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About Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar

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.

259 Orange St
New Haven, CT 06510
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Cuban, Latin / Spanish

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

Cross Street:
Elm Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 859-5342

Website:
http://zafrarumbar.com/

Catering:
Catering Available. Please call owner, Dominick 2 weeks prior to event @ 860-227-5195

Parking Details:
Street meetered parking as well as 2 public lots within 30 yards from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Chef Haya Tadahiro

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Check www site for special event listings such as Carribean steel drums, rum tastings and others.

Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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4.2

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4.2

ambience

3.8

value

3.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (88)
Neighborhood Gem (81)
Vibrant Bar Scene (52)
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Hot Spot (42)
Romantic (36)
Special Occasion (32)
Good for Groups (26)
Late-night Find (25)
Great for Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
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·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on May 9, 2015

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

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·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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
·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.

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·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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·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....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
·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!!

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·Dined on March 6, 2015

Drinks have fun names and ingredients, but execution was slightly disappointing. The dishes we ordered were amazing though, great food.

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·Dined on February 26, 2015

Cerveche outstanding. The sampler platter not so much-all fried and frankly bland. The specialty pork was tasty but the black beans were like none other I ever tasted. A subtle seasoning transformed the ordinary and predictable dish into a surprise. Staff were courteous and prompt and atmosphere was cozy and inviting.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 14, 2015

Wife and I picked this place to celebrate Valentines Day. Place confirmed reservation at least twice which I appreciated. Arrived on time and table was ready. Server very helpful and friendly. Wife and I both had Mojitos to start and they were delicious. Had the Havana sampler, which did not disappoint. For main course, I had the rib eye and wife had the pulled pork. Both were outstanding as wife generously shared her dish with me. Had a chocolate cake filled with creamy chocolate for dessert. Then, I had a snifter of Zafra Rum: neat. It was neat and smooth. Ended the night with cuban coffee and cafe con leche. From the time we made the reservation to the moment we got into our car to go home, everything was simply perfect!!! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 7, 2015

I went there for the Cubano sandwich I had seen in the movie "Chef." I was a little disappointed that it was cut so the pickle was only on one half of the sandwich, and I expected mustard and had to order some on the side for the second half of the sandwich. I ordered a special rum, which was excellent, and I was impressed by the amount served for only $7. I will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 31, 2015

Went before a show place was small, clean & friendly..Food was wonderful the service very good & rum drinks were great with a huge selection. Would defiantly return

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 10, 2015

Our server, Jen was very pleasant and we enjoyed speaking with her.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 27, 2014

Been to Zafra several times. Always happy with the food. Large nacho platter is a dinner for two. Entrees seem like someone's Grandmother is back in the kitchen with a zillion years experience. Recently took six family members who can be picky. All of them came away very happy after finishing off two large platters of nachos, six entrees, and sharing two orders of tres leches cake. All spoke of being stuffed but also of feeling good about it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
·Dined on December 5, 2014

We found this little spit while driving around on our way to a show. Its a small place so if you have a large party or definitely want to get a table, I recommend a reservation. The waiter was average, nothing bad but nothing that would stand out either as far as great service goes. we ordered our food and were a little shocked that it came out so fast. However, the food was excellent. Cuban flavors were there and and true Cuban recipes were used to prep the dishes we ate.what really ruined our experience was a couple that was seated behind us with a loud obnoxious girl who was coming on to her date nd was definitely not shy about expressing or showing it either. My guess he svored that night. that's something others do not need to know about and definitely not appropriate in a restaurant. thankfully we only had to endure that for about 10 minutes and then the last. overall I think it's a great spot to grab dinner and probably lunch I will definitely come back and try it again.

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vip
·Dined on November 15, 2014

Authentic Cuban cuisine - from apps to entree to dessert. And the rum bar has enough choices to keep you intrigued for many visits.

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·Dined on November 8, 2014

Tori was sweet enough to seat us at opening, as we arrived earlier than our reservation. The staff was still settling up and our patience was rewarded with outstanding service and flavorful food! Looking forward to visiting my nephew at Yale so we can taste more dishes at ZAFRA!!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 7, 2014

We went during restaurant week because I wanted to try Zafra. We were not permitted to order off the regular menu. Ok. I guess I should have known better since it's a rum bar. I simply wasn't blown away by the food. The salad wasn't fresh or crisp. The mahi mani was good but the toppings didn't meld - the salsa and vegetables weren't married well.

