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The Highlawn

4.5
4.5
513 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
In Observance of The Holiday, The Highlawn will be closed On Tuesday July 5th. Operations will resume on Wednesday July 6th , at 11:30am.


Nestled atop the picturesque Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ, The Highlawn is regarded throughout the region for fine dining and its dedication to making each celebration memorable and unique. It has been the trusted venue of many private groups, Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, local community associations, and many more, and is a recipient of OpenTable's Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants.

The landmark has been revitalized to provide patrons with a premier fine dining experience and world-class site for weddings and special events. With world class Culinary Director and Executive Chef William Prunty now at the helm, diners can expect an out-of-this-world meal.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 731-3463

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Built into the Watchung Mountain Ridge of West Orange’s Eagle Rock Reservation, the Wine Cellar is a venue like no other for private events, corporate functions, tastings, and celebrations. The event space hosts 15-65 guests and is the ideal setting for any gathering.

  • Private party facilities

    The Skyline Ballroom features the most iconic panoramic views of New York City—anywhere. The event space hosts up to 200 guests and is the perfect setting for receptions of any kind

  • Neighborhood

    West Orange

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View

Experiences

  • Large Party Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    For parties of 10 guests or more , Please Give us a Call us at 973-731-3463. See Large Party Menus for Food Options. A limited seating will be allocated to your party upon booking. Taxes and Gratuity NOT Included Alcohol on Consumption

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What 513 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DP

    DonnaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    We booked an outdoor patio table on Open Table, but when we arrived we were told that those cannot be book and are "first come first serve". One hostess told us it would be a 20 minute wait for the outdoor table, which we agreed to, but after 20 minutes another hostess said it would be another 30 minutes for the outdoor table. They were both very rude and seemed to have no idea what was going on. I asked to speak with a manager and was told he was too busy to come speak with me. We finally got seated outside after complaining to a waitress. The food was great, and seeing the NYC view was wonderful, but overall not a great experience for our first time dining here.
  2. r

    restaurantexplorer

    New York Area

    124 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! The views are amazing and the food is very good
  3. LC

    LucilleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great food and. Beautiful view of New York. Will definitely go back
  4. MT

    MichelleT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service was outstanding. Appetizers Tuna Tartar: Tuna was amazingly Fresh and appreciated the classic take over Avocado but had a very good spice to it. Fritto Misto: Very Straight forward and good be cautious for the long hots Entrees: Bronzino: Artichokes were delicious on top. Really enjoyed the crispy Bronzino and the lemoncello dressing. Filet: Was cooked beautifully and really enjoyed. Dessert: Blueberry Crumble: A must try! The Ice cream and Creme Anglaise were great accompaniments.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great business lunch . Thank you highlawn!
  6. BQ

    BridgetQ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Servers were very friendly but seemed short staffed as it took a very long time once food was served to get servers to come back to our table. Entrees came quickly and were very tasty but the dessert took a very long time - however waiters made up for it with champagne which was very appreciated. I don't see it as a server problem, I think more servers were needed for the amount of diners there were.
  7. OG

    OshaneG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful time here. The service was excellent as was the food. The view of the city was great contributing to the ambience of the night. A nice place for an anniversary dinner.
  8. NB

    NickB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An Incredible dining experience! Truly appreciated.
  9. i

    irish57

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sensational views of the NY skyline coupled with plus service.....expect to pay high prices for meals and drinks but as the saying goes, 'you get what you pay for. Make sure you get a window seat!!
  10. TB

    TimB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Youthful crowd, very noisy, food is outstanding, servers were inexperienced, delivering the orders to the wrong tables but polite and apologetic, the setting and views are priceless and justify the pricey menu, IMHO.
  11. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Both my wife and I were celebrating our birthdays and had not been to The Highlawn since pre-pandemic, when it was to go to place of northern New Jersey for view, food, atmosphere. With new owners and lots of new members of the service team, it’s a difficult task to return to pre-pandemic levels. However because of exceptional people like Jennifer, I can clearly say that the Highlawn it is on its way to returning to pre-pandemic excellence. We were seated in the corner table and there was a corporate team celebrating and because of that the noise level was more than normal. However they were friendly and contributed to our celebration. The food was excellent although it could be have been a little warmer. All in all, you can tell that everyone wants to do better and is working toward returning to their reputation level performance. We will return.
  12. v

    vreelc

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful view with our delicious early dinner celebrating the 82nd birthday for our Mom (in law)! Service & the attention to details was impressive & noticed and we loved the live music playing in the beautiful bar area. Highly recommend for any special occasion.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazon experience on the patio . Great job!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very attentive, excellent service! Beautiful view, but a bit noisy.
  15. C

    Chicago

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal, fantastic service & the view is spectacular!
  16. ED

