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Carnegie House Restaurant

4.7
341 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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-Thur 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri - Sat 5:00pm - 9:00 pm
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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Catering
Our culinary and service professionals will work with you to create a legendary experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Toftrees Ave.
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Parking details
Free Parking
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Public transit
CATA HP Route
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Special events & promotions
Throughout the year we will feature special menus featuring wines and liquors paired with menus created by our culinary team.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 341 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Quiet
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I have been going to this elegant restaurant at least once every time we are in town for many years and it has remained a superb place for an upscale dining experience. Great food artfully presented with very good service. Good wine list. Lots of free self-parking. Great place for a romantic dinner. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I am a PSU alumni and in town for a reunion with my wife who has never been to the area. We're pretty much foodies so I saw the reviews on this restaurant and hoped it would be as good as reported. And it sure was! The food and service were top notch - better than many restaurants we've been to in big cities. The dining room was small and cozy and the tables not on top of each other. The wine list was comprehensive with lots of options at multiple price points. My wife got the mushroom soup and scallops, I had the brie salad and halibut. All of it was delicious and well portioned.
So kudos to Carnegie House - a first class restaurant in a college town with too many casual options

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was fabulous!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Carnegie House is the finest of the few fine dining restaurants in the area. We enjoyed pre dinner cocktails by the fireplace where we placed our order. Our dinner and service was excellent. Two ladies enjoyed salmon, my friend scollops and I had the special veal tenderloin. All excellent with a nice value wine that the host helped to select. Highly recommend this special restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Lovely experience with outstanding food and service

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Perfect venue for Anniversary dinner

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very nice restaurant. Good menu selections. Food and service were excellent. An all around relaxing, pleasant experience. A standout of restaurants in the Penn State area.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a great meal.
Drinks before the meal in a comfortable setting where we ordered dinner.
When we finished our drinks we moved to the dining room and commenced with
our meal. Very pleased with the food, service and the ambiance.
Prices are expensive but worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The Carnegie House continues to be excellent all around. Enjoying a cocktail and hors dourves on the couch in the fireplace/library setting is wonderful. Great staff!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

After an all-around excellent experience at the Carnegie House Restaurant this past Saturday night, I feel like an idiot for having never tried it before. We had a party of 5, including my wife and I, our 2 PSU students (of which it was a 20th bithday for one) and my older son's girlfriend. We would refer to the dinner as a very enjoyable experience from our initial seating in the Library where we enjoyed the fireplaces and lovely room with our beverages to our excellent dinner in the dining room. Everything was delicious and beautifully laid out on the plates when served. We all had different entrees: pork, short-ribs, rib-eye steak, salmon and sea bass and not a sliver on anyone's plate remained at the end of the meal. I would highly recommend the Carnegie House Restaurant, although it is probably a difficult reservation on busy weekends in State College, PA. Book well in advance.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent food, best in State College. Very nice experience,

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

By far the best meal I've had in the area. From start to finish, everything was perfect. Definitely worth it, especially for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We had a lovely meal with our out of town guests. Yours is the only restaurant of this level in State College and it's always our first choice for a special dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We've been here several times over the years & since the new chef arrived, the cuisine has greatly improved!

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

There is limited fine dining in State College and this fits the bill but needs a little amping up. It has a quaint dining room but the smell of fish was overwhelming. The crafted cocktails were ok nothing worth having again. The Short ribs were very good but not any better than I have made at home. The salmon was so overcooked and covered with way too much bland sauce. Desserts were very good though. Not bashfull on the price for not quite great fine dining. The service is was great to begin with but felt very rushed and the server lost all congenial attitude by dessert. We were the last table seated at 8 o'clock by 9 the server was ready for everyone to leave.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

All was good; however the steak was tough - not what I expect from an expensive rib-eye steak. At the same time, my Wife's crabcakes were excellent. The ambiance was superb.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We took our granddaughter to celebrate her 20th birthday. She enjoyed the experience.
Anita was very attentive and gave excellent service.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

This is always our "go to" place for special occasions. The service is excellent and the food is the best in town.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine here. Excellent food and atmosphere. We have had the same waitress several times and hope we can always get her. She goes above and beyond, extremely pleasant and efficient!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Booked in advance for Valentine's Day and we were promptly greeted and escorted to our table. We were offered the option of having drinks in the library before seating at our table but we declined as we were well ready for dinner. The backlit menus made reading in the lowered light atmosphere a breeze and were a unexpected treat. Everything from the complimentary hors d'oeuvre to the appetizers and main courses plus dessert were prepared perfectly and presented with top level service. This was a special dinner night but the experience ensures that there will be future visits to come.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We think that this is the best restaurant in the State College area. Every meal is excellently prepared and beautifully presented. We had a rack of lamb that was one of the best I've ever tasted.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food; great service, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We loved our food and the restaurant was beautiful!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Nice overall, but sent back an overdone steak. Didn't have our first choice of wine. Quiet night.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

