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Dovetail Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.dovetailnyc.com
  • Email: info@dovetailnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 362-3800
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00 - 10:00
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:30pm-2:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: John Fraser
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private functions are available, please contact for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Vivar - jvivar@dovetailnyc.com (212) 362-3800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Avenue
  • Public Transit: B & C trains to 81st Street and 1 train to 79th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Dovetail
Dovetail is a Michelin-starred restaurant operated by chef and proprietor John Fraser. Serving contemporary American fare and located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Dovetail received three stars from The New York Times as well as its first Michelin star in the 2011 New York Guide.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Superb food, fit for foodies, with service that is very attentive yet unobtrusive. A lovely quiet, sophisticated restaurant for a week night."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Went to Dovetail for brunch. Service and food was good but their brunch menu didn't offer much choices. Omelette or a burger. Burger was excellent, but if a wanted to have a burger I would have go next door to the Shake Shack. Probably will return but only for dinner."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I think the food at Dovetail is very good. The service, however, left a lot to be desired. We waited 15-20 minutes at the beginning of the meal for our drinks to be delivered and then 30-45 minutes between each course. It made for a very long evening - and not in a good way. The waitstaff seemed to be "fussy" and gave the impression of being attentive - but they really really weren't - even when we would try to call someone over. I would not recommend this place for the price."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance were all great. The addition of spring flowers made for a perfect evening. I would congratulate the staff for being vigilant without being obtrusive."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "this is a nice upscale dining experience that's not too pretentious either. they have a vegetarian focused prefix menu on monday nights which is special for us since there aren't many upscale dining places for vegetarians. i wish the descriptions for food were more specific so you are not surprised when you get something but overall the food is delicious and there is something for everyone. service is great. clean. relaxing. nice neighborhood place that's good for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Although everything about Dovetail was good, I just could not justify the $250 bill for four people. The kicker? This was four drinks ( one only club soda) and appetizers. That's it! The presentation was lovely but not worth the expense. Sorry, Dovetail."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I called ahead and ask the host please send us at a quiet table, as this was a first date. From some of the recommendations I have read, the restaurant was great, but some suggested they felt rushed. I did not find this to be the case at all. I thought the service food ambience was excellent. I'm very much looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "During the last visit to this restaurant (it's not my first) I didn't feel previous "special" treatment. Usual restaurant, as many other places you can go at much lower price; however, the food was great - even though noticed reduced portion size."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I had a wonderfully romantic night out in spite of the rain last saturday. We both really enjoyed the food and the ambiance. In addition to a great menu the chef added lots of extra bites that were all delightful. We both really enjoyed our night out and we cant wait to go again. We're both dying to see what chef will do on his spring menu."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Tried Dovetail for the first time for lunch with a friend. Greeting was friendly and professional. Decor elegant and simple but with some nice art to keep it modern. Service was perfect. Food outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed all three courses and the chicken I had was possibly the best chicken I have ever eaten. Delightful! Go!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Went for the Sunday Supper and had one of the best meals I've ever experienced."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We were trying to find a restaurant where we could have a fine dining experience for a milestone birthday. I am vegan but my spouse is a meat eater so sometimes it's hard to find a place. Dovetail was awesome! His food was amazing, but my vegan versions were also amazing. They really went out of their way to make me great vegan food . We did the chef's tasting and it was delicious!!! Highly recommend for a special night!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The chef's tasting plus reserved wine pairing was delicious. Especially the foie gras and sherry combination."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend for a surprise birthday. She loved it, as did I. Great service, great food, and an overall great time."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Their 1 Michelin star is well deserved, every bite is tasty and enjoyable. The chocolate soufflé is divine, the service was very good, they went out of their way to make us a soufflé when it was not on the brunch menu. We just enjoyed this restaurant tremendously and it was quiet which from a previous experience in NYC I find it to be a rare find. I warmly recommend the place to anyone looking to have a lovely and very satisfying meal."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Quite disappointing. The Bouillabaisse was everything but a soup. The timing of the serving was very bad. The main courses were cold and had to be returned to the kitchen. To have some additional bread we had to wait 10 min. The restaurant does not deserve the Michelin star it was awarded"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "across the street from the museum of natural history attentiveness starts as one walks through the door. the $88 dollar course menu is a great way to get to know the offerings. try the arctic char...heaven"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great for special occasion. The food is really good and the chef tends to use unconditional method to make traditional food. For example, the squash soup has some melted marshmallow and sage in it. The dessert, brownie type thingy, also was complemented with sage. They surprises you. The service is also wonderful. They come every 10mins to check on you and treat you like a royalty. The price is a little high so I say it Honolulu be a special occasion night out."