Caffe Bravo

★★★☆☆
  • 794 Orange St

    New Haven, CT 06511

    Map & Directions
  • 203-772-2728

About Caffe Bravo

Hours
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. 5pm - 9:30pm;Sun. CLOSED

Food

Food
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After returning from Philly this morning to an empty fridge, we decided to go out to cafe bravo with our 2 kids, ages 3 and 16 months. It's close and it was open on a Monday. We showed up at 5PM and sat down to eat. We were told to not let the baby run around the empty restaurant, especially when customers come. We were given the "I can't believe you are in my restaurant with kids" glare. Now I can understand if you are at the union league or even l'orcio with kids and you get a look, but on a monday night at 5PM at an empty neighborhood place, I think you should get a pass. Also, we were customers, ordering $75 worth of food and wine. We have lived in New Haven for 10 years, and this isn't exactly a formal town. My husband is a tenured professor and I am a doctor, but we are treated nicely even when we dress down.
The food was fine. It wasn't as good as Caseus (local) or other local italian fare like L'Orcio and Skappo. The service was downright nasty.
Kid friendly places in New Haven include Mezcal, L'Ocio, Skappo, and Guadalupe la poblanita. Great food and service places not already mentioned include Union league, Caseus and Ibiza. Between those options, there really is no need to ever suffer through Cafe Bravo.
It's a neighborhood Italian joint that hates families even when empty.
Go figure!

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★☆☆☆☆

After returning from Philly this morning to an empty fridge, we decided to go out to cafe bravo with our 2 kids, ages 3 and 16 months. It's close and it was open on a Monday. We showed up at 5PM and sat down to eat. We were told to not let the baby run around the empty restaurant, especially when customers come. We were given the "I can't believe you are in my restaurant with kids" glare. Now I can understand if you are at the union league or even l'orcio with kids and you get a look, but on a monday night at 5PM at an empty neighborhood place, I think you should get a pass. Also, we were customers, ordering $75 worth of food and wine. We have lived in New Haven for 10 years, and this isn't exactly a formal town. My husband is a tenured professor and I am a doctor, but we are treated nicely even when we dress down.
The food was fine. It wasn't as good as Caseus (local) or other local italian fare like L'Orcio and Skappo. The service was downright nasty.
Kid friendly places in New Haven include Mezcal, L'Ocio, Skappo, and Guadalupe la poblanita. Great food and service places not already mentioned include Union league, Caseus and Ibiza. Between those options, there really is no need to ever suffer through Cafe Bravo.
It's a neighborhood Italian joint that hates families even when empty.
Go figure!

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My favorite restaurant in New Haven. Typical, traditional New York-Italian preparations. This is exactly the kind of restaurant everyone wants in their neighborhood. While I've had service problems here in the past, they've improved in that department steadily over the years after transitioning from a bread bakery and pizza restaurant to sit-down entrees. I've never ordered a dish here that wasn't prepared exactly as it should be, and I am often surprised by Chef Gianni's slightly offbeat interpretations of dishes that are on many menus in this town. When I have out-of-town guests I bring them here, because I know I won't be embarrassed. I love the food. Bravo, indeed.

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★★★★★

My favorite restaurant in New Haven. Typical, traditional New York-Italian preparations. This is exactly the kind of restaurant everyone wants in their neighborhood. While I've had service problems here in the past, they've improved in that department steadily over the years after transitioning from a bread bakery and pizza restaurant to sit-down entrees. I've never ordered a dish here that wasn't prepared exactly as it should be, and I am often surprised by Chef Gianni's slightly offbeat interpretations of dishes that are on many menus in this town. When I have out-of-town guests I bring them here, because I know I won't be embarrassed. I love the food. Bravo, indeed.

Pros: No reservations, great food

Cons: Parking can be difficult, closes very early (be there by 8pm)

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