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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
Today
11:30 - 02:00
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Hours:
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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New Haven, Connecticut
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169 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a good spot to come with a group. You order their pitchers and it's definitely a good price split with a group. Their food is not the best so I would not recommend going here just for a meal if you are not planning on making a night out of it. THe service is extremely nice and... More 

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Thank Daniela B
Stamford, Connecticut
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank Gene C
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

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Thank MrJeff S
boston
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226 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 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

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Thank BostonBostonGirl
Providence, Rhode Island
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133 reviews
94 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 

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Thank John A
New Haven, Connecticut
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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

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Thank MJ D
Providence, Rhode Island
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133 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 

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Thank John A
Midland, Michigan
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Orion2014
Northern California
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83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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!

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Thank LizzieBennett
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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422 reviews
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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 01:00
Monday
16:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 01:00
Thursday
11:30 - 01:00
Friday
11:30 - 02:00
Saturday
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?