This restaurant added safety precaution details

This includes info about cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn more.

Carriage House Restaurant

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1072 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American

Top Tags:

Pre/post Theatre
The Carriage House Restaurant in the F.M. Kirby Carriage House is currently open for outdoor fine dining. Two-Course Prix Fixe dinners are available Wednesday-Saturday, with Brunch on Sunday from 11am-2pm.
Reservations are strongly recommended.

An eclectic a la carte menu of small plates and desserts is available only in the Courtyard area; reservations are accepted. A full bar offers premium spirits, fresh fruit sangria and a stunning selection of interesting wines by the glass, as well as by the bottle.

NO CASH ACCEPTED.
GUESTS MUST WEAR FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES
EXCEPT WHEN SEATED AT TABLE
SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR SMALL CHILDREN

FOR YOUR SAFETY AND OURS, WE ARE FOLLOWING ALL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS SET BY NJ STATE GOVERNMENT.

Experiences

Select an experience by choosing a date, time and party size
Explore unique dining experiences for every mood—from prix-fixe menus to can't-miss promotions.

Special menus

  • Rocktober A La carte Menu

    Sep 30 - Oct 28, 2020
    A la carte dinner service with a 30$ food and beverage minimum per guest.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1072 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
JD
JeremyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to everyone @ Carriage House -)

NC
NancyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and music. Highly recommend this.

PM
PMPfans
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor Cabernet has been wonderful this year. Sitting by the brook and having good entertainment is a real plus. food is always very good.

FL
Foodie4Life
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Carriage House did an outstanding job. The set up along the river with heat lamps was fantastic. White lights decorated the trees. All tables face the outdoor stage with a 90 minute Cabaret Show. There was one seating with a two course pre fixe - the last one being 615PM before the 630PM show. The service and food were outstanding. The soup and lamb came out piping hot on a chilly evening. They also have high top tables with just appetizers.

If you need to use the restroom, they ask you let the server or manager know in order to escort you. The bathroom is cleaned after every patron.

Our overall experience was fantastic. Best outdoor restaurant we have eaten at during Covid.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great entertainment, and great mild weather made for a magical outdoor dining experience! Thanks to the Papermill Playhouse staff and Chef Holly Guber and her staff for "Brookside Cabaret"

K
vipKaren88
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to this restaurant and mainly was booked to see the cabaret show under the stars,Kelli Rapke, who was fabulous. However, now I am addicted to this place. The food was wonderful and each dish is very unique. The two course pre-fixe meal has good selections to choose from. The salad was great, the bread was tasty (with the basil olive oil) and both entrees were superb. The salmon dish had an orange flavor and the side was healthy. The mushroom ravioli with truffle and pesto...OMG! Best ever and the butternut squash accompanied it..so perfect. Server was attentive, but this time I had to get the attention of the servers for additional waters. No big deal, though. Had an enjoyable night and even though it did get cooler, the heaters were extremely warm...in fact, very hot by end of night. I can not believe I never ate here when I attended shows at the Paper Mill. I made this comment last time, but I will repeat myself. I think for $70 per person, a coffee or tea or dessert should be included. Many of my friends who come here express that, also. All in all, love the Carriage House.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th Anniversary. Entertainment was superb. Portable heaters helped. CH should have mor until weather allows.

m
misterp
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and performance very good value. professional staff

s
vipsnadinek
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A band was playing outdoors and it was a great atmosphere. They were very careful with COVID protocols

SM
SusanM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have nothing but great reviews about this place! The Chef is superb! I have never had a bad meal here, and she continues to deliver delicious offers.The staff is beyond hospitable and consistently on point. This year has been a nightmare with covid, but their improv accommodations and offering of dinner/cabaret in place of in house theatre has been wonderful! Thank you for a memorable anniversary! Paul & Susan

AB
AnnB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great venue for food and entertainment. I highly recommend you give the Cabaret a try!

TR
ThadR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at the Carriage House. The singer was great. The food and drinks were both good and interesting. Our server was professional and personable. The tables were well spaced apart.

RM
RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cabaret was great. We had a beautiful night to be dining under the stars.

m
vipmarc
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, friendly service. Saw an excellent band. Of course it’s Covid time, so we are outside.

J
vipJanice
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening!

RF
RobertF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved coming to the Carriage House and Papermill Playhouse for many years. This summer’s outdoor concerts and dining have been wonderful - Chef Holly always comes up with the perfect menu and delicious dinners! We are looking forward to coming back in a few weeks - I highly recommend this restaurant for the perfect dining experience!

B
Bill1943
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely dinner for our anniversary. Our waiter was terrific. Umoja. We wrote it down. Food was JUST RIGHT!

YR
YRGM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for putting on a wonderful show in these crazy times. Dinner was delicious, we'll be back for sure.

ES
ESPE
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a great Drink selection and the Salmon was very good.

SC
SusanC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a relaxing brunch outdoors! Our server was such a friendly, attentive young man and the food was of very good quality. Although the menu is quite limited (due to Covid and unpredictable weather conditions that affect the number of diners understandably), the meal was delicious. I especially enjoyed the Cast Call Cosmos

CL
ChristineL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner & show Saturday night. The food was delicious and the entertainment was fabulous.

