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.
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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We loved our food and the restaurant was beautiful!
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.
Lovely atmosphere with delicious food.
Very nice evening and experience . Terrific lamb and very good service.
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!
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.
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.
Wonderful dinner- great food and great atmosphere.
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.
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.
Top notch! Been there 4 times. Have never been disappointed. Outstanding!!
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.
Carnegie House vastly improved with the new chef & cuisine.
Unique setting for a special dinner.
Never experienced a dinner like they provided.
Will return soon.
Fantastic meal. The staff were all very friendly and attentive. Love the light-up menus too!
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!
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.