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Dressler

4.3
4.3
834 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Dressler is the natural outgrowth of the dining concept that owner Colin Devlin successfully implemented at his first Williamsburg restaurant, Dumont: a neighborhood restaurant featuring a straight forward, thoughtful and well executed menu, well informed and sincere service, and a warm and gracious atmosphere. Dressler adopts this formula and reaches just a bit further, with a more ambitious menu and wine list, and a room that was carefully crafted from a completely raw state into a warm yet compelling dining space accented by intricate metal work from Navy Yard artisan sculptors. Executive chef Polo Dobkin was awarded 2 stars by Frank Bruni of the New York Times in 2007 and 1 star by the Michelin Guide in 2008,2009, and 2010 for his accessible, seasonal new American cuisine. Dressler has received accolades from magazines such as The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Gourmet & Travel & Leisure among others.

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4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience

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89% of people would recommend it to a friend

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    eg88

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Dressler is consistently good. Loved the food. Glad this restuarant continues to be outstanding through the years.

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    matt

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I'm a frequent eater at Manhattan's best restaurants, and I must say I was extremely impressed with Dressler. The apps and main courses were incredible. We had the crab cakes, gnocchi, fennel tuna and the swordfish and they were all out of this world! Great focus on local and fresh ingredients! The desserts were pretty weak, but the drinks were awesome! Definitely worth the trip out to BK for an awesome Michelin rated meal!

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    Noname

    New York Area

    181 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Arguably the best restaurant in Brooklyn, Dressler can hold its own with any Manhattan dining experience. The gnocchi appetizer was delicious and the flatiron steak was succulent. The lemon tart with blackberry ice cream was worth the calories. The server knew his menu and was responsive to potential problems with diners' allergies.

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    Brian

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    It was difficult to decide what to order as everything sounded so interesting. The combinations were very creative. The oysters were superbly fresh and flavorsome and the seafood was sensational.

  5. L

    Lrd1

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    came back here with friends, after many years. Even better than I had remembered it-- lovely, low-key place and food very delicious. Service was attentive without feeling rushed. Totally worth trip into Brooklyn, and will not wait so long again to revisit.

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    ggcc

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Is very much worth the trip to Williamsburg. Oustanding food, incredible desserts.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I really had a good time at Dressler. The place has a very cool vibe and the food was really good. My only complaint would be the pricing was a little over the top. $15-$20 Apps with $30-$40 mains. All in all we loved the waiter and had a great time.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2013

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Drinks: Weak Chardonnay (tasted like a bottle opened yesterday), good rosè, and a solid cocktail Appetizers: lamb belly confit, grilled octopus, and scallops all perfect (5/5), good artichoke salad (3/5) Entrees: swordfish overcooked not worth eating (1/5), modest pork tenderloin and crispy bacon (3/5) Dessert: excellent chocolate souffle cake with caramel ice cream (4/5) Coffee: stick with anything that comes out of the expresso machine. solid caffè macchiato (5/5), but french press coffee was very weak will likely go back for appetizers sometime, but will avoid ordering any of the mains in the future

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2013

    overall2food5service2ambience1

    Yes we all get the hipness of a Dressler Restaurant. The steak - bone in ribeye - for two was perfect, appetizer offerings were abundant and exquisite. Here's my beef (sorry, no pun intended). It was 75 degrees outside (which is where we should have sat), but it was hotter than that inside. No AC. What's the deal, we don't turn that on til Memorial Day Weekend?! no way you consider this trendy or hip. It's an expensive restaurant, ok, that's fine, because the food was wonderful. The dining experience, since we were dripping sweat as we ate, was awful Enough said. You be the judge.

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    Cagou

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2013

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    We started the diner with apetizers,it was good,then the entrees came: 2 white fish filet ,one was fine and the second one was really Not nice :small and a lot of brown flesh,maybe it was the back part of the fish!so we asked the waiters about it and the manager came,telling that it was good and as it was the last filet they had they can't change it,he was very upset and then call the waiters To inform them about this problem.from that time they didn't care anymore of us and we finish our wine with no more food! Then we left!We don't think it is a behaviour you must have in such a restaurant.

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    SArabella

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing! You must try the warm banana tart tatin, it's to die for.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a 5:30 p.m. reservation for Mother's Day--we have a 18 month old. The staff was very helpful. In addition, the food--especially the scallops was delicious. In addition, it wasn't too noisy and was very comfortable. Of course, I can not speak to how it is later in the evening, but for an early dinner, it is a great choice.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service was amazing. The food was delicious, the staff was very friendly and the decro was lovely.

  14. AG

    AGK1

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another outstanding dinner! I am always amazed that no matter how often we go back I have yet to have a disappointing meal. Although I am someone who likes to explore new restaurants, I find myself always wanting to return to the Dressler as I can count on having a great meal in hip and fun atmosphere. The service is outstanding as well.

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    newyorkvisitor

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2013

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    We were recommended this Michelin star restaurant by a friend. Having never eaten at a Michelin star we were really looking forward to a fabulous meal. Yes, the prices at this Michelin star restaurant are considerably less than at others, but that does not mean the quality of the food should be that much less. The pork loin was so over salted it tasted like corn beef. I couldn't even finish it. The food was disappointing. I could probably cook better food myself. The service was fabulous and we enjoyed sitting outside looking towards the freedom tower as the sunset. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone. Food was more flavoursome and tastier at just your average New York restaurant.

  16. RD

    RogerD

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2013

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Frankly we were disappointed. We expected far more from a restaurant that received a Michelin star. None of our party could in any way justify that award. The only thing that justified a Michelin star was the stratespherically high prices. All the other restaurants in the Michelin category in NY are, in our opinion, worth going to, but not The Dressler. There are so many equally good or better places in the area and just over the bridge that there just isn't a reason for us to go back On top of it all, we could barely hear ourselves think which only served to worsen the experience.

