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For 2
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Sat, 2/24
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8:00 PM
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What If... of Hershey

4.5
686 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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The What If... of Hershey, is located in the sweetest place on earth, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Make your way down the warmly lit steps to our relaxed menu at the bar, and begin with our famous house infused martini made with fresh squeezed juice. Our eclectic menu is famous for our bountiful crab martini or our collection of beef or seafood sliders. A full service menu is offered in the dining room with an extensive wine list, while you can choose from signature dishes, like pan-seared scallops, and fresh calamari, or our chicken saltimbocca and hand cut filets.

Sweet endings are a ritual of What if…Hershey. All made on premise, including one of Hershey's favorites: our Hot Fudge Peanut Profiterole.

Join us on the avenue for innovative drinks, eclectic food, and genuine Hershey hospitality.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(717) 533-5858
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Saul Cruz
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Private party facilities
What If… Will help plan your next event!

Let us plan your next baby or bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception graduation, fundraiser, business meeting or corporate event, birthday, anniversary, class or family reunion, retirement, funeral, youth banquet, holiday party or whatever the occasion may be!

What If…of Hershey offers private banquet rooms or we can provide off premise, full service catering services. We are approved caterers at the following venues: Purcell Friendship Hall, Antique Auto Museum, Civil War Museum, and Hershey's.
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Private party contact
Joanna: (717) 533-5858
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Catering
What If… Will help plan your next event!

Let us plan your next baby or bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception graduation, fundraiser, business meeting or corporate event, birthday, anniversary, class or family reunion, retirement, funeral, youth banquet, holiday party or whatever the occasion may be!

What If…of Hershey offers private banquet rooms or we can provide off premise, full service catering services. We are approved caterers at the following venues: Purcell Friendship Hall, Antique Auto Museum, Civil War Museum, and Hershey's.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street Hershey
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Parking details
Bus & RV Parking available
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Special events & promotions
Please sign up for our next theme night.We might take you to: Spain-Greece-Italy-San Francisco-New York 5-Course meal paired with wine.See our web site for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 686 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lexus (Detroit)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

When we drove up to the restaurant and saw that it was located in the basement of a Howard Johnson Hotel we didn’t know what to expect. We walked passed the check in and down the staircase into a beautiful mahogany bar surrounded by inviting leather booths and small tables.
Since it was still Happy Hour we had 2 excellent Martinis for $13. Although we did not take advantage of the half price appetizers we could see from those around us that they were a good deal. The bartender, Dennis, was friendly and made a great drink. Afterwards , we were seated in a large, comfortable booth and served a delicious dinner. We went back the next night to enjoy the Happy Hour appetizers and drinks. This restaurant is a hidden gem and a must visit.

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luvitalian (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent range of menu options and friendly service!

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TrevorR 
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

We came here for a date night and had a great time. We were first confused of where it was since it was in the basement of a hotel but it was a cool environment, amazing food and good service. We would recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We enjoyed our visit to What If... of Hershey very much. The noise level was low which allowed for quiet conversations. Our waitress was attentive yet not intrusive. The food was great and the portions generous. Overall, this restaurant provided a perfect date night experience where we could have a conversation and enjoy some really great food! Highly recommend a visit to try it for yourself!! You won't be disappointed. Only downside was that it is on the lower level and there is no elevator.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

It was so nice and romantic for my spouse and I! Fast service, amazing food, and just a good atmosphere to be in!

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were there for valentine's day.great service good atmosphere is nice.the steak was disappointing. It was grossly I mean not that tastey.more fat then meat.for $39 way to much for a sirloin with the bone in..didn't want complain. It was a special occasion. We were the 1st there that should hav been ck....

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Nice time! It got extremely loud so we had to raise our voices to talk. There was not enough sauce at all on both of our dishes but they were still pretty good. Just needed more sauce.

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SandraW (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We have eaten at this restaurant before and were not disappointed on our return visit. The service was great, the food delicious and the atmosphere relaxing. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a drink at the bar, a nice dinner, or a party for a larger group.

