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Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar

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$$ - $$$
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259 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510
+1 203-859-5342
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Mon 16:00 - 22:00
Tue 11:30 - 00:30
Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat 16:00 - 01:00
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very mediocre food. The night we went they were out of the ceviche appetizer so we opted for the shrimp skewers. These were nicely cooked and flavorful and definitely the highlight of the food we had. The lechon asado dinner arrived at our table warm - not hot as I like my food served. The platter was also very soupy... More 

Thank TonyDani
Milford, Connecticut
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding food and service! We visited on a Saturday night. Great atmosphere, food and drinks. The mojito choices were excellent- I tried the guava and it did not disappoint. We had the ceviche, empanadas and skirt steak. All of the food was great!

Thank MikeI283BL
Morristown, New Jersey
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118 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

I love Cuban food. I lived in Miami and ate Cuban all the time. It is so nice to find good Cuban food again. I had picadillo with maduros. The fried plantains were yummy. Perfectly fried with a bit of crunch at the edges. The picadillo was salty, sweet and beefy. Really good. Can't wait to come try other things.... More 

Thank Leslie G
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

The food, service, atmosphere and people never disappoint. Mojitos are delicious. And there are always new rums to sample! Definitely our favorite spot in New Haven!

Thank IluvNYCCt
New Haven, Connecticut
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114 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Came in for an early dinner one evening midweek. Our food was very tasty. Service was friendly and helpful. I'm not familiar with Cuban dishes, but I felt satisfied by the server's explanations for each meal. Great atmosphere too. Recommended.

Thank PJA09
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Atmosphere is quaint, Cuban influence and just a fun place.Food is excellent, from apps to dessert.Catherine was our bartender and was attentive. She knew the drinks as well as the menu. Would recommend they add a Pinot Noir to their wine list but rum is their specialty. Had the Diplomat Rum and highly recommend it, straight up or on the... More 

Thank CtIslandgirl
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We decided to try this place on a quick visit to town and we were craving a savory meal. Everything was delicious and service was great! They even accommodated their menu to my picky child and made something just for him! I truly appreciated that!!! The mojitos are delicious I had a guava one . Overall great place and food!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
West Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We couldn't believe this hidden treasure down a side street! Our appetizers, entrees, desserts and even the coffee were the best we have had in a very long time. The melding of spices and other flavors made each mouthful an absolute delight! The owners were warm and friendly. We had never eaten in a Cuban restaurant before. It was amazing!... More 

Thank islandliving62
New Haven, Connecticut
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped for dinner before a play, Small, casual and friendly.Dinner of Cuban dumplings with rum dipping sauce,, Platano Rellano( had a nice kick!), Ropa Viejas( Dad said it was as good as Miamis), Cuban sandwich. All very good. Rum cake , Tres Leche for dessert. Best MoJito around. We would recommend it!

Thank ColumbineBee
New Haven, Connecticut
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Went here for the first time recently and loved every bite! My husband and I both enjoyed every second. The plantains are not to be missed! It's a small place, so a reservation might be helpful on a weekend (we went during the week).

Thank SaraAnnRaps

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Cuban, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 259 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-859-5342

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?