A premiere destination dining experience, serving contemporary american cuisine with global accents.
Aspen Restaurant is Located on 2 main street in Old Saybrook,CT.
This is always a fun place, good drinks and great service. The food quality is inconsistent - the tuna I ordered must have been cooked earlier as when it was served to me it was cold - another guest at our table ordered the same dish and his was fresh and warm. The service was excellent and we had a good time!
The food was very tasty. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The service was on the slow side. Entrees were priced well, but drinks and desserts were a bit much. Overall, it was a very good experience and a place at which I would eat again.
First time at this restaurant, they have a great menu with wonderful meals and offer a 15% discount for those going to the Kate Theater a few blocks away. Would stop again.
Very friendly service, reasonable prices, and all of the food from our apps to dessert were delicious! Would certainly return to Aspen.
We dined at Aspen recently and the hanger steak was delicious! I was very impressed with the food and service overall, which has greatly improved over the last year. My date had the tuna which was also excellent. Thankfully, it is a nice quiet and gracious atmosphere, relaxing and good for a romantic dinner.
The various dinner options are always attractive and the food is always very good. We have brought numerous friends and they have always been very pleased. The wine selections are very good also.
Julian was very helpful. The food was great as usual the portion size options are a great feature! Saturday evening was very busy the only glitch is 1 salad was forgotten , Julian corrected that issue immediately. The cappuccino’s were Luke warm. Besides those minor incidents the meals were wonderful!
Perfect location, great service and lovely for a 2 person business meeting.
First time at Aspen. Food was fantastic. There were 4 of us and all the dishes were delicious. Our server also manned the bar so service was spotty.
Will definitely return.
It is one of the best restaurants in Old Saybrook , the menu changes with the season , great cocktails and great service.
There were six of us. None of us were overwhelmed with the food. It was passable but not great. The service was quite good but I don't see myself returning.
Delicious Bolognese and grilled romaine salad. Nice wine selection by the glass.
Since we were going to a concert at "The Kate" a couple of nights ago we decided to have dinner at Aspen. We were greeted and shown to our table right away and our waitress promptly greeted us and took our drink orders. Although there were a number of things that we found interesting on the menu, my wife an I both ordered the lobster bolognese, a different preparation from the typical bolognese. And we were both delighted with the dish. The pasta was properly cooked, the ample lobster was plump and tasty and, even with the small plate serving, we took half of home.
The restaurant is lovely and, even off season, was very busy. It is comfortably and thoughtfully furnished including tasteful sound deadening panels on the ceiling.
We look forward to a return visit when, hopefully, we will not both order the same thing.
Good service, willingness to substitute veggie accompaniment, tasty food!
Varied menu with excellent options. I went with the small Lobster Bologense...really good.
Lovely meal. Delicious food.
Food, service and cocktails are always exceptional.
Great service, but the burger on the main menu is beyond unimpressive. I would up your burger game or take it off the menu!
Great foods. Staff on point.
Aspen is a consistently excellent place to dine. We enjoy the ambiance, excellent menu and choices and the excellent service from front to back. Our group decided we should make dinner here a monthly treat, as we always leave happy and well served!
First time there. Food was good. A bit noisy. Service was ok but could have been better. Upon entry gentleman at desk was not very friendly/welcoming. Waitress was ok but also not super friendly or informative. Example-3 people ordered glass of sane wine she never suggested buying a bottle for less cost. We had to flag her down when we needed something after meals were delivered. I did put special occasion celebrating a birthday on the reservation but no one ever mentioned or asked and they did not do anything to recognize the special occasion. Prices for pasta dishes were high and small portions.
Aspen is a great place. Very comfortable atmosphere, great bar, nice table settings, friendly service, great food. We highly recommend it
Outstanding, had a wonderful evening out with our granddaughter.
Amazing! Great new menu items, great service and the new manager is wonderful, efficient, hospitable and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back
I hadn't been to Aspen in a while and I'm glad to see it's remained a wonderful restaurant. I loved my meal and the wine list. Our server was attentive and friendly, not to mention patient with our lively table of 8. I was with the bulk of those 8 people the next night and we all gave the dinner two thumbs up.
I love this restaurant but the food was not great on this night. My calamari (which is by far the best on the shoreline) was chewy and just ok. My pasta with crab and almonds was drowning in brown butter. It needed some freshness and acid. I will go back because it’s a favorite and everyone gets an off night. Our server was FANTASTIC!
Usually this is my go to place, in fact my favorite restaurant on the shoreline. However, since there was a large party of 20 I think the kitchen was overbooked and the staff was extra busy so the food was VERY slow at arriving, not up to par and on the cool side. I’ll go back but I was a little embarrassed as I brought guests and told them it was my very favorite place and they hadn’t been there before.
Been to Aspen many times- always a great experience. Bread with whipped and salted butter is ridiculously good and we look forward to that as much as anything. Salmon is always good, as is grilled romaine salad. No bad choices on the menu. Service is always prompt and friendly. Cocktails are creative and good.
Enjoyed the evening
Aspen never disappoints us. The calamari is the best ever so we always order it!!
This wasn’t our first time here and really liked this restaurant. It wasn’t busy but in fairness it was Sunday night . I had mussels for a starter which were quite peppery . We both ordered the harasser chicken and was surprised to receive dry over charred chicken with really watery mashed potatoes . It was a simple meal that to be honest I could have made myself.
Our server was extremely friendly and really minded us . The girl who was tending bar needs to be let in on the fact she’s quite loud and we didn’t really need to here how NoT busy she was with the 2 people who did sit at the bar . Her laugh sailed thru the restaurant.
This used to be our go to place for drinks / dinner and small plates at the bar . We will think twice the next time .
Food excellent, drinks great and service amazing! We got a perfect table and our server was very attentive throughout the night.
Aspen is an old favorite of ours...Food is always well-prepared and tasty. Menu is thoughtful and interesting with lots of different appetizers and entrees to try. This place stands up well with other great restaurants in Old Saybrook, right near the top. Heartily recommend Aspen for a super lunch or dinner.
Met with 2 friends for dinner and drinks at Aspen. We had a well situated table right away. The staff was courteous and prompt. We asked our waitress for recommendations and shared 3 small plates: calamari, mussels, and short ribs. All were delicous. The food came quickly, presentation was appetizing, and easy to navigate... even when sharing. A strong recommendation for a pleasant evening with a diverse menu ( and good wine list!). We will be back.
great location, great food, great service! Each of us had a different lunch dish and all raved about the quality of the food. The salads are large portions. Highly recommend and look forward to returning.
Our first time and it was an excellent evening. Food, drink and service was great. We will definitely visit again on our next trip to the Old Saybrook area.
There was a long wait for our entrees and the pork chop my husband ordered was cold when it arrived. They did reheat it but I was almost finished with my entree when it came out. My husband did say the pork chop was good. I had a salad which was good and the fettuccine with clams. The sauce was not what I expected on the pasta. It was brown and tasted a bit burnt. I asked prior to ordering if it was white and the server said yes. The server was very sweet but not terribly efficient. The manager offered us deserts to make up for the delayed chop. We accepted although I would have much preferred a smoother evening .
The weekend tasting menu was outstanding! Every bite! We appreciate Aspen frequently. Also use the ECSO Dining Passport on other days (not weekend). Creative chef!
Been awhile since I've been to Aspen. Don't know why I stayed away. Food is excellent. Nice vibe and environment. Bar area is very nice if you'd like to eat at the bar.
Was able to get a reservation for 3 on a Friday night and I'm glad we went. All of us opted for some of their scrumptious salads with a protein added. Two of our group ordered the Grilled Romaine salad, one with Salmon the other chicken. I had a Beet Salad that had (hard to describe) a delicious Blue Cheese Lemon Cheesecake hiding underneath the lettuce. It was delicious and pared with the hanger steak the blue cheese cheesecake was a perfect compliment.
We indulged and started off with their Parmesan Garlic Fries......they came with two dipping sauces and that was our "guilty pleasure" of the evening.
Great food.....again, don't know why I hadn't been back there in so long.