Park Central Tavern
Park Central Tavern

Park Central Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.parkcentraltavern.com/
  • Phone: (203) 287-8887
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Schultz
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer on-site, off-site, drop off and pick up catering, anything from a ten course truffle dinner to a whole roasted pig and lobster BBQ. We can also provide a well trained and professional staff, including servers, bartenders and an on-site chef for off site events.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer on-site, off-site, drop off and pick up catering, anything from a ten course truffle dinner to a whole roasted pig and lobster BBQ. We can also provide a professional staff, including servers, bartenders and an on-site chef for off site events.
  • Private Party Contact: Polly Coassin 8558210820

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park and Central Avenues
  • Public Transit: bus: from new haven proper or the green, the northbound j-line from church st/whitney
    from cheshire, the southbound j-line on whitney ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 38 car private lot with two handicap spots. Street parking also available.
A word from Park Central Tavern
Park Central Tavern opened in Hamden in 2009, just minutes from downtown New Haven, as an independently owned and operated eatery offering Contemporary American tavern fare. The tavern serves as a place for casual weeknight or lively weekend meals. We offer excellent take-out and off-site catering, host special occasions of all types and sizes, serve produce from local organic sources whenever possible, and have spacious patio seating available. With the addition of Executive Chef Thomas Schultz, Park Central Tavern will quickly become your favorite restaurant.
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Park Central Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (14)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (10)special occasion (9)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (7)romantic (6)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)Show More
  • firsttimediner
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We came for an early dinner before a concert at the Lyman center at SCSU. The food was excellent and service prompt and attentive. We would definitely return if we are in the New Haven area in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday dinner
    mitchellVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    As usual, we took friends to this restaurant before a movie, and all four dinners and appetizers were spot on. Loved the stuffed shrimp appetizer and the brick chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful date nite with my wife
    todezafr
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Eaten here before and had an all around two thumbs up evening - this was repeated the second time around. Will be returning again in the future
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazzyd
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Second time I've been there and have enjoyed both meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was so disappointed. I had heard good things about Park Central. I found the menu to be very limited for dinner. However for lunch the menu was good. I feel that their wait staff was very inexperienced. The young people were polite enough but not especially friendly or knowledgable about the restaurant business. This would have to be the fault of management, training is a necessity that should be constantly updated. Oh well many other places to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Park Tavern
    Will
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was our 2nd trip. We bring our 85 year old mother out of her senior center home, and have lunch with her. To date, the food will not disappoint but hasn't impressed us. As for the service, it is considerate and cheerful. Its a large facility and my thinking is that it must have a thriving dinner / bar crowd, and with the 2 rooms for gatherings, a busy special occasions business.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise find
    Tasha
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I very much enjoyed this restaurant. The lighting was perfect whisk gave it a great ambiance. It's also a very cozy place
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    erinseile
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is our 5th trip to this restaurant during Hamden Restaurant Week. The selections have noticeably declined in selection, portion size and quality. Dessert was brought to our table and it was 4 small cubes of a dry, tasteless bread pudding on a wooden board. Our table of 4 were very disappointed, especially since we had notified the Park Central Tavern that we would be celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary for one couple and an 82 birthday for another person. (Note - I mentioned this both on my Open Table reservation and to the Hostess prior to seating). No acknowledgement was made to our table of either of these momentous occasions. Very disappointing. I informed the manager as we left and all he could say was, "I'm sorry."
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deeeeeeelish!
    MsMunchalot
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Amazing food! Great service! Dog friendly outdoor seating outside of New Haven! Hidden gem! Love love love!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience!
    TriciaD
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We tried this based on an Open Table suggestion and we had a very nice experience. The building is beautiful and interesting and has a lot of character. The ambiance in the restaurant is welcoming, relaxing and high end without being stuffy. There is also a fairly large and nice outdoor dining area, although we ate indoors. We ordered three completely different meals and all of us enjoyed them. Prices were very reasonable for the quality. Nice service too. What's not to like? We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was just ok
    restinaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food wasn't great. Our service was really good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great brunch
    navymom
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Have been coming here with the family for years. They have always treated us well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • empty late night
    neighborhood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    restaurant was fine but late outdoor seating would have been nice. food good but not incredible
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cousins5
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very good choice for a meeting of cousins who haven't seen each other in awhile. I love the hamburgers and salads. I go to Park Central often for a meeting of family. We all enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The staff was excellent and knowledgeable. Our steaks were cooked just the way we requested and the wine recommendation fit the meal perfectly. We'll go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 65 reviews are from the Park Central Tavern reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were the only occupied table in the room. Waiter twice forgot to bring a side of ice for my wife's drink. Took a while before he came back to ask about another round of drinks. Took a while to get the check. BUT, we still love it there and will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and just plain good!
    JanJan
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Found this place by accident-- so glad I did! The warm bread with truffle butter was amazing as was my wedge salad and my daughter's shrimp cocktail. My daughters entree-- a lobster roll-- and my sliced skirt steak with some kind of amazing sauce was phenomenal! Service was exceptional, prices were decent, and we had a great time besides! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food selection
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The burata appetizer was excellent and the burgers are always good. The ambience is pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well managed.
    AlderVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Weekday lunch is not full, but the service, food quality and ambiance are the quality of a first class midtown Manhattan lunch. I have never witnessed a manager stay so focused on every detail of food service with equanimity and clarity.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place for a dinner
    greatfind
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My boyfriend and I just stopped to grab food we were not dressed up and felt we stood out a little bit. the place was really cold inside so bring a sweater. the food was awesome! great place for a romantic dinner
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and attentive service
    FathersDayFeast
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Lots of interesting things to eat. Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We came for a celebratory dinner and they helped out with every request made. We had champagne waiting when we got there. They catered to specific dietary needs, the food was delicious, the ambiance was nice but I wish we sat outside. I highly recommend the truffle risotto. YUM!!!!!!!!! The servers were very professional, and polite, we never felt rushed, and even was timed perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We were a group of 8 and when we arrived the restaurant was fairly empty because we had a reservation on the early side. The service was sub-par which we found surprising because we all had heard great things about this restaurant. The food was good overall but dessert seemed to be the highlight.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always very good
    KennyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Perhaps my 5th time here. Reliably great food and service. Have always sat in the bar area. It's very lively and more to my liking compared to the almost-too-quiet dining rooms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Solid Eatery
    Pmuz
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    If the scoring allowed, I would rate this a 3.5 overall. All the dishes were good, some were very good. The desserts were special, the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food/worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Park Central Tavern was a really great find. I went for a special occasion and was very satisfied. The food was great and well worth the money. The servers were very attentive. There is outdoor dining too, but it wasn't warm enough to eat outside. I highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Graduation Brunch
    KayJay
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Finely prepared food, varied menu, and attentive service made for a wonderful graduation brunch. We were expecting a dinner menu but were all pleased with the brunch menu. Noisy enough to comfortably talk at your table. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother'd Day dinner for 5 and I'd never been here before. The food was very good except for my father in law's sirloin, which was a bit tough and very salty. He had already eaten half of it because he didn't want to complain but after he made a comment we tried it and agreed. We mentioned it to the waiter. He was so nice about it - insisted on taking it back and had a new one made for him. The new steak was perfect. I have to admit the choices from the Mother's Day menu were dry so they must have been pre-cooked or something but the items from the regular menu were very good and I would go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't offer promotions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I brought a living social coupon and when I went to use it the server became agitated stating " I'm so glad we stopped this stupid promotion, I hate these coupons". Prior to his rude remarks our service was rushed and we never had the opportunity to order a second drink. The duck nachos and DLT were superb. Although we didn't care for the strawberry shortcake dessert. Don't offer promotions for your restaurant if you're going to push away potential new customers with them. I wouldn't return solely for this reason. Too bad because the food and drinks were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor customer Service
    Diningreviewer
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Upon entering restaurant, two greeters were studying a computer screen, no one looked up. I said something must be interesting-Reply- we are very busy tonight-That's great, I am a customer - greet me and make me feel welcome! It went downhill from here. Sat at dirty bar to wait for table- after the "greeters" told me they could not seat us because we were early,which I knew, we planned on having drinks at bar first. Negative response instead of positive Waiter was haughty - absolutely no reason to be as all he did was rush around and provide excuses for poor service."they always blame the waiter, when it's the kitchen".Not my problem, again I am here to enjoy my dinner. Food served cold - taken back re-served. Bad night- won't be back soon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant
    SuperDave
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Park Central is a great place for a meal. Whether it's dinner or a visit to the bar for a bite to eat, all dishes are perfectly prepared and delicious. This time we had dinner, and the food is great. I only gave food 4 stars because it is a bit pricey, but you do get great food. If price is a concern, the bar menu is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Food
    Ash3
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I went with my fiance and another couple Saturday night. The food was really good, the portions were huge and the service was great. We will go back soon and recommend this for other friends :)
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mitchellVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    …never disappointed…best salads, pressed chicken, burgers, wings or pasta. Can't go wrong with a quick dinner or a full 3 course meal...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beef overdone
    NHDiner65
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We have eaten here several times and have always had a good experience, as we did this time as well. We ate in the dining room, not the bar, because it is much quieter. Three of us ordered the filet mignon ($28) and we all asked for medium rare. All three were overdone to at least a medium. If we hadn't been with friends, I would have sent it back. That being said, it was delicious. The fourth person ordered salmon which was outstanding. The service was very good also. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Curse of the Solo Diner
    RevleeVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I very much enjoy dining alone, but I've never quite gotten used to the way single diners are often treated. I was sentenced to the back corner-most table in the room. There were plenty of others available. I had to ask for a napkin & fork, then for the bread which appeared to be served to everyone else without asking. I also had to ask for pepper which was not on my table. The horseradish asked for when ordered, I had to ask for again. All in all, lunch was very tasty, the prime rib being somewhat less warm than I thought it should have been -- much like the lamb I had here at Christmas; though in both cases the meats were delicious. It's a pleasant place, I will give it another try. I'll come with an entourage next time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Jeff91
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great service. Very romantic setting. The buttermilk fried chicken is delicious and I recommend any first timer to try that.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Portions - Service lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We were seated in one of the two dining rooms. The decor is beautiful and inviting. The food was delicious but the entree portions were on the small side. Our waiter seemed busy/preoccupied. We asked for a second round of drinks but they were never delivered. If I returned, it would probably only be to go to the bar side of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Favorite Spot.
    Rusty
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I am very impressed with Park Central. The menu is varied and has staples that you are glad to see when going out to eat: Duck Confit, Lobster Roll, Steak Frites, etc. All are outstanding and done with a flair that is foodie worthy. This is a favorite place of mine, and I will return. The atmosphere is very welcoming.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Suprise in Hamden!
    Wolfeway
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Good atmosphere and decent menu. Nice cheese and beer selections.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience at
    Maria
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Another great experience at Park Central Tavern. Good food and wine shared with friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.