Carnegie House Restaurant

4.7
409 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American

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About

Awarded 9 years in a row by State College Magazine as the Best Fine Dining Restaurant and Best Romantic!

As you enter the dining room through the glass-pained 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. Servers are attentive in providing for the needs of the guests who dine on Contemporary French Cuisine.

From breakfast 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon-Sat - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun - Closed
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Phone number
(814) 234-2424
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Kendeffy
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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PS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Everyone was very kinfd and fruendly. Food was excellent. Going back in a few weeks!

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Great food, really nice environment, great service! We already booked for Valentine’s Day!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For sure, the best restaurant in State College. I recommend.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

The first poor experience of nearly a dozen. It’s worth coming back, but this isn’t a 100% restaurant anymore. Stick to the basics when here.

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FS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner. Excellent food was fresh, creative and well prepared with nice menu options. The service was attentive and the atmosphere is relaxed and one of the best in Centre County.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and overall great experience.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Osso Bucco was 70% fat.

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere of the Library. Relaxing. Service was top notch. Food was delicious. A great experience over all amd we will definately come again when we are in State College.

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DJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, great food. A very relaxing evening with family.

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MH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinning in State College. Have a predinner drink in front of the fireplCe in the library. Very good menu.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The restaurant was beautiful & romantic. The appetizers & entrees were delicious. The desserts could use some improvements. It was an expensive dining.

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LT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table of four for the Chef's Table inside the kitchen. One word = AMAZING!!! My husband and our two friends are total foodies and ready for whatever. I, however, am allergic to gluten and dairy, and hate seafood - I am a problem child. Not only did Chef Paul accept the challenge, but completely embraced it. One of my courses was a VEGAN CREME BRULEE! Like I said - Amazing. We all had a wonderful night with spectacular food, great friends and perfect service. We are already planning another visit to the Carnegie.

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great relaxing atmosphere and very comforting after a cold wet game in Beaver Stadium. Outstanding service and attention to detail.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were mislead by the online menu which had entrees that were not available. We were assured that the menu had “just been changed” and that the website would be updated. My husband and I both ordered steaks, one filet mignon and one NY strip steak. WOW! They were excellent.

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RG
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very hard to find an upscale restaurant, comparable to large urban centers, in Central PA. The limited menu is always a major attraction for my wife and I; it indicates that the chef understands that you can only "master" a few entrees.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, Carnegie House provided great setting, generous-pour cocktails and excellent cuisine. For my birthday, ewe were treated to Prosecco by the sommelier, Karen Sapia. Toni, our waitress, was particularly attentive.

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p
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing service and experience. Dining has gone downhill. Been dining here for over 20 years. Service was non-attentive and mixed up both food and drink orders. Food was mediocre at best.

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WN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has to be the best meal both my husband and I have ever had. The presentation was spectacular and the food was outstanding. On top of that the server was so friendly and efficient. I loved the addition of light up menus!! The other "stands apart from others", was they offered you the option of sitting in a comfortable room and having a cocktail while you looked over the menu. You then placed your order and did not get seated at the table until your meal was close to being served. Was such a bonus, far more relaxing and comfortable way to dine. This place is a must for anyone wanting to experience high quality on every level at a very fair price

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NY
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In our opinion, the Carnegie House is the best restaurant the State College area. And it seems to just keep getting better and better. Diners can always count on expertly prepared meals that are beautifully presented, an intimate atmosphere, as well as an excellent wine list, creative cocktails, and seamless service. One of our favorite traditions at the Carnegie House is the option of first being comfortably seated in their paneled parlor before being brought into the dining room. In the parlor you can have drinks, enjoy an amuse bouche, look over the menu, and then place your order. Once your first course is ready to be served, wait staff invite you to your table in the adjoining dining room. In cold weather, the parlor often has a fire going in the fireplace. (You can also opt to be seated in the dining room right away if that's what you prefer.) It's not inexpensive, but we find that it's a good value, particularly for special occasions.

