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Café Routier
Café Routier

Café Routier Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caferoutier.com
  • Phone: (860) 399-8700
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm,; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00pm; Lounge menu after 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Scott, Joe Barraco
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off Property catering available for your special events from 40 to 250 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: Parties from 50 to 120 people on site with menus designed to meet every and all respective needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Randy Hodge (860) 399-8700
  • Entertainment: A diverse global approach to background music, programmed every night to meet the 'tempo' of the respective evening. Downtempo, lounge, acid jazz, bossanova, french fusion, easy house, classic jazz, etc . . . every night you can expect a unique tour to match our mood.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Lounge parties. Wine tastings. Private luncheons. Please let us know how we can make your private function memorable.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A well lighted parking lot offers 50 spaces.
A word from Café Routier
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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was delicious & the service excellent. My only comment is that the hostess stand is tucked away with no one there to greet us. We had the scallops, halibut & steak frites - all very tasty!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We went here for our daughter's 20th birthday. She and her boyfriend are both chefs, having recently graduated from Culinary Institute of America, and they were both very impressed by all aspects of Cafe Routier. We will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "While I've had the pleasure of dining at Routier many times, we had the additional pleasure of being there on a quiet Sunday evening. From the first to the last, the service, food and experience was top notch. My past experiences have been when the restaurant was operating at full tilt. It was nice to be there when the dining room was more relaxed and quiet. I ordered from the Provence menu, while my husband and mother-in-law ordered from the summer menu. Everything was exceptional."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A lovely evening at Cafe Routier. Best meal we've had there, and the food's always good. The corner circular booth made conversation for four easy. The waiter was attentive and his service impeccable."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The mixologist deserves an ovation. The custom fresh lime margarita served "up" , was perfectly crafted . ***** The fried oysters were truly fresh, crispy and perfectly accompanied with a chipotle remoulade. Ironically the only let down was the the hangar steak which was a bit heavy."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We both had the halibut and it was almost as good as the halibut we had in Alaska, which is a big compliment! The service was excellent. We were celebrating our anniversary and the server gave us complimentary cookies with a candle for dessert."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Many visits, most of the times with new seasonal/regional menus and it's always a reliable experience. Timely seating, accommodating & friendly staff and delicious food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was great but we were there to relax and enjoy a meal which did not happen. We had an 8:30 reservation so the rush was over. However, initially it took about 20 minutes to get a cocktail. We ordered a cheese plate which was fine, nothing special, and took another 20 minutes to arrive. The dishes were literally dropped down on the table, none of the staff made any eye contact and the bus boy, between courses, moved our glasses by putting his fingers on the tops of them. Ugh! The staff was almost rude in their delivery of the food. We literally felt like the plates were being thrown at us and/or as though we had angered the servers. So despite a delicious meal, the customer service will deter our party from returning."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was my 4th or 5th trip and it is always awesome. They have a great seasonal menu that changes every couple of months and some very good items you can always count on. Be sure to try the mussels"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "we eat here often because the service is terrific and the cuisine changes all the time to sometimes familiar and avant garde regions of the world. The dining room is a great place for family dinners, but we love the bar/lounge area most when we can find a babysitter. This is a place that keeps moving the ball forward. Love how they try new things. Thank you"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Flat iron steak was chewy. Didn't care for the BBQ dusting on the Scallops. Great wait staff."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We've been visiting Westbrook for years but just finally visited Cafe Routier. What a great find! Food was top notch and delicious."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were able to snag a last minute table on a Saturday night, which was a nice surprise for such a lovely experience. The food was great, good wine list, and Rodney, our server, was awesome. I love the seasonally changing menu. We will be back for sure, even though it isn't close to home for us."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Excellent service and meal. The halibut was superb. Portion sizes perfect, finally correct sizes. Thank you. We have been to Routier often, but this was the best ever."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Driving down to the shoreline is well worth the trip to Café Routier. The service is friendly and knowledgeable, and the food so well prepared. The potato encrusted goat cheese tart is to die for - a meal unto itself!! Clam chowder with whole clams on half shells in a separate bowl is a wonderful twist on an old standard - heavenly! Hot, crusty bread is so good iit was hard to limit ourselves before the actual meal came! Atmosphere is laid back but still "grown up." None of that 'Chester' snootiness here that's so off-putting. We'll return again and again! The only sad thing: they're not open for lunch. ;-("
