Carriage House Restaurant
Carriage House Restaurant

Carriage House Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.papermill.org/
  • Phone: 9733151707x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Holly Guber
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: When the theatre is dark, The Carriage House has live piano and jazz music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Public Transit: We are located 4 blocks from the NJ Transit train stop in Millburn
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several park & pay lots surrounding the theatre, and they are open for pre-show parking. When the theatre is dark, parking is free.
A word from Carriage House Restaurant
The Carriage House offers a fine dining a la carte menu during the weeks when the theater is not in production and prix-fixe, pre-theatre dining to Paper Mill patrons, directly across from the theatre entrance. Award-winning chef Holly Guber is proud to be at the helm of this newly renovated gem that is also open when the theatre is dark, with an eclectic menu of small and large plates, and a stunning selection of interesting wines by the glass.
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Carriage House Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (16)special occasion (12)great for lunch (8)romantic (6)great for brunch (5)good for groups (5)scenic view (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Coctails for two?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    As a couple, we were shunted to the lease offensive of five tables reserved for a duo. Unlesws this restaurant is convinced that their experience is mainly successful with large groups, a reorganization of seating wouod be suggested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dining experience!
    SportguyNJ
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I have been season ticket subscribers to the Paper Mill Playhouse for several years now and we always dine at the Carriage House before every show we see there. We also had our rehearsal dinner there for our friends the day before our wedding this past June and the staff has always been so wonderful and attentive. The inspired menu changes for each show and there are wonderful choices for appetizers, main course and desserts - it's always so hard to choose because everything here is excellent! We look forward to dining here before every show we see at the Paper Mill and I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our table was ready when we arrived for the reservation, but it was located next to the entrance door. Our waitress was only fairly professional. An error was made in our bill with the addition of a third alcoholic drink that was not ordered. The bill was corrected and the waitress explained it was her error. As a long patron of the Paper Mill I would recommend the restaurant for dining when attending the performance as a great convenience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carriage House at the Paper Mill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The best thing about this restaurant is that it is convenient for a curtain at the Paper Mill Playhouse. The ffod, the service and the abience is average. And it is pricey with a limited menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wondeful time, delicious food
    Mariann61
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The Carriage House is a great place to dine when going to the Papermill Playhouse for a show. Not only is it convenient since it is on the same property as the theater, but the food and service is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before the play
    Really
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Enjoy a fine meal before the very short walk to your show. Good food, very nice atmosphere, good service so make it a point to try it out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Convenient Location
    fan2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If attending the Papermill Playhouse, this restaurant is attractive and very convenient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Jmkm
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wasn't sure what to expect as have never been there for brunch. I was pleasantly surprised, the menu had a theme to go along with the show that was performing at Paper Mill Playhouse, which was right across the court yard from the restaurant. Service was great and the food was delicious. Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our waitress kept forgetting to bring us drinks we ordered. Nevertheless, both beef and salmon were tender and yummy. It turned out quite an enjoyable dinner. We were catching an evening show at the Papermill Playhouse, the service was paced so well that we weren't in any rush. The on-duty manager was very courteous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DinerSupreme
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went a few times when it first opened and it was very empty. It was amazing. The food was memorable and the service equally good. It is now a mob scene which is good for them. It is the same chef but the food is undistinguished. The five entree choices are limited and mundane. I guess this is the only way they can deal with the volume. The noise level is high. They brought the food before they delivered the drinks to the table. They didn't bring all the drinks at the same time. Staff was young and eager but not well trained. I wish it were otherwise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YUMYUMb4CANCAN
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent meal prior to seeing a show at Papermill Playhouse. High quality food, reasonably priced, and friendly/efficient staff. My wife is a chef and is very particular, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, Chef Holly came out to our table and "talked shop" with my wife, which was an extra bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect per play meal
