Café Routier

4.5
1513 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Cafe Routier, Bistro and Lounge, serving a three paneled menu format; Regional (a different region of the world every 8 weeks), Seasonal (locally sourced seasonal ingredients) and a specialty menu of classic Bistro fare. A 40 seat lounge serving 'small plates' and tapas adjoins the bar area. Ethos is important to us.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday -5:00pm - 9:00pm Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm,; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 399-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Parties from 50 to 120 people on site with menus designed to meet every and all respective needs.
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Private party contact
Randy Hodge: (860) 399-8700
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Catering
Off Property catering available for your special events from 40 to 250 people.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
A well lighted parking lot offers 65 spaces.
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Entertainment
A diverse global approach to background music, programmed every night to meet the 'tempo' of the respective evening. Downtempo, lounge, acid jazz, bossanova, french fusion, easy house, classic jazz, etc . . . every night you can expect a unique tour to match our mood.
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Special events & promotions
Lounge parties. Wine tastings. Private luncheons. Please let us know how we can make your private function memorable.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1513 People Are Saying
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NP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CR accepted a late (8:30 on a Tuesday) reservation for a big party and we were so grateful. The service was great, the food was delicious...as always.

This is our go-to when friends/work colleagues are up from NYC and never disappoints!

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PC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Routier has three types of menus; Regional, Seasonal and a Special Menu and they are all exceptional dishes. I had fried oysters and for the main, Pan-roasted duck, all of which was delicious. The main dining room is quiet and elegant. The service was excellent and our waiter very attentive and knowledgeable. There is also a dining bar in an adjacent room which seems like a very lively scene. We will certainly return for dinner again.

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E
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurant did a great job accommodating our large party the day after a holiday. It was intimate, the food was interesting and well presented, and the servers very pleasant.

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MM
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Cafe Routier. We were going to a show at the Kate and found this restaurant to be highly rated nearby. When we arrived, the place was packed - and I can see why. It was excellent! The three distinct menu groupings were interesting and what we ended up ordering was delicious. The duck breast in particular was outstanding! I'd definitely go back.

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MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual a most pleasant dining experience. We have friends requiring a gluten free diet and our waiter was most helpful with selections. We usually have a bottle of wine but I was surprised by the excellent choices by the glass. Always a good event out!

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S
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed with an evening here. They smartly maintain a menu of regular items that are just wonderful and then add both a seasonal menu and an ever-changing regional menu too.
Do nor miss an opportunity for an evening here !!

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was flawless. They had the table I requested , the server was helpful as well as knowledgeable about the menu and available without hovering as were the bus people. The food was expertly prepared and delicious. An all round wonderful experience.

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DD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Cafe Routier because we had a gift certificate and were so pleased to have the incentive to try this restaurant. Everything was wonderful. We had a salad, main course, and dessert... all were excellent. The service was great and very professional (thank you, John). We visited because of the gift certificate but will definitely visit on our own again. Would highly recommend.

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KF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. The Jen of the shoreline.

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PM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The Portuguese menu was disappointing. Cod was fairly tasteless and veggies and potatoes were too oily. Food lacked garlic and fresh herbs

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KP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were phenomenal. My boyfriend never orders a second cocktail, but the Flirtini turned him around. Waitstaff was great.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Routier knows how to prepare duck Pate and their duck breast entree was to die for!

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T
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Routier is by far my favorite restaurant in Southeastern Connecticut! I can't get there as often as I would like, but when in the area I make it a priority to dine there. The food is always outstanding and the Ruby Red Cosmos are excellent. Make sure you put it on your short list if you are in the Westbrook area!!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always great place to go. Would have been five stars if filet mignon was not over cooked.

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LQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal, good service, table for 4 in back dining room. Room was quite loud as we were seated next to a party of 6 ladies. Wonder if some sound insulation could have helped as ceiling may have made the voices louder. Thank you

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AS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We go there about 2-3 times a year (45 minute drive) and have been going for years. Always enjoy the atmosphere, food and service. It has become more “casual” over the years and although we prefer the dining room, they now have a very popular pub and pub menu (sign of the times). This visit we tried the pork belly app and it was outstanding. Dinners were good but not as tasty as that app. Service, as usual, was attentive and not rushed. Another good experience, look forward to our next visit.