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·Dined on November 4, 2014

Enjoyed restaurant week dinner with friends here. Very attentive staff and delicious food!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 18, 2014

loved the food. service was fair, i wouldn't rush to go back for dinner because of the noise level but i will be trying lunch simply because the food was awesome. I suspect it wouldn't be as noisy at lunch time...keeping my fingers crossed

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vip
·Dined on October 18, 2014

I finally had an opportunity to try Zafra on Saturday. We really enjoyed our meal. The rum selection was great and there was an extensive list of fun rum drinks. I enjoyed my mahi mahi and my husband really enjoyed his calamari appetizer. My one disappointment was the ceviche. It lacked flavor and fell flat on my palate. We will definitely go back and hopefully bring my son who loves Cuban food.

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vip
·Dined on October 17, 2014

We walk in and notice a basement type smell. It was clean and tiled, we enjoyed the great food & drinks. It was a small place but worth returning.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 7, 2014

There was on the street parking at a meter, which was very convenient. Zafra is small but very attractively decorated with a very nice bar. All the waiters and bartender were very friendly and answered all our questions. The mojitos were excellent and so was the dinner. My husband had the ropa vieja and I had the fircasse de pollo which I would definitely order again. We will be going back to Zafra again soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 5, 2014

My reservation time meant nothing. I waited over an hour for appetizers which came out with my meal; the order for 1 of the appetizers wasn't placed in time so it came out even later. The wait staff never checked on us and appeared to avoid us until the food came out. The food had good taste but my meat was cold. Very disappointed!!!!!

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vip
·Dined on October 5, 2014

Great and interesting food, pleasant and attentive service. Pushed drinks a little, but it is a bar after all. My only objection is that almost all the seating is the high bar seat kind. As a tall person, I find this uncomforable. I would prefer a regular table and chairs.

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·Dined on October 2, 2014

... All at a great price. Recommend. The rum selection is worth a look, and the bartender will be happy to help you pick a good one.

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·Dined on September 30, 2014

The menu looked great. When I first walked in, I noticed a slightly musty smell but the place is all tile, so I don't know where it came from. I love Cuban food, and the 2 fish entrees were good--not wow, I can't wait to have this again, but decent. We tasted 3 of the appetizers, and they were just OK. Not that tasty, and rather dry. We expected a little more flavor all the way around.
Our server was nice and pleasant, but she didn't know what some of the ingredients were in the specialty drinks, and she asked us to keep our first course silverware, but there was no place to set them down except on the bare wooden table.
It was a pleasant enough experience, but I don't think I would bother to go back.

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vip
·Dined on September 27, 2014

We tried Zafra on a lark prior to a concert at SCSU. Everything was truly outstanding.

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·Dined on September 20, 2014

The restaurant was excellent. Service was great. Atmosphere was perfect

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·Dined on September 13, 2014

We had a great evening at Zafra: excellent food, warm service, and lively ambiance. The appetizers were yummy: the Havana sampler.We also enjoyed our main courses: Fricassee de pollo, lechon, and picadillo. The only jarring note were the black beans: underdone and very little flavor! I think Zafra has to improve on this item, since it is a very important item in Cuban cuisine! I nevertheless gave it 5 stars because the rest of the meal was outstanding.

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·Dined on September 6, 2014

The meal and service was excellent. Great rum selection.

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·Dined on September 6, 2014

This is the third time that I used table top for my reservation and I love it. My table was always ready. I recommend this services

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·Dined on August 31, 2014

We went to Zafra's for our anniversary. Everything was wonderful...the service, the food. I look forward to going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on August 16, 2014

Great roast pork, tostones and a heavenly mojito. Service was wonderful, everyone had a smile and a willingness to substitute to make the customer happy. And I was!

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·Dined on August 9, 2014

Went to dinner there for a family dinner. First, the service was excellent! The food was AMAZING! We all ordered something different and shared and everything was to die for! The roast pork I could have ate all night!

Don't pass this wonderful restaurant up! You won't be disappointed!

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·Dined on August 6, 2014

I found this place online through Travelzoo.com, and I decided to check it out the next day. It took my wife and I about an hour to get to, but I must say it was well worth the drive. Highly recommended, just don't plan to have any drinks with a hangover like I did. Couldn't enjoy the selection of rum like I wanted to.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on July 29, 2014

The service was excellent and our waitress was attentive to every need. The Ceviche was one of the best I have ever had, the main courses we had were coked to perfection. Only criticism was that dessert was clearly not given as much attention as the savory dishes and drinks but still yummy.

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