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Upscale bar in main dining room - 80 Proof American Kitchen & Bar, New Haven, CT

80 Proof American Kitchen & Bar

4.3
4.3
26 Reviews
$30 and under
American
80 Proof American Kitchen & Bar is a modern twist on classic fare with a focus on shareable plates, elevated bar food & approachable craft cocktails in a vibrant atmosphere with two bars, a large private patio, and multiple options for private dining and events.

Chef Sonia Salazar of Te Amo Tequila Bar & Barracuda Bistro & Bar delivers another delicious menu to the area. menu highlights include lobster mac n cheese, champagne oysters, watermelon feta salad, short rib sliders topped with kimchi, wonton nachos with tuna tartar, seaweed salad, pickled red onions with spicy mayo and wasabi cream sauce and the specialty drink menu features a seasonal selection of delicious summer cocktails with ingredients such as vodka, bourbon and gin with fresh watermelon, blackberries, basil & mint.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (203) 691-7320

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Sonia Salazar

  • Private party facilities

    80 Proof has two trendy yet casual private dining spaces with room arrangements to accommodate parties from 15 - 150 with private bar & bathrooms. Please email us to discuss which set up can work for your event! 80proofkitchen@gmail.com

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Cross street

    We are located at the corner of Crown and Temple St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 26 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JK

    JohnK

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails at very reasonable prices. Similar items at nearby restaurants easily 30% more.
  2. s

    sydney

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Best Happy Hour in town, both from variety of options to the flexibility of it being every day, in the entire restaurant, for longer hours than most in New Haven. Never been disappointed with the food or the drinks, and the staff is always friendly and welcoming. We’re hoping 80 Proof keeps up this level of service and offerings as it continues to get noticed by locals and becomes more popular! If it does, we plan to be longtime customers.
  3. PK

    PeanutK

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good happy hour menu and drinks at reasonable prices.
  4. JB

    JovanB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Strawberry vodka lemonade I highly recommend to go along with the lobster Mac and cheese
  5. MM

    MarquelleM

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The food was not good and the drinks were watery within minimal alcohol content.
  6. M

    Meredith

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yet another great addition to the New Haven scene by the team who brought us Barracuda and Te Amo. Excellent food, good drinks menu, and love the patio! (Also loved that when a quick rainstorm moved through, they quickly moved our table underneath the roof by the bar. :) Can't wait to go again and try out more of the menu.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere! The owner was checking in all the patrons and Monet the bartender was on point and super friendly. The food did not disappoint
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Service was slow, food came out cold and drinks took forever to come out and didn’t taste great. Hoping this is because the place is fairly new but unfortunately I won’t be back to see if they improve.

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on July 30, 2022Thank you for dining with us. We are sorry to hear about your experience last night. We have a couple new bartenders training and we will review with them to make sure they have the recipes down - they are definitely a bit slow as it was their first week with us. We hope you reconsider visiting us again in the future.

  9. KO

    KathyO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good value for the Happy Hours in this economy. Love the outdoor patio seating.
  10. M

    Megan

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Went there and sat inside rather than the patio because the weather looked iffy. Only real complaint is that the temperature inside was very warm as if the AC wasn’t working properly (we were also there on a very very hot day though.) our waiter was good and the food was good too.
  11. J

    Joseph

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Not friendly at hostess station, drinks were not consistent, had to pay extra for a condiment
  12. AH

    AnnetteH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the Happy Hour prices. The service was very fast and efficient. And the food was very good. Our waitress was outstanding as were all the servers.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Saw 80 Proof on IG & made a reservation for 9:00 PM with high expectations based on the positive reviews. My friend & I arrived around 8:50ish & it was empty except a few folks at the bar. We were told by the hostess that it’s busier during their happy hour. We scanned the QR code to get the menu. The menu was decent - more bar food/sandwiches than meals IMO. Drinks: We went for the BlackBerry Smash and the Watermelon Mojito/Margarita. The drinks were a little on the tart side and my BlackBerry Smash didn’t have a blackberry in it for garnish. I mentioned it to our server because I noticed another diner ordered the same but had blackberries as garnish in theirs. I thought the apology would come with a fresh drink filled with blackberries but nope - the server brought out one BlackBerry on a toothpick to drop in my drink LOL!!! The Watermelon Whatever was much better than mine and I was kind of bummed I didn’t order that instead. Apps: we decided on the chicken and waffle sliders. Very cute in presentation and nice concept but the waffles were cold. Cold enough that that butter slathered on top was not melted in the very least. The chicken was a tad bit salty - not sure if it had been refried. We got waffle fries and they were cold as well and seemed to be heading towards the burnt side. Entree: We decided on the fish sandwich and the mahi mahi sandwich with house salads in lieu of fries. The fish sandwich was overloaded with tartar sauce and had more breading on the fish than fish. I tasted the fish solo and it was quite “fishy” in taste/smell if you know what I mean. On to the mahi sandwich. So instead of blackened, I asked for grilled in hopes that grilled would be less easy to screw up than blackened - WRONG!!! The mahi mahi was a nice sized piece but it was quite dry and minimal seasoning/flavor. The sauce wasn’t overwhelming tasty. Overall I am not sure I’d give 80 Proof another go. It was just OK.

