Caffe Bravo

4.6
94 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
In New Haven, Connecticut, Caffe Bravo is an Italian restaurant that serves up quality authentic Italian dishes and other European specialties. The Caffe Bravo menu has extensive options for any taste, including starters, salads, pasta dishes, and entrees. The restaurant also serves a number of pizzas and sides. Whether you’re looking for a full family-style meal with calamari, rigatoni, and breaded veal cutlets to share with a group or you are just in the mood for a pizza to share for two, the menu will be able to accommodate.

Caffe Bravo provides only the freshest ingredients and emphasizes classic Italian meals using recipes that have been handed down for generations. Its elegant, cozy dining room provides customers with a refined by the relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a traditional meal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 94 people are saying
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SusanG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family neighborhood restaurant, with superb staff. terrific decor, and universally excellent food. We've been going here for over 20 years - never a bad meal or an less than joyful dinner. Everyone should be so lucky to have such a restaurant in their town.

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Barbara
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We enjoyed our lunch during new havens restaurant week. The outside area was very pleasant and food was good. A good value overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Coffee Bravo never, ever disappoints. The perfectly prepared food delights all your senses.

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Andrew
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and setting. Outstanding wait staff great neighborhood place for a special occasion!

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AllanA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly neighborhood cafe, with very good food and drink

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SusanD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS IS OUR 2ND TIME HERE IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, THIS TIME FOR LUNCH. EVERYTHING WAS SUPERB,FOOD, SERVICE, AMBIANCE!!

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Jojo
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Caffe Bravo is my consistent place to meet for lunch. The food is always very good and I enjoy the outdoor covered dining area for the pleasant weather.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent! Everything was delicious and beautifully prepared. Pasta was fantastic.

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LindaZ
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love Caffe Bravo. Most of the food we've ordered has been delicious, and last night was no exception. We were able to eat outside, and the waitstaff was extremely helpful. Service wasn't quite what it used to be due to under staffing, but they did their best in good spirits.

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SusanD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

THERE WERE A COUPLE OF SMALL CHANGES THAT DETRACKED FROM OUR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES AT CAFE BRAVO (ALWAYS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS!) . THE BREAD BASKET CONTAINED IN ADDITION TO THE BREAD,TASTLESS BREAD STICKS. PREVIOUSLY THERE WERE 2 BREAD SELECTIONS AND LITTLE TOMATO SQUARES. A SMALL THING BUT NOTICABLE.
THE APPETIZER AND MAIN COURSE WERE EXCELLENT.

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FoodieSue
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent seafood and pasta, and fine service. Our first time here; we'd be glad to return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our service was sub par. Always have great service but disappointed this time. It was over 10 minutes before our waitperson even came to our table. Food was not delivered hot. Waitperson not very attentive.

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ThomasL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The service was good. The food was extremely bland. Very disappointing. We won’t be back.

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jam4
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice easy place to enjoy a nice meal in an unfussy atmosphere.

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SBGNewHaven
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always ... a wonderful experience - food, service and even seeing friends dining there too!

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SoxFanatic
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good and served promptly. small but excellent wine choices. But the outdoor dinning space would benefit from a couple of ceiling fans to move the air about. It was a warm night and no breeze, making it a little uncomfortable. And the tables were a little closer to each other than I would have preferred.

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SandraR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been there in a couple of years. Have recently moved back to CT. Loved our visit--food, service, surroundings. We ate inside--it was much less crowded than the patio!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service!

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BillC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was told you could BYOB with a corking fee. Since we thought this was the norm at this restaurant, that is what we did. When the bill came we were charged $10 per person for a party of 4! Other restaurants we have been to where there was a corking fee charged $3 per person at the most. Very unreasonable. Food was only fair and service was slow.

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vipfrtom
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Italian restaurants stand or fall on their sauce. The sauce here is very very good. It will be coming back to try the pizza because their sauce is amazing. Service was superior and friendly. Ambience was really good.

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vipJudyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been a regular for years.
Always excellent....especially the lovely staff!

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AlbertaC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very accommodating with some menu changes. Pasta is excellent

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Friendly neighborhood restaurant with a good home town vibe. Often meeting neighbors there and being able to walk from home is a big plus.

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palmtrees
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great no rushing to get us out. Food with good . I would definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive but not rushed service. Wine was delicious.

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MicheleM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Overpriced for the quality of food. Our server was inattentive & seemed uninterested in the quality of our experience. Nice outdoor seating.

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Discerningdiner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved sitting on the patio for dinner. It was medium to low ambient noise from the other diners, and most of the sound was from the street. Highly recommend the Carpaccio from the Antipasti, La Rucoletta and Barbabietole from the Insalata menu, and Linguine alle Vongole and Rigatoni alla Vodka from the Pasta Fesca menu.

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Donnalou93
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with a friend who had never been to the restaurant . Caffe Bravo never disappoints and that was true last night . My friend enjoyed it as I knew she would !
Bonus : we were able to enjoy patio seating on a perfect summer night !! Keep doing what you’re doing Caffe Bravo !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was disappointing, the atmosphere was cold, the waitress was pleasant. The experience was kind of disappointing. When I walked in I was sat in a hidden corner of an empty restaurant it seemed very strange.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food- great service

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NHVoice
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

This used to be my favorite restaurant in new haven. Consistently delicious food and a well balanced menu. The restaurant is under new management and most of our favorite dishes are gone - way fewer veggies! But the worst thing is the drastic decline in food quality- bland! poorly cooked. ive been twice. the other day with a friend from out of town who had loved the old caffe bravo and agrees that the food is tasteless. stale bread in bread basket. Please bring back the old chef! Restore the menu! The wait staff is the same. they are lovely as ever!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Slow service that can also make you feel rushed is almost an impressive feat

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AndrewF
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great grilled branzino and fried calamari. Patio great for observing the passing scene.

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SusanG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a long-standing neighborhood restaurant with uniformly excellent truly Italian food. The waitstaff are superb, knowledgeable, and sincerely friendly.

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BruceG
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This reservation here was an average event but this was supposed to be an anniversary dinner as stated when making this reservation. No one came and even wished us a Happy Anniversary there. Some one missed!, or maybe they don’t celebrate marriage there, terrible.

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KennethC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a high quality restaurant with traditional Italian food prepared very, very well. The flavors really are excellent. With the open air seating that is within a structure with open windows, it is very pleasant. For the quality the prices are moderate. The seating outdoors is what I have seen traveling in Italy. The food is a very good value for the price.

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CarolynC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, very pleasant wait staff- a great night out!

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ninky6278
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a hot and humid evening so although I might have ordered the excellent pasta, I opted for the Mediterraneo salad with shrimp and it was exquisite. The shrimp were grilled to perfection. The fennel in the salad was heavenly. And I had room for an affogato, which also was wonderful. Service was superb.

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michaell
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing new dishes on the menu! Definitely check out this place. Top notch!

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vipmuskroses73
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Welcoming, warm place with Italian home cooking with special attention to fresh ingredients, sauces made from scratch, beautiful salads, superb calamari fritti, fettuccine bolognese, generous portions, luscious pizza, wonderful wine list, and, as we discovered last night, scrumptious mojitos!

FAQs

Caffe Bravo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Caffe Bravo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 772-2728.

Caffe Bravo is rated 4.6 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.