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Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering

1221 East College Avenue, Hilton Garden Inn, State College, PA 16801
814-237-4422
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Ranked #26 of 212 Restaurants in State College
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Californian, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Each Harrison's Wine Grill menu reflects Chef Harrison's love of local ingredients. At our locally owned, award winning restaurant in State College, we go out of our way to find and use the best products available. Whenever possible, we purchase ingredients from local Pennsylvania growers and purveyors, in particular ones who arrive at the back door with freshly harvested offerings like elephant garlic, fresh green beans, or wild morel mushrooms. When a good quality ingredient is not available locally, we go out of market to find it, especially seasonal seafood. Full bar includes local microbrews on tap and over 20 wines by the glass. Located two minutes from Penn State's main campus, Harrison's is located within the State College Hilton Garden Inn. Harrison's is upscale yet casual, and a favorite of State College locals, Penn State alumni and students. Voted State College's Best Caterer, Best Wait Staff & Best Health Menu by the readers of State College Magazine.
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Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Restaurants attached to hotel are not what one normally thinks of as fine dining, but Harrison's is a great exception. The service and food here were outstanding! We had lunch one day and breakfast the next. On both instances the servers were above and beyond friendly. The food was great. Not an amazing menu, but the food was miles beyond... More

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philadelphia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Eclectic menu, farm raised local food and an excellent wine list top the highlights of this restaurant. It is independently owned and located at the Hilton Garden Inn. We are foodies from philadelphia and love any kind of food. Harrisons would be an excellent addition to Philly. Hint hint.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My husband and I would normally avoid a restaurant attached to a hotel for dinner out, but after reading prior online reviews we decided to give this one a try. I have to say the service and food here were outstanding! Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, the menu was creative and featured local providers, and the food presentation was... More

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Karen M, Manager at Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering, responded to this review

Dear fsfTravels, We are so pleased to read about your great experience with us and that you found out about us on TripAdvisor. We hope you’ll join us again when you return to the area—in addition to our regular dinner menu that includes items like the Bacon-Wrapped Scallops and Gnocchi Fagioli you and your husband enjoyed, we also have monthly... More

Glasgow
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Harrison's conveniently located a short walk from our hotel. Had read prior positive reviews and we were not disappointed. My tilapia salad was really tasty with a properly made tortilla base for texture and a great combo of flavours. .. cilantro. . Lime. . Tomato... and cajun spice on the Fish. Great wine selection and our shared dessert of Strawberry... More

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Finding this fine restaurant attached to a Hilton Garden Inn (no offense to HGI) was unexpected. Our small meeting group (there were eight of us) was easily accommodated with two-person tables pushed together. Half of us sat en banc. Seasonal items were incorporated into the menu along with local specialties. Some of us wanted to tweek the preparation and those... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I went out with some friends for a girls night out. The special menu at the time was Rustic Italian. I went all out and ordered from each section of the menu. My motto is you can always take it home and there were many items I wanted to try. All of it was delicious but I had dreams about... More

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Bridgewater, NJ
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I came with my friend to State College for a day and had she tasked me to search for a nice restaurant for dinner. I did a brief search on Google and came upon Harrison's which had decent reviews. We dined on a Friday evening and it was not crowded at all. Our server was very friendly and checked in... More

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Lewistown, PA
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118 reviews 118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Normally, you wouldn't even think about eating at a restaurant in a motel chain, but Harrison's is different. It has all the attributes of a fine restaurant - comfortable seating, nice decor, inventive menu (this one with a prix fixe French option, with wine pairing if you like) and very good food. A couple of things to be aware of.... More

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I love this place except some of the staff are not so pleasant. My visit this week required me to flag down the waitress to place a drink order after she passed the table several times without stopping. She was also obviously irritated that we did not order full meal - instead opting for appetizers and desserts with our wine... More

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HWGC, Manager at Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comments about our food and restaurant. We are sorry to hear that the service you received that evening was not satisfactory. I have followed up with the staff about this. Susan, who I believe was your server, had a difficult section that night with a large party that required a lot of attention at times.... More

Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I normally do not write reviews but, in light of my experience and three others I have to counter the last review. I am sure it is all in the perception of the individual, so this is not an attack on her or even what she wrote. Rather, my assessment and supported by 3 other professionals (age 55 to 60),... More

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