Connecticut Dinner Train For Two

Enjoy a Dinner Train Ride & Views Of The Connecticut River Valley

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Connecticut Dinner Train For Two

Enjoy a Dinner Train Ride & Views Of The Connecticut River Valley

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Climb aboard the elegant Essex Clipper and enjoy a four-course meal served in the lavishly restored 1920’s Pullman cars.

Relax with the rhythm of the rails, traveling back to a time when trains were king and “dinner in the diner” was a decadent special occasion. Indulge in a delicious four course meal while viewing a breathtaking sightseeing journey through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Travel northward from Essex Station through scenic towns, serene forests and picturesque meadows.

On the trek back, you and your guest will pass the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek, spotting geese, Blue Herons, and even Bald Eagles! Combining brilliant sights and a relaxing atmosphere, the Essex Clipper has something for everyone.

Who Who
The Connecticut Dinner Train For Two Xperience Certificate® is for two participants. There may be up to fifty additional participants in the dining car.

Guests Guests
This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.

LocationLocation
Connecticut, Essex

When When
The Connecticut Dinner Train is offered Saturday and Sunday evenings May thru October; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings July and August, subject to availability.

The train boards at 6:30 PM and departs at 7:00 PM on Saturday Evenings May thru August and boards at 4:30 PM and departs at 5:00 PM on Saturday Evenings in September and October.

The train boards at 3:30 PM and departs at 4:00 PM on Sunday Evenings May thru September and boards at 4:30 PM and departs at 5:00 PM on Sunday Evenings in October.

The train boards at 6:30 PM and deptarts at 7:00 PM on Friday Evenings in July and August. Afternoon Trains are offered in October and board at 11:30 AM and depart at 12:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

duration Duration
The Connecticut Dinner Train For Two has a travel time of 2½ hours and a total duration of approximately 3 hours.

Weather Weather
The Essex Dinner Train may be cancelled by the Conductor if there is severe weather. Cancellations due to weather are rare.

What to wear What to wear
Business Casual attire is suggested.

Additional Information Additional Information
Menu options include Prime Rib, Chicken, a Vegetarian Option, a Gluten Free Prime Rib & Salad Option, or Salmon (Seafood Newburgh replaces the Salmon in September & October). The Vegetarian Option is typically pasta. Menu subject to change.

Price includes tax.

Beverages other than water, coffee and tea are additional and can be purchased on board.

Please bring Photo ID for boarding.

Reservations are subject to availability; Certificates are not redeemable for Specialty or Holiday Events.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Gratuity is not included and may be extended to your Server onboard the train.

Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  05YE37900A

Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy
All changes to reservations for the Connecticut Dinner Train Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

Price Price: $175


Who Who:
The Connecticut Dinner Train For Two Xperience Certificate® is for two participants. There may be up to fifty additional participants in the dining car.


Guests Guests:
This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.


When When:
The Connecticut Dinner Train is offered Saturday and Sunday evenings May thru October; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings July and August, subject to availability.

The train boards at 6:30 PM and departs at 7:00 PM on Saturday Evenings May thru August and boards at 4:30 PM and departs at 5:00 PM on Saturday Evenings in September and October.

The train boards at 3:30 PM and departs at 4:00 PM on Sunday Evenings May thru September and boards at 4:30 PM and departs at 5:00 PM on Sunday Evenings in October.

The train boards at 6:30 PM and deptarts at 7:00 PM on Friday Evenings in July and August. Afternoon Trains are offered in October and board at 11:30 AM and depart at 12:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.


duration Duration:
The Connecticut Dinner Train For Two has a travel time of 2½ hours and a total duration of approximately 3 hours.


Weather Weather:
The Essex Dinner Train may be cancelled by the Conductor if there is severe weather. Cancellations due to weather are rare.


What to wear What to wear:
Business Casual attire is suggested.


