Aspen Restaurant
Aspen Restaurant

Aspen Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aspenct.com/
  • Phone: (860) 395-5888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30am -2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00pm Sunday Lunch 11:30am -2:30pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Prue, Chef de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Descending under 'seemingly falling' leaves ensconced in glass, to the lower level is the 50-seat Amber Lounge, an intimate setting featuring a curved mahogany bar, a large organic stone fireplace and textured walls softly lit with slender alabaster panels. The Amber Lounge is a fabulous venue to host special events.
  • Private Party Contact: Anthony DeSerio 8603955888
  • Entertainment: The Amber Lounge features a contemporary style menu and Live Jazz every Saturday.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Across the street from Amtrak Station/Shoreline East commuter train
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: large parking lot with lights
A word from Aspen Restaurant
Aspen Restaurant Voted Best New Restaurant for 2009 by Connecticut Magazine. A premiere destination dining experience, serving contemporary american cuisine with global accents. Aspen Restaurant is Located on 2 main street in Old Saybrook,CT.
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Aspen Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (33)fit for foodies (33)romantic (26)neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (13)notable wine list (11)good for groups (10)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • good days
    chicken
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    felt welcome will be back the chicken was awesome the fresh grill taste awesome
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience
    RNCLYG
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Aspen was an excellent dining experience for us in Old Saybrook prior to attending a concert at The nearby Katherine Hepburn Theater. The wine by the glass selections were excellent and the menus varied and appropriate. We had the filet and duck breast both cooked to perfection and calimari for an appetizer. We would definitely return here to try other menu items and to use it as a break on trips from New York to Cape Cod.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    postna
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Every course was excellent. Love the small plates. Great atmosphere. Fun special cocktails menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful birthday dinner
    Connecticut
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    First time at Aspen but won't be last. Service was amazing, attentive but not intrusive. Food presentation excellent and food itself definitely high quality and prepared exactly as requested. Drink menu was unusual and lived up to the high quality of the food. Would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant for anyone's special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time it wasn't good
    Jaykay2
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Five top for my mom's bday lunch but only had 2:00pm avail. Felt like all food had been cooked before noon. Oily fish and chips - totally soggy fries. Hanger steak was okay but everything else disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • up from DE
    favorite
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Aspen has the best food in Old Saybrook area. Al the times I've dined there the meal has been outstanding. The halibut was so delicious It is some thing I never cooked. There were no appetizer on the menu. disappointed. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. The noise level is too much, so makes it difficult to hear person sitting across from me..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to usual standards
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant a number of times and enjoyed great food. This was an exception. The clam chowder while delicious was less than luke warm. A cream base is tough to serve hot, but this was barely warm. The rest of our party enjoyed the quality of food so we decided to share a dessert. The cheesecake was either was past its prime or had been sliced and left uncovered. It was dry and tasteless. The caramel sauce was quite good. This was an unfortunate way to end our meal and quite different from past experiences. As usual the wait staff was attentive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local dining spot
    Mjc019copVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    As I stated in other reviews one of my favorites. This restaurant has a nice atmosphere, attentive staff and very good food. I highly recommend dining here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Saybrook treasure
    MyTMac
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    From the moment you walk in it becomes obvious Aspen is on top of their game, competent front of house ,fantastic wait staff and food that will blow you away.We had lobster bolognese and Berkshire pork chop both memorable for dessert custard brûlée and the gelato trio try the strawberry rhubarb flavor and cappuccino to finish,such a pleasure to eat at a place that delivers hit after hit.We will be back,soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Liketodineonthecoast
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Aspen continues to deliver an outstanding night out. Excellent food, great wine and an attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LucyAW
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We needed a place to have an early dinner - before a 6:40 lecture at The Kate. The Aspen filled that bill - and more. I had the chicken, which was great. My husband had the hamburger...enough food for two. The salads were a special treat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lemkoman
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was very good, Service was fine. Noise level was uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Bestreviews
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Everything was really good except the clam chowder was floury too much flour taste should taste like clams. The bread pudding did not taste like peaches strange taste. The duck was great and the salmon was excellent. Always a good dinner and lunch here
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    SteveB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was a little slow and my duck was very tasteless. Lobster small plate looked better that the lobster parpadelle, which we did have.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4strikesandout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Last Saturday was my 4th experience dining at Aspen, two lunches and two dinners. Each time the food and service was wonderful. However, the noise level is a real problem. Our reservation was for 6:15, by 7:00 the restaurant was full and we were shouting at each other across the table. The enjoyment of a good meal was instantly drowned out by "excuse me, what did you say, I can't hear you, say that again". I am a resident of Old Saybrook and go out for dinner quite often with family and friends, unfortunately, I don't think I will be returning to Aspen.