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Learned about this place because I saw it on this app and WOW. Me and my wife have been missing out. Food was absolutely phenomenal. Will be dreaming about the scallops tonight. Service was great too. I let our server know it was my wife’s birthday and she put a candle on her dessert and gave her complimentary chocolates on a cute gift box! Unexpected very sweet gesture.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We arrived early for our reservation and so we were understandably sat in the lobby and told our server would be right with us. However 20 minutes went by and nobody acknowledged us sitting there. We had to reapproach the hostess. When we were able to order drinks they arrived wrong. The bartender was lovely and corrected the error right away. We were told they were short staffed and that it would be a wait for our table. Once seated - our server did not seem educated about wine or the food on the menu ( For example he called the striped bass stripped bass and when asked if there was red zin on the wine menu he said the closest they had was a blush) Multiple bones were found in the fish. The scallops were to have truffles but their flavor was undetectable (perhaps forgotten?) and the scallops were not properly cooked. Our table was positioned at a back entrance to the dining room and multiple times people opened the door to shortcut back from bathroom. I had to actually move my chair to let them through. It was quit disruptive. It’s unfortunate there aren’t enough fine dining options in State College to make this establishment more accountable to their food and service.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We had an 8:00 reservation but did not get seated until 9:00 without much explanation and no consideration off the bill or offer of anything other than an apology by one person.

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j
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were great. Service was inattentive and lacking. It was unfortunate the service distracted from an otherwise exceptional meal.

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MC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent (as we’ve come to expect). Wait was around 45 minutes despite our reservation

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend here for dinner, and am so thrilled that I did. The personal service and attention to detail made the meal perfect. It was upscale without being stuffy, which can be difficult to find. What a warm and wonderful place - I will definitely return.

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SJ
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional from beginning to end. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. I asked for bacon on my salad even though it was not part of the specific salad I ordered and our waiter graciously made it happen... and then offered to bring me some with my entree since he knew I was fond of it. A little bit of extra attention, which was so nice. Our entrees were filets which were cooked to perfection and accompanied by delicious roasted vegetables. Dessert was a crepe with chocolate mousse. Outstanding! We will certainly return to this restaurant.

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A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best fine dining restaurant in State College. Chef Paul is so attentive to detail. Plates are beautiful and delicious. It's a quiet and romantic atmosphere.

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive but worth every penny. The food was exquisite and the atmosphere was just as great.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We were told that it was very expensive, but compared to North Jersey or New York it was reasonable.

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MF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnegie House is always a favorite for a special occasion. We love the no rush atmosphere! The staff is always wonderful and the food never disappoints...beyond delicious.

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A
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We have enjoyed Carnegie House is the past and have enjoyed it. We still enjoyed our experience but felt the food quality has diminished. Same menu items just lacking this time. Will still try again.

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and in my opinion the best restaurant in State college. I have dined there on 5 different occasions.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Pasta Bolgnonese which was outstanding except for the fact that the pasta was impossibly to eat without wearing part of it. Fortunately I had the raspberry salad and a biscuit which filled me up. I brought the entree home and will be having it tonight.

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went there for our anniversary and it was a very romantic setting with fabulous food. I had the chicken Wellington and my wife had the salmon both were fantastic. The mousse crepe was delicious except for a basil leaf that was not supposed to be a part of it. Yuk. Overall great experience.

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JK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambiance, food, and beverages. This place always exceeds expectations.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing great menu and wonderful evening

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BK
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, you'll want to wear something nice. Had a drink in front of the fireplace, then casually moved to the dining area. Spacious, quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Menu was full of possibilities, settled on the rib eye. Food was well presented and delicious. Was told the chef is best in State College, I wouldn't argue. Well worth the price.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most satisfying dining experiences I've ever had. Food was unique and tasted excellent, from appetizers to desserts. I would have expected to have to pay much more for the level of service and outstanding overall experience. I am from out of town but will be sure to stop here every time the occasion would present itself!

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S
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent service, perfect pacing of courses

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BS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best waiter ever!
Very special evening.
Great food and over all service.

Looking forward to our next visit.

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