What If... of Hershey

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901 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

We are now offering delivery within a 10 mile radius of the restaurant. Take Out is also available.

The What If... of Hershey, is located in the sweetest place on earth, Hershey, Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves on reasonably priced, quality food and drinks! We have been in business for over 20 years now and are family owned and operated, with one of the best happy hours in town.

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4.5based on recent ratings
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GLENNB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was excellent and service was good. Noise was very loud. Also when i made the reservation i put down we were celebrating a birthday and nothing was every mentioned.
Other then that excellent.

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CatherineL
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We always enjoy going to What If.

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vipGreatFood
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. A BIG Thank you-thank you very much to our server, Jennie, or maybe it was Jenny, who was awesome to say the least.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I usually have great food at this restaurant. The halibut fish and chips I ordered was not up to their usual standard.

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scott6610
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Best meal I have had in a very long time.
Filet Mignon was so tender. Waitress was great. Just a great place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Got the filet....absolutely delish. Portions are smallish as compared to other restaurants I go to....but flavor of the food is very good. Service is a bit relaxed (drinks can wait a bit to be filled)...but our waitress was very friendly.

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BrianP
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent, service was good. I will return....

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Mars
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What if is my favorite "go to restaurant" always consistently great!!! I have never even had a mediocre meal there, always a GREAT one!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pesto shrimp and short ribs were fantastic!

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RCMC3
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Full menu of meats and pastas and seafood.

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JEANIE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I ordered a filet mignon with crab meat and sauce and asked for "medium". The steak was served "well-done". They did offer me a new filet, however, I did not want my husband to finish his meal before I got a new steak. While I didn't request it, I felt they could have offered some form of a discount. I understand mistakes can be made, however, there were such good reviews and the meal was quite pricey, I felt that such mistakes should not be made at this type of establishment.

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MarM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and will return with friends!

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BethR
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had eaten at What If in Harrisburg years ago and always remembered how delicious the Salmon was. It became the standard to which all future Salmon I ate was compared to. None ever quite reached that standard. On Wednesday, at What If Hershey, I had the blackened Salmon with Strawberries and it was just as delicious, if not more so, than that Salmon I had years ago!!!! I can't stop thinking about it!!! I will definitely be back!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish. From salads to desert, everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines!

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LaurenK
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Anything with crab is highly recommended. Drink selection was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service
Recommend to anyone looking for a fantastic meal with friends or loved one

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night, Valentine's Day, was our first time dining here. I had honestly never heard of this restaurant but was looking on the OpenTable app for restaurants taking bookings for the holiday and when I read other reviews and glanced at the menu, I thought this was a winner.

Our reservation was at 8, and we were seated within minutes of arrival. There is a very chic and lovely lounge area to wait until your table is ready.

After we sat, our server came after only a few minutes and we placed our order. There was a bit of a wait for our appetizer but it wasn't obscenely long and I enjoyed taking in the decor and the pleasant atmosphere. We ordered the lambchop lollipops to share and we enjoyed them. They weren't out of this world amazing, but they were cooked to how we asked and I would definitely order them again.

The wait for our entrees seemed shorter, but it did take a little bit. Honestly, given how full the restaurant was, I thought the wait times were appropriate. Our server continued to apologize for the wait though.

He ordered the surf and turf and I ordered a special that wasn't on the menu and we both loved our meals. Cooked how we wanted, presentation was lovely (I'm very big on a restaurant bothering to plate their food stylishly) and the portion size was appropriate for the price. Dessert came quickly after clearing our plates. He had cheesecake and I had creme brulee. When the check arrived, we received two complimentary chocolate covered strawberries which I thought was a nice touch.

All in all, we had a great time and will definitely be back. It is funny that a restaurant as nice as this is underneath a Howard Johnson. Someone else called it a hidden gem and I very much agree.

What If... of Hershey
Responded on 23 February 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are touched to hear that we made such a good first impression. I hope we can feed you again soon! :-)

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vipForbes
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice meal at this classy, but reasonably priced restaurant here in the heart of Hershey PA. A very warm ambience greets you as you enter, and the staff follows through with friendly and professional service. And the food was great! It was a great Valentines Day dinner for my wife and me.