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  • Always a great experience
    MANDPYOLOTOUR
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We go to Aspen when we are looking for a top of the line dining experience in the shoreline area. There arent many spots like this where yo always get a great dining experience. We will be back and would recommend Aspen to anyone I know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superp restaurant
    BDKC
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have enjoyed Aspen many times & always find it to be a wonderful dining experience - great food & service, quiet enough to hear ourselves talk, small OR large plates of fresh food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs improvement
    Dino
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I applaud Aspen for modifying their menu recently and many of the dishes look very appealing. This meal, however was disappointing. The foie gras($16), after taking a very long time to arrive, was well prepared, but minuscule. I don't expect a huge portion when ordering this dish, but this was definitely skimpy. The local fluke ($28) as a main course was disappointing. This is a delicate, flaky fish that should be prepared with a light hand and fork tender. Instead, it was pan fried until it was very tough on the edges, to the point that I literally had to saw through it with a knife. There was no sauce, except for a small dollop of fig-like compote placed in the center of the presentation all on nice mashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 368 reviews are from the Aspen Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Delightful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our first trip to aspen and we were delighted with the food. The decor is lovely, except the traffic outside the window.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Lunch Spot
    GrayrayVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I'm sure Aspen is great for dinner or drinks, but we've stopped by many times for lunch driving between MA and NY. Once again we find Aspen to have a great menu, we executed and served in a very clean, pleasant setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    ctpl81
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had the pleasure of eating at Aspen. The food was cooked perfectly. Service was friendly and attentive without being obnoxious. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great local food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food was Fresh and well prepared. Waitstaff said they get produce from Whitegate farm in East Lyme. NY Strip Steak was cooked just right, Smoked blue cheese butter was perfect with it. Service was attentive and willing to accommodate special requests. The manager was very helpful checking on us and filling us in on their special promotions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    TempestaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Lovely space, earnest though absent waitstaff, atrocious food that took an excessively long time to emerge from the kitchen at a price that was wildly inflated for what it was served.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another great evening
    StefanoVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have had several wonderful dinners here in the past 2 months. Both the regular menu items (which they smartly always have on the menu) and some fantastic specilas have all been superb !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Meal
    BoSox
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Aspen just continues to have consistently great food and service. One of the best from New London to Clinton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My shrimp pasta dish wasn't flavorful. My husbands salmon was undercooked. Dessert was flourless chocolate cake and it was tasty but not fabulous. The menu is interesting but limited. I love the atmosphere and decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal at Aspen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The short rib appetizer was to die for. Melt in your mouth. I had the sear duck which was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific all around
    AnthonyCTVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our experience at Aspen was terrific. The just switched to a farm to table menu, I guess for the summer, and the food was really fine. It feels like the chef has stepped up the cuisine from last summer. My husband had the salmon (really good) and I had the Moroccan chicken (also really good). The service was very attentive, if a little rushed in the clearing process, but it did nothing to detract from a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner on a Saturday
    KimK
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I went to aspen with my sisters for dinner on our weekend away and could not have had a more pleasant experience. The food was the best meal I've ever had other than my other meals at aspen!!!! Highly reccomend it! Will be there whenever I'm in town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally enjoyable!
    BSK62614
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Charlene was an exceptional server. Answered our food questions easily. Checked with the chef about one particular question about a spice. Offered a small sample of 2 wines for my sister to try so she could pick the wine she preferred. Always checked back to the table but was not intrusive. We ordered 2 different entrees so we could share our dishes - both were exceptional, delicious - sea scallops and swordfish. We will definitely return to Aspen Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment
    KermitsmomVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had been to Aspen many times before and had thought it great. But this was our first time in a year. This time, though the server was pleasant, the service was incompetent. Our drinks took a long time to arrive. The reason? He couldn't get the bartender's attention. (We heard her loud voice talking from across the room.) When the other diners were served, my meal was whisked away. It seems that he had "pushed the wrong button" and ordered the wrong entree for me. My meal therefore arrived well after the other diners had finished theirs. Profuse apologies from the waiter and the host and their offer of a free drink really didn't cut it. I don't think we'll be returning.
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  • John
    CJEM
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We get to Aspen only 3-4 times a year when we are in the area. This time was truly exceptional ! I had Duck nachos as an appetizer which was fantastic. Our entrees were all perfect and delicious. The service was excellent with Tara as our server. I would recommend Aspen to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good but something's missing
    altieb
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We like aspen very much, but each visit feel as if something is missing... maybe it's that the restaurant lacks an identity... maybe it's that the place is kind of large and needs to be redecorated to appear more fun, lively... I don't know... Anyway, you can get great food here, really good service... no complaints... it just misses being a really special place for some strange reason, having to do with decor and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    dining4us
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and I went for dinner this past weekend for his birthday celebration. This was our first time dining at Aspen. I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and the outstanding service! We will definitely be back!! Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • martiniboy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We love Aspen for its unique good food and great drinks. We enjoy taking family and friends here as well as having eating at the bar. They have a great bar menu and very nice atmosphere. I enjoy a good dry martini with stuffed olives and they get 5 stars for this. The food is very good here with an interesting menu that changes monthly. you really cant go wrong here usually. However we ordered the Halibut last Saturday and it was not up to their standards. It was a good piece of fish but over cooked and tasteless. However they where quickly accommodating with either another dish, dessert or a drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    Mjc019copVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    In summer menu changes removed some of my wife and my favorites but they are back on and we are again frequenting the restaurant. The food is always good and cooked to perfection and the staff is always courteous and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • budget63
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great service. Did not hesitate to accommodate special requests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aspen Restaurant -Great Setting
    thetravelinladies
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    A lovely part of the Old Saybrook Country Barn, this restaurant maintains the ambiance and the elegant presentation of the rest of the complex. It is best enjoyed during the week, rather than during the hustle-bustle of weekends and during tourist season. The food is not exceptional, but it is appealing, and made even more so by the excellent presentation and quality of service. We manage to come here whenever we take the long drive down to the shoreline.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not much to complain about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Pricing was reasonable. Food was very good. Waiter seemed a little disconnected and it took two requests to get some bread but generally the service was very good. Family enjoyed it and the wife was pleased
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Local Place
    Mjc019copVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Im pretty much a regular here and food is always prepared and paired with sides very well. Menu change, less options but anyone should be able to find a satisfying dish. Lower level has a private bar and is a fantastic place for small parties.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate