Spats at the Grill (Hotel State College)

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Located in the heart of downtown State College, Pennsylvania, The Allen Street Grill offers traditional and contemporary American cuisine, late night specials and banquet facilities for weddings and events. With an incredible view of the gates to Penn State and its famous Mall, our porch is the place to dine in downtown State College. You are guaranteed a memorable occasion when you visit The Allen Street Grill. The Grill is located on the second floor of the historic Hotel State College and Company building which has served as the first center of hospitality in the Centre Region since 1855. We continue to welcome Town, Gown, and visitors from around the world with open arms.


Executive Chef: Robert Burger

General Manager: Becky Burger

What 415 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.6
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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is simply delicious and cooked to perfection.

HD
New England
55 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spats at the Grill is our go-to choice when entertaining out of town guests. The food is always great and the service is excellent.

ED
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Reliable food, service, and atmosphere. Close to theatre.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, seated by the window, excellent service, Chris was a great server! Very nice dinner with friends!

k
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met Granddaughter for lunch. Great service and food. Nice view of PSU campus.

KE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, cocktails were excellent, food was hot and served in a timely manner but was ok not excellent.

BT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Can't beat the ambiance. Service was very good. Food was very good.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Had an 8:30 reservation and got seated at 9:00. Booth was too small for 4 people. Food was good but not great. Overall experience was good. Server (Sadia ???) was very nice and helpful with food selection. Food pricing was reasonable for selections and location.

DJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, friendly reception, quality food, great view of downtown State College on the porch, clean and neat.

GJ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Every part of the evening was well done. Service was outstanding. All courses came out at the correct time. Food was excellent. Splendid experience

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Xmas party

F
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food delivery was slow. Soups were very tasty but could have been hotter. Server was very attentive and good. Chopped salad was delicious.

CW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Voodoo BBQ Shrimp and Scallops are out of this world amazing!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The waiter was very good. The Cajun food was not very spicy. we had to ask for a bottle of sirarchi to spice up the Jambalaya to what I'd normally expect for a Cajun meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my 21st birthday, and my family—as well as our waitress—made it one of the most pleasant experiences, as always. I’ll never stop coming in. Thank you!

L
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and exceptional service. Cool atmosphere!

TR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were disappointed. They tried to sit us at a table that was on top of another table - we suggested and helped to move the table over a few feet. Then they delivered the wrong drinks. A table nearby sat unbussed for at least a half an hour. Finally, our food came out warm-ish. Meh.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance and food! Great service!

KG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just awesome! Food, service, ambience! Great time! We Are!!!

l
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Under-staffed this particular weeknight. Food was ok. Very spicy tuna salad. Crab bisque was excellent. Very noisy and crowded. Food used to be better at Spats.

J
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location overlooking College Ave. Staff was very accommodating in slightly adjusting our reservation on a very busy home game weekend.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful! He knew the group that was there was loud and that we were there for our anniversary. So he put us as far away but still in the requested area from the loud group.
The food was good too. Just the server went above and beyond.
It is not wheelchair accessible. I had a hard time because of a foot injury, getting up the stairs. Beautiful historic place though.

Thank you!!

CB
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view of downtown by the windows. The peanut butter pie was great!

MC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice and not too crowded. Severer was great.

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Spats while visiting my son at PSU. We got a great seat by the window and the food was really good - especially our dessert bananas foster (made with Penn State stickies).

CL
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Although they were busy, service was lacking. I had to walk to the bar to get another drink, since the server rarely stopped back to see if we needed anything. More money would have been spent on more drinks and food but thought it best to just leave. Nothing else outweighed the lack of service so the overall experience was just ok.

j
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thank you for helping t make a difficult day end happily! The food was good, but Chad was incredibly accommodating. We felt cared for in every way! We live in Valley Forge, but will be back next time we are in the area!
Thanks again!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Easiest place in State College to host a nice dinner with a group. Our food took a long time and when it finally arrived it was clearly sitting under a heat lamp for too long. The jambalaya I ordered was dry... didn't resemble jambalaya

CH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is consistently good. The service was acceptable. The location is perfect to meet friends for dinner. The menu has a wide range from soups, salads and sandwiches, up to excellent entrees. Surely there is something for everyone! I'll be back.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Spats at the Grill is on the site of the old Allen Street Grill. I preferred the Allen Street menu, but I continue to like this location. It's situated on a busy corner across the street from the campus. The view is great (especially towards evening) and the atmosphere is comfortable.

In its new incarnation, the prices are a bit high in relation to quality -- but the good is generally good and the location still makes this a worthy stop.

J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable staff (thanks Kip, Adam, and Rob); love the location. Vegan options are nice. Definitely our "happy place!"

Z
New England
31 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Table was ready at exact reservation time. Food was excellent (Fettucini Alfredo with blackened salmon, shrinp and scallops, almond chicken, "hot" mac and cheese, Hummus app! ). Drink pours were generous. The service was outstanding. The mac and cheese turned out to be too spicy for my wife and they immediately replaced it with almond chicken - no questions asked - no extra charge. This is a first class dining experience. You will love it!!!

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated in the window over looking the main walkway to PENN State campus. Server was great, food was super....a truly enjoyable experience!

LS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Dirty glass, food wasn’t that great! Really noisy you could hardly talk to the person at your own table.

Wasn’t like the old spats.

DH
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting, overlooking College Avenue in State College. Tender Gator Bite appetizers. Good service. Highly recommended.

b
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was flavorful but did seem a little expensive for the area!

M
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised at SPATS. The food was great and the service was excellent!

L
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Spats. The food was great and we could hear each other talk. Our waitress was very professional and efficient. Thank you for a great place.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waitstaff friendly and fast. Ambiance good. Food tasty but one item was a little cold but good taste.

EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant- my favorite in State College.
Service is always great- food is delicious.