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Hibiscus Restaurant

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421 reviews
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$30 and under
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Caribbean
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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The Hibiscus is a unique find! Located in the heart of Morristown in the Best Western Hotel, Morristown Inn; a one of it’s kind, Hibiscus boasts a unique concept providing the first upscale but cozy Caribbean restaurant in New Jersey , the first in a hotel & the only place for Caribbean in town.
Hibiscus prepares & presents for it's guests five star quality meals at unbelievably affordable prices. Never before have you had Traditional American & Authentic Island Cuisine (Jamaican) at it's best all in one place. Come & enjoy from Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken served with traditional rice & beans & fried plantains to our famous Rasta Pasta made with lightly seasoned Jerk chicken breast, sundried tomatoes & broccoli in a light cream sauce over penne or capellini to Steak House quality steaks, perfectly prepared & served with our gourmet mashed potatoes & vegetables al dente, Complete your evening with our to die for, Jamaican Rum flavored Bread Pudding .
Kid Friendly
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Caribbean, American
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Hours of operation
Regular Hours
Closed for Lunch: (Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm)
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Open 12:00pm - 4:00pm.
Sundays -Open 12:00pm-3pm
Dress Code : Casual Elegant, no T-shirts/shorts
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Phone number
(973) 359-0200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Orville Brandon
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Private party facilities
We offer banquet facilities for large & small parties, for private dining, social or corporate events.
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Private party contact
Karlene Brandon: (973) 359-0200
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Catering
We offer full service catering on & off site. Our unique catering menus offer our patrons something truly different than the usual. We enjoy customizing menus as we are the only ones that can offer this combination of cuisines at the highest quality at the most competitive prices.
We deliver drop off lunches for corporate clients & Pharmaceutical Sales reps.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison Ave, Located inside the Best Western Hotel, Morristown Inn
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Parking details
Ample parking available in the Morristown Inn parking lot. Also evening parking is open to our guests at 264 and 268 south street, directly next door to the Best Western Building
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Entertainment
Enjoy live entertainment by some of New Jersey’s best jazz performers and musicians, Rio Clemente, Pam Purvis, John Bianculli. Julie Mac, Magic happens on the New Jersey Jazz Society’s baby grand piano, now in it's new home at the Hibiscus. Fridays: 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesdays: 6:00pm - 9:00pm & Sundays for our Jazz Brunch 12pm - 3pm.

Don't miss our other special annual events .
Our now very popular unique Mothers Day, Fathers and Easter Brunch
New Years Eve Celebration
Special Valentine's Day Dinner
WIne Tastings
There's always something new happening at the Hibiscus ....
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Special events & promotions
Come and enjoy our Sunday Jazz Brunch and our live Entertainment on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Wednesday Only - Lunch Buffet, only $12 , 12- 2pm
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 421 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
3.6
ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

food great as usual...was not told that we were gonna be out after an hour and a half....paid 40.00..did not even get to have desert..because we had to leave for other patrons to be seated.....but all in all ok..i wud visit again..tx

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Awesome food. They had a function that night that requires staff attention, but it was worth the extra wait.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The staff are very nice and the food is delicious.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

One of best places to feel like your in Caribbean food and service great byob is a big plus

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The food is delicious!! It’s in the basement of a Best Western, true, not particularly appealing; but do NOT let that deter you! It’s worth it! Go.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

A little surprising gem of a restaurant located in the Best Western Hotel up South Street from the Mayo Art Center. (Not walking distance but easy access just a few minutes away with ample parking in hotel's parking lot and it's also right off of Rt. 287.) The dining room is simple in decoration but that is not anything to criticize. We were coming for the food! Hibiscus is a great place to go for moderately priced authentic Caribbean and traditional American fare before or after a show. Menu offerings are great - plenty of fish offerings and even vegan. Food is freshly prepared and quite flavorful. We ordered mainly Caribbean fare and were very happy with choices: braised oxtail (awesome!); Hibiscus sampler (yummy and spicy/sweet); crusted salmon and curried shrimp - all excellent with well prepared sides that weren't overcooked. Wait staff is very attentive. A lovely plus is live music for dining entertainment! (Not required, but don't forget to tip musician! He does a great job!) Since restaurant is small, would recommend making a reservation. We will definitely return to this place!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Hibiscus Restaurant is wonderful! Always a pleasant and delicious experience for any occasion.
Best dining room in the entire area. Lovely intimate room w/soft lighting creates the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a menu that caters nicely to all palates, accommodating staff, entertainment that permits good conversation while musicians playing. It's a treasure to discover and enjoy.
Sincerely, Sharon C

