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For 2
Mon, 2/19
9:30 PM
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Booked 6 times today

Carnegie House Restaurant

321 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
Top Tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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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Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French, Steak
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Hours of operation

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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Our culinary and service professionals will work with you to create a legendary experience.
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Cross street
Toftrees Ave.
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Parking details
Free Parking
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Public transit
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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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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.

NYCTourist (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food; great service, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

AdamL (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We loved our food and the restaurant was beautiful!

ThomasS (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely atmosphere with delicious food.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

CdnGirl (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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!

KatP (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipJayF (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Wonderful dinner- great food and great atmosphere.

JamesBond (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined 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.

UnlikelySprinter (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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.

Jeff (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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

Lizzie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.