Carriage House Restaurant

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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.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
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4.7
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vipMBMadison
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We always enjoy coming here prior to a show at the Papermill. The food can be very good (the squash soup was terrific and my husband loved his lamb. My fish was just ok, but the rest of the meal was good.) They make a good drink; the service is terrific; the restaurant is hugely convenient and relaxing to come to prior to the show. And, the new bar upstairs is a treat. It's how we do the Papermill.

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Hotlips
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Carriage House provides gourmet food at affordable prices. And the service staff are fabulous, taking care of every need, and recommending excellent dining choices.

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BonnieY
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Carriage House Restaurant hours coincide with the shows at the Papermill Playhouse so they're not always open.

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akbk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wait Service was a bit chaotic with mistakes and lack of complete info.

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RogerM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

fixed price menu for Paper Mill show nights. Pricey and limited selection but quality is excellent. Service was great. Parking across street and both parking and restaurant very convenient to show.

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DavidJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant, good service and food,though portions small.

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Honest
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have enjoyed both dinner and lunch at Carriage House (not at the same time!). The food preparation and taste is superb. The atmosphere is quaint and the entire experience is wonderful. The waitstaff is attentive without being annoying. I always pass on my compliments to the Chef!

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MaureenD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the whole experience. The fact that you were so accommodating when we were stuck in traffic and had to call to say we would be a half hour late was very much appreciated. The food was delicious and the staff couldn't have been more attentive. Wonderful experience.

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Eddie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Carriage House was a wonderful experience. The three course meal was delicious with a nice variety of menu choices for all three courses. It was a pleasure to park, go right into dinner to just walk across the walkway right into the theatre.

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vipPJdiner
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Couldn’t be more convenient to the Papermill . The menu was very heavy on garlic though -we had to turn back the butternut squash soup and garlic Panko crumbs on the fish and chips was odd and unnecessary . Rolls were cold - always disappointing . Very pretty space.
My veal bacon ragout was tasty.
service was well meaning but spotty. Heard that the Loft upstairs was charming and quiet and less expensive /will try that next time.

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vipminnie
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant with excellent service. Have been here many times before a performance at the Papermill. The current menu was our least favorite and we were seated next to a very large and lively group which made having a conversation very difficult. However, we will return.

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vipMark
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

NIce variety offered on the $50 Prix Fixe dinner menu. Presentation and quality of the food was very good. Such a convenient location right at the theater. Definitely worth dining at.

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KimC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I go to 3 plays a year at the Papermill Play House and dine at the Carriage House before each performance .
LOVE IT !!!!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It would be nice if at least one "good old American" entree was included on the luncheon menu, instead of all the upscale stuff. Your bloody mary is fabulous!

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bdwybuddies
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The three course menu is a good value since all the food is prepared in place and served quickly. The option of a dairy free soup was great. My only suggestion would be to have a choice of a different vegetable side if needed.
I just told a friend about it as she is considering going to a show in the future.

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viptristeandlawrence
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time here but would definitely come back. Service was spot on and charming ambiance. Soups and salads were very good. Entrees were good but those who got the lobster pasta were disappointed not to get any real pieces of lobster. Desserts were innovative but no one was blown away by them.

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vipRobertC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Terrific value... food is good, price reasonable, wine selection quite adequate. And then... 100 feet from the Playhouse.

Since you arrive earlier than most play goers (for dinner before the play) you can park very nearby... making the entire experience -parking, dining, play, exit - enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great for pre-show at Papermill, but everyone rushes in and out at same time so wouldn’t recommend if not attending the show. Food was absolutely delicious!!!!!

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Tree
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining outstanding food
We were detained because of a flat tire. They held our table.
Service was perfect.
Highly recommended.

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CaroleO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely place to enjoy a wonderful meal prior to enjoying the show offered at the Papermill. Everyone we have brought with us to the show and restaurant have been very pleased. Terrific and caring staff - outstanding chef and great choices on wine and cocktails.

