The Dining Room
The Dining Room

The Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-jersey/hilton-short-hills-EWRSHHH/dining/index.html
  • Phone: 9739124756x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    Monday – Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
    Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am

    Lunch
    Monday – Saturday: 11:00am-2:00pm

    Sunday Brunch
    11:30am - 2pm

    Dinner
    Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm-9:00pm
    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Kennedy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from The Dining Room
The Dining Room features seasonally designed New American cuisine incorporating Chef Kennedy’s personal culinary preferences and reflects a farm-to-table approach with ingredients, meats and produce from the area’s farms and markets. The restaurant serves line-caught fish from the East Coast exclusively.

"We are reinventing The Dining Room – a true classic – including selected menu items from the past, redefined and prepared with a contemporary vision,” Kennedy says. “We are building upon the former restaurant’s solid reputation that resonated with local customers. The Dining Room enables our guests to be themselves in a sophisticated, yet relaxed setting.”
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The Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
5 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating2.8
  • Food2.8
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance2.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
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  • Would not rush back
    EATSOUTALOT
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had won a gift certificate, so we decided to go. There was nothing bad about the brunch- the food was good; the service wasn't the best but it was fine; the dessert table was beautiful. However, the space was not good for the flow of a brunch buffet. I spent more time getting out of people's way than going through the buffet. I missed a section because I couldn't get around. Even though we did not pay- the price seemed high. It is the Short Hills Hilton, so I guess the price is in line with what you would pay at a hotel. Unless I was staying there, it wouldn't make the rotation. On a converse note, many brunch buffets have gone away- maybe the price needs to be this high to viable?
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  • Not worth the money
    HonestelVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The menu was limited, and the food was mediocre. It all looked good, but it just pretended to be gourmet; it really was not. too Too expensive for what was served.
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    great for brunch
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  • delicious buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Enjoyed Father's Day brunch in the lovely Dining Room. The buffet was beautifully presented, the food delicious and the staff was warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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  • steidleyVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Open table reservation was accepted, we showed up and the restaurant was closed for the day
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food3
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    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 59 reviews are from the The Dining Room reviews archive.
  • Great upscale brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great food options. Loved the crab legs- so yummy! Great service! Never had to ask waiters for much. They were of service and friendly all the time. Will definitely come back.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Read the menu online but got to the restaurant was told that none if the items were available because it was an old menu and never updated. The entire reason we went to the restaurant was for one if the dishes listed. It was a real disappointment.
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  • great food. felt rushed.
    ChristineIsPinkVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Went to celebrate my friend's birthday and being a new mom. We were seated 10-15 minutes after our reservation time. Unfortunately, there are only two timed seatings, so this cut into our eating time at the brunch buffet. I wish they had not started cleaning up the food so quickly, or come by and let us know before they did so. Otherwise, there was a variety of foods, all very good. The servers were friendly enough when they could be found for drink refills. Also, there were 3 large (6+) parties and us. The other parties were quite noisy and cut into the lovely room/atmosphere.
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    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit with my wife
    David
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Brought my wife for birthday brunch. Delicious food. Very cordial service. We'd come back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only So-So Overall
    MisterTravelFellaVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    My hubbie and I dined here following a corporate Christmas party that was being held at the hotel. The restaurant is pretty, but there was only one other table occupied when we arrived at 8pm-- and on a Friday night. Should have told us something. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, told us about the various dishes, and gave us her honest opinions about choices on the menu when we asked. We had flatbread and crispy rock shrimp to start, which were the best courses of the evening. Our two salads were OK, and the entree (red snapper in a fresh tomato coulis) was.... jusr not good. Plus we skipped dessert and our tab was still $200 for two people. Ouch. We wouldn't go back and can't recommend it to others.
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  • Just Good!!! Was looking for more!
    pampow03
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Was looking for a more lavish over the top experience. As a 1st timer, did not live up to my expectations. Would have enjoyed a more decadent dessert table and better assortment of pastries. Omelet station was good! Bacon was atrocious! Also needed a waffle station & gourmet French toast. Totally lacking! For the $ would not recommend!
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  • Perfect dining experience.
    Neat
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    The service was perfect and the wait staff very attentive. Very polite hostess. Would go back anytime!
