Open Now: David Burke at Orange Lawn in South Orange

Scallop crudo at David Burke Orange Lawn

Good news for fans of fine dining: world-renowned chef David Burke has opened David Burke at Orange Lawn, at Orange Lawn Tennis Club, the 140-year-old South Orange landmark.

The new restaurant is not only available to members of OLTC but is also open to the public every day except Sundays and Mondays when it is closed. Members of the public can dine at David Burke at Orange Lawn by enrolling in the dining club program (see more below).

From Park Avenue Café to Davidburke & Donatella, the David Burke TownhouseDavid Burke at Bloomingdale’sDavid Burke Tavern (NYC), VENTANAS Restaurant and Lounge (Fort Lee, NJ), Drifthouse by David Burke (Sea Bright, NJ) and other restaurants in NYC and across the country, David Burke has literally put his stamp on fine dining in America. And now he’s doing it in South Orange, NJ.

A James Beard awarded chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who also studied at École Lenôtre Pastry School in Plaisir, France, Burke has worked with legendary chefs including Pierre Troisgros, George Blanc, Marc Meneau, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Palmer and Waldy Malouf. At the age of 26, he received Three Stars from the New York Times at the River Café and was chosen by his peers to represent the USA at The International Culinary Competition and won France’s coveted Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Diplôme d’Honneur — the only American to ever achieve this honor. And the list goes on.

A recent visit revealed the attention that Burke brings to his inventive but satisfying food — from lobster dumplings, scallops and octopus, pastrami smoked salmon, veal picatta to tea and honey roasted duck to eye-popping desserts such as green donuts served in tennis sleeves, creamsicle crème brulee and cheesecake lollipop tree. The restaurant features modern American fare with Italian influences, as well as a wide selection of wines and a bar serving specialty cocktails such as a rye-based Advantage Lillet and more. Staff were on their toes — if anything went amiss, it was immediately corrected and amends were made.

Crab & Pretzel Raft Cake. Photo: Front of House.

The building and club itself showed obvious improvements throughout. New finishes and furniture inside charmed, as did radio flier wagons outside sporting herbs and greens used by the kitchen.

OLTC co-owner Bruce Schonbraun clearly sees Burke as part of the club’s overall resurgence. “Chef Burke’s unparalleled creativity and extraordinary talent will create an exciting dining and entertainment experience that the surrounding community will truly treasure, and won’t find elsewhere in the Essex County area,” said Schonbraun in a press release. “Our historic club is once again making history.”

Green donuts in tennis sleeves. Photo: Front of House.

And while the club continues to seek members to enjoy its tennis facilities and swimming pool (which, by the way, provides good eats from Burke via the 40 Love Pub as well as a specially-curated craft beer selection), you don’t have to join to eat at David Burke at Orange Lawn.

The restaurant can be enjoyed by enrolling in their dining club program which entails a nominal, one-time fee ($10) on the first visit followed by a welcome package and a 10% discount at select David Burke properties around the country. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 973-552-2280 EXT. 318.

David Burke at Orange Lawn



305 N Ridgewood Rd,
South Orange, NJ 07079


Closed Sunday
Monday – Saturday 5-10pm
Weekend Brunch – Sept. 2019

Photo: Front of House.

Orange Lawn is located at 305 North Ridgewood Road in South Orange. For more information, visit Orange Lawn’s website or call 862-289-8603 .