ZINC New Haven

4.8
2559 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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 2559 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always!

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Olive
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING. service was also great. Asked the bartender for a “gin drink” and he concocted the most amazing cocktail for me. Would go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Double date

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Ellen
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zinc has always been one of my favorite restaurants in New Haven. Super accommodating to food allergies, and even with modifications the food is delicious.

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CTVisitor
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top shelf from start to finish
As always

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ShumonC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing cocktails. Tables are very spaced out, feels safe. Very friendly staff with helpful, concise explanations and suggestions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience. Staff went above and beyond, the food was some of the best I've had, and most importantly, they were very on top of cleanliness and covid precautions.

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TroyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome as was the service. We will be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food and seevice

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AlejandroL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Bring your wallet. Order the Duck nachos.

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AndrewP
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was simply amazing. Truly, each bite was special. I just wish my server wasn't so overworked! We would've gotten desert but our server didn't realize we were done with our appetizers for some time, and we received our entrees about 1-1.5 hours after sitting down. We spent much of our 2.5 hours at this restaurant waiting to place our entre order and waiting for the check. To be clear, I don't think this was necessarily the servers fault, it just seemed like our server had a lot of tables to attend to at one time. Without this service issue, the review would have been 5 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Incredible food. Ambience is warm and inviting. So glad they are open again for safe space dining. Plexiglass between parties and mask protocol followed. A go to place, no matter the occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant despite pandemic
Service was awesome
Food was awesome

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific restaurant. it's unfortunate they haven't regained many customers since the worst of the pandemic. Thursday night 6:30 dinner but only 3 or 4 tables taken

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Cheryl
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went on a Thursday night and it was pretty empty. Appreciated the plexiglass separators in between tables. The service was excellent, the food was on the pricier side but worth every penny. Would absolutely return.

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CTFood
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time back in 20 years. Nice to know that it's still going strong and that it remains a great dinner option in downtown New Haven.

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SharleneT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious. I got the hanger steak and husband got the pork bowl, both were very tasty.

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jordanb
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people. Good food
Worthy of a trip from the suburbs.
Hope they survive pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Food and staff were spectacular! Can’t wait to go back

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RochelleS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for the first time with a friend and I can honestly say everything that came out of the kitchen was just perfect. I had the Vietnamese chicken entree while my friend had the hanger steak which was cooked perfectly. Service was great as well as our waitress was tentative and knew so much about the different items on the menu.

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Delicious
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Rachel was amazing. Great food and drink recommendations and the space was very Covid friendly. We will definitely be back!

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PeteR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Price fix menu was wonderful on New Year's Eve 2020. Can't wait to head back there for drinks and dinner once we get vaccinated for COVID.

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vipBillO
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, Have been coming here for years and Zinc never disappoints.

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ChrisB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a great menu with lots of healthy, locally sourced ingredients. The menu has something for every taste, meat and poultry, pasta and vegetarian dishes. There is a wonderful variety of appetizers, and like the entrees, consistently fresh and prepared well. Most importantly, the staff is warm and friendly and they know what they are doing. Also of note is that during the pandemic they have taken extraordinary measures to keep dining safe. The lovely outdoor dining is done for the season, but inside they have reduced capacity, plexiglass dividers, touchless menus and excellent ventilation.

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cherylt
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff at Zinc was so accommodating, helpful, and very friendly. We were very well taken care of.

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Memekiller
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best overall restaurant in New Haven. Creative, tasty, the best service personnel in town (Rachel is exceptional), healthy, farm to table. A romantic ambience. The place to take a partner or colleague that will unfailingly impress. Something on the menu for both vegans and carnivores.

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SherryB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done a phenomenal job making the place safe with plexiglass separating the tables and spacing them out! It was a wonderful experience!

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Rabelais
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had their Prix Fixe menu and it was superb. Their clever food combinations are as good as ever, never disappointing, and very reasonably priced.

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Jack
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is superb! That staff outstanding. Michael, the manager and sommelier, is keenly intelligent, brilliant at inventing new cocktails and knowing great wine, and making us feel comfortable and well taken care of. Donna, one of the owners, is a wonderful host. It’s the best restaurant in New Haven.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did an early dinner on Saturday. I had a tuna and my husband had a salmon. Both entrees were delisted.

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Harp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty and safe outdoors setup for the pandemic. Excellent food and service.

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PennyMD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Excellent service. Consistent for 21 years!!

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LikeToEatGoodStuff
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uniquely delicious food with exemplary service.

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Wiley
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a treat to be able to eat outside during this terrible time of pandemic. Loved the service and set up. Excellent wine, great food.

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Detroit
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a party of six and everybody was very satisfied and happy with the food and restaurant. We will be back. Very nice patio and delicious food!

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Jamie
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal, well prepared, and nicely served. Enjoyed a nice chat with the owner, who came to our table. The outdoor dining area was an oasis in this difficult time. We will return often.
Jamie Cohen and Fran DeToro
New Haven

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vipSHELLY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars. Pleasure to dine in their outdoor space with such incredible food, service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife here for her birthday and we had a wonderful time. Never had a bad meal at Zinc

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vippamela
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

wonderful date night for restaurant week! great service and yummy food.

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 4.8 stars by 2559 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.