About John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven

John Davenports is a 19th floor restaurant and bar that offers contemporary, approachable, coastal New England fare with the best views of New Haven.
Our Executive Chef strives to resource sustainable, seasonal ingredients from local farmers, while taking pride in products made in house. His culinary team highlights the Atlantic coastline and its abundant offering from the sea.
Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the most captivating, panoramic views of the city, Long Island Sound, and Yale University to our community.

155 Temple St.
New Haven, CT 06510
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am,

Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am;

Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Temple and Crown

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 974-6858

Website:
http://www.johndavenports.com/

Parking Details:
We validate up to three hours of self parking below the hotel for all dining guests.

Executive Chef:
Todd Ruiz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Grand View on the Side.
Experience the outstanding contemporary New England cuisine
in one of John Davenport’s private dining rooms while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic rooftop views of one of the nation’s oldest university campuses and the Long Island Sound.

Private Dining

Experience the outstanding regional cuisine, prepared by New Haven's Iron Chef, in one of John Davenport’s private dining rooms, while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic rooftop views of the city, and one of the nation’s oldest university campuses - Yale University.

John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.9

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

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Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Scenic View (16)
Special Occasion (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tapas (3)
Casual (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was really great. I had a fantastic experience in this restaurant. The view was really good and the dish’s also great. I will definitely visit this restaurant again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The meal truly was very good. My wife and I dined there for Valentine's day. The prix fixe menu was fairly robust and they gladly accommodated her food allergies. I recommend this restaurant but it is still a hotel restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We went for Valentine's Day. Our waitress Robin was terrific. I was disappointed to be seated in a somewhat conference room, but it didn't ruin our experience. My recommendation would be to not seat people in special rooms when they are looking to dine at the restaurant. There's no need to overfill - it wasn't what I was looking for.
Food was great and service was great. Ambiance was stale because it was a business room with a nice view.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was very good and the service was excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I had called several times in advance and had spoken to the servers at the restaurant to ensure that a surprise birthday dessert be served after the meal, but this was not done even though it was planned. The food was also disappointing that day.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The views were awesome and the service was excellent.
We felt very special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Although an unusual year of birth to celebrate, my 26th was something to remember. Of the many places I’ve been to in New Haven to eat, John Davenports had not made it onto the list. I feel as though I have wasted years not coming to this establishment. From the moment we stepped into the restaurant l, which is beautifully located on the 19th floor, we were greeted with excitement and enthusiasm by the hostess Victoria; the type of welcome we were looking for. As soon as we sat down, our server Robin greeted us with what seemed to be an exact match to our original greeting in terms of energy and passion. I will spare the details of each aspect of the exceptional service but instead share with you the synopsis. The way each team memeber there worked together in harmony was unlike any restuarant environment I’ve seen. Whether it was the hostess, server, additional wait staff, no one hesitated to jump in to help bring additional items by request, refills, suggestions with the menu, or ensuring we were satisfied throughout the night. Would (and intend to) recommend to family, friends, and even random people on the street. Looking forward to my next visit!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fantastic bartender, waitstaff and manager “Alec”
Food and drinks were outstanding!
The decor is sad...Omni design team- you have an opportunity to transform this amazing location into THE place for cocktails/music/light fare and dinner!!!!

No other establiahment in this area has an incredible view of New Haven!!!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had dinner at JD's on New Years Eve and were quite impressed! The service was fantastic, good humored, thoughtful, and very responsive. The meal was delicious and well spaced...no rush, but no long waits either. The scallops were my favorite....done to perfection. My husband loved the chowder. Each course was a delight...topped off with a chocolate mousse dessert that was just right. it went beyond our expectations....and then there was the wintery view of New Haven with the green lit up for the holidays. The best view for a meal that can be found in New Haven.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I enjoyed oth meals I had there. My only complaint was that the food was not hot.
Both dinner and breakfast were lukewarm, at best

