"Constantly evolving, Seasonally driven and Globally inspired menus"
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.
Reservations made online are for our dining room only. Our lounge does not require reservations and works on a first come/first serve approach, so please do not make a reservation if your intent is to sit in the lounge!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Grilled NY strip, mustard butter, house-made frites, watercress salad
Pan roasted breast, duck confit and caramelized shallot tarte tatin topped with brie, port-lingonberry coulis
Short rib, pork, herbs, mushrooms mashed potatoes, green beans, demi-glace
We were very satisfied by the ambiance, service and menus.
Our dinner at Café Routier was delicious. My husband got a dinner, and I got a few starter specials - the cheese board and the salmon (and had leftovers).
We made reservations through OpenTable about an hour before we decided on Café Routier, and found seats at 5:45 on Friday night. We had no problem parking and were seated immediately. The layout was attractive and comfortably spaced. We sat near the back and, even though other diners came in during the two hours we dined, the noise level remained low.
Dana was our server. She was very attentive. She explained the Winter Menu and its layout. Other staff made sure our water glasses were full and that there was bread on our table.
We each sampled a few drinks. I thought I'd have a second Bees Knees because I liked it so much. My husband, who knows me well, ordered the Winter Sparkler (prosecco and pear) cocktail next and, had I had it first I wouldn't have ordered anything else.
We shared the rice pudding made in-house. It was delicious.
Dinner was a little more pricey than we normally would have spent on a Friday night date, but *not* unreasonably so - especially since we'd left New Haven County.
We will return.
Truly a phenomenal meal, as always!
Tremendous food, service, setting; can choose between bar, lounge and dining room!
Service as well as the food was wonderful. We had a great night out for dinner.
Nice variety of menu options including vegan. Everything was quite good. Service was very good. We will definitely go back.
Service varied greatly. Some servers were very attentive while our server was often out of sight. Never described the specials on the menu.
Great food and service. We’ll be back soon.
Always a great meal and wonderful service. There are specials and seasonal menus to try as well as the regular menu...I always have the trout, it's amazing.
Our waiter was great, he kept us moving but never hovered. Food was exceptional as always. The table was perfect for our party of 6. We picked the restaurant and and everyone in our party was impressed.
Great food and service. Best service we’ve had along the shoreline in quite awhile.
The food and service are always excellent. The menu offers something for everyone. My favorite is the "Campstyle" Grilled Trout, but I've never regretted ordering one of the daily specials. Most recently, I had the Beef Wellington (special) which was delightful and cooked to perfection. The servers and their helpers are attentive, seeming to anticipate your needs before you can express them. Two thumbs way up!
unfortunately No more oaky chardonnays on the menu, only french. got nice Lodi Zinfandel in stead.rest was quite nice. Please bring back St. Michelle chardy!
Menu has some unique and well prepared dishes offering offering an excellent dining experience.
Always great service, food, and overall atmosphere at cafe routier- they never disappoint!
A great restaurant got even better! They are back to their extensive menu with seasonal specials. The food is creatively prepared and very tasty. The menu is varied and imaginative. And, for such good food, service and ambiance, the bill was very reasonable. We had two appetizers, two entrees, dessert and four glasses of wine. With a 25% tip the bill was only $200 and we even had leftovers! These days I call that a great deal. Definitely highly recommend.
Terrific place with great food, ambiance, and friendly service. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Menu selection is quite unique for our area; with selections rarely available in our nearby communities. Our waiter did an exceptional job catering to our needs and was both friendly, professional and knowledgeable. A great evening dining experience!
Excellent as always
Everything was outstanding, staff is the best! Food was delicious, six very happy people.
Total experience was excellent - atmosphere and food were great
Five for dinner on a Monday night. Seated immediately in dining room as requested. Interesting menu. Three had appetizers (salad, octopus la plancha and fried oysters). All enjoyed. Fried oysters perfect. Drinks brough quickly and very good.
Fish tacos had a large solid piece of fish. Excellent. Chicken with dumplings fine... could have used more spices. Scallops very good... 4 for $38. Kind of pricey. One person had duck breast. Looked overcooked but he said not. Trout deboned and served with skin on.
Music somewhat loud but waitress turned it down. All in all a very good evening. Will return.
Cafe routier has been operating at a very high level for many years. They show no sign of dropping off. Lovely evening.
Couldn’t have asked for nicer people confirming and taking care of us when we came in. Place is very very loud and was surprised that the dishes lacked overall the finishing touches and finesse that I would expect. Thoughtful wine list.
We were lucky to get a last minute reservation in the dining room. Cafe Routier is one of our favorites in the area and we were not disappointed. Mussels meunière and salmon entree were excellent. Service was efficient and friendly.
Food is always good here. My favorite is the camp-style trout and the hanger steak. One of my favorite restaurants on the shoreline.
The food and service were exquisite! Will definitely be back. It was a bit chilly so bring a sweater.
Outstanding food. Drinks were top shelf, very creative and perfect.
Very authentic world class cuisine. Many iconic ethnic dishes elevated and refined while still keeping the heart and soul of the dish intact. Perfect dining experience.
Food and service was great. We did feel rushed however
Menu has wonderful options, it was hard to choose. staff very professional
Excellent service and great food! A wonderful birthday celebration.
Ample parking.. handicap accessible.. comfortable seating and great service
Great food and service.
Had a great dinner! Service was perfect and food was delicious.
Great food and service! Can’t wait to return. Our table was uncomfortable because we were on display to every customer that walked in the door, but the restaurant itself is lovely and clean.
We had a very nice dinner, It was my birthday. Our waiter was excellent and so were the bus people, cleared our plates promptly and wiped table down and refilled our water often.
Consistently excellent--both the permanent menu as well as the seasonal menu.
Excellent food and great service Definitely be back.
Delicious food. Great atmosphere. Friendly and helpful staff. Great specials and selection from menu.
Overall the food was “okay”. I feel like the food has gone down in quality since previous visits.
Fried oysters were dry.
Fries and bread fantastic.
Cocktail was amazing.
Bass was ok.
Turtle cake was boring. The sponge cake tasted a bit like box cake.
Loved the new fall menu. Food was delicious and our server was extremely attentive. The place was hopping! So good to see!!!!
Café Routier offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 399-8700.
Café Routier is rated 4.7 stars by 1791 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.