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Sticker shock for me, coming from out of town. Maybe all NYC restaurants are this expensive. But the food was excellent, so maybe I shouldn't complain."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "As usual the Monday night vegetable oriented diner didn't desapoint. Plates were generous, colorful and intriguing. Service was impeccable without being overbearing."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "One of the best fine dining restaurants in New York. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I was expecting a lot more from a Michelin starred restaurant. As a restaurant professional who has worked in fine dining establishments as realize my standard is very high, but I try to keep an open mind. My partners steak was seared improperly, resulting in a thick chewy layer of well done meat around a small medium-rare interior, which is how she wanted it. My swordfish was quite old and undercooked, the dish sounded very interesting but was laden with salt and in other flavors came through. Overall a disappointing experience for the money. Would definitely not go back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I think of really great restaurants as cultural experiences, not unlike the theater. If a friend had not told us that Dovetail was superb, we might have missed it. Four of us chose very different things, and for each of us the dishes were among the best we remember from our meals at great restaurants around the world. My grilled fois gras prompted a long entry in my diary (which usually addresses great paintings and plays). Service was exact, attentive, and never intrusive."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Very poor slow service. Could not even make martinis correctly, had to be sent back. Food good, not great. Smelled like disinfectant."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Our last few meals at Dovetail have been uneven - some dishes absolutely delicious, while others quite ordinary. Given our past experiences and the price-point, this is disappointing."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Thank you Dovetail for providing the highest of the haute cuisine for us vegetarians! A one of a kind restaurant. Dovetail has replaced Gramercy Tavern as our go-to place for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The totality of the experience was superb. My wife and I enjoyed the 10 course tasting menu while my daughter had the vegetarian tasting menu. All of the courses were very creative and executed with wonderful detail. The wine list was heavy on the French, but we were able to find a good California wine more along our likes. The tab for 3 of us was $600, but given the rarity of such a splurge, well worth it. If we come back to NYC for a visit, this will be our first choice."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Very nice experience. Food was excellent, albeit expensive. Portions small, but supplemented with amuse-bouche and a little hors d'oeuvre tray of delicious corn bread, cracker and one other thing. The service was attentive and friendly. No complaints about anything. It's just expensive. But you know that when you go."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've been to DoveTail twice. Right after my Engagement and a year later on that Anniversary. Both times, DoveTail did something special for us, it was amazing. Food was fantastic, every bite packed with flavor. I wish had an anniversary every day"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant , very busy , noise level a bit above what is comfortable due to a fully packed restaurant , wine list could need some work ....improvement on the selection of American Chardonnays in various price levels would be welcome .Food was excellent and service was excellent .A bit pricey ...but we will be back for special occasions .The party room downstairs looks very nice and maybe something for an upcoming special event ."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here before the theatre - a truly delicious meal with a lovely ambience and great service - highly recommended - will definitely be back again and so glad we found this gem."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Fun, upbeat, wonderful carefully prepared meals. Will go back. The Sunday supper is a steal."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Lovely atmosphere, good selections, attentive service...great cornbread minis!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went there in restaurant week. I really had a great time there. The food was amazing, the serving is sufficient, and the service is great. I definitely will go having meals next time"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I took a colleague to lunch at Dovetail last Wednesday. By now, I'm used to their uniform standard of excellence. She was completely blown away -- particularly by the salmon. We had a great time."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I had an amazing lunch course at dovetail. The beef tartare was delicious and the color was beautiful. My chicken was soft and moist. I could not believe that I was having chicken. Panna cotta was great too. It was not sweet enough and tangy that I could not stop digging it!!!! I definitely want to go back!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My review of Dovetail is colored by the fact that we arrived on time for a 1:30 reservation to be greeted by a sea of other people waiting to be seated. We were told it would be 15 minutes but after a 30 minute wait we were still not seated. Upon protest we were seated but then had to wait to be served. The food was well prepared but not outstanding. I would be curious to try the restaurant again when they are serving their regular menu and they are not overwhelmed by Restaurant Week patrons."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We visited restaurant Dovetail during restaurant week- festival. Because of the festival, launch menu was quite limited, good options, though (I don´t know if they serve launch normally). The best was small salty bakes before soup, we really liked them! Staff was polite and professional and the atmosphere tranquil and very warm. Only minus was that we has to wait 45 minutes for a free table, it took too long.."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Small plates, each thoughtfully created. Most of it was delicious namely crab risotto and lamb entree. Desserts are sublime."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Cured carrot appetizer was a real treat, and the roasted cabbage with béarnaise sauce elevated that humble veg to the place of prime beef. Gutsy and satisfying. The desserts, once exciting, seem to have slid toward the ordinary. A baked squiggle of basil cream could not elevate a square of chocolate cake that could have come from Crumbs. But this was a Restaurant Week meal, and perhaps they weren't trying that hard."
    Dined on 3/5/2014