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Birthday dinner in Old Lyme CT

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ladyfemme May 12, 2008 06:04 AM

Help! I want to take my girlfriend out for a nice romantic birthday dinner in the Old Lyme, CT area. I would like a place that is romantic and delicious, and I'm happy to pay up to $150 for dinner for 2. Help!! I've heard bad things about the Old Lyme Inn, and it seems like restaurants in Old Lyme come and go. I'd be happy to travel 20 minutes or so... Suggestions?

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    chowmensch RE: ladyfemme May 12, 2008 07:46 AM

    I suggest Boom in the Old Lyme marketplace. Food is quite good and the ambience will probably fit your needs as well. Good luck!

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      madisoneats RE: ladyfemme May 12, 2008 08:34 AM

      The Bee and Thistle is lovely and romantic. I think their prix fixe is 60$.

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        Scargod RE: madisoneats May 12, 2008 10:53 AM

        I noticed other revues (not on CH) saying that they got a new chef after 2006 and revues have been good since. Several recommendations on CH in 2007.

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          Gratin RE: madisoneats May 12, 2008 10:54 AM

          I second Bee and Thistle. Have a lovely evening!

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          few RE: ladyfemme May 12, 2008 06:13 PM

          du Glace in Chester is nice French Bistro probably just abt 15-20 min from Old Lyme
          Pips the French bistro in Ivoryton is lovely as well

          both have very authentic Frech bistro style menus - fun and nice ambiances
          My only complaint at Pips is they make yukky martinis - stick to wine and you will be fine!

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            shouldbeworking RE: ladyfemme May 13, 2008 12:29 PM

            ladyfemme, try Cafe Routier, on Route 1 in Westbrook - it's just over the Old Saybrook town line. Should be less than 20 minutes away, depending where in Old Lyme you are coming from. I rely on it for business dinners - and personal ones, too - the atmosphere is great, whether in the lounge or the dining room: you'd swear you were in New Haven, if not New York. There are three menus with limited options, usually three or four starters and entrees each: seasonal, themed (looks like German at the moment) and the house specialties. Be sure to try the house-made fries and ask for some chipotle remoulade in addition to the sauce that comes with. I can only vouch for the perennials - steak frites, trout, meatloaf and hangar steak - but these are all are wonderful, which is why they are always on the menu. Hope you and your girlfriend enjoy a special dinner.

            http://www.caferoutier.com/

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              few RE: shouldbeworking May 13, 2008 03:53 PM

              yes yes!
              cafe Routier is also very nice
              I would second that
              the other 2 bistros in Chester and Ivoryton are nice as well.

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              ratbuddy RE: ladyfemme May 14, 2008 01:00 PM

              I have had a few great meals at Frank's. He's a good chef, and charges fair prices. The website has some pictures of the place, ignore the overgarnished photo on the main page, it's not representative of the food I've eaten there. http://www.franksgourmetgrille.com/in...

              You might be disappointed in the prices, entrees are 'only' in the $20-$30 range, so you'd have to get a few apps, desserts, and drinks to reach $150. Check it out for lunch some time, and see if you'd trust them with a special dinner!

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                ratbuddy RE: ratbuddy May 14, 2008 06:18 PM

                I can't believe I forgot the Griz.. My mom reminded me when I mentioned this thread.. Very very very nice. http://www.griswoldinn.com/

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                  ElizabethHenton RE: ratbuddy May 15, 2008 05:02 AM

                  the gris headed south many moons ago. The wine bar at one point was promising...

                  If River Tavern still has 1/2 price wine nights you can get a lot of mileage out of that place. J. Rapp is an excellent chef with a menu of locally sourced produce and a slant on organic. He is inventive, although when that place gets crowded there isn't much room.

                  Du Village is excellent. A little too stuffy for me

                  Liv's in Old Saybrook has a chef that gives a hoot.

                  And I agree with all that shouldbeworking said about my favorite local place

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                jkuhlen RE: ladyfemme May 14, 2008 08:37 PM

                If Chester is within reach I would recommend Restaurant du Village or River Tavern. Both are excellent. Restaurant du Village is traditional French, River Tavern more eclectic and inventive. You would probably be at (or maybe above) $150 at either one, though. Check for prix fix theme dinners with paired wines at Restaurant du Village. They can be an excellent value.

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                  Shirley RE: ladyfemme May 15, 2008 05:52 AM

                  My husband and I had dinner at the Old Lyme Inn several months ago. While the atmosphere and the service were nice, the food was nothing to write home about. It was like a throwback to 1970's French food - a lot of puff pastry, and lot of burgundy sauce over everything.

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