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Dovetail is an Upper West Side classic, best saved for Dinner With The Parents or a big night out.

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About Dovetail

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.

103 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
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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

Cross Street:
Columbus Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 362-3800

Website:
http://www.dovetailnyc.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for details.

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

Executive Chef:
John Fraser

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

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Sun 5:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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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.

Dovetail Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (75)
Fit for Foodies (57)
Creative Cuisine (49)
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Tasting Menu (48)
Good for a Date (46)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Romantic (40)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Notable Wine List (35)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Good Vegetarian Options (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Business Meals (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Seasonal (15)
Cozy (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Worth the Drive (10)
Vegan (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (7)
Authentic (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2010

Overall very good though they seemed to rush through the meal. Courses arrived almost too quickly. I know they probably wanted to turn the table but 1 hour from sit down to check is a bit fast especially since there were empty tables.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2010

We checked out six restaurants during Restaurant Week, all of which had a Zagat's food rating of 25 or higher. Dovetail was the best of the six. We have already recommended it to friends and family and will return again soon. The veal was the best we have had anywhere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 22, 2010

The meal was stellar. We came for restaurant week and were very impressed with the offerings and as always with the caliber of the food. The wine special was an added gift. It was delicious and complimented the meal. We are starstruck by every meal we have had at Dovetail but this one was phenomena; because for such a reasonable price we got a memorable meal with the best service ever.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2010

Have been here twice, both very good experiences. The avocado appetizer is simply to die for and so is the foie gras. I'll be back simply for those! Home made corn bread instead of standard bread is sinful. I found the pork entree to be a bit bland, but the duck was very good. Service is outstanding. Nice atmosphere. Recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2010

Excellent food, service, decor...
what more can I say?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2010

Absolutely wonderful. We went with three people, and ordered one of everything for our prix fixe Restaurant Week lunch. Enjoyed every morsel.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2010

The service was a little sloppy and waiters were not well coordinated. One waiter would put utensils down and then another would changed them - this happened twice. The lamb dish I had was good but had no color - just some hard peas. Overall its a nice place but not worth the hype.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2010

I know it was a Restaurant Week menu but the portions were small. Some of the choices seemed more appropriate for a winter dinner than a summer lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2010

Great spot, great wine, great food.
A bit formal but a true gem!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2010

fantastic, the lunch at restaurant week was exceptional, all courses

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2010

Dovetail never disappoints. They combine amazing food with just the right portion size to ensure a satisfying tasting that won't make you full and uncomfortable. Another notable feature is the impeccable service. I would not hesitate to bring my parents to Dovetail for a special occasion during which we wanted to be pampered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2010

Extremely disappointed: the food was tasteless and the noise level unbearable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2010

Wonderful food and attentive service in a attractive contemporary setting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2010

I expected an amazing dinner and was disappointed. It was good, but not nearly as special as the Zagat rating indicated

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2010

Still a wonderful dining experience, but seemed a notch down from past visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2010

Dovetail has never disappointed us. We took out-of-town friends to dinner there
on Sunday when they offer a prix-fixed dinner (Sunday Suppa). This comes with three courses,
many selections in each, and it's all delicious. Topping it all off was
excellent service -- attentive and friendly without being stuffy or intrusive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2010

Wonderful brunch. Service was outstanding. Food was beautiful and delicious. A neighborhood gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2010

Food was good, but not good enough to justify the ridiculous prices. From a $65 tasting menu, I expect food that is transformative, that combines different flavors and textures in a new way and shows me something new about what food can be. But nothing was really that impressive. And while most dishes were at least solidly prepared, the "white gazpacho" suffered from too much vinegar - inexcusable.

The single item I'd love to eat again was the dessert - a concoction of Irish cream, ice cream, crumbled cookies, and mocha cream. Sounds heavy and way too sweet, but it tasted much lighter and was just sweet enough. The flavors were perfectly balanced. A knock-out!

