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Duffy's Tavern, Boalsburg, PA

Duffy's Tavern

4.3
4.3
45 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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.



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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

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What 45 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Pennsylvania

    Best Overall

  • Central Pennsylvania

    Best Food

  • Central Pennsylvania

    Best Service

  • Central Pennsylvania

    Good for business meals

  • Central Pennsylvania

    Good for groups

  • Central Pennsylvania

    Neighborhood gem

  • Central Pennsylvania

    Good for special occasions

  • Central Pennsylvania

    Most Booked

45 Reviews
  1. SharonC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a wonderful time with my friends. Our server was very thoughtful and took amazing care of us.

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  2. DianneL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Average is best for a high-end restaurant. Food was average ambience was average.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved we were able to make a reservation through Open Table. Sat us right on time. Great service for a busy Friday evening on Blue White weekend. Our food came very quick but some was a little warm and not hot. Love this old place with lots of character and we will not hesitate to come back.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! We had a large party, and they were flexible with us. The server was great!

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  5. rovertat

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This will become our go to when visiting PSU. Historic building, great bar and away from the hubbub of downtown State College

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I heard great things about this place and was excited to try it. We waited over 1.5 hours for food and the service was terrible. Never again!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food and service! the historic atmosphere made for a very enjoyable dinner.

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  8. FrankT

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Glad we found this place. Great food and short trip from campus.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Thank you Open Table!! Duffy’s was a really nice find thru your app and we have shared this info with many. It was parents weekend so while it was incredibly LOUD in the dining room, let’s chalk it up to happy family visits with their PSU students. BEST Old Fashion that I’ve had in a long time and the Crab Cakes were delicious. We will be back!!

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  10. rovertat

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place outside of state college for a good dinner. The steak and pork chops were great.

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  11. TopChefNYC

    New York City

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Loved the menu. Found the overall value and quality not as good. Maybe b/c it was night before Easter but 4 dishes sold out by 7:30 pm, limiting our choices plus no specials. Found the duck lacking a bit.. Will give it a 2nd try next time in town

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  12. KathyK

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have visited Duffy's many times over the past years. It's not the same. Food is okay, not as good. They changed the crab bisque too. Just disappointed overall.

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  13. TLRJ

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very charming old house. Food was excellent. Our server was fantastic and very accommodating. Will definitely go back!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great overall experience! The place is so unique, a bunch of different rooms in an old house! The food was delicious, our group had everything from wings, lamb pops, and Bavarian pretzel to start, and burgers, ny strip and burratta ravioli for mains! Previous reviews stated the wings and burgers were the best around, and they did not disappoint! Ny strip and ravioli also on point!! Nice selection of local beers on tap, and all the traditional favorites available in bottles or cans! Will definitely return!!

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  15. KGZee

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best burger in the State College area, according to the folks in our group who ate one. Great service every time we go there. Fresh house salad with excellent tomato vinaigrette dressing. Thanks for a fund evening!

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  16. JoeW

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First experience did not disappoint, food and setting were great

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  17. ChuckW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our waitress was new or appeared to be. She messed up two cheeseburgers, then forgot to put onion on one and then brought a piece of cold cheese out for one of the cheeseburgers that was after 10 minutes we have eaten here before, and a boy’s been pleased. This was one of the few times, the service wasn’t good more than one level not sure if I’ll go back unless they learn how to train their waitresses better

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  18. JosephK

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice quiet place for a special dinner. Meals were excellent. Not a fan of the pineapple upside down cake. Still a good night

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We came with a very large party at the last minute, and they accommodated.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation booked in advance for 4. Seated at a table with the sun glaring on us. Had to wait 15 minutes to see a server. Asked to please move to a table that did not have sun shining right on our faces. No blinds or curtains to help with shade. Were huffily Moved to another sun glaring table while over half the restaurant inside was empty. Asked to please sit somewhere else. We were told “oh sorry can’t , Sorry you are leaving, Oh well. “ Will not be going back! Unbelievably poor substandard customer service from server and management. Restaurant never the same after the pandemic lockouts.

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  21. hockeyguy

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were looking forward to dining at Duffy's because we were in town to celebrate a birthday. Our meals were average -crabcakes were decent but the rice was cold (not even warm). The Sweet Potato Gnocchi was also just ok. Our mixed drinks were very heavy on the alcohol. Bread/water served to our table would have been nice to have (our server forgot?-not a big deal). We appreciated the candle on the dessert and our server genuinely tried. We'll continue to come back, but most likely it will only be for lunch. -this is our honest opinion of a place we love.

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  22. John

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very busy with a lot of tables, including one large party of 10, and did a terrific job making us feel like a priority during our visit. Our food was delivered quickly and was hot.

