I have lived in Westbrook all my life, so I make a point of trying all of the local restaurants. I visited Aspen on mothers day with my family; my parents, three brothers, and one of my brother's girlfriends. First, we had to wait outside for roughly half an hour. During this time the host was not very accommodating, I would almost go so far as to say he was rude, basically acting as though we weren't important. When we did finally get a table, we noticed that there were 3 empty tables next to us.
We then had to wait another ten minutes or so before we could order so much as a drink. Roughly ten minutes after that we ordered our food. The calamari took somewhere around half an hour to get to us (last time I checked, ordering, breading, deep frying and serving calamari should take no more than ten minutes in a packed restaurant). Our actual meals, if you could call them that (there was barely enough food on the table to feed an infant), took another forty five minutes to get to the table. After the ridiculous waits, one might expect exquisite food, but instead you get something of lower quality than Rays or Frankie's (shoreline dives).
The wait staff were inattentive, which seems odd, as the place was not exactly busy. To top it all off, the bill was out of control. For example, my half tablespoon of pasta and third of a link of sausage cost $18.
If you want to go to a far superior restaurant for about the same price, try The Blue Crab. The wait staff are far more pleasant, even a little bubbly. The atmosphere is much warmer, the servings are large, and the food is delicious. If you are willing to spend a little more money, I highly recommend visiting Lupo in Chester. The wait staff are friendly and the food is amazing. The portions aren't huge, but the idea is to buy several small dishes and share them amongst your party.
Bottom Line: if you enjoy waiting at least an hour and a half to two hours to be served a grossly over-priced, sub-par meal that would leave an anorexic feeling peckish, Aspen is the place for you. If not, the CT Shoreline offers many other restaurants that offer everything Aspen lacks.
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