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Posted by Anonymous on 06/10/2014
I've dined here several times and have always found it a wonderful experience. I was surprised to read the thanksgiving review below. I don't even recall a downstairs dining room, only rest rooms. Since I'm taking my family there tonight (just visiting Menu Pages to check current menu) for my wife's birthday, I'll search for this subterranean room. Anyway, to dine here is to experience an explosion of surprising flavor in every course. Yes, it is pricey, but worth it. Portions appear small but you soon realize they are the perfect size, especially if you try the tasting menu. I find the staff to be friendly and informative without being condescending. I highly recommend Dovetail.
Posted by Lorrie S on 12/20/2012
I went to Dovetail shortly after it opened, having been a a great fan of John Fraser while he was at Compass. With occasional starts and stops, the restaurant seems to just keep getting better and better. The atmosphere, at least as is most often the case, is humanely quiet. The service is spot-on, always there when you want something. And the food...WOW! My duck skin appetizer was a complex of flavors and textures; my roasted chicken was unbelievably moist and tasty. If you can afford the fare (which doesn't come cheap), you should try it: sooo good!
Posted by Deirdre on 11/23/2012
Went to Dovetail for Thanksgiving dinner with my family. What a disappointment! We were a party of 8 and had made a reservation weeks ago. They were a half hour late in seating us, and stuck us at a table downstairs, which had a faint sewage smell. Took more than a half hour to get bread, which were dinky loaves of corn bread. The waiter was impolite when I asked when the bread would be coming. The portions were way too small for the $85 prix fixe. Nothing was outstanding--basically like diner food, with the promised phyllo apple tart being nothing more than canned apple filling in a phyllo shell. Wine very overpriced as well. I was very disappointed and would never go back there.
Posted by dessert lover on 11/02/2012
The food and service were impecible. Next time I'm going to start with the dessert because they were outstanding!! Absolutely a restaurat you want to try and return to.
Posted by Maplecrest on 08/08/2012
It started with the server coming to our table, no "hello" or "how are you", just "sparkling water or tab water". The Prix Fix Lunch had an appetizer that was supposed to contain goat cheese, there was hardly any of it and it tasted very average. The entree had a few slices of pork with a sauce that, again, tasted very average. The desert clinched it: the couple of small slices of devil's cake tasted like they had been bought at the corner grocery store and the cream on the side tasted like it came out of a tube. The approach of the waitress did not help either: when asked what we thought of the dessert, we mentioned that we were disappointed. Her answer was "this is a Prix Fix Menu". No recommendations from me to anybody, to the contrary.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2012
After months of reading good reviews we decided to try out dovetail. We sat in the bar area and ordered a la carte. The entrees were so disappointing. My scallops were non- descript and my husband's sweet breads were dry and flavorless. The Food is way overpriced and the service is mediocre at best. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Bob Salzman on 01/23/2012
Sat for 50 minutes before the amuse bouche and bread arrived which were followed shortly by the appetizer and then it was about 30 minutes for the second course to arrive and then another 30 minutes for main course. Food was good but portions were laughably small. Brought it to attention of the general manager who responded with a flat apology and an offer to take his card for the next time we - unlikely