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Spats Cafe and Speakeasy
Spats Cafe and Speakeasy
  • Address:
    142 East College Avenue
    State College, PA 16801
    State College
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: $30 and under

Spats Cafe and Speakeasy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.site.spatscafe.com/
  • Phone: (814) 238-7010
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, American, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Duke Gastiger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pugh Street
  • Public Transit: Frequent local bus service with stop 1/4 block away
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking and Parking Garage within 1/4 block.
A word from Spats Cafe and Speakeasy
Since opening in 1987 Spats Cafe and Speakeasy receives yearly recognition as THE BEST DOWNTOWN fine-dining restaurant in State College and most recently awarded BEST VEGETARIAN MENU in Central PA.

Soft Jazz and Blues rolls through the rich New Orleans decor lending to a casual elegance just perfect for either a romantic interlude or a business dinner.

Cajun/Creole specialties and truly professional table service complete the picture....a delightful evening in NOLA! Won't you join us?
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We had the Gumbo, cranberry chopped salad, honey chicken and honey catfish. All excellent!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food and ambiance are great! Cajun twist is a real surprise on this beautiful college campus."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I love this place. The grilled Tuna is rich and flavorful and the cheesy grits are outstanding."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Food was excellent, server was informative and friendly, and atmosphere was calm and relaxing"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I have always loved this place! I chose it for a big family brunch for my graduation weekend as it is one of my favorites. Food was great as always, and I really appreciated how they were very accommodating to the kids in our group. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "An unassuming store front with fantastic selections of food. We were a party of 7 so ordered many tapas plates. One after the other were surprising and delicious. There was something for everyone. I had a frozen drink, which I finished, but didn't seen to have much alcoho in it. So robe else in my party had several mixed drinks that were great. Desserts were exceptional as well."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have had daughters at Penn State over the last 8 years and this was a pleasant new discovery. We had a tough time deciding what to get as the menu had so many great options. We thoroughly enjoyed our "NOLA Experience" from Hurricane's before dinner right to the Banana's Foster Crepes for dessert. We will be coming back to check out some of the other great sounding options on the menu."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Always a great choice when choosing a restaurant for either a complete meal or just tapas & drinks. Don't pass on a pitcher of sangria for all. I love to take "first timers" here to experience Spats wide variety of menu options. Never disappointing!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We know we can count on Spats whenever we want to treat ourselves to a consistently delicious meal. It's our go-to favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good downtown location and ambience. Excellent menu and selection. The menu items and culinary calibre separate Spats from all other restaurants we've experienced in the State College area. Our food and service have both typically been excellent."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A group of us went for culinary week and ordered off the special menu for the week. The food tasted amazing, everyone loved their entrees, some people were not fond of the consistency of the chopped salad but I liked it. The service was very slow, we waited about 30 minutes for the salad/soup course, another 45 minutes from the time we finished that for the entree. From the time we ordered to the time our check arrived was over two hours. After the check did arrive one friend even joked that he could run to his car to grab something and the copy for him to sign would not be brought back yet, sure enough when he got back from his car the waitress didn't even run his credit card yet."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "While there are many choices in State College most of them cater to students. Lots of burger/sandwich joints with a smattering of real restaurants. But even among the "real" restaurants, many have a rowdy bar scene for the 20-something set and serve mainly pub food. Not always what you're looking for. Spats is a great choice for grown ups looking for something that's a little bit more sophisticated though not expensive. The food is well worth the price and while the atmosphere is still pretty informal (this is a casual town after all) it is, well, adult. Though could admittedly use some sprucing up."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Found this restaurant on Tripadvisor and was really pleased - celebrating our son's birthday. The food was excellent - we went with the diverse selection of tapas that included many with a Louisiana/creole seasonings. The Corn & Crab chowder was exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great place to meet during Arts Fest--and food is always interesting and fun. We met up with our good friends from Williamsport and enjoyed a meal while catching up! Good wine, good friends, and blackened catfish--what could be better!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My hasband and I made a reservation for dinner at Spats for our 1 year anniversary. This was the place we had gone to on our first date and I remember it being a very quiet and classy restaurant. When we got to the restaurant I was let down at the quality of the table that we were seated at. I understand that it was a busy night but the customers that call ahead and make a reservation should, I believe, get better seating than those that do not make a reservation. I was also extremely disappointed with the quality of the gin and tonic that I ordered. It was 2% gin and 98% tonic water. I sent it back saying that it was not worth drinking. On a bright note, the food was INCREDIBLE and our waitress was very accomodating. Overall great."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went here for a romantic dinner, first thing in the door was a rude hostess. Sorry but your hostess has to be pleasant, no matter what. Food was ok, nothing notable. Waitress was great!