ZINC New Haven

4.6
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2431 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Across from the historic New Haven Green, ZINC offers an innovative seed-to-plate menu that celebrates the surrounding community. Sustainable food has been the focus of ZINC since opening its doors in 1999 and has helped earn our place as a fixture in the downtown landscape. Our modern interpretation of “American Food” which is local market inspired and globally infused with a focus on sustainable food offers a dining experience fit for even the most enthusiastic of foodies.

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.
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fantastic service. Satisfying menu. Not overwhelming proportions. Delicious desserts. Extensive drink menu. Perfect atmosphere. Dark and cozy, trendy decor, nice background music.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. My family goes there several times when we are in New Haven.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant has a very nice, lively ambiance. Despite being busy they seated us right away.
We had had a late lunch and weren’t very hungry so we ordered 5 appetizers for 3 of us on the waitress’ recommendation. It was just the right amount. Each dish was really delicious. Most had heat so if you don’t care for spicy be sure to ask before ordering.
The staff was very friendly and the cost reasonable.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had a steak entree and the cut was a little fatty and the tuna with kale.Did not care for the kale perhaps deep fried and was crispy

TJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never lets us down. This was restaurant week so we thought we would take advantage but were skeptical after a so so experience at another restaurant last year - Zinc delivered with a great dinner - we sat at the bar over a table due to the crowd that night - easier to talk - great bartender. Salmon appetizer was excellent- excited for them to add to the menu.

TG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Likely wont be returning to Zinc. Food was not as good as usual - meatballs overcooked and brisket overly fatty. Had a question about parking validation and front end manager tryed to employ customer service but came off condescending and arrogant as he explained that anyone can place a sign and there was no validation. He further explained the parking authority was owned by Zinc and the parking would be $4 - it was $10. Will learn to make duck nachos at home and will not be returning. Came with 5 guests for a triple birthday - it wasnt acknowledged despite my call ahead.

LV
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love Zinc - we tried the restaurant week menu - all the courses were fabulous. We had a lovely evening.

c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I thought the meatball appetizer was the weakest link. They were hard and dry but the sauce was great.
The duck nachos were very good but would have liked more of the drizzle. The salmon and duck curry were outstanding. I just wish it wasn't so noisy but will go back for sure perhaps on a weeknight.

E
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Terrible slow service. Very loud. Food good though.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great place for restaurant week in New Haven. Tried a dish I would have not opted for on a regular night. The shrimp special was amazing!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy your new haven restaurant week with a couple friends. The service was great. The food was fresh and delicious.

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Love the different types of food items on the menu and the different portion sizes available. You see things on this menu that you do not see most places. Only negative is the noise in the dining area and the tables being so close together.

MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was very good. It was our first time there, the staff was very nice. The place was a bit noisy but it was a Friday night😊. The decor was very modern and relaxing.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

American food with an Asian flare. Levels of flavors that reveal themselves with each bite which usually finish with a delightful heat. Delicious and flavorful food... didn't want to stop eating! I had the salmon which was a large portion and a perfect medium rare cook. The cream sauce was light and absolutely delicious. My fiancee had the chicken and said it was moist and flavorful. Service from Rachel was spot on. She was attentive and knowledgeable. We will be back for sure!

CJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Zinc several times and have always been quite satisfied with the food and the service. Restaurant is very convenient for us and has very good vibes. The food is very creative too with many dishes having an Asian influence.

TS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom visiting

JR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent, hopping restaurant across from the New Haven Green. Farm to table, creative! Highly recommended.

JE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Zinc has been consistently our go to spot in New Haven since 1999. The food is always exceptional and the staff well educated on the menu and wine list.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely. Enjoyed everything we ate.

H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. A must place to visit for an excellent dinner.

MP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service delicious food. Will go back again and highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food and service was good. It took way too long for food, including appetizers to be brought to our table. That was my only true complaint,

P
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the farm to table adherence thus supporting local and organic farming.
The appetizers are varied and I particularly like the Duck Nachos, and the Lettuce Wraps. My favorites, from the main dish selection, are the Scottish Salmon, the Vietnamese Charred Chicken, and the Grilled Yellowfin Tuna--all so very tasty.

M
London
49 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zinc has become an institution in New Haven without losing its freshness, zip and adventurousness. New menu items at lunch are welcome and my guest sampled one of them, a new ravioli to great acclaim. Certain aspects of Zinc never changes such as the efficient and charming service or the matchless wine list, by the glass and by the bottle. It's a restaurant which brings sophistication and pleasure to the city

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both incredible!

PR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite in New Haven for lunch and now for dinner! Always offering wonderful menu choices with delicious specials.

TB
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere, good service. Shrimp Cobb Salad was very good. A little pricey but you are in downtown.

CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely, I would highly recommend! The food is always fresh, seasonal, inventive and most of all delicious. The room/ambiance is beautiful. Tables are far enough apart to provide privacy and the decoration is muted and very tasteful. Service is always excellent, attentive without being intrusive. I particularly enjoy eating at the bar which is always fun and populated with a convivial crowd. Zinc is my go to restaurant in New Haven!!

t
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, atmosphere and Service a bit pricy but still wonderful experience. Highly recommend

FE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

My family and I had lunch here and the food was delicious! The only issue I had was the waitress, she was not friendly at all and it felt like she was trying to rush us out of there. She did not smile ONCE.

KO
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right near Yale...in the heart of it all. Excellent food (I highly recommend the gnocchi). Ambiance is beautiful.

PH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous bold flavors. Great service. Great market menu.

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

T
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

N
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DA
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice Farm to Table in downtown New Haven. Food was fresh and inventive. Somewhat pricey.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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!