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About Spats Cafe and Speakeasy

Since opening in 1987 Spats Cafe and Speakeasy receives yearly recognition as THE BEST DOWNTOWN fine-dining restaurant in State College and most recently awarded BEST VEGETARIAN MENU in Central PA.

Soft Jazz and Blues rolls through the rich New Orleans decor lending to a casual elegance just perfect for either a romantic interlude or a business dinner.

Cajun/Creole specialties and truly professional table service complete the picture....a delightful evening in NOLA! Won't you join us?

142 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, American, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;

Cross Street:
Pugh Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(814) 238-7010

Website:
http://www.site.spatscafe.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking and Parking Garage within 1/4 block.

Public Transit:
Frequent local bus service with stop 1/4 block away

Executive Chef:
Duke Gastiger

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Spats Cafe and Speakeasy Ratings and Reviews

5
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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for a Date (19)
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Creative Cuisine (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Cozy (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Spicy (13)
Business Meals (13)
Tapas (13)
Fun (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Casual (9)
Romantic (8)
Hot Spot (6)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Good for Groups (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Healthy (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

There's not another restaurant in State College that serves this type of food. We'll miss it.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Business Meals, Fun, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great evening meal! Not a constant diner at Spats, but will miss it.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Wonderful! One of our favorite restaurants. Very sad that it is closing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food was excellent as always! Sad to see them close! Wish they reconsider. I will miss going there

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Final meal before it closes! Such a shame :(

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our server was very helpful and the dishes were excellent

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Jade rocks! Great service and food for New Year’s Eve!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Sadly, it closes for good on January 27, 2018 - lost lease.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This restaurant is by far one of my favorites in state college! I discovered it about a year or so ago. The menu is so well thought out, and the food is absolutely delicious. it's so sad for me to see this restaurant go within the next few months. Seriously one of the best restaurants I've ever gone to.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Going to miss Spats. Our favorite restaurant in town. Thank you for so many wonderful memories.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Amazing!!! Always worth the trip. Simply the best food in central pa.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

College graduation

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

As usual, we had mouth watering food and amazing service. There’s no better restaurant in town. We are so devastated to know they will soon be closing their doors.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent experience all the way around. Sorry to see them go. Hope to make it there once more before they close.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

My daughter and I had a nice dinner at Spats a week ago. The food and service were exceptional. As always, the atmosphere was pleasant:)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We love Spats and cannot believe it will be closing. We will miss Spatz.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, knowledgeable and friendly service (Thanks Annie), and perfect ambience for a dinner date or get together with a small group. Love Spats, and sad to see it go...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The dinner was to celebrate an important birthday anniversary with our best friends. It could not have been more perfect. Service was excellent, food was exceptional, and the evening was memorable for all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

As always, our meals were spectacular and the service was incredible. We were heartbroken to hear that they will soon be closing their doors. Hands down best food and sangria in town!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great Cajun style meal for a decent price. Blackened catfish and scallops were excellent. Easy access on College Ave.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. A wonderful dining experience.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a great experience, enjoying the great food and the great ambiance. The lamb shank fell right off the bone as promised, the jambalaya was spicy and hot, the corn creamed chicken with cornbread stuffing was just delicious. We return to State College in 2 weeks, and plan to return to Spats.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a great time!! Bring back the hot rock and chicken fire sticks though ;)

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always one of our most favorite places in the whole country! Food, ambiance, service, all are the best anywhere we travel and we make Spats an annual stop every fall. You will not be disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I live in State College and had a business dinner and brought my out of town guests to my favorite restaurant - Spats. Everything was great as usual; I had the blackened duck breast and my guests had the filet and salmon and everyone enjoyed their meal. We had the alligator bites and cheese plate for appetizers and the cheese plate was particularly inventive and nicely presented. Service was impeccable. About the only disappointment was the bread pudding we intended to share which was a little dense. Otherwise another fabulous meal at Spats.

Thank you Spats.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Casual, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Lively restaurant with a good vibe. I took a guest speaker here because the quality of the food is reliable. Portions are generous if a bit pricey, but worth it for atmosphere, food, service.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Spat's has long been a highlight here. Their cajun style food is very good, as is the service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Service was very good, attentive not overdone.
The food was excellent - 4 very different entrees all well prepared and delicious. Nice presentation, side always a bit unexpected and also delicious.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Authentic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food at Spatz is always excellent and the service is impeccable.

Tags: Business Meals, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Awesome lunch. Chef Jason introduced himself. Waitress was very attentive. Fabulous food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The chopped salad was phenomenal!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

As always —Casual, comfortable, great service, fantastic food—Terrific atmosphere! Five stars all the way.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We ate dinner at Spats Cafe while visiting our son at Penn State. It was absolutely delicious and everyone enjoyed! Though a bit pricey, we would certainly dine with them again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went for dinner and decided to order several appetizers instead of entrees. The appetizers were really good. Our favorite was the BBQ shrimp. The crab and spinach dip was a close second - lots of crab. Service was very good as well.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Spats is our favorite place to dine when we visit State College. The menu has great choices. The service is excellent. I have never had a bad meal there. This latest visit we ordered the short ribs and the catfish. Both dishes were fantastic. They use local ingredients where possible and the meal was cooked to perfection.Spats is a must for those looking for a quality meal in State College.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic as always. Great atmosphere. Fun place. Interesting menu. A state College favorite

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Spicy
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

My husband and I just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary at Spats. We love the food and the staff is always so helpful, attentive and friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The featured fish dish for the evening was Mako Shark with an appropriately seasoned sauce and various greenery. However, the waitstaff told us that they were out of Mako Shark and they would be serving Monkfish in its place. Unfortunately, we both ordered the monkfish rather than any of their other dishes, and it came with the same sauce as had been used for the Mako Shark. The fish are totally different so the monkfish was experienced as tasteless and bland. An example of the cook at the end of a Saturday night, trying to use all of his sauce and a fall-back fish as "good enough". I expect more than this from Spats.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food, great service, Great drinks. I had a drink called Dark and stormy, fabulous!!!!! dark rum with ginger beer.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always one of our favorite dining spots when we visit State College !

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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