The State Room at Michigan State University

4.5
124 reviews
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One of the premier restaurants in Greater Lansing featuring casual-upscale fare, 500 bottle wine list, Michigan craft brews & a sophisticated Lounge. Our menus are changed seasonally to reflect the best local ingredients available, and our extensive wine list has earned the State Room Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" award several years in a row. Let the chefs tempt you with expertly-prepared culinary delights perfect for everyday dining or any special occasion. We also have several private dining rooms available perfect for your next meeting or social gathering.
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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited the State Room for hubby’s birthday. Had a drink at the cool bar first. Bartender was friendly and helpful. In the main dining area, the ambience was quite nice and much improved since the renovation a few years ago. Hubby had the filet - said it was one of the best he’s ever had. I had the Bistro Salad and added grilled salmon. It was delicious. The creamy parsnip soup was also devine. Server was great. Would highly recommend!

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M
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and excellent service. My BF ordered the lamb - amazing!! I ordered the seared ono and it was delicious. Our server was fantastic as well!!

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AP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sara was wonderful. She knew the menu and made great suggestions.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the service at the State Room. They have a good depth of wine to select from, you can tell they place a positive emphasis on the experience of the consumer. Our out of town guests loved it and the wine wall. Nice vegan menu too for our out of town guests.

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KM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My dining partner's pasta was undercooked (she is Italian). The wait staff let her order something else but of course this affected the entire timing of our meal together. Unfortunate.

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s
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice brunch and comfortable ambiance. We enjoyed our meal.

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JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

After a misunderstanding about our reservation, Maryann went above and beyond to make sure our dining experience was exceptional. We appreciated the extra effort she and her staff made so we could have a memorable meal with our visiting family.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service left something to be desired but experience was pleasent overall.

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TR
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey...not for everyday dinning.
Food was wonderful!

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MC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were both great. The ambience needs work. The site is tired.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I waited for at least 10 minutes for horseradish sauce for my prime rib. I highly recommend that you provide horseradish without the creamy sauce.

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VL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable, classy, interesting menu. Expected it would be decorated for Christmas...it didn’t seem to be much ... but still nice. Appreciate no TVs on.

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RY
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This was NOT my usual experience at the State Rood. My grand-daughter and I were celebrating her completing her Master's degree. We both ordered the Tandoori chicken. Mine was so dry it was inedible. It also was lukewarm, so I returned it and had the grilled salmon. By the time it arrived my grand-daughter had finished eating. On the other hand, the salmon was the absolute best I've ever tasted! One other problem that day - it was frustrating trying to catch a waiter's attention to complain about my order. They appeared too busy to look to right or left.

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AA
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday buffet brunch offers many delicious options including roast beef sliced to order. Service was good and the price reasonable for a good brunch.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on a good meal at The State Room.

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OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre MSU hockey game dinner, had the scallops & filet both very good & the mint chocolate chip ice cream was great!

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JA
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I haven’t been to the State room in a long time. We had a great server. My husband had a special which was delicious. I had a standard menu entrée which was good but I don’t think I would ordered it again. The brussels sprouts appetizer was amazing.

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LD
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The State Room is a favorite ‘nice’ restaurant for special meals. Wonderful food and a wide selection of wines to choose from.

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SH
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pretty expensive wine choices for E Lansing Mi. We aren’t in Chicago. Menu choices not very exciting & expensive as well. Food quality was good other than soups were a disappointment.

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C
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We do enjoy dining at The State Room, we were however, disappointed that they didn’t offer any specials on the night we were there. Ben was our server and he did a great job!

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RR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We try to eat here every time we're in Lansing to visit our Grandson in college.
Everyone likes it. Plus great parking and convenience.

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. We would definitely have lunch there again and highly recommend it.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner and breakfast there and enjoyed both meals. Wait staff was wonderful and attentive. Our son was celebrating his birthday and they brought out a slice of cake with a candle- nice touch.
Food was very good.

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DF
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I would have rating this place higher except for a couple of issues. First, they brought me the wrong entree and then asked me if I was joking about my order. So I watched my table eat their food while I waited for mine and I didn’t get an apology. Second, the was a very loud table seated right next to us. We would have enjoyed it better if people weren’t seated so close together

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AM
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I made a reservation for myself and two family members for an early lunch. After waiting at the reception desk for several minutes, I went into the restaurant to find someone to seat us. Our waiter Bradley was very good. The tandoori-style chicken was bland. The Caesar salad was drenched in dressing. Window seating is great, restaurant is very attractive.

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E
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. We ordered steak, salads, deserts and every dish was prepared to perfection. I will come back soon!

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to have private business dinner meeting. Outstanding food service and wine list.

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N
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were kind of bummed as the menu changed since the last time visiting and a few of our favorites were gone. Service was OK, delivery of beverages and food seemed to take a long time. Before we visit again we will visit the online menu.

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and food. Server was fantastic - very knowledgeable about menu. Will definitely go back!

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l
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

if the sign for the restaurant wasn’t outside, you would think you entered the wrong building for the restaurant. It’s kind of a nondescript, dim, low ceiling lobby. We walked forward down the hall until some students working behind a counter directed us around the corner to the restaurant. Upon entering, it had a bit of a dated feel in a supper club/lounge kind of way. The dining room is a kind of smallish (intimate?) but once we were seated and tuned out the conversation of the table next to us, we enjoyed our time there. We don’t recommend the margaritas, but they had a decent choice of wine/beer. The main event in a restaurant is always the food, and they didn’t disappoint. Great food. After all, that’s why you’re there, right? 4 out of 5.

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RM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Professional, efficient, attentive service.
Perfectly cooked scallops! Perfectly cooked salmon! Perfect manicotti and perfect airline chicken! But, the pork tenderloin appetizer disappointing; tough and tasteless.
A bit pricey overall for everyday but perfect for a special occasion.
Nice wine offerings but they do not carry a chianti.

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DF
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Server was excellent. Grouper entree was lacked flavor and disappointing

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ME
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The State Room is a gem. No up-scale restaurant has finer foods, better service and lower prices for thre quality. Easy parking. The State Room ranks up there with the best restaurants in town, without the snooty attitudes and high prices. It is a favorite whenever we are in town.

After our son graduated from MSU, we forgot about thre place. We got reacquainted recently and now beat ourselves uo for not remembering to keep going there!

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B
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The State Room is reliably an excellent restaurant, great spot for conducting business, and consistent in its attentive service. It is a blessing in my neighborhood and in the Lansing/East Lansing area.

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KD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I travel to East Lansing I entertain clients here. The food, service and atmosphere are always on point. It's obvious a lot of local frequent here and I can see why. I highly recommend The State Room for any occasion. They also feature locally-souced food and have a great wine selection.

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ME
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day dinner!

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M
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The State Room has always been a favorite. The special Sunday brunches are the best. The atmosphere is accommodating of couples as well as groups. The wine list is excellent as are seasonal dishes.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure! My steak was cooked perfectly and I'm fussy...somewhere between rare and medium rare. They had paired it with a wonderful California cab. Ingredients are locally sourced and, while I don't usually have bread with a meal, the herbed butters are a treat!

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B
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years the State Room has been a go-to spot. It only gets better and better. From the astute wait staff to the magnificent food choices, it is superior. Add to that the carefully-chosen wine list, and well-crafted cocktails, and you have a real winner.

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