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

john davenport's is at the top of the omni hotel in new haven. having grown up there (but childhood home having been sold) i have to book a hotel in new haven periodically. i always eat the breakfast/brunch on site at JD's. it has floor to ceiling windows looking over the city, so it has a good atmosphere. for breakfast there is a buffet or can order from the menu. we all ordered. i had the lobster eggs benedict with home fries, my son had the salmon eggs benedict. other son had the belgian waffles. definitely sufficient portions, didn't eat again until 7pm! my daughter also had their bittersweet hot chocolate that is served with sides of crumbled graham crackers, marshmallow and whipped cream- to DIE for! the buffet looked good as well. if you get a room here, treat yourself to a leisurely breakfast/brunch-it's worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Lobster in roll was dry.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great view and a central location for all of our family in Connecticut. Service was excellent and everyone was friendly. Very comfortable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had made reservation for our Anniversary Dinner. Everything was perfect, our table was decorated with Rose Petals and we were welcomed with Prosecca sparkling wine 🥂 Ambience was great! I would definitely recommend this place to every couple 👍

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Much of the traditional brunch fare (buffet) was much below that served in the evenings. It appeared to have been cooked once in the morning and sit in warmers for the duration of the buffet. Virtually everything that was pre-cooked had to be cut with a knife. An English muffin, served under an egg, could not be cut even with a knife. I recommend to others to have an omelet cooked while you wait and to eat salads, fresh fruit and desserts.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My daughter got engaged Saturday night everybody there was wonderful the food was good service was impeccable and everyone Couldn’t of been nicer

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were seated promptly, our waiter was attentive and friendly we had salmon & scallops would recommend them. I had the kale salad with pistachios and cranberries very good, I would go back just for this salad again perhaps for lunch. For our dessert we had the warm apple crumble, we shared it, there is more than enough for two people. The coffee with the dessert was really nice, normally it doesn’t taste fresh at night, well done. We will be dining here again. You can see the tree lights from the New Haven Green from the table, magical time of year.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I was there for Thanksgiving dinner and it was not very good. While the service was excellent considering the fact that I was there for the 5:00 p.m. seating and there had been 3 prior seatings, the food was definitely lacking and not worth the price. I will probably give it another try on a non-holiday.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for the Thanksgiving buffet, which is not typical. It was a bit crowded, and it took a while to be seated. But the food was good and our waitress was thoughtful and efficient.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was a very nice experience for Thanksgiving. We did feel that a little soft music would have added to the ambiance. Overall...very nice!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The view and the waitress were awesome, but it took over an hour before they even took our order and another hour to get the food. The pork tenderloin and filet were over cooked, the salmon was raw, the lobster Mac was cold, the fish dish was flavorless. They tried to make things right and were very nice, But the food was just very poorly prepared.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Romantic setting food very good awesome chef. Loved the meal and great menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I made reservations a month ahead of time because my husband and I love trying new restaurants for New Haven Restaurant week. We were celebrating a special occasion and were looking forward to it. When we were seated we were disappointed because we didn’t even have a seat enjoying the view and one of the reasons for making the reservation. It took the waiter a long time to greet our table and take a drink order. We didn’t receive the restaurant week menu and then it took 30 minutes before getting a drink or have our order taken. The restaurant week menu was limited and the regular menu was average with only 4 entree choices . The food was okay and definitely not in the fine dining category. Overall it was a disappointment and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. The view is 5 stars but everything else was not.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was good, staff seemed really distracted for some reason which was confusing because there were only 3 other tables being served at that time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our experience at John Davenport’s could not have been better. The food and service were exceptional, and the validated parking, keeping us out of the weather, was much appreciated. We very much enjoyed the chopped kale salad, which was fresh and crisp and light, followed by the seafood bouillabaisse and the diver scallops and shrimp, which were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. The kitchen was cheerfully willing to accommodate our respective food restrictions with appropriate substitutions that did not in the least bit negatively impact our enjoyment of the entrees. In spite of a packed lobby and a very large banquet occurring at the same time, we were able to escape to the top of the park and conduct a rather lengthy and quiet business meeting, with complete relaxation, and a delightful culinary experience. Highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Seasonal, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Unfortunately, at this time I am unable to make a recommendation or referral because our New Haven Restaurant dinner wasn't great or average in fact it was bad. The meatballs were luke warm and tasteless. The lobster mac'n cheese was cold and the sauteed garlic spinach was raw and cold. The dessert was dried out. I did enjoy the bread, butter, and water and asked for more bread since it was the best part of the meal but the host forgot to bring it to the table. The disappointment is enough that I cannot honestly refer it to anyone unless you just have money and time to waste.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was ok, but we went there during lunch time and they told us we can only have the brunch buffet. We asked if there is a menu for lunch that we pick from instead and they said that buffet is the only available choice. On their websites they did have a lunch menu so I don’t understand why we couldn’t pick our meal from there. The place was clean and service was good.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Incredible views - loved watching the sunsets and sunrises! Such pleasant staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

