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Cafe Routier

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1353 Boston Post Rd, 1353 Boston Post Rd, 06498, Westbrook, Connecticut, Westbrook, CT 06498-1953
+1 860-399-8700
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food here is always excellent. My wife and I enjoy coming here on "date night" because we always get a great meal. The portions are large, and the menu changes seasonally. The PEI mussels are excellent, and the hangar steak I got once was phenomenal. Seriously, I've never gotten a bad meal. The building is small and doesn't look... More 

Thank Mark F
New York City, New York
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90 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is of course not haute cuisine, but one can feel (taste) love and passion of the chef. I like the concept of a 3-themed menu (Italy, Main, Winter), and a nice mix of classics (Hanger steak, gravlox, onion soup) and a bit more venturesome, although still within the bistro food mainstream, entries (barolo braised lamb shank, wild boar bolognese,... More 

Thank Chimata-no-kami
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Welcoming and experienced staff. I had a delicious steak with an unbelievable amount of chips. The hot bread before the appetizers is a great idea, and the oil that was served with the bread was great (honestly, it reminded me my italian oil). During a second dinner I also had a great octopus salad. You can also choose from a... More 

Thank Simone A
Killingworth, CT
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551 reviews
407 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Cafe Routier prepares delicious food and never seems to miss a beat. The menu changes periodically but they always keep some of their old standards as well (the "camp style" trout is outstanding). The drinks are excellent, the wine list is good and the service is better than almost anywhere (except maybe Bar Bouchee or River Tavern)--they are friendly, professional,... More 

Thank v0yageur22
Madison, Connecticut
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

I have been going to Cafe Routier for several years and the food is consistently good. Always feel welcome and the service is outstanding. Meat loaf is a specialty.

Thank Richard G
Central Village, Connecticut
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We have not eaten at this restaurant for a couple years now and are wonder why it took so long to return. Two people split their Ahi Tuna salad, which very good. Three of us ordered the New York steak with home made fries. One had duck, another hand scallops and another had at fagitta. Without exception the meals were... More 

Thank pauldelmonico
Essex, United States
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

We have been going here since it opened, never treated like this, experienced rushed impersonal service. When we finished our appetizers and were not ready to order dessert, we were presented with the bill. We were planning on ordering more food and drinks. Clearly it was busy! When I finished my glass of wine, one of the young men, brought... More 

Thank Antonio R
Killingworth, CT
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551 reviews
407 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Year in and and year out Cafe Routier has maintained a standard of excellence which places it in the top tier of any restaurants on the shoreline. The menu changes seasonally and their autumn menu is terrific. Old standbys like meat loaf and trout are still there; the salmon is superb--I'm not sure if I've ever have had a bad... More 

Thank v0yageur22
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Three of four diners in our party enjoyed their dinner entrees, consisting of two catfish, one duck. The fourth ordered meatloaf.l Not a good choice. Better to arrive early because the restaurant becomes crowded as the evening progresses and the noise level is a major distraction. Fine if you enjoy the "ambiance" of a large crowd, not if you enjoy... More 

Thank Charles B
Somers, New York
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Visited Cafe Routier based on other Trip Advisor reviews. So glad we chose it. Great atmosphere, friendly service and great food. Will absolutely return when we are in the area.

Thank Chris613

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1353 Boston Post Rd, 1353 Boston Post Rd, 06498, Westbrook, Connecticut, Westbrook, CT 06498-1953
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Westbrook
  • Phone Number: +1 860-399-8700

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Hamden, Connecticut, United States
over a year ago

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?