ZINC New Haven

4.7
2608 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Please note, our outdoor Garden dining patio does not currently have covering for inclement weather. If you make a reservation for the outdoor Garden and it rains, we will be forced to move you to an indoor area. 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.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Join us for a 5 course tasting menu on New Years Eve. To view menu https://www.zincfood.com/new-years-eve

What 2608 people are saying
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Shin
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server (Sean, I think??) was super knowledgeable, welcoming, and patient!! Thank you for a great experience, and the food was AMAZING!!!! The pork belly was simply just divine and so so fulfilling, even for a small plate!! Thank you for making my solo dining experience comfortable and wonderful! I will definitely come back again. :)

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Ashley
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zinc is and has always been a favorite of mine. The food, service and setting are perfect every time, very consistent for many, many, many years.

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ARTHURP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was creative in presentation in content. And it tasted great. Quiet enough so we could talk. Large plastic “windows” between booths. Front desk very helpful. Overall experience was great, and we would return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was not great at all considering it was restaurant week ! We expect much better for the price! Much better restaurants around!

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Uhansro
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week tasting menu was fabulous. Duck leg confit was exceptional!

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DaveW
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and our drinks were excellent! Really interesting menu that leaned into international influences. We started with a delicious cheese plate that featured some local cheese choices that were really flavorful.

Our waiter was excellent, offering us great suggestions and really accurate descriptions of the menu choices. We sat outside in a small patio space that was tucked behind the restaurant and it was the perfect date night experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went and tried zinc for the first time . It was phenomenal. We had the pork and brisket. We had the cheeses and peanut butter moose . Drinks were great. Will be going back frequently !

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for restaurant week. The food was spectacular! Every dish unique and flavorful. We did modify our OpenTable reservation to add 2 people by actually calling, and that wasn’t noted when we arrived. So we had to wait 30 min to get our table. It was a busy night, though. Overall it was a great experience!

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LeilaB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

all around amazing food and ambiance. Something special in New Haven.

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AC94
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for such an enjoyable restaurant week experience. We had a lovely time and are so happy we could spend the night enjoying a unique, seasonal, delicious menu.

LB
vipLauraB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visiting. We will be back. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent! Thank you!

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warygary
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the patio behind the restaurant. The food and service were great as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great ambience. Best restaurant week experience so far.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Tasting menu was great and interesting specialty cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations

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

Wonderful as ever Zinc does a great job. Very busy but good excellent, service attentive, and our back banquette possible fir serious discussion. Great job Zinc.

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Dick
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Zinc for special occasions and for not-so-special occasions for many years. We have always been very well served and very well fed, and never disappointed. The friendly staff gives us helpful comments on the menu. Zinc is where we want to be, land we treasure it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very nice and food was delicious.
The whole dinner was spaced perfectly. No rushing you in and out. Well done.

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vipluv2dineout
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was terrific. It was among the noisiest visits we have had there. Many on the waitstaff seemed new and seemed to be attending to so many tables that the service was less attentive than in previous visits.

We will certainly return, though we might favor a weeknight rather than a weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had in a very long time. So much so I tried things I would have never tried on the menu. Cannot wait to come back!

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CFitz
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean was amazing and very patient with my friend. Food was delicious, I wish I could eat here everyday!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

DELICIOUS food and wonderful service—can’t wait to come back!

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WesB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was in a word, spectacular. Can't believe we've lived in New Haven County for nearly 9 years and only now discovered this wonderful gem. We will certainly be returning.

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vipPoppy
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zinc has always been the best restaurant for me and my family. The food is delicious and well-sourced, and the service is of the finest. During these restrictive times, Zinc is the only restaurant we will visit.

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FlamurK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when we visit zinc! Staff and food are both out of this world. Sean and Shamar are fantastic. Could not ask for a better experience/atmosphere. It was our 2nd anniversary and they made the experience that much more amazing. We don’t come often but we’re always excited when we do. I would highly recommend zinc!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in New Haven!

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EricaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good. Bartender was helpful in picking out wine. Tuna was great; plate a little overwhelmed with fried seaweed or kale(?). Very good potstickers/dumplings.

Cocktails amazing!

Love the bar! Fun to people watch; close to parking.

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Samg
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Server and the person helping us seat very very rude.
Food was good but brink OK

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PennyMD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Zinc never skips a bear and NEVER shows its age. Always fresh, creative, delicious and welcoming.

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nicholat
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the ambience ! The food was eclectic but full of flavor ! Cooked well !!❤️

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for a second time for DPW meal no. 9. Food was as delicious as I remembered and the service was great. One of my top three favorite places in NHV.

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ClareG
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All in all a lovely evening… The ambience is elegant soothing, the wine list was sufficient, and the food, while not flawless, was very very good.

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KimberlyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We all felt that we were being rushed to order, to eat fast and leave. If you are in a hurry great. If you want to have a business dinner, find another place.

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SergeyT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. A cheese plate and yellowfin tuna are the best.

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ScottThomas
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant New Haven! It never disappoints; and I’m sure thatit never will.

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susan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious creative food in a convivial elegant environment. Extraordinarily professional, knowledgeable and warm staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very special dinner with attentive staff, who were working very hard that night. The appetizers were the highlight - especially the duck nachos and pork belly. Entrees were delicious too. Would definitely return.

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CarolF
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting food, something for everyone, extensive wine list, impeccable & attentive service.

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LizA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We started outside, but when it started to rain, the staff quickly and efficiently moved us inside. Everyone was nice and flexible. The food was delicious and the drinks/wine lists were plentiful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite restaurant of ours for nearly two decades. The food is superb and consistent! The service is personal.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ZINC New Haven using the Order Online button. ZINC New Haven also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 624-0507.

ZINC New Haven is rated 4.7 stars by 2608 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.