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Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar

76 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar in New Haven serves a wide variety of menu items that transports patrons to the tropics. “Zafra” is a reference to the sugarcane that grows in Cuba. The menu consists of Cuban classics such as empanadas, mango ceviche, Cuban dumplings and a Havana sampler.

The real draw of Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar, though, is that it’s the first of its kind in Connecticut and one of the largest rum bars in the entire country. Whether you prefer mojitos, daiquiris or any other drink with this type of liquor, Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar will not leave you disappointed.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuban, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(203) 859-5342
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Haya Tadahiro
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Catering Available. Please call owner, Dominick 2 weeks prior to event @ 860-227-5195
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Cross street
Elm Street
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Parking details
Street meetered parking as well as 2 public lots within 30 yards from the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
Check www site for special event listings such as Carribean steel drums, rum tastings and others.
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

Knowledgeable and friendly staff. We had never eaten Cuban food before so I can't make any judgments about the authenticity of the food, I just know it was really good. Will go again!

FastEddy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

Great service, delicious food, tasty drinks, very good prices. A pleasant dining experience overall. Nice space as well.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

this is the second time I've been there, and both times the food was good. So were the drinks. Smaller place, so good for groups of 4 or so, max. Friendly staff

vipSouthernBelle1968 (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on April 10, 2015

The nachos were amazing, and I would definitely have them add the shredded pork for $5 extra. It was worth every cent. The ingredients were so fresh and so flavorful! The mojito is also superb and served garnished with fresh mint, lime slivers and a sprig of fresh sugar cane. The plantains were just the right temperature & texture & had amazing little crunchies on the edge - yummy!

It was very loud in there tonight. Tough to talk to your table mates. So, be prepared to scream. But, it is worth it for authentic Cuban cuisine.

BobbyZ (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 29, 2015

First let me say we DO love Zafra's! It is a boutique in every sense of the word. We have been here multiple times and plan on many more trips. This time we shared an appetizer sampler (yes it was big enough for 2) and an avacado & mango salad (That was big enough for 4!). We then had camarones encilados and a ground beef dish - bothe were excellento! Cocktails are a little steep for a place like this but the overall tab still makes it a reasonable coules night out. Now, if only they could find a space that would allow an expanded kitchen to break out and do more creative work in a location that would provide ambiiance above a tavern level. This would undoubtably make them a star amonst New Haven destination restaurants.

Brian (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

Zafra Nachos are the greatest period. Get them with the pulled pork, and make sure you bring your appetite cause they are massive.. Dinner was good, too. He honest they could use some fresh herbs to make the flavors "pop" a little more. All in all a great experience.

vipEastcoastFoods (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

We were in New Haven for a day and decided to see what popped up on Open Table as available for an early Saturday dinner (5pm). This is by far the best Cuban restaurant I've been to in terms of food quality. I ordered fish and it was cooked perfectly! The service was wonderful, super friendly. At the time we were there it was pretty empty and only every other table was taken. The place is small so I would assume it gets louder during the more conventionally busy times. It is a rum bar and their rum selection is quite extensive though given the early hour we didn't take advantage. Highly recommend this restaurant and we'll go back next time we're in New Haven.

Mojito19 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

If you are looking for authentic Cuban food and a great atmosphere, this is the place.
The owner takes great care in making sure everyone feels "at home" and the food is outstanding,
especially the Lechon Asado, their signature pork dish. The Pina Colada Martini was to die for so I'll definitely have that drink again.

We often choose Zafra for dining with friends or a special romantic occasion and will
look forward to more of the same in the future....

Antlive69 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

We had a great dinner on a Saturday night. The place is small so reservations are highly recommended. The food was great and the coffee was excellent. The servers were attentive to our needs. We will definitely be eating there again.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

Such an amazing place! Great for going to the theatre. Other guests will talk to you! The service is amazing too! You will not be disappointed!!