Aspen Restaurant

4.5
849 reviews
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Contemporary American
Aspen Restaurant Voted Best New Restaurant for 2009 by Connecticut Magazine.
A premiere destination dining experience, serving contemporary american cuisine with global accents.
Aspen Restaurant is Located on 2 main street in Old Saybrook,CT.
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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with 2 friends for dinner and drinks at Aspen. We had a well situated table right away. The staff was courteous and prompt. We asked our waitress for recommendations and shared 3 small plates: calamari, mussels, and short ribs. All were delicous. The food came quickly, presentation was appetizing, and easy to navigate... even when sharing. A strong recommendation for a pleasant evening with a diverse menu ( and good wine list!). We will be back.

L
Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great location, great food, great service! Each of us had a different lunch dish and all raved about the quality of the food. The salads are large portions. Highly recommend and look forward to returning.

JS
Naples
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and it was an excellent evening. Food, drink and service was great. We will definitely visit again on our next trip to the Old Saybrook area.

BL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

There was a long wait for our entrees and the pork chop my husband ordered was cold when it arrived. They did reheat it but I was almost finished with my entree when it came out. My husband did say the pork chop was good. I had a salad which was good and the fettuccine with clams. The sauce was not what I expected on the pasta. It was brown and tasted a bit burnt. I asked prior to ordering if it was white and the server said yes. The server was very sweet but not terribly efficient. The manager offered us deserts to make up for the delayed chop. We accepted although I would have much preferred a smoother evening .

M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The weekend tasting menu was outstanding! Every bite! We appreciate Aspen frequently. Also use the ECSO Dining Passport on other days (not weekend). Creative chef!

MP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been awhile since I've been to Aspen. Don't know why I stayed away. Food is excellent. Nice vibe and environment. Bar area is very nice if you'd like to eat at the bar.
Was able to get a reservation for 3 on a Friday night and I'm glad we went. All of us opted for some of their scrumptious salads with a protein added. Two of our group ordered the Grilled Romaine salad, one with Salmon the other chicken. I had a Beet Salad that had (hard to describe) a delicious Blue Cheese Lemon Cheesecake hiding underneath the lettuce. It was delicious and pared with the hanger steak the blue cheese cheesecake was a perfect compliment.
We indulged and started off with their Parmesan Garlic Fries......they came with two dipping sauces and that was our "guilty pleasure" of the evening.
Great food.....again, don't know why I hadn't been back there in so long.

E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had guests from out of town visiting and took them here last year. They specifically requested we return....it did not disappoint!

AM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Aspen has offered a number of regional
menus this summer, and their Napa menu was excellent. They also offered wine pairings by the glass. The food was very good, and the 4 course menu price of $40 was very reasonable. Service was attentive , and they slowed down the pace as they saw us enjoying our discussion. All in all, It was a nice night and a great meal.

JK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable evening in a warm welcoming space. Service was friendly and professional. Wine list was interesting with less than expected mark up. Food was exceptional. Creative, well presented, and cooked as requested. Looking forward to returning when in Old Saybrook again

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. We had the short rib appetizer and the squash blossoms, both were great. For dinner we had the scallops and the pappardelle with lobster. Again, they were excellent. Scallops were cooked perfectly and the pasta had a good amount of lobster. We had the sticky toffee pudding for dessert and it was very good. I’ve been here several times and they just seem to be getting better.

BK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu is superb. We have returned a number of times to enjoy each new region. This is a gem of a place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Squash blossoms appetizer was delicious. We had the scallops and lobster bolognese, both were phenomenal. Best meal we’ve had in years. Can’t wait to return!

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both had the seared scallops with lobster fried rice which was delicious & the service was outstanding.

NT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It has been several years since I have dined at Aspen, an upscale restaurant in Old Saybrook CT. The chef has definitely kicked it up a notch. I loved an entrée of sliced duck breast with purple sticky rice, bok choy and a splash of hoisin sauce and my friend was equally pleased with Stonington scallops served with lobster and bacon fried rice. The bar mixed a very good cosmo, but the craft beer selection was slim. The sound level was low to moderate and there was enough space between tables to have a quiet conversation. Prices seemed reasonable for the value. I recommend this spot highly with the caveat that the vegetarian /vegan options are slim to none. Carnivores and seafood lovers will be happy!

RE
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Aspen’s by chance on a ride tthrough CT on our way home to RI. We enjoyed the freshness of the food and the unique choices. The small plates and appetizers were tasty and beautifully presented. The service was attentive and spot on. I hope to stop again on our way through CT.

KD
New England
126 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! WHAT GREAT IMPROVEMENTS. ASPEN WAS TERRIFIC BEFORE, BUT IT'S OVER THE TOP NOW. GREAT NEW MENU, FANTASTIC WINE SELECTIONS AND GREAT SERVICE. LOVE IT

b
New England
35 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Aspen is always a great experience. Restaurant was totally full for the 4th of July weekend. Server stopped by at beginning to apologize in advance that she needed a minute (big party was just finishing up) but after that service was very good and she was friendly and knowledgeable even late on a busy night. Salmon was terrific and pork chop was very tender and worth trying. Drinks were terrific- Gin Set Matcha was a hit. Had the donuts and cinnamon ice cream for dessert and was very good. All in all a high point in the area for dining.

