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

Highlawn Pavilion Restaurant, West Orange

Highlawn Pavilion Restaurant
Eagle Rock Reservation
West Orange, NJ

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  New American

Price: Very Expensive

Food Quality:  3 Stars

Service: 2 1/2 Stars

Decor:  3 Stars

Overall Rating:  3 Stars

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

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.

It's striking view of the Manhattan skyline is only the beginning of an exceptional dining experience. The impressive view is complemented by Highlawn Pavilion’s creative, well prepared American fare. It's a turn-of-the-century Florentine-style pavilion 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 kitchen is run by Executive Chef Tristan Tevrow achieved fir formal culinary training at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York City. He honed his culinary skills at Cafe Grey in Manhattan, and later as sous chef at the Highlawn Pavillion before taking over as Executive Chef

The menu at the Highlawn Pavilion is inspirational. attractively presented, --- prepared using eco-friendly, fresh farm-to-table locally sourced food from the Knowles family farm.

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

(updated: July, 2018)

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