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LT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always excellent. Good service.

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e
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is consistently inventive and outstanding. Grilled romaine was a hit - whole fish is always great. Best to sit in the bar - much better energy and ambiance then dining room. Service was OK, waitress seemed a bit indifferent and unenthusiastic - but executed the basics well. Might be the best overall restaurant within miles.

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m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Never falters and continually refreshes decor and food options. A sure fire choice

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S
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food as usual. Service was better this visit than previous, but could still be better.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant and wait staff.

We started with the fries for the appetizer. They were very good with the accompanying sauce, but a little too salty for our taste. For the meal, I got the surf and turf and my gf got the steak and risotto. Steak was perfectly cooked and butter soft. There were a few chunks of cold lobster atop a corn muffin filled with corn kernels and a big portion of broccoli rabe on the plate. I'm OK with lobster cold or hot and rabe is OK, just not my favorite in that quantity but I understand that they needed to fill the plate with some color. Risotto was done well also. Bartender says they rotate their menu every 3 months.

They have a good selection of beer and my gf said the wine was the best she'd ever had.

I won't discuss price because this is a higher-end restaurant and you have to expect to pay more. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant as we had a pleasant experience.

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SG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to local place for a more upscale dinner. Food is always delicious!

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B
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Routier has never missed a beat! This is one of the most consistently delicious restaurants in our area. We especially liked the lobster wraps and the chicken. But everything is delicious, plus the staff is friendly and informative. Go!

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C
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Usually I give Cafe 4975834 a top rating. Although the main courses--the Branzino and the Filet were perfec- the duck pate was rather bland. And when I are some of the leftover late at home the next day, it had turned sour. But Routier is still a special spot.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Hadn’t been there in a while and I forgot how good Cafe Routier was.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. With the seasonal change of the menu...glad to see "Meatloaf" remains a gourmet staple.

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined with two dear friends, so there was a lot of conversation. Our waitress was very accommodating and gave us plenty of time. She was very knowledgeable regarding menu and beverage details -- outstanding service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good food, service, ambiance. Accommodating staff. Original menu.

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S
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Routier never disappoints. The food is always imaginative and well-prepared, and the service is attentive without being intrusive. Several dishes on the regional Southeast Asian menu were outstanding. The peach melba cake was a wonderful and unique dessert. Cafe Routier is probably the best restaurant in southeastern CT.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This still our go to spot when looking for a great dinning experience on the CT shoreline. Always consistent yet great variety in the menu. There is always something for everyone.

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NM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit. My review is a little late. We went for our anniversary. Everything was superb. We will definitely return. The menu was interesting in that there was a seasonal menu, a regular menu, and specialties menu. We ordered items from all three of the menus, but mostly the seasonal (summer) and the specialties since the regular menu is always there.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Has always been consistent with excellent food and fresh ingredients. Love the menu changes with the season's flavors.

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T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here to celebrate a birthday and were so glad we did. The menu had a diverse, but not overwhelming amount of choices, including southeast Asian, seasonal, and local standard cuisines. My halibut was cooked perfectly and served in a delicate sauce that I would have drank like a soup if it were appropriate to do so. Dinner was satisfying, but didn't leave us feeling stuffed, so we shared the Profiteroles for desert. We were delighted with this restaurant.

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great as was the food. Our server, John, was most attentive

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful dinner with my husband as always. The only complaint is the group near us was very loud so i couldnt hear my husband speak to me. Not cafe routiers fault but still made my night a bit less enjoyable. Other then that we love our date nights at cafe routier!

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d
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The cold asparagus soup was so delicious, I wish there'd been more of it. Served in a huge bowl, but not enough of the soup!!

Belgian fries with dipping sauce is heaven!

It would be wonderful if you served lunch a few days a week, especially in summer!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Top choice on the shore

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FF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Very cozy. Great service. Delicious food...beautiful presentation!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was really good. Liked the contemporary decor, cozy. My fish was delicious.

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SG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Been here 3 times (while spending time nearby, I live 3 hrs away). The service, food, atmosphere incredible!!

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