An excellent meal
We had an excellent meal at Aspen...and a few wonderful custom crafted cocktails. The staff was incredibly friendly, and they waited on us hand and foot. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Old Saybrook.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
not your run of the mill restaurant
not your run of the mill restaurant, always something new to try, always enjoyable
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a great lunch on a Sunday.
Had a great lunch on a Sunday. Seared tuna small plate and scallops main both excellant!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of our regular restaurants.
One of our regular restaurants. Always very good food and service, although expensive. On popular eat-out nights it can be noisy (Friday, Saturday..), especially with the bar right there next to the dining room, but on an off night (Sunday) it is pleasantly quiet.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I very much enjoyed all of
I very much enjoyed all of the small plates we selected and your homemade soup of the day. Everything was superb especially the lobster bolognese. The only improvement I would have liked to see was an offer to refill my iced tea. We definitely plan on returning and recommended Aspens to our friends.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A very nice meal, excellent
A very nice meal, excellent recommendations by our server made for a perfect evening with friends.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Been here twice, once on a
Been here twice, once on a quiet weekday and once on a busy weekend. Both times had excellent food and service, wokd definitely return. BBQ bacon wrapped shrimp, lamb meatballs, and the Aspen Burger are menu highlights that I'm still salivating over. Highly recommended!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service were
The food and service were flawless. The entire experience was wonderful.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful experience
We had a wonderful experience at The Aspen on 4/20/2013. It was our second visit and we will definitely be returning.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reservation not ready
Although we had made an 8 PM reservation, we were not seated until 8:20 PM. A bit frustrating!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great time there on
Had a great time there on Mother's Day. Great food, relaxing meal, great service.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Mother's Day find
I waited for the last minute to make a reservation for Mother's Day (bad daughter) so my expectations were not high in finding a quiet spot with an assortment of plates for different tastes. I was delightfully surprised by our late lunch at Aspen Restaurant! Not only was the dining exquisite, but the pace was leisurely, the wait staff friendly and attentive, and the reservations were staggered so there was not an overwhelming crowd seating all at the same time.
There was a special menu for the holiday in addition to the regular menu which was also a welcome surprise.
We will be sure to make another trip to this delightful dining spot.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A first time find
Made reservations at Aspen due to its proximity to The Kate. We were seated quickly by friendly host Jasmine. Ben and Joe were our efficient waiters. Martini was not as chilled. Suggest they bring the shaker to pour into chilled glass at the table. Appetizers were perfectly proportioned for sharing, same with salad. Sirloin entree was OK. Blackfish special was outstanding. Another member of our party had the Hanger steak and it was delicious. No time for desert after the show as the kitchen closes at 10pm. This was a bit surprising for a Friday night for a place with a nearly full restaurant and bar just before 8pm. I'm use to dining in Manhattan where kitchens don't close until much latter. Aspen will see us again throughout the summer.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Lunch ...Fantastic Service!
Great lunch...outstanding service. Our waitress was very accommodating and lovely. Couldn't have been better!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
first time but not the last. the food was exceeded only by the excellent and friendly service. great menu with interesting choices.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant in Old Saybrook!
I loved the food at Aspen. I had the goat cheese salad to start and it was delicious. The pecans were seasoned quite nicely and that seasoning added to the dish. For my entree, I had the cod with a carrot and ginger puree and it was delicious. My husband had the breast and mashed potatoes, which he really enjoyed. He also had the potato soup to start and thought that it was very tasty. The food was nicely presented and the positions were a great size. The servers were very pleasant and attentive and the ambience was great. The hotel is off a main street in a house. It felt very homey, but still had an upscale feel to it.
I would definitely return.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried this place after hearing good things about the food. It was better than expected. I'm always looking for a great place for great food and this was one of them. Fresh ingredients, presentation, and fantastic taste came through in our meals. Well done! We will be back
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always delicious, best service!
This is one of the best dining experiences we have always. When wanting a exquisite meal we pick Aspen. I've been there both for lunch and dinner and have NEVER been disappointed.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My sister suggested Aspen for an anniversary dinner. My husband and I were delighted with the food and the service. Great choice!!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative chef, well run restaurant-
Creative chef, well run restaurant--one of the best in the area.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arguably the best in the area....
We really enjoyed being back. Had friends from NYC and they were impressed. Ben the waiter was great! Tuna entree was very good but the Lobster Bolognese was a killer. A must next time. Enjoy!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aspen is always my first choice - delicious, innovative menus and attentive friendly staff. Always a delight (especially
after shopping on site!)
