Highlawn Pavilion

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Highlawn Pavilion is a turn-of-the-century Florentine-style pavilion that has been beautifully restored to European grandeur with breathtaking views of Manhattan. Serving American Fare with European Flair. New York Times rated “Excellent”, Start Ledger “4-Stars”. Dress code, elegant casual - jackets preferred but not required. A more formal main dining room. Slightly more relaxed, refined attire accepted in the bar, piano room, and patio. Please no sneakers, t-shirts, or flip flops. Al fresco dinning available on our cliff-side patio with views of the NYC skyline. We can not accept web-reservations in the bar or piano room area; if you wish to make a request for this room, please call us, thank you.
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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely, enjoyable evening for my mother's 94th birthday at the Highlawn Pavilion. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. We shared a special abalone appetizer which was amazing (probably the taste-treat of the evening for me), then salads and entrees. My mother greatly enjoyed her filet mignon, and I liked my salmon. I asked for it to be prepared gluten free since I am celiac, so it came with potatoes instead of the usual black rice (although I'm not sure why rice would not be gluten free). The restaurant is very accommodating of special dietary requests, which I appreciate. We highly recommend the Highlawn Pavilion for celebrations and special occasions!

JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Had a reservation via open table for 8 people for an important business dinner, only to arrive and find a note on the window telling us they were closed for a maintenance problem. Understanding that things can happen, I don’t understand or accept that they didn’t bother to call those with reservations alerting them to the fact that they would be closed.

v
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

A lunch that costs nearly $100 before tax and tip should include wild-caught seafood only, not second-rate farmed fish and shrimp.

b
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went for our anniversary. Aside from the spectacular view, the service was excellent and the food very good. We had the glazed salmon and the venison and both were presented well and were very good. Appetizers also great, Squash soup and Beet Salad, between us. We also had petit fours for dessert which were very good and fun to sample. My only complaint, and the reason I gave only 4 stars, is the coffee. It was mediocre-it may have been age and it may have been the quality of the coffee or it may have both. Definitely recommend!

r
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service, great view. Have been here many times and always a great experience here.

RC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Amazing views and decor. Went on a Thursday.

Going to be critical because it's a fine dining establishment and hopefully this is beneficial if they pay attention.

Had to order four different wines before they had the one we wanted. Must have better communication or updates to servers. Particularly when I'm paying 150 dollars for a 60 dollar bottle. Red wine bottle came out warm. I expected the wine to be cellared properly especially with the ludicrous markup.

Valets didn't open door for myself or my wife when we arrived or when we left.

Maitre d didn't pull out my wife's chair when we were sat at our table.

Food was good. Dessert was very good. Waiter was very gracious and apologized for the wine mishap.

Overall this place is the best positioned restaurant in Essex County and arguably Suburban New Jersey with the views and decor. The little things need to be tightened up to make this place truly great.

DD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely views of NYC skyline, wonderful food and unhurried service. Have been here twice, both times for special occasions. Would never hesitate to return for any excuse. I always order fish or pasta when dining out, but I ordered the venison loin medium rare. It was thinly sliced and so tender I could cut it with my fork. They use a lot of locally sourced ingredients with much of their pesticide-free produce coming from their own local NJ farm. And they have their own pastry chef so be sure to save room for dessert!

C
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The food is ok but The portions are small. And the place is very expensive

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Let's start with the positives- the setting is beautiful with a great view and the building is outstanding. Upon entering we had to search for the maitre'd- he was very unfriendly and mechanical- there was no welcome feeling. The food was very unimaginative although well prepared. There are several restaurants with much better food and warmer atmospheres within a few miles. This place survives because of the location and physical plant. Overall extremely disappointing. I would certainly not return except to enjoy the view (not the food)!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extremely attentive wait staff went above and beyond to guarantee us a great dining experience.

WT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The view was exactly what I read about. It was an awesome sight seeing the Manhattan Skyline. Get in early to walk the park and look at the September 11 memorial. Perfect for celebrating life event - birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Food price was $$$ but the menu is definitely different, new tastes for me in both appetizers and main dishes. I'll go back again.

