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Highlawn Pavilion

West Orange , NJ

LOCATION

Eagle Rock Reservation
West Orange, NJ 07052 US

PHONE

973-731-3100

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

With its sophisticated elegance and sweeping panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Highlawn Pavilion sets the stage for an unmistakably unique and memorable day. Perched atop the... Read more
With its sophisticated elegance and sweeping panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Highlawn Pavilion sets the stage for an unmistakably unique and memorable day. Perched atop the over 400 acres of park and nature preserve that is Eagle Rock Reservation, the Florentine-style structure, with over 100 years of history, further enhances the character, authenticity, ambiance, and romance of the setting. As an ideal, welcoming venue for all weddings Highlawn Pavilion offers wonderful options from outdoor ceremonies to lavish receptions.

In addition to the stunning views and spectacular architecture, the cuisine is exceptional in every way. Known for our fine dining and award-winning chef, your wedding reception and wedding banquet will always be highlights at Highlawn Pavilion. We create sumptuous wedding menus tailored to your tastes and the style of your wedding.

Few if any such venues can claim as many culinary recognitions, including an “Excellent” from The New York Times, Four Stars from The Star Ledger, and a host of awards for “Most Romantic Restaurant.” Zagat Survey has said of Highlawn Pavilion, “Proof that a spectacular view and extraordinary food can coexist.” Our Executive Chef Mitchell Altholz and the private dining staff of Highlawn Pavilion look forward to helping you create the perfect menu for your guests and budget requirements.

From the procession right through your wedding banquet, our dedicated staff will ensure every detail is perfect. Our wedding planners enjoy working with brides-to-be to create the wedding of your dreams. We’ve hosted weddings and commitment ceremonies for more than a quarter century, and we take pride in working within your wedding budget to create a truly carefree and wonderful ceremony.

Due to the popularity of our facility and one-wedding-at-a-time business practice, we encourage prospective couples to schedule an appointment well in advance of other planning. With our strong list of preferred professionals including photographers, florists and entertainment, we are capable of being your one-stop-resource for your most important day.

And of course, congratulations! We invite you to contact us today to see how Highlawn Pavilion can make your special day unforgettable. Read less

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Highlawn Pavilion was such an amazing place for our rehearsal dinner! If not for the ceremony accommodations, we would have had our wedding there. The view was incredible and everyone loved the food and service!
The Highlawn Pavilion was such an amazing place for our rehearsal dinner! If not for the ceremony accommodations, we would Read more...
The Highlawn Pavilion was such an amazing place for our rehearsal dinner! If not for the ceremony accommodations, we would have had our wedding there. The view was incredible and everyone loved the food and service! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/24/2014
4.9/5.0
My wedding ceremony and reception were both at The Highlawn. Phenomenal is the best word to describe my experience. Paul is absolutely amazing! He answered my millions of emails and calls, met with me multiple times, and knew what he was doing. I am in event planning and can be OCD, and he passed all my tests. The day before and of the wedding Paul and Norma were the best wedding pair you could hope for. They went through rehearsals, set-up and answered everyone's questions. They knew I really wanted to get married outside and waited an hour before to see if the rain would stop (it didn't, but if I said I wanted outside, they would have done it four me!) Plan B went into affected and the ceremony was still wonderful, Norma even acted as my flower girl!

The entire night they made sure my husband and I had food, drinks and anything else possible. The entire staff was incredible, the bar tender made amazing martinis and was dancing along to the music, servers were checking in on us, the food was delicious.

I really couldn't have asked for a more amazing wedding!
My wedding ceremony and reception were both at The Highlawn. Phenomenal is the best word to describe my experience. Paul Read more...
My wedding ceremony and reception were both at The Highlawn. Phenomenal is the best word to describe my experience. Paul is absolutely amazing! He answered my millions of emails and calls, met with me multiple times, and knew what he was doing. I am in event planning and can be OCD, and he passed all my tests. The day before and of the wedding Paul and Norma were the best wedding pair you could hope for. They went through rehearsals, set-up and answered everyone's questions. They knew I really wanted to get married outside and waited an hour before to see if the rain would stop (it didn't, but if I said I wanted outside, they would have done it four me!) Plan B went into affected and the ceremony was still wonderful, Norma even acted as my flower girl!

