Highlawn Pavilion Restaurant, West Orange, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Highlawn Pavilion Restaurant, West Orange

Highlawn Pavilion Restaurant
Eagle Rock Reservation
381 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange, NJ

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  New American

Price: Very Expensive

Note: Four star Rating System from
1/2 Star = poor to
Four stars = Best in Class

Food Quality:  3 Stars

Service: 2 1/2 Stars

Decor:  3 Stars

Overall Rating:  3 Stars

An exceptional scenic view of the Manhattan Skyline

Well executed new American menu using fresh farm-to-table locally sourced food.

A great outdoor summer dining patio with scenic views of the New York City skyline and Eagle Rock Park

Value: Good

Noise Level: 
Moderate - High

Dress: Upscale Casual

Recommended For:   Diners who enjoy creative well prepared American food in an upscale destination restaurant with scenic skyline views.

Not Recommended For:  Budget minded diners who prefer casual dining in a less formal setting with lower menu prices and larger food portions.

Recommended dishes:  When available, The Chatham Cod, New England Style with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cockles, Corn, Diced Potatoes, Celery Root, Carrots, and Wild Mushrooms; The Roasted Rack of Lamb with porcini crust thyme sauce; and The Loin of Venison, with roasted fingerling potatoes and a root vegetable.

Liquor:  Good selection of wines and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.

Restaurant Review

The Highlawn Pavilion is one of Northern New Jersey's top restaurants offering diners an exceptional scenic view and outstanding food.

Set on the cliffs in West Orange, it offers a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.

The striking scenic view is only the beginning of an exceptional dining experience.

Executive Chef Mitchell Altholz, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is adept at creating a well prepared, attractively presented new American menu using eco-friendly, fresh farm-to-table locally sourced food from the Knowles family farm.

It's a turn-of-the-century Florentine-style pavilion that has been beautifully restored to European grandeur.

This is a restaurant to choose as a place to bring visitors from out of state, or to celebrate a special occasion, or for a romantic dinner for two.

The dining room is very large, and at times noisy. If planning a romantic dinner, ask for a table near the window.

During the warmer summer months dine on the Highlawn Pavilion restaurant patio with scenic views of the New York City skyline and Eagle Rock Park. Enjoy lunch or dinner under the stars.

The Highlawn Pavilion is open for holidays on Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

(updated: September, 2016)

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