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161 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Telephone: 203-562-2499
Viva Zapata in New Haven, CT
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Hours:
Lunch: Everyday 11:30 am - 4 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4 pm - 11 pm
Friday & Saturday 4 pm - 12 am
Bar Menu: Sunday - Thursday til 12:00 am
Friday & Saturday til 1:00 am
Bar : Sunday - Thursday til 1:00 am
Friday & Saturday til 2:00 am
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History:
 

Viva Zapata is one of the oldest restaurants in New Haven. Since 1974 two Generations of Yale Students and more have entered this rustic Mexican restaurant. You are greeted by the Mexican Suit of Armor in the reception area amidst many days of old antiques giving the restaurant it's true Mexican ambience. The restaurants inside architecture was built from the beams of a two hundred year old barn, with brick walls as another touch of the old times


 

Whether you are seated at the Barrel lit bar walking on the crushed peanut shells or sitting in one of the dining areas surrounding you again with more stuff from the old days you will enjoy true authentic Mexican cuisine and still be able to crack peanuts and drop them on the floor like the old days. Now, about Zapata himself - Emiliano Zapata's name brought thoughts of romance and adventure, as well as terror and panic, to people in the early 1900's in Mexico. Like Pancho Villa,

 

Zapata was a strong and inspiring revolutionary leader who helped to overthrow the oppressive forces of President Diaz. The new revolutionary President, Madero, was unable to unify the country, however, and soon the heroes were fighting against each other and the long sought-for revolution turned into cruel massacres and indiscriminate bloodshed. The old cry of "Viva Zapata" (Long live Zapata) inspired many to stand up to oppression and fear and fight for freedom.

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Type of Cuisine: Mexican/ Cajun/Southwest
Seating: 150
Dress: Casual
Ambiance: Rustic/Mexican
Credit Cards: Vinny's Backyard & Bar
Price Range: Lunch $3.95 - $9.95
Dinner $5.95 - $15.95

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Catering: Viva Zapata offers on premise catering for up to 50 people.
Viva's menu available or customize your own. Call for more information.

Directions:




From I-95 Northbound
& Southbound - Exit 47 (Route 34). Go to the end of the expressway. At the 1st light go right onto York St. At the third light go left onto Chapel St. At the next light go left onto Park St. Viva Zapata is down a block on the left.

From 91S- Exit 1 (Route 34). Go to the end of the expressway. At the 1st light go right onto York St. At the third light go left onto Chapel St. At the next light go left onto Park St. Viva Zapata is down a block on the left.

From the Merritt Parkway Northbound - Take Exit 38 - The Milford Parkway (Also the connector to I-95) Follow signs to I-95 North. Take exit 47 (Route 34). Go to the end of the expressway. At the 1st light go right onto York St. At the third light go left onto Chapel ST. At the next light go left onto Park St. Viva Zapata is down a block on the left.

From the Merritt Parkway Southbound - Exit 59. At the end of the expressway go right onto Whalley Ave. Follow until Whalley turns into Broadway. Look for Park St. on the right. Turn down Park St., Viva's is on the left hand side.

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