Additional Information Additional Information:

Menu options include Prime Rib, Chicken, a Vegetarian Option, a Gluten Free Prime Rib & Salad Option, or Salmon (Seafood Newburgh replaces the Salmon in September & October). The Vegetarian Option is typically pasta. Menu subject to change.

Price includes tax.

Beverages other than water, coffee and tea are additional and can be purchased on board.

Please bring Photo ID for boarding.

Reservations are subject to availability; Certificates are not redeemable for Specialty or Holiday Events.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Gratuity is not included and may be extended to your Server onboard the train.


Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  05YE37900A


Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy:

All changes to reservations for the Connecticut Dinner Train Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


Steam train 

5 stars

 Really enjoyed the experience. The train went slow during meal time which was very pleasant and it went along the Conn. River. Food was excellent & well served. Highly recommend this. 

- - NJ

Best Day Ever!!!! 

5 stars

 This was one of the absolute best things we've ever done.
The experience was magnificent! When we walked aboard the train we were instantly taken back in time, from the decor, the music and the good old fashioned drink selections. :) The ride was smooth and the views of the Connecticut River were stunning. We highly recommend the dinner train to everyone we know! It really was a unique experience. 

- - Kings Park, NY

Back in time on a lovely train 

5 stars

 I went with my best friend on this train ride and it was such a lovely experience. The service was lovely and the big band music piping through was a sweet addition. The scenery at sunset was just beautiful. The dinner was okay - Fish a little dry but not terrible. It was a generous portion. Also the appetizer was delish. Overall we were both very pleased. It would make a beautiful anniversary gift or romantic getaway gift to someone. 

- - NYC

Essex Ct. Dinner Train 

4 stars

 Food was very good and plentiful. Coach was air-conditioned and comfortable. The only reason for not giving this experience a "5" was that the ride could have been longer, as the trip was so enjoyable! 

- - Hudson Valley NY

Fun! 

3 stars

 The overall experience was good. The staff was great - conductor, brakeman, service staff, bartender and office staff. The food itself was pretty poor. The rolls were fine. The salad, meh. The vegetables gray and overcooked, the potatoes squishy and overcooked, the steak just ok. Dessert was good.
It was a 180 mile drive for us. Four hours on the ride up due to traffic and weather, 3 hours home and and overnight stay in a hotel. So it was a very expensive, time-consuming trip. Thus, while we enjoyed the experience, we are unlikely to do it again. 

- - New Jersey

Fun for the most part 

4 stars

 Even in pouring rain, this dinner train was fun. Staff was professional and knowledgeable. Nice interaction with the passengers. One issue. Since most guys will order Prime Rib, I was able to see mine and theirs. All were well done. The quality of meat was wonderful. Too bad 90% of people like their beef something other than Well done. You need to stick with medium to please most dinners. 

- - Mass.

Lovely 

5 stars

 What wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We really enjoyed the whole experience. 

- - Cheshire CT

Beautiful Night 

5 stars

 Elegant dining experience, warm atmosphere, friendly informative and knowledgeable conductor/tour guide, professional wait staff delicious 4 course dinner all add up to a beautiful night with my husband! Well worth the time! 

- - Essex

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 We had a wonderful experience! Ride was beautiful and food was great! All was clean and very professionally done. Staff was very nice and attentive, and we had a marvelous time all around. Will definitely do this train ride again. 

- - Newton, NJ

CT DINNER TRAIN 

5 stars

 VERY PLEASED! FOOD WAS GOOD, SERVICE WAS GREAT AND THE SCENERY WAS BEAUTIFUL. THE ONLY NEGATIVE WAS THE WEATHER (RAIN). WE WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TRIP TO OUR FRIENDS. 

- - ESSEX, CT

Train ride 

5 stars

 We enjoyed the whole adventure on the train, the service and hospitality along with the food-it was our 1st time eating on a train. Unfortunately the weather was not the best and put a damper on our view, but the ride itself was very enjoyable. My rose is still beautiful. 