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The waitstaff we very accommodating; we were not rushed; provided separate checks for out group; no hesitation"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Dinner at Spats never disappoints! The food was wonderful (I had the crabcakes, which are especially delicious with the cajun remolade), and everyone at my table was very happy with their dinner. The appetizer, or tapas, menu is innovative (we had the brie in pastry, the steamed mussels and the gator bites on cornbread), and all of our choices were great. Service is friendly, prompt and non-intrusive. I would recommend dining at Spats. Make reservations - they are justifiably often quite busy!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "FOOD - great. SERVICE - great. AMBIENCE - great. A definite "Must Experience" while in State College."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food is gourmet, made to order, and wonderful. We ate here two nights in a row. The best part was, they have a wonderful gluten free menu and are willing to modify dishes however you need. We took our kids and they were very kid friendly. We will go here again when we come to Penn State."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I am never disappointed with Spats. They have a great variety of menu items to choose from and the service is always friendly and knowledgeable. I can't come to State College without stopping here!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Visited this restaurant while taking our daughter to Penn State New Student Orientation. We all were very happy with the atmosphere, food and service. The atmosphere is cozy and good for all generations. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I have been going to Spat's ever since I went to main campus back in 1994. It is by far my favorite restaurant. I come back every year to visit Penn State and always eat at Spat's during my stay! The jambalaya is my absolute favorite!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "NYC food snob in for the Happy Volley tournament. I was surprised to find such a good Cajun food in of all places State College PA. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "really good cajun food. unbelievable for state college."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Been going there for years and they never disappoint. We lucked out the other night and got a 4 top by the windows. Warm evenings in a college town. Girls outside were hotter than the crab and crawfish hot pepper pasta. My favorite meal and my favorite restaurant and that's saying something."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Their pasta special is something for one to order if you like way over cooked pasta and so much cheese that you cannot taste crab nor the crawfish. Were they even on the plate? No idea."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went here with my wife for our wedding anniversary. Food was great! Loved the crab and crawfish spicy creamy pasta. Phenomenal!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the service and ambience. The service was impeccable. The food was good but not great. Two southern boys may have had too high an expectation; if the proprietors want to really spice up the Cajun food menu I'd suggest a weekend trip to New Orleans (or any cities along the Gulf coast) for the chef. The effort would be well served (pun intended). That said - I'd still go back and try out some other menu items!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Very good food and exactly type of place I now frequent on my business trips. Spats is place for special occasions as a student, but as alumni, I would frequent more often given the chance. We had the gumbo, chicken firesticks, alligator bites, pasta, and cajun dirty jambalaya. The bad, the pasta was not cooked very well; very mushy and over done, we actually returned the plate, not charged by the restaurant. But everything else was very good. The gumbo was hearty and flavorful, like the ones I get down in New Orleans. Gator was tender and the rue sauce was very good. The cajun jambalaya with a bit of the Spats hot sauce, excellent! The firesticks was not on the menu but they made it for us, and just as how my wife loved it."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Our party of six arrived at eight o'clock. We had to move our dinner reservations back as we were driving from Williamsburg Va. and got into a lot of traffic,We were accommodated with no problem. Our server was very helpful when we ordered as to portion sizes for some that were ordering the smaller dishes. The food was outstanding as we had experienced on a prior visit. We look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Spats was a welcome and delicious surprise on a college campus. The food was fantastic. The atmosphere was energetic!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Poor service... Didn't seem to want my business. Many mistakes by the server but no concern with making it right. Food was OK but service was dreadful"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is my first time back to Spats in years, which is an old favorite. I liked the new menu and the food was very good. I will return the next time I'm in town!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner, the service was great. Will definitely visit again when I am back in town."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Their GF menu has a lot of appetizers (unheard of for GF). Artichoke dip with veggies and rice crackers is my favorite. they have GF crab cakes and this is one of very few places we (who live near the bay) will eat crab. The cheese grits are amazing. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Set the bar high with the most delicious bread I have ever had in a restaurant and it was all uphill from there! Every course was more mindblowingly delicious than the last! Deep fried brie and mango chutney? Theres an app for that! I Highly reccommend Spats to anyone- for very reasonablly priced plates ($20-35) you will not find more delectable food!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We ate at Spats Cafe last Saturday night. Our waitress was fabulous - knowledgeable and fun and helped make a special evening even more special. It was our second time at Spats' - and we can't wait to go back again! Many thanks."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Very unique and delicious food. Homemade desserts were also great"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great meal of creole specialties! Service was wonderful and you could imagine you were somewhere off Bourban Street. Reservations are a great idea - especially on the weekend. We had the jambalya, chopped salad and bourban pecan pie ala mode. If heading to Penn State and want to get out of the 'fray' without leaving College Avenue - come on in! The Hurricanes are a little sweeter than those in New Orleans, but worth it for a taste of Louisana."
    Dined on 3/28/2014