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The Pantry

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2 Mechanic St, New Haven, CT 06511-2638
+1 203-787-0392
07:00 - 14:00
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Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 14:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,962 reviews
2,300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 492 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped for breakfast at The Pantry on our way out to do touristy things. We got there at just the right time (timing is everything), as we were seated immediately. It is a small restaurant, though some would call it cozy or intimate, any of those work. Because it is small, it will be hit or miss when the... More 

Thank Allen21096
New Haven, Connecticut
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know reviews here are very good, so maybe my expectations were very high, and there was a line waiting outside the restaurant, which speaks volumes. I think this is a popular locals spot. I found myself thinking they could have done better. The value was not the best. The omelette was $8.50 and a bit on the dry side,... More 

Thank Roseann_S_123
Worcester, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This place is a definite gem. The place is small so seating is tight so the earlier you arrive the better. The line starts piling up around 930am. I'd you are doing takeout give them at least 45 minutes to prepare your order. Great items: home fries, bacon, pancakes, and the cinnamon swirl pancakes!. The corned beef hash is top... More 

1 Thank LBooGy3
Dover, New Hampshire
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898 reviews
416 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,792 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Thanks to other TripAdvisor reviewers, we picked The Pantry Restaurant as our place to stop in New Haven for a late breakfast en route to vacation in PA, MD, and DC. Nearby parking was limited, but we were fortunate to get a space within a block. There was no line outside when we arrived about 11:30 AM on a Monday.... More 

Thank Maurene_K
1 review
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Who doesn't just love someone cooking them breakfast-and breakfasts here are consistently good! It's a nice walk there thru East Rock but when the weather is chilly I can always find a place to park. Waitstaff is great & friendly. Cash only & enjoy the sunshine!

Thank Daniela A
Arlington, Virginia
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This place is the real deal. Had a great meal and tried a bunch of their dishes -- everyone at the table wanted to try each others meals. From pancakes to eggs benedict, everything was delicious. Also the service was excellent!

Thank dbrownstein
New Haven, Connecticut
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76 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

if you dont mind waiting in line and paying cash...then join the line! The pancakes are huge, the eggs and toast are well done!

Thank reviewgurucool
Hamden, Connecticut
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Any time anyone wants to go to breakfast, I automatically suggest here. The food is fantastic and the prices aren't bad, either. The coffee is good as well. One of my favorite things about this place is that the bacon is actually crispy. I am a huge bacon fan and I often find that many places leave it kind of... More 

Thank Christina R
Vancouver, Canada
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172 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We read great reviews about this place. We decided to check it out on a weekday to avoid having to wait too long (we have a newborn with us). There is tons of parking in the back, which was very convenient. The restaurant itself is pretty small, maybe with about 10 tables? The atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Everybody is... More 

Thank Shiv G
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The American diner is a great institution, but sometimes it gets a little stuck. I like it best if they're stuck in the 50s and 60s, with retro fittings and classic food. There are versions however that are stuck more in the 80s - same menu (eggs, pancakes) but wooden cafe furniture and design elements that look like they were... More 

Thank Andrew M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Mechanic St, New Haven, CT 06511-2638
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-787-0392

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?