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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.64mi
  2. Distance: 0.70mi
  3. Distance: 0.95mi
  4. Distance: 1.06mi

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.

1353 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 399-8700

Website:
http://www.caferoutier.com/

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.

Catering:
Off Property catering available for your special events from 40 to 250 people.

Parking Details:
A well lighted parking lot offers 50 spaces.

Executive Chef:
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

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for a Date (27)
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Romantic (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Seasonal (13)
Bar Seating (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Authentic (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Business Meals (7)
Casual (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Groups (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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service1
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Been here several times. The food and service are always excellent. From steak frites to the scallops, veal, salads, wine lists and more. The staff are very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Worth every delicious morsel.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We brought friends visiting from North Carolina and had a wonderful evening! Our waiter was attentive and friendly and that topped off our wonderful experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This restaurant always has excellent food and an inventive menu!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Been going to Cafe Routier on and off for many years and this was the best yet, a restaurant on top of its game. Best high quality restaurant on the shoreline to be sure

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have been to Cafe Routier numerous times and have always had top notch food and service. One of our favorite places to go

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Comfortable seating ; adequate parking; great service, and exceptional meals.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

It is our most favorite place to dine out. We try to get there every s season to experience the amazing menu.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Outstanding , romantic, great food, authentic cooking, unique menu...wanted to order one of each. Great gentle service! Thanks Dan! He was a awesome waiter! We'll be back again and again :)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Another amazing meal-osso buco entree was outstanding!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food is great and they give you a big portion.
Delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants. Friendly staff who have been there for years. Which shows patrons what a great place it truly is... We've had some of our best restaurant experiences here... Friendly... Fun... Delicious

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Outstanding in all respects. Each course was better than the last. Cocktails were terrific as well. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food quality and ambience on the Shoreline

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Best food ever!!!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Amazing food. Creative menu. Highly recommend. Cocktails were authentic. Visiting for wedding, but would go back again when in the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

This was a lovely surprise. We weren't expecting such excellent quality of food outside of a large city. The food was delicious and creative. Very nice service and attractive restaurant. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

My wife and I had a great meal with exceptional service! Based on previous reviews we got an order of fries. WELL worth it. Our dinner was the last night of the summer menu. Our meals were cooked perfectly. We're anxious to try the fall/winter menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very good overall experience for Saturday dinner for my wife and me. Noise is a bit of a problem. Menu, changing seasonally, food and service were great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I come here often and have never, ever left disappointed. The food is amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The appetizers were good but the main dishes were awful .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Cafe Routier never disappoints ... it is our "go to" place for all special occasions and celebrations!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Outstanding food. The service was very slow and the restaurant is starting to look tired.

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·Dined on September 11, 2017

We've been to Cafe Routier many times. It never disappoints!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Top notch all the way. If you are on the CONNECTICUT shoreline, do not miss this gem! Seafood and cocktail heaven - and oh, those fries

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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Perfect meal for a special family get together. Delicious food for the entire table from appetizers to desserts, amazing!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Cafe Routier seldom disappoints, and it didn't this time.We had the halibut and the espresso-coated duck ... both were excellent. They'll see us again -- and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Two great dinners over Labor Day weekend! We never go to a restaurant twice in one weekend but this one is special. Unique concept of 3 separate menus and a great variety of unique dishes. Friendly professional service and awesome food in a great environment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Always great-never disappoints! Best fries and specials always fantastic! Wait staff is caring and courteous.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Place is nice but the food is way over priced! We had the Cuban cigars to start and they were nothing special. I had the pasta special and it really had little taste. The steak frites was good but expensive for what you get!

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Outstanding! We are never disappointed when we leave Cafe Routier. It is truely an amazing experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Authentic
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