The entire night they made sure my husband and I had food, drinks and anything else possible. The entire staff was incredible, the bar tender made amazing martinis and was dancing along to the music, servers were checking in on us, the food was delicious.

I really couldn't have asked for a more amazing wedding! Read less
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Joanne
Wedding:
5/16/2014
4.0/5.0
My wedding reception at the Highlawn Pavilion was better than I imagined. Food was delicious, staff was outstanding, very helpful and attentive. Paul and team were extremely helpful throughout the planning to ensure my wedding reception went as planned and it did! Very happy with the service from beginning stages of planning to the day of the event. Everything was perfect.
My wedding reception at the Highlawn Pavilion was better than I imagined. Food was delicious, staff was outstanding, very Read more...
My wedding reception at the Highlawn Pavilion was better than I imagined. Food was delicious, staff was outstanding, very helpful and attentive. Paul and team were extremely helpful throughout the planning to ensure my wedding reception went as planned and it did! Very happy with the service from beginning stages of planning to the day of the event. Everything was perfect. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Incredible everything. My friends cannot stop raving. Service, food, value, view and everything else - just a delight and my daughter cannot stop talking about the dreams of her Sweet 16 coming true. Chris, Paul and the whole staff were just amazing. Thanks.
Incredible everything. My friends cannot stop raving. Service, food, value, view and everything else - just a delight and Read more...
Incredible everything. My friends cannot stop raving. Service, food, value, view and everything else - just a delight and my daughter cannot stop talking about the dreams of her Sweet 16 coming true. Chris, Paul and the whole staff were just amazing. Thanks. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/16/2013
5.0/5.0
This was a great place for a wedding. The view was amazing and staff very accommodating. The food was delicious. .
This was a great place for a wedding. The view was amazing and staff very accommodating. The food was delicious. .
This was a great place for a wedding. The view was amazing and staff very accommodating. The food was delicious. . Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
4/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Hats off to all staff at the Highlawn for making our wedding the best day of our lives. Paul Keenan (Banquet Manager) did anything that we asked and took care of our requests beyond expectations. Norma who ran the party was a true professional. The food at the Highlawn is second to none as is the bar. The scenery is the best around and I can't say enough great things about the place.
Hats off to all staff at the Highlawn for making our wedding the best day of our lives. Paul Keenan (Banquet Manager) did Read more...
Hats off to all staff at the Highlawn for making our wedding the best day of our lives. Paul Keenan (Banquet Manager) did anything that we asked and took care of our requests beyond expectations. Norma who ran the party was a true professional. The food at the Highlawn is second to none as is the bar. The scenery is the best around and I can't say enough great things about the place. Read less
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Stefi
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
The day we met with Paul and saw the Highlawn Pavilion venue, we knew we would have our wedding here! The ambiance cannot be compared to anything else! It's the perfect size for a wedding of about 150 people. Paul was amazing because he was always cool, calm and collective. He made every decision easy and with no fuss! Norma was a doll the night of the wedding! I think she can read minds because everything was taken care of for us so we could effortlessly enjoy our night!! Our guests raved about the delicious food which was another big reason we went with Highlawn! We can't wait to have our anniversary dinner there!!
The day we met with Paul and saw the Highlawn Pavilion venue, we knew we would have our wedding here! The ambiance cannot Read more...
The day we met with Paul and saw the Highlawn Pavilion venue, we knew we would have our wedding here! The ambiance cannot be compared to anything else! It's the perfect size for a wedding of about 150 people. Paul was amazing because he was always cool, calm and collective. He made every decision easy and with no fuss! Norma was a doll the night of the wedding! I think she can read minds because everything was taken care of for us so we could effortlessly enjoy our night!! Our guests raved about the delicious food which was another big reason we went with Highlawn! We can't wait to have our anniversary dinner there!! Read less
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Jeana
Wedding:
9/16/2012
5.0/5.0
NYC/Central NJ: One of THE places to consider!!! I have worked at some of the best wedding locations in the world and Highlawn Pavilion is a gem! My wedding and reception was a dream come true due largely to Highlawn Pavilion. Paul K. and his team are as saavy and experienced as they are kind and polite. The majority of my guests were from Manhattan/NYC area; and they were all impressed by the billion dollar view of Manhattan, Newark and Jersey City (it's the highest point in NJ), the fine cuisine, the garden and building classic Italian villa styling and the nice and accommodating staff!!! We had over 150 people and not one of them felt unattended or left without feeling like a VIP. Paul K. is a gentleman and his experience provided great assurance in planning the cocktail hour menu to the dinner menu to small details in wedding decor. His working relationships with area DJs, photographers/videographers helped me communicating with them on working together as a team. Thank you to the Highlawn Pavilion family!
NYC/Central NJ: One of THE places to consider!!! I have worked at some of the best wedding locations in the world and Read more...
NYC/Central NJ: One of THE places to consider!!! I have worked at some of the best wedding locations in the world and Highlawn Pavilion is a gem! My wedding and reception was a dream come true due largely to Highlawn Pavilion. Paul K. and his team are as saavy and experienced as they are kind and polite. The majority of my guests were from Manhattan/NYC area; and they were all impressed by the billion dollar view of Manhattan, Newark and Jersey City (it's the highest point in NJ), the fine cuisine, the garden and building classic Italian villa styling and the nice and accommodating staff!!! We had over 150 people and not one of them felt unattended or left without feeling like a VIP. Paul K. is a gentleman and his experience provided great assurance in planning the cocktail hour menu to the dinner menu to small details in wedding decor. His working relationships with area DJs, photographers/videographers helped me communicating with them on working together as a team. Thank you to the Highlawn Pavilion family! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
7/15/2012
5.0/5.0
We booked the Highlawn 2 months after we got engaged and had to wait 15 months for our great day. I saw the Highlawn when I was 20 and i remember looking at that elegant restaurant thinking wonderful events must happen there. It was kismet!!

