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
359 reviews since June 23, 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 (259)special occasion (231)romantic (169)neighborhood gem (151)notable wine list (119)great for lunch (65)great for brunch (35)good for groups (27)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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  • Sad comedy of errors
    DisappointedinMalibuVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is supposed to be a superb restaurant. Our experience was dreadful. The waiter was not at all gracious and numerous staff members, from bus boys to a captain, were virtually clueless. The chef thought a lactose free meal couldn't contain butter (lactose is milk sugar-butter is all butter fat). The repeated errors, omissions and failure to deal quickly and effectively with a small issue ruined the Saturday night reunion of old friends who have been separated by a continent for decades. The manager was the only forthright person, and he only showed up 10 minutes after we politely asked for his help. The food we did receive was of good but not great quality. The restaurant needs to do in better choosing and training their people. Sad!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Canadians
    AlbertaBound
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a special reunion of Canadians in New York and chose the Dovetail for its ratings. The food was outstanding. The service and ambience was fantastic. I would definitely come again and certainly recommend the Dovetail to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poppy
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The vegetarian menu was formidable. Même les adeptes de la viande ont complètement adoré.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok...
    kram
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Good: great wine list by the bottle, food. not so great: wine list by the glass, service They said they'll give us desert to go cuz we were full but never did. i called and asked and the gm said - they don't do it as a policy - so my wife was kind of put off by the different responses. The service was slow - not exactly michelin star caliber.
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  • Disappointing
    wonderfulwinoVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    First, we were waited 30 minutes to be seated. None of the dishes stood out. While all of the dishes looked beautifully prepared, each dish was bland at best. It was apparent that the sommelier was unfamiliar with the wines served. The wine that I ordered turned out to have been unavailable, so the sommelier suggested a similar wine that was more expensive and he graciously charged the price of the wine that I ordered. But when the wine was poured there was a lot of sediment in our glasses. If he had known about the wine that he offered he should have decanted it before serving it. Most frustrating was a group of six loud drunks that spoiled the atmosphere for the whole restaurant.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant on Upper West Side
    Diana
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have been to Dovetail half a dozen times and it never disappoints. Great location, ambiance, service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious flavors and textures
    UWSfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We hadn't been to Dovetail in a few years. Last time, the tasting menu out-shone the a la carte, but now the a la carte is as spectacular with lots of options and surprising combinations of flavors and textures. Definitely worthy of a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.