Aspen Restaurant
Aspen Restaurant

Aspen Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aspenct.com/
  • Phone: 8603955888
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Aspen Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)special occasion (31)neighborhood gem (27)romantic (27)great for lunch (22)good for groups (12)hot spot (11)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Lunch Spot
    Grayray
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 349 reviews are from the Aspen Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
  • Easter dinner
    sperry
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a great dinner and visit with our friends. It was so much more than I expected. Service was excellent, as was the food. Thank you for such a delightful afternoon! Eleanor Cote
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints.
    Candyshapiro
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My first meal there was not long after they opened and we went for New Years Eve. Worst night to try but what a way to gauge. It was spectacular as was the service. We go often and have never been disappointed. Their grilled romaine salad is always on our order. The new menu is more farm to table and all four of us loved our meals.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Evening
    BoSox
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Perfect evening out. Very quiet table, delicious meal, great service. Two very Happy diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much like a neighborhood bar
    Pete
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Bar customers spill into dining room. They try to be upscale but pretty difficult in that enviroment
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall nice experience
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Our first time dinning at Aspen. Service was excellent. Appetizer fries & calamari excellent. Cauliflower soap outstanding! Some of the entree's were delicious, a couple were just ok. Grilled romaine salad not so good, very soggy. Scallops excellent. Grown up grilled cheese sounded wonderful, but was not; bread was barely toasted. Dessert blueberry crumble was not good; oats weren't cooked & blueberry compote seemed canned & came to table extremely hot in spots, microwaved?. Crème brulee was good with the exception of chocolate sauce on top, kind of ruined it. Carmel gelato excellent. Atmosphere nice, but we were seated in back corner, little disappointing, especially because there were so many other nice tables empty when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    Locals
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Aspen had a very nice selection of entrees, and the service was excellent. We ordered the salmon and duck breast and both were cooked perfectly. The presentation was lovely, too. This is not a restaurant for every day, way to expensive for that, but for a special celebration it was an excellent choice!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great start to a great evening
    jmclark
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner in a great atmosphere before a fabulous show at the Kate. Just perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something Has Changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Something is going on at Aspen, and it hasn't made things better. There has been a change in the bar, and it has gone down one notch. The guy who worked previously, left after the holidays. Also, the food has slipped a little. I has Salmon with lobster hash the other night. There was definitely less lobster in the dish, and I've had it 4 or 5 times. If costs have gone up, add a couple of dollars and retain the quality. Al in all, a little disappointing this time. We'll try the lunch on our next visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time as good as the first
    Killrbug
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was my second visit to Aspen and it again amazed me with their delicious food, martini menu, and service. I brought my parents with me this time and let me tell you they are tough critics and both were very pleased with their meals. The seared salmon was so delicious and delicate. We ordered the blueberry crisp for dessert and what a treat that was. I will absolutely return here again for another special occasion. Keep up the great work Aspen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal with Good Service
    JohnL
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Decor, service and ambiance very nice. Also the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The service was slow! We waited 30 minutes to place the order and the tables around us were eating their meals by the time we placed our order. My husbands steak was raw (frozen in the middle). The waiter changed the order, but there was nothing to compensate for the mistake. Nor did the manager stop by to see if everything was fine even though she was circulating throughout the restaruant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a disappointment
    DRUM1
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We have dined as Aspen sevral times and are never disappointed. Service is exceptional, food is great. We had to wait for our entrees but quite honestly did not notice until our server came over to apologize with a round of drinks on the house. All around great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.