Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers


104 Ratings
Prime 16 Tap House + BurgersPrime 16 Tap House + Burgers

Type: Bar, Eatery

172 Temple St
New Haven, Connecticut, 06510-2616
United States

(203) 782-1616 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2008

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Reviews by Errto:
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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been a quasi-regular at this place for a year or so, about time I posted an actual review.

The entire place is lined in classic-looking dark wood paneling, which was surprising at first to those of us who knew what had been in that location before but fits the style well. There's a decently long bar, and a partition separating the bar from the tables. They don't try to compete with the "real" sports bars down the block, but there's a TV near the bar if you want to watch the game while enjoying your beer.

There are 20 taps and an occasionally used cask pump. 20 may not sound like a lot, but the key is they change *constantly* and all 20 generally pour North American craft brews with the occasional Tripel Karmeliet or something like that thrown in. Well, plus Guiness. In recent visits I've had some great beers you don't generally see on tap, like DFH Palo Santo, Allagash Burnam Road, Brooklyn Cuvée de Cardoz etc. and there's always a variety of styles. I've been introduced to a number of breweries I hadn't even heard of before like Berkshire and North Coast.

The bartenders are great people and I'm glad to have gotten to know a couple of them a bit. They also know their beer.

Food-wise, burgers are the order of the day, though they make some other stuff too. In a town known for burgers, this has become my go-to burger place. The names of the burgers are slightly odd (Cowboy, Maui, Philly Cheesesteak etc) but who cares, they taste good. Be sure to get the truffle-parmesan fries or bleu cheese mashed potatoes as your side.

Happy hour on weekdays, half price on most draft beers, hard to beat that. Tastings on Wednesdays featuring different breweries - occasionally they get representatives from the breweries in to talk beer. It can be loud if you're there at a crowded time, but not obnoxiously so.

Prime 16 has become my favorite bar, bar none (hehe).

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Photo of fitzy84
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

On a trip to New Haven, we decided to go to this place. The restaurant is right near Yale with parking on the streets or in garages. The restaurant is a somewhat small with maybe a dozen tables on the right near the entrance and then a large bar area to one's left. However, the size helped to give the restaurant some nice ambiance compared to larger and louder gourmet, craft burger places.

The menu was very attractive. Multiple types of burgers with different sauces for your fries and a build-your-own-burger option. I am not sure about the bottle menu, but the tap list was on a TV screen in the dining room. Lots of good options, like Allagash, Singlecut, New England, and Kent Falls. I had New England Sea Hag IPA and Kent Falls Zep on the Jukebox. My burger was massive and quite delicious.

Our waitress was very attentive to our needs. She took our complicated order, came often to see how we were doing, and attended to our drinks when we wanted more.

Overall, I really enjoyed this place a lot and would recommend it as a hang out spot or a place for a good burger.

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Modern bar/restaurant feel, bar seats about 20 with tables along the back wall, separate dining area. Solid craft selection - 20 taps. Friendly barmaid. Did not eat there.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of jmont04
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place that puts most of their focus into 2 things; burgers and beers. Every burger on the menu is fantastic and the beer list is a constant rotation of all kinds of beer.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Good, quality burgers with a large taplist of ordinary beers.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been here so many times. Right in the heart of downtown New Haven on Temple Street across from the Omni Hotel entrance. Smaller sized location that gets packed very easily, broken up into two parts: sitting/dining area and bar area with hightop tables. Bar seats about 15-20. Food is mostly burgers, but very well crafted, cajun fries are awesome. Solid rotating tap list of about 15 beers plus stuff in bottles and occasionally a cask offering. Worth a trip if you're in the area, by far the best tap list around given the smaller number of taps they have.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.23/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of dipaslife4me
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of benzalman
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of NateF90
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Macsimus
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of OldCrustacean79
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

5's across the board!!!

Nothing to complain about except how crowded it can be!!!

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Photo of Sweffin
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BrewSensei
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

passing through New Haven so popped in and was pleasantly surprised. Not the largest selection i seen but everything on the list was worth the visit. Burgers were out of this world. I eat tons of burgers so it's rare that i get one that wows me, Cooked to perfection RAREinside and blackened on the outside. Staff was quick and friendly and knew there beer. Will gladly stop in again if im in the area,

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of LutherBrau
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers in New Haven, CT
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