Allen Street Grill

4.8
270 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 270 people are saying
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Meadow
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was mediocre and it was extremely noisy!

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vipTheresaB
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gnocchi special was out of this world delicious. Both of us ordered it and we are still raving.
The offering of fresh rolls is a great improvement and much appreciated.
The wine selection still leaves room for improvement- why not support USA and more highly appealing California wineries?
The kale salad we split as an appetizer and was the perfect amount and quite tasty.
All in all the wait staff and manager were attentive and we really enjoyed our evening.

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ValerieD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate dinner at Allen Street Grill the saturday after thanksgiving (arrived early to beat the traffic back to PSU). It was very quite and not crowded. The service was impeccable! We ate the appetizer and the meal that the waiter offered. Grilled Calamari and Lamb Shank. Both were amazing. I will definitely go back next time I visit Happy Valley.

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vipLisaP
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was relaxing and wonderful friendly service.
The cocktails were great and our food was great.
My husband had a chicken dish he loved and I had an awesome vegetarian entree. The soup and calamari were good as appetizers. We even shared an apple dessert that was delicious.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Enjoyed the seasonal menu. Would definitely recommend.

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vipLisaL
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience - entire staff is so accommodating & knowledgeable! Everything was delicious as well! Always nice to see Becky year after year as well!

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KellyT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best local dining experiences in a long time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu ! Thanks again for another great dining experience . Looking forward to the holiday (Christmas Eve/New Yers Eve) takeout menu …..a perfect evening , no cooking , just grab a bottle of wine !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were up in State College picking our daughter up for Thanksgiving break

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Mitch
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and atmosphere. Excellent food. Great for a special occasion.

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KerriK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service!

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MichelleH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from the moment we checked in. The menu is updated regularly with seasonal options. Our party loved everything we ordered. It’s one of the best spots in town. I highly recommend it!

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vipboca234
Tahoe
102 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Meals were good but menu was very small.

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vipTammyw
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were great, but I wish they had some casual fare on the menu.
Also the wine menu needs to be expanded.

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DMTK
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food excellent. Wait staff busy so limited interaction but efficient. Pleasantly surprised with quality of food given the high level of activity (football weekend).

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LaraW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and ambiance

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vipDJSan
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our first visit since the renovations and the new owners. The revised menu is varied and the food was outstanding. The appetizer, main course, and dessert were all perfectly prepared and delicious. The service was also outstanding— our server was very attentive without being overbearing. We were seated in the bar area and it was a bit noisy, but not overly distracting. Highly recommend for any occasion!

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SKS123
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at The Allen Street Grill on Wednesday evening. Our server was fantastic and very attentive. The calamari app and the tuna app flavors were delicious as were the bronzini sea bass and duck. We will definitely take him there again when we are back in State College for a visit!

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KWSC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was delicious, and the service was wonderful.

JH
JillH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Bartender, food, servers excellent!

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JohnZ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ASG is the best fine dining restaurant in State College.

Every meal was prepared to perfection and the culinary experience was exceptional.

The server provided fantastic recommendations for complimentary wines and cocktails.

The service was exceptional. It is our favorite dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not find a single fault and far exceeded my expectations

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!! Beautiful remodel.

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MikeD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was service.
Love overlooking the street.

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MaryL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant , waiter Chad very good and accommodating.

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Linda
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 of us ordered 5 different mains and everyone was really happy with the food. The only negative I heard was that the coffee wasn’t hot. Otherwise, perfect!

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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful window view! Our waitress was friendly, efficient, attentive…perfect. The food was outstanding. We will be back!
We highly recommend!

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LeslieL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, tuna appetizer which was delicious, a pork chop and bronzini which were also wonderful. The space looks great and even the tea was special. Unfortunately didn’t have time to try the desserts.

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vipTSOTR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service in our favorite town

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AnnaC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Parents visiting daughter at college

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KATRINA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, creatively prepared and nicely presented. Table linens and quiet lighting made ambiance. Servers were attentive but unintruwiv3e, a rare find these days.

Noise level was a little higher than some of our party preferred.

Finding the restaurant was the most difficult part, as it is up a flight of stairs with little signage helping you find it.

Dinner at the Grill was a highlight of our visit to State College.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Manger came over at the end of the meal and checked on everything. This place is top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun location. Service and food was excellent. One large group was noisy but it did not deter from our enjoyment as the new seating arrangement made it less obvious. Thumbs up!

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Nick
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for a fancy date in State College. Great food and service. Not really a place for kids.

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Mike
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service paired with inventive comfort food in a relaxed setting. What more could one ask for on a football weekend? The hi-tops by the window are best in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff were both polite and accommodating when we turned up one guest more than stated in our reservation. We had a great lunch and will definitely return.

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Sheila
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu had many options and everyone at the table enjoyed their meal, the food was excellent. The bar tender made great drinks and the selection was top shelf!Our server was knowledgeable and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome and was very patient — and answered all of our questions. Dinner was excellent!! - as always! Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Varied and delicious meal. Fantastic setting. Perfect service. 10 out of 10.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Allen Street Grill using the Order Online button. Allen Street Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (814) 231-4745.

Allen Street Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 270 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.