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Dolly Varden, New York, NY

Dolly Varden

4.6
4.6
379 Reviews
$31 to $50
Comfort Food
All aboard the Dolly Varden. We are a two story cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. The “Bar Car” will specializes in shared plates and experiential cocktails. The second floor “Dolly’s Club” will offer playful twists on classic American fare such as our Saigon wings, truffle mac and cheese and our Rail Car burger. Join us for the spirited adventure at Dolly Varden.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:15 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:15 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 541-7080

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Edan Garcia

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, Dolly Varden is the ideal location for private parties and events. From intimate private dining to cocktail parties and full corporate buyouts, our two-floor space serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of celebrations. Our venue can accommodate groups ranging in size from 10 to 200 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Hell's Kitchen

  • Cross street

    51st Street and 8th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Icon Parking - 209 W 51st StreetNYC Parking - 304 W 49th Street1633 Broadway Garage - 235 W 50th streetQuik Parking - 888 BroadwayIcon Parking - 851 8th AvenueMPG Parking - 265 W 52nd Street

  • Public transit

    50th Street Subway A C E 50th Street and; Broadway Subway 49th Street Subway N Q R W57th Street Subway F M47th-50th Street Rockefeller B D F M7th Avenue Subway B D E5th Avenue Subway E M, Time Square 42nd Street Subway 1 2 3 7

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 379 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Comfort Food

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  1. JF

    JasonF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ery much enjoy Dolly Varden. They have a good selection of food and drinks. Very reasonably priced for Hell’s Kitchen and NYC. The staff is always friendly and helpful.
  2. D

    Desiree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was hot and fresh! Cocktails were amazing. Will be back!
  3. VL

    VanessaL

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    I’d recco for food but not for ambience. Way too noisy and music was too loud.
  4. b

    bridgetth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, drinks and service. Mimosa tree was so cute and very good
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Came to celebrate my best friends birthday. The service is top notch. The atmosphere is lovely. The food is good, would like to try the non brunch menu.
  6. BM

    BrianaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This establishment was excellent fron the service, cleanliness, wonderful staff & amazing drinks. Came on a Sunday for brunch & the food was astonishing. I got the steak & eggs & everything was served to perfection. I also got the mimosa tree which extremely cute & worth the price.
  7. JL

    JessicaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service good vibes and music,want to go back for dinner
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and all the staff were very friendly and attentive!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cute place!! Food was delicious. Ambience was great!! Drinks were flowing and music was amazing. The service is top notch!
  10. T

    Tender80

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dolly Varden was amazing! Manny & Nancy were so attentive with our order. They even recommended items for our kids ( picky eaters). Thanks again!! See you all soon!
  11. RL

    RebeLioness

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    DV is aesthetically very appealing. The decor and furniture give it a speakeasy vibe that is dope. The service was great. Our server Nancy was phenomenal and gave refreshingly honest opinions and recommendations. The appetizers were good. We ordered the truffle fries and chicken wings. The entrees were just okay. The salad that came with my meal was not fresh and the fried chicken that came with the chicken and waffles was bland and overcooked. I also ordered the lobster mac-n-cheese and there was barely any meat. The little meat there was tasted more like imitation crab than lobster. Just disappointing for nearly $40. The mimosa tree sounds good in theory but was also lackluster. You’re better off getting drinks from their cocktail menu, which were actually delicious.
  12. JF

    JasonF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire vibe of the restaurant and staff is fantastic. Was greeted by multiple staff members, service was incredible, the drinks and food were also great.
  13. m

    mandisaj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place!! It's a vibe!! Will definitely be going back!!
  14. P

    Pleased

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great ambiance. Recommend the chicken and waffles along with the mimosas.
  15. J

    Jlove67

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated upstairs overlooking the outdoor dining. Our meals and cocktails were served promptly and the decor and lighting were perfect!
  16. J

    J333

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We have been coming to the theater in NYC for 40 years and have consistently been disappointed with the quality of the dinner options that are walking distance from the shows. Finally we found one that we really like - Dolly Varden! We shared three small plates which were outstanding and was more than enough food for the two of us. Give it a try before or after the show.
  17. IP

    ItalianPrincess

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food.Excellent and creative drinks! Perfect before show dinner!
  18. MD

    MDZ20

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good cocktails. Nice ambiance and good service
  19. G

    Gergeli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiters were the best assets of the venue but the quality of the food and drinks are also making the place worth to visit!
  20. B

    Bbchef

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Where to begin? We were seated in the coolest train car replica, out in the fresh air. Our server was amazing (James, I think...he was from Auburn NY). The food was outstanding, and the atmosphere topped it all off.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is adorable! The food was fantastic. We had delicious cocktails and a very good experience. I’ll definitely be back!
  22. FO

