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What If of Hershey

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$$ - $$$
American, International, Contemporary
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845 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA 17033-1214 (Main Street Hershey)
+1 717-533-5858
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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va beach
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Location was very accessible since it was located downstairs in Howard Johnson Hotel. The downstairs smells like a basement but we were in a rush to get to a concert. We arrived on a Friday late afternoon. Only one other couple was eating and only one person to answer phones, bartend and wait tables. Service was slow. Sandwich order claimed... More 

Thank cjpogo
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We've been to this restaurant several times. The good reviews were part of the reason. Sadly our experience was not good. Our dinner service took 2 hrs. Tables were being cleared and seated several times around us. The food was not good. The rice was uncooked, the lentils were uncooked. Also we tried the peppermint dessert. It was nauseating. Whole... More 

Thank intrepidtravelor14
Hiram, Ohio
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place. Food is great. All servers are very friendly. You have to have the chocolate martini.

Thank ParadiseInUtah
New York City, New York
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I ate at the What If restaurant for our last night in Hershey to celebrate my wife's birthday. The restaurant is located downstairs below the Howard Johnson Inn. It's casual dining so no need for fancy clothes. The restaurant was kind of dimly lit but you can still see the menu. It was a nice quiet atmosphere... More 

Thank JManTraveler
Ashburn, Virginia
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the spa at Leo's on Chocolate and we were looking for recommendations for lunch. This place was recommended as was Hershey Pantry. It was a little later lunch time - 1:15 - and the Pantry was packed with a wait. We decided to go two doors down to What If based on the recommendation we received. It... More 

Thank JKAN-Ashburn-VA
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

My husband and I stopped for the night at Howard Johnson's motel and thought we would try this restaurant because it was close and we were exhausted. Upon entering the restaurant downstairs we were greeted and told it would be 10-15 minutes to be seated. We did notice it was not crowded and there were empty tables for us to... More 

Thank Mary P
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Went to this restaurant about 5 years ago with my husband and had a great dining experience. We go to Hershey often and have discovered that it is definitely NOT the dining capital of the world, so with all options exhausted, we decided to try What If again. The first thing we noticed as soon as we walked in the... More 

Thank Barb C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

What If is somewhat of a hidden gem on the main drag in Hershey. The food is absolutely delicious. Specialty drinks are excellent. It has an " upscale dungeon" type of feel, but with a touch of elegance. I never visit Hershey without eating here.

Thank 713reneey
Wainscott, New York, United States
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

We always ate here during the car show. It was hard to get in. Now half of the dining room was empty. The food was just okay. There was not any tablecloths or placemats. There was just the bare table. I'm not overly critical but l did not expect such small pour of wine in a large stem. There are... More 

Thank Mary R
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

This place was recommended by our hotel. The menu we received was different than the menu we saw at the hotel. When I asked the sever about burgers and sandwiches she said she could get us the late night menu. It was only 6:30 p.m. We were allowed to order off the late night menu the server was not to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $31
American, International, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 845 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA 17033-1214
    (Main Street Hershey)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Hershey
  • Phone Number: +1 717-533-5858

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?