J
Joec55
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I had the best experience, between the music, food, wait staff and atmosphere it could not have been any better.

p
vippb2013
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at the Carriage House is unique these days. I always feel COMPLETELY safe, comfortable, and at ease. Tables are very widely spaced, all precautions are taken seriously, foot traffic is well controlled, temperatures checked upon arrival.

The menu is focused yet very well chosen. Typically about 6-7 appetizers and four entrees including chicken, meat, fish, and vegetarian. Also a great dessert menu. ALL the choices are superb and very well presented. Staff provides great descriptions and suggestions.

Try the caprese platter. The lamb shank is among the best we've had. The seafood paella is delicious. For dessert if you like dark chocolate go for the dark chocolate sorbet served with whipped cream, a strawberry, and a cookie.

Open Wed-Sat plus Sunday brunch (which is one of the best brunch options in the area). Excellent live entertainment nightly. Check the Paper Mill Playhouse for details.

All profits help support Paper Mill Playhouse!!

Very highly recommended.

CI
CherylI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt safe. Which is most important in these times. I enjoyed the entertainment

CR
CynthiaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A refined but relaxed space to dine and the cabaret entertainment is excellent.

K
vipKaren88
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the cabaret show along with the 2 course pre-fix dinner. This was my first time at the restaurant and because of the pandemic, they offered outdoor patio dining along with a show. The salad was delicious and the service was decent. I liked that someone always came around to refill waters. I got to taste two different dishes because my friend and I shared both. The chicken was excellent with a nice combination of sides. The cranberry-strawberry sauce, stuffing, and carrots were spiced just right, except perhaps a little salty. I forgot to tell them not to add salt, so it was my fault. The pasta stuffed with pears and cheese and the brown sauce...yummy. Never had pasta like this before and would order it again. The only suggestion I have for the restaurant is to include a dessert or at least one beverage for the price paid. It is a little expensive for only two courses, but it is also gourmet dining. Very enjoyable evening and look forward to coming back.

GM
GeoffreyM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening with good food and entertainment

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an enjoyable night at the Carriage House! Came on one of the Cabaret nights when they have live entertainment. The singer was great, made it a very special evening. We were given complimentary Prosecco as we were celebrating our anniversary, very nice touch. Food was delicious, one of the best meals out we’ve had in a long tine (pasta dish and seafood paella). Our server, Giovanni (sp?) was perfect too, we were well taken care of!

MR
MarkR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

unexpectedly outstanding. food , service, atmosphere, and entertainment

SD
vipStacyD
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was delicious and they had live entertainment outside by the creek. Absolutely beautiful evening.

LT
LindaT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall experience was very good. Second time we enjoyed our dining. It was a beautiful night, we enjoyed delicious food, and had very good service. We dined at the Carriage House to celebrate a birthday but nothing special was done, whereas the table next to us brought out their dessert with a sparkler to celebrate a birthday. Not a big deal just wanted to bring to your attention. Thank you - it was a great night and my guests had a great time!

p
vippb2013
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carriage House at Paper Mill Playhouse is a wonderful choice for outdoor dining. Best in the area! The cuisine is innovative, tastes great, and is very well presented. Try the seafood paella and the pappardelle with vegetarian mushroom meatballs (the meatballs have a great earthy taste)! For a starter we really enjoy the caprese platter. For dessert if you like dark chocolate you will LOVE the dark chocolate sorbet (I'd swear it is a rich gelato or ice cream) and Chef Holly's chocolate cake. Or get the hand-crafted peach sgroppino - it is great as dessert or as an after-dinner drink.

The dining arrangement is fabulous. Foot traffic is very well controlled. Very widely spaced tables, temperatures checked when you arrive, everyone wears masks. Bathrooms are cleaned after each use! We feel completely safe and at ease when dining here!

Either come for a great cabaret show (Wed, Thurs, Sat) or dinner (Fri). We also really enjoyed Sunday brunch at Carriage House. The best wild blueberry muffins I've ever had.

l
linda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful evening. The music, ambience and dinner were excellent.
I only wish there had been more guests in the audience to enjoy Mr
Rodriguez's performance.
We will definitely spread the word.

MS
MendhamSue
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music accompanied by a delicious dinner in a beautiful outdoor setting. Definitely on the pricey side but happy to support Papermill Playhouse.

S
vickiS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pretty and peaceful, the singer Nicholas Rodriquez was entertaining and enjoyable. The only drawback was the ground wasn't level so some of our group was getting backaches from sitting on tilted chairs (and as it got dark the bugs came out, so avoid bare ankles!)
Food and service were good. Our first. night out since March, totally worth it!

JD
JimD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great show but a little expensive. They were out of 2 menu items by the time we ordered

R
Reno
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out in six months of Covid- Carriage House takes every precaution to provide first class service and food while keeping everyone as safe as can be in these trying times. From our server Grace to the outstanding musical performance it was a wonderful night out of hopefully many to come. Well done Carriage House- Thank You!!!!!

GL
GailL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cabaret night outdoors at the Carriage House. Truly surpassed our expectations. The food, the ambiance, the performance all contributed to a magical eveningt! (Also worth noting that the whole team did a fantastic job making us feel comfortable with Covid precautions. They even wipe down the bathroom after EACH use!)

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service & lovely atmosphere. And all of the proceeds benefit the theater! Just perfect!

E
Eater
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very pleasant and quiet at brunch time. Don't know what it is like at dinner time.

FAQs

Carriage House Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 315-1707.

Carriage House Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1072 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Tweets by Carriage House Restaurant