What If... of Hershey
What If... of Hershey

What If... of Hershey

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://whatifdining.com/
  • Phone: 7175335858
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Saul Cruz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: What If… Will help plan your next event!

    Let us plan your next baby or bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception graduation, fundraiser, business meeting or corporate event, birthday, anniversary, class or family reunion, retirement, funeral, youth banquet, holiday party or whatever the occasion may be!

    What If…of Hershey offers private banquet rooms or we can provide off premise, full service catering services. We are approved caterers at the following venues: Purcell Friendship Hall, Antique Auto Museum, Civil War Museum, and Hershey's.
  • Private Party Facilities: What If… Will help plan your next event!

    Let us plan your next baby or bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception graduation, fundraiser, business meeting or corporate event, birthday, anniversary, class or family reunion, retirement, funeral, youth banquet, holiday party or whatever the occasion may be!

    What If…of Hershey offers private banquet rooms or we can provide off premise, full service catering services. We are approved caterers at the following venues: Purcell Friendship Hall, Antique Auto Museum, Civil War Museum, and Hershey's.
  • Private Party Contact: Joanna 7175335858
  • Special Events: Please sign up for our next theme night.We might take you to: Spain-Greece-Italy-San Francisco-New York 5-Course meal paired with wine.See our web site for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street Hershey
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Bus & RV Parking available
A word from What If... of Hershey
The What If... of Hershey, is located in the sweetest place on earth, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Make your way down the warmly lit steps to our relaxed menu at the bar, and begin with our famous house infused martini made with fresh squeezed juice. Our eclectic menu is famous for our bountiful crab martini or our collection of beef or seafood sliders. A full service menu is offered in the dining room with an extensive wine list, while you can choose from signature dishes, like pan-seared scallops, and fresh calamari, or our chicken saltimbocca and hand cut filets.

Sweet endings are a ritual of What if…Hershey. All made on premise, including one of Hershey's favorites: our Hot Fudge Peanut Profiterole.

