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The Dining Room

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200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
+1 814-865-8590
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Mississauga, Canada
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

...and lukewarm food. First time the Inn has let us down. We have eaten here on numerous occasions and the signature lobster bisque was not hot. The food was very tasty but ... The management was kind and accomadating. We will give the inn another chance in the future. Hopefully the dinner will be a 4 star as before.

Thank JackGail
Cape May, New Jersey
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We were at Nitnay Lion Inn for a business conference. We met with a couple folks from a supplier for a very pleasant and tasty dinner. Three of the folks had the meatloaf which was judged to be excellent. I had the crab cakes which were ok, not seasoned exactly to my taste. Two of us started with lobster bisque... More 

Thank Sivrup
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We really had a great breakfast here. Best Eggs Benedict I think we ever had, anywhere in the country. They were also super quick in their service. Joe, our waiter , was funny and loads of fun.

Thank MrSilk
Tri-Cities, TN
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Visited here while on a business trip to Penn State. Lovely atmosphere, if a bit reserved. We were one of only a very few groups there, but since it was midweek I wonder if their primary diners visit on weekends. Meal descriptions were intriguing, but I personally found their execution a bit bland. Service was impeccable, and we had ample... More 

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Avon, Connecticut
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We ate at this restaurant last night for the first time. We have been desperately searching for a good restaurant at State College since our son is graduating from Penn State this year, and it would be nice to find a place to celebrate after his graduation. We are still looking. The restaurant was not crowded at all since it... More 

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Elizabethown, PA
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Every year I have to eat at The Dining Room. The Lobster Bisque is amazing. I also had a great tasting crab cake.

Thank Dee5StarAdventure
Naples, Florida
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112 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed breakfast at The Dining Room on out last visit so we were looking forward to it this time. Unfortunately, it didn't meet our expectations. The the food was barely warm and was certainly not fresh. The eggs were rubbery and the bacon was chewy. Next time we'll skip the buffet and have it cooked to order.

Thank Due_Caffe
STATE COLLEGE, United States
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124 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This restaurant is a Penn State mainstay. Food quality is good as is the service. The atmosphere is a bit stodgy. Good selection on the menu.

Thank Joseph K
Fogelsville, Pennsylvania
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132 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

The food we had for both breakfast and dinner was excellent and of quite good value. Service was prompt and professional

Thank JNA2012
sparta, nj
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548 reviews
405 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

I expected that the dining room affiliated with the hotel would be decent. Had dinner two nights in a row here….first night (Friday) was seafood buffet ($34.95) and you could order off a limited Whiskers Pub menu (I had the portobello mushroom sandwich while others had the seafood buffet). I needed a microscope to find the mushroom - skipped the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 18 - US$ 30
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-865-8590
  • This restaurant is at Nittany Lion Inn

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?