Great upscale State College Dining!
Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Definitely one of the must try upscale State College Restaurants. Highly recommended!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is innovative. There
The food is innovative. There is an option for a smaller portion on some of the food entrees which is nice for a lighter meal.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I wish I traveled to State
I wish I traveled to State College more often so I could eat often at Spats!! This was my third or fourth dining experience and they provide seriously good food and service...every time. The foie gras appetizer was so divinely rich and tender, and although I didn't intend to eat the baguette slices under the foie gras I couldn't resist how deliciously well the buttery drippings saturated the bread. My main course was also wonderful, a spicy rich cajun pasta with crab. The petite portion was perfect. Great service. I will return...but probably not soon enough!
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been eating at Spats
I've been eating at Spats for 13 years. In this day and age, a restaurant that has been in business that long, with essentially the same type of menu is not that common. Never had a bad meal here.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
By far Spats Cafe is the best
By far Spats Cafe is the best dining experience in State College. The food was delicious & service was prompt & friendly. We have tried to dine there several times, but there was a wait for a table. Open Table made making a reservation simple. I would definitely recommend Spats & will definitely done there again.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sometimes it gets a little
Sometimes it gets a little loud that you have a hard time hearing your own conversations with your friends. Besides, it is a great place and great food.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great. The waitress
The food was great. The waitress was nice and helped one guest who can't eat anything containing dairy products. She wasn't able to keep up with all her tables though so our service wasn't great. It was good. We'd go back.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Spats cafe is the best place
Spats cafe is the best place to go for dinner at State College.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food but a little pricey.
Great food but a little pricey. I had the blackened duck and my son had the Red Jambalaya. We both enjoyed the food very much.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Spot Downtown
One of THE best in State College. Sit near the window, get the duck and cornbread app and the crab and crawfish hot pepper pasta. Save $ at lunch if you need to. The hot sauce rules.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Great service
Group of 9 business colleagues from across Pennsylvania. Universal raves for Spat's food and service. All of them said, "I'll be back."
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reconnect with friend
Your restaurant is a great place to reconnect with friends and remember old times and plan for new.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Slow Friday night which is
Slow Friday night which is not that unusual for early summer in State College. As usual the food was outstanding, the server was very friendly, helpful and attentive. Nice atmosphere with great food, I never have had a bad experience at Spats.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hadn't been there in awhile
Hadn't been there in awhile and had a great time with my stepdaughter. We were celebrating her upcoming internship.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food and service
Spats has been a favorite of ours for the past several years and it just gets better and better. Our last visit my wife and I were amazed that an outstanding menu was even better. I recommend the voodoo shrimp and scallops and the corn fritters. Wow!
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menu featured New Orleans style creole & cajun food that was delicious and well presented. This establishment, while probably a bit pricey for the student population of Penn State, is located in the heart of the campus area, is a fine place for an dining experience that allows you to enjoy other than hoagies, burgers, and other bar and fast food that proliferate the area. Service was good and the ambiance perfect for a romantic dinner or a group get together. Don't miss this place if you are in the area and like the New Orleans food experience.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place, great food
We enjoyed the dinner. Had been there before for lunch. Unique dining experience with authentic cajun food options.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service, tasty food
I ordered the Voodoo BBQ Shrimp and Scallops and it was delicious--just the right amount of spice. The collard greens and buttered grits were perfect side dishes. I also had the Corn and Crab Chowder--another very good choice. The Bananas Foster for dessert (very yummy) turned out to be way too much food--the portion would have been great for 2 people. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes New Orleans-style food. The server was great--friendly and attentive enough. The kitchen was slow but the extra time allowed for a very relaxed meal.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visited Spats during Culinary Week in State College and it was a great experience. The special menu for Culinary Week included many options for a great price. I would highly recommend this place!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I made reservations there before seeing a show at the local theater. I was surprised at the atmosphere, even though the dining area was spacious, the booth we were placed was intimate. The server was pleasant and prompt, while the jazz music was played hauntingly in the background.
The food was prompt and delicious including the appetizers. It definitely had a "Nawlin's" feel and taste. Surprising being so far away from the Mississippi.
Overall a great experience and we will return! We may have found our "new" restaurant.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Creole/Cajun food. Never
Great Creole/Cajun food. Never disappointed! Awesome Sangria
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is consistently
This restaurant is consistently good. The specials are beautifully prepared and have interesting combinations of ingredients. The atmosphere is lively as it is close to campus and attracts both students and locals.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
What can you say? This place is consistently fantastic. Waitress Sarah was engaged and attentive, with a wonderful table side manner. All entrees were superb, and for everyone in a party of 6 getting something different - that's saying a lot. I travel extensively for work and eat in all big cities - food here is at the level I find in those places.
My only criticism and it has been for years - the lighting needs help. The windows need shades and perhaps the overhead lighting needs a redo. That knocks the ambiance grade down a bit.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently excellent food, comfortable atmosphere, great chopped salad.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We thoroughly enjoyed our
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Spats. The food, wine and service were outstanding.
