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Dovetail

4.4
4.4
4161 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Located just steps away from the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Dovetail offers an intimate dining experience showcasing Chef John Fraser’s award-winning contemporary American cuisine and creative use of seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients. Dovetail has been recognized with numerous accolades over the years since its opening, including Wine Spectator’s prestigious Award of Excellence, three stars from The New York Times and has consistently earned a Michelin Guide star since 2011. Dovetail offers a myriad of dining options throughout the week. Choose from our three or four course prix fixe, chef’s tasting menu or a la carte dining at the bar. Pre-theater, vegan and vegetarian menus are available nightly.
Private parties and special events welcomed in our 75 seat dining room or our intimate 21 seat private dining room.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00 - 10:00

  • Phone number

    (212) 362-3800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Fraser

  • Catering

    Please inquire for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Dovetail offers a myriad of dining options throughout the week. Choose from our three or four course prix fixe, chef’s tasting menu or a la carte dining at the bar. Pre-theater, vegan and vegetarian menus are available nightly.

  • Private party contact

    Billy Hannon: (212) 362-3800

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Cross street

    Columbus Avenue

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    B & C trains to 81st Street and 1 train to 79th Street.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 4,161 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. D

    Drew

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    The food was simply not good at all, especially for a Michelin Star rated restaurant. I think their CIA teachers would be ashamed. It was 87 degrees inside when it was 100 degrees outside. The bread was cold. The drinks were good and the service was wonderful. The staff was excellent.
  2. KS

    KenS

    New York Area

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like a champion athlete, Dovetail went out at the top of its game, undefeated after a reign of over a decade as the best restaurant on the Upper West Side. We went for the final dinner last Saturday night, as much as to say good bye as to celebrate with one last great meal. The champ did not disappoint. Every dish was superb. The lamb was the best in memory and the wine pairings were intelligently, imaginatively, chosen. The service and the mood of the diners was celebratory. Everyone wanted the place to go out at its best. I await the next act. The owners and most of the staff will be back in two months with a new restaurant. Equaling Dovetail will be a great challenge. My money is for them to come back different but wonderful, aspirating to new heights.
  3. SS

    SaraS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will Miss Dovetail!!
  4. l

    lawrences

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The best restaurant on the UMS. Too bad it is closing. This is a big loss for the area.
  5. AL

    AlexeiL

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful in all respects. Very sad they are renovating at the end of the month but looking forward to seeing what they have in store.
  6. AK

    AK47

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great dining experience, pricey but worth it especially for special occasions (we went on a birthday).
  7. S

    Sushifan

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Almost everything was very good. Black sea bass tartare was fishy and needed to be returned. They happily replaced the dish. I would say the staff is not as knowledgable as I've come to expect in Michelin-starred restaurants, but they were entirely pleasant. While it's not three-star Le Bernadin, the seafood dishes were delicious. I would definitely return for another $300 meal. Oh, almost forgot. The bread - definitely some of the best. Compliments to the baker. I want another piece!
  8. JR

    JR68

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Glad I went, Not broken up over its impending closure
  9. AR

    ARTHURK

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Restaurant is beautiful and staff is terrific. I wasn’t that thrilled with the tuna. Great quality and freshness but not that flavorful. Chocolate soufflé for dessert was terrific, and of course the amuse bouche and palate cleansers were wonderful.
  10. I

    Iknowfood

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had the dinner tasting menu on June 14th with a friend over the course almost three hours. All of the dishes were excellent, save one, and comparable with other top NYC Michelin one and two starred restaurants. And that dish may have been as the chef intended but was not what it might have been. Service was excellent and not intrusive. The staff was charming, helpful and professional. Noise level, while not subdued, was certainly comfortable and permitted quiet conversation. Decor and atmosphere were OK but unremarkable. I would certainly go there again.
  11. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every staff member made me feel welcome and comfortable dining alone. Had thechefs tasting menu with reserve wine pairing and everything was flawless. The ambiance was perfect for dining alone or for a romantic group. The decor was tastful and suited the room and energy perfectly. Will be back for sure.
  12. P

    Phil

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and great service. Overpriced but it’s worth for an occasional Dinner - not a place you would go on a regular basis...
  13. MC

    MichaelC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very flavorful and creative food. Limited to tasting menu or 3 or 4 courses Prix fixe with a good variety of options for the Prix fixe. We each had the 3-course and were thoroughly satisfied (as well as full due to our late lunch). Especially given the amuse bouche, the palate cleanser and the after treats. Visiting from California, the well executed New York service was a much-anticipated treat.
  14. K

    Khayyam

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The reserve wine pairings with the four-course prix fixe were inventive and delicious, including several bottles with considerable age on them. It's great that they offer wine pairings (ordinary and reserve) with the 3- and 4-course pris fixes and with the 7-course tasting menu.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal - this is a special occasion type of experience and every aspect of the meal (food, service, etc) was outstanding. Highly recommend!
  16. R

    Rhinodub

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    GREAT, Outstanding Service, food, Ambiance atmosphere. Romantic and alive.
  17. g

    ginsy

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always food and service was fabulous. Great wine list
  18. BY

