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Ordinary - New Haven, New Haven, CT

Ordinary - New Haven

5.0
5
79 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
New Haven's Oldest Bar, located in the heart of the Historic Downtown Area. Comfort Food paired with Craft Cocktails. Due to COVID Regulations we are operating limited schedule open Thursday - Saturday 4:00 - 11:00.

Take a look at our menu at https://ordinarynewhaven.com/menus/

We hope to see you soon!

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, American, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 907-0238

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Tim Cabral at tim@ordinarynewhaven.com for all inquires.

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 79 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 5Ambience
  • 4.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Best Overall

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Best Ambiance

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Best Value

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Comfort Food

  • Connecticut

    Best Overall

  • Connecticut

    Best Service

  • Connecticut

    Best Ambiance

  • Connecticut

    Best Value

  • Connecticut

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. C

    Cait

    Columbus

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Traveling through the area and wanted to check this out due to the extensive history. Speak easy style and Wes Anderson themed cocktail menu. Enjoyed some of the awesome craft cocktails made with care by the attentive bartenders. Grilled cauliflower and burger were very reasonable price point for the area and hit the spot. Highly recommend checking out and making a reservation made getting seated fast and easy.
  2. RH

    RobbieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful evening! The ambience was perfect. You feel private yet like you are part of a bigger party. The nibbles were unique and sooo good. Perfect night out.
  3. MB

    MegB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group had a great time! We came for drinks, so can't comment on the food. Service and ambiance were terrific!
  4. RT

    RichT

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic speakeasy style spot with knowledgeable, friendly staff & a playful themed menu (Wes Anderson when we were there). Our server & the manager took very good care of us & we enjoyed a cozy booth at the back. Dietary needs were easily accomodated. The proximity to College St. Music hall makes this a great pre- or post-show spot.
  5. N

    Ness

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice intimate setting for a date. Staff was great and the ambiance is like no other. Will def be coming back again.
  6. KC

    KristenC

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic as usual! Great place to get together with friends.
  7. S

    Shin

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful!! The drinks were phenomenal, and the staff were welcoming and friendly.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing. They made my brother’s birthday special, just like I asked. I will be coming back!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordinary is the greatest. Whether you are going there for a few drinks after dinner or going their for drinks AND dinner, this place never disappoints!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ben took exceptional care of us. Such a cool place
  11. k

    kimg

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks, happy hour specials, and service. Will be back for sure.
  12. PC

    PinballCat

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite bar on earth! As always drinks were incredible, food program is on point, and everyone was friendly and accommodating. There is no place better in New Haven.
  13. l

    laurenu

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative cocktails, beautiful space, attentive service
  14. CP

    CourtneyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ordinary is a fun concept restaurant and bar. They had fun, signature drinks. Menu was limited for entrees, but hey had small plates. Everything we had was delicious.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome service and fun atmosphere :)
  16. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food, atmosphere, was all amazing. The staff went above and beyond to make our experience a memorable one. We will definitely come back and recommend it to friends and family.
  17. SP

    StephP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent drinks, service and value, make a reservation
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and drinks are excellent!
  19. NK

    NamasteKitty

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails are gorgeously crafted. Atmosphere was great. Staff was attentive and very helpful. The snacks were delicious and a combination of locally sourced and house made. Really just an amazing night , I can’t wait to go back. Definitely make a reservation to get your seat in this amazing gem.
  20. DP

    DanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    First time here for us and the experience was fantastic! Ben was a commiserate pro in helping us select some great burbons and the beer cheese was delicious. I regret that the name of our other server escapes my mind, but everyone was friendly, welcoming, and incredibly respectful. We're found a new favorite place downtown and will definitely be returning!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    bartender was coughing and sneezing in front of us at the bar. in this age of COVID this was inexcusable. he might have been asked to go home and take care of himself. distressing.
  22. CW

    ChionWolf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, cool ambiance, excellent lighting and vibe. OH and the food was delicious, too!
  23. TD

    TheresaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we go to Ordinary, our experience is always extra-ordinary! The food is delicious, the drinks are different, special, amazing and the staff is attentive and never intrusive. Two thumbs up and five stars are not enough for this one of a kind gem in New Haven!
  24. GC

    GinaC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails here are outstanding and the waiters and bartenders never disappoint !!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After we were seated, the host let us know that our reservation was good for about 90 minutes. I appreciated them laying out ground rules/expectations. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was delicious. Beverages were AMAZING. Good to be back.
  26. T

    Trabomb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Ordinary and we loved it. It had a speak-easy vibe. Food was simple and yummy.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it! The atmosphere was cozy and lively at the same time. Great music playing and fun food and drinks! I'll be back !
  28. AB

    AllisonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have a fun rotating cocktail and food menu. Great happy hour. And awesome staff that are attentive but don’t hover!
  29. P

    Pearl

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Didn’t eat the food but they don’t let you skip that part. Drinks are delish. Staff exceptionally knowledgeable. Great ambience. Just started to feel like a college frat house with how loud it became (people with birthdays and apparent newcomers to booze).
  30. MJ

    MegJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails are creative and delicious. Great atmosphere
  31. J

    Jennifer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I tried Ordinary after reading great reviews about the cocktails, food and ambience - they did not disappoint on all fronts! The cocktails were creative, well-balanced, and beautifully presented, the food was delicious (the seasonal winter salad blew my mind!), and we even got a lovely dessert and drink pairing that highlighted beetroot and was delightful. The owner Tim was exceptionally kind and welcoming, and told us about the building’s history and his other favorite places in New Haven. Overall highly recommend. Ordinary has become one of our new favorite New Haven spots and we can’t wait to return.
  32. J

    Julio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Great cocktails and splendid service. Food only average. Has been better few months ago.
  33. AI

    AIF2021

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Overall, really nice aesthetics. I went a few times before the pandemic and had delicious drinks and great service. However, Went for a friends birthday last night and the server was condescending and rude while claiming that the bar did not have the ingredients for a drink (rum, lime, sugar). Instead of just saying that they weren’t making anything off menu (which is of course understandable), he chose to lie and then be nasty when questioned. I’m not sure if he was having a bad day, or is used to people talking down to him, but that is not an excuse to treat pujan customers poorly based on whatever assumptions he was making. Additionally, once we got our ordered drinks, they did not taste great. I’m not sure if they lost the bartenders they used to have, but I was overall very disappointed. The only redeeming factor was the person who appeared to be a manager/host. They were very kind and accommodating.
  34. E

    Esstee

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best bar in New Haven. Hands down.
  35. PO

    PamelaO

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This hidden little place is truly a treat. Delicious hamburgers and appetizers with fancy cocktails.
  36. L

    Lauren

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique experience. Hidden gem.
  37. C

    Curtis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love going here. Food is good and so are the custom drinks.
  38. MB

    MorganB

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good from the Happy Hour menu was all delicious. Drinks were excellent and our waiter was funny and nice!
  39. p

    padric

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Excellent Covid protocols. Staff was fabulous
  40. LT

    LiveToEat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordinary is a world-class bar in a one-of-a-kind historic setting. The cocktails, snacks, service and patrons put this place on every list of what a bar should be. An actual speakeasy, you have to ring a doorbell to enter, which opens a bookshelf in the front which is a small cocktail history museum. Themes, specials and surprises await making Ordinary everything but ordinary!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Ordinary - New Haven offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 907-0238.

Ordinary - New Haven is rated 5 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Ordinary - New Haven

990 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2515

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, American, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (203) 907-0238

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Tim Cabral at tim@ordinarynewhaven.com for all inquires.

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