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Permanently Closed - Spats Cafe and Speakeasy

4.8
406 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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?
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
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Phone number
(814) 238-7010
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Payment options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Duke Gastiger
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pugh Street
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Parking details
Street parking and Parking Garage within 1/4 block.
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Public transit
Frequent local bus service with stop 1/4 block away
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Went there for its last day. Its too bad it is closing. Everything was always top notch.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Last dinner at Spatz and the end of an era at PSU State College with the restaurant closing. And I think it was our best dinner ever. We will miss you Spatz! Lots of great dinners and fun times there over many many years. ‘Hope the staff finds their next job soon - thank you all!!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

One of the last nights!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Great place that I am sad to see leaving the area. We regret not going more often, but when a lease is up, it is up.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

It's unfortunate to see them go. Excellent service, great food.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent, authentic cajun dishes. Especially love the shrimp etouffee and the chesse grits!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Our favorite dining place for date night, with friends and to celebrate special occasions! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Final meal before it closes! Such a shame :(

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Our server was very helpful and the dishes were excellent

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 21, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

College graduation

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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:)

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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...

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on November 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 8, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The chopped salad was phenomenal!

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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