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food, nice ambiance
We had a late night meal at Aspen. We selected several small plates since we had had a large brunch meal earlier in the day. The food was excellent, and made from the freshest local ingredients. We had wonderful service and totally enjoyed our meal. I would definitely visit again.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dined on a quiet Tuesday night. Service was above board and the food . . . excellent! Squash Flowers stuffed with light and creamy ricotta served on a bed of diced tomato salad melted our mouths. Lobster Bolognese on pappardelle was creamy with a hint of tarragon. . . lobster was plentiful . . . outrageous! I only wish this restaurant was in Bergen County!
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dine at Aspen frequently and have never been disappointed, this past week was no exception on that front but will say there was an exceptional addition, a current special is an Asian Lobster Fried Rice which is one of the best dishes I've had there and that is saying something, truly excellent. As always the staff is extraordinary in helping my wife sort through her dairy allergy in choosing her meal. Ben was our waiter this week and he gets top points for his helpfulness. Looking forward to the next visit.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-theater dinner at Aspen
The food is always good at Aspen, but when the restaurant gets crowded, the waitstaff gets less attentive, and mistakes are made. For instance, my friend and I asked to split a salad with dressing on the side. Both of us were initially given full salads fully dressed. Although the mistake was remedied, the waiter who served us the salad (not our initial waiter) was a bit incredulous. Not a good way to start the meal. But the rest of the meal was delivered in a timely fashion and was very good. We had to wait awhile for the bill but got out in time to make our theatre engagement. We will return but not on a Saturday night.
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food,wonderful service
Excellent food,wonderful service
Saturday night is. A real happening place
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
creative and delicious!
The food from the apps to main dishes to desserts are all made with attention to every element. There is nothing boring on the menu, in fact it is difficult to make a decision of what you will order. The short rib app falls right apart you don't need a knife! If you have not been to Aspen yet you are missing out! the chef really knows what he is doing
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I go to Aspen fairly frequently. It's consistently an excellent place to enjoy a meal. Of the fine dining places in Old Saybrook, Aspen has the best service and ambiance. Liv's and Fresh Salt have amazing raw bars that Aspen lacks, and Fresh Salt can shine when it gets amazing fresh seafood, but neither is as consistently professional in the service food presentation.
I celebrated my wife getting a promotion last night at Aspen and, much to my joy, there were two excellent locally sourced entrees on the menu (not specials). A local steak and a local flounder. Both were very very good. I hope this is a sign to come as the addition of top notch locally sourced ingredients could really set Aspen apart from the competition.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met for Lunch with Old Friends
We met for lunch with another couple because Aspen was located conveniently, about one hour from each of us. Aspen more than met our expectations with excellent food at very reasonable prices. Wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. We will remember Aspen for future similar events.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big time dining in a small town.
The food, wait staff, and wine list are like nothing I have seen in any other restaurant in the area.
The calamari was some of the best I ever had.
I got the Aspen burger and my fiancé got the braised short ribs.
Both dishes were, dare I say, flawless.
There are affordable menu items for those with tighter wallets and some big priced menu items for those who want to be adventurous
I HIGHLY recommended trying Aspen restaurant.
For me and my fiancé, there was no disappointment.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dress Up Dinner...
The dinner at Aspen was purely random. We needed what we hoped would be a very nice restaurant to substitute for the post wedding formal dinner party that didn't happen. The wedding was cancelled a week before, but we from Texas had airline tickets and hotel reservations, and a six year old granddaughter that had a special dress for attendance at her first wedding.
Made the reservations on-line, and made a comment about Vi's favorite dish being Mac-and-Cheese, and that it wasn't on the menu. We were in Mystic when my phone rang...it was Aspen wanting to confirm that we were going to show up, and that they were preparing a special Mac-and-Cheese for Violet.
Arrived, seated at a corner table, and had just a great time. Wonderful service!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aspen is our go too place.
