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Highlawn Pavilion
Highlawn Pavilion

Highlawn Pavilion Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highlawn.com
  • Phone: (973) 731-3463
  • 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: American, Continental, 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 (973) 731-3463
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Highly competent food in a dramatic space with great view, although the service and the prices draw down the overall experience a bit....."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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""
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Celebrated my wife's birthday in the grand manner. Memorable occasion."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food and wine, the view were all spectacular. The service, less so."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Highlawn Pavilion has a million dollar view of NYC. the restaurant and bar are extremely impressive as is the food. The waiters are very helpful on choices. Don't miss the sea food tower it is a must. If you don't like an item they will replace it in the tower. Menu is somewhat limited, surprisingly, for such a highly rated restaurant. Filet Mignon is better than the sirloin "specials". For dessert the ice cream in almond bird cage with chocolate sauce is decadent. At bit pricey $ 200-250 per couple with one drink but worth it. Valet guys were only not up to par, again surprisingly, thought I parked at a low end lot in NYC no running to open car doors etc. and fro a $10 tip yu would expect more"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Their motto is,"Scenic dining" and that's exactly what it is as it is not fine dining. The server was rude and intrusive in our conversation and poured the water through us instead of around us. We could hear everyone's conversations too well but the manager still asked us to turn off our cellphone when playing mood music at my a low volume stating that,"they have their own music and didn't need ours." Another patron must have complained about it and since it was Indian music, it didn't meet their criteria. Do not go unless you are White or elderly as we felt very segregated. The glass to look out of is high glare so you see yourself and everyone else in the reflection instead of the skyline. The brandy was good though. The end."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service is professional and attentive without being annoying. The food is reliable and flavorful. The view on a clear night is spectacular. Our standby for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Had not eaten here in a while; the food was better than expected. Service, though, could have been a bit better. They seemed to have been understaffed. A little slow."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I do not ask the waiter to be available instantaneously, but the amount of time to wait for around for additional clarification on the evening's specials is too long. The service of the evening deteriorates as soon as we notified the waiter that no wine will be ordered for the evening. Food is fine; nothing shocking, no surprises. Did not recall the waiter ever come by to ask if everything was ok during the main course. Before dessert, the busboy almost knocked my nose off when going through the table with the crumber."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We have gone here for our anniversary the last 2 years and have been blown away both times. It is expensive ($50-60 per person) but it is nice to go once in a while."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "For the first time in decades, I was disappointed with the level of service we received. Stood around waiting for someone to greet us, had to ask the bartender in the other room to help us find someone, and then the waiter came over and sat us without uttering a word!!! No welcome or greeting of any kind, just a shurg that apparently meant we should follow him. The service went downhill from there. VERY VERY disappointed with this experience. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for our wedding anniversary. We were given a very nice table in a room with great skyline views. Everything was wonderful and we had a great time. The only less-than-average note was that I had ordered my steak medium-well and it was served well done. It was still juicy and delicious so I didn't send it back, but other than that everything was really enjoyable. We plan to return to this lovely restaurant."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Lovely place, service was a tad slow but it was probably perfect for a couple who isn't always on the go. The seafood appetizers were delish but my salmon entree was a little bland. I have been in a flavor kick so anything less flavorful isn't as appealing to me these days. The cut was cooked to perfection however. My husband ordered the filet which he loved. The chocolate voila had a fun caving in presentation which my husband enjoyed mostly. I am sensitive to anything artificial tasting and so I let him have most of it. He loves banana and chocolate together. It is def a classy place where the view is serene and you feel catered to. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The view is spectacular, the service impeccable and the food incredible! The Highlawn Pavilion is one of the few remaining high-end restaurants that lives up to every expectation. We have been going for years and would recommend to anyone looking for an extra special evening."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Even a simple lunch becomes a special occasion in this beautiful retreat from the daily grind. Opulent and refined. A gem."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is a place ill never forget and come back over n over. I loved everything. Literally the best food and experience I've had. Awesome lunch menu, great wine, and at a reasonable price. The food and service is unforgettable, simply amazing. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "other than the table being seated by the walkway to the kitchen the experience was great even the wiine was impeccable it willwas a great night out"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Highlawn seems to be our "to go" place. Perfect for the ladies or dinner with our spouses. Recently my friend and I went for drinks and appetizers at the bar. We just love the Highlawn."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It was a special occasion and asked the maître'd for a special table. Had a drink at the bar which is very upscale and has an impressive inventory of single malt scotches. The maître'd came to us at the bar and said our special table was ready and it WAS a special table with a spectacular view with the sun setting over New York City. Service was impeccable. Waiter Lucas made some suggestions. We had Black Bass Ceviche and Burrata Cheese as appetizers and Chatham Cod and Veal Osso Buco as entrees and split a Pecan Gateau for dessert. The myriad of tastes was awesome. Unlike the wine list, the dining choices are somewhat limited but it would be hard to find a complaint about any food ordered from the menu."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Old school standard. The service is top notch, the food is excellent and the view is unparalleled. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Amazing, amazing amazing is all I can say. Excellent friendly service and gourmet food. Maitre'd is superb, caring for his clientele. A great classy upscale restaurant which is one of the best around."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This is a regular spot for me and my guests, business, friends or family. It remains unremittingly excelleny."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "My mom, aunt and I went to the Highlawn Pavilion after graduation on Saturday. I made reservations the night before and I am thankful I did. We had an 8:30 reservation but did not get sat until after 9. However, the food was worth the wait! I had grilled octopus as the appetizer. I wish it was on the main menu! For dinner I had the Dorade! It looked beautiful and tasted even better. Our server was excellent. He was just attentive enough for us, he came back right as he was needed. He was very funny and took an interest in all of his customers. He went out of his way to make sure we had an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend the Highlawn Pavilion and look forward to returning."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I always enjoy meals here. Top notch service, wonderful food always make it a special experience. Great for special occasions, because they make you feel special. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to dine there! New reception awning will be complete in the neat future making arrival magnificent once again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Always a wonderful experience... the view... food... service! Always consistent.. a gem!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "service was excellent, especially our waiter. food was great and it was worth,every cent you spent."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife and I took her parents to the Highlawn to celebrate Mother's Day. The restaurant delivered in every way and succeeded where I have so often failed - impressing my mother-in-law. The service was terrific, the food divine and the view spectacular. We enjoyed a decadent feast - appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert - all at a liesurely pace that never felt rushed nor dragged on. When it was time to leave, we were all surprised to discover we'd been there for almost 3 hours! Only one nitpick - the acoustics of the main dining room made it difficult to hear, particularly for the elders. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife and I were married here. We celebrated our 1st anniversary and now our 5th here too. The Highlawn just continues to be an exceptional experience time and time again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I took my mom here in the Friday before Mother's day. We had a table near a window but, unfortunately, it was very foggy so we didn't have a good view. The dress code is business casual minimum. I don't visit too many restaurants that have a dress code so I had on my work clothes; a pair of pants and a dress shirt sans tie. I felt a little underdressed based on how the other patrons were dressed. I wish I wore a blazer or a sports cost. The service and food were great. The server informed us of the appetizers and entrées not on the menu. For what it's worth, I'm not a picky eater. I had pâté as an appetizer, filet mignon as my main course, and an ice cream Sunday for dessert. Everything was prepared perfectly. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "First time there, went for our anniversary. Great view of NYC. Food was very good. A little expensive but was worth it for a special occasion"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "A wonderful place for special occasions. Waiters and Maitre d amazing and eagerly attentive to your every need. Love Highlawn Pavilion!!! Food is elegantly served and exquisite."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "It was a perfect evening. Food was spectacular. Service was superb. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I remember going to Highlawn with my parents 12 years ago and the food was outstanding. Not the case any more. Unfortunately I went back the other night with some girlfriends and the food was just ok and very over priced for the quality. If I ever went back it would ONLY be for a cocktail and strictly for the view of NYC. there are several other better restaurants in the surrounding area. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My first time there in years and they have not lost their touch. The lobster roll was excellent and the flank steak tips juicy and tasty. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014