Highlawn Pavilion
Highlawn Pavilion

Highlawn Pavilion

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highlawn.com/
  • Phone: 9737313463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American, French
  • Executive Chef: Mitchell Altholz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Highlawn can accommodate private dining parties of 2 to 200 people for lunch or dinner. Whether you dine in the rustic wine cellar or exquisite, second floor banquet room, Chef Mitchell Altholz will prepare a remarkable dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Gellings 9737313463
  • Entertainment: Live Piano entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm - 10:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available.
A word from Highlawn Pavilion
Highlawn Pavilion is a turn-of-the-century Florentine-style pavilion that has been beautifully restored to European grandeur with breathtaking views of Manhattan. Serving American Fare with European Flair. New York Times rated “Excellent”, Start Ledger “4-Stars”. Dress code, elegant casual - jackets preferred but not required. Al fresco dinning available on our cliff-side patio with views of the NYC skyline. We can not accept web-reservations in the bar or piano room area, if you wish to make a request for this room please call us, thank you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Highlawn Pavilion reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (121)special occasion (107)romantic (101)notable wine list (48)fit for foodies (40)great for outdoor dining (36)good for groups (25)great for lunch (21)neighborhood gem (19)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (13)great for brunch (10)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • A 50th birthday to remember
    DianeDreyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Took my sister and five friends out to celebrate her half century... and absolutely perfect choice. The room is magnificent and the skyline view magical. The food was very good - and better than I was expecting since the restaurant does a lot of big catering and had a wedding going on that evening. I enjoyed a tasty seafood pasta dish, and everyone liked the creative desserts. Our waiter was exceptionally nice, attentive, kept the wine flowing, and handled a few special requests. We never felt rushed, although we were the last ones in the dining room.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    As a professional, i would say the food its was amazing, however the all waitress gave the impression was not happy with a little attitude. Sometimes we need to not just be professional but ask friendly why was a special occasion, since i mention 5 times, and no one asked me what i needed to make our night special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    was just a beautiful experience all around. The staff was awesome, and the food was delicious. The view from the outdoor patio was both romantic and gorgeous. There are also amazing views from indoors, but sitting outside was a great experience. I will most definitely be back in the near future. A+ place!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KEENJVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A beautiful place to celebrate my birthday. High on a cliff with a distant view of NYC. The food was very good, and the whole experience was pleasurable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place for a special occasion
    NorthJerseyDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food, truly fantastic view and excellent service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great view
    ejbock
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is our 5th time back to the restaurant in the past couple of years. This time we went to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. The service and food were great and the view is always top notch. The only suggestion I would have for the restaurant to is have more dessert options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!!
    JeanPaulVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Amazing food & Great service . We will be back and back again!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    BahHummbugVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed dinning in three areas, bar for pre-dinner cocktails and appetizer, dinner in the main room, and a lovely dessert in the terrace. Exceptional service in all three areas. Executive chef even walked out the appetizers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Than Years Ago.
    Seidelsprayco1VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Haven't been there for years. We forgot what a fantastic view they have. Started at the bar and the bar tender was slow on service but poured a great drink. The service at the table was great. Food overall was better than average but there is much better food in North Jersey. Prices were as to be expected. Dessert was a low point. Ordered the Carmel pecan apple cake. Really disappointing. Sara Lee is better and a lot less expensive. Everyone's comments were the same. Food was above average, would go back, wouldn't rush to go back. Great place to bring a date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Thoroughly pleased with the Highlawn Pavilion. Service is impeccable, food is outstanding. Cannot ask for anything better!!! Looking forward to our next trip back to the Highlawn Pavilion!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    bdaybash
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went the Highlawn for a birthday celebration. I've been there many times before and this proved consistent with past visits. The view from outside was spectacular, the drinks were great and the food is decent. I've never had a knock your socks off kind of meal, but it they have always been good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but not perfect
    righteye
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We have very high standards at the Highlawn Pavilion, based on all of our past experiences dining here. The food is always superior as is the ambiance. We came on a Monday evening and perhaps the staff was lighter than usual so it seemed that our waiter was being overextended? We had to ask for our drinks twice and waited quite awhile for our bill. The waiter was wonderfully attentive when he was at our table, so I really do not fault him. We also had the misfortune of dining on the same evening that a family with 4 little ones was there and though I am a preschool teacher and love little children, it did make the room noisier than I am used to, at such a fine establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always pleases
    HungryCommuter
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Another lovely meal at the Highlawn. The Osso Bucco was tender and flavorful, and the Scottish Salmon was cooked to perfection and looked picture-perfect with crispy skin on top. The lightly roasted beets, celery root, and other root vegetables were surprisingly light, but absolutely delicious. It was a beautiful night to take in the scenic view of the surrounding reservation with the New York skyline as the backdrop from our window seats.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to dine
    dine4two
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It has been a while since I've dined at the Pavilion. I thought I would take my wife out for a romantic dinner and I was not disappointed that the service was just as good as ever. The food was delicious and prepared to perfection. The only complaint that I have is that it was not enough (smile) . Great service and I would recommend the Pavilion to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Lovey
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Magnificent view along with superb food and impeccable service. I treated a special guest visiting from the mid-west to dinner this past weekend. The experience for both of us was outstanding - from the weather to the last bite of food and sip of wine. Highlawn continually surpasses all expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Pretty and delicious xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yarim
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Anniversary dinner was amazing!! The food was great and the service was incredible.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely quiet dining room
    CATDVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We were a table of 7. Enjoyed a small family reunion lunch. The place was pretty empty so it was intimate. The burgers looked amazing...2 people had those. The other entrees were small but tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday evening dinner experience
