Café Routier

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1636 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
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"Constantly evolving, Seasonally driven and Globally inspired menus"

Cafe Routier, Bistro and Lounge, serving a three paneled menu format; Regional (a different region of the world every 8 weeks), Seasonal (locally sourced seasonal ingredients) and a specialty menu of classic Bistro fare. A 40 seat lounge serving 'small plates' and tapas adjoins the bar area. Ethos is important to us.
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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My first time there last weekend. Little pricey 3 out of 5 entrees were delicious. Loved the mussels and Frites! Will go back!!

PD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Delightful experience. Good wine list. Inventive well presented and delicious meals. Great desserts!

R
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderfully comfortable respite at the end of day. We love the seasonal offerings but a change in the daily menu would be welcome.
The service is fantastic and we never feel rushed to leave.

G
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I was very disappointed by my visit to the Cafe Routier in Westbrook, Connecticut. The service was almost non existence and totally unfriendly and uninviting, the food was less than ordinary, overcooked and tasteless and the value was Zero. In addition, to add another insult, I was informed by email that my visit to the Café Routier was not eligible for Open Table points without being given a reason as to why I was not to receive Open Table points, perhaps because I was treated so very badly at the restaurant! Compared to previous visits to the Café Routier this visit rated a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the high point. However, I would like to receive from Open Table exactly the reason why I was not to receive points for the recent visit to the Café Routier in Westbrook, Connecticut?

j
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and service

ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

outstanding! food and service were great
it was perfect

MW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Most food was excellent but when my steak frittes arrived at the table it was overflowing with what looked like McDonalds french fries. I was very put off. Steak was cooked perfectly but the amount of fries and the quality was awful. Other meals and appetizers were quite good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food and Pedro our server was great! Ambiance could be updated

D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice, quiet, steady restaurant. Good menu selection. Our waiter was amiable, checked on us often. The clam chowder was excellent and I had the hanger steak which was very good.

K
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant does not disappoint. In the 3 years we have been coming here we’ve never had a bad meal . Love their menu and drinks !

PD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for our 46th wedding Anniversary. The atmosphere was perfect we were able to carry on a conversation at a conversational level. The server was perfect and professional. Our food was fantastic. I had the swordfish special which melted in my mouth. My wife had the scallops perfectly cooked. My only regret is we had no room for desert.

k
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of our very favorite restaurants on the shoreline. The consistently excellent food, well trained and experienced wait staff and the variety of the menus is unmatched anywhere. We are never disappointed. The staff remembers our seating preferences, takes our orders with dispatch and courtesy, and we are always happy to be there. I wish more restaurants could learn their secret!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service and meal and drinks!

JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service were great. It was a little loud with a large birthday group near us. It was nice after they left😊 would go back when in the area again.

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Consistently excellent French inspired cuisine. One vegan diner at table—chef went above and beyond to create a wonderful vegan Japanese inspired entree with seaweed, edamame, motels etc. Quite unexpected and much appreciated.

LA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We met our friends for dinner and sat in one of the round booths which are perfect for talking and privacy. My friend and I had the halibut special while my husband had his usual steak frites. We are never disappointed when we come here. Great drinks and don’t forget the profiteroles for dessert!

C
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. I will return soon!

LG
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The appetizers were really good, but the entrees were lacking. I ordered the vegetable strudel which was more like a cross between an Asian spring roll and a burrito. The vegetables were just stir fried and limp. Not what I know of a strudel. My husband ordered the beans and scallops- too many beans. But the lobster riviolo was tasty, but the real hit was my husband's mussels. Desserts were really good.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Service!

RC
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere is welcoming, and the waitress we had could not have been more accomodating and lovely. The appetizers (Mussels and steak bruscetta) were amazing. The steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The only issue we had was that 3 of us went for the meatloaf and were disappointed. Although we all like mushrooms, the mushrooms overwhelmed the meat and you couldn't taste the meat at all. Luckily we shared the chicken and steak and left most of the meatloaf on the plates. I was surprised that no one asked if it was ok when 3 of us failed to finish and didn't want to take the rest home. I would definitely go back though; cute place with nice menu that changes seasonally; would just skip the meatloaf unless you love mushrooms.

DD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I had high expectations and was underwhelmed. It was a Tuesday evening and the servers were using an adjacent table to prep napkins for the next day.

B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our second time here, the first exactly one year ago on our anniversary. You can guess if we came back then we obviously liked it! Actually we love it! The food is always creative and delicious and the wait staff are top notch. If we lived around here we would want them as friends! Highly recommend this special place!

F
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Diverse inventive menu. Huge portions

TH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been here many times and they never fail to impress.
The best Resturant on the shore. Could not have asked for a nicer evening. Food was incredible as always.

SR
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

We were not impressed this time at all. Party of 9 over 700 dollar bill. The dried oyster tasted spoiled and pungent, our entries took a very very long time and dessert was inedible ( the lemon Moousse “ as was the pear tini. What a waste of money.

CI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food attractively presented. Good wine list

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent!!!!

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CM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wait staff was knowledgeable and responsive. Food was superior. Ambiance was pleasant and quiet. One of the few establishments open on a Monday.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and food as always.

MW
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The menu had a variety of interesting options. Cocktails were imaginative. Service was friendly and attentive. This is definitely going on our restaurant rotation.

F
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just Go! Enjoy

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four of us ate at Cafe Routiere for a couples evening out.

The host was very accommodating and our waitress was very friendly.

The food is excellent with very ample portion sizes.

For food quality, quantity and service this restaurant is good value !!!!!

The entrees came out hot and presentation was superb.

I highly recommend this restaurant.

CB
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious, with great service as well!

B
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the rack of lamb and turtle cake ! We will be back soon.

RL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The scallop special was phenomenal. It was the best meal out I’ve had in a while. Of course, Patty, as always, was our excellent server.

AT
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant on shoreline! Best ambience! Best service! Best menu!!

IL
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent drinks service and general vibe
Gazpacho salads and starters were amazing
However steak was just ok and it came with too many fries whereas we are more into healthy vegetables

g
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

wonderful restaurant ....pretty.....comfortable....and the food is first class.....a great dining experience

D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our parents 50th wedding anniversary. We had an amazing time. The food was excellent and the service (Dana) was outstanding. Thank you for a great evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great drinks and great food. Not to be missed.

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