GC
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent choice for lunch. The menu was different - lots of good choices for those with different food preferences. I had the scallops over a bacon fried rice that was delicious, and my friend had the classic fish and chips. Maybe more than some would like to spend for lunch, but my friend and I wanted more than a deli and liked that we were able to talk quietly and without interruption at a nice table with pleasant air conditioning on a hot day.

J
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and great food. My Salmon was simply outstanding and my wife's pasta with lobster was loaded with lobster meat.

We will go there often.

L
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive but not overbearing. The food was well prepared, nicely presented. The salads are especially good.
My only issue was the tuna was very grainy, not a good cut & full of veins. Tasty but too difficult to eat.

S
New England
56 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regular diners at Aspen and we ALWAYS have a wonderful evening or lunch there.
The food and service are always exemplary and the new "prix fixe" menus on weekends are exciting and help expand your palate for different cuisine!!
I would highly recommend Aspen for anything from a romantic evening, a business lunch, or just a casual get together anytime.

m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequented ASPEN when we first moved to Old Saybrook. The staff was welcoming and always going above an beyond for their patrons.
We stopped going due to the menu never changing and when it did change there was nothing that trilled us for small plates or dinner.
We decided to try the restaurant again a few months ago an we were pleasantly surprised how the menu had evolved.
We have been back several times and have brought friends and we all enjoyed the service and food.

BE
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and excellent service.
The food was 5 star until the Entre. Unfortunately, the tenderloin was over-cooked, twice! Frustrating and disappointing since everything was otherwise excellent. We will go back.

CL
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience was excellent. The hostess, waiter and food was the best. The mussels and chicken with harissa were outstanding. Tables are a bit close to each other, although that did not interfere with our ability to have a nice conversation with each other. We had a table for two.

CT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day - The ambiance was cozy and the food was delicious!

NN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Great selection.

h
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

food took too long to get to table. food was warm, not hot. waitress was not attentive to a drink (diet coke) order. the noise was loud. the food portions will ridiculously small.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We usually have great meals and get the same hanger steak every time. We were there after the dinner rush which would mean more attentiveness. Our meals we’re cold & disappointing.

LR
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

We always enjoy Aspen for it’s pleasant atmosphere, great service and eclectic dishes. The chef does an excellent job of adding a unique flair to many of their offerings, especially seafood. I had the mushroom egg drop soup and clam pasta. Both were excellent. The soup was truly unique and was loaded with a variety of mushrooms, soba noodles and Asian spices. Very special - almost a meal in itself. The clam pasta was done in a black garlic sauce with about a dozen clams (large portion). I would have preferred slightly smaller clams as those served were closer to cherrystone size rather than littlenecks, however they were tender and perfectly cooked.
My wife had the baby wedge salad and roasted salmon and she thoroughly enjoyed both.
We finished with a cappuccino and the coconut creme brûlée. A perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
We were celebrating my wife’s birthday. She wasn’t disappointed.

d
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Today’s service seemed to be a bit off. Bread basket was never served and the lunch entree portion was small (I.e lamb kebab portion size was like an appetizer rather than an entree). A bit disappointing.

KD
New England
126 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new menu and wine list. So excited to see such great changes.

S
New York Area
212 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We had crab cakes, hummus, philly cheesesteak app, and deviled eggs. Superb! Kate, our server, was excellent too! Everyone was warm and friendly. Great place to eat in Old Saybrook.

N
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Easter and everything was great. One of my favorite restaurants.

DP
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The options were small and the bill was high. OK...we can get over that.
But 9.00 for a piece of frozen cake that was tiny???

R
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Best food in at least a 50-mile radius. Service was a bit slow this time, but if you ask, they definitely respond. New York prices but also New York quality.

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was exceptional, service was friendly and attentive. Dining area was comfortable and quiet. We will be back. Restaurant gave a 15% discount because we were attending a show at the Kate.

ES
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and great service. I would have preferred if they left all our plates until our last guest finished as she was clearly still eating. They had a dish that was messy but didn't have wet naps, which they should. But when asked, they brought her wet and dry towels, which was nice. The lobster roll was expensive but small and loaded with fries. Our guest that ordered that would have preferred more of the main dish and no side or, at a minimum, to be offered the option of a healthier side. But overall the food was very good and the menu different/innovative. Will happily go again.

CA
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, our lunch at Aspen was a 50/50 experience. My salmon entree was excellent; however, the lamb/veggie kabob entree was way less than stellar due to the extremely tough/inedible lamb that was also much too well done. On to dessert where the chocolate bomb with raspberry coulis was beyond excellent; however, the simple ice cream sundae was just so-so (I think it needed all those toppings we declined). Anyway, we will return to give Aspen yet another try.

AH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

peaceful atmosphere, excellent service, and our food was delicious. there were 6 of us - 3 had the scallop dinner and 3 had the salmon dinner. both entrees were served hot and tasted amazing. cosmopolitan is highly recommended. we’ll be back.

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