Carnegie House Restaurant
Carnegie House Restaurant

Carnegie House Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carnegieinnandspa.com/fine-dining-,dining-en.html
  • Phone: 8142342424x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    M-F 7:30 - 9:30
    S-S 7:30 - 10:00

    Lunch
    M-F 11:00 - 2:00
    Prices range from $7 up
    A Three Course Pr-Fix Lunch at $14.95

    Sat - Sun Closed

    Dinner
    M-Thur 5:00 - 9:00
    Fri - Sat 5:00 - 9:00
    Sunday - Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lisa Palermo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our culinary and service professionals will work with you to create a legendary experience.
  • Entertainment: Dan Albaugh on Friday and Saturday Nights.
    One time piano player for the President of the United States, Dan showcases his amazing talents while performing your favorite requests.
  • Special Events: Throughout the year we will feature special menus featuring wines and liquors paired with menus created by our culinary team.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Toftrees Ave.
  • Public Transit: CATA HP Route
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Parking
A word from Carnegie House Restaurant
Nominated 7 years in a row by State College Magazine as the Best Fine Dining Restaurant and Most Romantic!

As you enter the dining room through the glass-paned French doors from the library, a feeling of warmth and elegance beckons you to enjoy leisurely fine dining. A bow window allows dinner guests to view the beautiful flowers that surround Carnegie Inn & Spa and the woods surrounding the golf course. China, crystal, and silver grace the tables on crisp white table linen along with bouquets of fresh flowers. Servers are attentive in providing for the needs of the guests who dine on Contemporary European Cuisine.



