Café Routier
Café Routier

Café Routier

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caferoutier.com/
  • Phone: 8603998700x
  • 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 8603998700x
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Café Routier reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)special occasion (68)romantic (52)neighborhood gem (51)notable wine list (41)vibrant bar scene (36)good for groups (18)hot spot (17)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • elana
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Beautiful dining room. Wonderful service. Menu is accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    we have been to routier a lot lately. But I called them and wanted to wow a special friend who for now just beat a serious ailment and had some dietary restrictions and the kitchen and GM put a show on for us and we had a very memorable evening. These people care and they do their jobs well. what a night. thank you for going above and beyond routier. we'll be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    B1940
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Cafe Routier is probably the most outstandingly consistent restaurant I've ever experienced! This applies to all categories--service, food, selections, etc. The additional good news is that you don't have to take out a second mortgage to have a wonderful full experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST ON SHORELINE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    WE LIVE ON THE CT SHORELINE ALL SUMMER AND CAFE ROUTIER IS THE PLACE TO GO WHEN FRIENDS VISIT OR JUST THE TWO OF US OUT FOR A GREAT DINNER. SEVERAL YEARS OF GREAT MEALS AND NEVER A BAD ONE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    Foodiefind
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were very impressed by Cafe Routier. The seasonal and regional menus are a nice concept and offered some unique and beautiful dishes. The food was wonderful, and paired very well with our wine. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute decision
    Dinner42
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Our go-to restaurant when we want consistent, quality food. Gourmet fries are a great way to get started. Excellent seafood choices. Waiter hand-stuffend olives for my martini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a Gem
    cookinpic
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner on our Anniversary. The Duck was cooked to perfection and the Halibut was wonderful, such a nice presentation. Not to miss the dessert, the peach/blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream is to die for. Best restaurant on the shoreline with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    KermitsmomVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have dined here probably 20 times (see previous reviews). This is the most consistently excellent restaurant we have ever been to--and we have been to the best in NYC, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. We have never had a bad meal. We have never had bad service. The menus are inventive but not outrageous; there's a third of the menu with the tried and true; another third with seasonal specialties which change--of course!--with the seasons; and the final third with regional specialties which change every so often. The servers are professional, pleasant and informative. I can't think of a better place to dine on the Shoreline!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FindingFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My Wife and I stopped here on a whim as we were travelling through. This place was fabulous...what a find. The food and service was top notch. You should stop by too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem at the seashore
    Penzance
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Upscale dining amidst the hubub of shore restaurants. Delicate, creative seasonings, freshest of greens. Duck cooked to perfection, tender & tasty. Mussel appetizer with chopped tomatoes and saffrom sufficient for a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful
    ladybird
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A great find, both my husband and I really enjoyed our dinners. Our new favorite place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allison
    Allie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food is fabulous, delicious and creative. Service outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Find!
    Bethala
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • August 2014
    Rcw818
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner with friends
    Lynette
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long time customer still happy
    bistrolover
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it
    Specialdiet
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was our second time at Cafe Routier while vacationing in Westbrook and it was a delightful dining experience . The chef was very helpful with my dietary restrictions. During the summer we enjoyed Wild Alaskan King Salmon that melted in your mouth. I would say that it's not really for young children, but they were also able to accommodate my well behaved 12 year old with is picky pallet! Reservations is a good idea, because many times the restaurant is packed! My only complaint was that the air conditioning was too cold in the middle of the summer. I dressed appropriately and brought a sweater, but it was still TOO cold. The ladies room upstairs reflected the charm of this classic French-American establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just not up to it
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Over-done menu with an effort to be something they are not....shows in the food, which is over-cooked and not really flavorful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food
    Ckbforfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super as always
    ZorroVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Consistently terrific. Good food, well prepared, highly recommended. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    homerun4jf90
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasant dinner experience
    eaterouterVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I always know what to expect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Every time I dine here, no matter lounge or dining room, I always have a nice, comfortable, experience. Food, service, drinks.....consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Routier
    marv
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Well worth the trip from West Hartford just to eat there. Love how they vary their menu with season offerings and varied regional offerings
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Chewy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I keep coming & it is due to consistency of the meals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our last minute dinner in Westbrook
    JaneAusten123
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed a pleasant dinner. The scallops were a bit rich, but delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We like it!
    thefoodgroup
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Consistently good food and service. Never have had a bad meal here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress grumpy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Birthday Dinner!
    GrammaD
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The fried oyster appetizer is always excellent! Bouillabase and Hanger Steak were outstanding entree options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kelly
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Special House Fries-PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH AMAZING!! Cannot wait to go back-Risotto with Heirloom tomatoes-YUM- Halibut was beyond
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our favorite place
    bistrolover
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency says it all!
    FrisVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    KandD
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    PrincessJJ
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always terrific
    AnthonyCTVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well done, Cafe Routier.
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RSquared
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.