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Viva Zapata

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Mexican, Bar, Pub
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161 Park St, New Haven, CT 06511-4807
+1 203-562-2499
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun 11:30 - 01:00
Mon 16:00 - 01:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Stamford, Connecticut
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is laid back and convivial. The bartender is very engaging and the patrons sitting at the bar are friendly and engaging. The beer prices are reasonable.

Thank Gene C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

On a tour of New Haven to find the best Margarita is not something that you can do in a day, week or even a month, there are so many places to choose from.. The margaritas here were good and I would definitely return. The nachos had too much cheese for my taste.

Thank MrJeff S
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213 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

This is still my favorite nachos in the world- after coming for 30 years! Each nacho chip laid out flat and covered with refried bean and cheese- straight from the oven on the same baking sheet! Nachos are to die for- stop there any chance i can. Simple, casual environment. Delicious sangria

Thank BostonBostonGirl
Providence, Rhode Island
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130 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

The initial reason I went here was that there is a video game at the end of the bar. After a long hard day, I like to go to a bar, sit in a corner, sip chardonnay and play my video game. On all those points this place is a great place to go. But the food is to die... More 

Thank John A
New Haven, Connecticut
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Nice quite place to unwind after a long days work. The drinks are better than expected and the dry rubbed wings are a Favorite, Yum Yum

Thank MJ D
Providence, Rhode Island
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130 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

If you're new to New Haven, its tough to decide on anyplace to go, since you don't know them, and there are soooo many. I went to Viva Zapata because the original place I had chosen had not opened yet. And walking by, they had a video game at the end of the bar! I'm sold! Its both a restaurant... More 

Thank John A
Midland, Michigan
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

Viva's is not some be-all, end-all Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant, but the fajitas are to die for. The atmosphere (barrel tops for tables, dim lighting) is fun, and apparently the sangria is good--but I never had any, so I really can't vouch for it. There's some good, complex Mexican food in New Haven now, but those fajitas are something else...FYI, they're huge.

Thank Orion2014
Northern California
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83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Not a foodie place but just what you want in a fun Mexican place with a bunch of friends. Abundant portions, tasty food. Go there!

Thank LizzieBennett
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

This place was recommended to me by a Yale grad, and it met its expectations. A very small bar area, I really only came for their well known margaritas, although I heard their nachos are outstanding as well. A very cozy place to hang out!

Thank Moosenearchicago0
Colebrook, Connecticut
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2014 via mobile

This place has character and it's casual and comfortable. I'm rating Viva's as a hangout/hot spot as much as a restaurant. I was a weekly regular during my 4 years as a New Haven resident and it never disappointed. They make their own margarita mix and it's awesome, which gives them major props over the chain Mexican joints. The jukebox... More 

Thank Umpqua42

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Park St, New Haven, CT 06511-4807
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-562-2499

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