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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Central Pennsylvania

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Central Pennsylvania? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Allen Street Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (791)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
State College
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown State College, our newly restored space offers an honest, no-fuss menu featuring modern American cooking. The bar program features classics-inspired craft cocktails and a thoughtfully curated biodynamic wine list including plentiful wines by the glass.

Located on the second floor of Hotel State College, an iconic corner of hospitality in the community, the Grill has offered the community and alumni one of the grandest views of town and Penn State through floor-to-ceiling windows for more than 40 years. Thoughtfully restored and reimagined by new owners, Chef Karen Nicolas and the team set out to re-establish the Allen Street Grill as the epicenter of the downtown dining scene with a focus on local, quality ingredients and great hospitality.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent meal and drinks. The server was very knowledgeable and helped us make great choices.
A photo of The Tavern Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (11)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
State College
About the restaurant
The Tavern Restaurant has proudly served downtown State College, Pennsylvania since 1948.
A newly renovated historic institution, The Tavern specializes in contemporary classic American cuisine in the ambiance of a colonial tavern. Join us for elevated comfort food, timeless cocktails and first class service.
Top review
BobFvip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Our server Timothy was helpful, engaging and great! Steak was perfectly cooked. All our meals were tasty.
A photo of Kevin's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (226)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
Owner Rob Friedman invites you to join us at Kevin’s for a casual, fun, and creative dining experience. The culinary team at Kevin’s headed by Chef Matt Gilbert offers a wide range of dishes including fresh seafood, handmade pasta, hand cut steaks, and so much more. Specialty cocktails are featured daily and are sure to be enjoyed! Most of our staff have been with us from when the restaurant opened, lead by General Manager, John Lahr, with many years experience in the industry and who also creates our famous table side Caesar Salad and Bananas Foster. Our family strives to make your dining experience the most memorable one, and we invite you to celebrate any occasion with us!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Outstanding meal and outstanding service. Had a wonderful time.
A photo of Gigi's Southern Table restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1818)
$30 and under
Southern
State College
About the restaurant
Gigi's is as casual as it is chic; it’s a local farm-to-table experience capturing the sophisticated yet laid back ideals of southern hospitality. It’s a social gathering place for friends, whether you're aiming to impress out-of-town guests, linger over a romantic dinner or just want to enjoy a local craft beer in the lounge, come join us at our table.

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BlaineC
Dined 6 days ago
A great birthday dinner! Food and service were excellent. The free dessert for the birthday celebrant was a nice treat.
A photo of Breaker Brewing Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (465)
$30 and under
Brewery
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
Welcome and thank you for your interest in Breaker Brewing Company. We are a Micro Brewery & Brew Pub in Northeast PA’s coal region that brews, serves and delivers handcrafted beer to local bars and pubs. Our small batch craft brews are dedicated to the hard-working people who have been and still are examples of our rich heritage.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Incredible as always. Food was spot on and we love the beers. Patio seating was ideal.
A photo of Four Blooms restaurant
4.6
4.6 (351)
$31 to $50
American
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
Good Food - Good Drinks - Good People
Enjoy a freshly prepared meal or one of our signature cocktails in our spacious dinning room & bar area, or on our patio! Reservations are strongly suggested.
Top review
JeffS
Dined on May 12, 2024
Always a great experience at this restaurant. Food is consistent and services is always great.
A photo of Cafe Toscana restaurant
4.5
4.5 (293)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
Please call us at 570-208-1252 if you would like to make a reservation for more than 4 people.


Bringing a taste of the Old World to downtown Wilkes-Barre, Cafe Toscana is located at One Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Our recipes are tried and true family favorites that represent the best that Tuscany and the surrounding region has to offer.

Cafe Toscana’s Northern Italian cuisine is light and delicate and allows the individual flavors to come through. We feature an array of tried and true family favorites, including veal, pasta, risotto, fish, steak and seafood, with a variety of specials to keep the menu always fresh and exciting. There are also an abundant asortment of homemade desserts on the menu.

A new and greatly expanded wine list gives customers plenty of choices for every dish and every palette.
Top review
Rich
Dined on May 30, 2024
Excellent Italian restaurant, food was cooked perfectly. Service was very attentive. Will definitely return.
A photo of The Greens at Irem Clubhouse restaurant
4.5
4.5 (65)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
With a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere at The Greens you are sure to have a great time. The Greens offers you seating from our cozy Dining Room to our beautiful Patio and Terrace which overlook the Irem Golf course, to the inviting surrounding in our pub. Chef Frank will fulfill your requests when it comes to looking for delicious food. Our friendly staff will always be willing to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. The Greens will be your go to restaurant for all special occasions to come, after all we are Friedman Hospitality Group.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We always enjoy eating at the Greens. The atmosphere is great and the service is always excellent.
A photo of Brass Buckle Mexican Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (79)
$30 and under
Mexican
Clearfield
About the restaurant
On behalf of our family at the Brass Buckle, I would like to welcome you. The Brass Buckle, once known as the Conyngham Hotel has been located here at this location since circa 1805. To put things in prospective, who was the president of the United States in 1805?

Our unique dining and food, is what makes the Brass Buckle so different. Our food, is not 100% authentic Mexican but is a type of fusion or infused continental with south west and Mexican flavors, try some of our amazing food from Alligator Tacos, Lobster Tacos, Mexicali Steak, Burritos, and so much more


We pride our self in using only the freshest ingredients, as well as still keeping our eye on healthy whole foods. Many of our foods are also gluten free, since we do not use flour but rice flour and corn starch.

The Brass Buckle is located just south of Wilkes-Barre and north of Hazleton. Conveniently located off interstates 80 and 81 and routes 93 and 309.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
The meat on the Taco was a little too rare. But all the food was good.
A photo of The Greek restaurant
4.6
4.6 (239)
$30 and under
Greek
State College
About the restaurant
BYOB Authentic Greek Cuisine in State College, PA.

After many years of serving the perfect American breakfast, The Original Waffle Shop's founder John Dimakopoulos brings his traditional Greek cuisine to you!

From fresh and abundant vegetables to the most succulent kebabs, each dish has been perfected to showcase genuine Greek flavors.
Top review
Misskitty
Dined on May 25, 2024
Gabi was a great server. Delicious shrimp, as usual.
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