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Cubbob
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is an excellent spot for a pre theatre dinner at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Or any occasion. The prefix menue at $50.0 was a good value and the food was excellent.
You do need to make reservations well in advance if you are going to a show.

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MariannH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dinner at the Carriage House ever time we see a play at the Papermill Playhouse.

The food is always wonderful. The menu has allowed me to try things I may not normally try at other restaurants. The chef is amazing!!!!

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MaryB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect place to eat before a show! Great food and they are conscientious about getting you to your seats on time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Was promptly seated after given option of where to sit, which was nice. Only one seating prior to show.

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RaymondN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Restaurant is a loud. They need to add some type of noise cancellation. The chef makes excellent soups!!!

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vipPhil
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb chef and service.

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EricW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a good experience at the Carriage House before going to the Papermill. Service is excellent. Would have liked to have more choices for lunch.

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Raymond
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

PREFIX MEAL MAIN ENTREE - PASTA W/LOBSTER DISAPPOINTING. VERY TINY LOBSTER MEAT
TO MINIMAL.

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CMWL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the food and ambience but my husband felt menu could be expanded more. Also if you wanted something from bar menu it was not allowed in dining area

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vipdebistro
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Enjoyed the drinks, the soup, the entree and the dessert. On top of the great dinner, we loved sitting in the LOFT for an after dinner drink.

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karoleeg
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have attended all shows for 25 years and love havig lunch for every performance.Menu choices are excellent and food is delicious. Keep up the good work. Karolee Glassman Sat afternoon subscription

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KateF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed that the Chef came to speak to my Mom about her food allergy, which we had noted on our online reservation. The Chef took plenty of time to review which choices on the day's menu would be safe. Additionally, our Server had also been informed of my Mom's allergy and after taking our drink order, asked if the Chef had been over. We were so impressed and appreciative of this! Our meals were EXCELLENT!! A charming restaurant, with amazing food. Highly Recommend.

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StephenS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great service and it's so convenient to be right next to the theater , absolutely recommend this restaurant !

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GinnySue
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before the performance at the Playhouse - we prefer to eat at the restaurant! Always an excellent dinner and they have an awesome bar and bar tenders and the service is excellent!!!

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joed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

always a pleasure to eat here. variations on familiar plates consistently satisfy

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Smoke
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at the Carriage House before shows for about 5 years. We love the food and the service. It couldn’t be more convenient, just steps from the theater. The food is always well prepared and the menu is set to reflect the current play offering different and interesting choices every time. This year we switched to matinees and we are enjoying the luncheons as much as we have enjoyed the dinners in past seasons

This is not fast food and the rooms are small, with a pretty high noise level from people out for a special occasion before seeing a show. We always manage to carry on conversations even with all the chatting going on around us! The staff is pleasant and efficient. They manage to get a large number of people in and out in the two hours before show time but we have never felt rushed.

Special mention for our favorite server, Deena! She is truly one of the best we have encountered anywhere.

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CatherineP
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carriage House is one of my favorite restaurants. I am always amazed at how wonderfully the chef puts together a combination of flavors in every dish.

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SusanC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What delicious food served in a relaxed atmosphere! Perfect lunch before a matinee! The food selections were very good and the quality was excellent. Our server was very attentive but let us relax between courses.

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LadyTeeCee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother and I started going to the Carriage House on Paper Mill days last year after our usual lunch spot closed. We have not been disappointed once in their Prix Fixe Pre-Matinee menu. Oftentimes, the menu will be themed based on whatever show is playing (e.g., pumpkin cake was offered as a dessert during the "Cinderella" run last fall). The price might seem a little steep for lunch, but you get three courses (soup or salad, entree, dessert) and a generous amount of food. The only criticism I have is the only beverages included are coffee and tea; it would be nice if they included soda as well. We always have had good luck with servers as well. all have been very attentive and accommodating. Best of all, once you finish your meal, all you have to walk next door to the theater. You only have to park once!

Final tip: Don't go without a reservation. We saw several walk-in would-be diners turned away because there were no available tables left.

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vipClaire
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have dinner here before the show.
Never disappointed!

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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 972 OpenTable diners.

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