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Leon's Restaurant- MOVED

501 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT 06511-5902
+1 203-562-5366
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good20%
  • Average20%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible15%
10 Sep 2015
“The taste of Arthur Avenue, Federal Hill or the North End in a suburban location”
29 Apr 2015
“Sunday Supper”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Steakhouse, Peruvian, Pizza, Asian, Korean, South American, Italian
$$ - $$$
501 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT 06511-5902
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

A good friend of mine, Tony (who knows of every good Italian place on the East Coast) recommended this as a place to go for great Italian food. Tony was right. We had a great meal at Leon's. After picking my daughter at the train...More

3  Thank John S
Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

Took a long time, food was awful and salty. What was suppose to be rice pudding was more like soup. Never will go back. It's not a very good Italian restaurant. Been to much better places.

1  Thank Dappp
Reviewed 13 April 2014

We were at the New Haven location on January 2012. It was terrible. The restaurant moved to North Haven, so we wanted to see if it had improved. The tables now have a fitted soft vinyl cover that feels gummy. Underneath is the table cloth...More

Thank EpicureAndPoor
Reviewed 4 March 2014

For those of us who remember the original Leon's in downtown New Haven, run by Eddie Varipapa and Eugene Varipapa, the "new" Leon's in North Haven is a disappointment. Now located in a strip mall on US Rt 5 in North Haven, it is still...More

Thank Fusion_Pilot
Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

I'm not sure where to start on describing this strip mall restaurant. Upon entering they've done a nice job decorating but it just lacks character. The back wall was covered with fake ivy, another wall had faux bricks and the bar divider was very modern....More

Thank ORDFlier
Reviewed 31 December 2013

Leon's was a highly respected restaurant in its original New Haven location....then they moved to Hamden...then to the harborside location next to the New Haven Maritime building....now they're on Washington Ave. in North Haven north of I 91, exit 12. We're glad that they're keeping...More

Thank Roy-Tto
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Was anxious to visit the new Leon's in North Haven since the original was extremely popular in the day. It has such a warm, friendly atmosphere and very accommodating staff. Menu selections are exactly what you expect at an Italian restaurant so we chose the...More

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Recently had a delightful lunch with friends. Great Service, the staff friendly and helpful. The food was very good with attention to detail! Had a lovely experience!

Thank Colpat4
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Last Weekend My husband and I met some friends here.We had never been to the new location in North Haven.The Restaurant is located at the end of a concrete strip plaza of buisnesses.You walk in the place is really decorated nice and the server did...More

Thank JazzyJackie
Reviewed 8 September 2013

When Leon's was in downtown New Haven it was without question one of the best Italian restaurants in New Haven. With every move the quality has gone down to the point that it doesn't warrant the premium prices they ask for. The food isn't bad,...More

Thank Steve B
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$12 - US$29
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT 06511-5902
    (Canal Dock Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-562-5366
  • E-mail
Since 1938, Leon's Restaurant has been synonymous with exceptional Italian food. Executive Chef and Owner, Edward E. Varipapa, continues the Italian tradition at this exquisite family owned and operated restaurant. With outstanding International and Italian dishes in a friendly, comfortable, family atmosphere, Leon's continues to be a community favorite. We offer an extensive menu and Leon's famous signature creations-Pane Cotto, Gypsy Chicken and Calabrese peppers, to name just a few-are prominently featured on the menu along with the ever-changing "Goodie List". We offer "Chef's Table" every Tuesday evening and "Sunday Supper" on Sunday. If your going to the TOYOTA-OAKDALE THEATER we are conveniently located 9 minutes (4.4miles) away. Going to visit Quinnipiac University - we are 12 minutes (5.1 miles) away. We are located adjacent to Quinnipiac Univerity's North Haven campus.
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