ZINC New Haven

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2413 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Across from the historic New Haven Green, ZINC offers an innovative seed-to-plate menu that celebrates the surrounding community. Sustainable food has been the focus of ZINC since opening its doors in 1999 and has helped earn our place as a fixture in the downtown landscape. Our modern interpretation of “American Food” which is local market inspired and globally infused with a focus on sustainable food offers a dining experience fit for even the most enthusiastic of foodies.

Co-Owners Donna Curran and Chef Denise Appel combine more than 20 years of experience to create a restaurant that reflects their passion for great local food and quality service. ZINC has evolved into one of the city’s most popular gathering spots for both local foodies and visiting ones.
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JR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent, hopping restaurant across from the New Haven Green. Farm to table, creative! Highly recommended.

JE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Zinc has been consistently our go to spot in New Haven since 1999. The food is always exceptional and the staff well educated on the menu and wine list.

H
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks. A must place to visit for an excellent dinner.

MP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service delicious food. Will go back again and highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food and service was good. It took way too long for food, including appetizers to be brought to our table. That was my only true complaint,

P
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the farm to table adherence thus supporting local and organic farming.
The appetizers are varied and I particularly like the Duck Nachos, and the Lettuce Wraps. My favorites, from the main dish selection, are the Scottish Salmon, the Vietnamese Charred Chicken, and the Grilled Yellowfin Tuna--all so very tasty.

M
London
49 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zinc has become an institution in New Haven without losing its freshness, zip and adventurousness. New menu items at lunch are welcome and my guest sampled one of them, a new ravioli to great acclaim. Certain aspects of Zinc never changes such as the efficient and charming service or the matchless wine list, by the glass and by the bottle. It's a restaurant which brings sophistication and pleasure to the city

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both incredible!

PR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite in New Haven for lunch and now for dinner! Always offering wonderful menu choices with delicious specials.

TB
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, good service. Shrimp Cobb Salad was very good. A little pricey but you are in downtown.

CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, I would highly recommend! The food is always fresh, seasonal, inventive and most of all delicious. The room/ambiance is beautiful. Tables are far enough apart to provide privacy and the decoration is muted and very tasteful. Service is always excellent, attentive without being intrusive. I particularly enjoy eating at the bar which is always fun and populated with a convivial crowd. Zinc is my go to restaurant in New Haven!!

t
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, atmosphere and Service a bit pricy but still wonderful experience. Highly recommend

FE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My family and I had lunch here and the food was delicious! The only issue I had was the waitress, she was not friendly at all and it felt like she was trying to rush us out of there. She did not smile ONCE.

KO
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Right near Yale...in the heart of it all. Excellent food (I highly recommend the gnocchi). Ambiance is beautiful.

PH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been wanting to try Zinc for a while now. First tip - if they offer you the table in the window don’t take it unless you are size 00. Very tight fit in and out. Service was prompt and not overly attentive - we got the wrong check at the end of the night. On the fun side, Andrew Tow of Withers Vineyards was there, offering a flight of his wines and coming to your table to discuss - big fun! Food was excellent - very flavorful and well presented, especially the pile ok fried spinach with the tuna - like eating air! Highly recommend both the restaurant and Withers wines.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous bold flavors. Great service. Great market menu.

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Zinc quite a few times over the years. Always a great meal. This past Saturday was exceptional. Matt was our waiter. Absolute best!! Very friendly, knowledgeable, funny and patient with our family. Food was spectacular. There were six of us and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. The sommelier recommended a wonderful Zinfandel. A wonderful evening!! Can't wait to go back!

T
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. The specialty drinks were weird and not very good. . I would avoid those and just order what you like to drink. Other than that Zinc is a great place to eat.

N
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my dearest friend here for her birthday on a whim. We ordered 4 small plates (crab tacos, duck nachos, dumplings and the cheese board) and each one was more amazing than the last. Our server was fast, pleasant and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, service and food was top notch. Nice to see the menu slightly changed since our last visit.
The creative food is always consistently prepared and we have never caught them on an off night.

DA
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice Farm to Table in downtown New Haven. Food was fresh and inventive. Somewhat pricey.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

As a first time experience everything was good. But what I ordered wasn’t what I expected. It had a too much of everything in it and I wasn’t looking forward to it after I got it. Other than that it was a very enjoyable experience the service was great and the overall atmosphere was awesome!

CF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food was outstanding. The service was great. All the waitstaff was attentive. The paella was delicious!! The small plates were delicious!! Crab tacos and duck nachos were yummy!!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food at a reasonable price. We will definitely be back.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Market Menu with the oyster stew. It started with a watermelon salad that was tasty and interesting. The oyster stew had fresh corn in it, crunchy and sweet against the briny oysters. Really good.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!! The flavors and textures of the meal was the best I have ever experienced.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diverse and delicious menu. The service is a well oiled machine with multiple people assisting each table

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Market menu was amazing - cocktail was delish and atmosphere v warm and upbeat

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the zinc table. We felt warmly welcomed, the service was terrific, and our meals delicious. Thanks for making it such a special occasion! Thanks, too, for the complimentary duck nachos!

AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a noisy place, but the food and service was amazing and we’ll definitely be back!

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious.
We loved our appetizers and main courses.
Unfortunately desserts weren’t as awesome.
Overall would come back for sure!

RS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good. The server Andrea went above and beyond. Her knowledge of the menu and ability to answer questions was top notch. The atmosphere was very nice. What else can you ask for? Good food, good service, good atmosphere!

AR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a reasonably-priced, beautiful restaurant that combines great service with delicious, unique food. It is also walking-distance from the Yale campus. Just a delicious, friendly venue. Very well-balanced wine and cocktail list, as well!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and different. Good cocktails, great service. I highly recommend Zinc!

ST
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You have to eat the duck nachos, and the paella was absolutely great.

JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A special dinner with my daughter before she leave for college. It was a great meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious food as usual! Our long time favorite restaurant in New Haven delivers yet again.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been there in a while. Still awesome.

CS
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Server was not attentive. Felt like we were being rushed through the meal. Our meal was presented within 5 minutes of the wine being opened. After our meal was served no one came back to ask how we liked the meal. The noise level was fairly high even though the restaurant was only about 60% filled. Prices are fairly high for the quality of the food.

s
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service, superbly plated and presented, totally loved the food. Will go back again.

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