From daily breakfasts to elegantly prepared hors d'oeuvres and dinner selections, dining at Carnegie Inn & Spa is as spectacular as it is relaxing. The Library invites casual conversation while savoring a favorite cocktail or glass of wine from the Wine Spectator award winning selection.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Carnegie House Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (28)romantic (24)fit for foodies (16)scenic view (10)notable wine list (6)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Not a good night here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The place is beautiful but they couldn't handle a full house. It took over two hours to see my bowl of soup. I told them to wrap my dinner to go since after having a 7pm reservation, 10pm was too late for me to start eating a heavy meal. My guests were too tired and just wanted to leave by the time our dinners arrived and then some weren't even warm. Everyone left most of their meal. We won't be back. No apologies or nothing. Disappointing.
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  • Carnegie House Restauant
    dmw10
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Recently had a wonderful evening at the Carnegie House Restaurant. Everything was perfect. Staff, Food, Atmosphere, Drinks and overall experience could not have been better. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant dining.
    RGinTallyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A must stop for dinner every time my wife and I are in town. Elegant ambiance and very good food. Service could use some more polish. Expensive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    DJSan
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Good for a special occasion as the experience is leisurely and spread out over a couple of hours. The overall ambiance and service was fine. In general though, the food is overpriced. The steak we received was a very poor cut of meat and gristly-- more like what you would expect if you were having breakfast at Denny's. We're not sure if we'll return, but if we do, we definitely will avoid the steak.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carnegie House
    Sandy2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The place has lost its charm. We didn't feel as special as we had a few years ago. It was a significant departure from years past. When we arrived, we were not greeted right away. The gentleman was on the phone . Lastly, my husbands steak was so tough he could not eat it. We're not likely to return .
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Have been to Carnegie House Restaurant a few times (about 5 times). The food is good but I found the duck half was salty (I did not add salt, perhaps it was the sauce); I've had the ceasar salad before but didn't appreciate the 2 large romaine leaves used as decoration. Apparently our server didn't realize we were there for dinner so it was almost 45 min. past our reservation when we had to remind them. I've had better meals and better service at CH in the past but it is one of very few fine dining establishments in State College.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in State College
    ZusmanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My daughter and I dined here the night before she started school and were so pleasantly surprised that a restaurant of this caliber was within minutes from campus. The food was outstanding, the service was superb and the ambience was serene. We were a little surprised that drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served in the library where we ordered our meals but were ushered into the dining room once our first course was ready. The whole experience was lovely and cannot wait to return with my husband and son.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique
    Grumpy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    An unusual and unique experience but one for which you must have the time to invest. Had I been there with my wife it would have been very enjoyable. As a business dinner it was too slow paced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I had an incredible night out. We don't often treat ourselves to a restaurant of this caliber, but we are surely glad we did. It was an amazing night that we will look back on fondly. Thanks, Carnegie House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Anniversary Dinner
    StateCollegeCouple
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband and I chose to try the Carnegie House for the first time to celebrate our 30th Anniversary and what a wonderful choice it was! The atmosphere was elegant and refined from the moment the staff seated us in the library for our before dinner drinks to the small, beautiful dining room where we had our delicious dinner. Our steaks were perfection and the lovely dessert they brought out with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate was truly the perfect ending to a perfect dinner. The views from the library windows were simply lovely too! While the Carnegie House is a little too pricey for the average dinner out, it was a wonderful splurge for a special occasion, I will look forward to going again for our next anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem
    JoaniGVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While visiting my son at Penn State this past weekend, we came across this wonderful little restaurant. Although we were not immediately seated in the library (the maitre d gave a lame excuse that some people had shown up a half hour early for their reservation, but we were on time), the rest of the evening made up for that little snafu. Drinks and hor's deurves were delicious! The ambience, food and service were outstanding! Carnegie House is certainly well worth the ten minute drive from campus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great but Late
    Sara
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Everything was great but we had a 7:00 reservation and were not seated until after 8:00. Oddly enough the dining room was not full but they could not seem to get things out of the kitchen. We would try it another time though since the setting and staff were lovely and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For a Special Occasion
    Melon
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was delicious albeit a bit pricey. The restaurant was also very noisy even though it was not extremely crowded. I would return but only for celebrations or special events.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this place
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A drive outside of State College but a dining experience not to be missed. From the cocktails and complementary appetizers in the library through the dessert, every moment is special. The best dining in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting for lunch
    DinerDeb
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I ate there with several friends and we had just a lovely time in a beautiful setting. The food was delicious, the service good, and the setting was stunning. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WoW
    B2lunchVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    EXCELLENT all the way ! Refreshing cocktails in their Private Study. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Wonderful entree selection Outstanding personnel and staff. Intimate dining room Please go and enjoy this unique dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary at the Carnegie House Restaurant. The food, ambiance and staff were all wonderful. Our table set decorated nicely with memorabilia from our wedding and honeymoon in which the staff gladly set up. I highly recommend this location.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    dinnerlover
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Had a lovely dinner, fabulous food and were able to converse throughout the meal. The restaurant was quiet which made it very enjoyable. The seating area prior to dinner again provided the ability to talk. The food was great - the chef rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 73 reviews are from the Carnegie House Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Disappointed this time
    HeatherB
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very nice for a romantic time. Disappointed in the service as it did not seem to match the atmosphere or the food. The glass of wine ordered appeared as $12 on the menu and was $15 on the bill. We ordered dessert and were served the wrong one. The food was very good and the atmosphere was unique for a special occasion. Maybe the servers just had an off night… I have dined with them on other occasions and the service was excellent. I was disappointed this time but would still go back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dine2relax
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Always a great place to dine for special occasions. Service is impeccable and food is excellent. The ambience is delightful -- small and intimate with everyone keeping their voices down in respect to other diners. Staff is always available while not being over bearing. We come here 4 or 5 times a year and we are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely place for an anniversary
    apairofdocs
