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The Diner

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126 W. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
+1 814-238-5590
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07:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Wed 07:00 - 21:00
Thu 07:00 - 05:30
Fri - Sun 06:00 - 05:30
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Lumberton, New Jersey
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Never having been to Penn State, my husband (an alum) wanted me to try an original grilled "stickie". We went for breakfast and had "homemade" bacon quiche that was in no way homemade, had no bacon and was not even quiche. The stickie was a store bought, stale piece of cinnamon sticky bun that was cut in a finger size... More 

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Thank Lee Y
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While the food is okay, I stopped going because the dining area was never very clean. Tried a few times to see if maybe the cleanliness would improve but it never did

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Thank Laura S
Pennsylvania
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98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Stopped by after a PSU basketball game. Always look forward to their burgers, chicken sandwiches and entrees. And, oh yeah, grilled stickies with ice cream for dessert. Walked in and saw a line of approximately 10-12 people. No problem...we waited 5 minutes before a manager (?) came out and in a very load voice announced, "We have no more food.... More 

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Thank Kirk S
STATE COLLEGE, United States
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124 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Sausage cooked earlier and then served cold with breakfast; sickly looking potatoes, chef yellng at waitresses. Absolutely a horrible experience.

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Thank Joseph K
Lansdale
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We have eaten here about 10 times in the last 5 years.. always good service, good food, clean tables and great services..

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Thank freeisgood
Pembroke Pines, Florida
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Had to wait forever to be seated, so we left after 35 minutes. Open tables not cleaned. Not crazy busy. This has been the case for years in a row now.

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Thank Mark M
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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129 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

After seeing my best friends college graduation her aunt suggested we visit The Diner. We piled in excited to try the famous stickies only to see a few workers staring at us like crazy people. They told us they weren't seating people at 2:30 because they closed at 3. I was totally baffled. We explained that all we wanted were... More 

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Thank sacammack
Warren, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We went out of our way to find Ye Olde College Diner just for the Stickies. They did not disappoint. We had a challenge to get to College Avenue because of closed roads and construction and then had to backtrack and park at a garage two blocks away. Two others in our party had a regular breakfast that they said... More 

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Thank wpatravelers
Pittsburgh
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76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I cannot bring myself to find criticism of this landmark institution at my beloved alma mater. I often return to The Diner, more out of a sense of nostalgia than for the food (other than the grilled stickies with ice cream, which is a must during every visit!). Let's be honest - it's diner food (hence the name). My 4-star... More 

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Thank jcav08
Erie, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

The Diner closes early now, and although I understand not being open 24 hours (as it still says on the grilled stickies box), I was surprised to see it closed on a Friday night at 7pm. They also do not serve stickies with nuts in the restaurant and there are no more milkshakes "milkshake machine has been broken" we were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 05:30
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 05:30
Friday
06:00 - 05:30
Saturday
06:00 - 05:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 126 W. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-238-5590

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