- - Haledon NJ

Dinner Train, Essex CT 

5 stars

 It was a wonderful experience. The food was absolutely delicious. The employees on the train were fantastic and very helpful in answering any questions. We felt very special and would recommend this evening to our friends and family. 

- - Salt Point, New York

Essex train dinner ride 

5 stars

 Wonderful relaxing dinner along the Conn. River. The train was a steam train and it was a fun ride. The food was OK but the experience was great. I would highly recommend it. 

- - New York

Train Ride 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Crane, MO

DINNER TRAIN AND BED & BREAKFAST 

5 stars

 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. 

- - NJ

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Brooklyn, NY

Ride of the Essex train 

3 stars

 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. 

- - Essex CT

CT Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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!!! 

- - Essex CT

Essex Train 

5 stars

 Great experience for couples. Dimmed lights, service was excellent. Everyone was courteous. Me and my girlfriend will come back. 

- - Norwalk

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Havertown, PA

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Vernon, Ct

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 Wonderful 

- - Essex, CT

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Putnam, CT

Connecticut Dinner Train Review 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Southington, CT

Essex Steam Train Dinner 

5 stars

 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. 

- - NJ

Dinner Train Review 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Essex, Connecticut

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 An outstanding experience. Food was excellent, service was first class, and the train ride was an adventure. Well worth the time and money. 

- - Connecticut

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 Great Experience 

- - Essex CT

SO MUCH FUN! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - East Islip, NY

Essex Dinner tTrain 

5 stars

 This was a terrific experience. The food was delicious. The wait staff was courteous. The conductors were knowledgeabe. We had a beautifl experience. 

- - Essex, CT

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Derby, CT

Essex Train Ride 

5 stars

 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 

- - Essex

Train Ride with dinner 

4 stars

 A very nice trip and the food was good too! We will be back. Thank you. 

- - CT

Train Review 

5 stars

 We enjoyed ourselves. It was very nice and food was delicious. Thanks 

- - CT

Dinner Train Ride 

5 stars

 It was excellent. 

- - Hackettstown, N.J.

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent food and service. We have already recommended it. 

- - Southold NY

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 It was excellent had a wonderful time. I have already recommended it to friends. 

- - Essex

Dinner Train 

3 stars

 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. 

- - Connecticut

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Amityville, NY

Dinner Train Review 

3 stars

 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. 

- - Essex, CT

Connecticut DinnerTrain Ride 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Lynbrook, NY

Dinner Train Review 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Central New Jersey

Train Dining Ttrip 

3 stars

 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 

- - United States

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 I just loved it :) 

- - ESSEX, CT

CT Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Essex

Review Essex Dinner Train 

3 stars

 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. 

- - Essex, CT

Dinner Train Review 

3 stars

 The train ride was delightful the service was great but the food was mediocre. 

- - Stratford CT

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 Great experience. Everyone was super friendly and we had a great time. 

- - Hamden Ct

Train Ride 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Essex

Dinner Train Ride 

5 stars

 The food was great and the scenery was awsome. 

- - Essex, CT

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Redding, CT

Dinner Train Connecticut 

5 stars

 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. 

- - enfield, ct

CT Train Excursion 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Southern Ontario, Canada

Essex Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Fair Lawn, NJ

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - NY

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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!! 

- - New Paltz, NY

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Tobyhanna, PA

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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. 

- - New York

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Danbury, CT

CT Train Ride 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Queens, NY

Essex Dinner Train 

4 stars

 Wonderful evening, enjoyed the ride and the food was excellent. The wait staff were attentive. Would recommend this experience to others. 

- - Tolland, Ct

Essex Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Long Island

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Salisbury, VT

Dinner Train Connecticut 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Stamford, CT

Dinner Train Ride 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Byram, NJ

Connecticut Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Essex Dinner train

Dinner Train - Great 'Experience'! 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Naugatuck, CT

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Essex

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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. 

- - New Jersey

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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........ 

- - NJ

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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. 

