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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
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Good for a Date (18)
Romantic (18)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (7)
Cozy (7)
Scenic View (7)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We were not disappointed in choosing Carnegie House Restaurant to celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary. The service is so welcoming and the food was all done to perfection. It is a truly special place for any occasion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

I was visiting my girlfriend at PSU and wanted to take her out for a nice meal. We had an 8:30 reservation at Carnegie and showed up on time. The hostess was really nice and welcoming and took us to our table. We waited there for about twenty minutes. A server approached the table and asked if we'd like to place our order. I said we had drink and appetizer orders ready but needed a couple minutes to decide on entrees. She slammed her notepad shut and curtly informed us that "they'll" want the whole order at once (assuming she meant the kitchen?). I thought it was really odd, in general, and especially that we couldn't at least get drinks as we decided what to order. I tried to ask about it and see if we could at least get those drinks but after mentioning we had to place the order altogether she immediately turned and walked away. Immediately. It was very rude and I was caught way off guard. Frankly, at this point, we wanted to leave but it was approaching 9PM and we didn't think we could find another place open. Ten minutes later a gentleman approached the table and asked if we knew what we wanted. There was no small talk, no pleasantries, and the tone very much seemed to convey an attitude of "alright, people who came late and are making me stay later than I want to, whattaya want". It was really uncomfortable. He did warm up a bit when my girlfriend asked him about the cocktail menu and was helpful in recommending a drink for her which we really appreciated. Throughout the rest of the night we were made to feel very rushed in a number of ways. There was another couple at a table and, at one point, a server walked away from their table, into the kitchen, and could be heard shouting to his colleagues "Alright, they aren't ordering dessert" in a celebratory way which made us feel uncomfortable because we were ordering dessert and they clearly didn't want us to. The food was good, though, and we enjoyed that aspect of the meal. Very rude waitstaff.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The portion of appetizers seems to get smaller and smaller. Quality of main dishes has large variation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent ribeye steak, excellent seafood bar, the wine was very good. And the service was very good as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Leaving daughter for her first year of college

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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Besides the great food and fine service, I appreciate that guests gather in the Library for a drink before being seated. It adds up to a great experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent service & nice ambiance

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

43rd anniversary

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The evening was wonderful, as always. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Wonderful meal and experience!

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

My husband and I ate here to celebrate his 35th birthday. We loved being able to sit in the library and enjoy a drink before our meal. The chef's complimentary appetizer was a pleasant surprise. The food was fantastic and we enjoyed everything. We ordered the seafood platter to start. We will definitely be coming back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food was absolutely exquisite . Service was gold star worthy. It was an amazing night for my wife and I.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Everything was first class minus the air conditioning - too warm in the dining room on a hot summer night. Great food, service and ambience. The best in State College for all three categories.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We dined at Carnagie House during Arts Festival weekend. When other places would be crowded and loud, it was an oasis of calm. I love that you can sit in the "living room" with cocktails before moving to your table! That was something I remembered from my last visit many years ago, and was very happy the tradition has survived. Our meal was amazing and Ben, our server, was awesome. Friendly and professional in perfect combination. I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent food, great service, nice place. Big city taste and quality in a small town.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 14, 2017

From the moment we walked through the doors we knew that this was going to be a divine dining experience. We enjoyed a cocktail at the fire place, and took in the scenery before heading to our table. Not only was the food delectable, but the service was top notch. Each item we ordered was beautifully presented, and tasked delicious. Just writing this review and thinking about the food has my mouth watering. I couldn't stop talking about the restaurant to my friends. I can't wait to go back the next time we are in town. Thank you for an amazing night out and dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Amazing place. Love hanging out in the library with a cocktail while you peruse the cool LED lighted menus. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Had some of the best crab cakes I have ever eaten. Huge shout-out to our server Zach. He was attentive, but not overly so. Very reasonable winevlst as well. This is a very special place and highly recommend it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The only problem with the entire evening was our seating. We were an early reservation....and seated arms length from another two top. We counted....there were 11 free tables but we were sat next to another couple so close to each other we were squirming and uncomfortable......
.zero privacy....and totally unnecessary.......sometimes feel that just being a twosome table....totally under appreciated.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Fair dinner, not as good we expected per the reviews we read.
Foie Gras was a bit cold, food overall was not very tasty. Service was excellent though.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 10, 2017

We started in the library with nice appetizers from the chef. We pretty much had the dining room and library to ourselves, which was great since this was our anniversary. The caesar salad was fine, my husband ordered the meat pasta dish and loved it! I had the haddock and it was fine. We shared the french toast dessert and it was to die for! The bread with dinner was also very tasty.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

You can always depend on the food at this restaurant. Some folks in the area think it is expensive, but compared to other nice restaurants in the area, it is not that much more, and it is well worth it. Compared to restaurants in metropolitan areas, it is quite reasonable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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