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For 2
Sat, 2/24
11:30 PM
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Park Central Tavern

192 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem (6)
  • Bar Seating (5)
  • Good for Groups (5)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - close, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - close,
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm.
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Phone number
(203) 287-8887
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Polly Coassin: (855) 821-0820
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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.
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Cross street
Park and Central Avenues
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Parking details
38 car private lot with two handicap spots. Street parking also available.
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 192 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dred07 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It's a wonderful neighborhood restaurant, friendly accommodating staff and great food. This restaurant is our go-to for the specials of the day and a great burger.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had a great night out for Valentine’s Day. Food came out very quickly, but it was very hard to get water or another soda when it wasn’t that busy. Cheese plate was very underwhelming, so I highly recommend not getting it.

DP21418 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentines Day... special menu was excellent to choose from. Slightly pricey but service and ambience makes for a great evening

Holly (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Poor service overall and food was good, but nothing exceptional .

Kathy (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This wonderful neighborhood restaurant is great fun...lovely vibe...good food, well priced and excellent service. Nice overall experience and easy place to keep coming back to.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was good. Service was good. Nice atmosphere to meet and chat with friends.

vipRobsvb (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

My family has eaten at PCT many times. The food had been consistently well above average. Service was great. But, our last few visits have been below normal. Tonight, we realize that subpar is the new norm at PCT. I don’t think we are alone in that opinion.
The restaurant was not busy on a Saturday night.

Our food tonight was unacceptable. But, finding someone to discuss it with was impossible. When the food was served, I balked at my chicken sandwich having a pool of basically buffalo sauce (not aioli spread on a bun) drowning it. I started scraping off some of it when our server walked up. When I complained, Gabrielle, our server, shrugged her shoulders and said that’s how it is served, then walked away. That’s basically the last we saw of her. No one ever did a check back to ask how our food was until it was time for plates to be cleared (and that was by the bus person).

My sandwich was the little issue tonight. My daughter’s calamari (her main course) was rubbery and had no lemon served with it. My husband and I thought she was being picky, until we tried it. The dish was awful. But, we couldn’t get anyone’s attention to complain until the bus boy asked to clear dishes. We sent 3/4 back and told him it was not his fault, but it was terrible. Again, no response.

We tried to find a manager (on a Saturday night you would expect a check-in at some point). Again, no luck.

When the check came, we were charged in full for the entire meal.

Until I hear they have improved I would recommend not frequenting this locale. Frankly, we get better service at Friday's: the food is about the same, and it's much more inexpensive (with tip our meal was over $80 tonight).

Save yourself the frustration and disappointment. Find a different restaurant.

vipDSdiner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Awesome lunch! Short Rib Grilled Cheese may have been best sandwich of my life! Philly Cheese fans take notice!!!!!

classicjim (West Virginia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Year's Eve and had a lovely dinner. The southern beets were outstanding. We also liked how there were wine choices with each entree item on the menu.

Visitingprofessor (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

A few friends got together for dinner. I had been here before so thought my friends would like it.
The service was great, the dining room did not feel crowded and the decor was very rich. The food was wonderful and my friends thanked me for finding such a great restaurant for our get together

vipMicpep (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The food was excellent and service was very good. The restaurant has a parking lot in the back which is always a plus. Besides a wine list, beer list, the cocktails were different but good. We had the shrimp and grits and short ribs for dinner both were awesome, for apps we had the tuna and brussels sprouts that were out of this world.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service and food. Our waiter Derrick was awesome. Bring back chocolate chip cookies for dessert

LiketoEat (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Such great food and not crowded at all, the server named Abby is so much fun and provided excellent service all night. My family was pleasantly surprised. Forget Elis, we're coming here.

vipBGDAVESPT (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

Had a great meal and excellent service. Little noisy but the ball game was on and people cheering plus the entertainment. I would expect that. Lots of people there for a Wednesday night!

wine4life (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Met my daughter for dinner and we had a very nice evening. I had a salad with crab cake which was delicious followed by The flourless chocolate cake. Service was wonderful and the ambience of the restaurant was lovely.