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Aspen Restaurant

4.6
702 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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,
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Phone number
(860) 395-5888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Thomas Prue, Chef de Cuisine
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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.
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Private party contact
Anthony DeSerio : (860) 395-5888
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Boston Post Road
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Parking details
large parking lot with lights
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Public transit
Across the street from Amtrak Station/Shoreline East commuter train
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Entertainment
The Amber Lounge features a contemporary style menu and Live Jazz every Saturday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 702 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I am frequent customer to Aspen. Good food great service and you must try their specialty bread pudding.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Overall excellent experience. Highly recommend. Server was outstanding and the food delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My wife and I have had dinner here many times. The food and service are consistently excellent. I gladly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Beautifully prepared food and very tasty. Reasonably priced. Excellent service. Promising cocktail menu - I’ll be returning just for the smoked blue cheese martini...definitely need that one again sometime.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

All food and drinks were very good. Our server was excellent- patiently waiting for drinks and conversation to cease before continuing.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Another great meal at Aspen. Tuna was perfect. Server was terrific. Will be back again and again.

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2018

I have been to the restaurant several times and have had a good meal with good service. Unfortunately this last experience was rather disappointing. Several minor things during the meal but the most annoying was when my dinner entrée was thrown out instead of boxed up to take home as I had requested. When I inquired about it I was made to feel as if I were somehow to blame. I seriously doubt whether we will be going back .

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very nice restaurant. Eclectic menu with good healthy choices in addition to some great out of the ordinary options . The lobster bolognese was delicious and a nice size portion. My husband had the pork chop and it was a good 1” chop with apples, fall vegetables and a mashed sweet potato.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very good value here. We had a very nice lunch and the selections were all in the $15-20 range. Beautiful dining room. Property is close to a busy intersection , so the view from our table wasn't the best part of the experience. Servers were very helpful.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was excellent! The ambiance was similar to Liv's Oyster Bar and Fresh Salt, but it was extremely loud.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

My husband and I went to Aspen on a Friday night before a show at the Kate. We shared the mussels to start, which were perfectly cooked and seasoned. I had the scallops, which were delicious. My husband had the filet, which he also thoroughly enjoyed. Excellent service and quality food.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

First time at Aspen. The food was very good, both in taste and presentation. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was delicious. Would definitely go back!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and service: however, the no-go for me was the crammed seating in the dining area which is also in the same room as the bar. Much too noisy to hear my wife on the other side of the table. We had to raise our voices in order to be heard. I will not return, which is unfortunate since everything else was very good.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We all thoroughly enjoyed Aspen. It's a beautiful restaurant and all of the food is delicious. Highly recommend to all....(I would consider our entire group of six critical diners and everyone was thrilled with Aspen!)

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food. Great service. Didn't "wow" me but certainly no complaints.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was great. Service was perfect. Thank you Hunter! You were awesome!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Always a pleasure eating at Aspen!
Love the small plates that are always available.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We went on Christmas Eve. I wasn't sure what food or service would be like on a holiday but both were excellent. It was a great experience!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We had such a nice evening on Christmas Eve 2016 that we decided to go to Aspen again this year (2017) and we were not disappointed. Menu includes something for everyone.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Service was terrible! We had a reservation. Sat for 15 minutes before anyone even came to take our drink order. Waiter said that we weren’t his table. Never got better. Was 35th wedding anniversary.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Nice section of food and drinks. Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Delicious meal in a beautiful restaurant

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2017

A consistently decent place for dinner with good food and dependable service.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Cocktail was weak; entrees served at room temperature, not hot. Salads were very good.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Aspen was visited after a performance at The Kate and the food , the service , the atmosphere enhanced the joy experienced at The Kate .

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Had to schedule business dinner with a colleague from out of state. All impressed with venue, food and service.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent service! Nice ambiance and delicious food!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Loved our waitress and food was excellent! Definitely good for fine dining and special occasions!

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

This was my third visit to Aspen in the last six weeks, and I’ll be back. Why? Excellent food, service, and atmosphere — and the menu features unusual dishes that are visually artistic.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

The food and service were amazing! My husband got the scallop dish and I got the lobster over egg noodles. Delish! Ambiance and service perfect! Wine list extensive and desserts great!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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