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964 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2515
(203) 624-0507
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Ranked #5 of 498 Restaurants in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $35
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between College and Temple Streets
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  • English first
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This is clearly a trendy place but my foodie palette was disappointed. The shrimp small plate consisted of 4 tiny previously frozen shrimp doused with canned coconut milk for $14. The special squash soup (small bowl) was watery and tasteless for $8. The bread was interesting (I liked it). That and a glass of house-priced wine and I paid $34.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Last minute visit as we were passing through. Previous reviews were spot on too. From arrival to leaving the waiters were attentive, yet invisible. food was outstanding, we had a salmon, chicken and tuna and all were Jat great. Food was prepared with love and care. Over all 10/10 for everything.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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81 reviews 81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I went with another guest to Zinc for my birthday, and boy was it amazing!! Even though we didn't have a reservation, the hostess squeezed us in; I like that. I ordered the hanger steak, cooked exactly to my order. My guest had the price fixe, which included a salad, lobster risotto and dessert. We had no wine or beverages,... More

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Greenlawn, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This had to be one of the finest meals I have had in a very long time. The service and food were superb. The duck nachos and lettuce wraps were shared by the four of us, and that was a good idea. The portions are ample, but not overly huge. The pan seared scallops with lobster bits and corn chowder... More

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Great food, excellent service in an upscale restaurant very close to the Yale campus. The scallops, fish, bread and desserts where particular winners with our group. Only downside is that the restaurant can be busy and noisy.

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Colebrook, Connecticut
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

I've been going to Zinc since we first moved to New Haven in 2004. The food is exceptionally unique and delicious. Staff is excellent, quick and efficient without being overbearing. I've been during busy times (New Year's Eve and big Yale events) and slow times (summer) and the food and service are always spot on. Chef Denise Appel is a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I had salmon and the chef substituted black rice for rice beans and the result was delicious. He should add it to the menu. Very nice wine list also. I'd come again.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Restaurant was very busy (Friday night), but prompt service and excellent dishes, creative and all very fresh.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Wife and I met old friends here for dinner last night. From the moment we walked in we were taken care of. Late to reservation... No problem. We were seated immediately. Our waitress Abigail, a lovely young lady, was outstanding. She gave us our space without making us feel neglected. The food was super. From the wild greens salad, to... More

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The most recent visit I made to Zinc was a few weeks ago to celebrate graduation with the family. We had made a reservation and were seated immediately when we arrived (despite the restaurant being packed). We had the organic greens salad to start with, and we had fish and pasta dishes between us. Everyone was very happy with their... More

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