Dovetail
Dovetail

Dovetail

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.dovetailnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123623800x
  • 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 2123623800x

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Dovetail reviews from OpenTable diners
367 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (265)special occasion (237)romantic (172)neighborhood gem (151)notable wine list (125)great for lunch (65)great for brunch (35)good for groups (27)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Simply Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Dovetail is an absolute Gem! Everything on the menu looks sublime and the dishes we ordered were meticulously prepared, artful and delicious. The Chefs exactingly match flavors and textures and use complex preparation techniques to get the most out of every ingredient. The in-house cured duck appetizer was masterful, setting a new benchmark for excellence in my mind. My partner had the sous vide prepared chicken and said it melted in her mouth. I had the venison which was tender and soft tasting, and nicely complemented by the wild trumpet mushrooms and salsify purée. The service was as impressive as the dishes. The waiter could answer every question and the sommelier was very helpful & friendly. All in, a delightful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best on the Upper West Side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Dovetail is a surprisingly large and welcoming space that is virtually hidden behind a very unassuming door. The cuisine is truly delectable, the service attentive and the wine list quite superb. Excellent amuse bouches that were quite unexpected. The first time we had dinner here was in a large group of 10 people. This time we had a more intimate group of 3. It was excellent both times. The staff give you time to enjoy your food and do not rush you out. This is truly the best restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I recommend Dovetail unreservedly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning food, but a bit crowded.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food, service and particularly the wine list are superb. However the atmosphere was slightly spoilt by a feeling of being too closet to others, and hearing others private conversations. The vegetarian degustation was amazing. The staff were attentive without being in your face. The food was extremely good, with quality ingredients, modern techniques and beautiful laying.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • All around excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Went on a Monday night and ordered from the prix fixe vegetarian menu - a tremendous value. Food was creative and very tasty. The sommelier was fantastic and made great suggestions for each of our dishes. This place earned its Michelin star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geggattskis
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I dined here this past Sunday to celebrate my birthday and we had an amazing experience. Our captain, Heather, treated us so well that we felt like VIPs. We had the tasting menu and were blown away by the food and the hospitality. Service was unparalleled, from Maureen (our friendly and efficient front waiter) Heidi (our incomparable sommelier), Luigi (our runner with a vast knowledge of our dishes) and to Babu, who made sure our water glasses were always full with a smile. Our former coworker, Vinny, even popped out of the kitchen to say hello! Hands down the greatest dining experience to date. Bravo Dovetail, we will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Awful unprofessional service. Water server terrible body odor. Woman who told us what we were being served only spoke to one of the 6 at our table. I asked her twice to repeat to others w same dish. Asked for an empty wine glass which caused a 10 minute discussion among 5 servers at the servers station before we finally received it. Food could not compensate for this. Never again.
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  • The two other stars will come...
    luv3dine
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was excellent, as is the standard for any Michelin rated restaurant. The bass I received was probably slightly overcooked, but that's being very picky. That is a forgivable mistake for a 1-star. The food aside, (the goose fois gras is one of the best I've ever had) I believe the reason I enjoyed this meal so much is not because I paid 200 bucks for it. The reason it was so good was because their service and Sommelier is absolutely superb. Her food and wine pairing is probably the best I've ever had. Better than the wine pairing at 2-star Aquavit we had just a few nights prior. The service from the hosts to the dining table was absolutely great, with excellent attention to detail. Would go again, regularly if I lived in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely evening
    visitforwork
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Dovetail is lovely, and the food is fantastic. It was a perfect place to have an exceptional meal in a low-key, graceful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A friend suggested Dovetail to me and I'm thrilled we went. The tasting menu was divine - everyone found something unique. The portions were filling, but not overwhelming. Definitely a great spot for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu
    steamysing
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was amazing. The dishes just kept coming. The combos of flavors were quite unique
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Yummytummy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Delicious food, attentive but unobtrusive service and a wonderful overall dining experience. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brennie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Loved our meals and the staff could not have been more gracious nor accommodating. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great UWS place!
    BH53
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food is very tasty, and the overall experience is very polished and pleasant. The experience perhaps deserves the Michelin star, but it's not quite the best Michelin starred restaurant I've been to. Nonetheless, this is an excellent place if you're looking for a nice, moderately high-end dinner on the Upper West Side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surpassed expectations
    Bettina
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I had a great dinner. The steak tartar and the halibut were outstanding
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    flashVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent and accommodating service, beautiful space (definitely suitable for a romantic dinner) and the food is very good. I had dinner there on Sunday for the "Sunday Suppa" and it was well worth the $58 prix fixe. I will say that though the food was perfectly prepared and the combinations were striking, the portions were a bit small. Otherwise, an exceptional dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great and elegant.
    Mangia
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The place was fantastic. Service was great. Food was delicious. Well definitely go back for a special occasion. It's a bit more upscale than the Open Table description implies, and the Open Table price point is way too low, reflecting the price of an entree, not a whole meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    Rose
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Had to make a last minute reservation and use open tables recommended list. Very disappointed in the food but worse than the food was the service. Waited for 10 minutes after being seated before someone addressed us. Waited easily 45 minutes between courses. We were not the only people with long waits between courses. The group next to us was as disappointed as we were. Our dinner was not worth the wait. I complained about the service and the young lady smiled politely and said thank you. Will not return to this restaurant and cover pined that it was recommended by open table.
