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Grace at the Carnegie

4.6
4.6
660 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American

Grace Restaurant at the Carnegie House has been awarded for 10 consecutive years by State College Magazine the Best Fine Dining Restaurant and Best Romantic Restaurant!

As you enter the dining room through the French doors from the library, a feeling of warmth and elegance beckons you to enjoy leisurely modern trending dining. A bow window allows dinner guests to view the beautiful flowers that surround Carnegie House and the woods surrounding the golf course. China, crystal, and silver grace the tables on crisp white table linen. Servers are attentive in providing for the needs of the guests who dine on trend-setting cuisine.

From breakfast to elegantly prepared hors d'oeuvres and dinner selections, dining at Carnegie House is as spectacular as it is relaxing. The Library invites casual conversation while savoring a favorite cocktail or glass of wine from the Wine Spectator award winning selection.

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Booked 12 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Modern European, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Mon-Sat - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sun - Closed

  • Phone number

    (814) 234-2424

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Kendeffy

  • Neighborhood

    State College

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

First

  • Lobster Bisque$13.00

    Tarragon | Brand

    • Pumpkin Tortellini**$16.00

      Calvados cream sauce | Pumpkin seeds | Sage

      • Crispy Pork Belly$16.00

        Sweet soy glaze | Sushi rice | Daikon "kim chi"| Sesame

        • Smoked Buratta* **$15.00

          Warm mozzarella | Compressed fruit | Balsamic "caviar"

          • Terrine of Roasted Beets and Chèvre* **$14.00

            Red pepper purée | Shallot vinaigrette | Radish

            • Oysters on The Half Shell$22.00

              Half dozen | Seasonal selection

              • Terrine of Foie Gras$22.00

                Brioche | Poached apple | Port reduction

                • Fruits de Mer$78.00

                  Chilled seafood | 1 lobster tail | 6 Poached shrimps | 6 Oysters | Crab Meat

                  • Supplement of White Sturgeon Caviar | 1 Ounce$100.00

                Second

                • Grace Salad* **$14.00

                  Baby lettuces | Gorgonzola | Apples | Roasted walnuts | Sherry vinaigrette

                  • Warm Brie Salad*$15.00

                    Baby lettuces | Apple purée | Pine nuts | Blood orange vinaigrette

                    • Arugula Salad*$14.00

                      Cypress Grove "Purple Haze" chèvre | Lavender & fennel pollen | Bacon lardons | Pickled red onions | Champagne vinaigrette

                      Third

                      • Roulade of Dover Sole$48.00

                        Rolled with garlic, parsley, & chartreuse butter | Dauphine potatoes

                        • Wester Ross Wild Scottish Salmon*$38.00

                          Autumn spiced butternut squash risotto | Hazelnut & sage crumbl

                          • Chiliean Sea Bass$47.00

                            Beluga lentil ragout | Broccolini with truffle butter | Picatta sauce

                            • "Joyce Farms" Breast of Chicken$29.00

                              Thyme & garlic confit | Caramelized brussel sprouts | fingerlings | Mornay sauce

                              • Certified Angus New York Strip Steak$52.00

                                12 oz. | Gratin dauphinois| Au poivre sauce

                                • Hudson Valley Moulard Duck*$48.00

                                  Flageolet bean "cassoulet" | Duck & fig sausage | Orange gastrique

                                  • Butternut Squash "Filet* **$27.00

                                    Roasted with autumn spices | Pumpkin seeds | Broccolini | Rose petal honey

                                    • Sacchettini Pasta*$27.00

                                      Pasta purses stuffed with mascarpone cheese & black truffle | Citrus & truffle butter | Grace garden herbs

                                      Last updated: October 12, 2021

                                      What 660 people are saying

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                                      4.6
                                      4.6 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.7Food
                                      • 4.7Service
                                      • 4.7Ambience
                                      • 4.2Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                        Kimberly

                                        New York Area

                                        14 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        14 reviews

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                        Great place, good food. Needs some background music, feels too much like a library- excessively quiet

                                      2. TB

                                        TonyB

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Our waiter was polite and helpful. Always love the food and dining experience.

                                      3. l

                                        lovegoodfood

                                        Philadelphia

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fantastic food and service!

                                      4. N

                                        Nightout

                                        Richmond

                                        9 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on October 9, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                        Great find, Outstanding service and foods. Highly recommend and we will certainly return next time we are in State College

                                      5. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Cleveland

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on October 9, 2021

                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                        Truly enjoyed our experience. The food was the highlight. Flavors on point, plating - creative and beautiful, cooking -to perfection. Have never had a piece of sea bass cooked so impeccably, it melted like butter in the mouth. The “Is It An Apple” dessert also stole the show. So very creative and placed in a lovely bowl that I almost didn’t want to eat it. Plate ware choices are unique and it’s obvious that Chef Paul and his team have put much thought behind the scenes. Have been to the Mad Hatter in Captiva and they set the bar for us as far as the entire experience (service level is top notch there - I.e. one small unique thing- black linen napkin brought to the ladies at the table with dark clothing). I give Chef Paul and his team kudos as their execution and flavors for their food creations are right there with the Mad Hatter. Quite refreshing that Grace is right here in our lovely Happy Valley! Will definitely be back to try more.

                                      6. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 8, 2021

                                        overall1food1service5ambience4

                                        Nice environment but we did not enjoy the food which was extremely overpriced. We are accustomed to paying high prices for a fine dining experience it we expect far better quality .

                                      7. TE

                                        TomE

                                        London

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on October 6, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent food and servicep

                                      8. MI

                                        MICHAELG

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 4, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We will definitely be back, it is a little pricey for some of the things but overall not bad.

                                      9. LJ

                                        LJEJS

                                        Chicago

                                        7 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined on October 1, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was delicious! Service was excellent!

                                      10. M

                                        Marlene

                                        Philadelphia

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 28, 2021

                                        overall3food3service4ambience3

                                        Given the caliber of the restaurant, I was disappointed that my first salad was so sour that I had to return it (my mouth hurt from the amount of vinegar). That said, I was instantly given another one which was much better. I was not too impressed by my pasta. The promised truffle, which I thought would be shaved on top, was somewhere subtly present in taste. There was one guest who spoke so loudly that we were debating to whether to leave. Another gentleman next to us decided to wait outside the dining room for that reason. Our server was great.

                                      11. JF

                                        JenniferF

                                        New York Area

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on September 25, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        After a 6 hour drive from Long Island ….we walked in sat down and had a fabulous dinner followed by sitting out back around fire pit

                                      12. JK

                                        JessicaK

                                        Washington DC

                                        2 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on September 22, 2021

                                        overall4food3service5ambience4

                                        The Grace at the Carnegie is a lovely place for a special meal. The atmosphere is cheque and relaxing at the same time. The service was very attentive without being too intrusive. The appetizers were my favorite part...I preferred them to the entree, actually, will probably get two appetizers next time. The salad course was very fresh. The final favorite part was the desert ..we had a almond tart of sorts... so delicious, made in-house. I am glad to have celebrated my birthday by going to dinner here.

                                      13. R

                                        Rebecca

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 20, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The dining experience at Grace is wonderful. The service, food, drinks, and surroundings are outstanding. It’s clear that the staff work hard to make it special. And it is very covid-safe!

                                      14. p

                                        pvpamela

                                        Jacksonville

                                        17 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined on September 17, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Always a favorite for us - Excellent on all fronts! Wonderful food in a lovely setting with great ambience and terrific service. I rarely eat somewhere twice in one weekend, but we had such a great time, we came back the next night. We all ordered different menu items - all were excellent! Highly recommend!

                                      15. v

                                        virginialion

                                        Washington DC

                                        20 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        20 reviews

                                        Dined on September 17, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Elegant place with great food and impeccable service. We were alone in dining room on arrival, but tables filled up with a quiet respectable crowd. Very nice experience.

                                      16. p

                                        pvpamela

                                        Jacksonville

                                        17 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined on September 17, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The most elegant and best meal in State College. Highly recommend!