    EDobie

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Appetizer Spring Cocktail was just ok. Dinner seabass was tasty Salmon was just ok Desert blueberry almond crumble was delicious! Wine at $24 a glass was just ok but very overpriced! Nice view from the restaurant but not the beat food I have ever had. Service was very good!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible. My wife and I had a great time . There were a lot of special occasions and sparklers but we enjoyed it.
  18. G

    George

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food terrific service. What a great time.
  19. s

    samanthat

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dinners we have had since Covid. Just really good food and service. The view is spectacular.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Setting beautiful:..food good, pricey but the wait staff not properly trained to serve in a restaurant charging high prices. The prices are around the same as The Flagler House at the Breakers in Palm Beach and the service doesn’t come even close to that of the Flagler. Please do some intense training to be compatible to the environment and price.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    You ruined the room with white paint. We felt like we were in a freaking hospital. You also crowed the room with too many tables. Thank goodness for the excellent saxophone player that came out of nowhere and woke the place up. Get a paint with color please.
  22. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very pleasant place to have lunch. the staff was polite and expeditious.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view , great food , great service ! Celebrated fiancé birthday and we had a great time .
  24. D

    Disappointed

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    We were looking forward to returning for lunch for the first time in a few years. Very disappointed. They were out of what we ordered for appetizer, didn't have our preferred whiskey, service was very slow. We spent over $200 for a turkey club (I use the term "turkey" loosely as there was about 2 slices of turkey between 6 inches of bread) and a pastrami on rye, a couple of drinks and split a dessert. We used to love stopping off there on our way to visit friends in North Jersey. Will never go back. What a waste of money. The only positive was the view.
  25. KT

    KennyT

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We have not been here since the reopening so we went on a Tuesday night for our Anniversary. It started with the drinks which were terrible, my wife sent hers back twice. The service was very poor waited 15 minutes after ordering for bread which was only two small baguettes, then another 15 minutes for a glass of wine, then the Caesar salads came out and was terrible, my wife couldn’t even eat hers. We asked for more bread and while waiting another half hour for bread and our main course we decided enough is enough and told them we were very unhappy and we’re leaving. What a shame such.a beautiful restaurant. They did try to contact me to offer for us to come back but we declined.
  26. MG

    MarkG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and view was great as always. Service impeccable but it was a bit noisy.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. The food was delicious. The scenery of NYC takes your breath. I love the ambiance of the place.
  28. NN

    NickN

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Loved the service and location! Food could have been a bit better for the price but it might have just been what I ordered. We went there for brunch and will go back for dinner. I think the dinner menu is a bit more to buy liking but not golding it against the restaurant as it is my personal taste. Looking forward to going back again.
  29. RS

    ReginaS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Highlawn never disappoints. Love it there!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible Business lunch ! Thank you team!
  31. F

    Foodies

    Naples

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    BEAUTIFUL place. Great view. Great service! Drinks and appetizers excellent. Dinner average.
  32. NB

    NickB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here a few times. We loved the new menu. Sat on the patio had some wood Roasted Clams, Tuna Tartar, and Crab Cake. All were delicious. Great job.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our meal. Everything was incredible. We really loved the porterhouse for 2 with the arugula salad which was a nice touch.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch dining experience. Great food and views, along with a very pleasant and knowledgeable waitress.
  35. YO

    YOLO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    The restaurant is a beautiful setting but our food was very average and although the servers were very nice, they never came back after we finally got our meal, that was luke warm. We never were asked if we wanted dessert, coffee, tea? I requested the check & we left!!! Very disappointed
  36. t

    thomasa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, the view outstanding, it was a little loud, and glad to hear people out again. As always, a little expensive.
  37. KC

    KellyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prime rib was absolutely delicious as was everything my party ordered.
  38. GC

    GregC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I shared a oorterhouse steak that was outstanding - medium rare and very tasty. My husband had the pork chop and it was perfectly ccoked and seasoned. Staff was wonderful and the ambiance is always cool.
  39. KG

    KellyG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great scenery, wonderful day, outstanding attention to detail.
  40. TW

    TomW

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a gorgeous day that gave us a phenomenal view. Our table was right at the window. Great venue for my wife's birthday brunch (we got comped champagne). Our other drink orders were slow getting to us which is our only complaint. Waitress said bartender was new. The drinks were amazing though. Value is good because for the area because Highland, though pricey - still lives up to its reputation as a go-to to for special occasions or if you can swing it - more often.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Highlawn is rated 4.5 stars by 513 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Highlawn

1 Crest Dr West Orange, NJ 07052

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    West Orange

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View

  • Phone number

    (973) 731-3463

  • Catering

    Built into the Watchung Mountain Ridge of West Orange’s Eagle Rock Reservation, the Wine Cellar is a venue like no other for private events, corporate functions, tastings, and celebrations. The event space hosts 15-65 guests and is the ideal setting for any gathering.

  • Private party facilities

    The Skyline Ballroom features the most iconic panoramic views of New York City—anywhere. The event space hosts up to 200 guests and is the perfect setting for receptions of any kind

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