Prime 16

4.1
26 reviews
$30 and under
Burgers

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Prime 16 first opened in April 2008 by Bob Potter, bringing the highest quality beef burgers and craft beer to downtown New Haven. In a city known nationally for pizza, along with being the birth place of the hamburger, Prime 16 has evolved from gourmet burgers and expanded its scratch kitchen to offer more gastropub style food. All our sauces, dressings, specialty ketchups and mustards are made in-house. We use only All-Natural beef raised by a family of farmers committed to sustainable and humane practices. All our Angus beef is traceable and meets the highest standards. That means… No added hormones No antibiotics Fed all-vegetarian feeds This results in the most delicious, satisfying and nutritious burger you’ll find. We also support area businesses and have partnered with local bakeries, breweries, creameries and beverage companies.
What 26 People Are Saying
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4.2
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3.8
Ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
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GreatGastro
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Prime 16 does that rare thing . . . they offer great burgers to the meat lover and delicious dishes to the vegan.

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DavidG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Burgers are great but do have the fried pickles. So good!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience2

Nachos were an embarrassment, literally 13 tortilla chips with cheese. When the waitress brought them out and looked at them, she actually laughed. Raw hamburger for my child, had to send it back. Never ever going back to Prime 16. Please refund my entire check.

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HarrietG
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We actually didn’t eat there. We made the reservation and requested an outdoor table. When we arrived, the only outdoor table available was tiny, and the hostess said they don’t actually take reservations for outdoor tables. Okay, but that ought to be clearer somewhere on open table because we aren’t willing to eat indoors right now. We left. We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past, and will try again post Covid, if that time ever comes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great spot with delicious food and drinks. Wait staff was prompt and I would highly recommend to others!

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ShellyV
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The only negative was that my booth seat was in constant motion from the group behind me.

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BarbaraE
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner as always. Nothing like the smoker burger! It never disappoints. We were also very impressed with our server. Although he mentioned in conversation he’d only been working there 3 weeks, he was so courteous and knowledgeable it seemed as though he had been there for years. Looking forward to going there again soon.

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vipMMHtfd
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

The service was ridiculously slow - even for desert The food was edible. I will not be going back there any time soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was my first night in new haven. Just moved here for a temporary work trip and wanted to nice place to hang out and have a delicious meal! This was a perfect spot! Yale just across the street and hustling with students, families and everyone out on the town. Was such a great meal and I will definitely be back!

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vipStacey
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Food delicious but the best part of our meal was the excellent waitress. Unfortunately, I failed to get her name. Brown hair in a ponytail. The best attitude and disposition ever.

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maris
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

It is a good place to meet with friends to have a good meal and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Servers Hannah and Jay were phenomenal. Described options so well I could taste them before ordering. Food was full of flavored and perfectly cooked to order. I had the Cajun melt burger. Fell in love.

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PippaP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Definitely recommend the famous chicken sandwich! Everyone was friendly and made sure we had everything we needed.

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TravisB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Small selection, no worthwhile apps. Basically an overpriced Burger King

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BrittneyM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Reservation was at 6:30, Food was served at 7:55, after going to another table. Very short staffed (Waitress told us she had only been working there for 4 days). Was suppose to celebrate a graduation and ended up going next door to Te Amo to celebrate. Go to Te Amo (5 stars from me).

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JeffZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible delicious food! Great friendly and helpful service!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food!
We'll definitely be back!

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JPaz
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We all had burgers as entrees. They were fabulous! As an app we ordered nachos; for the price we thought they were expensive. Drinks were extremely expensive. $10 for a juice size glass and filled with mostly ice. Drinks were definitely disappointing. Our wait staff was friendly. Service was good.

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Zolt69
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food and casual atmosphere. Will ask check out Orange location

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Kate
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service experience was absolutely fantastic!!!

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MaggieR
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had been to Prime 16 before the Pandemic and thought it was wonderful food and ambience-a a very popular spot for dining! After reading some reviews of how good their Covid-19 protocols are, we decided to return for indoor dining. We had a very enjoyable, delicious, and safe time yesterday and look forward to returning in the future.

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NakajaiM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful and very welcoming setting! The fried pickles were the best I’ve EVER had, literally. The happy hour margaritas was also delicious. I will definitely be back soon!

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vipJoelG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great date night! Greeted as soon as we walked in. Server was extremely friendly and food is delicious!!

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TimT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Took an hour and fifteen minutes to get one appetizer.

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ROBINA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great burger! I tried the honey truffle burger and was absolutely delighted! Outside dining is right on the street which is my reason for being noisy, but it was our choice to do outside versus inside dining.

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Elle
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience1

We ordered a beer and then had to ask for it twice before it was served. Also, outdoor seating on a relatively busy side street has no ambiance.

FAQs

Prime 16 does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Prime 16 is rated 4.1 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.