Allen Street Grill

4.8
245 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 245 people are saying
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Linda
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service in our favorite town

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AnnaC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Parents visiting daughter at college

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KATRINA
New England
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
1 review
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
2 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.

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kmarie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The redesign of this local favorite -- from menu to wine list to decor -- did not disappoint. Our meal was imaginatively prepared, the wait staff attentive (though at times a bit slow), and the ambiance was calm and classy. We will definitely return!

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BABs
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I make a reservation every time I come to state college! The cauliflower soup was amazing!

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MichaelG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went very well. Service and food were excellent. The ambiance was beautiful. Overall a great experience.

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vipJohnC
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was extremely noisy & loud when we first sat down, didn’t know there was music playing. Once a few tables turned over it was much better. The food was amazing & service was very good! Great improvement well done.

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vipBevK
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and ambiance were very good. All in our party had seafood dishes and everyone enjoyed them. Chad was our server and he was very knowledgable, attentive and personable. Will be back again to try other menu options.

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

very limited menu, very pricey for the quality of the food
we had been to the Allen St. Grill many times before the renovation and looked forward to returning, however, we were very disappointed and will probably not return

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is unbelievable as is the food! We will be back!

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Aushug
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Auburn’s first time in Happy Valley.

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vipgregh
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son to visit my Alma Mater with my wife and younger daughter. Penn state won. The campus is as beautiful as always and the weather was amazing. Capped the night at the Allen Street Grill and it was the perfect end to a fantastic day. Great food, awesome folks and beautiful views.

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Ludwig2421
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Chris
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Light and airy space with nice views and very attentive and caring staff. The food is really excellent - we had the black fig toast and the burrata as appetizers and both were delicate and a great balance of flavors. The bronzini and the seafood cassoulet equally so. A really interesting wine list and good cocktails, but mainly this is a bright and cheerful place to dine and the staff were super helpful, friendly and efficient. Would definitely go back - even to eat the same dishes again. They were that good.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the bar!!!! Drinks were AMAZING!!!

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RonS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.....not many high end eating establishments in State College, but this is one. Food was excellent - ordered something I don't usually try and it was excellent, same for my wife. Service top notch - Becky, Tommy Jadot all professional, friendly and knowledgeable concerning menu. Cocktails and wine also top notch. Great environment - can't beat the views.

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nancyr
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great! Probably the best restaurant in State College.

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Nightout
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic. The food was delicious.

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ClaudineG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and beautiful dinner! The renovated space is beautiful

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Kate
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were fantastic - truly the finest dining inside of State College. It is very noisy, even on a Tuesday evening. But still a lovely experience. Treat yourself.

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Katsoma
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday dinner for granddaughter who just started at Penn State. Found this place online and it sounded nice. It far exceeded my expectations . First they seated us at a beautiful table with windows all around. Our server Julia was knowledgeable about the menu and helped us make selections which were delicious. The Brie with peaches was a great appetizer and we also loved the cauliflower soup and baby kale salad. The bonzini was beautifully presented and delicious. The best part was wonderful cocktails including two nonalcoholic ones which were unique and delicious . Highly recommend for special dinners.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ASG is a go-to for every day dining; however, tonight was a special occasion….. my husband and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary. Did not disappoint ! Great table, food, drink , and service . Thank you Chris for making our evening extra special!

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CharlesC
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience. Bronzino & pork chop entrees were cooked & presented beautifully. Wish we lived closer than 2hrs away so that we could be regulars & try out all the other very interesting sounding offerings. Pricing was very reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and the staff was amazing. So friendly and quick with service. Love it here!

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vipMimi
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends who love NYC-style preparations with local sources. Everyone enjoyed everything: salads, pasta, chicken, dark chocolate budino and OUTSTANDING filled-when-ordered cannoli. The wine list has grown and is more enticing than ever, with great values from South Africa, Australia, and others, along with promising east coast I didn’t get a chance to try.

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MonicaW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! The Allen Street Grille was so accommodating and helpful due to our travel plans changing. Wonderful meal and friendly and helpful staff!

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vipcatherinep
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Will be back again next week. State College needed this nice addition to the restaurant offerings in the area.

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KirG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Best atmosphere/food in State College. Great for a date spot or nice dinner out

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 245 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.