The Dining Room

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147 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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THE dining room at Hilton Short Hills Hotel - All of the charm… without the formality

The renowned casual restaurant, 'THE dining room’ at the Hilton Short Hills hotel is open for lunch and dinner with a more relaxed, casual dining experience, suitable for special occasions or business gatherings.

Led by Executive Chef Richard Kennedy, our team of experienced chefs have created a contemporary American Bistro menu, sourcing Certified Angus Beef, small-plate portions, local ingredients and delectable homemade desserts.

In addition to our new menu, house specialties are offered daily including wine pairings from our wine list.

In keeping with the fresh, sophisticated style of the menu, the room has been enhanced with striking artwork by local artist Jim Inzerro, bringing a vibrancy to the space.
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4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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vipjerseygirl
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter and I celebrated “life”together. We stayed overnight and had a wonderful dinner here. It was a wonderful experience. My daughter is a vegan and she found a dish that she said was just wonderful. I would recommend this to everybody who enjoys a peaceful delicious dinner

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vipmariec
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

We were the only guest at prime time Saturday night. Food was the equivalent of diner food. But way more expensive

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vipMargie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanksgiving

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Invited guests for a birthday dinner. Worst experience on every level and we left before dessert/cake.

MM
vipMarialenaM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best cheeseburgers in town

MM
vipMarialenaM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fresh food and awesome service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family from around the country in for brunch together. Lovely buffet, excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good : thanks.

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GeriC
Miami
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Ok. Nice family gather

MM
vipMarialenaM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good cheeseburger and beautiful atmosphere.

MM
vipMarialenaM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for business meetings.

JM
JustineM
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

I have gone to the Sunday brunch several times and always enjoyed my visit.
Unfortunately, this time I can not say I enjoyed the visit. This was a celebration for my friend's birthday...our Server was completely unprofessional...we were just starting our 1st plate when the Server interrupted our meal to ask what our room number was (we had told the Hostess upon entering that we had reservations and were not a guest at the hotel), she wanted to know how we were going to pay, she wanted to know if I was using a credit card, I told her I was paying cash in which case she made a disgruntled face...let's progress into our meal a little bit...the Server interrupted AGAIN, wanting to know if we wanted separate bills...we were relaxing, trying to enjoy our meal and you guessed it, the Server came AGAIN and parked the bill down.
I feel she was completely rude, unprofessional and greatly lacking in good customer service.

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Paula
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

This is a convenient, professional environment with great service and very good food. I have had several business meetings here and it's always comfortable and appropriate

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

What used to be an institution in the area is now no longer. I booked a reservation for Mother’s Day on opentable and received a confirmation. I also got a call days before the meal to confirm the reservation. I picked up my disabled mother who does not live in the area and brought her to the restaurant expecting a wonderful meal. Instead, I was greeted at the door by a man who told us it was impossible that my reservation had been made or confirmed because the restaurant was closing at 1pm. That was indeed the time of the reservation. Perplexed, I asked to speak to the manager and he claimed to be the manager. He said he’d take care of us and proceeded to walk us to the hotel lobby bar. The hotel lobby bar for Mother’s Day. Really? I scolded him and told him it was completely unacceptable and that we’d be leaving. He gave me a whole speech about how he didn’t know what went wrong with the reservation system and that he’d look into it. He also made it seem as if this was the first time this had happened. He was lying to my face. When he walked away we were approached by 3 other families in the bar area - some having traveled from upstate New York - that had the exact same issue. None were offered any consolation for the inconvenience and at no time did the “manager” actually apologize. I recommend avoiding this establishment if this is the way they treat customers on Mother’s Day of all days. Really disappointed in the service and not what I grew up knowing the Short Hills Hilton to be. Shameful.

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vipDFKI
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

If you are staying at the Short Hills Hilton, The Dining Room is a comfortable place to dine. The Open Table reservation site says "Hotel Parking-Parking is complimentary for all restaurant and hotel guests." We were staying at the Short Hills Hilton on the evening that we ate at the Dining Room, i.e., we were a hotel guest; however, the hotel said that the Open Table comment was on the third party site and we were charged the $10 overnight parking fee.

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vipRobertV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

MUCH to long a wait for food on Saturday night especially since there were only 10 people in the restaurant - the kitchen needs help!!!!

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vipMark
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Waiter had no knowledge of the wines and could tell us nothing of the wines. Avocado small plate appetizer completely tasteless and accompanying pita chips were stale. Asked for risotto and chicken to come out together and despite being reminded, waiter brought them out separately. Brisket atop the burger was tasteless. There was only one other table in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food at typical hotel restaurant prices.

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vipMatt
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience2

Weak menu. No one there

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made a reservation on open table for me and my 85 year old mother. Got there and there was a sign they were closed! Even got an email an hour before.
How is this possible?

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JanisG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

This was the most disappointing brunch. For the price per person the menu was so limited. The food was cold. It was more like a continental breakfast that gets served for free at other hotels. I definitely would NOT recommend this place.

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vipLamohH
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marcia was a great waitress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

So disappointing! I don’t know why I was allowed to make a reservation for seven at this time when the Dining Room stops serving food at 12 on Sundays! I had out of state guests joining us, the inconvenience was embarrassing (thankfully they handled it far more graciously than I felt). It was far from a “fine dining” experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Easter brunch. Mediocre buffet and OUTRAGEOUS prices. Lackluster service. Guy dressed in a skanky Easter bunny outfit. Will never waste our time there again

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vipMark
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Forgettable salad but terrific half chicken, risotto and dessert.

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vipMMaz
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Greatest burger in town, with fast curteous service.

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vipIlikefood
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

The good and service were excellent however the room ambience has been changed since we were last there and we missed the darker more intimate room. We would have preferred the former setting that was more like a fine restaurant dining experience than Dining in a hotel dining room. The new atmosphere is more suitable to breakfast or lunch in a business hotel than fine dining in the evening. That is our only suggestion. Other than that one disappointing issue, the food and service were superior as always.

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RobertA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Was much better 15 to 20 years ago. Now just another hotel restaurant.

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vipscott
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and service were very good. The room was not crowded, which is a good find on a Saturday night, so it was quiet and we were able to enjoy our conversations with dinner.

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vipraygun
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Restaurants stand and fall by their food and the food at the Dining Room is delicious. Everybody enjoyed their food. It was creative with unique touches that I haven't seen much before such as the combo cocktail sauce/gaspacho that came with the shrimp cocktail. I used to eat at a very nice BBQ restaurant that has long since closed and would order brisket and mac and cheese and I would enjoy the intersection of the two on the plate where the BBQ sauce coated the mac and cheese and vice versa. The Dining Room actually combines them in their Waqyu brisket BBQ mac and cheese and it is quite tasty and reminiscent of my previous experience. They also have a very creative cocktail menu. Other highlights were the avocado toast and the filet mignon medallions with peppercorn sauce. The only problem we encountered with the Dining Room is that they seemed quite short-staffed for a Saturday night and the service is very leisurely. Don't go unless you have a lot of time.

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vipMark
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What delightful find. The food exceeded our expectations. We will be neck.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
272 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went here for lunch because they were offering 500 points on open table . The parking lot was 2 floors down from the restaurant. The service was good and the food was very tasty, however, $6.00 for a big cup of coffee was high.
We had a problem getting our 500 points. The restaurant didn’t put it through correctly . I finally got it corrected. I would recommend this restaurant if you do not care about points.

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vipdavidp
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Menu and ambience has changed dramatically since my last visit. No longer a comfy, inviting, cozy atmosphere. Now cold, stark and barren of customers. Went on a Saturday evening during holiday season and restaurant was empty. Food choices were unimpressive as was the taste. Service was slow, uneducated on menu, and inattentive. Will not return.

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vipMMaz
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best burgers in town with an excellent wine list. Perfect!

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vipNWFL
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Ignore my star ratings - we made a reservation through Open Table, received a confirmation and when we arrived were told that the Restaurant was closed!

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vipEatalot
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2017
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Make your own chopped salad option is excellent. However there are no prices marked and you will quite surprised at the prices when the bill comes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2017
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

I was surprised by the quality for an in hotel restaurant. Ambiance fit a hotel, but the chef's food quality and flavor blends really rocked. Great surprise when I was after a good functional location for a business dinner.

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vipGoodNeighbor
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

They kept running out of buffet items.

MM
vipMMaz
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

best burger in town, always fresh, hot and delicious with great service.

MM
vipMMaz
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great cheeseburger cooked to perfection, with excellent service.

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