ZINC New Haven

4.7
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2502 reviews
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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vipFineFoodLover
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We frequent this restaurant and have found that every time we go, the food from appetizer thru to dessert is excellent and the service is excellent. If you have not been to Zinc then you are truly missing a great experience. Ask for Joanne as your waitress. She is phenomenal and very knowledgeable about the dishes and the wines.

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SBGNeHaven
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, a wonderful dining experience at Zinc. Even with the complications of CoronaVirus, Zinc was busy, and yet safe social distance between tables. A pleasure to be there!

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George
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food all around, nice presentation and great service. Kudos to the chef!

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MariaH
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Our food was delicious, especially the mushroom ravioli. Service could have been better. Our waitress seemed very cranky and never smiled. They also sat us next to the door on a freezing night and the chill coming by every time the door opened was bothersome.

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vipSLC75
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Field greens salad and grilled tuna were both outstanding. One of the best meals I’ve had in years!

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Deanna
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

It was a wonderful restaurant and the staff were amazing. I had Malaysian Shrimp Fried Rice Fried Brown Rice, however disappointed in the shrimp quantity only had three shrimp in the bowl, but the flavor and meal was enjoyable. I will recommended to my friends.

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vipMsPie
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening. We enjoyed our dinner and wine by the glass was delicious (Pali PN).
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience and delicious food!!

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were really impressed by the Food and the atmosphere at Zinc! We would definitely go there again! They were very accommodating with out preferences and believe me, we are sometimes picky! Looooved the duck, I am going yo have it again next time! Also the vegan options were sensational! Definitely one of our favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wonderful service and food!

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DinerDiva
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Zinc is one of my very favorite restaurants! The food and ambiance are always terrific. My favorite dinner is the tuna. Our waiter was fine, just not very attentive which seems to happen more often as I get older. Two women over 65 and waitstaff just doesn't respond as quickly or with the energy that they use with other diners or with couples. When I came here with my husband, service was excellent. Oh well, I'll still be back!

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AlanD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good service. King Pao cauliflower was very tasty, did not taste lime but did not detract. Ribeye was cooked as per request, very flavorful. The duck confit was a great noodle dish but unfortunately the duck was completely overwhelmed by the delicious noddles. Cherries in sour cherry tart not particularly sour and rather watery. Wine prices were very affordable, and great selection. Great place.

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DanielA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

The Food was just okay, and It was way overpriced.

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CherylH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was friendly and knowledgeable- food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Went to Zinc for Valentine’s Day dinner with my wife first thing we noticed was the noise level so ok their busy. Ordered wine but what I liked was we never felt rushed we ordered our food my wife had the salmon and I had the bone in smoked pork chop everything was delicious. Another thing we noticed was the team work that all the staff worked together and helped where ever it was needed.

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GerardP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FABULOUS............................................................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff. Awesome food selections and drinks. A wonderful night. We will definitely be back

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KimB
Poconos
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all round experience at Zinc from start to finish

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GaryL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

server isabel was fantastic, made great recommendations

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Joel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful service and food! One of New Haven's best restaurants!

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vipThera
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

As usual, the food was delicious. The steak was a little too fatty for one of us. The appetizers were great. Our wine selection, helped by the sommelier, was different and delicious. This is one of our favorite places. I wish it was just a little less noisy though. But maybe that’s my age!

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loreyc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, attentive, unhurried service. Just the right balance of familiarity and professionalism. The dining room ambiance is serene. The tables are properly spaced for privacy. The food was delicious - fresh, plentiful, creatively seasoned & nicely presented. I look forward to a return visit.

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vipJaimea
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The bar tender being extremely accommodating on replacing some starchy sides for some healthier options (I'm following a keto diet), the food was superb. The food is locally sourced and menu changes often, and the pork belly entree was tasty and went well with flash fried brussel sprouts. My colleague had the chicken and said it was phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Convenient to theatre and enjoyed our meal.

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vipDavidM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A superlative evening all around. We dined in a busy Saturday night and the place was bustling when we arrived. Our table was ready very close to the reserved time. The waitress was polite but very friendly. And I can’t say enough about the food. We split 4 starters - duck nachos, Brussels sprouts, Kung pao cauliflower and dumplings. Each was better than. The one before. The mains were stelllar. A wonderful evening and a return visit is guaranteed.

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vipAdamG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great innovative food. A little loud.

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vipPeanutK
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Zinc on the Yale campus is a place one should definitely consider for special occasions. The menu includes something for everyone including some vegetarian options. As many before me pointed out in their reviews, the drinks are a bit on the pricey side but I think the ambiance, the service balance that out a bit. What we ordered, dumplings, rice bowls, seafood paella and fondue were all great but my favorite part was the sorbet trios we ordered for dessert. I am not a huge dessert person but ordered one for the table (5 of us) to share since it was my birthday dinner. It was one of the best sorbet I've had in a long time.

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Sempe
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Surviving in a foodie town requires perpetual reinvention. I'm happy to see Zinc continuing to evolve for the last 20 years.

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LukeJ
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Zinc was a very nice place to have a nice dinner. We shred a few plates, had a couple drinks, and a couple desserts. They were all lovely. The server was professional, knowledgeable, and kind. The seating was just a little too close for my taste (I could easily overhear the table next to me). The music was modern indie and the mood was calming. I would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Zinc is consistently wonderful. The atmosphere and top notched service are only eclipsed by the delicious food. Zinc is definitely my favorite restaurant in CT.

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sueherb
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We dined early before a show. Had a gift certificate. Food is beautifully prepared, but on the pricy side. The wine was overpriced for sure. we visit a 5 star place that gives you 9oz of wine for Zinc's price of maybe 6 oz.
HOWEVER, that said, the place is lovely and the service was top notch. We loved our Vietnamese chicken dishes and the dumplings for appetizer were delicious.

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HappyLibrarian
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining at Zinc is always a positive and lovely experience. The food is fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Staff are friendly and accommodating, and present without being intrusive. The atmosphere is relaxed and one is never felt rushed. I love this restaurant and wish I could go more often.

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Jack
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable service and outstanding food. We love Zinc!

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vipZack
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, great service. Must try if you're looking for a quality meal in New Have

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a go to place for any occasion. Great food. Never disappoints.

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AinsleyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic server - Rachael - and the sommelier was also wonderful and knowledgeable. Our meal was delicious. We had 3 children with us (11, 11 & 8) - but I would not say that this is generally a “child friendly” restaurant unless your kids are comfortable ordering off the adult menu & are old enough to sit quietly & not disturb other diners.
Overall we had an amazing evening - many thanks to the great team at ZINC!

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MireilleL
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food, a bit salty. Service was very good.

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CatherineC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We go to Zinc whenever we visit our son in New Haven. It never fails to live up to our expectations. Always great service and the food is consistently very good. We love the energy and the overall vibe and the bartender makes a great cosmo. It’s not inexpensive, but we think it’s worth it.

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vipLCDLCD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress was phenomenal with menu and with working with gluten free choices! Highly recommend for GF folks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

More than five stars! Service, including the manager, water, and waiter were exceptional. Food was fantastic, from apps to entrees. Waiter overheard my son say he thought another dessert would be better and brought it out as well, compliments of the restaurant. I wanted a special experience for my daughter's birthday and definitely got it. Highly recommend!