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Spats Cafe & Speakeasy

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142 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4708 (Pugh Street)
Frequent local bus service with stop 1/4 block away
814-238-7010
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Today
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great find in this small town!

We loved this place! The only place around for Cajun/Creole dishes!! Both look and feel of NOLA! Service was superb and the food was excellent. The menu is so diverse, anyone would have no problem finding something to appeal to them!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
blanquita79
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We loved this place! The only place around for Cajun/Creole dishes!! Both look and feel of NOLA! Service was superb and the food was excellent. The menu is so diverse, anyone would have no problem finding something to appeal to them!

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State College Pa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very nice restaurant in downtown. Has the usual Po-boys, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans etc. that you would expect. Keep in mind that I am highly critical of this type of cooking. I have spent a lot of time in the Texas, Louisiana gulf area and would eat red beans and rice for breakfast lunch and dinner. My wife absolutely loves... More 

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Boalsburg
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went to Spats for an early Valentines Day dinner. Although they were totally booked they found a two-top in the back that was perfect for us. The food is a bit pricey but several of the entrees are offered in a demi size for a reduced price. The food has a Cajun theme and the seafood is excellent. I... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Given it is located directly across the street from the Penn St and hence maybe a student hangout, all that said, we had a great meal. The menu is Cajun. The Dirty Jambalaya was delicious.

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I had such a difficult time deciding what to get... too many amazing options! Everything that my date and I did end up getting was amazing. Great gator bites! My picky date even had some & enjoyed them. The creme brûlée to end the meal was oh so good. And the servers are very accommodating. I can't wait to go... More 

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Pittsburgh
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Finally. A menu that is interesting, offering so many possiblitites for your dinner that it was actually a little scary. What if I pass up something really good, for something really good? This restaurant is set right in the middle of State College Penn State and on a Thursday night with no obvious college activity going on (ie Penn State... More 

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Sparta, New Jersey
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is the second time I've had a bad experience here. I understand that every restaurant can have a bad night, but 2 bad experiences within one year is too much. The drinks didn't come until the main course was delivered and they were badly made. The waitress was fine until I complained about the drinks. Instead of attempting apologize,... More 

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State College
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

I was skeptical about eating here when my girlfriend made the reservation. I've been downstairs to the Rathskellar dozens (ok probably hundreds) of times to drink and I just assumed the quality of the food upstairs would be reflected by the conditions of the bar downstairs. I am so relieved to admit I was wrong. I've eaten everywhere in State... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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55 reviews 55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We came in on a pretty quiet night and while there were plenty of waitstaff around they took forever to even acknowledge that we were standing there waiting to be seated. We had the jambalaya and the grits with shrimp and scallops, and both were good. However, it does feel a little overpriced for what it is and for this... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

Spats arguably has the best food for miles around. It's exciting. It's interesting. It's delicious. They also have a wood floor and high, tin ceiling, so the ambient noise can be a bit much. It's part of the whole experience, though, so if you know to expect it, Spats is worth it to me. Some people complain about the prices,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 142 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4708
    (Pugh Street)
  • Public Transportation: Frequent local bus service with stop 1/4 block away
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: 814-238-7010

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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