Chez Lin & Rays Restaurant

Lakeside restaurant

Inspired bistro fare, seafood & wine | Essex, New York


A Lake Champlain Restaurant In Essex, New York

Chefs Linda and Tristan invite you to visit their family-run lakeside restaurant located in beautiful Essex, New York and near Burlington, Vermont, Willsboro, Plattsburgh and Lake Placid, New York. You will find a cozy, casual and friendly atmosphere along with breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding mountains.

fresh seafood & french flavors

Our menu is inspired by French and Italian flavors. We serve the best homemade Crab Cakes, House Pate, Broiled Sea Scallops and our special Pasta Milanese. Our Chefs take great efforts to bring you the freshest ingredients from local farms and suppliers.

We'd love for you to join us for great food, wine & ales!


Wife and husband team Linda and Ray opened their first restaurant in 1986 and have been crafting a variety of tasty French, Italian & seafood dishes ever since.

The summer of 2017 was a very sad season for both the Chez Lin & Rays’ family and the Essex community. Ray unexpectedly passed away, and will be deeply missed forever.

Ray's love of food lives on through his family, who continue to operate Chez Lin & Rays Restaurant in his memory.

Whether you are a boater, kayaker, hiker, biker, traveler, local, or just passing through the area, we hope that you will stop in and enjoy our food, our lakeside views, and our historic town of Essex, NY.


The Kitchen

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Chefs, Co-Owners, and Mother-Daughter team Linda and Tristan look forward to preparing you home cooked dishes in a welcoming environment that will keep you coming back again and again.