Best Food in the Lower CT Valley!
We love Café Routier for its on-point menu with three panels (seasonal, regional, and specialties). Don't miss the mussels and any fresh seafood they are serving when you go in and you won't be disappointed!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kid-centric society - NOT.
I don't particularly care whether a restaurant is "kid-friendly." There should be a rule: NO KIDS UNDER SEVEN in a restaurant like this. They're annoying. No one wants to listen to a whining 3-year-old.
Service very slow despite the fact that the restaurant was more than half-empty on a Sunday at 6p.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fantastic and the service was perfect. Highlights were the grilled tuna steak that comes with the wasabi mashed potatoes, the halibut with the heirloom tomatoes as well as the risotto. Absolutely delicious! The atmosphere is lovely and casual - you will just enjoy being there. Every time we go we are never disappointed. A wonderful culinary experience for everyone in our dinner party.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Area Restaurant
We Been here many times. We never had a bad meal. Service is always excellent. It is a wonderful restaurant.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, the staff, the ambience are all superb. This little gem is one of the best on the Shoreline! I don't get to go there often,
but when I do I am never disappointed. Would not recommend for children under 13.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfection from appetizers to dessert! Creative, delectable, unique menu offerings and a great atmosphere. A bit of Manhattan in Westbrook, CT.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was uniformly very
The food was uniformly very good. Several dishes (the trout, the halibut, and the duck) were truly outstanding. However, several in our group had the paella and were somewhat disappointed, keeping me from giving the fifth star for food. I personally had the duck, and I thought that it was one of the best duck dishes I had ever had. Overall, Café Routier never disappoints. There is always excellent food and great service.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the lounge. Love their
Love the lounge. Love their restaurant. Love the people that work there. Same faces, year in, year out. Consistently great.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb as usual
We have been to Cafe Routier several times and enjoy all aspects of dining here. This is by far the best restaurant in Westbrook!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Phenomenal service. Accommodating
Phenomenal service. Accommodating host. Excellent food and atmosphere. I would highly recommend for anyone that appreciates a high quality dining experience.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always enjoy dining at Café Routier. The menu has both unique items and some staples, so there is always a nice surprise in store. The wait staff is very professional and the restaurant has a lovely ambience.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Our Favorite Restaurants...
...in the world! The food is deliciously prepared and beautifully presented. The menu changes frequently so you never get bored with the choices. There's always something new and delicious to try. Service is attentive and professional without being pretentious or suffocating. Some of our favorite dishes: gazpacho, ceviche, scallop entrees, steak frites, moules frites, frites!, fresh fruit crisp for dessert. Enjoy!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always the service was excellent and the food superb. Another wonderful night at Cafe Routier!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service, our first time there and we were not rushed to order or thru dinner. Highly enjoyable evening.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always enjoy my visits
I go to Cafe Routier 6-8 times a year. It's my favorite place on the shoreline and it compares to some of my favorite haunts in the city. Their bar and lounge is perfect for a pre dinner drink or small plate, but their dining room is super cozy and I like their corner booths and I almost always eat from their regional menus. Bravo
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our favorite restaurant
This is our favorite restaurant along the shoreline. It consistently presents great food complimented by excellent service!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, food was very good.
Overall, food was very good. I had the duck which was excellent. My husband had the paella which was just good, nothing spectacular for a $30 dish. There definitely could have been more seafood throughout. Calamari app was tasty and so was the spicy jalepeno tequila cocktail i had. Waiter was nice and attentive.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious every time!
This is our "tried and true" restaurant in this area and it never fails. We have gone with many friends on different occasions and the meals have always been prepared to perfection! If you're looking for the best food in the shoreline area, this is it!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, service and ambience
Food, service and ambience were all wonderful. Every dish was superb. I especially loved the paella. Everyone at our table thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience. Love the cozy booths.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love everything about Routier! Halibut was exceptional and the service is consistently on point!
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We keep going back!
Cafe Routier has not disappointed us on any of our visits. We're usually there early, so it's quiet and pleasant. I cannot pass up the steak frites, which is wonderful, so I have to rely on other members of my party to rate the other food. This time the paella got a big thumbs up from our friend, and my husband enjoyed his Mexican fried chicken. The fried oysters appetizer is delicious, although the dipping sauce is SO HOT that it overwhelms the delicate oysters. A waitstaff member kindly brought another sauce that is usually served with the French fries, and this was wonderful with the oysters. Desserts are terrific, and the coffee is excellent. Overall, a place to keep going back to.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the best restaurant on the shoreline - our favorite.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for an anniversary dinner
We had a great experience at Cafe Routier. We had a quiet table (as requested) and wonderful service. It was hard to choose what to eat since everything on the menu looked great. We enjoyed our meals, although the sauce with my fried oysters was too spicy for my taste. The special cocktail menu was also terrific, and not limited to martinis. Will definitely return to this restaurant.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have long considered Cafe Routier one of the finest restaurants in CT and always make a reservation when dining locally for special occasions. Everything from making the reservation, to scheduling flowers, management follow up, greeting, wait staff and certainly the quality and depth of the wine and food offerings, spectacular meal and a wonderfully knowlegeable and friendly wait person; all these made for another memorable meal out. Rate a 5+ out of 5.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mike & Mary's dinner .
Staying locally at Water's edge . Staff recommended this restaurant . Really Delightfful .A Gem . !
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a gem
Thank you for the wonderful food and service this past Saturday. Our guest on this occasion, an owner of a travel business from New Delhi, India has eaten in many top end restaurants all over the world and he thought the food served was excellent and compared well with some of the best he has ever experienced anywhere in the world.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
comfortable all around
friendly servers who know us very well and what we like, cozy atmosphere, casually hip spot. Adult drink menus are terrific. Lively bar scene. Westbrook has one of the best restaurants in CT
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have eaten at ROUTIER numerous
Have eaten at ROUTIER numerous times. Continuing changing menu and all cooked to perfection. Terrific and friendly servers and staff.
