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Spats Cafe & Speakeasy

142 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4708
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Ranked #6 of 211 restaurants in State College
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pugh Street
Transit: Frequent local bus service with stop 1/4 block away
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85% Recommend
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Bozeman, Montana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I was really craving a steak after several meals consisting of pizza, burgers, and other things drowning in grease. Everything was made really well and the atmosphere was nice even though it did feel a little cramped. They did cook my steak perfectly medium rare which is always appreciated.

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Coral Gables, Florida
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The crabcakes were subpar by far compared to how good they usually are here. My steak seemed like it was thrown onto the grill never heated or seasoned. Asparagus was not cooked enough. I am hypercritical though, haha. The wine selection and tapas help make this place. All the food is great but what makes Spats one of the 2... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visit State College at least once a month from April through November and we always go to Spats for lunch when we are there. A year or so ago, my favorite menu item, the spinach crab cannelloni was taken off the menu. I found a new favorite, the roast pork sandwich, which I discovered, to my... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We had our third dinner at Spats last night. We are in State College for my daughter's graduation. We have had two excellent meals here in the past. Last night was not up to par in more than one category. Cocktails took forever to be served to the table (they now have a small stool bar; we skipped that). My... More

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Salisbury, Maryland
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

After coming highly recommending on TripAdvisor, we decided to try this place for lunch while on our weekend trip in State College. Simply, we had a superb lunch! I can honestly say, this ranks as one of the best lunches I have had in a long time. It is situated right on E. College, directly across form the main campus... More

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Philadelphia, PA
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We've been coming to State College for 25 years to see our kids and now our grandkids. We just wish we had discovered Spats long ago. Recently we 'found' it on TA. Located right on the corner nearly across from Old Main, we must have walked right by it many times. We were seated right away with our reservations. The... More

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central pa
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

At each visit to Penn State we are trying a new restaurant. Spat's was decided upon based on a review from YELP and it turned out to be a WOO! The service and food were top notch. While we didn't have a reservation they were able to fit us in as we arrived late afternoon/early evening. From the tapas to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We split an order of Voodoo Shrimp (served on cheese grits) and the gator bites (served with cornbread). The shrimp were very good, but the gator was excellent and highly recommended. The seasoning and sauce was great. I had a bowl of gumbo, which was dark and very well seasoned. My wife had butterfish (a special that evening) which was... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I come to State College frequently and my favorite place for lunch is Spats. The food is incredible and portion sizes are huge! I always have enough for another meal. My favorite o's the braised short rib entrée. The meat is so tender and juicy. Had the hazelnut creme brulee for dessert and it was to die for. Now I... More

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Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Tried restaurant after reading reviews on trip advisor but had a disappointing experience. Four people in party had two great meals and two poor. Service was horrible, we waited one hour and 10 min for waitress to come tell us there was a problem in kitchen. Then another 20 min for food to arrive. Waitress was not attentive. Never checked... More

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