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We have been to Routier many times and have always had a great meal and great service. The seasonal and regional menus change often which is great because there's always something different to try. I highly recommend that you have dinner here."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Well, we enjoyed another magical and perfect dinner here again. The food was simply marvelous. Everyone loved all of their choices. The waiter and staff are very professional and perfect. I only wish I could have started dinner all over for another round!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent food, creative preparations and cordial service. The trout is beyond description."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Love the atmosphere. Martinis and mixed drinks great. Food outstanding"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We recently took visiting relatives to Cafe Routier for dinner. The food was spectacular. The service was courteous and prompt. And we had a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany the food. The chicken dish that i had was one of the best i have ever. All around a thoroughly enjoyable dinner--excellent food, good wine, great service and nice ambience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We happily returned to Cafe Routier for dinner on my birthday earlier this week. The menu is diverse, with seasonal and regional options along with a few specials, and the food is the best around. The service is great - attentive, friendly and courteous servers. Overall an excellent place for dinner!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I had previously commented on Cafe Routier. However, since that time I have been back to Cafe Routier twice. Each time the food was superb, the service great and the atmosphere was extremely pleasant. Recently i have had the spring lamb in prosciutto and the brick chicken. Both were fantastic. Also enjoyed the small plates and very good wine selection. This restaurant is easily the best place for excellent and novel cuisine on the CT shoreline"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Friendly service and comfortable seating along with an outstanding meal. Extensive wine list which was excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is a restaurant we enjoy. There is an array of dishes, some of which change and others which are old standbys. There are always a few specials. Around this time of year, it gets filled up early and the noise can be an issue. There are a lot of larger tables 5 and up, so what might be a quiet dinner for my husband and I can be less than intimate. However, John is a great waiter and the food is very good, so we keep coming back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant continues to exceed expectations every visit. I made reservations on Open Table and mentioned it was my wife'sd birthday in the comments section. The next morning I received a call asking if I wanted a cake. The cake was exceptional as was the meal."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It was our special evening out for my husbands 80th B-day. We had a very nice time. Food was very good. Husband ordered the duck and send it back to cook some more - was very good; the Trout was above expectation. The cheese cake for dessert was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Our most recent visit on a week night again demonstrated this restaurant's commitment to excellent service, notable in this part of the country. Our server arrived instantly to take our drink order, returned often without being flagged down, courses arrived on time (and hot) and the check appeared at the end without prompting. A minor nit on this visit would be some kitchen quality control issues. My skate was excessively salty, aggravated by the appropriately briny caper sauce. My companion's risotto, on the other hand, needed salt. Our first course items were perfect, however, the grilled escarole salad being especially good. Still the best restaurant on the shoreline. We'd love to see a few more reasonably priced choices on the wine list"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Took my wife there for her Birthday. She was thrilled by the restaurant, which makes her happy and therefore me happy."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Definitely will be returning. Some place you can take your Guests and get a consistently good meal. The service was excellent. Our order was placed and received in a timely fashion. No real waiting for anything. Nice to be in and out in a little over a hour. Everything was cooked perfectly. It could be considered a little pricey for the portion size. That being said a fine place to have a meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I was very anxious to get back to Cafe Routier for many reasons, but those fries were especially calling my name. And once again I was amazed at the perfection of the food and service. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have dined here many times and almost never had a disappointment. As a rule the food is excellent and very interesting."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "friendly, knowledgeable and long time servers really make this place shine. They know their product and they are very helpful when trying to decide what we are in the mood for. We come here often and one of the major reasons is Beth, Randy, Dana, John, Jaime and Dan. Thank you for always making our evenings special"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our server, John, created a very positive first impression, which set the stage for an excellent with friends. Great menu idea for three themes which you can mix and match."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "As always, Cafe Routier always comes through as my favorite shoreline restaurant. I am a vegetarian and they always are willing to vary a recipe. Their 'fries' are irresistible , dangerously good, I don't like sharing mine! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is a great place to bring friends. Great atmosphere and the food is always amazing! The sliders were amazing. Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The kind of place where I will sometimes dine alone. My husband travels often for work and I often find myself dining out alone at cafe routier (either bar or dining room)... friendly place with long time staff that always make me feel welcomed. Jaime, John, Dana, Dan, etc... friendly servers who know they will see me by myself a few times a month. The 'off the beaten path' lounge menu items are sensational like Bulgogi, fish tacos and moules. Bartenders make a great martini. Fun place "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is our favorite local restaurant, although weekend it's hard to get seated without a reservation. Lately we have been taking our chances in the lounge. I would love to be able to eat the chopped Mexican salad in the main dining room as it's become my favorite entree, but I still love other choices."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The only thing I observed French about Cafe' Routier is the name, because it was certainly not the food. I had a well executed charbroiled skirt or hanger steak with pommes frites, which I was happy with. My wife had scallops, which were seared, and then obviously put under a heat lamp and dried out, which is amateurish in an "upscale" restaurant, and shows they have issues with logistics. Coming into the restaurant you have a bar on the left and people dining on the right, but no one to meet/greet you. It is only when you walk into the dining room (uninvited) that you are noticed by staff, which is odd. I will conclude that my efforts to make a reservation did NOT payoff because airplane seating would have been more accommodating."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We live in Stamford but always make a point to dine at Cafe Routier when we are in the area. It is one our our favorite restaurants. We have never had a cocktail or meal that we have not thoroughly enjoyed."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My wife and I have been dining at Cafe Routier for a number of years and have found it to be one of the best restaurant experiences on the shoreline. We tend to go on special occasions (most recently my wife's birthday) and continue to be impressed by the menu's balance of continuity and creativity. There are, in our view, no better french fries anywhere! The barroom has a separate and equally inventive menu. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014