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

The service was fantastic. The chef is engaging and very easy on the eyes. Deadly combination.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

This restaurant was a great find... easy to get to & centrally located, food was delicious & presented beautifully and the service was friendly & welcoming. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food good music good service it was great overall my wife and I had a wonderful time. Planning to go back with my family

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2017

The greeter/waiter for our table could of been more welcoming..is as if she did not want to be there.other than that the food was excellent

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Don't be turned off by the fact that this restaurant is in the basement of a Best Western -- it had some of the best food we've had in months, and a very reasonable price. Service was friendly and attentive without being annoying. There was live music on a Saturday night consisting of a steel drum player and even though we were seated right next to him (the place is pretty small anyway), the volume of the music was perfect -- not too loud at all. Consider getting the specialties of the house (braised chicken, oxtails) as both were just amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Had a wonderful experience at Hibiscus. Food was delicious and staff was friendly. Will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Hibiscus is a gem.
The food and service is top notch.
My new go to spot. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

This was a surprise Father's Day treat from my loving wife. The food was plentiful and delicious. I loved the clam, shrimp, and oyster bar. The Caribbean cuisine was super. So many choices!
The wait staff were so friendly and helpful. We even had a few laughs with the other customers.
The musicians hit all the right notes, with such a variety of songs.
It made for a very memorable Father's Day.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

What a hidden gem! In the back of the Best Western is this fantastic restaurant. We loved the Caribbean cuisine, and in particular the jerk chicken, chicken roti, and the amazing fresh made Festival cakes. The live jazz band playing was a interesting compliment to the fantastic food! Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Lovely comfortable atmosphere. High quality, delicious food! Friendly, attentive service. Really good jazz pianist.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Appetizers (sampler excellent)
Live music excellent

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2017

Do try this place. My family talked me into it and, despite my skepticism (which only increased when I found out it was in a hotel...and then again when I found out the hotel was a Best Western), I loved it, returned and loved it again!

We start with exceedingly friendly servers. The skeptic's scowl returned when I asked what the "don't miss items" were on the menu and was told "it's ALL good", but of the 10 entrees and 6 appetizers we've tried so far, I can't argue with the "all".

Do try some jerk. It's got a kick, but nothing most of you can't handle. The seafood stew and the curry were also wonderful. The kids were intrigued by the house signature drink (sweet hibiscus tea) so much that the manager gave us a bag of dried hibiscus flowers and told us how to make it!

They have live music on busier nights (reggae one night; jazz trio another) which really enhanced the experience.

No liquor license, but you can bring your own or order from Cambridge Wines to get them to deliver your packaged goods via scooter (which amuses our son to no end for reasons which escape me).

These are the kinds of restaurants we should be patronizing: individual/family owned and operated; employees who are clearly invested in the success of the place; people who are genuinely grateful you gave them business; live music; and from-scratch food that tastes amazing (and a great bargain!)

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2017

Being the Tuesday after Mother's Day, there were no shrimp, or scallops available, which was a disappointment to both of us. That's life. Listening to Rio Clemente play piano, is always a delight, as is lovely Carlene, one of the owners.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

I had a fabulous time at Hibiscus for Mother's Day, with my mom. The wide variety of food and desserts, were incredibly delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2017

I came there to listen to a friend singing. The music was nice and soothing, the food was delicious and the service was great.
You could probably use 1 more person to just be the hostess for seating. A few people walked in and didn't know what to do because there was no one to greet them. Everyone was serving others or in the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Great food and service, everyone in my party loved it and enjoyed the live music.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Another very happy visit to Hibiacus restaurant for a delicious dinner in this very pretty intimate room w/ table linens and soft lighting. Tables are nicely spaced and placed for quiet conversation and hearing the wonderful music of Betty Liste , pianist and singer Bill Robinson and sensitive accompaniment by bass and drummer. The many diners and music aficionados heard a well known and talented guitarist that particular evening. This is a favorite dining room that features this group on first Fridays of each month and also offers a variety of musical groups and performers . Hibiscus is a beautiful flower of a restaurant!

