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
141 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (119)special occasion (107)romantic (99)notable wine list (45)fit for foodies (43)great for outdoor dining (41)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (18)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (13)hot spot (10)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • This place grows on you!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Chef has not disappointed me or any of my friends or guests. Not only is the presentation an artistic delight, but the wonderful blend of mouth watering flavors keeps me coming back. The service is superior. I feel well attended to without being too frequently interrupted. That kind of service is also an art. Whether I am seated in one of the dining areas or enjoying something from the menus at the bar, my dining experience has been nothing short of an A+! The bartenders are top notch - quite knowledgeable and pleasantly friendly. I have attended several special parties on the premises and have noted how smoothly the service flows. I can just relax with a cocktail at the bar or have a meal. A perfect place! I'm spoiled!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal!!
    LarryDVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Another Great Meal!! Food was fabulous! Great atmosphere! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    KT9876
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dinner was absolutely amazing! The sirloin was cooked to perfection and the Cod melted in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites.
    mss22VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always a pleasant environment with very good food. Exceptional service rendered by our favorite server, Tom Connely. Well be back again, again & again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When you want to be treated well...
    Nolli
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Highlawn Pavilion is a restaurant that everyone should experience at least once. A diner is treated well there. Your every dining need is waited on and supplied promptly. The food is delicious, but the portions are small for the price. The ambiance is excellent as is the scenic view from your window. For a special occasion, I would highly recommend Highlawn Pavilion.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Fancyfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was incredible, the view was great, the service excellent. Would love to eat here once a week if it were possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    SelmaAnneVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took a friend and our daughters on a Friday night for a special, shared birthday, dinner. The view is beautiful and my friends, being from California, loved it. The food is always perfect, but that night my steak was overcooked. I told the server who took care of it quickly and courteously and also brought me a cocktail on the house while I waited--a nice touch. When our desserts came they had a chocolate with "happy birthday" written on it and a birthday candle. Another very nice touch. I had just been at Highlawn Pavillion with other friends the weekend prior and was very happy to go back. I look forward to another wonderful meal there soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing place
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The view, service and food are outstanding. Have dined many times at both lunch and dinner always the best! Additionally I have experience with many special events at Highlawn. Always outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exceptional experience!
    JagrVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This restaurant is a don't miss dining experience! The prices are somewhat high, but you get more than you pay for! From the warm welcome to the outstanding service, we were absolutely charmed by, not only the magnificent views of NYC, but also the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was absolutely fantastic and the service was paced beautifully. I highly recommend Highlawn!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Makes a great impression
    Mrbillohno
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Elegant and classy fine dinning for that special person in your life
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with a View
    Aria155
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love the atmosphere here and the view can't be beat. Food is good but a little overpriced and portions could be a bit larger. My husband was disappointed with only three scallops on entree of Homemade Spaghettini with Scallops, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat for $33.00. Mango Panna Cotta for dessert was amazing. Overall we had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • celebrating 49th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very little to no acknowledgement of our anniv starting from maître, waiter & no little cake ,ice cream, etc to leaving the restaurant even though we had stated in reservation ,told gal who called to remind us,etc. Also wanted to use $100.00 Amex gift card as part of dinner payment, waiter said he could only use $80.00 of card & gave us receipt showing $20.00 available. Service & food good with sizeable portion, No open table points even though reservation made through open table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Voram
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a great time and service was AMAZING. Felt like VIP.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    michaelVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is superbly prepared with locally farmed products. The menu is is diverse and well balanced with fish, meat, pork, and pasta dishes. There is a wide range of wine and liquor choices, along with a somewhat limited beer choices. Well worth our visit as our palates came alive with the well balanced and tasty ingredients in our meals. The Highlawn isn't any more expensive than going to fine restaurant in NYC. We enjoyed our entire evening and will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner !!!
    BWEIR
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant met every criteria needed to enjoy the best of everything in ambience, food and service. Each food selection was worth more than the price on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing date night
    Jerseyguy71
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate a birthday. The bar was great. The dinner and specials were out of this world and you are in great hands with everyone who works there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special dining here
    LarryDVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    You will feel special dining here. The service was exceptional and everything we ate/drank was delicious. We had the octopus to start and then shared the lamb ravioli and cod as our main.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Classic Highlawn Pavilion
    AtticusFinch
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The classic architecture, elegant design, world-class service, a spectacular view, and superb gastronomy make the Highlawn Pavilion a truly superior experience for all who visit. The dining room window frames the entire skyline of Manhattan; the menu takes care of the rest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience
    st8kluvr
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have to tell you this was my 3rd time at your restaurant and I was very displeased. I ordered the steak and although I was coming there to get the Colby steak I always get you didn't have it. I ordered the sirloin steak and found it to be nothing special. But the part that really upset me was when they brought me my car, they held the door for me and not my lady friend like I would have expected. My date came all the way from Florida to have dinner with me at your restaurant and when they brought her food the plate was so hot it hurt her hand. I would have expected more then food under a hot lamp in a place like yours. My date has the pasta with seafood combo and the pasta was good but the seafood smelled bad and didn't taste good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GiGi
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Want to keep Mom happy on her birthday? Bring her here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate