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Big Bowl Noodle House

Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
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428 E. College Ave., State College, PA
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great find in state college

Place is outstanding. We were at Penn State over the weekend and this place was a great find. Good is outstanding and priced extremely well in regards to value and quality of food. We like is so much over the three days we visited 2 times. I have the braised beef noodle soup which was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Connor M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Place is outstanding. We were at Penn State over the weekend and this place was a great find. Good is outstanding and priced extremely well in regards to value and quality of food. We like is so much over the three days we visited 2 times. I have the braised beef noodle soup which was outstanding! Guest had short ribs... More 

Thank Connor M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Ordered and got my food in 5 minutes. The food here is great and they will make your food however you choose. Have a smoothie/ tea they are very good here

Thank 15co5286
Covington, KY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We had lots of options for dinner on our overnight stay but we were tired from our vacation and wanted to get something quick and take it back to the hotel. The reviews for Big Bowl were good so off we went. I was lucky enough to find an open space right in front that might or might not have... More 

Thank CovingtonCat
Landenberg, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Most Chinese restaurants in America are all permutations of the same basic formula: establishment names taken from a word bank that includes "golden, dragon, wall, china, wok, and garden", and menus that are nearly identical in quality and quantity... Both of which are mediocre at best. And then there's big bowl. Despite it's rather unorthodox location, big bowl serves the... More 

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Auburn, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A lot of different choices on the menu, with most running around $. Surprised about the presentation since this is pretty much a fast food asian place. Food was good, not 5*, but then again for fast food it was very good. definitely a place to hit and return to if no other options exist. Wouldn't hesitate to go back.

North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

During a recent stay, we were looking for someplace to pick up some food and relax back at the hotel and selected this restaurant based on the reviews. There is a huge menu to choose from and our food was ready very quickly. Everything tasted great. I particularly like the steamed dumplings. Prices were very reasonable too. Just remember to... More 

Thank Linda L
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

you can get meal that you want from wide variety of ingredients - everything was fresh and tasty. not the most cozy atmosphere - but great for lunch or quick meal

Thank nataliya n
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The cook who made my MEAT DUMPLING IN CHILI OIL(紅油抄手) can't be an Asian. The dumpling itself is fine, but the source is really weird like a mix of mexican chili with a lot of suger? Or maybe it's a specialty for students I don't know. If you are expecting something asian, just don't order this one. The congee I... More 

Thank Helen888L
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Big Bowl has a street level sign but the actual restaurant is in the lower level. The menu is big with a wide variety of options. I ordered spring rolls and noodles with chicken. The portions were large and I enjoyed both. The space is clean, spacious and service was good.

Thank Russell-UP
South Windsor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We were visiting state college and found this restaurant. The food portions are large. We all had chicken and broccoli with white rice. It was excellent. They have a large menu with a lot of choices. We are going back to try the noodle bowl. Service was very polite. The restaurant was clean. The atmosphere was mostly college students. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 428 E. College Ave., State College, PA
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: 814-867-1534

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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