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Villa Lulu, New Haven, CT

Villa Lulu

4.6
4.6
202 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Italian old-school classics in a contemporary yet homey setting.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 691-7177

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Rafael Palomino

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Cross street

    Crown Street

  • Parking details

    Villa Lulu validates parking only from the Crown Street Garage for dinner (after 4 PM) only. Please come in with your white Crown Street Garage ticket and we will provide a validation.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. A

    Amorican81

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outdoor seating option is great. Food was delicious, excellent wine and drink selection. Will definitely come back.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet, early dinner so the restaurant wasn’t busy and the staff was very attentive. The food delicious and served promptly. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
  3. OT

    OpenTab

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food, great service, good location amidst the buzz in New Haven
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome all around. Wonderful server, delicious food, beautiful dining room. Oh and such a great music playlist! Will definitely be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food! Perfect pasta portion. Great service on a Busy night
  6. EV

    EmilyV

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside on the patio. Our server was fabulous and food was very good!
  7. DC

    DanielleC

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved it. They paid attention to the reservation and multiple people acknowledge it was our anniversary. That doesn't happen often. Good food and drinks
  8. E

    Emma

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The menu selection was decent but the service and food did not fully deliver. My cacio e Pepe was quite bland and my mom’s chicken breast was dry and tough. The servers were definitely newer and a little overbearing.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was mediocre at best, our bill and the main course arrived at the same time. Waitstaff seem to serve and wait in their friends and co-worker who were dining there. Very disappointed in the entire experience.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super friendly staff. Super cute place. Sat out which was a little noisy because of the cars but other than that it was super nice.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before a show at The Shubert
  12. JG

    JimG

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The eggplant meatballs are amazing. Excellent food and service will definitely return!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent! Food was fresh and delicious!
  14. j

    johns

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    i and my family members had a wonderful time and the staff was both courteous and a great help while we dined!
  15. m

    markb

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Italian cuisine with a modern, inventive twist, built on a solid foundation of classic Italian cuisine.
  16. DA

    DaAug

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Other than that the food was superb and appropriately priced. Servers were knowledgeable and helpful and the presentations were visually enhancing.
  17. P

    Patron

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic, good, drinks, service and atmosphere. Would highly recommend.
  18. CM

    ColeneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There’s a reason this is on the CT Mag best new restaurant list. The space is nice with the bar on the first level & dining on second level. They even have two Intimate tables on the 3rd floor over looking 2nd floor for a private experience. Waitstaff is well knowledgeable about menu. They had a diverse selection of tapas. We had the meatballs-they were moist and delicious flavor. The calamari were tender and not over done. Our entrees-the Pork Chop for my husband and Steak for my friend’s husband were cooked to perfection. My friend & I ordered two different pasta dishes and we both cleaned our plates. We were commenting on how we never order pasta but we were so glad we did! I think Villa Lulu will be around for a while and a great choice for all. p.s. they also have great outdoor seating in front if you are looking for that experience!
  19. c

    cloudc

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food. We will come again soon.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience overall!! So happy we gave Villa Lulu a try! The drinks, food, and service were top notch. We split the eggplant meatballs, the margherita pizza, arancini, and flourless cake for dessert. Everything was delicious! We’ve got our eyes on 2 entrees next time. Looking forward to going back!!
  21. M

    Maria

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had date night at Villa Lulu. We sat inside where the ambiance was clean and bright. We enjoyed a cocktail and the mussels appetizer. It was sooo delicious we wish we had a spoon to finish all the broth. Yes we dipped all the bread in the broth! For dinner we had the duck breast and squid ink fettuccine. These too did not disappoint. I highly recommend trying this restaurant. We will be back to sit outside or at their beautiful bar area.
  22. k

    karen

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A memorable dining experience - the food was exceptional! Best tomato sauce I have had in a restaurant. The service was prompt and efficient and the ambiance relaxing but with character! We had wonderful salads and the wine was perfect! Fantastic pana cota dessert - I highly recommend this restaurant!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, attractively plated and excellent cocktails!
  24. S

