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About Aspen Restaurant
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.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30am -5:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday Lunch 11:30am -5:00pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Boston Post Road
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Amber Lounge features a contemporary style menu and Live Jazz every Saturday.
large parking lot with lights
Across the street from Amtrak Station/Shoreline East commuter train
Thomas Prue, Chef de Cuisine
Private Party Facilities:
Descending under 'seemingly falling' leaves ensconced in glass, to the lower level is the 50-seat Amber Lounge, an intimate setting featuring a curved mahogany bar, a large organic stone fireplace and textured walls softly lit with slender alabaster panels. The Amber Lounge is a fabulous venue to host special events.
Private Party Contact:
Anthony DeSerio : (860) 395-5888
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Aspen Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
It was our anniversary and they seated us in a cosy corner table. We started with fried oysters and a grilled hearts of Romaine salad. For entrees my wife ordered the Stonington scallops and I had Lobster Bolognese, both were mouth watering. So good.......... Can't wait to go back!
Aspen is reliably good. All three of us enjoyed our dinners very much. The gluten-free dishes noted on the menu make Aspen a very good place for those who, through choice or necessity, want to avoid gluten. We ordered a dessert for the table that was just ok--the gluten-free options are not noted or as plentiful as the main menu. However, we will continue to frequent Aspen for its other excellent offerings.
Enjoyable location at the Saybrook Country Barn with innovative small plates/tapas often enjoyed with one of their many wines by the glass. This visit our service exceed my expectations. Our waiter and the back staff were right on point. Duck was cooked perfect! This is a great go-to if you are visiting this quaint town.
Menu is always interesting and food is very good - Someone back there knows how to cook. Try the Korean noodle bowl for lunch with a surprising amount of seafood on top of some very tasty noodles for only $14.00. Salads are usually very light on the dressing (needs more) and there are no salt & pepper shakers on the table which is unusual...You have to ask. Love the warm baguette with sweet butter and sea salt. Service is generally very good - Aspen is a frequent lunch spot for us.
We are residents of Old Saybrook and have been to Aspen many times since they opened several years ago in the Saybrook Country Barn building. The food is always changing and is very tasty and creative. They mix a very good drink (at least Manhattans and Martinis, which we were drinking). Service is very good and the atmosphere is subdued and comfortable. We sat next to the fireplace, which made it even nicer. Our friends had never been there and were very impressed. We intend to continue to dine there regularly.
From the atmosphere, to the menu, to the wine list and the staff, all are exceptional.
Stephan is lovely, he is always extremely professional, warm and accommodating. When asking for food substitutions, due to dietary restrictions, Stephan never makes me feel uncomfortable. We love dining at Aspen and frequent this restaurant.
Excellently prepared meals, however somewhat short on value. As a bread person, I had to ask three times to get table bread, unacceptable. When I finally enjoyed my serving of bread, it was too late to accompany my soup and salad. Also strange that none of the tables had salt nor pepper accutrements. I requested such and wondered if Chef somehow objected to their presence in light of his admittedly tastefull and well seasoned meal preparations. However, my tastebuds required some additional salt for my pea soup.
All in all, food and decor deserved 5-stars, but dedication to service was no better than 3.5-stars. I noticed the waiter skitting all over the dining room, attending to both far and near tables. Clearly this inhibited any ability to provide more personalized service as needed.
This was our first time dining at Aspen and would definitely go back. Menu was varied and interesting. I had the grilled romaine to start and the monk fish for my entre. Both were superb. Ambiance is contemporary and fresh. They were out of the 2 desserts we wanted to order so we skipped dessert. Server was adequate although a little gruff at the end of the evening as we were leaving --not sure why. Looking forward to our next dining experience at Aspen. I bet it will be nice with the fireplaces lit when the weather gets cold.
We had an ok experience due to one of our meals - a pork chop - served raw. When it was taken away by a manager since our server was busy our server stopped and asked “is everything perfect” not even realizing one of us didn’t have a dinner plate in front of him. Our other meals were good but our friend ate alone as his chop came out after we had eatten. They did apologize and take his meal off the menu but it just put a damper on the evening.
A great favorite of ours. The food is consistently well prepared and delicious (I am a fan of their small plate/appetizer menu as I like to leave room for dessert, which is well-worth the calories here). The staff is friendly and attentive. We always feel well-taken care of here. The ambiance is warm and inviting: the lighting is soft, the tables are at a comfortable distance and you can carry on a conversation with your dinner partner without shouting. Wish it was closer to home but the half-hour drive has never made us think twice.
Aspen was a little noisy even though not nearly all the tables were occupied. The Octopus Carpaccio was a great first bite, but I was looking for a little more octopus. The wine list was excellent with choices over a wide price range. The least expensive Pinot Noir was very good. The best part for me was my roasted duck breast, which was prepared perfectly -- the best I've had, and my wife loved her vegetarian dish -- cavatelli pasta.
I was visiting Old Saybrook with my daughters over the past weekend. We wanted to have a nice dinner and needed a spot that would offer gluten free options. Aspen was perfect. The food and service were both excellent. Johanna was friendly but not intrusive. She made suggestions about what would be best off the GF menu and she was right. We all enjoyed our dinners and had a wonderful evening. I would definately return there if I were in the area.
We went to Aspen for the first time on Tuesday September 19th on the occasion of our 30th wedding anniversary. The restaurant was beautiful with understated elegance. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. We ordered some prosecco and the waiters brought out some wonderful bread and whipped and coarsly salted butter. We ordered salads which were very good. My wife had steak and I had the duck. Both were delicious. After dinner we lingered over the yummy desserts below. We will definitely be coming back!
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