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Nittany Lion Inn

200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
(814) 865-8590
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Ranked #26 of 211 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
Trenton, New Jersey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Pennsylvania, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
348 helpful votes 348 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

Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Excellent lunch entrees and a good beer selection. The best part was not having to wait in a 45 minute line for Creamery ice cream.

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

Thank you! We are very glad that you enjoyed your time in Whiskers. Our chefs are passionate about food and our beverage managers are passionate about beer so we are glad that we were able to share this with you! Be careful though, if you speak too loudly about the creamery ice cream, the line may move over to us. More

State College, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Stately atmosphere, great service, and surprisingly affordable. Hot and cold breakfast and lunch items, along with a carving station and fresh made omelets.

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

We would like to thank you for taking the time out to share such kind words about your experience with us. We look forward to serving you again soon! More

New Jersey
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

I have eaten here twice and I have gotten the ribeye both times. The beef comes from PA and it is good, and I am a Ruth's Chris guy. The lobster bisque is very good ( having lived in Maine, I recommend!) You can't go wrong with ice cream from the creamery for dessert.

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

Our team is so happy that we have stood alongside some big names and areas in your kind comments. We strive for culinary excellence and warm hospitality, and it was our pleasure to provide both! More

Toms River, NJ
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This an A+ hotel. The lobby is big, lots of seating and a fireplace. The room was spacious and beds where comfortable and they even had a printed card saying there are feather pillows in the closet. Keurug in the room and room service. It has a great location on Penn State campus and the price is fabulous. I would... More

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State College, PA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We have dined at the Nittany Lion Inn Dining Room before. Last nights dinner was by far the best we have experienced. When I made the reservation, I told the hostess that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and asked if we could be seated in one of the "writing rooms", which are separate dining rooms off of the main... More

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

We remember this dinner well and I am glad that we found the perfect wine for you! I am so pleased to hear that our servers fantastic decoration effort did not go unoticed! We are always honored when guests choose to share some of their most important days to us, and we are so happy that it went well for... More

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I have attended several banquet lunches over the past few months & was totally not impressed. The staff fills coffee carafes to leave on the table for guests to pour themselves; however, they must fill them hours before because the coffee is always cold. They also pre-cut the dessert (usually cake) & put a plate at each table setting. They... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I have always wanted this place to take it just a notch higher and become utterly five-star, but I understand why they can't and don't. That's not a criticism by any means. I truly enjoy dining here. Most of their fare is quite good, and some of it is exceptional. The attire is more "State College casual" than I would... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I've eaten breakfast and lunch several times at the Nittany Lion Inn, and have never left unimpressed. The buffet was very high-quality; there were hearty soups, several different meats, and fancy desserts (not typical buffet foods.) It was so filling, I don't see how you could stomach a meal or any additional dishes from the menu, along with it. The... More

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