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Dovetail Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "Had a wonderful dinner pre-Shakespeare in the park. Inventive dishes and not overly expensive for its type. Four course prix-fixe is a good deal. Crab salad and foie gras great. Loved the tuna. Great desserts. Service attentive without being intrusive."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a lady's lunch with friends. It was fantastic meal, and all 3 course's dishes are perfect except one group table's unacceptable loud voice noise at the day. But, we'll go back again for the food!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Thanks to Restaurant Week, I got to try this relative new-comer to the UWS for lunch (normally they are a dinner-only). After a minor hiccup in service over the cocktail order we enjoyed a fantastically prepared 3-course meal. The eggplant, smoked pork shoulder and Hake deserve special mention. The staff were wonderfully attentive with a good sense of humor. Definitely due for a repeat visit."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I've been meaning to try this place for a while but I finally got to try it during Restaurant Week. The food was amazing! Everything was visually stunning and delicious. The service was prompt, friendly and knowledgable. I will definitely come back to try their regular menu."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This was somewhat disappointing. The wait staff seemed annoyed that we were there."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The steak tartare appetizer was the star of the afternoon. The foie gras ($12 supplement) was overly sweet with inadequate counterbalancing savory notes. That said, the foie was well seared. The hake, which we both ordered, smelled fishy and tasted only of (too much) salt. It was infused with salt. The coconut nage added no flavor whatsoever. The accompanying turnips, beans, and piped sweet potato puree were nice. The dessert was delightfully light but confused. The "horchata" panna cotta was covered with everything from blueberries and raspberries to tapioca, puffed rice, and bits of cake (leftovers of other preparations??). We expected much more from the Michelin-starred restaurant. Maybe we should have ordered the chicken."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had a memorable lunch last Tuesday afternoon. The melon gazpacho was delicious and refreshing. The chicken was moist and tender, inventively seasoned, and had the sweetest, most delicious, tomatoes I've ever eaten. Deserts were great and the half-carafe of red wine was way above average."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food was good but not fabulous. The service was bad. The table was booked for 2pm and we didn't get our table till 2.25pm. There was no apology for the delay given at all. There were a lot of staff and it felt very chaotic. When we left no-one was there to say bye, whether we enjoyed the meal etc. Not a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Fabulous as always. Delicious lunch menu for Restaurant Week."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Sublime! No more need be said except to fill the 50 characters."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Although the entrance was a little difficult to find & the huge pile of garbage bags in front was off-putting, once inside, the decor & ambience was inviting. The staff was polite & attentive. We asked for a private table & were placed next to the service area in an empty restaurant - not a good start. Waitress (manager) was attentive & informative. Presentation & food were excellent. Creative menus w/unique ingredients. Portions were small, but satisfying. Pricing was a little high & when we asked to be moved, our service level did do down. We had the Sunday dinner prixe fixe at $58/pp, but there were a lot of add-ons. Overall-nice decor, ambience, good service, excellent food, but rather pricey and sometimes superior in attitude"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "While it's possible the service was almost too attentive initially, the experience overall was impressive. Everything was thoughtful and attended to, while not feeling stuffy. The food was also good, though the service was truly exceptional. Also, they could handle all manner of dietary concerns which is really nice at a fine dining restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have been there six times in the last year. Each meal, each course fantastic. Great, fresh often unexpected combinations of flavored which always excite the palate. Why this place doesn't get more buzz is beyond me."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Met up with a friend at Dovetail for a casual dinner (it's SO easy getting a table at a good NYC restaurants on Friday nights in the summer). We only ordered appetizers and mains -- all seafood dishes -- but everything was expertly prepared with fine ingredients. Did not have an opportunity to order from the wine list but it certainly looks worthwhile. Service was friendly and not at all harried. Would love to go back and explore the tasting menus and wine parings."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have been to the restaurant often and the food is unfailingly surprising and delicious, the ambience peaceful, and the noise level low."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "However some of the dishes were way too salty and some (glazed carrots) too sweet."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Dovetail is not trendy right now but it is a gem. The attention to detail of the food is outstanding. Every dish had unexpected touches. Nice little complimentary dishes in between. Such a lovely restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful from start to finish! The service was incredibly friendly, genuine, and professional. The food was fantastic and an excellent value (we had the 4-Course Prix-Fixe). I loved the seared foie gras, fried egg, lamb, and their amazing bittersweet chocolate soufflé. The bartender even concocted custom cocktails for our group. I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "On our visit the kitchen turned out amazing plates, but the overall dining experience was diminished by the quality of service. We felt the kitchen met or exceeded expectations with some memorable dishes, including the veal ravioli, crudo, and chatham cod. But after having to flag down our server on several occasions, and having our waitress launch into an uncontrolled nervous giggle when she presented our plates and botched the dish's descriptions... it was apparent that the front of the house needs some work. It is not unreasonable to expect timely and professional service at this price point, which we did not receive (on a Friday night in a less-than-packed dining room, nonetheless)."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal, again. The food was delicious, the service was attentive and the wine they recommended was perfect."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "For a restaurant with fabulous food and a high-end ambiance, the service was very poor for half the meal. Yes, it was peak dining hours, but...my friend waited at the bar while I waited at the table for 10 minutes. They did not realize we were both there. She got up and asked. I was not offered a drink for 15 minutes nor could I flag anyone down as they never made eye contact. I had to get up. We were left with an underwaiter bringing us an early amuse bouche and bread, speaking unintelligibly accented English. Our table captain/waiter seemed otherwise occupied until halfway through the meal when things improved but for a minor bobble with dessert flatwear. I did say something. We were not comped wine or dessert; no one apologized."