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary. Our waiter Andrew was excellent!
One of our favorite restaurants

T
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night... I asked for a table with a view, not knowing if they'd pay attention to the request and they came through for me... it was a special night and they really made it great. Thank you!!!! Food and service were awesome.

BG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The view is spectacular!
Go on a clear day. Definitely a special occasion place. Food is fine.
But for some strange reason they have now put a salesperson at a desk with a computer right inside the front door.
Not the welcoming place it used to be.

OT
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In addition to the glorious view, service and menu were delightful. Oysters and the chef’s garden tomatoes appetizers were especially tasty. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our main courses of rack of lamb, pork chop and haddock. Our waiter Eioan was terrific, responsive and knowledgeable.

PE
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Go for the view. The food is very good and it's a great place to celebrate!. The service is excellant. BUT the price is Manhattan plus. Not sure it's really worth it unless you have something very special to celebrate.
They could also relocate the Maitre 'd. His desk is in the middle of a hallway with traffic from the bar and the kitchen constantly bumping into to folks waiting.

t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Outside seating is worth the view if you can get it. Food was very good and wine list is okay

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary as he have done many times before. To start the service was mediocre and the waiter tended to ignore our table and we needed to gesture to get his attention. While our appetizers were fine the entrees were underwhelming. My wife’s rack of lamb was small and under cooked, my filet was fatty, cold and chewy. Not a good piece of meat. We expected much more for the price and have had much better meals in the past.

HS
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent food, beautiful view of NY, a terrific special occasion experience!

W
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone should have an experience like we did on our anniversary at Highlawn Pavilion. Our waiter, Owen, was phenomenal in service and expertise and everyone we came in contact with from staff to finish was exceptional. Our entrees, filet mignon and venison were cooked to perfection. Thank you for providing fine dining in a wonderful atmosphere with flawless service.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful view of Manhattan and excellent service.

ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall everything was great,but most importantly the server was nothing but perfect.

H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We did not enjoy the dinner as in the past as there was too much noise from other dinners as well as the band in the bar.

s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful meal with beautiful view and wonderful staff. Owen was a great waiter.!

a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. .........................h

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing view of the city.

I
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took an elderly friend for lunch. We were treated with patience, a friendly smile, respectful listening and attentive service. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The view was spectacular. Thank you!

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great view, and the service was very good. Food was average and uninspired. The room is looking dated. Comfortable chairs should be a minimum given the top end prices.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

RS
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow. Can’t believe this spot is sooo close. Amazing views people n food

S
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere is absolutely breathtaking! This restaurant is 100% class! Food was outstanding as well as the service. Simply amazing!

NJ
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We wanted to treat our friends from Atlantic City to an amazing view and delicious food. Boy did we score points with them. Perfect in every way.

b
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very classy restaurant, high level of service and quality dishes. Spectacular city view.

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not happy about getting a table with a bad location when we booked well in advance and telling us the 6 or so available tables with a better location are not available Seems like it depends on who makes the reservation

BG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here for a small family celebration. Service was excellent...we all enjoyed the appetizers as well as the entrees...You can not beat the view. Thank you Highlawn!

S
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant with special views. Lovely place for friends. And fine with a child.

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely view very good food presented beautifully. Quietest Restaurant ever!

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

My husband and I came to Highlawn Pavilion for our 31st wedding anniversary. It was rainy Wednesday on 08/28/2019. We chose the upscale dining for our special day, but....The service (waiter) was not attentive to our needs. He brought a mineral water which was frozen and tried to pour it in our glasses. Instead of bringing another bottle which was not frozen, he shook this bottle in our faces trying express some liquid from it. When we finish our drinks, the waiter took empty glasses without offering another drink. The whole service was lacking high class. We felt like we were sitting in a diner with a waiter shoving the dishes. The food was delicious, but the waiter spoiled the whole impression. It was a huge disappointment.

BV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great, got the drink order perfect, steak was over done

BM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Highlawn Pavillion is always a special place for us. We love it but only get there a few times a year because it is a 40 minute drive from our home.

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