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The Tavern Restaraunt

220 E. College Ave., State College, PA
814-238-6116
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Ranked #43 of 208 restaurants in State College
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Cairo, Egypt
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We had a dinner with a group of Penn State attendees. The appetizers was really delicious. The service was really quick and great, even though we were more than 20 persons. I had new york strip steak. However, the sides were not testy enough. The baked potato was small and the sour cream was a small amount. The steak was... More

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Maryland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We popped into the Tavern last weekend for an early dinner and were seated right away. It seems that can happen only before 6pm on a Saturday PM--because the wait certainly stacked up after we arrived. Our waiter was very attentive and took great care of us. The food was just average (with one exception)and the prices were reasonable. I... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews 96 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

My experience here was erratic ranging from excellent to mediocre. The restaurant clearly has a traditional place in State College. Most diners were students with a parent, solo middle-aged adults, group celebrations or a meeting. The interior is colonial themed, but it is dingy old and dirty. Colonial does not need to be poorly maintained. The service was earnest, but... More

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State College, PA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been dining at The Tavern for years. The food is consistently good and the service (by well-train Penn State students) is always excellent. The Tavern is an institution in State College and the owner, Pat Dougherty, is a wonderful supporter of the students and the community. My husband and I particularly enjoy the veal dishes and I'm a... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We eat at the Tavern about a dozen times per year and it has been one of our favorites for many years. The food is well prepared, consistently good and the atmosphere is special. The walls are adorned with dozens of paintings of bygone Pennsylvania scenes. The hosts and staff always are attentive. On New Years Eve, there is a... More

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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154 reviews 154 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We stopped in without reservations on graduation weekend and at first were told no tables, but a nice gentlemen was able to find us the last table near the bar area. We had a pleasant and helpful waitress and the food was decent. Not gourmet, but good tasty food. A lot of our family with us for graduation stopped by... More

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PA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

A family style place, lots of sides. Food a step up from Hoss's. this place has a bar. Close to campus, not a must do but not bad and not too pricey.

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Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Have eaten at The Tavern for more than 45 years and I have not had bad food or bad service! Consistently great food and great service, I have not experienced anywhere else in my travels. I always, I means ALWAYS, recommend this restaurant to visitors to this area. And they are not disappointed. Also, where else can you order an... More

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New York, New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The food in this restaurant is one of the better ones in the State College area. Since it is a college town, it's definitely a little more pricey than many of the other restaurants in the town. The atmosphere in this restaurant is definitely great for a romantic dinner. Since everyone else was at the stadium with the game going... More

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Richmond, VA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The gentleman at the desk of the Hampton Inn suggested The Tavern as a really good local restaurant. As I usually do I checked it out on Trip Advisor before heading out and was surprised to find some less than glowing reviews. I’d decided to just go to a chain restaurant but mentioned the reviews to the clerk as I... More

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