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    Near Yale University

The Ultimate Guide to Eat (& Drink!)
Near Yale University

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All the restaurants and bars near campus that will get you through the school year.

New Haven may be best known for pizza, but you’d be seriously missing out on the food scene if you stopped there. Being a Yalie has its prestige and the flexible dining programs make life easier, but food from the dining halls is just blah. Whenever you get annoyed about the fact that you can’t cross the street from all the traffic, or Northeastern students keep chanting “Down the Field” as if that’s remotely clever or original, go to one of these restaurants or bars and remember why going to Yale University in the downtown New Haven area is so great.

Fine Dining:

There’s always a reason for a sophisticated dining experience – even when your a freshie. Whether your folks are coming to visit (and picking up the tab!) or you need to impress a date here are Yale favorites.

union restaurant new haven

Union League Cafe – The ultimate in a fine French dining and for good reason! This is a real “special occasion” type of place with a historic charming touch.

Olea – Our staff members say that patrons drive in from all over Connecticut to enjoy a meal here. It’s a top Spanish restaurant with wines and be sure to check out its highly recommended cochinillo.

Zinc – The new American restaurant with an Asian twist that incorporates local organic ingredients. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. 4.3 Zagat Rating.

heirloom new haven

Heirloom – For Yale students this is an easy all day (breakfast – dinner) option located in The Study at Yale hotel. In their words “Farm + Coastal Cooking” and it really stands out.

Some other restaurants in New Haven include, Harvest, Hamilton Park, Atelier Florian, Roía, Otaru Sushi

Fun Dining:

Where to head on Friday night with the gang? Love a fun brunch? We’re on it with some fabulous choices that will give you just another reason to love living in New Haven!

Geronimo’s – Drinking margaritas and tequilas on the porch has never been more relaxing. Try their Southwestern fare for some delicious dining in a subdued atmosphere.

High George – Order your dinner and eat it too with a view of the New Haven skyline. Rooftop eating at its best and the cold New Haven winters don’t stop them!

bar pizza and brewhub restaurant new haven

BAR Pizza & Brewpub – “Great pizza, great beer, great atmosphere. If you’re from New Haven you know.” Quote from a Google review that couldn’t say it better than that. We know.

Louis Lunch – Whether they invented the hamburger or not, they definitely deserve a visit! (Edward, our leasing agent, says he’s inclined to believe it! Talk to him about it next time you see him.) But don’t expect a bun, this historic spot serves it on toast.

claires corner copia restaurant new haven

Claire’s Corner Copia – This cafeteria style eatery next door to Yale was started by a deeply in love couple. You can still feel the realness and family atmosphere there all those years later. Go for their kosher vegetarian fare and Lithuanian coffee cake and stay for their awesome Mexican options!

Atticus Bookstore Cafe – Awesome lunch place for the bookworm and their friends!  Their café style food has rave reviews and of course make sure to try their staple – homemade bread.

arethusa farm ice cream new haven

Arethusa Farm Dairy – They got us there at their fresh waffle cones! There’s ice cream that will make you melt but stop by for their full line of cheese, yogurts, milk and other dairy products too.

Fare Dining

The top places to go on an ordinary week night that you want to spice up with delicious fare. Yup! That can happen often as a student. We get it.

The Owl Shop – Full bar with live music, interesting people and smokes. Don’t be intimidated if you are clueless on tobacco the staff are friendly and offer great advice on choosing a great whiskey or cigar.

park on crown restaurant new haven

Park on Crown – Well, we’re a bit partial to this one as it’s down the block from New Haven Towers.  German bar that features a tasty selection of bar bites, sandwiches, and salads and German-style savory pies.

Elm City Social – Cocktail bar that aims to brings the 1920s back to life. It’s an aesthetically pleasing restaurant with well-crafted drinks (try the peach margarita) & delicious, unique cuisine.

Stella Blues – Laid back bar with live music and great specialty drinks. They even have a pool table in the back! Insider Tip: Go on Tuesdays.

mecha noodle bar restaurant new haven (1)

Mecha Noodle Bar – Japanese and Vietnamese fusion style menu with full bar. The noodle bar serves both Pho and Ramen and patrons rave about their Baos.

Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant – Get your Middle Eastern fix here! They’re most talked about dishes include their fresh falafels, lamb kebabs, baba ganoush and lentil soup.

house of naan restaurant new haven

House of Naan – Indian Restaurant offering outdoor seating and has foodies raving about their chili cheese naan. Oh, and of course their chicken tikka masala!

We love that the diversity of the food scene in New Haven reflects the Yale student body and the unique demographics of the awesome city of New Haven. What are your faves?

  • Due to the ever changing landscape of the Covid-19 pandemic, please keep in mind to double check the hours and information to make sure they are open!