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    Peyso

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Simply put, a great restaurant w/ great food. The pork belly that they have as an appetizer should be an entree. That was the best tasting thing that I've had all year.

  18. JN

    JimN

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2013

    overall2food5service2ambience2

    Deafening noise/music and indifferent service overshadow excellent food.

  19. RC

    RobertC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice place, food is great, thoughtful wine list but it is pricey, although to be fair there really doesn't seem to be any upscale sit down restaurants left in NYC where the bill is less than $200 for two people who want to drink wine with their dinner. Still, $42 for a dozen oysters has got to provide a nice boost to their bottom line.

  20. j

    josephc

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2013

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was good.Atmosphere a little noisy. Service was good,but had a little tude to it.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We tried a couple of appetizers and 2 entrees. Nothing extraordinary. It was good, nothing overcooked, too spicy or bland, etc. But I wouldn't go back because it wasn't memorable and quite buttery if anything really stood out. I've had plenty of much better experiences in cheaper places. Maybe I had high expectations because it has a Michelin Star...

  22. JR

    JamesR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2013

    overall2food3service4ambience2

    Much too loud for a first romantic date in which was the reason I went there. Martini s are served in a very strange glass, overall food good a little overpriced

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Food was delicious, but the service was a little sloppy. We waited over a half an hour for drink orders to be taken and bread delivered. The rest of the meal came slowly as well. For the price they charge, they should provide more attentive service. That said, our reservations were at 8 on a Saturday night, probably the busiest time of the week.

  24. SM

    SwissMiss4

    London

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Just a hop away from Peter Luger's is a special restaurant with an amber ambiance, lace-like metal chandeliers, and a very cool feeling. The libation menu is appealing and offers toasts that are not too sweet but interesting in flavors. The menu items are varied and offer a tantiliing taste for anyone. There are always specials which we are eager to try. It is a "must".

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2013

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    I am sorry to say, it was disappointed for a Michelin star restaurant rated, we've had as good if not better diner in other restaurants without the famous accolade. It would have been ok without the expectation of a special dining experience, maybe it is based on other criteria.

  26. Q

    Queenofqueens

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Food was good but not exceptional. I liked sea scallops and quail breast. Apple tart was delicious.

  27. D

    Dave

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dressler probably offers the best dining experience in Brooklyn. The dishes are consistently of excellent quality. The preparations are innovative and entertaining, The wine list, while not extensive, is of high quality and well-balanced; it is also affordable. The desserts are always super.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food is good, portions are pretty big for someone who eats moderate size meals

  29. GG

    GourmetGamemaster

    New England

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The food was very good, but didn't quite measure up to the creativity and delight that we've experienced at similarly priced and starred restaurants in Manhattan. The chicken liver mousse was exceptional, really heavenly. The octopus appetizer was intriguing and tasty. We all had meat entrees, duck, steak, lamb, ordered medium rare and done just right. Accompaniments, on the other hand, were slightly overcooked, and gave the impression of a plate busy with lots of choices, but rather uniform in color; and, while they didn't taste alike, they left similar impressions on the palate. The dark-wood ambiance was pleasant, if a tad noisy. Service was excellent. Overall an enjoyable experience.

  30. FB

    FrecklesandBear

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The food was delicate and flavorful. The staff were wonderful in putting together a wine pairing that was perfect.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2013

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    I was very pleased with the service, but I would say a little pushy from the waiter about either getting drinks or just sparkling water. The overall service was fine.

  32. DB

    DanB

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Ate here with a 30% off coupon. With the discount, it felt perfectly priced. Would not necessarily pay full price, though.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about our meal here was spectacular. The restaurant has a very interesting, dark red decor with filtered light - you almost feel like you are in an old castle. The food was outstanding. I had the special Uni Salad which was one of the most interesting and delicious things I have ever eaten! Great wine selection. The cocktails were small, but tasty. Excellent, friendly service. Will be back!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Elegant and tasteful. Food was great. Portions were tiny, though, and it's amazingly pricey. Special occasions only, and only maybe.

  35. v

    vjh23

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Impeccable from start to finish.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2013

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    if you like overdecorated kitschy steel atmosphere you are right here. otherwise dont go. the overpriced food is not worth it

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Stellar experience, as always! It's been years since I've visited, so glad to return.

  38. S

    Sunshine

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2013

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Went for brunch using Blackboard Eats discount. We started with the crispy porkbelly and the butternut sqush farro sald. Both were really tasty. Then I had the peccorino frittata which was bland. The fried brussel sprouts on top was the best part. And there was something creamy on the bottom of the frittata which made it very heavy. My boyfriend had the hangar steak and eggs. Good but not great. It was expensive for brunch and thank goodness we had the discount. Would not go back again. But the service was really great, friendly and accomodating.

  39. a

    amym

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2013

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    We went here for brunch. The music was good but way too loud. The space is very nice. I unfortunately ordered the huevos rancheros. it was beans with 2 overcooked eggs on top. on top of that was a very bizarre salad which was warm and wilted from being on hot food. It was too gross to east but there was no room on my plate to move it out of the way. there was also a pile of tasteless guac and an uncooked tortilla folded up on the side of the plate. i'm not sure how any of this was supposed to be eaten. all of it was tasteless. I gave 3 stars for food because my bf loved his steak and eggs. everything on his plate was delicious. waitstaff was super friendly.

  40. LA

    LANAK

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2013

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    the noise level was intolerable. I loved the dining experience, but i would hesitate to dine there if i wanted to speak and be heard by my table mates.

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