Aspen is our go too place. There is always an amazing special added to the great menu, this past Saturday's pork belly sliders small plate was no exception, could have ordered two of these and been very happy but would have missed out on the phenominal hangar steak special. We love the service at Aspen...Ben was our waiter and have had the luck of having him wait on us more than a few times in the last couple months and he continually does an exceptional job...up to the point he now asks if we want the "usual" drink when we first sit down, gotta love that. Other stand outs on the service side are Amy and Aaron, always knowledgeable and engaging. We will be back again, and again. Thanks all for a continued great experience.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Favorite Restaurant
We have dined at Aspen on several occasions and have NEVER been disappointed. We have brought many friends who have all loved the atmosphere, food, wine, EVERYTHING!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
The last time we dined at Aspen was for Valentines, so I guess this will be our special occasion location. It was romantic, delicious food ( salmon, steak) and served well. Thank you!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a beautiful evening
We are regular diners at Aspen and we consistently enjoy GREAT food, great cocktails and wine, and wonderful service.
Ya can't miss with a dinner here !!!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good restaurant
Just felt a bit rushed by the service. A little breathing time between service is always pleasant.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Where to Dine on the Shoreline
Aspen serves terrific food from a friendly helpful staff in a beautiful room. Meals are always good, drinks are never watered down, the wine list is sophisticated without being snooty. Its a great place. Go and enjoy. No matter what you order, get it with the truffle fries - or just get the truffle fries. And put away your shorts, t-shirts and flip flops - this joint is classier than that!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found Aspen on the web and chose it for the interesting menu. The food was innovative and well prepared
and presented. Our waiter was great. Nice atmosphere
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aspen first look
I was extremely pleased at the variety of top notch food choices. I would say that the menu was a wide spectrum of French- American cuisine with a hint of Orient in the fish plates. Finding a restaurant that offers beef short rib, duck, wild bore is amazing. They also have high end fish dinners including lobster, salmon, scallops, and tuna. It does not matter what you select, they incredibly paired sauces and finely chosen sides are impeccable. Seeing that amount of creativity in each dish deserves an award. I will be back many times until I have had there entire menu.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Old Saybrook's best
This is our favorite in Old Saybrook. Excellent ever-changing menu. Relaxed atmosphere. Consistently good service. Well-trained staff. Creative chef. Availability of small plates a plus for those watching their calories.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Group of Six
Six different entrees, not one bite left! Entrée size was very reasonable. Delectable flavor from the salmon, steak, burger, pork chops, to roasted asparagus. Pricing was very reasonable considering the entrée sizes. We had local beers, wine, and soft drinks. We did not partake in desserts since we were full from our entrees. The coffee was not dehydrated/burnt, making for a wonderful end to a wonderful meal. Average price, with tax and tip, for each meal/drink (6) was approximately $38.00.
The atmosphere was wonderful. Sufficient soundproofing to allow for casual conversation without straining to talk or to be heard. Make sure to have a reservation! Service was efficient, courteous, and accommodating. My party will visit again!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great "Season" at Aspen
We come to the shoreline on a seasonal basis (April-November) and over the last few years frequented area restaurants, but Aspen absolutely has become our go to place with near weekly visits. From seasonal changes to the menu, weekly specials, and fantastic service we are already looking forward to next year. The past weekend was no exception, loved the Duck entrée and my wife's steak cooked perfectly. Special shout out to our waiter Ben, he's handled the small inconvenience of my wife's dairy allergy exceptionally well on many occasions, his knowledge of the menu and food in general constantly give more options than expected. Great job by Christine (new manager) for ensuring a very pleasant attitude and keeping to very high standards.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
nice quality time
We dinned with very special guests from Cyprus. The hostess accommodated my request to take my credit card 2 days prior so we could eat without my guest trying to pay. Our meals were perfect. Waitress paid enough attention to meet our needs but not annoying. All around each person food quality was great.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wanted everything on the menu
I was impressed with the variety on the menu.. I could have gone down the tapas list and had every plate. This was my 3rd time dining here and have been very satisfied each time. Not to brag, but I am an excellent cook... so my standards when I go out are pretty high. The Fois Gras, Short Ribs and were excellent. (Had the pork belly last time , also wonderful). The main meals were cooked perfectly - med rare Duck and a Fish Special (Opa) that was delicious. Great service. Oh- and of coursedessert...flourless chocolate cake..yum ! w Salted Caramel Gelato... Nice pear tart too.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always the BEST!
We have dined at Aspen on several occassions. We have brought many friends and family members. We have NEVER been disappointed and everyone we bring shares our HIGH opinion of this fabulous restaurant. We brought my father-in-law for his Birthday, it was his first time at Aspen and he loved it. Our server and all of the supporitng wait staff were attentive and accommodating.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM