ZINC New Haven

4.7
2632 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
What 2632 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DonnyH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was great, service was spectacular . Highly recommend you will not be disappointed . The food was delicious 😋

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WilliamS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time we've been to Zinc in the last month, and we loved it. The room is beautiful, and even with a large party near us the noise level was acceptable. The service was impeccable, and the food was inventive and delicious, We will be back.

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MichaelM
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Asian inspired menu may not be for everyone but we loved it.

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vipKeithC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. They were out of a lot of drink items which was weird but would 100% go again

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Love the new menu additions.

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PTReviews
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Beautiful patio, great service, parpadelle, duck nachos, heirloom salad were outstanding dishes. Most of the Asian-inspired dishes were disappointing, especially the szechuan lo mein, which did not have any Szechuan spice in it.

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JudyM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first dining experience at Zinc and I loved it! The tables are not too close together and the atmosphere is chill. Food was delicious and the service was attentive but they didn't pressure us to leave our table. It was my birthday and we lingered over dessert and drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional - friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Food was delicious - the eclectic flavors worked together perfectly. Outstanding overall experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

In town with daughter to visit Yale for 1 day only, and found this little restaurant with an interesting asian influenced menu. The dumplings were pretty good but the edges were very chewy. Burrata app was very good and so was the salad. My hanger steak medium rare was great and my daughters bibimbop bowl with ground pork was fairly well flavored.
Overall a very pleasant experience.

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JeffG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been to Zinc since before the pandemic began but the food was just as good as all our previous visits.
Only negative is noise level

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PatriciaS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burrata salad with a bit of calabrian chili jam was delicious. Salmon with fresh corn and fresh pea succotash and gigante beans was amazing. I don't usually like peas or beans, but the sauce made both delicious. I think the beans may have been Rancho Gordo beans because they had such a firm (but not tough) texture. Service was great and it is a pretty restaurant with great ambiance. I'd definitely go there again

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KathrynM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an awesome restaurant! We will be back.

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vipDavidL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was brilliant -- the food, wine, service and ambience.

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foodie
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and missed it so much. You must have the smoked duck nachos. The food is always superb, and the people lovely. This place is my favorite in New Haven. Great martinis too, if you like that sort of thing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zinc is a very nice place to dine at in New Haven.
The ambiance is very nice, the Staff is great and the Food is great.

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SarahN
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was just amazing. Really a notch above most other meals I've had out -- my husband went so far as to say that his meal might have been the best food he's ever eaten! My only complaint is that there were very few vegetarian options on the menu. I'm not a strict vegetarian, so I got something with meat, but it would have been nice to have the option of something vegetarian other than soup or salad. It seems like they change their menu around a bit - not sure - so maybe we just came on a meat-heavy night. Also, expect to spend some money -- we were surprised to see that the sparkling water, nonchalantly offered as we arrived, was $8 a bottle! We didn't realize until our tab came...

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CharlesS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fabulous service.

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fisha
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Dinner was delicious, the smoked duck nachos were so tasty. The seafood paella special was decadent!

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GLENN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Firm flatbread with sauce can be a chew. Order a bottle to feel the ambiance of the place at Table 26 which is a good view. Saigon beef lettuce roll is a good finger food. Observe the lettuce when you roll it. One rip and your filling has fallen. Rolled it like a cone with the Boston lettuce. Waygu burger is tender. Skip the lettuce and tomato to taste the meat. Smokey beans with steak and coleslaw was good. Save room for a cheese plate with honey, preserves, sliced apple and raisin bread. Purple haze cheese had texture of the outside rind of the cheese. Blue cheese had some zing to it. Creamy Gouda had some salty taste to it. Try other combinations to enjoy it with your wine. Farm to table it is.

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StephanieA
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary/date night! Greeted with champagne for our anniversary, best drinks I’ve had in a long time and the bartender is amazing! On top of that we shared 3 apps and all were fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully helpful staff - we were tight on tome
But they were really great - food great too

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have our anniversary dinner. Waitress was very kind, amazing, and made it a special night for my girlfriend and I.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but perfect at Zinc. Every single time!

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ginaeller
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We sat by the kitchen doors so that was a little annoying however the ambience is really nice. Food and wine were amazing, server was very nice and overall it was great. We did have an issue with one of the meals coming out cold and the length of time waiting for meals to arrive was a little excessive. Other than that, I would go back.

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vipBetty123
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Because of COVID, the tables are farther apart with plastic partitions; it is great that the noise level is reduced. The food is seasonal and great ! Service can be improved but understandable due to Covid that staff is reduced. Overall, it was a ice out with great food!

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AJ73
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've written a few excellent reviews before, so I'll make this short and sweet hoping you find them if you need details: IMHO this is still hands down the best Restaurant in New Haven. None of its major competitors come close unless your looking for a particular type of cuisine. I've never had a bad experience here in my 12+ years going, and expect I never will. And if you're not sure what to get but you're willing: go Duck, I love anything they do with Duck. But just go here, you'll be happy.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve never been to New Haven and wanted to try out ZINC after looking at the menu. We are SO glad we chose ZINC! Our server was fantastic, very attentive and kind. The food was incredible. We both had smoked duck nachos and the wagyu burger. The portions were perfect size, cocktails were tasty and creative, and the ambiance is awesome. I’d go back and 100% will recommend!

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vipJack
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, superb, personal service, a lovel and meaningful evening.

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Lenny
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great. Food was excellent. Everything was timed just right. We arrived 20 minutes early but we were immediately brought to our table. Super place.

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is Manhattan and the personalities of the staff Connecticut. Most dishes trended toward spicy but struck that balance between fascinating and too hot to handle. I strongly recommend the smoked duck nachos, Vietnamese lettuce beef wraps and the bbq chicken with brussel sprout slaw. Eat on the terrace of you can.

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vipOreo
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Server was most attentive

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JosephM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Advertised as zinc kitchen, but no longer sell the pizza they were known for. Duck appetizer was sparce. Main plates way overpriced. Too many better places to eat in New Haven.

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DerekS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always great. Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. They have a great outdoor space set up.

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KrystianM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good drinks. A little loud but we could still hear each other.

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SBGNewHaven
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back at the bar at Zinc! Everything was fabulous!

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vipBeelady
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and her partner are visiting from California and we wanted to take them out for a special evening

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NHDiner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My appetizer (Kun Pao) cauliflower was very good, but my entree, the tuna was disappointing. The spring rolls were very greasy and the filling was very mushy and flavorless. Also - fried spinach with fried egg rolls was too much fried. The tuna was cooked nicely and the wasabi sauce was good.

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CynthiaW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic - highly recommend!

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MichelleL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great time! Perfect service, food, atmosphere. It was a surprise bday dinner and it just could not of been any better. Thank you Sean & everyone at Zinc for making my special evening a memorable one.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love to sit at the bar. Sean is so great! Thank you!

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 2632 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.