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“Don't let the name put you off -- great food here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Routier

Cafe Routier
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Ranked #1 of 35 Restaurants in Westbrook
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
ambermom
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Don't let the name put you off -- great food here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

It never occurred to us that folks might avoid this wonderful restaurant until our Belgian home exchange partners said that they didn't want to eat at a "truck stop", which is how they translated its name. Eventually we convinced them to try it, and after their first visit they couldn't get enough of the place! We have dined there often over the years and have never had a disappointing experience; in fact, it is our "go to" restaurant when we have out of town guests because the food and service are so consistently good.

In this rather romantic and cosmopolitan setting, the chef serves up a seasonally changed, expertly designed series of menu choices. One smart move has been to limit the selections a bit but thereby assure that each dish will be special. Another has been keeping some favorites available always, despite the other changes. (We would be crushed if they stopped serving their moules et frites, for example, featuring the best fries and dipping sauce we have ever had, even in Belgium and France). The flavors and textures are always well balanced, and items are prepared to order and served promptly without rushing the dining experience. Diners may choose from an extensive bar menu and/or the seasonally varied dinner menu, with everything a la carte, making it easy to order exactly the desired combinations. An extensive wine list also enhances the restaurant's offerings, as does the fact that the relatively large wait staff provides quietly efficient and unobtrusive service.

Alternatively, the bar features a comfortable seating area as well as the expected bar stool and
small table combinations. Service is, as elsewhere in the establishment, friendly and skilled. It is a busy bar, though, so if you are hoping for a quiet dinner, reserve a spot in the dining room instead.

  • Visited May 2012
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Guilford, Connecticut
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“An excellent choice............”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed our Anniversary celebration dinner here last night. I had made reservations asking for a quite table which we got but the nicest surprise was the food. My husband's local seared sea scallops were wonderful and my duck breast was one of the best I have ever tasted. We also found out there is a bar menu which you can ask to see even in the main dinng room so there is something for everyone. Try the cauliflower soup - you'll love it.

  • Visited May 2012
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Bolton, Connecticut, United States
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun atmosphere and inspired menu!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2012

We went in for appetizers and ended up with a three course meal. Just couldn't get enough of Cafe Fourier!

  • Visited May 2012
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Glastonbury, CT
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92 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“romantic, cozy, wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

This was our first time dining at Cafe Routier and it will not be our last! The atmosphere & decor are wonderfully romantic. We requested and were seated at a very cozy 1/4 round booth. Our server, Dana, was outstanding. She helped us with the fabulous 3 panel menu - seasonal (which changes every few weeks), regional choices and the house specialties - so many delicious choices. Dana was appropriate in checking in on us without overdoing it. The Boomster scallops were out of this world - cooked to perfection. Served over an mouth watering warm corn-scallion butter sauce - yummmm. We will absolutely be dining at Cafe Routier again soon.

  • Visited May 2012
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2 Thank kms21
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“One of my favorite restaurants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

I love how their menu has a seasonal, adventurous and then classic area so that there are always new things to try but there are always your favorites. The trout is a classic and amazing. The bar is always buzzing but the restaurant is cozy and perfect for a special meal.

  • Visited March 2012
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3 Thank David S
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