    Suzanne

    New York Area

    197 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    197 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    There’s a little confusion about our reservation as we thought we had eight people but our party was only four. Once we were seated we enjoyed our cocktails, appetizers (crispy artichokes, eggplant meatballs and crispy pork belly) and entrees (Bronzino, red snapper, pasta with truffle oil, pesto cream and mushrooms). We ordered a bottle of white Falanghina wine to go with dinner which also was very good. Our desserts (affogato & pannacotta) were shared and also very good. This was my fourth or fifth visit and we’ve never been disappointed. It was a great perk to get free parking across the street and a discounted meal for going to the show at the Shubert. Keep up the great work!!
  25. OM

    OliviaM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good! Loved that they gave out bread before the meal. Staff was very welcoming too!
  26. HD

    HopeD

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely setting, welcoming staff though not polished servers. Eggplant “meatballs” (no meat, vegetarian) are delicious. Good wine recommendation.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First live girlfriend gathering in a long time. The wait staff were attentive and pleasant, food and wine were delicious, and the outdoor dining was wonderful on a warm June evening.
  28. LJ

    LitchfieldJack

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our first visit and will be back. Food and service were very good,. Only negative was a very poorly made Negroni, very gin forward and served over lots of small ice cubes making for a watery drink.
  29. MS

    MichaelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered traditional Italian food, (Bucatini & bacon, Orecchietti & sausage) and it was delicious. It was served piping hot. Bread also was excellent. When our waiter informed us that the wine we ordered was unavailable, he offered a substitute at the same price - it was perfect! Service by the wait staff was great.
  30. b

    brittlang

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Delicious food. Great wine/cocktail selection. Will be adding Villa Lulu to our regular date night rotation.
  31. RR

    RichardR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Outstanding service! The outdoor space was very comfortable.
  32. f

    francisp

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Atmosphere was great for outside seating. Menu was great and food was also great! Service was sketchy and could be improved such as waiting for a few slices of bread, coffee while dessert was already delivered , no lemon slice with espresso! Food was the most impressive and would definitely come again to try other menu items! Ideal location for Shubert theatre!
  33. DG

    DonnaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere inviting and attractive. Staff superb. Food outstanding Definitely highly recommend
  34. BC

    BandC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The host was not welcoming but the waiter Sam was fantastic as was the food and atmosphere for my sons graduation dinner.
  35. E

    Eric

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Outdoor eating
  36. RI

    RIGuy

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a terrific place! Sat in the bar area and the team was incredible. The food amazing.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in for Mother’s Day. Food was fantastic as well as the drinks. Could not have been happier with the way it all worked out.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, friendly service and great drinks. Went here for mother's day with my wife and our 10 month old. The food was so good my baby was all smiles. Waitstaff was super friendly and very welcoming to our baby, which is refreshing.
  39. C

    Classandro

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had excellent Mother’s Day lunch with the kids. The food was very good and timing of the dishes were also fine. Few issues to work on for the otherwise excellent staff: we were not asked if we wanted drinks other than the 3 types of water offered. Second, bread would have been a natural component with the appetizers. We had to remind the staff twice for bread. Which eventually arrived (by the time we were finishing the appetizers) and was superb.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The snapper was terrible - bones/scales and the lighting was so dark you couldn’t see the fish to avoid the bones/scales. The tables were packed so tight no room to get in or out!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Villa Lulu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 691-7177.

Villa Lulu is rated 4.6 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

Villa Lulu does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Villa Lulu

230 College St, New Haven, CT 06510-2404

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Crown Street

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Villa Lulu validates parking only from the Crown Street Garage for dinner (after 4 PM) only. Please come in with your white Crown Street Garage ticket and we will provide a validation.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rafael Palomino

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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