ZINC New Haven

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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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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous bold flavors. Great service. Great market menu.

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
154 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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!

CF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food at a reasonable price. We will definitely be back.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!! The flavors and textures of the meal was the best I have ever experienced.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diverse and delicious menu. The service is a well oiled machine with multiple people assisting each table

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Market menu was amazing - cocktail was delish and atmosphere v warm and upbeat

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a noisy place, but the food and service was amazing and we’ll definitely be back!

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious.
We loved our appetizers and main courses.
Unfortunately desserts weren’t as awesome.
Overall would come back for sure!

RS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

AR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and different. Good cocktails, great service. I highly recommend Zinc!

ST
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You have to eat the duck nachos, and the paella was absolutely great.

JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A special dinner with my daughter before she leave for college. It was a great meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious food as usual! Our long time favorite restaurant in New Haven delivers yet again.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been there in a while. Still awesome.

CS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

s
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service, superbly plated and presented, totally loved the food. Will go back again.

AW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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!

TH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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”.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the greeting at the door to the staff and the fine wine. The meal was great. The whole Evening was perfect.

M
London
48 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

PE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

M
London
49 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AK
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Zinc is always a food lover’s delight, particularly their farm market menu.

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is delicious!!

MC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, and the service great! Parking was challenging, but overall perfect!

JF
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. We were very impressed with both meals that we tried.

H
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the paella was delicious!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food is always great at Zinc but with the exception of a couple of seasonal menu items the menu does not change much. The cheese selection is good but the portion of cheese is so minuscule I’d be embarrassed to send it out if the kitchen. 2 of our 5 cheese selections were literally a 1” cube.

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