Christopher Gellings was super helpful and very kind to us the whole way through. Quick with a phone call, all our questions were answered politely and professionally. We got the gift certificate to try the food and wow....their seafood is amazing!

The food is still raved about to this day. Two words: Duck rolls..amazing. The oysters, seafood, and all the meat were amazing and that was only the cocktail hour! We had a little bit of overcast on our wedding day, but it made for amazing pictures! You could see every building all night and at the last hour, our guests gazed out on the city. Upgrade to the Viennese table...even though no one will touch the cake when you have bananas foster!

We are so happy with the Highlawn, I promote it to all my friends. It was classy, elegant, fun, and so warm. If you want a run of a mill banquet hall, go somewhere else. :)
We booked the Highlawn 2 months after we got engaged and had to wait 15 months for our great day. I saw the Highlawn when Read more...
We booked the Highlawn 2 months after we got engaged and had to wait 15 months for our great day. I saw the Highlawn when I was 20 and i remember looking at that elegant restaurant thinking wonderful events must happen there. It was kismet!!

Christopher Gellings was super helpful and very kind to us the whole way through. Quick with a phone call, all our questions were answered politely and professionally. We got the gift certificate to try the food and wow....their seafood is amazing!

The food is still raved about to this day. Two words: Duck rolls..amazing. The oysters, seafood, and all the meat were amazing and that was only the cocktail hour! We had a little bit of overcast on our wedding day, but it made for amazing pictures! You could see every building all night and at the last hour, our guests gazed out on the city. Upgrade to the Viennese table...even though no one will touch the cake when you have bananas foster!

We are so happy with the Highlawn, I promote it to all my friends. It was classy, elegant, fun, and so warm. If you want a run of a mill banquet hall, go somewhere else. :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I cannot say enough how obsessed we are with our wedding! We are so grateful to have chosen the Highlawn. Paul Keenan was so easy to work with. Our guests couldn't rave enough about the food. The room looked breathtaking and thankfully the sky was clear so all of our guests had a view! Omg love this place!!!
My husband and I cannot say enough how obsessed we are with our wedding! We are so grateful to have chosen the Highlawn. Read more...
My husband and I cannot say enough how obsessed we are with our wedding! We are so grateful to have chosen the Highlawn. Paul Keenan was so easy to work with. Our guests couldn't rave enough about the food. The room looked breathtaking and thankfully the sky was clear so all of our guests had a view! Omg love this place!!! Read less
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