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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Central Pennsylvania

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 Brass Buckle Mexican Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (77)
$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
LeeKvip
Dined on May 8, 2024
Always a great meal. Servers go over and above to enhance your dining experience.
A photo of Allen Street Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (784)
$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 3 days ago
Absolutely delicious meal! My spouse has celiac disease, and there were even a few great gluten-free meal selections for him! The cocktails were fantastic. We requested a window seat, and they were able to accommodate us. We had a wonderful evening looking out at the PSU campus across the street and remembering past wonderful meals at this restaurant years ago when our son attended PSU. So happy that this restaurant is still amazing all these years later!!!
A photo of Breaker Brewing Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (463)
$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
PLSpvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
What a nice surprise - We drove over from Scranton because we could not find something we liked, and this hs become a new favorite of ours. Very nice service, menu was fairly priced. We never order nachos but the description was intriguing and they wer delicious. Poke Bowl, Lobster ravioli, and the pizza were all great. note for men and women over 50, Ms. and Sir are much better than "you guys", thanks!
A photo of Kevin's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (223)
$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
Wendy
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food, great atmosphere, and friendly service
A photo of Gigi's Southern Table restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1811)
$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.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Our food was delightful in appearance, titillating to the palate, and a perfect portion - and all in a lovely southern themed venue. Thank you. The wait staff could have been more attentive.
A photo of Four Blooms restaurant
4.7
4.7 (350)
$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 The Greek restaurant
4.7
4.7 (238)
$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
worldtravellervip
Dined on May 13, 2024
The food is good although missing some classic Greek dishes, for example tarama sakata The bread is excellent and fresh The dips are good and the French fries phenomenal But the meat dishes tend to be over cooked Chicken swarms is dry (you’ll need lots of tzatziki) The oddest thing is a Greek restaurant that serves only two salads but doesn’t have fresh pepper After years of suggesting they have at least one pepper mill, this time I brought my own grinder. Staff are great It’s still byob although there’s a limited wine list. Given the food dessert in state college still one of the best bets in town
A photo of Cafe Toscana restaurant
4.5
4.5 (290)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 3, 2024
Food is always great, management and owner are the absolute best in the business! Staff is friendly and are always excellent!
A photo of Federal Taphouse-State College restaurant
4.5
4.5 (195)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
State College
About the restaurant
A modern gathering place for great American scratch cooking. 100 Beers on tap and 10 Wines on tap!! Great place to book events with large parties. Be our guest!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Amazing service and server! Food was cooked well and everything was delicious!
A photo of Duffy's Tavern restaurant
4.4
4.4 (52)
$31 to $50
American
Boalsburg
About the restaurant
Indulge your tastebuds at Duffy’s Boalsburg Tavern. This restaurant serves up contemporary American cuisine in a traditional Georgian tavern that boasts charming rustic décor, multiple fireplaces, original decor and a relaxed bar. The restaurant’s menu features soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and tasty entrées. Dining highlights include our wonderful steaks, pan seared duck, King salmon, sweet potato gnocchi, and Duffy’s famous signature chicken wings. A children's menu is also available.

Don't miss our St. Patrick's Day celebration with a full Irish menu and our Colonial Christmas weekend with colonial fare celebrating the nationalities of the original settlers in the area.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Duffy’s Boalsburg Tavern is a popular spot for local residents and out of towners alike. It makes a good choice for everything from a quick bite alone to an elaborate dinner date.



Top review
Ducevip
Dined on May 14, 2024
Great authentic period atmosphere and excellent food
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