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

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (11)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Cozy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Vegan (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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·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 19, 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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·Dined on November 12, 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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·Dined on November 11, 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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·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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·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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·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food and service were perfecto.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 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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·Dined on October 5, 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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·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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 (Atlantic City)·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 Orleans)·Dined on August 13, 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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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Amazing dining experience for my birthday! The service was personable and top notch. The food was delicious. I loved the atmosphere and the incredible view. I would highly recommend John Davenport's to anyone visiting the New Haven area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Went out with my parents and girl friend, to celebrate her 30th birthday, and the staff made it an amazing experience for her (and us). They seated is in a quiet corner, with spectacular views over looking both the historic downtown/Yale, as well as out over long island sound. The staff and manager were very attentive throughout the evening and even did a special dessert treat to help us celebrate.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great food. Great view and atmosphere. Great service!!!👍👍👍

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Scenic View
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

James was our server and was the only thing that topped the food and wonderful ambiance!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

What a disaster!
It took 3 hours to have lunch.
Not everyone got a roll on their plate.
Some people got water refills and others did not.
We heard yelling in the kitchen.
The side order of mushrooms were cold and limp, and tasteless.
When it was coffee and dessert time, some people had their coffee poured, others had to pour out of the carafe left on the table which didn't have much coffee left. There was no sugar/splenda on the table and we had to ask for it. We had no spoons for our coffee and one person took a butter knife to stir her coffee. When the waiter saw her with the butter knife, he asked if she wanted a spoon, but didn't bring a spoon for anyone else. Also, those who had the brownie with chocolate chip cookie, some were fine, some had an oatmeal cookie, bad taste combo, some had no cookie at all.

I would not recommend your restaurant.

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

Second time going and so far a pleasure once again.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Very attentive to allergies. Delicious food. Great views.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Their steak night special was great - steak dinner for two with salad and desert for $40

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The staff was really excellent and accommodating. They helped to make my birthday celebration amazing ! Overall very pleased

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

It was my first time and I took my significant other for Father's Day. We can't wait to go back! Exceptional food, drinks & service!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

1st time visitor officially will become a repeat customer. Last minute decision to take husband for Father's Day. Looked at menu online however I missed the brunch menu online and sure enough it was a magnificent brunch menu. Perfect for spouse who considers breakfast his favorite meal. A variety of choices with an omelet station (always my fave). Bacon wasn't overly or under cooked. Fruit and pastries fresh. Loved the view and the best part in my opinion was the tea. Water not too hot to scorch tongue and the tea wasn't bitter. No Lipton here!
Next time I will return for happy hour after work as it is perfectly located in downtown New Haven and waking distance from my job. It may become my 'secret gem.' I love a place where I can go have a drink/dinner and enjoy my own company

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Had a delicious dinner with the family for Father's Day. Service was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Romantic, Casual, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Lovely meal with very good service,wait staff well trained and supervised.The view cannot be better.You feel as if you are away in a new city.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Had a special dinner celebrating a friend's significant work anniversary. Food was delicious and setting was perfect for conversation. Service a bit slow but not a problem for us as we were not in a rush. Cocktails were average. Crème Brule was the largest serving we have ever seen! Tasty too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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