    FranciscaO

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good and staff very friendly and accommodating. I had to add another person to my reservation last minute and had to change my table to a downstairs booth which is not as nice as the upstairs. Always a nice experience!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came here for a birthday brunch to celebrate my BFF. The overall experience was great. The place was nice. The food was good, and the music selection was excellent. The drinks were delicious. The best thing about our experience was our server Nancy! She was so sweet and friendly and had incredible energy. 10/10
  24. A

    Ascott

    Dallas

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were amazing! Loved the Kale salad too. Drinks were all fun and flavorful and presentation was perfect! Highly recommend!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Service was slow food cold and taste was ok Overrated .
  26. BB

    BertB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We chose to dine here after watching a Tiktok saying this is a good pre-theatre spot. As we had show tickets a block away, we thought why not? Its a very cute, stylish place. The dining room on the upper level is quiet and cozy. The food varied: My small plate of beets (delicious), the DV burger (very good), the bao buns (very odd flavor so much so that we couldn't eat it), the Thai wings (excellent) the large plate Octopus (teeny-tiny portion very misleading and disappointing). While the service was good, our sever shamed one of my guests for not ordering a drink. Drinking is not for everyone and there ARE reasons why some people chose not to drink. Making fun of my guest because he didn't order a cocktail (and saying to him "Come on, have one" or "That's ridiculous--just have a drink" was completely inappropriate.
  27. LD

    LuvDCDiningfromVA

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful evening. The weather was warm but appropriate to use their outdoor seating designed as a train car. The service from Manny was excellent and the menu selection was tantalizing. I was impressed with the quality of the food and price for wine. Not an expansive selection but the Chardonnay was quite satisfying. It was a great find near Time Square being just a year old.
  28. JA

    JeannetteA

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great pre-theater dinner spot with great atmosphere and attentive staff. The drink menu offers alcohol and nonalcoholic choices. The prices give great value.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, food was perfect and the table we were at was quite comfortable.
  30. JR

    JasonR

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Really slow service
  31. M

    Madj

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed pre brunch cocktails. Once seated upstairs, such a cool vibe and nice decor. We had a great waiter and got the brunch bubbles deal! The eggs benedict with salmon was so delish and we also had to try the Captain crunch French toast which was also yummy! Friend had the truffle fries which were also great. Favorite mimosas were the hibiscus and peach and look forward to coming back.
  32. T

    Terry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This place was beautiful. The service was fantastic. Staff is super kind and attentive. Food and drinks were delicious.
  33. A

    Adriana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Staff were friendly but food is mediocre and the mimosas are bad
  34. C

    Clive

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks, & service were excellent and we liked the outdoor seating area. Super close to the theaters, so great location for a pre show meal
  35. NA

    NadiaA

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Darden exceeded my expectations... the drinks and the food were really really good... I will definitely be back... and this will be my go to Resto when in the time square area.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant was freezing cold, very uncomfortable. Music had to be turned down twice once at our request, the second time by another guest. Server was indifferent Food, bland. Not sure the appeal
  37. CG

    CarlyG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was lovely and the food was outstanding! Great Happy Hour prices and super cute cocktails. Highly recommend the BBQ Spare Ribs, Lemon Risotto, and Fried Artichokes. I will definitely be coming back before the next Broadway show.
  38. c

    coco

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food, simple menu, and cute decor. Will check out the brunch.
  39. LN

    LovefromNY

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It’s a cocktail bar first but the food is pretty good. Had a great time outside and the service was very attentive.
  40. DL

    DoctorL

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The restroom was cute and quaint. I waitress was lovely and very easily accessible to order what we needed. The food was great we had a bunch of small plates we had the ribs, the chicken wings, the artichokes, and the truffle french fries. All came out hot and a nice size portion. Great overall restaurant

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Dolly Varden offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 541-7080.

Dolly Varden is rated 4.6 stars by 379 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Google Map for Dolly Varden

302 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019-6436

Additional information

  • Cross street

    51st Street and 8th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Hell's Kitchen

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:15 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:15 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Icon Parking - 209 W 51st StreetNYC Parking - 304 W 49th Street1633 Broadway Garage - 235 W 50th streetQuik Parking - 888 BroadwayIcon Parking - 851 8th AvenueMPG Parking - 265 W 52nd Street

  • Public transit

    50th Street Subway A C E 50th Street and; Broadway Subway 49th Street Subway N Q R W57th Street Subway F M47th-50th Street Rockefeller B D F M7th Avenue Subway B D E5th Avenue Subway E M, Time Square 42nd Street Subway 1 2 3 7

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Edan Garcia

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 541-7080

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, Dolly Varden is the ideal location for private parties and events. From intimate private dining to cocktail parties and full corporate buyouts, our two-floor space serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of celebrations. Our venue can accommodate groups ranging in size from 10 to 200 guests.

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