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All 213 State College Restaurants

Nittany Lion Inn

200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
(814) 865-8590
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Ranked #47 of 213 Restaurants in State College
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Buffet
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Buffet
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English first
State College, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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Pine Grove Mills, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

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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Matt T, Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, 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
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 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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Matt T, Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 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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Matt T, Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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Matt T, Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 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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Matt T, Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 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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Matt T, Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, 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 

Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 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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Matt T, Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 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 Nittany Lion Inn, 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 

Pennsylvania, United States
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
448 helpful votes 448 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I ate twice in the same week for a business meal. The first night in the Gilpin room I had the salmon dish-- salmon smelled less than fresh but it was served upside down- skin side up. Never seen that before, but the fish just didn't taste right. The service this night was excellent. Second night we had dinner in... More 

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Matt T, Manager at Nittany Lion Inn, responded to this review

Robert, We are terribly dissapointed that we did not deliver the quality of food and service that we strive for day in and day out. Your comments have been passed along to the chef and service team to ensure that a dissapointing expereience such as this one, does not happen again. Please feel free to contact me directly if there... More 

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Additional Information about Nittany Lion Inn

Address: 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
Phone Number: (814) 865-8590
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
Average Prices: USD 18 - 30
Cuisine: American

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