    BarbaraY

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad to have such a terrific restaurant on the UWS!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic it expensive, great special occasion option for vegetarians
  20. P

    Petite4

    New York Area

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dovetail always provides a superior meal in gracious surroundings with fine service. What else can one ask for?
  21. C

    Cather123

    New York Area

    562 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    562 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite special occasion place. So elegant, and such marvelous food. Very expensive, or we'd go more often. But I guess quality comes at a price. Loved the lamb, chocolate soufflé worth every calorie.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! This was a real treat for us and it didn’t disappoint. The service was amazing and the food was fantastic, so imaginative and beautifully presented.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my fiancée had an absolutely wonderful experience. This was my proposal dinner and the restaurant staff made it extra special by creating “Will you marry me?” desert plate for us! Food and service was impeccable! I highly recommend this restaurant for fine dining and special occasions! ❤️
  24. H

    Hoboken

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For maybe a decade or so now, Dovetail has consistently been the best "fine dining" spot on the Upper West Side. A lot of places in this neighborhood open up strong but then tend to lower their standards over time. If anything, Dovetail just gets better.
  25. e

    engprof

    New York Area

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb food -- all the courses excellent, meat and fish. Efficient service. Good but pricey wine list -- a few values if you look hard. Honest sommelier.
  26. R

    Rodney

    New York Area

    208 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    208 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dovetail has to be among the best restaurants in NY. Lovely dining room with well spaced tables and quiet !! They have a tasting menu, with vegan option, and a la carte menu. I had the tasting menu with optional wine flight. Outstanding is the only word to describe the experience. Food, service, ambience. You simply cannot do better.
  27. DA

    DaveA

    Melbourne

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    There is a very peaceful and calm atmosphere here. It’s nice to come in and relax after a bustling day in NYC. The food is prepared and presented beautifully. The cocktails were innovative and delicious. The amuse bouche and little extras during the meal are wonderful addition to the meal. The chocolate soufflé is the best I’ve ever had. The only criticism I could offer, would be improved communication between the many staff members that attend to the same table, it gets a little confusing.
  28. UW

    UWSider

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went back to Dovetail for the first time in ages -- and were pleasantly surprised. Yup, it's still expensive but the menu is full of interesting choices, everything beautifully prepared and elegantly presented, the room is pretty and quiet, and the staff is professional and friendly. Will look forward to going back.
  29. KS

    KenS

    New York Area

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dovetail remains the single best restaurant on the west side of Manhattan and is among the very best in New York City. This was our first time having their spring menu. We all had the Sundae Suppa, two of us having wine pairings and the third having handcrafted cocktails. Every dish was stunning, inventive, creative, and perfectly prepared. The service was warm, attentive, knowledgeable, all that one could ask for. We plan on returning as soon as possible.
  30. C

    Chris

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family was celebrating my son’s graduation from NYC graduate school. The service and as always the food and wine were incredible. Thank you for making the festivities truly wonderful !!!
  31. PD

    PeggyD

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice to finally find an upscale restaurant that has vegetarian options that are not a side dish or an afterthought! Wonderful dining experience!
  32. B

    Betina

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  33. MM

    MissMarple

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was really delicious, well prepared, and nicely put on the plate, mainly meats. Loved the squab and the lamb. Yummy, and all I expected from a 1 star restaurant. However, the price of hte wine is insanely outrageous, I almost decided to drink water that night. This is absolutely not what I expected from a 1 star restaurant. There is almost no choice if you want to keep the bottle Under 100$ For that reason, I am not sure I would recommend it. Or I would recommend it to people who don't drink wine.
  34. PB

    PaulaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great meal along with attentive professional staff, would come back over the Atlantic to taste again......
  35. LI

    LuckyInDelray

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Dovetail for the first time this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day with my wife. The decor is very nice. We were seated in the back room, which was good because the front room seemed a little noisy as we walked through. We chose the four course dinner with upgraded wine pairing. Service was excellent - start to finish. Not at all stuffy, but very attentive. The food was outstanding and the sommelier did a fine job pairing. We will be back again.
  36. NL

    NancyL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A great restaurant although the menu is a little limited.
  37. AP

    AlyseP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous, delicious and all of the superlatives I could list would describe the delectable cuisine. Highly recommended!
  38. TO

    TOTO

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service but very expensive.
  39. F

    Foodie2

    Palm Springs

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Lovely dining experience. Food very interesting. Service impecable.
  40. e

    elicorswe

    Denver

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Poor waitstaff. Less than what would be expected. Little guidance on selections of wine or food.

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Dovetail is rated 4.4 stars by 4161 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00 - 10:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    B & C trains to 81st Street and 1 train to 79th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Fraser

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 362-3800

  • Catering

    Please inquire for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Dovetail offers a myriad of dining options throughout the week. Choose from our three or four course prix fixe, chef’s tasting menu or a la carte dining at the bar. Pre-theater, vegan and vegetarian menus are available nightly.

  • Private party contact

    Billy Hannon: (212) 362-3800

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