    MrsRed6
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Per Fix menus offered variety of options. Portions were appropriate. Foods was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food and service all planned and timed to make an evening at the Papermill Playhouse relaxing! They also have a neat list of specialty cocktails and wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy
    Happy
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have always been pleased with our dinner prior to attending the Paper Mill Playhouse. We had six people for dinner & all were very well satisfied with the food & the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Exceedingly convenient if going to the PaperMill Playhouse. Parking is easy at this time and you low you will get to the performance on time. Food is very good. Nice ambiance. Would dine there even if not going to a performance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TweakieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great place to have lunch or dinner before attending a production at the Papermill Playhouse.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before the show
    Godprovides
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Me and my friend loved the Carriage restaurant! We had a good time ,with a 4 course dinner before The Papermill Show and we loved each oneof the separate dishes . Beautiful nature view and fireplace. I will really recommend the restaurant, for others to experience ! Included in this review are also the very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for Papermill Shows
    Sophia
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The Salads were average, my salmon was delicious. My dining partner ordered the short ribs; the edges of the meat and some of the potatoes on the dish were burned...very unacceptable. We did not send the dish back as we had already waited an hour for dinner and had a curtain to make at the Papermill. We figured it might take too long to be served properly. The service was so disappointing. We had a 5:30 reservation, expecting this would allow for leisurely dining, yet still had to rush through our meal. The saving grace of the dinner was the triple chocolate gelato truffle...was so yummy it almost make up for everything.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is a perfect dinner spot for pre-theater goers. I will come here every time I go to the Papermill Playhouse. The fixed price meal was delicious. There were several choices in all categories. Everything I had was very good and it was served hot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MSKAIA
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service and atmosphere made this the start of a great evening out. Can't beat this spot for a pre-theater dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 115 reviews are from the Carriage House Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Dining Experience Carriage House
    Jacque
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I ordered fromt the adult menu and the food was delicious....a bit pricey pice fixe $40 but worth it. My son ordered off of the child's menu $20. The soup was delicious, the main course pizza was not. For this price I thought it would be home made thin crust pizza. It seemed like frozen not cooked through. We sent it back to heat more and still did not suit my son's tasting. He didn't eat it at all. Desert was delicious. My Bloody Mary was delcious but took quite a long time to take. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance is charming food good
    Mom23sings
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Out with friends before the Papermill Show. . .pre fix menu $40 for dinner, a bit steep. Glazed Salmon and brushetta with goat cheese were my favorites. Fun cocktails were a bit pricey, but good. Nice to be able to eat, relax and head to the theatre
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater at Paper Mill Playhouse
    Monty
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Carriage House Restaurant is great for pre-theater dinner at Paper Mill Playhouse. Meet for drinks at the bar, enjoy a leisurely dinner, then walk 30 feet to the theater. No Rush!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Pre theatre Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The proximity to the Paper Mill Playhouse makes this restaurant ideal for pre-theatre dining. They also know exactly how to pace the meal so that you have plenty of time to eat, digest and see the show. The menu is limited to a few choices for a reasonably priced three course prix fixe meal. The food is very good and the service is excellent. The ambiance is charming.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find next to the PaperMill
    Frank
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here; and just a few steps from the theater! The prix fixe dinner was fine, and the price reasonable. It's our stop for dinner when we take in our next show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experiance
    Tink
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We were going to see a play at paper mill playhouse and this was the perfect spot to go to eat just before play. We got there a little late but the server was wonderful and completely understanding, the waiter was excellent and fast knowing we only had a limited time before the play would start. We both had the penne dish it was to die for and I had a paper mill martini that was divine . I will be coming back SOON to dine and drink here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time with friends.