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner at the Carnegie House. The service, from the time we stepped in the door, was attentive but unobtrusive. We enjoyed our drinks setting and the chef's complimentary appetizers in the library. We never felt rushed, but our next course was always right there, on time and beautifully presented. The dining room was quiet and intimate. Our dessert came with "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate around the outer edge. A perfect ending to a delicious dinner!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Have been ignored fro 30 minutes
    Willy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We booked via Open Table not being aware of the Fine Dining setup and arrived with our Motorbikes in a still appropriate look. However, when entering the bar for predrinks we'd been ignored and also when to other guests the Menus had been presented already I had to remind service staff that we had a booking. Only then staff started to be a bit more friendly. Food was excellent and we would recommend the restaurant at any time. However Staff should be a bit more flexible with their guests. Dr Ralf Brandt
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Food but Stuffy
    Chad
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The food was very good even though its rather pricy (especially for State College). The environment was very stuffy, maybe it was just the night we were there but very dull! Funeral Parlors have more excitement than this place. Some may like that but it wasn't for us. We may return again for a special occasion but it will not be a common spot for us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Initial service pre seating for dinner was slow. But once drinks arrived all went well. Excellent food and friendly service. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High class dining
    PatM
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Took my parents for their 45th wedding anniversary - was a perfect fit. Started with cocktails in an intimate waiting area - took order there - so when seated your first course arrived shortly after you did. Staff was very friendly, but not overly attentive. Food was outstanding from appetizers to dessert. Highly recommend the ice cream made on premises - among the best gourmet ice cream I have ever had (and this coming from someone who used to work in a gourmet ice cream store). Well worth the price!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    orcadian
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This was my third experience at Carnegie House and was quite disappointing, unlike the previous visits. Two different lamb dishes were both tough and fatty, an unusual combination. Desserts were mediocre, again a change from previous visits. Service was excellent, as usual. It was a very busy evening and perhaps that was the problem, but I'll probably hesitate to book again at CH.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and Underwhelming
    MrsReviewer
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food is grossly over-priced and extraordinarily underwhelming. My "medium" chop was raw. The side dishes would have been better from the frozen food aisle at Wegmans. The food wouldn't be worth it at half the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not worth it
    bobo
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great atmosphere but food and low numbers of fellow diners are downside. Prices wildly inflated for the quality of food, service and drink options.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carnegie House
    JoeFood
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Very nice welcome when you walk in. We were seated in the library where drink orders were taken and we were given menus. Drinks were good but very strong (almost too strong). Hot hors d'oeuvres were given next. We received Chicken satay and potato croquette which were very good. We were seated when our first course was ready. This was our first time there and it is a very welcome change to the dining experience. I had the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly and bean and andouille soup appetizer. My girlfriend had roasted beet salad and butternut squash ravioli. All the food was excellent. It is very pricey but for a special occasion it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place and always
    Silvo
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Love this place and always like to return for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem at State College
    DonnajoeVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    What a wonderful experience we had ! Upon arrival our party of 4 went by the fireplace for a cocktail and a complementary appetizer what a lovely idea! We then proceeded to place our appetizer and dinner order. We were then escorted into the dining room where we ate a most delicious appetizer and dinner....the dessert was amazing as well! Just wanted to let you know what a phenomenal experience we had! Can't wait to come back this is a true gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food good, all else excellent
    BentheleftyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great dining experience. We were sat down in a lounge area to look over the menus and order drinks. Complimentary h'our derves were a nice touch. We ordered our meals before sitting down and upon being seated we were met with our soups. The food was delicious although the price for the entrees was a little steep. Overall a great experience for a Valentine's date with my wife.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    Mura
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    A wonderful place to relax and wind down in front of the fire with a glass of wine....followed by a delicious, graciously served dinner. A true gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A+
    Erin
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The Carnegie House is the best restaurant in State College. The food is fabulous, the service is impeccable, and the dining room is the perfect noise level. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere good, food mediocre
    StateCollegeDiner
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Service was very friendly, and the relaxed atmosphere was great. I really like the format of being able to sit in the lounge area for a drink while perusing the menu. I have gone to this restaurant only twice in the last few years. Both times, the food was disappointing. Nothing was ruined or inedible, just lower quality than one should expect from a restaurant with this atmosphere and this price point. (Most recently, my tuna carpaccio was bad, my wife's crab cake was very good, other appetizers and entrees were so-so.) I hope that improvements can be made in the quality of food as this would be a nice place to go in an area with limited fine dining options.
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  • amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    attention to detail amazing! food amazing! service amazing! staff went ABOVE AND BEYOND as we had large group 3 cars full and all lost; someone from restaurant drove to find us and escort our convoy to restaurant! AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversery Dinner
    Mags
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Evening started with Wine in the library. Very nice surroundings. But noisy with other groups nearby. Meal was very tasty. I would visit again to try other dishes. The dining room holds 35-40 diners. Again it was very noisy. If you want to have quiet, private conservations this is not the place to dine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place needs a chef even on holidays
    EleanorVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    The food was quite bad, and one thing was truly memorable. The words 'seared foie gras,' bring a certain picture to mind. What that picture definitely is not is a plate containing four paper-thin slices of something gray that has been carefully cooked to death and then drained to be absolutely certain that no fat at all remains. Add that to the dry turkey and the cold overcooked prime rib, and it was a meal so dreadful that it became amusing. When we mentioned how bad it was back at our hotel, we were told that it is well regarded and we can't expect to find Philadelphia food in State College. It seems strange, because if that is the case, we shouldn't expect the Philadelphia prices in State College, either. Funny, that.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    PSU36
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I was a little disappointed in the level of service...compared to previous visits. We never recieved our free appetisers, until I asked for them at the table. Also, we were never asked if we wanted dessert, coffee, etc,. This, I found very aggravating. We had to flagdown a waitress for our check and still, no offer for coffee or dessert! I was very surprised!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Spot
    SouthgalVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Appetizer and drinks served in a softly lit living room atmosphere allows the small dining room to accommodate main courses. We enjoyed the lobster bisque first course, but we found the veal masala and especially the steak oversauced. The steak was completely overpowered. The vege sides completed an attractive plating. We would probably return if a friend specifically wanted to eat there, but not on our own.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate