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About Café Routier
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.
Westbrook, CT 06498
American, French, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - 4:30pm - 8:00pm Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm,; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00pm; Lounge menu after 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Off Property catering available for your special events from 40 to 250 people.
A well lighted parking lot offers 50 spaces.
Jeremy Scott, Joe Barraco
Private Party Facilities:
Parties from 50 to 120 people on site with menus designed to meet every and all respective needs.
Private Party Contact:
Randy Hodge: (860) 399-8700
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Lounge parties. Wine tastings. Private luncheons. Please let us know how we can make your private function memorable.
Café Routier Ratings and Reviews
We have eaten here multiple times and have enjoyed those prior experiences. On this particular evening we were enjoying the return of our college age children for the start of their winter break. Our four meals were very good but unfortunately our experience this evening was disappointing. While our waitress was attempting to pour my taste of the red wine we had ordered, she dropped the full bottle on the table. Despite her quick reaction, some wine spilled on the table and on to my daughter’s lap- thankfully she had her napkin on her lap which caught most of the spill. Our waitress was embarrassed and offered an apology as a neighboring patron commented “that must be worth a free bottle”. After cleaning up from the spill our waitress continued with a more successful tasting pour from the same bottle and we continued to enjoy each others company, our meals and desserts with no other mention of the incident. To our dismay, our check was presented with no comment of the incident, no offer of wine credit or an extra glass of wine or complimentary appetizer or dessert - any of which we felt would have been appropriate. It was not until our expression of disappointment did we receive two dessert credits. We were appreciative of the offer but were disappointed we had to ask.
We had placed a note in our reservation that we would be celebrating our first dinner as a married couple. That message never got relayed to wait staff for our dinner. Disappointing, and even more so that when brought up to staff, they seemed insincere with apology. How hard is it to communicate to your staff? Clean it up Routier.
Always a favorite restaurant of ours with consistently great food and service. It's wonderful that they periodically change part of the menu to focus on a particular region and also do a seasonal change of another part of the menu while still keeping a solid regular section too with FANTASTIC items that are always delightful as well!
I was a bit disappointed this time. I have been here many times over the past 3 years. The seared scallops were a tad underdone and not very warm, (the turnip puree was almost chilly) and the glazed pork belly, which I had adored on a previous visit, was pretty much charred and tough. I will be back, but if I have another underwhelming experience, it might be the last time.
If you can go on a more quiet or less hectic night than Saturday, you would likely enjoy it more. The food is very good and consistent. We did have an appetizer that fell a little short ( usually tried and true) but that shouldn't deter you from going. Getting more popular and more hectic. Hope they can find a balance between a really full house and customer enjoyment. Make reservations way in advance!
The food has gotten better and better over the years and the range of offerings on the menu is outstanding. Many of the dishes are truly inventive and outstanding. Sadly, the service keeps getting worse and worse. The service lacks warmth, grace, and any sense of a caring attitude. Worth going for the food if you can ignore the largely serviceless service. Maybe they should place their fabulous food and drinks out buffet style and forego the hosts and waiters altogether.
First visit. More upscale than other restaurants in the area. Was in the dining area, they have a nice bar as well. Wife had Argentinian Cod which was like a bouillabaisse. She said it was delicious. I had the Osso Bucco which was made with short ribs, absolutely delicious. We had a lovely Pinot from Duckhorn, Russian River which was a good value as well. Appetizer we split was a great salad. The menu is interesting with 3 each of Themed dishes, Seasonal and Traditional choices. Lots of great choices. The dining room was cozy and quiet, about half full on a rainy Monday night so it must be popular with the locals.
Definitely will come back.
The food was nicely prepared. Our wait person was certainly pleasant enough, but our food was delivered pretty much by dropping it on the table. Felt very rushed. We were out of there in less than an hour. If you are in the neighborhood, go, but certainly don't travel any measured distance - it is not worth the drive
I don't think the Cafe Routier needs another great review because the place was packed. We were in the area to see a play and selected in from open table and it fulfilled every expectation. My husband and I had two delicious fish dishes, the trout and the halibut. Patty was our server who did a great job and made these wonderful recommendations.
Have had dinner here many times. Food is always good and this time was no exception. As other recent reviewers have acknowledged, seating is everything. We, with reservations, were seated promptly but were put in the back middle section with tables in the main room that looked to be open. It really diminished the experience but I'm nitpicking a little. The more important issue was the wait staff. Although courteous, I felt like I was being pushed. This was a Sunday and the dining rooms were about half full. Our drink orders were taken right away and delivered in a timely, comfortable, manner. No issue. However after repeated inquiries within a 5-10 minute timeframe I finally had to tell our server to give us a little "breathing space". After that, I thought everything proceeded at a more relaxed pace but still felt a little pressured. Not my typical experience at this place. I hope it is not a new trend. Cafe Routier is a good place it's not supposed to be at a fast food pace.
Cafe Routier has never let us down. We are locals and it's our favorite restaurant by far. Food is always excellent. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and had a great sense of humor. Cafe Routier always has interesting and sometimes exotic items on the menu, but you'd be a fool to leave there without trying the fries. They are fried heaven.
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