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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Central Pennsylvania

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Central Pennsylvania? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Allen Street Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (809)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
State College
About the restaurant
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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Cocktails and the Halibut were excellent. Waiter was very knowledgeable and courteous.
A photo of The Tavern Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (26)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
State College
About the restaurant
The Tavern Restaurant has proudly served downtown State College, Pennsylvania since 1948.
A newly renovated historic institution, The Tavern specializes in contemporary classic American cuisine in the ambiance of a colonial tavern. Join us for elevated comfort food, timeless cocktails and first class service.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We had a wonderful time. Our waiter was awesome!!
A photo of Kevin's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (235)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
Owner Rob Friedman invites you to join us at Kevin’s for a casual, fun, and creative dining experience. The culinary team at Kevin’s headed by Chef Matt Gilbert offers a wide range of dishes including fresh seafood, handmade pasta, hand cut steaks, and so much more. Specialty cocktails are featured daily and are sure to be enjoyed! Most of our staff have been with us from when the restaurant opened, lead by General Manager, John Lahr, with many years experience in the industry and who also creates our famous table side Caesar Salad and Bananas Foster. Our family strives to make your dining experience the most memorable one, and we invite you to celebrate any occasion with us!
Top review
BobC
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Just a warm pleasant place. And great food too! Love it!
A photo of Breaker Brewing Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (473)
$30 and under
Brewery
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
Welcome and thank you for your interest in Breaker Brewing Company. We are a Micro Brewery & Brew Pub in Northeast PA’s coal region that brews, serves and delivers handcrafted beer to local bars and pubs. Our small batch craft brews are dedicated to the hard-working people who have been and still are examples of our rich heritage.
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BobMc
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Always love the food and beer at Breaker Brewing Co.
A photo of Gigi's Southern Table restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1836)
$30 and under
Southern
State College
About the restaurant
Gigi's is as casual as it is chic; it’s a local farm-to-table experience capturing the sophisticated yet laid back ideals of southern hospitality. It’s a social gathering place for friends, whether you're aiming to impress out-of-town guests, linger over a romantic dinner or just want to enjoy a local craft beer in the lounge, come join us at our table.


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AnnW
Dined 7 days ago
Whenever we visit Penn State, Gigi is a must! It is a rare find for a “college town”. The menu is diverse and contemporary, the food delicious and the service attentive and exceptional!
A photo of Cork Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (291)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
Cork Restaurant opened in Wilkes-Barre in 2007, bringing an innovative, hospitality-focused concept with a unique array of dining, cocktail and wine menus. Cork is located in a quaint neighborhood in the north end of Wilkes-Barre and is a place where customers become friends. Our spacious, multi-level floor plan features a classy, yet contemporary decor and a relaxed cosmopolitan ambiance perfect for dining or entertaining. Cork’s second floor dining area provides the ideal setting for a romantic dinner for two or a larger dinner group of friends or family. Visit Cork Bar & Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre today for hospitality at its finest!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Great dining experience overall, great food and great atmosphere
A photo of Duffy's Tavern restaurant
4.5
4.5 (67)
$31 to $50
American
Boalsburg
About the restaurant
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.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Asian Braised Beef was generally tasty, but presentation was better than the taste. Beef was a little overcooked, but the kimche and sauce were flavorful (I usually dislike kimche). The bok choy was colorful, and impressive, but wad flavorless. The cilantro lime rice was just there...didn't contribute or detract. Simple drinks, gin & tonic, took forever. Service was generally pleasant, but not knowledgeable. I think the better servers were outside, where the ambiance was loftier. I'd go back, and would order the same thing, but value wasn't exceptional.
A photo of The Greens at Irem Clubhouse restaurant
4.5
4.5 (73)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
With a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere at The Greens you are sure to have a great time. The Greens offers you seating from our cozy Dining Room to our beautiful Patio and Terrace which overlook the Irem Golf course, to the inviting surrounding in our pub. Chef Frank will fulfill your requests when it comes to looking for delicious food. Our friendly staff will always be willing to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. The Greens will be your go to restaurant for all special occasions to come, after all we are Friedman Hospitality Group.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Six people went for celebration dinner for my grand daughter's birthday. The dinner, service and ambiance was perfect for the occasion.
A photo of Cafe Toscana restaurant
4.4
4.4 (294)
$30 and under
Italian
Wilkes-Barre
About the restaurant
Please call us at 570-208-1252 if you would like to make a reservation for more than 4 people.


Bringing a taste of the Old World to downtown Wilkes-Barre, Cafe Toscana is located at One Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Our recipes are tried and true family favorites that represent the best that Tuscany and the surrounding region has to offer.

Cafe Toscana’s Northern Italian cuisine is light and delicate and allows the individual flavors to come through. We feature an array of tried and true family favorites, including veal, pasta, risotto, fish, steak and seafood, with a variety of specials to keep the menu always fresh and exciting. There are also an abundant asortment of homemade desserts on the menu.

A new and greatly expanded wine list gives customers plenty of choices for every dish and every palette.

Top review
BrianS
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
Very good my favorite in Wilkes barre food and service cannot be beat
A photo of Mercato Mio - State College restaurant
4.1
4.1 (134)
$30 and under
Italian
State College
About the restaurant
Mercato Mio is an Italian inspired restaurant located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, just minutes from Penn State. We strive to design dishes with an Italian-like simplicity so that the quality of our ingredients and the care with which they are handled defines and distinguishes us. The perfect location for a night out with friends, a special celebration or even a romantic date night. Come join us Sunday through Saturday 4pm-10pm. Can't wait to see you!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
excellent in all ways. delicious chopped salad…best ever… amazing mushroom risotto and gnocchi will be ordered every time. presentation looked like a magazine photo. mmmmm…good!
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