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  • Hilton Short Hills Sunday Brunch
    DiningOwl
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    A Very Good Brunch with a wide selection of dishes and attentive serving staff!
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    We have eaten at the Dining Room many times over the years and were not disappointed. This time the service was poor and very, very slow even though the room was almost empty. The new decorating style is nice but sterile. We will probably find a different place to meet our friends.
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  • Get it together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    This was our 2nd time here in the last 6 months. Both times the food was interesting (in a good way) but the service needs help. I mean that literally. When you are actually being served, the people are pleasant and take care of you. However, they seem to be in a constant state of being understaffed. Tables go partially unbussed, water glasses dry up, bread comes barely ahead of the entrees, and you'll wait a while with your uncleared plates while you wait for the check to come. If they got their staffing together, I'd probably give them a couple more stars.
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  • Never Crowded, But Should Be
    suzie71
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    The Dining Room at the Hilton is across the road from the Short Hills Mall. The restaurants at the mall are jam packed and often have long waits. We have gone to the Hilton on Friday and Saturday nights and there is no wait, and the food is consistently good. The food is very good as is the service. As important, the room is quiet. You can actually hear your dining companions speak....which is rare nowadays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the restaurant is now typical
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    the restaurant is now typical of a hotel and clean and freindly but average and loud. they turned their dining room into a loungs and bar, which is more atmospheric but not god for meeting a client or conducting a useful convesation. would not recommend to meet people at tis restaurant.
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  • bad experience
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    my wife took our family here for father's day brunch... the restaurant advertised they would have something special for father's day but instead we ate in the main area with all of the other hotel occupants. We had a reservation but had to wait for half an hour as the hotel occupants had filled up the dining area. The food was the same buffet service for everyone which was not particularly good.
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  • That is not the service I paid for
    Sasha13
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    I made dinner reservations for my mother, my pregnant sister and myself. My sister was not happy with the menu selection so we chose not to eat dinner at the restaurant; however we did order a bottle of wine and share an appetizer. Our waitress was not happy with the fact that were not ordering dinner and refused to continue to serve us. We had another waiter finish servicing us and close out our reservation. It was unprofessional and unsettling to say the least. Not the experience I am used to when visiting a Hilton or a 4 star restaurant like The Dining Room. I am very disappointed.
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  • This once high ambition restaurant
    kjdmdVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    This once high ambition restaurant has become a scaled-back hotel coffee shop with better food and high prices. The menu is very limited, and all sides are extra a la a New York steakhouse. The food was OK but not special enough to justify the price tag.
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  • This is the fourth year that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    This is the fourth year that we have gone to the Easter brunch and it was the least pleasant. First of all for a buffet, you can't seat 100 people all at the same time! It was a mad rush and they simply couldn't keep up with the flow. The wait for waffles and omelette station was excessive. The coffee was cold as was the water for my tea. We had a total of 18 glasses and cups on our table at one point. I also feel that if you are paying almost $70 per person it would be nicer to have your food served to you white glove style rather than allowing everyone to touch all the handles which inadvertently wind up touching the food. Not sure if we will be back.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Renovated Dining Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    The dining room opened after a complete renovation. The room is contemporary, done in greys, blacks and comfortable white chairs. The menu was varied, however the entree portions are moderate size. You definitely need to have an appetizer. I would rate the food as good to very good. The staff is very pleasant and accommodating to special requests. I would definitely go back again.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Quiet and Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Had a business dinner here. Food was very good, staff excellent and when they realized it was a business meeting gave us plenty of privacy.
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  • High prices for mediocre food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    High prices for mediocre food. To be fair, our experience was negatively affected by the fact that the restaurant is in a temporary space while the normal space is under renovation. We went on a Friday night and the place was pretty empty. Perhaps they do more business during the week when their are more business travelers staying in the hotel
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  • The food and service were
    Alicat
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The food and service were okay, no complaints. Just not terribly creative. With such a beautiful hotel and the possibility of a lovely lush atmosphere..it felt too much like a cafeteria with the table setup and lack of charm or decor. The server was polite, just not top notch. I had higher expectations in such a lovely hotel.
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  • Restaurant under construction.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Restaurant under construction. Ate in breakfast room, no tablecloths, no ambience. No one told us to expect this.
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  • The dining room is being renovated
    MellowfellowVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    The dining room is being renovated so another room is used. We weren't told about the change until we arrived and found that we were the only diners. Another patron came an hour into our meal. The food was excellent and the service was too since we were their only customers. Wait until the dining room renovation is over to come here.
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  • Successful Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/1/2012
    Had a business lunch at the Dining Room. The food was very well prepared and the environment was very good for doing business. We unexpectedly had another attendee and the wait staff gladly shifted us to a larger table. The dining room is just inside the main entrance, the parking attendant was very helpful, and everything went smoothly. Well done.
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    good for groups
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  • Fine Dining at the Dining Room
    JerseyJoe
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    The Dining Room at the Short Hills Hilton is a very upscale, fine dining experience. The ambiance is right on for the menu and the service was friendly and efficient. The wait staff knew the menu items well, and were prepared to offer suggestions when requested. They also went out of their way to make sure our table was serviced throughout the meal, and to accommodate all of our special requests. There were two dishes that stood out the evening we were dined: A) A Veal Roulade made with veal sausage rolled inside the perfectly prepared veal shell. It was served with morel mushrooms, which complimented the roulade impeccably. The other dish was a Seafood Risotto made with clams, mussels and shrimp prepared in a Spanish style ... excellent!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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  • The food was of very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    The food was of very good quality. The presentation was minimalist with no garnishment. Prices prob 25% too high but the atmisphere is very good for business meetings or date night (think tapestry/dark wood)
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    great for lunch
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  • Lovely restaurant, and the
    xoxoMcSorleyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Lovely restaurant, and the service is superb...however I find the prices excessive... $14 for caprese salad that was a few small grape tomatoes and tiny mozzarella balls I found to be too pricey. The pesto dressing was delicious however. My entree was (5 cheese) Mac and Cheese, which was delicious...but $16. So far, the small caprese and mac and cheese came to $30! With a glass of wine I was at $44, and with tax and tip I was at $55!!! For a mac and cheese entree, one glass of wine and a small caprese!!!
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  • Noise disturbance was due
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Noise disturbance was due to one loud patron all the way across the dining room. Should we have asked you to ask him to lower his voice? It was really a problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I just expected better of
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    I just expected better of this restaurant. It was just "okay."
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    notable wine list
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  • Service was very good but
    KBW1
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Service was very good but the food was average while the pricing was high end.
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  • Limited menu; a bit pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    Limited menu; a bit pricey for food that was good not outstanding. Couldn't believe that the salmon was farm-raised. CONVENIENT, but not destination dining. Servers very gracious in accommodating the length of our lingering at the table with friends.
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  • Disappointed
    Eateat
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    I went for lunch, actually I thought I was making a reservation for the terrace which was a nice light open restaurant but seems they have closed the terrace. This is a stuffy old room, looks like old corp restaurant. Service was poor at best , took ages for them to get right amount of menus. Food was fair. Nothing special at all. I only liked it because it was empty and I was with a group so it was great place to talk. Also no one there so we hung out for a long time. I think when I requested round table by the window they could have known I was thinking about the other closed venue at the hotel and told me. Also to know this hotel is tricky to get into from street if you miss the turn off. All in my party agreed we miss the terrace and wi
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    good for groups
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  • The service was great,the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    The service was great,the food was good,but we were in a hotel and you could feel that. there was no charm to the room and the art work could make you lose your stomach. I spent a good amount of money and wanted to have a memorable night,it was just ok.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Now the main dining room at
    StateguyVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    Now the main dining room at the Short Hills Hilton, the service is exemplary. Breakfast was delicious. The room is exceptionally accommodating, and quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • BIG DISAPPOINTMENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/21/2011
    Turned what used to be a five-star restaurant into a T.G.I. Friday's.
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  • The lamb and salmon entrees
    Michael
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    The lamb and salmon entrees were very good. The service was also better than we expected.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • The resteraunt was OUTSTANDING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/18/2011
    The resteraunt was OUTSTANDING and our waiter, Fernando, made the evening even better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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