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

80 Proof American Kitchen & Bar

3.9
3.9
42 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 5 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 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AH

    AshleyH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was decent and the drinks were good.
  2. KG

    KayG

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Food was edible but not delicious or satisfying. Only house wine is offered. Booths are very tight and we are not large people. Atmosphere is bland- no charm or theme. With so many restaurants in NH, you have to offer something pretty special to have people come back or recommend. There just wasn’t anything special about 80 Proof.
  3. AB

    AiyanaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Overall the food was excellent. Service was slow, granted there was only one waitress taking care of everyone on a busy Saturday night. I will be visiting again maybe during the week to get a better review.

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on November 14, 2022Hello Aiyana B, Thank you for visiting us! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the food. Saturday night our private dining spaces were booked for a large dinner party and that may have slowed down our service a bit. We appreciate your patience and hope to see you again soon!

  4. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent wings and good service. Multiple tv’s to watch sports
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Delicious drinks
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has a late night happy hour! I made the reservation not knowing about the happy hour deals but totally lucked out. The wings were delicious, I had the dry rub. My friend had the steak sliders which looked good. We also shared the wonton nachos which are Asian inspired with raw tuna & seaweed salad (these aren’t a happy hour special but are AMAZING). I had the Let That ManGO cocktail (definitely will come back just for this drink). Service was good and the place has a fun vibe.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The experience could have been better if our waiter had paid attention or clarified each order. I would have given the rating a one star but trying to leave room for improvement. We had to correct our waiter three times about our drinks. My wife's cocktail was overly sweet even though we clearly stated a skinny margarita (light on the sugar). The final straw was when she decided to leave a bottle of malbec on our table even though we asked for a glass. Instead of correcting it, she states, “it's only $30,” completely ignoring the fact we didn't need a bottle of wine for one person. It wasn't a busy night, but I had to communicate with other servers to get her attention. In the end, my wife didn't finish the sugar water of a cocktail, we paid and went across the street to continue our night.
  8. CP

    CPCP

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    Noisy, average food. Server was very nice. Would not go back.
  9. B

    Brit

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The staff and drinks were great. That Let that ManGo drink will definitely have you tipsy. The food was not the best. It seemed to be overcooked and no love put into it. But overall the experience was good.

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on November 3, 2022HI Brit, Thank you for visiting us this week! I'm glad you enjoyed our 'Let That Mango' cocktail. I will forward your feedback on the food to the kitchen. Please always feel free to speak with your server or a manager if something seems to have been not cooked to your liking. If we can fix it we will! We hope to see you again.

  10. T

    Timika

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service definitely was not up to par the night my friends and I attended. Service and food was not Great at all!!

    80 Proof American Kitchen & BarResponded on November 3, 2022Hi Timika, Thank you for choosing to dine with us this past Saturday. We are sorry to hear your experience was sub-par. There was a Halloween day party that ran late & was just finishing up as you arrived (or it had just ended) and that is not our normal atmosphere for dinner. I know our staff were working hard to transition to regular dinner service but we may have had our timing off. We know we can do better and hope you will return to dine with us again in the future.

  11. LW

    LyndaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at 80 Proof! Went there before heading to the Shubert…. Drinks were yummy and the food was delicious!!! Are waitress was a pleasure!! Will definitely go again.
  12. RG

    RoseG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food was very good; had Happy Hour cocktails so bill was very reasonable! Would recommend and would go again!
  13. MS

    MimiS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Staff was outstanding, especially Erica. Had potato skins, fried calamari and mozzarella, all delicious. Would definitely recommend and return there again!
  14. N

    Niasia

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    My 11 yr old ordered a Shirley temple. The server knew she was a child a suggested she order a Shirley temple because she was indecisive. When they brought out our drinks my daughter passed me her drink because she immediately knew it tasted funny. I tasted her drink and there was alcohol in it. I notified my server and he apologized and removed the drink and brought it back to the bar. I watched him speak to the bartender to inform her that this drink had alcohol in it and her response was “my bad”. The manager came out and apologized and offered to comp my daughters meal which was about $20.00. Will never return to this restaurant again and i advise if you are dining out with family and have children avoid bringing them here.
  15. 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.
  16. TG

    TartanGirl

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, Spell specialty drinks more like fruit juice than a grown-up beverage.
  17. 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.
  18. PK

    PeanutK

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good happy hour menu and drinks at reasonable prices.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.

  24. KP

    KaiP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rebecca the bartender is amazing
  25. 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.
  26. M

    Megan

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 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.
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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.

  30. 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
  31. L

    Lucille

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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!
  32. 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.

  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 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!

  36. 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!
  37. p

    pkazmercyk

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 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.

  38. 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 🔥🔥🔥
  39. 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.
  40. 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!

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 3.9 stars by 42 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 5 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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