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Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar

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259 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510-1715
+1 203-859-5342
11:30 - 01:00
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Castleton On Hudson, New York
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We had a wonderful meal here, and the Mojitos are great. When we walked in, the bartender came right up to us, shook our hands, and introduced himself, which was really great, just so friendly. Our waitress, Jasmine, was especially sweet. Before we left, she gave us a list of just about every place we should visit while we were... More 

Thank Serotta620
New Haven, Connecticut
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The only place I've had Yuca fries...different and good. Come with a very good "sauce". Nachos are GREAT...wonderful and generous hamburger. Friendly staff, great drinks.

Thank imkdun
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16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We visited the restaurant with my family. Food was quite good game relatively fast given that we were there on Saturday evening. The place is relatively small and doesn't have an outdoor patio, which would've been nice to have in the middle of summer.

Thank Peter L
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110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had never had Cuban food before and we both really liked it. Had the rum punch, an excellent drunk for only $8, the grilled shrimp app and the Cuban chicken and coconut tilapia. For dessert we shared a superb flan and the tres leche cake that was complementary for my birthday. Nothing was spivey and it... More 

Thank jcrdaycare
Denver, Colorado
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

I went here for a special occasion with a friend, and we had such a great time eating and drinking here. The food was absolutely delicious. Even my friend who usually doesn't eat everything on her plate finished every last bite. The staff was helpful and friendly as well. I will definitely be back for more!

Thank ktmw985
Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Needed help with accessibility but without reservations at crowd lunch time. Wonderfully accomodating and helpful service, followed by long quiet lunch of excellent salads, sandwiches and small plates and very good new beers.

Thank Matthew S

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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 06510-1715
  • 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?