and soggy. Our bottle of wine that we ordered did not come until after we ate our salad. They need more than one person handling the drink orders. The other wait staff were great. The chocolate cake for dessert appeared 'manufactured'....not what I would have expected. Oh well...I'm glad we had some nice weather. Otherwise the expereince would have been just so so....
Overall this was really a nice experience. The food was decent, the staff was excellent and the train restoration was fantastic. We were disappointed in the way the package was presented by Xperiencedays. You'll notice above an image of a steam locomotive. In this dinner train experience, the locomotive is not a steam engine nor is it a vintage locomotive - deceptive on Xperiencedays’ part - or perhaps they are not aware. Additionally, we were disappointed that we were not able to select our own seats on the train. We would have preferred to sit in a different car as they are decorated differently. Also, the seats we were in didn't allow for the best scenery viewing. This was a truly enjoyable experience and we would recommend it.
This was given to my parents for thier 25 wedding anniversary and they loved it. They said the steak they had was huge and juicy. The servous was outstanding. Thank you for showing my parents a wonderful dinner.
What a relaxing experience! Just what we needed after such a hectic week! The staff was great. The entrees were good but was hoping for something different with the starters and maybe a choice of desserts like there was with dinner. Overall, we had a great time and would definitely do it again!
Received Dinner Train as a gift. Wonderful evening - delightful experience - Ambience out of this world and will do it again........
We had a fantastic time. It was a nice opportunity to get away and spend some quiet time in a great atmosphere with good food! Recommend it to anyone looking for something special to do!
What an enjoyable experience! Everything was well done. The staff is very attentive and accomodating and the food was delicious. All together creating a great atmosphere. We look forward to returning for the Polar Express.
Delicious meal, relaxing, plenty to eat, staff, attentive without looking over our shoulders all the time. The four of us had a great time. Thank you.
We had a delightful afternoon and an excellent meal. Thank you.
Excellent, it could not of been any better. The wait staff was extremely friendly, the conductor was very funny. The food was delicious and that dessert, the choc. mouse cake, out of this world. The train ride was so nice a perfect evening. Thanks, definetly will do it again.
My wife & I felt we were back in the 1920's traveling from the country estate to the big city for our wedding anniversary on a luxury train. Dinner was excellent and the anniversary cake provided by the crew was a hugh surprise. The service crew was first class. We recommend this experience to anyone who wants to close their eyes and travel back to a time when the world was a calmer and more polite place to live in.
The food was very good. I didnt like the idea the train only went so far then went back the same way. Got to see the bay only one way, then it was dark, and saw nothing on the way back. Needed some intertainment to by pass this time.The waitress and waiter were not the friendliest. They just did there job and were coming from NJ and spending a night in a hotel.
My husband and I had a wonderful, romantic dinner aboard the Dinner train. It was just like 'days gone by'. Food, staff and music were excellent.
What a great time! The food was done to perfection. The ambience was spectacular, and the staff was friendly and attentive. We're already making plans to do it again with family and friends.
Very nice, the staff was very helpful and attentive. A very enjoyable time.
Excellent trip, food and service was well done. Ambience was great, wonderful dinner music.
The whole dinner/train experience was very thrilling. The food was a 4 star rating (prime rib)!..