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  23. AdamM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I normally have a great experience at Duffy’s. Their wings are incredible, and the atmosphere is really neat and cozy. It was very busy inside as it was a Saturday night and it was to be expected that we would have a little longer wait. No problem. Our wings this time did not disappoint. Very crispy and flavorful. Perfectly cooked! Then our entrees came out and they looked fantastic. I got the Duffy burger and my wife got the crab cake sandwich. We both got fries as a side. The fries were great! Crispy and very well seasoned. But as we bit into our sandwiches, we were quite disappointed to find that neither my burger or my wife’s crab cake sandwich were very well seasoned. It was almost as if they had forgot the salt entirely. My burger unfortunately was bland and had a very soggy bun. Even the caramelized onions on top seemed bland. I would say this is a fluke, but I have gotten the burger multiple times and each time it seemed to be charred, poorly seasoned, and on a rather soggy bun. For a burger named after the restaurant, I had really hoped for a much higher quality and experience. I will still continue to go to Duffy’s as it is still a great spot to eat out for date night, anniversary, etc.. And there other food is amazing. But I will not be ordering the Duffy burger anymore.

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  24. KarenB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I was overall disappointed with the food and atmosphere. Young child screaming through most of our dinner. Obviously, not your fault but the sound echos through the room making it worse. We were expecting more overall. I would probably not go back. Our waitress was the best part...very pleasant and helpful. Just being honest...not hurtful.

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  25. CynthiaS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing! We enjoyed everything we got.

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  26. CindyM

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was absolutely wonderful!! So on top of her game regardless that as the evening went on and she got very busy on Valentine’s Day - night she was pleasant, professional and so pleasant!! Thank you!!

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  27. GaryS

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a very enjoyable Valentines dinner at Duffy’s.

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  28. JeffB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to dine here. Very rarely miss an opportunity to eat here.

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  29. naomig

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience. Good food, good service. Quiet, friendly staff. I think this pretty much covers everything and what else can you expect or say about having dinner at the historic Duffy’s Tavern? Great location, steeped in history, tradition and cultural heritage.

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  30. ShanR

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great in a really beautiful building. Recommend the French Dip and the Pork Cutlets. We will definitely return.

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  31. KarenS

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food. Outstanding ambience! The only slight (very slight) negative was my crafty cocktail was a little cloying and didn't come with the garnishes as described on the menu (no cranberries).

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  32. JoyceS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my son’s birthday with 8 of his friends. They did a great job of keeping everyone’s drinks full and pacing our meal. Table was perfect that we could converse & not feel like we were tucked in a corner.

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  33. kimberlym

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This tavern was originally built in the year 1818. It has multiple fireplaces, original wide board butter pine boards, antique decorative items,, and exposed beams. The building is crooked and wonky,, as it should be considering the age. The food just makes this whole experience better. Last night I ordered the N.Y. strip steak. It came with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. I am definately not a vegetable person and I normally hate green beans, but whatever they did to season them, made them delicious. The steak was cooked to perfection. Nice and pinkish red inside and perfectly seared on the outside. We ordered specialty drinks from the winter bar menu and those were phenomenal too. Located in quaint Boalsburg, PA., this experience is not to be missed!

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  34. MiMi

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The attitude of the owner and employees is very unfriendly and uncaring

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  35. NormaZ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but exceptional.Rice lacked a little taste and more cold than warm. Nice selection of deserts, Cheese cake was great and cinnamon coffee cake was delicious.

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  36. JimD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Duffy’s is wonderful. Great service, friendly, and the food is fantastic.

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  37. MaryK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holidays, my reuben sandwich was the best I have ever eaten, and my son, who also ordered a reuben thought it was great. Our waitress was outstanding - friendly, attentive and efficient and the seasonal drinks were a nice touch - I really enjoyed my mulled cider, plus we were seated by a fireplace, which made the setting that much more cozy.

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  38. WendyB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The entree food was okay, the dessert was excellent. Clearly, not a place to take small children (our bad). We haven't frequented this place for a number of years, it wasn't the same quality that we remembered. The atmosphere is still very nice. A bit overpriced for the quality of the food 🤷‍♀️

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  39. GDog

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quaint atmosphere is warm and inviting. The staff is welcoming and efficient. We had the filet mignon. It was perfectly seasoned and well prepared. The mashed potatoes were tasty and had a nice consistency. The cocktails were well prepared. I heartily recommend Duffy's Tavern for an evening out!

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  40. DonnaH

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Host/server was over-the-top eager to please and accommodating. Excellent food.

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FAQs

Duffy's Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Duffy's Tavern

113 E Main St, Boalsburg, PA 16827

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Boalsburg
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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