A great find and experience
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful, As Always!
We looked forward to dining again at Cafe Routier and it did not disappoint. Food, service, and ambiance exceptional as usual.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Routier Never Disappoints
We come here all the time whether it be for a quick/casual week night dinner or for Saturday romantic night out. The food is always exceptional, as is the service. The menu changes frequently so you never get tired of the selections. Also has a nice bar with great draft beer and wine selections.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
a perfect night
From walking in the door, (very kindly and subtly honored my seating request near the door for elderly with limited mobility) , to the friendliness as we left- our dining experience was top-notch. The new Autumn/Pacific NorthWest menu had just launched... all our menu choices were delicious, and we each had more than enough, needing take home boxes. The hangar steak was cooked perfectly as requested at medium rare- the sauteed spinach was SO tender, and the cauliflower accompaniment was also great. The autumn bisque was "the best soup I ever had", quoted my 90 year old mother who is a soup-a-holic!
The bread was so good we went up the street to buy a loaf the next day.
Overall, a "10" experience!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Commendable and consistent
Although Cafe Routier is a bit of a distance from New Haven, it is always worth the trip. The food is fresh, the menu innovative, and the service is professional and friendly. Unlike many restaurants with a good reputation, the Cafe Routier's food is always reliably excellent. Never disappointing.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
even our kids love this place
always something new to try, great beer selection, we share everything and usually try to eat everything on the menu before they change menus (4-6 times a year). Current regional menu (pacific northwest) has our family raving about the steelhead and crispy chicken. The Rogue Beer & Cheddar soup is amazing
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Review of Cafe Routier
Cafe Routier has a wonderful menu. We ordered the house smoked salmon for an appetizer. For Entrees we ordered the 1/2 chicken and scallops over butternut squash puree. All the food was outstanding. There is a martini menu to start off your meal. Service was prompt. Our waitress was knowledgable and really helped to make it an enjoyable dining experience. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. No wonder why it is crowded every night! We are so happy we finally ate here!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Meal,Excelent Service
Love the three part menu. The food was great, server well knowledgable if the menu. Have to try their fries!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant, we go as often as possible. Menu, food, service, atmosphere always exquisite.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorite restaurants - always a pleasant experience and great food! The menu changes throughout the year to keep you wishing you visited more often! The wait staff is pleasant and we've never been disappointed with the menu choices, presentation or taste.
A great place to visit after a day of shipping at Clinton or Westbrook outlets.
A must visit!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a party of six, and visitors to the area. This dinner will be remembered as one of the highlights of the weekend. Our group had 5 different entrees and everyone loved what they had ordered. Food was well prepared and delicious. Our waiter was very attentive and service was prompt without being rushed. The dining room was attractive with contemporary furnishings and an intimate ambiance. This is a gem!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Turning 90 with courage!
We came to celebrate my Dad's 90th! He devoured his scallops with glee and Pinot Noir! It was a terrific evening.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
twice a month for years
we remember the old days of Routier and the food has always been consistent,but we have come to appreciate the care they take to accommodate our special requests and how after all these years they do indeed stay ahead of the pack. Thank you Routier. The Bensons
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Slightly less expensive than other top area restaurants, fun menu.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went there for dinner for
We went there for dinner for the first time for my boyfriends birthday! It was his choice and he had been wanting to try the place for awhile. We were not disappointed. The food and service were excellent. The atmosphere and decor was wonderful. It has now made the list of favorites to come again and bring others!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
This Guilford Gal's favorite place
Good energy in the lounge, best big girl drinks on shoreline, tasty things to pick at OR a whole different experience in the dining room. A place to keep my in laws happy when they are in town and keeps date night alive in the lounge. Great for a long long time
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best of the best! Sat. night
I was greeted at the door by the lovely manager who made me feel very welcome.
Ben was my server and I must say that he was the best; my friend forgot to show but Ben made
me feel very comfortable and made suggestions to me when I asked.
And the duck dinner was the best that I ever ate!
Thank you for a wonderous evening.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service is always top notch. The thre part menu featuring regional ( which rotates on regular basis), seasonal, and core menu always offers something for the discerning diner. Always prepared to perfection, you will not be disappointed!
Can be noisey at times but we'll worth the food and excellent service.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were four adults, We
There were four adults, We each had a different entree. Everyone agreed that their meal was outstanding, the service excellent, the waitress very friendly, but not in your face. We did not feel hurried, and as it had been some time since the four of us have been together, we just had a lovely evening. We would definitely go there together again.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of the best in the state
The food, service, hosts, were all excellnt!!! Can't wait to go back!!!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I went to Cafe Routier for the first time this past weekend after hearing rave reviews from many friends. We were delighted with the professional, attentive service, the lovely ambiance, and fantastic food! The 3-part menu features customer favorites that do not change, and seasonal and regional (Pacific Northwest, on our visit) menus that change quarterly. Be sure to taste the frites- they are out of this world! Would absolutely recommend for a great wine list as well. SO glad to have found this gem!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
our favorite place in CT
even when we try to go to other places we usually eat dinner at Routier. We always agree that this is the best place for drinks and bites to pick at and when we have special occasions we sit in a big dining room booth. They change menus very often and this most recent Pacific NW menu with pairings was terrific. Save room for dessert because they are sensational
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just gets better
I love Cafe Routier and it is so often my go to for special meals. Now i go and staff recognize me and that makes my visit even nicer. This restaurant is one of my top ten of all time. The food is always imaginative and delicious. The service works hard to make the night special. I love the atmosphere. It is plush and warm.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM