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Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering

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American, Californian, Seafood, Soups
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1221 East College Avenue, Hilton Garden Inn, State College, PA 16801
814-237-4422
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This restaurant is at Hilton Garden Inn State College
Today
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Each Harrison's Wine Grill menu reflects Chef Harrison's love of local...
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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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent meal with a disappointing end

We went to Harrison's Friday May 8th after lucking out getting a last minute reservation. We were seated right away and our server came over soon after we were seated. She was peppy, made suggestions about different items on the menu, knew her wines and was attentive without being intrusive. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Carrie C
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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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English first
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

We went to Harrison's Friday May 8th after lucking out getting a last minute reservation. We were seated right away and our server came over soon after we were seated. She was peppy, made suggestions about different items on the menu, knew her wines and was attentive without being intrusive. I had the goat cheese fritters for my appetizer and... More 

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

Dear Carrie C, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed all of your dinner courses as well as the service. We pride ourselves on striving for excellence in both areas, and I’m especially pleased to hear that we were able to offer wonderful food and service on such a busy weekend. I’m sorry to hear that our coffee... More 

State College, PA
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Harrison's Restaurant is in a hotel, but it's not your typical hotel food. This is an excellent place to eat in State College. It is on E. College Ave., just a mile or two East of State College. Plenty of parking and no stairs to deal with. Harrison's has an excellent selection of food, including some of the best soups... More 

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

Dear Pa-Innkeeper, Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of your positive comments about Harrison’s. Your cheerful feedback to us makes us smile and want to continue to strive to make all of our customers feel the way you do about Harrison’s! We look forward to seeing you soon. More 

State College, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The French menu was so hard to pick just one item to get. They all sounded fabulous! Got the salmon and was very happy I did! The food is always good at Harrison's and this did not disappoint.

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

Dear Laura S, We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your selection from our Paris in the Springtime menu! The Salmon with ricotta and spinach was one of the favorites on this menu. We'll definitely be bringing the menu back next April, and in the meantime, we hope you'll join us for our other upcoming feature menus...Soft-Shell and Lump... More 

Erie, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My wife and I had dinner here prior to attending a concert at the Bryce Jordan Center. The waiter we had was friendly, efficient, and seemed to know his wines. We opted to try one of the wine flites offered. I had a selection of reds while my wife opted for the selection of French wines. The wines were nicely... More 

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

I am very sorry to read about your experience at our restaurant before the Garth Brooks concert. Although you praised our staff and wine flight offerings, it is the food experience that we know is most meaningful to anyone who dines out prior to a special occasion like you and your wife did. We take food quality very seriously and... More 

Reedsville, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

By far one of our favorite restaurants for an evening out! You can get anything from soup and salad to a full-course meal with wine flights, and they offer both seasonal and monthly menus as well as a kids menu. There is a wide range of prices but generally on the upper end, not fast food. My wife is gluten... More 

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

Dear ForestedStreamsUSA, Thank you so much for taking a few moments to share what we’re doing right for you! We try to offer a wide range of options, and we’re glad you and your wife are always able to find something you enjoy. Our monthly feature menus are always quite popular—if you enjoyed the Rustic Italian, we think you’d also... More 

Virginia
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Fabulous food! We had two wonderful dinners. - Homemade soups were awesome. - Mediterranean hamburgers were so good that the 2nd night we all had them. - deserts were all excellant even though phyllo dough on ghe apple tart was a bit undercooked. Strange location in the lobby of a hilton garden inn but still a nice quiet spot. Close... More 

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

Dear dagsmith, We are pleased to know that we continue to offer you great meals again and again! Thank you for taking the time to share another of your dining experiences with us. We’re always so glad to hear when we consistently meet and even exceed our guests’ expectations. We look forward to the next time you join us. More 

Pittsburgh, PA
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I've eaten here a few times and the food has always been fresh and good. The price is reasonable, especially given the quality of the food and location (hotel restaurant). I enjoy the soup bar available at lunch time or the buffet at breakfast. They have a spot on their menu featuring locally sourced food items and it's always been... More 

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

Dear frompitpa, Thank you for sharing! People do not expect to find a locally owned, locally minded restaurant inside a hotel chain, and we’re always so glad to hear when customers like yourself understand and appreciate what we are trying to do with fresh and local ingredients. We try to offer both our hotel and our local customers alike great... More 

Carlisle
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We ate here on our recent visit to State College. The gluten free items were clearly marked on the menu and the server was very knowledgeable and helpful. Will definetly return when we're in the area.

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

Dear mclsch, We are so pleased that you found both the menu and the service helpful in selecting gluten-free options. Thank you for taking the time to let us know, and we hope we’ll see you again soon! More 

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My husband, a friend and myself had dinner Monday, January 19, 2015 at Harrison's . Perhaps it was the chef's night off, but the food, while nicely presented, was generally somewhat tasteless. My husband had the roast pork with apple and fennel slaw. The pork was juicy, but bland, and both the portion of pork and the slaw were not... More 

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

Dear Vickie T, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed the Spinach & Apple Salad. I am sorry to hear the Pork au Poivre with apple-fennel slaw was not quite to your liking—it has been a favorite item for many customers. I also apologize that the East Mediterranean... More 

Pennsylvania
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Harrisons is in the lobby of the Hilton Garden motel - sort of. It's separated from it with a wall taller than any of its customers. Food is usually very good - seasonal menu usually quite good and locally sourced. Just had some sauerbraten from its Octoberfest menu, that was excellent. Soups are always excellent, and can be paired with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1221 East College Avenue, Hilton Garden Inn, State College, PA 16801
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: 814-237-4422

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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