7/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
good food in state college
If you looking for upscale dining, this is the place. Great food. I highly suggest a visit to Spats!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creole goes to (State) College
We were seated in a cozy booth for two that had a view of the College Avenue scene yet was Iset off from the bustle of the main dining room. We had Creole Red Jambalya which was appropriately spicy and fried catfish with cheesy grits. The grits were wonderful, fluffy not pasty. Service was very good. I liked that the menu had quite a few menu items with a "demi" option. We would definitely go back and try more of the menu.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find on college. (Tongue
Great find on college. (Tongue in cheek) I can't count how many times I have walked past this restaurant over the years and said...I'll have to try that sometime. Finally tried it this past weekend and will not make the mistake of passing by again. Good service, ambiance, and menu. Short ribs were the highlight, cheese plate was weak, and jambalaya was above average. Definitely on the short list next time I am in town.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I first came to Spats while attending PSU. Now we come back to celebrate our anniversary every July. We love it-such a special place.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spats - best of State College
Fantastic food. Have gone there 3 times and every time, leave with a smile on my face.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food Terrific- Service Not So Much
We really enjoyed our meal-that is once we got it. Waiting more than one hour for our entrees was a bit of a problem, however, once it came the great flavors distracted our opinion of the restaurant. We will give them another shot, but the service needs to be better.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spats is consistently great
There are few restaurants that serve dishes as authentically cajun/southern as Spats. We are very fortunate to have this gem in State College. The servings are generous and perfectly seasoned, all presented nicely. I highly recommend Spats.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the nicest restaurants in SC
Spats Cafe is an excellent find, and one of the only places in town to find Cajun food. A bit on the expensive side for restaurants in State College, but definitely a great place to go for a date or special occasion. The menu includes a decent selection of tapas and quite a few entrees, many of which can be had in cheaper "demi" portions.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate there on a Saturday afternoon
Ate there on a Saturday afternoon on a PSU football weekend. Surprised it was not crowded. Ordered off the lunch menu and the portions were generous. My wife and I both had the corn chowder and it was delicious. I had the fried catfish with crawfish etoufee, grits and collards and my wife had the braised short ribs. Both dishes were excellent. We like to eat here whenever we come up for a game and it did not disappoint. We will continue to return.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem on College Ave
Spats is a gem on College Ave that never disappoints. The food is outstanding with various Louisiana fare and good variety of wine and other alcoholic beverages. If you are looking for something a little different but very good food near the PSU campus you can't beat Spat's Cafe.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spats has a very unique food selection from Creole to Cajun. The duck was outstanding and there is a great selection of appetizers,
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food plus good service
Our family of four enjoyed our dinner at Spats Cafe. Our waitress was very helpful with the menu and gave us attentive service. Both our teens had Filet Mignon served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. They enjoyed it all. The honey almond-crusted chicken breast was moist and flavorful. My husband found the Shrimp Jambalaya spicy and delicious.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The gluten-free menu was extensive. All wheat flour has been replaced with other flours. The blacked salmon was amazing. My dining partner greatly enjoyed the portabella mushroom-eggplant dish. This will become my new go-to restaurant in State College.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, service good. Pleasant dining atmosphere. Would return and recommend.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in town for a conference and a friend recommended Spats. New Orleans cajun style food at its best. Service was friendly, I highly recommend the Sangria! Large tapas menu -- would recommend the Voodoo BBQ Shrimp. Hubby ordered Jambalaya extra spicy because he loves his food hot -- this did not disappoint -- he was sweating by the end of the meal. I had the lump crab cakes which were good but I would've preferred a little less breading. Too stuffed to try dessert but when we come back to State College again, Spats will be on our dining out list for sure!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Spats to celebrate
Went to Spats to celebrate our anniversary. It was quiet and a pretty atmosphere. The food from appetizer, entree, and dessert were all delicious. Would definitely recommend it!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the jumbalya
I am vegan and they make a fabulous vegetarian jumbalya.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Let me preface this by saying that I really like Spat's, but it's not necessarily because of the food. I enjoy the ambience and the great service. Good wine, too. Some of the dishes are very tasty. I loved the duck spring rolls and the spareribs that are not on the menu now. I once had a beautifully done piece of halibut in a lemon wine reduction sauce. Excellent! But, I can't count on consistently delicious meals there. Generally, the food is just too heavy with cream and spices.The blackened entrees are almost inedible. The other night I encouraged everyone to have a spinach salad, but it wasn't as I remembered and I couldn't even get through half of mine. A lighter touch would help the cuisine. Bring in Gordon Ramsay for a makeover.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Lots of great
Excellent food. Lots of great Cajun options. Waitress seemed out of sync at the beginning but recovered some as the meal went on. Maybe it was just an off night. Would definitely go back. One comment is that it seemed smoky inside although no one was smoking. Maybe the kitchen ventilation wasn't working well. All in all it was an excellent meal.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fine Cajun Dining in State College
We have been to Spats numerous times, and have never left disappointed. While the menu leans toward Cajun, there is a variety of foods for everyone's taste. We love the Cajun flare though, it is like having a piece of New Orleans in State College. Don't miss it.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great nola type dinner
We had a wonderful meal here. The blackened catfish was perfect. So was our chopped salads and appetizers. The server was friendly, had good suggestions and perfect timing. And of course the atmosphere at Spats was warm and cozy. We'll definitely go there again.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's a keeper!
Spats is a wonderful place, with a delicious, unique menu and perfect location. We enjoy the quiet environment where we can easily carry on a conversation. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. We look forward to the next trek to State College and Spats for dinner!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food with unique flavor
Great food with unique flavor pairings. Smaller plate offerings for their entrees.
The artichoke dip is the best we have ever had.
We will go back any time we are in State College.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Creole style food, excellent
Good Creole style food, excellent service, great atmosphere.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family and I had a lovely dining experience here. Outstanding service. A number of excellent dishes, though the "Gator Bites" appetizer were on the limp and soggy side.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM