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“Warm welcome on cold night”
Review of Cafe Routier

Cafe Routier
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Ranked #1 of 36 Restaurants in Westbrook
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Warm welcome on cold night”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Arrived on a cold winter's night to a warm welcome and were seated promptly. They have some interesting semi-circular booths that are not quite as cozy as they sound, but perfectly fine. The menu is slightly strange, consisting of three different themes: seasonal, regional, and standbys (they call it specialties). Overall there is a fair amount of choice, but each section individually seems a bit thin. It's perception that's not fair, and I give them kudos for finding a way to bring variety to their offerings.

Mr. had soup and salad to start, I just had a salad. This often throws servers off, but here it was handled with aplomb. The onion soup was good but didn't rise to the level of our favorite French place. The salads were above average but not great. He had scallops, which were enjoyable but didn't get rave reviews. I tried an unusual menu item for me, a vegetarian cheese, spinach, and egg tart, which was fine but I'd try something else next time. It needed... something, not sure what, maybe more spice, maybe more sauce, more oomph.

In sum, excellent service and perfectly acceptable food but nothing that's going to knock your socks off and leave you in a food swoon.

Visited January 2013
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Niantic
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fine dining with great bar”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

The restaurant is great and classy. Pricey though. The Mood lounge serves as my favorite hangout with televisions, couches, lounge chairs, a nice bar. Food is good. Specials daily. Definately recommend

Visited January 2013
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New Haven, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best on the Shoreline”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

One of the top 3 Restaurants on the Connecticut Shoreline. Great wine list - three different menus and a great bar scean

Visited January 2013
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New Haven, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Continental Food this side of New York”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Excellent dining experience. Great service, great food, great drinks. What more can I say? My go to place within driving distance.

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234 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip from anywhere...”
Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

We have been dining at Cafe Routier for over 10 years. The menu, service, presentation, beverage menu, atmosphere and even the background music are a complete dining experience. The bartenders are extremely well versed in food pairings. The menu changes with the seasons which is pure delight. We have loved this restaurant from the first visit to our latest. We always can not wait for our next dining experience to try their new menu. We have never once been disappointed.

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