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on July 7, 2022Thank you for visiting us! The 4th of July is a bit quiet downtown. We appreciate hearing your feedback and it has been shared with the kitchen. The Blackened Mahi has its seasoning in the blackened treatment so when you asked for it without that it was prepared without its seasoning.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice places. Dry rub Wings are fire !!! Differently going back asap
  15. L

    Lucille

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I loved it! The owner was fabulous. I didn’t love my food choice but everyone else did so that’s what I get for trying something I never had! I’ll definitely be back. I’ve already booked my next reservation. It’s a must try downtown New Haven. All of the owner’s establishments are great!
  16. M

    Mo123

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    We had to wait 30 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation. The food was not great. This is the second time we have been here and it was much worse than the first time. Service was alright but could have been more attentive. We had to ask to order multiple times. The patio is beautiful but a bit loud next to the speaker. Needs more vegetarian options. There’s literally only one besides salad.

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on July 7, 2022We apologize for the delay in getting your table. We were having some issues with customers seating themselves on the patio and that caused your outdoor table to be unavailable. Our team is working on better communications with customers, as well as new signage, to help avoid this particular problem in the future.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and the environment was chill. The staff was excellent.
  18. JF

    JoeF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks! Our server was very friendly,courteous, and knowledgeable!! Can't wait to go back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was great, however, service was slow. When we first got there it wasn’t super busy and it took 20 minutes to get drinks. Another thing was that my meal was missing a few items, not a huge deal however would’ve been nice to get what I ordered/paid for. Me and my two other friends also ordered dessert, only one came out. We didn’t want to wait another 10-15 minutes for it so we asked for the check and left. Overall, was a good experience with a few bumps along the way.

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you for visiting us! This was our second weekend being open so we appreciate your patience while our team is training and learning. We are glad you enjoyed the food and will continue to do better from the service perspective. Cheers!

  20. F

    Foodie1234

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved everything about this restaurant! The patio is so beautiful, food was delicious (I got the 80 burger with fries and Caesar salad), drinks were wonderful, service was great! The staff and owner was extremely friendly and wanted to make sure we were having a good time. The experience was probably one of the best dining experiences I have had in New Haven! I will and am definitely coming back!
  21. p

    pkazmercyk

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    While we understand it was a "soft opening." The atmosphere outside was just okay. The building is run-down and could use repairs and painting. The service was just okay. We waited awhile for our drinks and appetizer, but dinner came quickly. Eating outside in New Haven can be a noisy challenge and that night was especially noisy, but that's certainly not the restaurant's fault. I wish them luck, but they need to move things up a notch to succeed.

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you for visiting us! We had just opened our patio two days before you visited and as of this week we have added an outdoor bar that is serving the patio exclusively and making sure drinks are delivered quickly. Thank you for your patience as our staff has been training and learning.

  22. OJ

    OmarJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing... everything we ordered was mouth watering and drinks was ok but will be back again for food fish and chips 🔥🔥🔥
  23. TM

    TaraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good, drinks were good, however the drinks taste more like juice than an alcoholic beverage but tasty. Ambiance was very nice and the staff was pleasant and friendly as well. Would definitely go back hope she starts a happy hour soon.
  24. LF

    Love4Food

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Well $129.00 later.. not sure wht part was free lol. Read the fine print to double check I wasn't crazy. The food was very good and Maria was fantastic. Even invited us back for Fri and Sat. You know wht they say, if it's free it's too good to be true. Good luck, everything was excellent.

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on May 31, 2022Hi Love4Food, We apologize if the experience booking was confusing. The Open Table system shows an 'experience' in a couple different ways, our tasting experience didn't cost anything to book (no ticket price to attend) but offered a special a la carte menu which means you can order individual items, each for their own cost. This was our first time setting up an experience within this platform and we will speak to our account specialist based on your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the food!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Attended their soft open. Drinks were terrific! We had 1 appetizer and that was great too! We will definitely be back once they are open!
  26. FC

    FoodCritic

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Limited menu Music was not edited Jerky Fries best thing on menu

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on May 29, 2022Hi FoodCritic - Thank you for visiting our special tasting experience! This was a preview of what is coming and we have not yet opened to the public. Our commercial music provider equipment didn't arrive on time so we apologize if the music was inconsistent. We hope you will return again to try the full menu!

FAQs

80 Proof American Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 691-7320.

80 Proof American Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for 80 Proof American Kitchen & Bar

196 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located at the corner of Crown and Temple St.

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Sonia Salazar

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (203) 691-7320

  • Private party facilities

    80 Proof has two trendy yet casual private dining spaces with room arrangements to accommodate parties from 15 - 150 with private bar & bathrooms. Please email us to discuss which set up can work for your event! 80proofkitchen@gmail.com

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