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State College Diner

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2105 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
(814) 861-3333
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Not a good morning

I'll give SCD an average because the food wasn't bad and it wasn't very expensive but the service nearly dragged us down to a fair or poor rating. The waitress was alone and unable to cope with the crowd. She was moderately friendly and up front about her predicament but couldn't even get us a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
Spiegs1968
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Vienna, Virginia
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Vienna, Virginia
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227 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

I'll give SCD an average because the food wasn't bad and it wasn't very expensive but the service nearly dragged us down to a fair or poor rating. The waitress was alone and unable to cope with the crowd. She was moderately friendly and up front about her predicament but couldn't even get us a second cup of coffee the... More 

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Thank Spiegs1968
Freeland, Michigan
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We met family for a weekend visit at Penn State and decided to try the State College Diner out before leaving. We knew it would be busy (it’s Sunday in State College,10-18-15). We were prepared to wait. There were 5 of us, plus a high chair. I went in alone to put our names down. There was what seemed like... More 

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Thank cek5309
Quarryville, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We stopped in for a late dinner on Sat 10/24/15. Upon entering there is a sign to please wait to be seated. There were 3 other tables occupied. I stood there several minutes waiting to see an employee. My fiancé parked the car and joined me in my wait to be seated. During our wait for a table, we reviewed... More 

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Thank cuptie052371
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

If you want to avoid downtown State College traffic, this is a good start. Parking is plentiful, easy and free as it is located in a shopping mall area. The food is very good, and the service is fast. We went on the Sunday of homecoming weekend, and although it was crowded, the tables were cleaned off very quickly and... More 

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Thank taraandbill
McVeytown, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We stopped here for breakfast on May 23rd, only because Ihop had a so called fire. Got seated right away. Had to wait for the waitress. Ordered our food. Waited. Got our food which was good. I was pleased with the food. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally another waitress asked if we wanted boxes. She got us... More 

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1 Thank Tina G
Greensburg
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I love the mom and pop places, even more so when I'm traveling. The value for the portion sizes were great. I had the chicken croquettes, which were excellent. It included two sides and soup or salad. The clam chowder was awesome.

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1 Thank Tom K
New York
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Horrible service. Horrible food. A tradtion down the tubes. It breaks my heart that this establishment went the way it did. Just close the doors than have this type of service. Or maybe invest in some decent servers that do not sit at the counter stuffing their faces with grilled stickies as oppseded to serving them. Wake up State College!!!!!!

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4 Thank pgricco
Harrisburg
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85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Friendly, good service, good prices, reasonably varied menu. Excellent omelettes. Rairly tasty soups. Convenient location on Business Rte#322 just east of the boro; easy to find, ample parking.

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1 Thank quantum99
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This was our 3rd yearly visit. The first time we ate three of our meals there. The service was great and the food was fabulous. The 2nd time last year the food was great, but the service had slowed down. This year we were seated promptly, ordered our food and waited just about an hour for our food. We watched... More 

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1 Thank Curtis C
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

For starters, I'm not a breakfast food person, so maybe I'm a little bias. But oh my goodness, this has to be some of the worst breakfast food I've ever had in my life. And breakfast food is really easy to make... But I guess I need to think of this meal as more of an experience. Because it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2105 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: (814) 861-3333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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