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  • Still a gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Dovetail remains one of the best restaurants on the UWS. Love meatless Mondays and everything else. If you haven't eaten there already you need to go ASAP!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Dovetail on a saturday evening. The staff gave excellent service. The sommelier knew her stuff and offered excellent advice on a list I was not familiar with and the person taking our order was great. Most important, the food was excellent. Great food, great wine, great service. It had been a while since we have been so satisfied from a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Hidden Gem
    ranchopeckitoVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I never realized that, just around the corner from 77th St & Columbus, such an incredible, hidden gem of a restaurant existed! Dovetail has it all...a gorgeous interior, attentive service and indescribably delicious food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dovetail on my "okay" list
    AnneS
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    There was a mildew smell walking in to the restaurant and that is a turnoff immediately. We ordered drinks that took forever to serve and the drinks came out in three different servings and two requests could not be filled as they were out of certain stock. The food was okay, not great for the price and my order - to hold the sauce on the side, but the server started dumping the sauce on my dish before I could tell him I'd requested it on the side to add for myself. Coffee, small treats were good and the service was better for the last part of the meal. I liked that the restaurant, which was full of diners was not loud and therefore I could hear my guests and engage in conversation.
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  • Fein Dine
    FeinDine
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Dovetail is a quiet, elegant restaurant with inventive food and excellent service. The tomato with sunflower seeds starter was excellent. The chicken entree was perhaps too inventive. As with many restaurants, if there are several tables available and your hostess attempts to seat you by the kitchen -- ask for a different table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Went for a friends birthday. It was lovely, relaxing and yummy! Excellent service and all the food was great. They paid attention to details and made sure everyone got the right things to match their needs. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We came for dinner and expected something really michelined. Have to say the food was not so impressive for us. The restaurant deco was good and service is great.
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  • Book now
    Seekthebest
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    World class. Magnificent and thoughtful wine list. Exceptional dishes and presentation. Attentive, knowledgeable and personable professional service. Dovetail has been conceived of and operates as a top tier home of great food and wine for people who enjoy the best of the best without attitude in an intimate, near formal, but warm setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting combinations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We really enjoyed the food, especially the interesting combinations of flavor and texture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could have been perfect
    LovetodineVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dovetail has some great options for vegetarians- among the best in the city. However, the service was really off when we went. I had to continually flag a waiter to get any attention.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    UWSmooseVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is one of those restaurants that flies below the radar but is really one of the top places in the city. The food (from amuse bouches - yes there are two - on) is reliably delicious, the service is attentive, the place itself is a quiet calm oasis. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great for vegetarians
    JhonnyT
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The vegetable tasting menu was excellent, very much on par with other Michelin-starred vegetarian menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memilyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food is exquisitely presented with tastes and textures that surprise the palate. Service is warm and professional. Always a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • REDBANK32
    RedBank32
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Lovely, lovely..everything was perfect...service, ambiance ,wine and food were superb...so happy I shared a special evening with my son at Dovetail
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • California Harvest was great
    KenS
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We celebrated a birthday on Wednesday with Dovetail's California Harvest Festival dinner and it was really special. The beets with roasted figs were extraordinary and the truffled pasta was magical. The wine pairings were perfect. All of the California wines were new to us and we look forward to having them again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A New Classic
    BGKuro
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Everything about Dovetail is just right - the sumptuous food, attentive service, the warm but elegant ambiance (they played a lovely selection of jazz all evening) - they all were top notch. It seems to be the trend here to have over casual restaurants that claim a gourmet menu and wine list (and the exorbitant prices attached) - yet play rock and roll music and have a flat screen TV with the sports channel playing. Dovetail harkens back to the elegance of the pre-90's where dinner out was something special. I will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    sweetooth
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We took visiting relatives for dinner recently, and had one of the best meals I've eaten. Everyone said "wow," "ooh," and "mmmm" through the entire evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lambchop
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Outstanding experience! The only issue for me was that the vast majority of bottles of wine were in the $200 to $1,500 price range. Even the single glasses of wine were in the $16 to $18 price range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eatable
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    GreAt ambience of cool dining. Cod enntree was tasteless but rest of dinner was fab - and well presented.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just lovely
    UWSLifer
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This continues to be really outstanding in several respects. I took a colleague there for a business discussion and to catch up after not seeing one another for a few years. The crowd was diverse, attractive and lively. The tables are quiet enough for a real conversation. The "vegetable focused" menu on Mondays is so creative and delicious. The service is warm and helpful, yet unobtrusive. I really like this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem! Always a pleasure!
    finefoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in NYC for a good reason. The eclectic menu prepared with artistic flavors and a joyous flair. Great staff in a perfect room. A must if you love great dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding in every way
    boats
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Creative, varied menu brings one happy surprise after another in a relaxed, elegant environment. Service is impeccable without being overbearing. Wine list is pricey but deep. Clientele that seems to be enjoying themselves as much as we did tops off the magic ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely experience with amazing menu
    foodiefriend
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had the best time and discovered amazing flavors during our dinner at Dove Tail. Fresh and surprising the menu options had us enraptured with dishes that were fresh, fantastic and unexpected. Loved it and recommend to all that appreciate great food executed with perfection. The wine list is a gem, so go explore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate