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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.

2 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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,

Cross Street:
Boston Post Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 395-5888

Website:
http://www.aspenct.com/

Entertainment:
The Amber Lounge features a contemporary style menu and Live Jazz every Saturday.

Parking Details:
large parking lot with lights

Public Transit:
Across the street from Amtrak Station/Shoreline East commuter train

Executive Chef:
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

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
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Special Occasion (13)
Casual (12)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tapas (5)
Business Meals (4)
Healthy (4)
Authentic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Waterfront (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I come to Aspen frequently when the occasion fits the venue & its consistently good
pleasant staff , tasty good in a comfortable ambiance

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Once we found our way in, everything was great. Our server, Hunter, was attentive and helpful, the atmosphere was warm and pleasant and the food was wonderful. Save room for dessert - the bread pudding was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was outstanding- salmon is always perfect and chicken entree was moist and flavorful. We go to Aspen a lot and it's consistently outstanding.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We love Aspen and participate in the rewards program. We have never had a disappointing meal. Everything is fresh and local.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great place. Give it a try. A little busy.....but feastive.....nice service.....good food....nice wine list and cocktails

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As always the evening was great , thank you very much

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We are always pleased with Aspen. Great food, great atmosphere and excellent service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent in every way. Celebrated my wife's birthday in style and will return when it is my turn!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Couldn't have been any better. Charlene took such good care of us. The food was exceptional.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We had an excellent dinner at Aspen. The grilled romaine and Harissa Rubbed Chicken were delicious. Our server was attentive and friendly. A great evening. We'll be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Everything from service, decor, food and drink were just perfect. We couldn't get a reservation at another restaurant in the area and were so glad. It was a better meal than the very popular place we intended on. This is not to be missed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

This restaurant has great food, reasonably priced with great ambiance. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. I would highly recommend Aspen to my friends for a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our waiter, Hunter was attentive and made great recommendations. The hanger steak and lobster pasta dish were both exceptional meals enjoyed by our party of 3.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very friendly staff with lovely upscale decor. Pleasant overall experience. Enjoyed the braised salad and all the "small plate" offerings. Pork Chop was tasty but not very tender or plentiful. Sides all were delicious. We plan to return next month.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fun, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our favorite spot to bring guests to Old Saybrook.
Has yet to disappoint, great drinks and wine list and daily specials that are creative, thoughtful and delicious. While not cheap this place is not crazy expensive . We have come to know the staff as well and they are all wonderful

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had been to Aspen's several times before, both with small and large groups. This evening it was later than usual as we were picking someone up at the train from NYC, but we had a reservation. Our meals were good, but not up to par with our previous experiences, perhaps because it was late? We also felt rushed by the service staff since they wanted to leave for the evening, but other than that they were very friendly and efficient. Bottom line was this evening will not dissuade us from going back another night since we've otherwise had great dinners.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Aspen has been a regular dining spot for us for years...... but we rarely have time for a nice lunch as we did this date....... and as always, it was GREAT!!! DON'T MISS !!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Excellent food and service

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great food and service. Had the grilled romaine salad, the short ribs appetizer and lobster bolognese and all were excellent!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent service at Aspen - every time. Knowledgeable waitress who could answer all questions in detail. Delicious food. Beautiful presentation of entrees. Chef accommodated diet restriction. Highly recommended.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Enjoyed yet another meal at Aspen and brought a guest who loved the menu and food. We had a very good meal during a busy time. The short ribs are a favorite! Would come again.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Went for our anniversary and had a very good meal. The grilled romaine salad was excellent as was the short rib appetizer. Scallop main dish with carrot puree was flavorful, but would have liked to see larger scallops which would have allowed for a more tender preparation with better texture. Service is consistently friendly and very good. The wine list was sparse and slightly expensive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Celebrated our 60th anniversary, wanted something special. After reading reviews we were skeptical - too many complained of poor service and food. Our experience was just the opposite (this was our first Aspen dinner experience, we'd had lunch there in the spring), both service and food excellent. Good crowd but noise level low. Food portions just right - not huge. Several good restaurants in Saybrook area, we think this is one of the best.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Had an excellent weekday dinner at Aspen. Great menu options and attentive, competent service. Really consistent performance, visit after visit. Aspen is a favorite of ours.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Terrible server ruined what otherwise could have been a positive experience. Initially arrived early for our reservation and were warmly greeted when we asked if we could either dine before our reservation time or enjoy a drinks at the bar before being seated(ever so kind hostess welcomed us to do either). After pleasant pre-meal cocktails at the bar we then moved to our table when the experience went downhill thanks to the carefree(or more accurately could "care less"), inattentive and largely absent server Stephan. While we knew how we wanted the meal to progress after expressing our intent to him(a couple of courses each before our mains) this was not in the cards as both Stephan and the first appetizers were nowhere to be found(actually he seemed more attached to the bar than we were just prior). He could have bothered to offer more wine, a brief check-in, or at least an indication that the appetizers would arrive in due time(to note: the dining room tables and bar patrons seated after us were being served throughout our own awkward wait). We experienced more of an interaction with the food runners than with our supposed "server" and were especially miffed that the other far more proficient servers tending to the rest of the dining room were more pleasant, intuitive/attentive, or simply more vested and aware of what might be needed(customary acts of asking how the food was throughout or simply informing us of the soup of the day or seeing that glasses were filled and plates were cleared). We cut the anticipated meal short by moving straight to our entrees without a mid-course of desired small plates/additional appetizers due to what was occurring thus far and finished very much on a down-note from what we were hoping to experience as patrons of the nearby Kate theater & having had positive feedback to offer to others based on prior visits. Needless to say we were left very disappointed and walked pass the same bar on the way out where we should have stayed.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great food! Great service! Nice ambience! Close to shops and train station.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

First time I had been there. Very nice interior. Great menu choices. Food very good.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Second time there and we were really not impressed. My wife asked for a martini that she always gets at other restaurants and the waiter said it was unavailable because he didn't know what it was. He made it seem like a big deal to ask the bar...so she ordered another drink which she thinks they forgot to add the vodka. I guess that whole thing put a kind a sour note on the rest of the meal. We won't return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Sunday Night before July 4th dinner so it was relatively quiet. Very pleasant. Outstanding and (not too) enthusiastic waitress.

Outstanding Plum Vodka/Ginger Liquore coctail. Delicious but very spicy Calamari. Lightly fried. Two had clam chowder. Not too large a portion but very good. Entrees included Monk Fish over lentils. Large portion and tasty. Outstanding and huge hangar steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus. took some home. Tender and perfectly prepared as rare (requested). Rare tuna and wonderful Stonington scallops.

Recommend. Dinner for four with two drinks each was $219 with tip.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Went with our daughter and her boyfriend and they tried some dishes than we had previously had. All well-received. The short ribs were especially good that night. Food is consistently good, and the service was good once we had someone take our drink order. Will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Attentive service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

our waitress was great, informative, happy & bubbly. We would definitely come back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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