ZINC New Haven
Co-Owners Donna Curran and Chef Denise Appel combine more than 20 years of experience to create a restaurant that reflects their passion for great local food and quality service. ZINC has evolved into one of the city’s most popular gathering spots for both local foodies and visiting ones.
We have been wanting to try Zinc for a while now. First tip - if they offer you the table in the window don’t take it unless you are size 00. Very tight fit in and out. Service was prompt and not overly attentive - we got the wrong check at the end of the night. On the fun side, Andrew Tow of Withers Vineyards was there, offering a flight of his wines and coming to your table to discuss - big fun! Food was excellent - very flavorful and well presented, especially the pile ok fried spinach with the tuna - like eating air! Highly recommend both the restaurant and Withers wines.
Fabulous bold flavors. Great service. Great market menu.
We've been to Zinc quite a few times over the years. Always a great meal. This past Saturday was exceptional. Matt was our waiter. Absolute best!! Very friendly, knowledgeable, funny and patient with our family. Food was spectacular. There were six of us and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. The sommelier recommended a wonderful Zinfandel. A wonderful evening!! Can't wait to go back!
Great meal. The specialty drinks were weird and not very good. . I would avoid those and just order what you like to drink. Other than that Zinc is a great place to eat.
I took my dearest friend here for her birthday on a whim. We ordered 4 small plates (crab tacos, duck nachos, dumplings and the cheese board) and each one was more amazing than the last. Our server was fast, pleasant and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back!
As usual, service and food was top notch. Nice to see the menu slightly changed since our last visit.
The creative food is always consistently prepared and we have never caught them on an off night.
Nice Farm to Table in downtown New Haven. Food was fresh and inventive. Somewhat pricey.
As a first time experience everything was good. But what I ordered wasn’t what I expected. It had a too much of everything in it and I wasn’t looking forward to it after I got it. Other than that it was a very enjoyable experience the service was great and the overall atmosphere was awesome!
Great restaurant. The food was outstanding. The service was great. All the waitstaff was attentive. The paella was delicious!! The small plates were delicious!! Crab tacos and duck nachos were yummy!!
Great service and food at a reasonable price. We will definitely be back.
Had the Market Menu with the oyster stew. It started with a watermelon salad that was tasty and interesting. The oyster stew had fresh corn in it, crunchy and sweet against the briny oysters. Really good.
Outstanding!!! The flavors and textures of the meal was the best I have ever experienced.
Diverse and delicious menu. The service is a well oiled machine with multiple people assisting each table
Market menu was amazing - cocktail was delish and atmosphere v warm and upbeat
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the zinc table. We felt warmly welcomed, the service was terrific, and our meals delicious. Thanks for making it such a special occasion! Thanks, too, for the complimentary duck nachos!
It is a noisy place, but the food and service was amazing and we’ll definitely be back!
We loved our appetizers and main courses.
Unfortunately desserts weren’t as awesome.
Overall would come back for sure!
The food was good. The server Andrea went above and beyond. Her knowledge of the menu and ability to answer questions was top notch. The atmosphere was very nice. What else can you ask for? Good food, good service, good atmosphere!
This is a reasonably-priced, beautiful restaurant that combines great service with delicious, unique food. It is also walking-distance from the Yale campus. Just a delicious, friendly venue. Very well-balanced wine and cocktail list, as well!
The food was delicious and different. Good cocktails, great service. I highly recommend Zinc!
You have to eat the duck nachos, and the paella was absolutely great.
A special dinner with my daughter before she leave for college. It was a great meal.
Great service and delicious food as usual! Our long time favorite restaurant in New Haven delivers yet again.
Have not been there in a while. Still awesome.
Server was not attentive. Felt like we were being rushed through the meal. Our meal was presented within 5 minutes of the wine being opened. After our meal was served no one came back to ask how we liked the meal. The noise level was fairly high even though the restaurant was only about 60% filled. Prices are fairly high for the quality of the food.
Amazing service, superbly plated and presented, totally loved the food. Will go back again.
Have been to Zinc before and It's usually more of a 4-5 star quality. Tonight we were left unimpressed.
Service was outstanding, food not so much. 2 of the 4 got the paella on the menu. Although we like spicy food, there was no indication in the menu that this meal was spicy. The chef was certainly heavy handed as well which made the dish one note. The heat overpowered everything.
Our waiter felt bad and said she would notify the chef, but it was apparent that both plates were barely touched due to the poor preparation. For the prices on their menu I would have expected a little more care and perhaps either offering a replacement meal or to take the items off the bill. Waste of $70 on those 2 dishes was a lot to swallow. For that reason we won't be back.
I'm all for paying for quality but the restaurant has to live up to their side of that bargain. When they fail they should own it.
Would have left 1 star but the pork belly and duck nachos were great!
Food, trying too hard to be international using local ingredient. Personally would visit authentic food restaurant. Feel their local client may not feel comfortable going to ethnic restaurant, but just coming here for “ethnic food”.
From the greeting at the door to the staff and the fine wine. The meal was great. The whole Evening was perfect.
Consistency is the hall mark of this veteran restaurant of New Haven,now on the eve of celebrating its 20th anniversary. It is equally enjoyable for a casual lunch with old friends as it is for a more formal evening meal with guests or visitors. The menu varies itself sufficiently that old favorites are given a good run and new and tempting dishes appear with regularity. The wine list is superb both for wines by the glass and for its comprehensive cellar. The service is charming without being over intimate.
WHILE THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD, THE DRINKS WERE AWFUL. THE 12 DOLLAR MINT MOJITOS WERE VERY POORLY MADE. WHEN WE SWITCHED TO ORDER MOUNT GAY RUM AND TONICS, THE BARTENDER USED A DIFFERENT RUM AND THE WAITRESS NEVER KNEW. THAT IS INEXCUSABLE. ..IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE BRAND OF LIQUOR ASKED FOR, ADVISE THE CUSTOMER.
DISAPPOINTED DESPITE THE VERY GOOD FOOD.
This was our first time at Zinc and I know it wont be our last. We settled in on "small plates" to share. Amazing variety of flavors and freshness made our dinner enjoyable. Our attentive waiter was helpful in describing the items. Great fusion of flavors! Looking forward to our next visit!
Post-show dinner with three teenagers. Despite wildly differing tastes we all sampled and thoroughly enjoyed each plate brought to the table. Waiter was outstanding and she made sure our food was nut and raw egg free. Only drawback was seat between kitchen entrance and exit doors (exit door was open and noise from kitchen was surprisingly quiet for a kitchen but not quite the ambience we had hoped for). Still we were grateful as we had arrived much earlier than expected and were seated anyway. Top marks for flavor, service and overall experience. Will certainly recommend and come back.
Zinc is New Haven's 'ever green' restaurant: it aims high both in food and drink and service and never fails to reach its mark. My last lunch I had an overseas visitor as my guest and she was clearly delighted and impressed by what they saw and ate. The recent renovations have added a further touch of elegance and style to this landmark restaurant.
Zinc is always a food lover’s delight, particularly their farm market menu.
Good menu choices for gluten and dairy free and vegetarian. Everything was good, just not spectacular. Service was excellent. Prices were too high for the food, entrees each high $20-30's. I recommend to try it, maybe lunch is better value.
Everything is delicious!!
Food was excellent, and the service great! Parking was challenging, but overall perfect!
Amazing food and amazing service. We were very impressed with both meals that we tried.
The service was great and the paella was delicious!