The restaurant was very elegant and quiet. The staff made you feel like a VIP. We had a drink in the library before dinner and the waitress moved us to our table where we had a very delicious meal. The meal was elegantly arranged on the plate. The waitress was very attentive. The atmosphere was light and happy. I would recommend this restaurant to our friends, especially if it is a special occasion. We will dine here again.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely atmosphere with delicious food.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Very nice evening and experience . Terrific lamb and very good service.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

I had the Dover sole which was very good; my husband had the salmon which he said would have been better if it had a sauce or something on it as it seemed dry & needed 'something'.

Otherwise, the meal was delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Delicious dinner, very good service and lovely evening. We enjoyed our night out and look forward to our return. Food was so delicious and server was so nice and very attentive. We met the chef for a moment and look forward to trying the chef's table. We did think the music was too low initially and other conversations were a little too prominent. But it seemed that the music got going after some point and this helped round out the noise.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Nice ambience, good food, relaxing dining experience
We would go back again. Only minor complaint was service was so attentive we were asked same thing by a couple of people as they did not communicate among themselves. Food was well prepared and tasty. I has the salmon, it was properly cooked and flavorful. My husband had the ravioli which was also prepared well and flavorful.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Wonderful dinner- great food and great atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We enjoyed a very nice dinner with our daughter before taking her back to college for her spring semester. The ambiance was quiet and elegant, and the cuisine was well worth the price.

Our server was pleasant and attentive to our needs, and we never felt rushed during our dining experience.

Overall, we would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a fine dining experience.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We have dined many times before, with satisfactory results, at the Carnegie House Restaurant. We returned because we liked the quiet ambiance, good service, and "straightforward" cuisine based around locally acquired ingredients. Our most recent meals (on 12/27/17) were disappointing because of the mixing of too many tastes within single dishes. We ate the wild salmon topped with nuts and plated atop spiced butternut squash risotto and a champagne sauce. The fish was perfectly cooked, but its delicate flavor was entirely ruined by the incongruous topping of nuts and particularly by the distracting risotto. The spices of the risotto so conflicted with the taste of the fish and the quite nice sauce that the whole experience was like eating the contents of a dumpster at an expensive restaurant. We hope that the restaurant will go back to basics.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Top notch! Been there 4 times. Have never been disappointed. Outstanding!!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

My husband and I recently went to Carnegie to elebrate my one year “cancerversary.” It is an incredible dining experience in State College. Chef Paul is wonderful and creative, making excellent choices of additions to classic meals. Our wine was also delicious. We enjoyed cocktails in the library before dinner and loved having a few moments to prepare ourselves for our romantic dinner. The service was absolutely perfect as was the entire meal. We were able to order from the new winter menu and the selections were hard to choose from! Everything looked amazing. I enjoyed spare ribs and my husband had a divine roast chicken. We each had a salad, too, and both were so tasty and unique. We started the night with a foie gras that was simply incredible. We can’t go to Carnegie often, but when we can afford it and have a reason to celebrate, this is our number one spot.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Carnegie House vastly improved with the new chef & cuisine.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Unique setting for a special dinner.
Never experienced a dinner like they provided.
Will return soon.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Fantastic meal. The staff were all very friendly and attentive. Love the light-up menus too!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

One of the best out there! From the time you arrive, treated special. Escorted into the Library for a cocktail and given menus that the page lights up when opened. Food, drink, service are all extraordinary ! Highly recommend it! Even better when the weather allows you to sit outside!

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2017

The evening began in the library with cocktails and a delicious appetizer. It went downhill from there. Our server had no personality and we felt rushed to order. When we asked if our table was needed for another seating, we were told it wasn't so we didn't understand being rushed. The lamb shank was good, salmon and halibut just okay. A few examples of routine touches that were missing, we had to ask for an ice bucket to keep our bottle of white wine chilled and also had to ask for fresh ground pepper. Attention to detail was lacking as well. Our table candle was not lit and price stickers were on the poinsettias that served as the table centerpiece. I understand there is very little, if any, fine dining competition in the State College area but was hopeful the image the Carnegie House presents would match the experience. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

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