Carriage House Restaurant

4.6
614 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 614 People Are Saying
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EB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

I found the food ordinary and over priced. The menu was limited and what was shown was not appealing to me.

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H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Carriage House is a gem. The food choices are great, this past evening I had a hard time picking, I literally wanted one of everything on the menu. My friends and I decided to ultimately to all get different entrees so we could try them all! The wait staff are great, the chef is amazing, and the overall atmosphere is wonderful. I look forward to going again. You really should give this place a try. For a date, a special occasion, before a show, or even just because you want to treat yourself. In addition to a creative menu, which changes with each show, they offer specialty drinks and a fully stocked bar as well. Easy to get to, plenty of parking. Do come. You will not be disappointed.

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table for 2 was great.

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JN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We (4) went expecting mediocre and walked blown away with how wonderful the service and food was. From the soups, (even the salads) to the beef ribs and panko cod dishes, our taste buds were happy! (maybe a bit too much salt with the ribs, yet I don't cook with salt) The most excellence came with the raspberry chocolate tart. No words, except "they" do say eat dessert first, life is too short. Something to ponder when one is full yet needing to enjoy the most scrumptious dessert in forever! Joe was very attentive and deserves a shout out for his service! We are looking forward to going back!

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful pre-theater matinee meal and would definitely book again

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MM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in every way. Just wish it were open all year and not just when the theater had a performance.

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S
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for when you’re seeing a show at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Everything about it was lovely.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending a show at 8, and the traffic that evening was high. We were slightly late (15 minutes) and sill were served in a timely fashion. The food was great, as always, and their price-fixed menu makes dining there, pre-show, so easy and delicious!

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M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Love the restaurant. New server. Never waited on us previously. Poor experience AND one of the worst things that you can do to me while dining out is to bring the check before I finish the meal. Detracted greatly from what was otherwise a very enjoyable experience at this restaurant. Will ask not to have her interact with us in the future.

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SC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always go for lunch here before the Matinee at the Paper Mill playhouse...it just makes the whole day more special...The food is great...they make it special...the plating is lovely...and it all tastes good...no matter what you pick....

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great staff, Great dining. Great art work on the walls

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LT
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant when you are going to the PaperMill Playhouse.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food excellent service as always

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TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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NV
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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RN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have dined here multiple times before a Show and this time was a vast improvement on many others. It seems the Carriage House at last has a full serving staff that is alert and on top of things, because Christopher...the excellent host...cannot do it all. We did not feel rushed to make the curtain as our food was served in a timely manner with great competence by our waitress and her co-servers. Bravo!
One note on the food...the menu for "Half Time" was great, but both my dining partner and myself thought our meals were overly salty. (Personally, I tend to use a lot of salt, so please take this criticism with that fact in mind.) The desserts, as usual, were yummy!

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I
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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m
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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PC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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FH
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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SK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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JC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Theater and dinner

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EC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service as always love the atmosphere

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g
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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