Carriage House Restaurant

4.5
601 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
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The Carriage House Restaurant in the F.M. Kirby Carriage House offers only prix-fixe, pre-theatre fine dining two and a half hours prior to Paper Mill main stage performances. Located directly across from the theatre entrance, award-winning chef Holly Guber is proud to be at the helm of this beautifully renovated gem.

An eclectic a la carte menu of small plates and desserts is available only in the bar area; seating on a first come-first served basis. A full bar offers premium spirits and a stunning selection of interesting wines by the glass, as well as by the bottle.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, International, American
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Hours of operation
2 hours 30 minutes prior to Paper Mill Playhouse performances
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Phone number
(973) 315-1707
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Holly Guber
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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Parking details
There are several park & pay lots surrounding the theatre, and they are open for pre-show parking.
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Public transit
We are located 4 blocks from the NJ Transit train stop in Millburn
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Entertainment
Inquire within regarding special event dinners
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 601 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food excellent service as always

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I usually eat at the Carriage House before going to the PaperMill Playhouse. Great food ..,.... a good meal for the price and great location ....... only a few steps to the theater. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone heading to the PaperMill. I have never had a bad experience or meal at this establishment. I do however recommend making your reservation well before your show night as the restaurant fills up quickly.
I plan to dine here for every show next season.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Love the Carriage House. Really enjoy the plays at Papermill and the delicious dinner before the play equals a fabulous night.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Very convenient for pre-matinee lunch at the Papermill Playhouse. Small but varied menu selection for lunch. Food is very good, especially their soups. Desserts are always a treat

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Braised beef was excellent - Service friendly, efficient and very personal

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A wonderful dinner before going to the Playhouse. Always good service and ambience

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food at a great price. So convenient to have dinner on the same premises as the show.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Having tickets for the Paper Mill Playhouse, decided to try this restaurant which shares its grounds. As the matinee began at 1:30, made luncheon reservations for 11:45. The restaurant itself is casual but elegant and consistent with its surroundings, a heavily wooded area of Millburn. The restaurant offers a reasonable priced price fixed pretheater meal and that simplified menu allows them to serve efficiently and make sure that no one misses their show. The food itself is good but not great, however the chef shows flairs of creativity and his playing is superb. In the end, I would definitely go back again next time I go to the Paper Mill Playhouse.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Only open when theater has a show running, Carriage House is always good, fish & seasonal. They were able to accommodate special dietary needs but prefer to be alerted ahead of time. Price fixed dinner isn't always my thing since we dont usually at dessert but we had a good dinner

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Our server was exceptional. The food was interesting and good. Nice experience.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I choose the Pea Soup and COD for dinner it was delicious. My friend had the Short Ribs and a Salad, she was very pleased with both. Our server was polite and knowledgeable and helpful with our menu choices. We would certainly go back again.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Setting was lovely. However, be careful if you choose to sit by window. There are no window coverings and sun was very strong for a period of the meal. Also, we were celebrating a special birthday. I called in advance and was assured that a notation was made and a candle would accompany dessert. There was no candle or special decoration- so be sure to follow up when you arrive. The wait staff were outstanding, very attentive!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I brought a friend for her first visit to your establishment. She loved it. I've been dining there for several Paper Mill Playhouse seasons; and as soon as the next season's dates are established, I will call and make reservations for two for each show. Really looking forward to dining with you again.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great prix fix dinner before “Half Time” at Paper Mill Playhouse. Everything was hot, tasty, and delicious.
Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We enjoyed our meal. We both had the prime ribs of beef which tasted good but were prepared with a little too much salt. However, we enjoyed being there and will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Overall, it was a lovely dining experience and I will return. My only comment is that I would suggest you open your bar a earlier so that if you have an early dinner reservation you could sit at the bar beforehand for a relaxing drink.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was extraordinary as was the service by the entire staff! Especially Christopher and deena!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We had lunch at the Carriage House before seeing the show Halftime. Our server and table were perfect. The menu as always had something for everyone in our group. The food is always innovative and delicious. Server was very attentive but not overly. Love this restaurant. Have eaten here many times.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Went before the local theater...pretty and convenient little restaurant especially if you’re going to the Papermill. Food was very good and the service was excellent and friendly! We’ll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Food was good and service was excellent. I would recommend the Carriage House to a friend.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

For the price, the chicken and short ribs were average at best. The menu needs help.

The service was very good. Very attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Theater and dinner

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

excellent food and service as always love the atmosphere

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Pre theater dinner. Price fixe nice choices well prepared outstanding service

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The Carriage House is charming, comfortable and convenient. It is particularly convenient for those attending the Paper Mill Theatre. I originally selected the restaurant because I have a subscription to the theatre. I continue to try to get reservation there because the food is very good and menu seems to vary to take advantage of local ingredients. The preparation of the
vegetables accompanying the entrée was particularly great and the vegetables were seasonal and fresh.
I will continue to select The Carriage House every time I attend a performance at the Paper Mill and I will consider selecting it for other occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Always go here before performances at Paper Mill. Menu choices are varied, and always taste wonderful! But would LOVE it more if JUST ONCE, the soup of the day is NOT butternut squash based!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great food. Excellent service so easy to eat there and go across the walk to the PaperMill

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

What a great meal. Our server Alyssa helped us pick fabulous appetizers and entrees. The wait staff was so friendly and efficient. The food excellent. Tried something totally new for me and it was so tasty. Every bite a treat. Can't wait to go back. Christopher made us feel welcome and even Chef Holly stopped by to check on us. Excellent experience and so enjoyable. The entire table had fun.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Went for lunch before the show at Papermill. The only offered a prefix menu. Menu was limited, mostly salads. All small portions. Nothing special.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Perfect pre show meal. Delicious and on time with the performance.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed my pre-show dinner! The pre-fixe menu had very nice selections which made choosing a little difficult. My Bloody Mary was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Went pre-theater for dinner. Excellent meal - great service. One must order the 3-course prix-fixed menu, so come hungry. The noise level was fairly high - which for the two of us was not an issue and allowed us to speak without worrying about being overheard.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The service was great and the food was excellent! The noise from the bar was very loud and I wished it was toned down a bit, but all in all the atmosphere was very nice. Looking forward to coming back!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

A great start to the Papermill Theatre which featured Harry Connnick JR. Pleasantly surprised with the menu and all was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

I great place to enjoy meeting your friends before the theatre.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I took my mother here for dinner for the second time and everything was wonderful! The room we were sat in was cute and had a fireplace. The drinks were delicious, I definitely recommend the white peach one! The homemade butternut squash soup is the best I’ve had and the desserts here are always creative and amazing. Special shout out to the manager Chris who always takes such good care of his customers. :)

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We traditionally eat at the Carriage Hose prior to attending a show at Paper Mill Playhouse. It is convenient and the food is good Staff are always pleasant.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The evening was very nice. My wife had a recent injury and is confined to a wheel chair for the time being. The restaurant and staff were very attentive and kind to her. We did call ahead to ensure we had an appropriate table. The table, the service and the food were all great.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great service. Food was very good and presented nicely

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

For a pricey prefix dinner, the choices on the menu plus the food itself were just OK, and the desserts were out and out terrible! Service and ambience were good. The only five star rating I can give goes to the convenience of being right across from the Playhouse (although you pay a $10 parking fee on top of an expensive meal for that convenience).

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