About Carnegie House Restaurant

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.

100 Cricklewood Drive
State College, PA 16803
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French, Steak

Hours of Operation:


Dinner
Mon-Thur 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri - Sat 5:00pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Closed

Cross Street:
Toftrees Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(814) 234-2424

Website:
http://www.carnegieinnandspa.com/fine-dining-,dining-en.html

Catering:
Our culinary and service professionals will work with you to create a legendary experience.

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Public Transit:
CATA HP Route

Executive Chef:
Paul Kendeffy

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Throughout the year we will feature special menus featuring wines and liquors paired with menus created by our culinary team.

Carnegie House Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (26)
Special Occasion (25)
Romantic (20)
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Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Cozy (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Scenic View (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful dinner- great food and great atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Carnegie House vastly improved with the new chef & cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 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!

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food [only four stars since it does not have Michelin ranking], wonderful ambience and great service. Expensive, but value.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The hostess was very awkward in taking me to my table ... when I got seated I ordered a wine and wasn’t served the wine until 20 minutes into waiting when I asked for it and after my server opened a full bottle of wine and served it to the table next to me who sat down after I did. The food was OK, not worth the extra $$$...dining room was small and therefore loud, you could hear everyone’s conversation in the room.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

As always, the restaurant never disappoints. It was an excellent experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

For the amount of money each meal cost it was Definately not worth it. When your spending $600 for 4 people the service should be OUTSTANDING it was poor at best!
We sat waiting for them to take our drink order for 25 min. It was embarrassing to take my in laws there. Won't be going again.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

My husband and I have dined here a number of times and they had gone through a rough patch but they have gotten their act together. It was a lovely meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Overall a good experience, kind of felt like we were playing the game "CLUE" when they took us to the library for drinks and appetizers. The Christmas decorations were great and the fireplace gave the library a nice ambiance. Service was on spot but no personality or spontaneity which would of made the evening better. Food was as expected for the cost but could of been more inventive.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Restaurant and food is great. Service was good although seemed very rushed. Before we ordered a drink in the library we were offered our table. Then 3 times while enjoying a cocktail were bothered/handed menus. Good experience overall but not as relaxing as I would have liked from the Carnegie House.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I can highly recommend the Thanksgiving dinner. Very traditional and tasted great. The pecan pie was the best that I have ever had. The ambiance was quiet and refined, and it was clear that everyone was having a wonderful time. I would highly recommend the experience and hope to experience it again next year.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great setting and service. Her crabcake was excellent. My steak was a poor quality cut for a ribeye. Gristle throughout and not what I expect for the price. Other food was excellent. I would recommend dining here but do not choose the ribeye.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It is a small, intimate restaurant whose every service, food, and ambiance is always on point.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Carnegie House is without a doubt the finest dining in State College. It's definitely worth a visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Best restaurant in State College. The food is great, atmosphere wonderful - love having cocktails in the library before dinner. Always try to visit when we are in town.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We were greeted by a wonderful hostess, Dawn. We visited the library where we ordered drinks. While we were seated, Dawn served us a complimentary appetizer. It was delicious! We were then seated at our table and given the lighted menus. The dinner was exceptional. Hats off to the chef. We will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Beautiful place, wonderful atmosphere, grand service.. will definitely eat there again..

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The restaurant reminded me of being in a old upscale house. The library room was very nice, we had an app and a drink there before being seated.

I ordered an app ( The foie gras), salad ( the Brie cheese salad) and venison filet for dinner. The app was tasty and flavorful. My salad was good, nothing to rave about, a solid salad. My dinner was over cooked, I asked for mid rare, received medium. The venison was tasty and moist, but over cooked for my taste. I did try their homemade steak sauce which was good( it was sweet tasting).

Dessert was good, nothing spectacular.

Overall , it was a decent meal. It was a solid dinner, no frills or thrills , nothing that made my palate go omg this amazing.

I’ll head back, but won’t make a special trip back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

e always dine at Carnegie Inn & Span on special occasions, this time it was my birthday.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is the go-to restaurant in state College for a romantic dinner. My wife have been coming here for years and are never disappointed. Excellent food, great wine list, great service and atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always, Carnegie House is a relaxing dining experience beginning with drinks by the fireplace and followed by dinner is a quiet atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a lovely dinner with our daughter during PSU's Parents Weekend. It was also our wedding anniversary. We all loved our meals.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent and so was the presentation. Great service and nice ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dinner was lovely. Salads we picked were both yummy. Venison was prepared well. We were too full for dessert but the choices looked great!! Nice experience, we will be back!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

One of the best restaurants in or near State College. For a quiet, special night it is the perfect place. And the steaks are out of this world.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent evening as usual. Food was delicious and served with attention to detail. Zach did a great job as our server. Would highly recommend. We will be back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Oustanding food and service.
Dining Room Manager Ken Cocolin is the best!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Over the top! Wonderful, cozy, comfortable, elegant . Can't get any better than this.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food - a treat to eat here. Everything is handled with class. Would recommend this place to anyone. By far, the best restaurant in town.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We love dining at the Carnegie House when visiting our son at Penn State. It is always memorable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Poconos)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Ambiance and service was exceptional. Food was fine. Not exceptional which is what I expected. Mushroom soup was ok. Veal and gnocchi wasn’t very flavorful and gnocchi texture wasn’t right. Perfiderols were excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our group first enjoyed cocktails in the "library". A very well appointed room, very comfortable and more conducive to quiet conversation as opposed to a bar or even at the table. We were not rushed and had all the time to finish our cocktails and eventually consult the menu.
When we were ready we were escorted to our table where we placed our dinner orders. Our meals arrived in a timely fashion and were prepared exactly as ordered ( two diners ordered rib eye steaks which were done to perfection). All in all a very fine dining experience, which I am sure we will repeat in the not too distant future.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

It was my spouse's birthday and we couldn't have gone out to a nicer restaurant with excellent food, superb wait staff, and a great value for our money. Thanks for a special night out!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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