    cheetah
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I was impressed with my experience there. I had eaten there some years ago and I thought it was so-so. I decided to try again as some relatives were visiting from out of town and I thought eating there we could take in the view and visit the lovely Sept 11 memorial. After a nice drink on the patio outside the bar with a very personable waiter Thomas, we sat down to a delicious meal with prompt service. The menu was just right in the sense that it wasn't overwhelming but at the same time was enough variety. The wine list was equally good with a nice range of wines
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, as always
    seclawVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Another great dinner at Highlawn, which never misses for a special occasion. The seafood combo for appetizer was terrific, and the dry aged steak was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GiGi
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Want to keep Mom happy on her birthday? Bring her here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A+
    QueeniePeavy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We could not have asked for a better evening of excellent food and service. Would definitely use the word 'excellent' over very good. No complaints here; would recommend Highlawn to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining with a coworker
    Lolo
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    As I am in the area for business, this restaurant was highly recommended. I came with a coworker and we needed separate checks. When we were seated, we explained our request. Our server gave us a hard time and made us feel like we were creating extra work for him. After our wonderful meal was served, he did not come back and ask us if we needed anything else. No dessert menu was offered. We waited 25 mins. for our checks and finally asked for the manager. He was very nice, took our checks and offered us a free dessert (which we declined.) I am very upset with our server and felt he neglected us for other diners! I won't return here. The food, the ambiance, the view was superb! Our server hasn't found his calling!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spur of the moment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Took my girlfriend here not expecting it to be as upscale as it was, only read reviews and such about Highlawn Pavilion on google. This is probably the nicest, most unique and satisfying experience i've ever had the pleasure of going on in terms of scenery, food, service, etc. I have never really done reviews before of restaurants or dining experiences but this establishment was so fine and the service was so good that I am actually taking time to write this review for you and will be giving positive feedback to others and online. Thank you for a wonderful experience, you will most certainly be seeing me in the future. Thank you guys for taking pride in your establishment and having people who work there really care and enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    JoeB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful. Excellent Food. Service Attention ambience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views!
    RoyLScam
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    As always, Highlawn Pavilion does not disappoint! Great food and service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • as ever...
    ArtSVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The best in this area. If you are dining in the Clifton-Patterson-Orange area of NJ, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SBB77
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This restaurant has great, unrivalled views of the NYC skyline. It is perfect for a special occasion. The wine list is extensive and suitable for any wine lover! The steak and seafood is excellent but I recommend avoiding the pasta which is sub-par and not as good as the steak or seafood dishes offered.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic experience
    Louise1319
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The scenic view, the spot, food and service were perfect; it was for us an wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fabulous Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We've been to Highlawn Pavillion before, but it never disappoints. The view, of course, is spectacular. It's our go to restaurant for out-of-town guests for that reason, but also because we will never be embarrassed by the service or food which is comparable to the best NYC restaurants. Treat yourself if you've never been and make a reservation. Go again if its been awhile since you indulged yourself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, a great experience
    myfav
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I am always pleased with all aspects of the Highlawn, and this last visit just further reinforced that. Our waiter, Pedro was very professional, yet friendly. The food was top notch - the watermelon gazpacho incredible, the baby greens salad, yum, our entrees and dessert, all amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good is that enough
    bobbi
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always loved when Mitchell cooked but this was lunch. Thought menu was limited. Service was superb. Dessert outstanding. Appreciated when young women came dressed inappropriately was moved to terrace.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Highly competent food in a dramatic space with great view, although the service and the prices draw down the overall experience a bit.....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Setting, Excellent Food
    DavidH
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    One of the best views of NYC on a clear sky, especially at night. Food is excellent and service attentive and quick.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Anniversary Dinner
    MyBoy1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband surprised me and picked Highlawn Pavillion since it was a very special place with magnificent views, very romantic, outstanding service, and of course delicious food!!! The weather was also perfect for us to enjoy the grounds as well "a perfect evening"
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great attention to service qualily
    Lilly
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I only wish the menu was more expansive to include pastas or a few fish items and the same with the dessert menu , Consider offering traditional crowd pleasers like chocolate mousse not some goofy banana mousse. The place is beautiful romantic yet they could do Souch more with their menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Highlawn is our favorite venue for special occasions, i.e. anniversaries and milestone birthdays. We love the food and ambience and might like to try the piano bar room for the special dinners as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    hyflex12
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    great place for special occasions would recommend to all for that special time anniversary,birthday or romantic occasion wait staff was very good and helpful,food presentation was excellent ,evening view of the city was great.Overall would recommend as special place to have a nice dinner to remember
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highlawn has lost its glow
    robwVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Highlawn Pavilion has a reputation as a place to go for celebrations. The view of NYC is lovely & the food is good. However, the service and cleanliness are poor.. Flies were zipping around our table & the ladies room was filthy. As I was eating my appetizer, the bus boy came over & said "Are you still working on it". Since I had food in my mouth I just nodded. Then he reappeared soon after & said "Are you done YET". At this point, I turned to him and said no I was still eating which I was. The waiter wasn't much better. He grabbed the wine glass as I put it down even though there was a sip left! We were not dawdling & there were at least 4 empty tables near us so I am not sure why they felt it was necessary to rush us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just fabulous!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Highlawn Pavilion is a beautiful restaurant that serves quality food. The service is courteous, prompt, and accommodating. It's a great venue for special occasions and I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.