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Venues in West Orange, New Jersey,
(973) 731-3100
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 53 Reviews


    User4669790

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  • My husband and I are very happy with our venue choice - The Highlawn was excellent on all points. The ceremony space is beautiful, the huppah is unique and the view cant be beat. The food is exceptional - not your typical banquet hall catering. The staff is reliable and professional. Last but not least, it is an exceptional value - our wedding looked like it cost 4 times what we paid. If you want a special, intimate, classic and elegant feel to your wedding - The highlawn is an excellent pick. We couldn't be happier!

    Erica

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  • We got married at the Highlawn Pavilion at the end of August 2015. It was truly a fantastic experience with this venue from top to bottom! We worked with Chris Gellings in the banquet department, who is a fun, friendly guy and was a great help to us in the whole process. He worked with us to find ways to secure our top choice venue within a budget we could afford. On wedding day, the entire staff of the Highlawn was extremely helpful and professional. The service was first rate, especially from Chris and Norma, the maitresse d'hotel, who ran a tight ship and kept everything going smoothly. They got everybody in order for the ceremony and made sure that happened on time. It was a gorgeous day for our outdoor ceremony, which I'd had my heart set on after seeing the garden area with its stunning view. The setup, both indoors & out, was great for our wedding w/120 guests. The presentation was impeccable, drinks were plentiful, and the food was amazing - I only wish I'd gotten to eat mo... Read more

    User4516121

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  • 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!

    Kimberly

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  • Our wedding at Highlawn was PERFECT! We had so much fun and didn't worry about one thing! The food was so good--we both got filet mignon and heard great things about all our other options from others. We chose a chicken dish and a fish dish as well. The cake looked beautiful and tasted just as good as it looked (red velvet!). We had a beautiful day, and the view was just unbelievable. The moon that night was incredible--it had this red glow to it. We really got so many compliments on the food and the venue. Paul was incredible to work with. He helped us plan our day and was so attentive to me both for the time leading up to the wedding, as well as on the actual day. We really appreciated our personal maitre d' who was also so attentive and made sure both my husband and I ate a little bit of everything. The cocktail hour was better than anything I've ever been to! The ballroom is perfect for an average size wedding. We ended up with 141 guests (138 adults) and we had plenty of room f... Read more

    Amanda

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  • 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.

    User3010259

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  • 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!!!

    Stephanie

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  • This was a great place for a wedding. The view was amazing and staff very accommodating. The food was delicious. .

    User2411576

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  • 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.

    Lidiya

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  • I reserved the private room upstairs for my mother's 65th birthday party! The food was very tasty with lots of options (including birthday care), great service and amazing view of NYC. That weekend NJ received a significant amount of snow (20+ inches). The restaurant was very accommodating, and did not cancel our party. Thank you for being so flexible!

    Stefi

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  • 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!!

    Jeana

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  • 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 ... Read more

    Christine

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  • 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 al... Read more

    geri

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  • We had our wedding here on 7/1/12-- we are an older couple but still wanted a classy event with great food. This was it and more! Fabulous views for the New York skyline and a gorgeous venue. All of our guests raved. Everyone we dealt with went out of their way to accomodate our wishes --from Chris the banquet manager to Norma our personal assistant the day of the wedding. It is a "smaller venue" and nice that they only have 1 wedding @ a time.

    Ashley

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  • 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, t... Read more

    Joanne

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  • 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.

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