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viper15 (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Food and service were excellent as always....I make a special trip to What if when I'm in town

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danielw (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Dinner was excellent as always--good for special occasions. If the restaurant is busy a little noisy. Wait staff is very good.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Very loud table behind us that ruined our evening. Food was good, service was very slow.

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TimB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our firs time there and all the workers were very polite . The bartender actually introduced herself to us since it was our first time and made us feel welcome. Our server was amazing. Very friendly and polite. Will definitely be back and tell people about What If.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Reviews indicated this was a great place and it did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Nice semi-private booths and tables. Outstanding food! Outstanding service!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was excellent. Server was very friendly and attentive by checking with us. Booked reservations on line, very easy and able to see hours available. Very good experience, enjoyed our evening. Desert was very good.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

This is our annual anniversary “restaurant of choice”. Great food, quiet setting, good service and a good value. Consistently recommend this place to folks who want an elegant meal for a fair price.

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GRM236 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Fun place to meet friends for dinner, expansive menu (food and drink), and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

cozy place. Good food.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was excellent; however, service was extremely slow. It took about an hour to receive our salads. Total meal time was two hours for a table of four.

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Elizabeth (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Another great meal at What If. We were only disappointed that the profiterole du jour was s not the peanut butter signature selection. Our server, Bethany, was very attentive and personable. The Sirius 70s station playing was a bit awkward and out of place. We always enjoy What If.

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seafoodluver (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The service on NYE was a little slow, but friendly. My daughters dinner portion of shrimp scampi was extremely small and too “lemony”. The crab cakes were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Went NEw YEars Eve! The rooms looked festive , warm and inviting. Our waitress was great and the food was great as well. Was a really nice night. It was the first time we were there and I was a little skeptical going into the Howard Johnsons but the place was a great surprise!
Thanks for a really nice night!

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vipLoveacat (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

The service was outstanding. Great job, Bri! One of my group left their phone behind, and we had a call from the restaurant about the phone before we got home.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Another great visit to What If... we come each year when we visit Hershey... a true hidden gem

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Alex (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was slow. We were there nearly two hours. Food was ok. Bread was cold. Soup was lukewarm. Appetizers and entrees were cooked well, but a bit on the bland side. More bold flavors, please!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Had the Baked Brie and the Chesapeake Mignon. Fabulous food! Took a while to get our food (more than an hour for the main course) but the food and the atmosphere more than made up for it!

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vipRusty (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

You really don't expect this type of dining experience when the restaurant is located below a Howard Johnson motel in a vacation town like Hershey, but we were all glad we "took the chance." Both the drink and food menus were varied and interesting. Dennis, our lead server, was phenomenal and saw to our every need. Our party of 7 was attended to flawlessly, and everything we ordered was great and met or exceeded our expectations. Overall a great dining experience was had by all, and we are a group of foodies.
The restaurant is relatively small, but can accommodate couples at an intimate table for 2, or parties of 12 or more. The noise level was moderate, meaning I could hear others in the restaurant but could carry on a conversation at my table in a normal voice. The bar is small with limited seating. The restaurant is well appointed by local standards. The menus offer the usual and the less usual, but all well presented and delicious. And great service.
Reasons to go: exceptional service, interesting cocktails, great appetizer and entree choices, good ambiance, reasonable and moderate pricing.
Reasons not to go: you are not in or near Hershey or on an Applebys budget.

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PamE (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful food, great service, consistently excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Came here prior to a concert at the Hershey Theater. Was a little odd that it was in the basement of a Howards Johnsons, but the reviews sounded great. Food was delicious steak and veal, staff was friendly and accommodating for our children (waitress asked if thier dinners should come out with our salads.) They were attentive but not too in your face. The show stopper was the deserts- Peanut Butter Pie and Chocolate mousse were BEYOND AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Very nice local dining experience, I will definitely visit again.

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