- - NJ

Essex Train Ride 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Essex, CT -8/2/09

Connecticut Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - massapequa

Essex Dinner Train 

3 stars

 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. 

- - Pomona, NY

Dinner Train CT 

4 stars

 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. 

- - NYC

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 Food was excellent. Servers and conductors were friendly. Clean, good temperature. Scenery nice. We want to go back for future rides. 

- - Torrington, CT

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Essex, Conn

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Long Island, NY

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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!!!!!!! 

- - Danbury,Ct

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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. 

- - Essex Steam Train

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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!! 

- - Weston, CT

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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!  

- - Conn

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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.... 

- - Danbury

Essex Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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 Experiencedays. 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 Experiencedays’ 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. 

- - New York, New York

Dinner Train Ride 

4 stars

 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. 

- - CT

Dinner Train 

4 stars

 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! 

- - Suffern, NY

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 Received Dinner Train as a gift. Wonderful evening - delightful experience - Ambience out of this world and will do it again........ 

- - Connecticut

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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! 

- - Middletown, CT

A great experience 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Staten Island, NY

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Essex Ct

Dinner train 

5 stars

 We had a delightful afternoon and an excellent meal. Thank you. 

- - Essex

Essex dinner train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Conn.

Train Ride 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Chappaqua NY

train ride 

3 stars

 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. 

- - Conn.

Dinner train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - Long Island, NY

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 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. 

- - New York

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 Very nice, the staff was very helpful and attentive. A very enjoyable time. 

- - Conn.

Dinner train 

5 stars

 Excellent trip, food and service was well done. Ambience was great, wonderful dinner music. 

- - Essex, CT

Dinner Train 

5 stars

 The whole dinner/train experience was very thrilling. The food was a 4 star rating (prime rib)!.. 

- - NY

Question: What is the origin & destination point for this train ride? Thank you.

Answer: The Connecticut Dinner train departs and returns to Essex, CT. (One Railroad Avenue, Essex CT)

Question: What are the menu options?

Answer: The menu options for the Connecticut Dinner Train are as follows:

Spring / Summer (May - August)
Prime Rib Au Jus
Chicken Francais with a Lemon Buerre Blanc
Filet of Salmon with a Lemon Dill Sauce

Autumn (September - October)
Prime Rib Au Jus
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cranberry Glaze
Seafood Casserole

Included with Entrée
Mixed Green Salad with choice of Dressing, Warm Rolls and Sweet Butter, Chef's Seasonal Accompaniments

Chocolate Mousse Cake,
Coffee and Tea Service

Question: Can this experience be shared with 4 people [2 couples?] Or are tables only for 2 people?

Answer: The Connecticut Dinner Train experience may be enjoyed by four people. Tables are designed to accommodate four passengers and each train car holds fifty guests.

Question: Is there a vegetarian menu option?

Answer: The vegetarian menu option for the Connecticut Dinner Train is Grilled Vegetable Ravioli. Included with each Entrée is a Mixed Green Salad with choice of Dressing, Warm Rolls and Sweet Butter, Seasonal Accompaniments, Chef's Dessert, Coffee and Tea Service.

Question: My wife and I are taking the Connecticut Dinner Train for our anniversary. I know they have a bar, but I can bring my own bottle of wine for dinner?

Answer: No, outside alcohol is not permitted on the dinner train. However bottles of wine are available for purchase from the bar.

Question: Is gratuity included?

Answer: Gratuity is not included in the price. You should tip like you would at a restaurant for dinner.

Question: How do we get back to our cars after dinner?

Answer: This is a round trip train ride.

Question: I purchased this experience for my parents. I'm not sure my Dad can make it the the entire 3 hours. Are there restrooms on the train?

Answer: Yes, there are small bathrooms on the train. You should also remind him to use the restroom at the train station before he leaves.

Question: Is this a buffet dinner?

Answer: No. The Connecticut Dinner Train has full sit down service.