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "From walking in the door, our experience totally exceeded our expectations. I had dined at dovetail but had never been able to partake of the veggie-centric menu, now available every Monday evening. Wow! My fav was the fried egg with blue foot mushrooms. My partner really loved the cured carrots with duck breast. The dark chocolate custard dessert was so decadent that we both needed to order our own. Our fav amuse bouche was the truffle bites. yum!!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Dovetail provides excellent service, beautifully served delicious food, small but satisfying portions."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Went there hoping for a special evening and got exactly that. Had the four-course "prix fixe" (which really gives you the entire menu as an option to mix and match, and made for great sharing). It seemed like a great tour of what Dovetail had to offer food-wise. The amuse-bouches between courses were spectacular and the food from the menu was uniformly delicious. Ambiance was great, quiet and reserved. Service was similarly fantastic, extremely attentive without being overbearing. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Amazing food, intelligent service- loved it! Took my parents there for a special dinner and it was perfect."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My partner and I learned about dovetail from the new york guide book and decided to try out their Monday vegetable inspired tasting menu on our visit to nyc. Not only is the tasting menu affordable compared to many other Michelin rated restaurants in nyc, but the food absolutely blew me away and I was happy to fork out $200 on food and wine afterwards. Highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal with each dish prepared with detail and attention to flavor. We were disappointed in the lackluster service of our waiter who did not offer us drinks when we first arrived. The time between each course was excessively long."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A simple yet sophisticated menu along with an outstanding wine list (some would consider pricey) - aided by an airy and free flowing dining room leads to a wonderful dining experience at Dovetail. The staff is attentive without being overbearing; questions regarding the menu and wine list are addressed informatively without snobbery. The food made to order and delivered in adequate spacing between courses - allowing time to enjoy each course - and definitely order the make our own Sundae great way to finish up the evening at Dovetail."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wonderful UWS location, gracious ambience, professional service. Enticing menu, but the seared ahi tuna was disappointingly tough. Also somewhat overpriced."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " It is my second diner at the dovetail and each time, I was impressed by the creativity of the chef, well balanced dishes, tasteful and perfect cooking of the fish and meat. Service was outstanding too. Clearly one of my best place for fine dining in NYC."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The service was perfect. Although with few choices on the menu, the dishes were very good."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Maybe even better this time. Could not fault the service the food or the wine. Always a pleasure to come here with family or friends."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Sohisticated, complex, imaginative food. Chef must spend a lot of time testing and developping these dishes. They are well-balanced with discreet sweet and sour contrasts. Not many US wines on the expensive list. The sommelier recommendation was however inexpensive yet spot on. Excellent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Dovetail is a lovely place to spend the evening; pleasing ambience, superb service, and good food. The menu is varied and innovative, with something for every taste. Wine list is quite good, with moderate options and a good variety of wines by the glass. The service was unusually good, with friendly, informative, and inobtrusive staff. The food really is quite good and this is a friendly critique: While each dish is creatively and carefully prepared, there seemed to be just a bit of overreaching in trying to create interesting combinations of style, technique, and flavors in every dish. For Dovetail, less would be more. Nonetheless, very well worth the time and money!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This beautiful restaurant excels in both food and service. We felt so special with the attention paid to detail by the excellent servers. The food was so attractive and tasted amazing. We loved the variety of favors, textures and colors before our eyes. Wine selection was carefully thought out; something for everyone. Overall, an amazing experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Dovetail is a outstanding restaurant. We had the the vegetarian oriented dinner-no need to be vegetarian(we're not) to enjoy it! Heidi, the sommelier, made the best recommendation for wines to go with the meal."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We tried the vegetarian tasting menu and were blown away, everything was pure excellence! Thanks!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed eating here with my boyfriend this weekend. We each got the four course meals and they were outstanding. I got the seared ahi tuna entree and it was to die for. melted in your mouth, cooked perfectly with a side a guacamole, asparagus and a brown butter sauce. For dessert I had the chocolate souffle which was also cooked just perfectly. The staff was on point with clearing glasses and plates. I don't think more than 10 seconds passed every time I was finished with something. They were also very good at explaining what was in each dish when they presented each course to us. Although it was very expensive, it was well worth it - as it was one of the best restaurant experiences/meals I have ever had!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A very nice, casual-to-formal space, with roomy tables; very attentive and careful service, friendly staff who took care of all our food preferences and allergies impeccably. Very flexible menu, with interesting gourmet choices, suitable for vegetarians to meat lovers. Quality of preparation was very high, with nice modern presentation. Some in our party complained that some dishes were overly salty or somewhat too concentrated, but that depended on the dish. Dessert course was equally wonderful, with a range of textures, flavors, and caloric impact. Nice surprise was an interesting selection of non-alcoholic mixed drinks, which were refreshing and flavorful. A great place for a more formal occasion on the UWS, we will surely be back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We wanted one romantic dining experience while in NYC when on a 1 week trip there with family. The restaurant came recommended from friends and as I previously lived in the UWS it seemed like a perfect place to try out. We had a full wine paring 4 course meal each which was absolutely amazing - delicious succulent flavours and eveything was served with brilliant service. The extra touch of petit fours prior to the check was really great."
    Dined on 6/9/2014