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RebeccaK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Hats off to the chef.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My girlfriend and I wanted to check this place out for a while. I will say, the food was fantastic, best steak and crab meat I’ve ever had!!! Place was very busy and our waitress was pulled in every direction possible. As a result of that, we didn’t get the best service. Prices were very reasonable and we will come back regardless of average service and the ambiance being a little loud. Can’t beat the food!!!

What If... of Hershey
Responded on 23 February 2020

Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate you giving us another try and hope your service is only better next time!

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TinaV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always excellent and the service was awesome. The only small bother were the dead flowers on the table. We will definitely return again!

What If... of Hershey
Responded on 23 February 2020

Thank you for your honest review. We will make sure to pay closer attention to the flower details!

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ShellyE
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! We’ll be back!

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KathiP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent; I will dine there again. The service staff seemed to be short, therefore, as the restaurant filled our service dropped a bit. Not enough to keep me from going back, again.

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LoriM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The desserts were outstanding! All of our main courses were delicious. The service was professional. I would highly recommend a date night at What If in Hershey, PA.

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USScot
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at this place but it won’t be the last. Very good food and service with a nice range of options on the menu and a decent wine list.

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vipLoriB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for dinner with friends. Drinks were delicious, service excellent, food wonderful.

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vipTheodoreS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was an annual stop on the way to the Coastal Virginia wine fest. What If is a must for our trip. The service is always outstanding and the food superb. Our server Donna was superb to say the least. She was there when we needed her but did not hover. Her cheerful manner and helpful attitude helped to make our evening a memorable event. The meal truly exceeded expectations. We selected an appetizer special not on the menu. Southwestern Shrimp Cocktail. It was to die for. Four large boiled shrimp with a Southwestern shrimp salsa and tortilla chips. The lamb chop had to be seen to be believed. We're use to a chop being no more than an inch in thickness. The chop was at least 2 inches in thickness and done to perfection. On outstanding meal to say the least. when we offered our compliments to the chef, we discovered that the chef was female. Having never met a female chef we asked to meet her. Turned out that the chef was our servers daughter. Another surprise. Overall this had to be one of our most memorable ever. We would recommend What If for a relaxing and pleasant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal. I have had the Veal Osco Buco..delish. I have also ordered the Seafood Ciopinno...also delish. Ago tuna was fantastic. Cool vibe. It's below the HoJo in Hershey and makes me feel like I'm in a secret Manhattan restaurant

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vipSkeeter
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and first rate service. Their crab cakes and crab cocktail are the best.

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AlyssaK
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was great! Everyone at our table was happy!

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vipFrequentDiner
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef-driven meals with excellent presentation, nice environment, good service, and reasonable prices

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RogerB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy going to What If every New Years Eve. The service is appropriate for celebratory night. Staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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Todmac
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect New Years Eve anniversary dinner.

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MichaelC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place

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TamiW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We always have great food and service. We don’t know if they were short handed or what. But we sat for an hour and half be forgetting our food. Three of us just got appetizers and the other got a salad. The waitress never stopped back to check on our drinks. She finally dropped by and gave us bread with dipping oil. We were very disappointed! We

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RCMC3
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great place for fine food and great service. Holiday gathering of 8 went off smoothly and was enjoyed by all !

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vipShannonR
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took our moms to this restaurant for their first time. We are from Baltimore and every time we travel to Hershey we go to What If. It has never disappointed us and we have loved every food dish we have ever tried from there. Our moms loved it as much as we do!!

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vipChocolatelarry
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A very good eating restaurant with the food usually very good and the service impeccable. Quiet atmosphere and attentive waitstaff. A small restaurant in size but a biG restaurant in food quality, selections and with reasonable pricing.

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MicheleS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Food was great! Drinks great! Service great!!!

FAQs

What If... of Hershey offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 533-5858.

What If... of Hershey is rated 4.5 stars by 901 OpenTable diners.

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