In short, my advice is to skip dinner here, but come by for coffee and dess

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2010

Dining at Dovetail is ALWAYS excellent: the staff are courteous and attentive with a perfect rhythm of timing / the setting is elegant, sophisticated and understated / the menu ALWAYS entices: a gem of well designed culinary creations that please the eye and wow the palate / Dovetail delights with its seasonal signature cocktails offering playful and creative mixes - my most recent the monk's sour's featuring yuzu really tickled my taste buds and opened my appetite for the wonderful dining experience unfolding / additionally the extra delicacies presented at the start and completion of the meal are inventive and always delectable and appreciated. Dovetail consistently pleases with its exceptional dining experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2010

nothing special and food does not taste good as i expected. all dishes missing something or overwhelming. not a good balance

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2010

Visited as a last minute restaurant spot. One of the best values for any restaurant week menu I have participated in. Wine list was well priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2010

Dovetail has been delicious the 3 times that I have visited. My husband and I went with some friends for restaurant week and had 3 courses for $35. What a bargain. We also had the wine special which was a small carafe for $25. The wine was also a winner. My only complaint about Dovetail is the "buttoned-up service". I personally do not take offense to it, but I can see how some people would. We visited last year for my husband's birthday and although we had a higher tab, service that evening was similar.It was prompt and tight,but not friendly. I have been to other comparable restaurants in the the city that offer a "down to earth" approach toward guests, and I think that Dovetail would be better served with less attitude and more
smile.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2010

Dovetail is an excellent restaurant. I have been there a number of times and the food is always carefully prepared. I will return. This time the service was a bit below the level other occasions. The waiter was pushy and the service was not quite at the level of other visits.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2010

The food service and presentation was great. The food was good, but not up to par for the prices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2010

The food was great and the Staff was very helpful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2010

I attended Dovetail for restaurant week because I have passed by this beautiful restaurant many times & the normal menu is very pricey. My group was pleasantly surprised to receive complementary corn bread, amuse bouche & cookies for dessert! My friend asked for a substitution on the restaurant week menu & they accommodated it - a true sign of a classy restaurant. Most restaurants are snobby & don't take adjustments to "cheap" restaurant week menus. The food itself was very pretty & quite tasty, not the best meal I ever had because of the limited menu, but you could tell the ingredients were quality & the chef talented. I probably won't go back just because of the expensive nature but if you don't mind the prices, a definite must try!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2010

Was disappointed by the quality of food for Restaurant week. The hake was very bland and boring and the squid salad was overly complicated with the cantaloupe slices. I wanted to be excited by the food so I could come back and enjoy a full meal at full price! The half carafe of wine for $25 was overpriced and uninteresting. I was so excited to go; I'm disappointed that I'm disappointed...! However, the atmosphere and service were lovely.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2010

Not impressed. Food was good; portions were miniscule

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2010

We thought the food and service were outstanding and appreciated the half bottles of wine for lunch. The decor was serene and noise level conducive to conversation. We will definitely schedule a return visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2010

Easily in top 3 food experiences I've had in my 3 years in NYC. You're eating foods you've eaten before (chicken, zucchini, asparagus, etc...) but tasting them in entirely new and incredible ways. Dovetail is not to be missed. THANK YOU DOVETAIL!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2010

The best part of the meal was the cornbread. The food was very disappointing. The food tasted bland and the portions were tiny.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2010

A lovely meal, excellent food and nice touches with apertif and biscotti -- however, portions are way too small, particularly for the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2010

Great food, attentive service. Dovetail has a way of presenting simple yet elegant food with fine but not overwhelming flavors. Everything had a subtle depth to it that created a really amazing overall dish that never seemed too fancy or trendy. This seems hard to do when the dishes use somewhat nontraditional ingredients and flavor combination that a non-foodie diner might be scared of, but it was amazing.

The background noise was a little overwhelming though, especially since I was with an elderly woman who couldn't hear anything we were saying. But then again, maybe I shouldn't be hanging out with octagenarians who can hold thier liquor better than I c

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2010

Great for restaurant week. Prices a bit high for regular dining. Should have a reastaurant menu year long.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2010

The lunch was terrific. The gnocchi was fabulous!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2010

Appreciate that Restaurant Week choices were characteristic of typical menu. Squid salad and the gnocchi were each memorable. Fish, chicken and desserts were delicious. Compared to Restaurant Week visits to other restaurants, Dovetail excelled in choices offered, food quality, and service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2010

The food is trying very hard to be special and mostly isn't.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2010

EXcellent service and very good food. Wine list lists very few bottles at ordinary prices, but sommelier recommended one of least expensive bottles on menu. More under $50 or under-$100 even bottles would be welcome.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2010

Waiter (head waiter?) grumpy and lacked any sense of humor. Food good; very noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2010

Loved Dovetail. The food was excellent and the wait staff attentive. This is our third time there and we were not disappointed. Love the place, it's one of our favorites.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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