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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
  • "Service was terrific! Wine was delicious, which was recommended by the server. Food was beyond delicious! Prices were great! Can't say enough good things about this place. definitely recommend it to anyomne!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Love the food and atmosphere. Service was slow and somewhat inattentive by the waitress. Maybe just an off night, we love it there and have never had an issue before. The other waitresses and manager were on top of things. We saw many parties come and go. We had to get up to ask for the check and it was just slow..... Always yummy food."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "It was our first time having dinner here but definitely not our last. The duck was tender and delicious. The halibut was outstanding. We loved sitting in the comfortable booths. It was so nice to have a waiter who was informative and attentive. Can't wait until next time!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "we go about 10-15 times a year and have been dining with them for about ten years. We love that the menus change 5-6 times a year, the regions or themes can sometimes be fantastic, always the opportunity to try new things. This is a place that clearly chooses comfort over formality and it shows in how the staff tries. Same staff incidentally for years. My current favorite dish is the halibut which may have us back a few more times before menu changes. Pan Seared halibut over heirloom tomatoes, sauteed spinach w/ corn basil butter sauce. yum"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Our waitress was outstanding. The best service I have ever had. Great menu. Thinking about having our holiday party there this year."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Over-done menu with an effort to be something they are not....shows in the food, which is over-cooked and not really flavorful."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Only drawback is slow. I had duck with rattatouille filled tomato. Absolutely perfect. My husband ordered bouillabaise with a spicy broth. Also had a starter crab cakes. Very good with capers. Server very knowledgable and friendly."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Consistently terrific. Good food, well prepared, highly recommended. Great service."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was a very good dinner. Got the halibut and it was complimented by the heirloom tomatoes and corn pesto sauce. The food just complimented each other perfectly and the portion was perfect. My husband and I don't go out very often and always hope for the best when we do but this was definatly a home run. The service was excellent as well."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Dinner at Cafe Routier is always pleasant. The waiter was very attentive to our friend who requested a gluten-free menu. He answered all questions, and was quick to offer to check on items he wasn't sure about. Our friend was very pleased with the choices that were available to her. A word of warning - the mussels appetizer is delicious, but HUGE! Either share it with someone, or get it as your dinner! As always, the steak frite is my favorite."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Every time I dine here, no matter lounge or dining room, I always have a nice, comfortable, experience. Food, service, drinks.....consistently good."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Well worth the trip from West Hartford just to eat there. Love how they vary their menu with season offerings and varied regional offerings"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I keep coming & it is due to consistency of the meals!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed a pleasant dinner. The scallops were a bit rich, but delicious."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Consistently good food and service. Never have had a bad meal here."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Our waitress was grumpy and impatient, thus setting the stage for an unpleasant evening. Place was noisy, food was ok but mood was off. Happy to leave."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The fried oyster appetizer is always excellent! Bouillabase and Hanger Steak were outstanding entree options."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Special House Fries-PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH AMAZING!! Cannot wait to go back-Risotto with Heirloom tomatoes-YUM- Halibut was beyond"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "the current regional menu Provence is excellent. The mustard rosemary duck & the pan seared halibut over heirloom tomatoes were highlights. Friendly servers who know what we like. wonderful staff"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We go at least once a week,yes we are regulars and that is special on both sides of the table. However I like to observe customer service wherever I go. It is what I strive to be the best at in my work. Let me tell you nobody is perfect but if you try to be the best everyday you have a much better chance. These guys put in the effort and it shows. P.S. Very little turnover in staff what does that tell you?"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the food was better than expected. The best crab cakes I've had in a long time. Seafood entrees were fresh and delicious"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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