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2017

I met up with a couple of friends for dinner there a week ago based on the reviews online. The menu was very limited. The food was decent, but nothing to write home about. We had the combination appetizers which was the highlight of the meal as the spices used were very much Caribbean. I would recommend the restaurant for a casual family dinner where you wouldn't feel rushed.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Unique- Very Authentic Food- You Have to Be In The Mood.

You are certainly going for the Caribbean cuisine. The atmosphere is a throwback to a 1970's hotel restaurant. Service is uneven but friendly. The menu is a wide offering of Jamaican standards and very authentic. And very good.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2017

Another fabulous meal at Hibiscus! Earlier this month we shared an enjoyable meal for our anniversary on April 3,2017. When I asked my husband where he wanted to dine for his birthday he had only one response: Hibiscus.......such amazing food!

We were happy that Karlene was our server again. She is such a pleasant, warm &
charming woman- really very helpful explaining each dish. It was a great feeling to know she remembered us as she greeted us with a warm hug and smile. It felt like we were with family.
My choice this evening was a deliciously hot, spicy jerk shrimp salad and an Oriental Stir-Fry - chicken, shrimp & scallops. My husband had the Hibiscus salad and the Blackened MahiMahi with rice and veggies. I ordered a side of plantains, so sweet and satisfying.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We ran out without dessert this time for the fresh , apple/pear birthday tart I had prepared at home.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Hidden gem. Friendly service, good food! Live music but not too loud. Great find!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

My husband and I went with 2 other couples that were skeptical about the venue. They are not very adventurous eaters. Everyone found something in the menu for their taste preference. The best thing is that we all enjoyed our meals. After delicious food and wonderful music, we all left with a smile and full tummies! I look forward to our next visit to Hibiscus!

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Went to Easter Sunday Brunch and although the place was nice, they seemed to be under prepared for the event to take place. They ran out of scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes and nobody was checking so didn't see that it was refilled with more. Settled on an omelet which was good though and so where the other items that were available.

As far as service, no server ever readily came to our table so had to just grab someone to ask for glasses for our drinks and someone else for our coffee. A 205 tip was include regardless of how many people were at the table and don't think the price was worth what we got.

I will give it another try possibly for another meal, but not for a brunch for a holiday.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Wonderful Jamaican food, BYOB, great service and value.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2017

Food is exceprional...A must have!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Hibiscus is a beautiful flower of a restaurant within Morristown. Intimate , pretty dining room-softly lit and with crisp linens, offers a fine variety of delicious food (vegetarian, fish, meat) and excellent music. It is a perfect size for any kind of gathering ,social or business.We are regulars for the sophisticated singing of Bill Robinson accompanied by The sensitive pianist Betty Liste and terrific bassist and drummer. They form a great musical group. Their selections are a superior accompaniment to the menu. Hibiscus is a very good restaurant that is very much needed and prized . It is a gem!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2017

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Hibiscus last night, April 3, 2017. All I can say is what a fabulous , hidden gem! Warm and inviting, our server, Christine cared for us like a family member. Her suggestions were perfect and the food delicious and well garnished. I ordered the Stewed whole red snapper and my husband had the Roti with goat. Memorable flavors, not too heavy, just perfect for our taste. Hibiscus is a BYOB which makes it even more inviting. Music on weekends bring many to enjoy the sounds of musicians like Rio Clemente and others on piano. Looking forward to our next adventure to our hidden Morristown island treasure.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Caribbean food was very good and staff did a good job of explaining the options. Being in the basement of the hotel was a bit of a negative. Some fun Jamaican music

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Absolutely perfect. James White saxophone playing made the ambiance perfect

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Hibiscus offers a great atmosphere, spectacular food, and amazing and friendly service!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

This was our second dinner here. We wanted to come back on a night with live music. We had a steel drum player and it really set the mood! The food, once again was outstanding. Each member of my family enjoyed their meals from the lamb stew and oxtail to the steak and vodka sauce with lobster. The only downside is the slow service. It was particularly slow this night so they gave us free dessert (bread pudding and carrot cake- both awesome). You must be prepared to sit back and relax and enjoy your byob bottle of wine. Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

I have been here many times and every time I am pleased with everything there. The food is outstanding!!! Great service and this time they had someone singing and playing steel drums ! It was amazing. The ambiance made me feel like I was on vacation. Trust me you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2017

We've been to Hibiscus, and it has become a family favorite. Everyone from our family matriarch, 92 year old Grandma to the teenagers have a terrific time. The staff are lovely, and the food authentically Caribbean

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