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Dovetail

4.7
4456 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00 - 10:00
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Phone number
(212) 362-3800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Fraser
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Catering
Please inquire for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbus Avenue
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Public transit
B & C trains to 81st Street and 1 train to 79th Street.
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Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What Insiders Are Saying

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

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 4456 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Simply Amazing and the staff is impeccable!!! I have never had such delicious duck before and was glad i ordered it!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This is what fine dining is all about.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent services and creative dishes

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Lovely anniversary dinner with two friends. Very memorable. Great food and pace was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had a passionate gastronomic night of epic proportions. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Awesome truly awesome... so so good : )

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Charming overpriced overstaffed showplace for the newly wealthy to flaunt their indifference to cost and their supposed familiarity with exotic ingredients and vintages. The menu is totally indecupherable. The room is crowded and noisy, but isn't that what it's all about?

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Service was outstanding and every aspect of meal delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We enjoyed every minute and every bite in this lovely restaurant! The menu was creative, the wait staff attentive and thoughtful, the atmosphere lovely, the food absolutely divine. We can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We love this restaurant. Food always outstanding...creative but not weird. Exemplary service with many special touches. But never stuffy or pretentious.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing food, amazing service. ! It never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Everything about our experience was magnificent. Truly. The food was EXTRAORDINARY, as was the impeccable service. We had a divine anniversary, and Dovetail had everything to do with it.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food was undercooked, had to be sent back and still too rare. Expensive wine that was passible at best. Never going back.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Consistently on point

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The food we had was extraordinary, with the exception of the wild Alaskan halibut. The wait staff was a bit over-intense in descriptions of dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

In the very top tier of NY restaurants for food, service, and ambience. Something of a splurge—so splurge!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went to Dovetail for Easter Dinner. All of their holiday dinners are quite spectacular. This one was more inventive than usual and the taste combinations were subtle and imaginative. The bartender creates some wonderfully delicious cocktails as accompaniments to the dinner. It was a memorable evening.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We like Dovetail a lot. Today just wasn’t as good. Food wasn’t hot. The prep was done ahead of time so felt rushed. For the price we expected better.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

A spectacular evening - from the moment you walk in the door, the staff is welcoming and efficient and actually pleasant - and then you sit down - the amuse bouche is amazing and it just gets better and better. This is neither casual nor inexpensive, however, it's worth the trip for a special occasion or an expense account. The staff could not have been more accommodating
and professional.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I surprised my girlfriend for dinner here for her birthday and we loved everything about this place. Everything from the service to the food was excellent. Katharine and the crew were very attentive and super friendly. The food and deserts were really well executed and delicious. I cannot express how much of a good time we had here. They made the night very special for us! Would recommend to all!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great find and wonderful service. Rare caliber restaurant for the upper west side. Will definitely be coming back regularly.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The service was welcoming, friendly and impeccable. The food was interesting, creative and delicious .

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Food was DELICIOUS!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

What a fabulous experience. Food was amazing. Service was incredible. Atmosphere gorgeous Portions should be even a tiny bit larger.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Spectacular experience at Dovetail on a Sunday night. The staff is so attentive and knowledgeable, and they appear to be happy to work there. The food was very good, though some dishes I enjoyed less, but that is to be expected on a tasting menu. I think they can improve their veggie menu by incorporating some grains or protein into one of their courses to make the meal more substantial, and some of their veggie portions are quite tiny. The wines on offer are good and the cocktails are great. The places is beautiful. Even the general manager David is a gem who sets the right welcoming tone from the moment you enter. Just a great experience.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Lovely birthday celebration for my wife, she's a vegetarian and I'm not. This was the perfect tasting menu and the pairing of wines was outstanding. Our sommelier was excellent and highly knowledgeable about her fantastic pairings. We had a phenomenal meal. Definitely a place for a very special occasion!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Good food, but not the best atmosphere. Very packed inside with tables very close together. Felt like we were at dinner with those sitting near us.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great service, food and ambiance. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

One of the best restaurants in NY

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I was looking forward to finally dining at Dovetail. Lovely place, quiet and elegant. A little too bland for me. The bread was good....

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food is excellent
Service was a bit rushed until I asked to slow it down. Great wine list

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our dinner at Dovetail was one of the most elegant, edifying, and well-executed meals we have had in New York (or anywhere, for that matter). The tasting menu was brilliant & refined, the service was thoughtful & warm, the ambiance was gorgeous, and the sommelier skillfully delivered on a superb wine pick after being given a very all-over-the-map explanation of our tastes. Exemplary level of professionalism all around. Dovetail is a complete gem and we plan on returning for future occasions & sharing this special restaurant with friends & family.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Quite a memorable dining experience. Everything was top-notch. It is on my must return to list.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food execution near perfection. One could quibble about little things on the dishes but did not compromise the flavors that were intended, in hindsight, If i had to make one strong criticism, I would have sent the lamb rib eye back, just not the right pink texture and the duck ravioli was not warm enough when served.

A shout out to the pastry chef, Corie for the Rye Pavlova and Chocolate Souffle. Heavenly and elegant sweetness.

A very good wine list with fair prices and a genuinely user-friendly sommelier (Robin) that connected us with excellent wines and left me seduced to travel her wine path of recommendations.

Attentive service, that wants to make things right

An appropriate sense of energy that they want to excel and move the restaurant to the next level

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Always wonderful. Didn’t love our entre this time. Service is the best in town. Always so special for us.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

This was our first visit to Dovetail; it will not be the last. The dining room is elegant, the service a model of professionalism. The cuisine is excellent; creative, but without the bizarre excesses to which some pop-star chefs resort. Expensive, but well worth it.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We enjoyed the meal at Dovetail. The dishes were novel, interesting, tasty, and the presentations were very good. The lamb rib eye was especially good - there was a hint of something bitter that we really liked. However, the accompanying sauces and vegetables were a bit too much on the salty side. The duck ravioli appetizer was very good, but even for an appetizer, 2 ravioli seemed on the skimpy side. The salmon appetizer was excellent. The wine list did not have an adequate number of selections in the $80-100 price range. We also thought that the 3-course price was high for the value. One point about the ambience - the tables are close, and we were between 2 tables that ordered the tasting menu. The result was that half of the time we were eating, someone standing in the small space on one side or the other of our table was explaining in detail the various courses, including details about the wine selections, to our neighbors. So not really a private space for us.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

A beautiful elegant restaurant with outstanding food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Dovetail is our “go-to” fine dining restaurant, and they never disappoint.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Stellar in nearly every way. The tasting menu was perfection, with appropriately small portions, each delicious and unique . Only minor comment is that the dinner dragged out for about 3 hours (even after I asked the staff to try to speed up), but otherwise a very special experience.

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