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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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Clifton Park, New York
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83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2014

We had dinner the night before December graduation, the same night as a major sporting event on campus. The Dining Room was very busy and had set up tables for restaurant service in some meeting rooms. While the ambiance in those rooms was a bit lacking, they had clearly staffed up for the occasion and we got prompt, friendly service.

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Thank ChrisN438
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Chris, We are very appreciative of your kind words and are happy to have the advantage of space to accomodate a growing number of guests on situations such as these. Even more importantly we are honored to have provided what sounds like an enjoyable evening to you. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Matt More 

State College, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

Beautiful setting on the Penn State campus. We had excellent service and very good food. The menu is somewhat limited, but sufficient.

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Thank deb10pink
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

We thank you very much for coming in and more importantly are thrilled that you enjoyed our hospitality and delicious offerings. We look forward to seeing you again soon, and have a safe and happy holiday. Cheers, Matt More 

Pine Grove Mills, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2014 via mobile

Though I am often visit the campus, I rarely eat at the Nittany Lion Inn. Recently, I was given a gift certificate for this establishment. My wife and I went there with our son and his wife before a football game. The dining room was about 1/3 occupied. We were quickly seated. We found the menu had limited selections and... More 

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Thank PennaHiker
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

We apologize that we did not deliver timely and delicous food to your on this experience. We strive for excellent culinary exectution using only the best ingredients, and I wanted to share my concerns over our mis-step in failing to provide that to you. Please feel free to contact me directly as we would love for the chance to serve... More 

Florida
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221 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014 via mobile

Great place for breakfast. OK for lunch or dinner. My wife and I stay at the Inn at least once a year for over 20 years. Most often the Dinning Room has only a few diners at any time in the evening, although it can be crowded when special events are taking place. If you are looking for a more... More 

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Thank Robert G
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us and more importantly for taking the time to write some nice things as well. We are glad that we can share our passion for wine with you. We hope to see you again on your next trip! Salut, More 

McKeesport, Pennsylvania
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168 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

We always make sure we have a meal here when we visit PSU! We make sure we ask for Brad's section. He is the BEST server in the world! Makes you feel like you are his only table even tho he is waiting on 10! The food is FABULOUS any time of the day. We love Danny's section too. He... More 

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Thank Diane C
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Thankyou! It is very much appreciated that our staff is recognized for the great servers that they are, but more importantly they are better people and we are happy to share our hospitality with you. We will see you soon! More 

Lake Worth, Florida
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286 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014 via mobile

Stayed here and ate breakfast at the restaurant. They had a buffet for $12 but we opted for ordering off the menu. Everything was good. The staff was friendly and service was fast. Next time I need to stay for dinner.

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Thank RagsKP94
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

We thank you very much for your kind words. We would agree that our breakfast is quite a nice value, particularly paired with our frinedly and efficient service staff. We are sure that you will enjoy dinner and look forward to serving you on your next trip. Enjoy that warm Florida weather! Cheers, More 

Tucson, Arizona
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116 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

This is the restaurant at the center of the Penn State/State College confluence, lots of history, lots of people watching. It's almost a check list item. Usually, those places are not so hot. This place had very good food, and we had a very good waiter, who may have been the head waiter, we weren't sure. Our food was very... More 

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Thank LCEguy
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Tim, We very much appreciate your kind words. We work very hard day in and day out as to never be "resting on our laurels". We appreciate you taking the time out to write this review and look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers, Matt More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

The Nittany Lion Inn is the original hospitalityy center for Penn State and remains an elegant place for meals or banquets. Service is impeccible; good prices for an upscale location; well prepared food. The Sunday Brunch is reasonable at $20 and wonderfful array of foods, including excellent salads, cheeses and seafood.

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Thank Robert281
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Thank you! We would have to agree that our Sunday Brunch is quite fantastic. We look forward to seeing you again! Sincerely, Matt More 

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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Service was prompt and efficient, we were seated quickly and the waitress attended shortly after. I had the crab sandwich, guest had the pulled pork. Both of us had fries that looked like they'd been cooked in old oil, they were Brown and ugly looking, my crab was way burnt on the outside, but was ok once you broke through... More 

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Thank Vapochilled
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a constructive review on your experience with us. I do apologize that the food did not meet our standard and do hope that you come back and give us another chance to serve you. Our new menu is coming into it's own and we will strive to deliver on your next... More 

Trenton, New Jersey
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113 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

We stopped by for some food in the outdoor patio area of Whiskers, the bar at the Nittany Lion Inn. There was a large selection of small plates and regular entrees. The cheese plate for 3 was skimpy for $15. but we all loved the hot kielbasa with honey mustard. The mac and cheese was a little spicy, but the... More 

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Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

We are happy to have served you well in Whiskers. We have a brand new menu since your last visit and our chefs have knocked it out of the park with this one. We hope that you stop back in to try some of the new items and say hello. Until next time, cheers. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 18 - US$ 30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?