                                      17. HS

                                        HatSonII

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 9, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Not only can the inside of the restaurant make for a wonderful evening. The fire pit on a cool evening makes the whole experience even better.

                                      18. SS

                                        SarahS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 1, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Very nice atmosphere and excellent service! Definitely going back!

                                      19. RG

                                        RGinTally

                                        Tallahassee

                                        100 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        100 reviews

                                        Dined on August 28, 2021

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                        Our favorite high end restaurant for many years. Managed to survive through the Covid-19 pandemic and a water line leak and flood and came out as good as before. Superb food artfully presented and great service in a lovely ambiance. Highly recommended for special events.

                                      20. M

                                        Misskitty

                                        Philadelphia

                                        28 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        28 reviews

                                        Dined on August 28, 2021

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Best place in State College. Excellent service. Dawn is super. Would like to see a return of some menu items such as Dover sole and some type of chicken dish. Expense is creeping up. Great to have the library back for before dinner drink. Always enjoy.

                                      21. PM

                                        PatriciaM

                                        Tampa

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 28, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Lovely evening with delicious food and quiet ambience.

                                      22. CS

                                        CSoberman

                                        Mexico City

                                        5 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on August 23, 2021

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        We were guests

                                      23. DH

                                        DennisH

                                        Atlantic City

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 23, 2021

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                        All in All it was a nice experience. The potato leek cold soup was the best we ever tasted. The waitress took all 3 of the plates away from the eaters who were done and we thought she might of wanted to leave them there till the 4th person finished, but it was ok with me.

                                      24. JF

                                        JayF

                                        Philadelphia

                                        7 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined on August 19, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent meal and superior service

                                      25. GT

                                        GusTatory

                                        New England

                                        11 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        11 reviews

                                        Dined on August 17, 2021

                                        overall3food3service3ambience5

                                        Setting is lovely and we ate out on the terrace. We were looking forward to a well-crafted meal but were disappointed. Dishes sounded good on paper and had nice presentations but the flavors were all mashed together with an overall outcome of bland. My Scottish salmon with lobster-cognac sauce could have had brilliant dimensions of flavor but came out uni-dimensional. Prices were high and we expected more.

                                      26. FW

                                        FunWithOurSonPlusOne

                                        Pittsburgh

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on August 13, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        By far the best restaurant in State College! But since you probably already know about the amazing food, today I will focus on the incredible experience. Most restaurants are struggling just to find any staff -- but Grace has maintained a truly wonderful team! Last night's amazing culinary adventure began when we were greeted by Cheryl, a career server who knows the menu, understands complicated food allergies and delivered outstanding service throughout the evening. She provided excellent advice about the menu and guided us to new items that were absolutely delicious! On top of it all, she was friendly and fun too -- a true delight! Chef Paul Kendeff gets a standing ovation for the incredible variety of menu selections -- eclectic enough to be adventuresome without being off-putting. We all tried -- and loved! -- something new yesterday. With a severe food allergy at our table, we were especially pleased with the cold gazpacho he prepared -- and personally delivered to our table. Such a reassuring gesture to put us at ease with allergy concerns -- no issues at all with this amazing meal! If all of this wonderfulness wasn't enough, Events Coordinator Jayme Rhoads followed it up with a generous, personal tour of private dining space options. She was thorough, knowledgable and 100% accommodating. I have no idea how she brought so much energy to the role so late into the evening -- what a gem! Can't wait to work with her on our next private event. If you haven't experienced Grace, you need to get there. And overtip the staff -- they truly deserve it!

                                      27. p

                                        plynnie

                                        New York Area

                                        20 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        20 reviews

                                        Dined on August 13, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We dined here as a celebration dinner for my son's graduation from PSU. Everything was delightful. I especially enjoy the quiet atmosphere, something very lacking in today's restaurant scene. Service was impeccable and every course was delicious.

                                      28. KV

                                        KenV

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 12, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        From Jaime our hostess to Chris the sous chef, from start to finish we had terrific food and service. A great evening celebrating our 49th anniversary.

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Philadelphia

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 11, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Delicious foods, Great service!

                                      30. c

                                        cbg5013

                                        Washington DC

                                        8 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on August 7, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This was our second time getting to dine at Grace, our first being back in 2018. It was just as good as we remembered. We’ll definitely come back next time we’re in town again. We shared oystered on the half shell, my husband had the rabbit and I enjoyed the scallops. I loved the is it an apple dessert.

                                      31. TE

                                        TomE

                                        London

                                        10 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined on August 7, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Awesome in every way

                                      32. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Philadelphia

                                        2 reviews

                                        1.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on August 5, 2021

                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                        Delightful dinner, from the beautiful atmosphere to the outstanding food , can’t wait to go back !

                                      33. B

                                        Beth

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 4, 2021

                                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                                        The woman who greeted us at the door was lovely and very personable. Set a great tone. Our server was also lovely and very professional. The food was delicious and different. It is always nice to order something and not know how it is going to taste before it even gets to your seat. Amazing cocktails as well., The Pear Martini is fantastic. The only drawback to Grace is the decor and ambiance. We were lucky to sit outside on the patio which has a fantastic view. The dining room decor is dated and stale.

                                      34. BP

                                        BarbaraP

                                        New York Area

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on August 4, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Absolutely wonderful as always! 42nd-anniversary dinner celebrated and it always lives up to a night of celebration and great food.

                                      35. KH

                                        KimH

                                        Pittsburgh

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 31, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Everything was great! It was a very special occasion. Food is a bit pricey. But for this special occasion it was worth it! Our server was great! She was very attentive. Food was very good and desserts were outstanding! The "apple" is amazing!!!

                                      36. DK

                                        DavidK

                                        Philadelphia

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 31, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Paul Kendeffy and Chris Hollobaugh have done it again! Everything I had was superb, but the real winners tonight were the wild mushroom risotto and the lamb wellington. My immediate impression was that the apple dessert is probably the crown jewel of the desert menu, but I wound up going with the chocolate tart instead. I don't even normally like fruit with my chocolate, but honestly I couldn't think of any way to possibly improve that dish even if I wanted to. It was really great. The vegetables in the salads were succulent and, from my taste, fresh. I think they're grown locally. The chilled lobster salad was also very good, but don't be afraid to add a little more pepper if the server offers it. On that note, the wait staff was also phenomenal (Toni also was an excellent server). The food and service were timed perfectly. The only nit I have is that I wish they didn't serve seaweed with the oysters. I get that it's fragrant and adds to the presentation of the dish, but I personally don't like inedible, decorative components on my plate. That said, that's more personal preference than anything (and I still order these every time I go). If you're on the fence, this is the place to go in State College for fine dining.

                                      37. SS

                                        StephenS

                                        London

                                        41 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        41 reviews

                                        Dined on July 28, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Second time I have been in town and had a meal here. This stands up to the best restaurants in any big city. Worth a visit and I will return.

                                      38. JK

                                        JudyK

                                        Atlanta

                                        37 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        37 reviews

                                        Dined on July 28, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Traveling to centre county for genealogy research. Looking for a great dining experience after a busy week. Grace exceeded our expectations. Service and food were outstanding!

                                      39. M

                                        Misskitty

                                        Philadelphia

                                        28 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        28 reviews

                                        Dined on July 17, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Delicious salad and entree. Excellent service, once again, from Dawn. So nice to see the library is once again available for pre dinner enjoyment.

                                      40. S

                                        Sharon

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 16, 2021

                                        overall2food1service2ambience4

                                        Find a caterpillar on my salad and feel bad about that. May be more professional in the future

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                                      Grace at the Carnegie is rated 4.6 stars by 660 OpenTable diners

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                                      Booked 12 times today
                                      Google Map for Grace at the Carnegie

                                      100 Cricklewood Drive State College, PA 16803

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        State College

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Dinner
                                        Mon-Sat - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
                                        Sun - Closed

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Contemporary French / American, Modern European, Steak

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Elegant

                                      • Dress code

                                        Smart Casual

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Executive chef

                                        Paul Kendeffy

                                      • Additional

                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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