    Hotlips
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was my second visit but the first for my two friends. The meal was delicious and the portions perfect. The Carriage House has seasonal prix fixe menu selections prior to the Paper Mill Playhouse performances. The meal is paced perfectly to ensure you get out before the show but not rushed. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Seating comfortable and there are sufficient selections for any dining preference. Highly recommended for friends, romantic dinner for two, or even a large group. Give it a try. Parking nearby and views of the Paper Mill plaza and gardens from the dining room windows.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paper Mill Dining
    None
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    So convenient, very friendly, staff really works hard to make sure everything is just right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were in the orange wallpapered room which was VERY NOISY!!! Our party of four could not hear each other without shouting. The food and service were excellent, but the noise level overshadowed the meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pre-Show Experience
    cdbongard
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My friends and I ate at the Carriage House last Friday night before our viewing of Grease. Our server and all wait staff were wonderful. We were not rushed out. The restaurant is quaint. The signature cocktails were delicious. The food was cooked well and very tasty. The price fix menu was satisfying. The price was a little steep for the overall experience, once you add the drinks in, but it was a nice night out with my friends and we enjoyed ourselves.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carriage House Restaurant
    PMPfans
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food is good to very good depending on the menu which varies with the play being performed at Papermill Playhouse. My wife loves the BLT with a fried egg on top. When they do the chicken salad it is a big hit and not to be missed. Convenience to the playhouse is really nice. We attend matinees and always stop in for lunch first. The veterans on the wait staff are extremely good, but the restaurant isn't good at breaking in the new comers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Yummy
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    And a short walk across the courtyard to the theatre. Getting better and better !!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Bruschetta was to die for - OUTSTANDING. Food presentations were special. Food was tasty... on BBQ Beef dish food was piled on top of each other and would have preferred a plate instead of a bowl. Waited 15 min for dessert to arrive, watching other guests who had their plates cleared after us get their dessert before us. Not sure why... Would go back to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for Paper Mill Playhouse
    sbsi
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Nothing outstanding about the food, service or ambience. A convenient place to eat before a Paper Mill show. Tables somewhat tightly arranged. Te food is OK and the service certainly fast enough to insure you will get to the show. They serve only a three course fixed price dinner with very limited choices. Sometimes the few choices are attractive, sometimes not. I would appreciate the chance to pick from a menu with more choices and not to be forced into three courses.
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  • An exceptional evening
    Annie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was great, but the reason I would go back is for the sense of "specialness" that was evident in all aspects of the Carriage House experience. The location was stately, yet comfortable. The service was wonderful--warm, friendly, and efficient. The cost was reasonable. Overall, a nice beginning to my theater experience with my eleven year old grand-daughter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little jewel in Millburn
    GGBShortHillsVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Carriage House has come a long way. It has definitely become a wonderful addition to the Millburn dining scene. Set in beautiful surroundings, the restaurant now offers a limited, yet superb, selection of food, augmented by excellent service, a full bar and a wonderful ambiance. This is not your "run of the mill" pre-theatre venue. It is in fact a wonderful dining destination. All that's missing is an outdoor seating area to enjoy the beautiful weather and external surroundings.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carriage House Restaurant
    Papermillpatron
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This restaurant is attached to The Papermill Playhouse and convenient to the parking for the Playhouse also. They have a price fix menu that is usually $40.00 per person, so it is not inexpensive. The wine list prices are expensive w/ the prices being $40.00 and up also. I checked online for the price of the wine we paid $40.00 for and it was $9.99, so we were disappointed about that. If you are able to walk 10 min into town, there are quite a few storefront restaurants that are good and some are bYOB.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A convenient treasure
    Nancy
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Everything that could go right did. We arrived early for dinner before theater. The small menu covered all bases. The soup of the evening was a summer vegetable that was fresh tasting and nicely presented. The Waldorf salad had crunch and sweetness. The salmon main dish was a perfectly sized portion of well seasoned fish. Pasta with mushrooms and asparagus was truly a spring entree. The desserts were creative sweet treats. It is too bad that the theater takes all the parking or I would drive there for dinner when not attending a performance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Management Lacking
    MACK
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The start was fairly good, the seating arrangement needs some work, other than that, not too bad. Wine list yes, beer list NO. Bottles were on display on shelf in bar area, server went back and forth naming brands. Frosted glass was nice, beer was almost flat; no head. Service might have been better if additonal staff were on duty. Guessing they did their best to keep group moving before show time at the Paper Mill Playhouse that is adjacent to the restaurant. Overall, we will not be in a hurry to return considering the convenience of location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blah
    MegP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I had lunch here on Sunday before a Paper Mill Playhouse matinee performance. It is steps away from the theater. The building is beautiful with windows overlooking the courtyard and with flowers and greenery and water framing the property. It goes downhill from there, though. First, they didn't have my OpenTable reservation when I arrived. They were not that busy (now I know why), so we were still seated right away. The waitress was OK. Not overly friendly, but not rude, either. We both got water only and our glasses were never refilled throughout the entire meal. And worst of all, the food was TERRIBLE. I mean, close to inedible. We are not picky eaters, but it was bad. For $25 a plate, I expected way, way more. Will not be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet