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The Tavern Restaurant

220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4713
+1 814-238-6116
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4713
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Horrible! No chairs at the bar. I asked he rude bartender if this was the only bar in the place, rudely said, yes. I turned to a nearby waitress and said, nice friendly place and she laughed. I said, no wonder it's empty on here....More

Thank Lakelvr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, but the wait was 2 hrs. Friendly staff. Get a number then shop till you drop. Maybe your table will be ready by then.More

Thank nic60760
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're glad you had a delicious meal with us! We always try to be efficient and apologize that, that wasn't the case in your situation. We invite you to reach out to Pat or Dawn at (814) 238-6116 with more details about your experience so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tavern Restaurant is a MUST visit for drinks or dinner. However if you are visiting on a football weekend or graduation week expect a VERY long wait. The food to basic American fare at a reasonable price. Service is by student servers who are...More

Thank DoctorF409
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for the review! Our servers are exceptional people who work hard to give you the very best service. We love all the Penn State enthusiasm that comes in the door and while we do our best to keep up, we apologize if the wait...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in town on a random Tuesday evening and had dinner here. I had the cajun chicken caesar salad - very good! I chose the corn side which was delicious! My fiancee had the salmon with the green beans and French fries sides -...More

Thank travelingirlfrompa
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for leaving us your feedback! At The Tavern our goal is to make everyone's experience a perfect 5/5. If you would like to share your experience further, please feel free to contact Pat or Dawn at (814) 238-6116. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited State College several times during my stints in PA. There are a lot quaint little restaurant options to choose from, and after searching through the reviews we decided on The Tavern. The atmosphere is wonderful! We had a drink in the bar while...More

Thank Jeremy L
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey Jeremy, thanks for your feedback. We're glad you had a great time and got to take in the game with us! We're not sure what you tried on the menu but our servers are amazing and if you're looking to stretch your dollar, ask...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I took advantage of the PSU students being out of town and grabbed a quiet dinner at one of our favorite places. They have an interesting system of ordering an entre and then picking as many sides as you want which are...More

Thank johnkG1158WE
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your wonderful feedback! On behalf of the entire team at The Tavern Restaurant, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoy the character that our establishment exudes as well as our unlimited sides. We hope that...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must-visit restaurant with college atmosphere. Menu often seems a bit limited but the food is good.More

Thank deejaygeeusa
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We strive to provide our guests with a selection of their favorite dishes that will give them options during their every visit. We're happy you found our flavors and atmosphere to your...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a cool, historical eatery. We had a party of 7 and were able to get a reservation by calling a couple hours ahead. They seem to specialize in steaks but have nice fish, chicken and pasta dishes as well. A unique feature is that...More

Thank Timalnick
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We enjoy seeing people come together at The Tavern Restaurant. We're glad to hear you and your party of 7 were easily accommodated and had a great time exploring our menu and absorbing the atmosphere. Whether it's just you and your wife, or a group...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017

Charming little street level restaurant. Last time I was there a couple of years ago, good food and reasonable price. Service was good but table were packed too close together. One of those places where you feel like you are jammed in and have to...More

Thank Dave-L-Pennsylvania
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Hi Dave, we are sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your experience with us and hope that you will give us a second chance to leave a better impression with you. If you would like to address your experience further, we encourage you...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

The Tavern opens at 5PM for the evening. We got there at 5 and had the place to ourselves. The young man who served us was very pleasant, did not rush us and made it a very enjoyable tine. Parking is usually a problem in...More

1  Thank Bob52014
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for leaving us your feedback! Our servers are all very passionate about making everyone's experiences with us great. We love to see people come back and try new things and hope to see you back very soon! Take care.

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15 March 2016|
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Response from budh17 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but a phone call to the restaurant will answer that. We were there with friends on this past Sunday night for dinner. NOT busy because the students are on spring break. Quiet dinner, food good as usual but I thought... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4713
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-238-6116
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