Join us on the avenue for innovative drinks, eclectic food, and genuine Hershey hospitality.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
What If... of Hershey reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (40)romantic (21)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Not the Same
    August2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had dined here before in December 2011 and loved the place for its food and atmosphere. It was not the same experience this time although the food was still good. Loved the steam clam and fried calamari appetizers. Perhaps the slow service was due to a larger dinner crowd at the restaurant this time of the year. It was almost 30-45 minutes for our adult dinner entrees, but the kids got theirs in a reasonable time. Glad they asked us the option of serving kids before us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Jimmie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Recommended by The Inn at Westwynd Farm and really happy we decided to go to What If.. Of Hershey. Food was very good and our waiter was outstanding. We were visiting from Charlotte and Pittsburgh and we would like to take this restaurant home with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice place for an early evening diner. Good service, nice wine selection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I went to 'What if...' to celebrate our anniversary. When we got there it was so dark we had to wait for our eyes to adjust in order to read the menu. Our waitress spoke of things that could be added to our dinner...and both my wife and I frequently thought she was telling us that these additions were complimentary. We fell for some which caused the cost of our dinners to be well over $100! We confronted her about it upon receiving the cheque and she simply apologized for the misunderstanding. Finally, the food was disappointingly bland. Really expensive entrees MUST be tasty! I had to put salt on my pasta and steak for it to have any flavor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a winner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Try the tirimisu. It's made at the restaurant and it's fantastic. The main dishes are always delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    Palmer3465
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    What If in Hershey was a real nice place. Good food good service and a great martini! The place is downstairs so don't be fooled when you pull up. The decor was lounge like and we liked the food so much we almost went back 2 nights later.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fine dining, great atmosphere
    sherryp
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    What If restaurant is one of our favorite fine dining experiences in Hershey. The staff are attentive and friendly and the menu is terrific. Their wine and drink menu is extensive. We have been going here for years and have always been happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rlkuVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food could be better. The summer special salad had very little fruit in it. Our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food bad location
    AliB
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Location is not the best but the food was excellent. I wouldn't expect a 100 Bill for 2 in a restaurant that is in the basement of a Howard Johnson. Food was pricey so it's not an everyday dining place either and there a lot of nicer restaurants in our area for the price range. They should find a new location or make their menu more casual. Also the restaurant had several reviews complaining about what I assume are regular dunks who get loud and ruin the atmosphere. This was confirmed on our visit when the bar tender told a guest to leave because he had previously been banned from coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre and expensive.
    mediocre
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This place was very just ok. Partially because it was reviewed so highly is the reason for our disappointment. Service was good and did not take too long. The food unfortunately was very mediocre for the price. We had a large group and everyone agreed that for the price it was very average.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food poor service
    JimT
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went here for my wife's birthday. Enjoyed the food but the service was poor. Had to wait for the waitress to take our drink order, she barely checked on us during our dinner. Found her to be condescending as well. Will not becoming back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent appetizers (imported cheese plate-delish, calamari-very good)! Entrees were large, perfectly cooked and seasoned. Will absolutely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonable...
    jmeg
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food was good, service a bit slow, a few noisy groups. Overall a reasonably moderate experience. We were hoping for something a bit more 'special'.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Beezhouse27
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Nice little find hidden inside a hotel. Four of us went here before the Bruno Mars concert. Had some great cocktails, and everyone enjoyed their meals: house pizza, chicken milanese, pesto pasta, and especially the stuffed raviolis. Great ambience, and the owners are fantastic. They even offered to drive us to Hersheypark Stadium and pick us up after the concert. What a great place, will eat there again when in the area. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Outstanding food and service, but the noise level was very loud and distracting.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place!
    KDinNJ2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We discovered the What If several years ago during vacation in Hershey. The quality of the food, spirits and service is in my opinion superb ! We make a stop here everytime we are in Hershey.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    RickyG
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Good food, great service! Ait conditioning was cold. Away from the crowd s of Hershey Park.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good food
    Jenise
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went here for my birthday celebration. The waitress seated us at the wrong table. ( the rest of our party was already seated at a table beside us.) Other than that everything was good. The food and drinks were good. Ambiance was nice except for a table of loud people that soon left. Cheese plate was large and good price. The filet chesapeake was amazing. Will be going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    loveWhatIf
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    What If of Hershey is amazing! The food was outstanding. The service was excellent. Our server brought each course separately, waiting until we finished the served course before bringing the next one. We were allowed to relax and enjoy our evening. We never felt rushed to get done and leave. We will definitely be returning to What If in the near future!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasteless
    BabsG
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We've been here before and it's always been a mixed bag. We wanted to go out for dinner Saturday but every place except THE WHAT IF CAFE was booked. Why not try it again. This place uses aioli sauce on too many things. I say this because it is flat out bland. Tasteless. My Mediterranean pasta dish said with a light aioli sauce. Heavy oil. :( My husband ordered veal piccata. His comment as also tasteless. This places decor is just okay. Everything was clean but is so so tired. The hairs of faux leather (no problem for me) we're cracking. It's trying to be a romantic place but this is impossible because it's in the basement of a Howard Johnson's which serves many,many tourist fir the amusement park.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what if.....or maybe not!
    MCP123
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Researched this restaraunt online for fine dining options for a business dinner during a conference in Hershey. When we pulled up and it was part of the Howard Johnson I was shocked. It didn't help that upon entering you were immediately greeted by the "musty hotel smell". Fortunately our client rescheduled for another time!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • delicious
    LBH219
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I found this restaurant in a Yelp Search and the menu looked fantastic. And it really was. We got the Black Bean Margarita to start and it was really good. Our 2 pasta entrees were fantastic. One of my daughters ordered the Lobster Mac n Cheese special appetizer as her meal and it was amazing. It was pretty big and plenty of food for her to eat. I did not love the dressing on the Caesar salad as it had a mustard flavor and the yogurt dill house dressing just tasted like plain yogurt to me. But overall, we had a great meal and our server was excellent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not that great
    like2dine
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Qe are not from the area so we figured we would give it a try.We got there & were seated right away. Our waitress came over & took our drink orders. When we got them my drink was so strong I could barely drink it. The table we sat at was very uneven so every time we picked our arms up off the table our drinks spilled. The waitress came back and took our appetizer order which when we got it it was nothing special. We ordered our dinner (i got steak (rib eye) & he got chicken picata) it again was average. The table next to us was acting like it as a beauty salon instead of a restaurant (braiding each others hair) the waitstaff just let it happen. We got our bill & I was in shock. 131.00 for 2 drinks, 1 app, 2 dinners! Never again
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    HarveyCohen
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary at What If. Everything we had was spectacular...the baked brie with apricot appetizer, the chicken dish my wife had, the salmon entree I enjoyed. We finished it off with the peanut butter pie...wonderful. The service was top notch as well...the waitress was available without being pushy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too much; for too little.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great place to dine, if you are not hungry. Portions are very small. When my family arrived home we took some snacks out to munch on.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent atmosphere
    MelR
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    What If of Hershey has a relaxed and romantic atmosphere. The restaurant was just busy enough to not be super quiet, but was by no means too loud. With our reservation, we got seated right away. The waitress was attentive, but the food took longer than I expected to come out. We were dining with old friends so it was not a problem. The food was super hot and delicious coming out, so it was definitely worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    omac
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I had the chicken marsala; delicious and beautiful entre; however, very disappointed with mash potatoes (only warm). The only vegetable choice was brusseled sprouts (which is the last item on my vegetable list); found it to be very tasty and enjoyable. Desserts are huge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem in Hershey
    wishypants
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I was blown away by my meal at What if... I was not expecting much as it is in the basement of a Motel near the Theme Park, but the food, drinks and service were all outstanding. The infused martini special was pineapple vanilla and was fabulous! Since we were short on time so we ordered 4 appetizers as our meal. The baked brie and lollipop lamb chops were the best I have had anywhere. Their dessert menu is mouthwatering, but be warned the portions are huge and can easily be split (although they are so good you may not want to split them). The service was outstanding. Even though we were there on a very busy night we never waited very long of felt rushed. We are often in Hershey and will definitely be back to What If...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Bit Pricey
    FoodiefromLehighValley
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The menu had quite a selection, but was a bit pricey for the area. Portion sizes were very generous. While it was a nice restaurant, all in all, it was underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed!
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Enjoyed the food, perfect for a Mother's Day dinner or other special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crab cakes
    Pescelvr
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The best crab cakes I have ever eaten, hands down! Also, the aged Parmesan on the Caesar salad was delicious. Not a lot of vegetarian options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met expectations, didn't Wow
    enjoyLongWeekends
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Dining at What If... of Hershey was very pleasant. The food was good and the atmosphere was nice. They were busy but not packed. We overheard a couple tables celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, as were my wife and I. The food was well cooked, but the flavors were mismatched for our tastes. The romantic lighting was enjoyable, aside from the light source being at a poor angle causing my body to cast a shadow on my menu/food. The waitress was kind and knowledgeable, but loud... not sure if she was trying to be enthusiastic, but it came off as just shouting. Overall we enjoyed our meal and the restaurant. We would recommend it to friends/others, but probably would search for another venue for future visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome experience
    Diningfor2
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Everything about this place is amazing! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a great find!
    josheVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    we were just visiting hershey and were looking for a place to eat. found this place online and had good reviews so we thought we'd try it. everyone in the party loved it - great food, big portions (esp dessert!), great service. highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I've been to What If a few times and every time have thoroughly enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere. Have yet to leave this restaurant disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 313 reviews are from the What If... of Hershey reviews archive.
  • Great Food and Ambience
    EmJayK
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was so good and the dessert was amazing. I had the short rib which was delicious, and my friend had the salmon special, which was also great. The restaurant itself had a romantic ambience (I was with a friend, so this wasn't really a factor for me at the time)...our server was busy and it took him a while to check on us each time, but one of the other servers kept coming over to check on us, so it worked out. We ordered our dessert to go. The peanut butter pie was amaaaaaazing. My friend had the oreo pie, which I didn't try, but it looked great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    TheKings
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Dinner was great, our server was very friendly and the atmosphere was nice. Me and my wife highly advise that they get a new hostess. She was not very friendly and when I told her that we made reservations she simply said "its going to be a while". We made reservations over a month ago and why did we have to wait. She was dressed very inappropriate for the occasion and was very snotty. Other that that, the server Austin is awesome.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Stephan
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We have been comming once a year for the past ten years.We look forward to dining with you and find the experience somthing to look forward to. Great food.Dont change anything. Great bartender Dennis took good care of us.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Tx2DC
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Great service and food, extensive kids menu that was quick.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • . We have dinner here every
    Izzyb
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    . We have dinner here every year during our convention. Good food, good service, nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate