ZINC New Haven

4.7
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2447 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
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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b
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wonderful for foodies. pre-dinner cocktails were outstanding. standard drinks had a little extra something that made them unique. service and food were outstanding. we only missed having some raw seafood, oysters or clams, as a possible appetizer.

f
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time at our favorite table. The food was delicious as always and we love those smoked duck nachos! The place was jumping and a lot of fun.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food options were terrific - mix of small plates went together perfectly!

AR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

DELICIOUS! We all loved it, best meal I’ve had in a long time. Two of 4 of us had dietary restrictions (gluten free and vegetarian) and we all left satisfied. Very flavorful food and we plan to return soon!

LB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent selections of delicious healthy items. Great professional service. Friendly atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience, the service was incredible. The food was really great, my date loved her paella and I enjoyed my pork belly. The grits were amazing and the sauce was to die for. Definitely coming back

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Michelin star worthy

A
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

My meal (salmon) was delicious, but extremely buttery and of course butter makes everything taste better. My husband ordered the tuna which came with kale, however the kale was deep fried and when it's deep-fried and flaky like that, it no longer resembles or even tastes like kale. It was more like crunchy greasy potato chips. Please consider another way to cook the kale.

p
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Service and one of our dishes was not up to previous visits. Maybe an off night.

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always! Lots of options and delicious.

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was delicious and our server was awesome. We will certainly be back many times during the next few years when visiting our granddaughter, now a freshman.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Daughter’s 30th Birthday

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding. Lots of delicious appetizers as well as fantastic entrees. The location and ambience is perfect.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and great service!!!

B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always A+. Food. Service (love Martha!). Never a bad meal.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Food was great but we felt pressured to leave from our server throughout the entire meal. She even went as far as to grab the bill before we were ready to pay without asking. We won't be served by her again if we go back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Fantastic service. Satisfying menu. Not overwhelming proportions. Delicious desserts. Extensive drink menu. Perfect atmosphere. Dark and cozy, trendy decor, nice background music.

J
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The vibe was great. It was urban, classy and relaxing. Wines were good . We had a Riesling and a Chardonnay . The appetizer of vegetable rolls had uninspired taste yet presented nicely. We both had the Sechuan chicken entree which was dry and flavorless. If not for the side sauce for dipping, I would have sent mine back. The purple rice and vegetables had no flavor. I was very disappointed as one previous meal at Zinc was wonderful and memorable.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. My family goes there several times when we are in New Haven.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The restaurant has a very nice, lively ambiance. Despite being busy they seated us right away.
We had had a late lunch and weren’t very hungry so we ordered 5 appetizers for 3 of us on the waitress’ recommendation. It was just the right amount. Each dish was really delicious. Most had heat so if you don’t care for spicy be sure to ask before ordering.
The staff was very friendly and the cost reasonable.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Had a steak entree and the cut was a little fatty and the tuna with kale.Did not care for the kale perhaps deep fried and was crispy

TJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant never lets us down. This was restaurant week so we thought we would take advantage but were skeptical after a so so experience at another restaurant last year - Zinc delivered with a great dinner - we sat at the bar over a table due to the crowd that night - easier to talk - great bartender. Salmon appetizer was excellent- excited for them to add to the menu.

TG
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience4

Likely wont be returning to Zinc. Food was not as good as usual - meatballs overcooked and brisket overly fatty. Had a question about parking validation and front end manager tryed to employ customer service but came off condescending and arrogant as he explained that anyone can place a sign and there was no validation. He further explained the parking authority was owned by Zinc and the parking would be $4 - it was $10. Will learn to make duck nachos at home and will not be returning. Came with 5 guests for a triple birthday - it wasnt acknowledged despite my call ahead.

LV
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We love Zinc - we tried the restaurant week menu - all the courses were fabulous. We had a lovely evening.

c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I thought the meatball appetizer was the weakest link. They were hard and dry but the sauce was great.
The duck nachos were very good but would have liked more of the drizzle. The salmon and duck curry were outstanding. I just wish it wasn't so noisy but will go back for sure perhaps on a weeknight.

E
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Terrible slow service. Very loud. Food good though.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A great place for restaurant week in New Haven. Tried a dish I would have not opted for on a regular night. The shrimp special was amazing!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoy your new haven restaurant week with a couple friends. The service was great. The food was fresh and delicious.

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. Love the different types of food items on the menu and the different portion sizes available. You see things on this menu that you do not see most places. Only negative is the noise in the dining area and the tables being so close together.

MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was very good. It was our first time there, the staff was very nice. The place was a bit noisy but it was a Friday night😊. The decor was very modern and relaxing.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

American food with an Asian flare. Levels of flavors that reveal themselves with each bite which usually finish with a delightful heat. Delicious and flavorful food... didn't want to stop eating! I had the salmon which was a large portion and a perfect medium rare cook. The cream sauce was light and absolutely delicious. My fiancee had the chicken and said it was moist and flavorful. Service from Rachel was spot on. She was attentive and knowledgeable. We will be back for sure!

CJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve been to Zinc several times and have always been quite satisfied with the food and the service. Restaurant is very convenient for us and has very good vibes. The food is very creative too with many dishes having an Asian influence.

TS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mom visiting

JR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent, hopping restaurant across from the New Haven Green. Farm to table, creative! Highly recommended.

JE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Zinc has been consistently our go to spot in New Haven since 1999. The food is always exceptional and the staff well educated on the menu and wine list.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely. Enjoyed everything we ate.

H
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. A must place to visit for an excellent dinner.

MP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service delicious food. Will go back again and highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food and service was good. It took way too long for food, including appetizers to be brought to our table. That was my only true complaint,

P
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I like the farm to table adherence thus supporting local and organic farming.
The appetizers are varied and I particularly like the Duck Nachos, and the Lettuce Wraps. My favorites, from the main dish selection, are the Scottish Salmon, the Vietnamese Charred Chicken, and the Grilled Yellowfin Tuna--all so very tasty.