John Davenport's combined a classy upscale ambiance with a trendy Latin tapas and cocktail vibe to delight the palate. There's no greater bite in New Haven!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food and service were perfecto.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

First time here, and it was a great experience all except for one thing. We got the artisanal cheese board which was outstanding. Drinks and wine were delicious. Lobster mac and cheese was great. However, my girlfriend and I both ordered Filet. She ordered medium rare, and I ordered medium. Hers came out medium well, and mine came out medium well-well done. This was disappointing, but the steak still tasted good. The waiter made up for it with giving us the first round of drinks on the house, so that made us very happy. Will definitely come back in the future! Great view of New Haven, the noise level was a little bit louder than expected for the environment though. Great place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent waitress 🙌🏿 The service was great our waitress was great and so nice made us feel right at home. I would like to have her as my waitress every time I come there..

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

21st birthday celebration. Service was great. Salads and dessert were very ordinary. Lobster roll was enjoyable. Overpriced overall

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Everything was great but too much salt was used that’s why I gave the food rating I did.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The view is the best thing about this place.Food almost seems like an afterthought.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Very small dining room - definitely more of a bar or lounge scene. Great views and enjoyed our server Robin. She was entertaining and definitely made our experience memorable. Unfortunately, the food was not to par. Each plate was average - at best.
Appetizers were our focus. We began with Fried Oysters - beautiful presentation but over-breaded and greasy. Couldn't taste the oysters through the heavily seasoned and deep fried batter. Disappointing. Next was a margarita flatbread. Crust was thick and cheese was bland. Reminded me of a Friday school pizza lunch. We didn't finish it. Then meatball appetizer - densly packed and dry/overcooked in a bland sauce -- generous portion but just not great. Dinner was lobster mac and cheese and lobster roll. The mac and cheese didn't disappoint. Very cheesy and nice pieces of lobster. The lobster roll was just ok. The roll definitely was too big and bready for the little lobster provided. It came with sweet potato tater tots which were good but could only eat 1-2 as they too were very greasy. The best part of the meal was the amuse bouche (cauliflower soup) -- Delish!! Of course the wine - the port and dessert. Warm baked brownie with vanilla ice cream. If we do go back - it will be for dessert. But - with parking at $25, this will likely be our last visit. Sad as I really wanted to love this restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were in town to see a show at the Schubert. Dinner was excellent but what will bring us back to John Davenports was the service. The hotel is in the theatre district in what looks to be a very nice hotel, the Omni. My wife's filet was excellent and cooked perfectly. I had the fish soup, (I know there is a French word for it but I don't want to embarrass myself and try to spell it) which was excellent. Looking forward to returning.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Needs a serious visual and chef update, carpets old, stained, the place is musty ad there is chipped woodwork, this place has seen better days. Food was sub par. Nothing special at all. The prices were pretty unfair for what they gave you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Now this is how a restaurant should be. Good food, service and ambience!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This was our first time at Davenport's and we had a wonderful meal. Our waiter respected our desire to enjoy a cocktail before our meal was served and was very personable and non-intrusive. Our only complaint was that, even though we left ample opportunity, our waiter never poured our wine, which, after our first course was served, we poured ourselves. And no refills were poured. We took care of those ourselves, too. Other than this misfire, the food and service were on-the-money.

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