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Peter Herdic House Restaurant

407 W 4th St, Williamsport, PA 17701-6001
+1 570-322-0165
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Ranked #2 of 154 Restaurants in Williamsport
Price range: $10 - $100
Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Continental, Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Peter Herdic House is an elegant gourmet restaurant in a beautifully restored Victorian mansion situated on Williamsport, Pennsylvania's Millionaires Row. This fine dining restaurant specializes in serving sustainable, locally-grown produce and meats, in the picturesque environs of a beautifully restored Victorian mansion. Built in 1854 as a residence for Peter Herdic, a Williamsport lumber baron, the house was restored in the early 1980's. Sisters Marcia and Gloria Miele opened the restaurant doors in 1984. From the beginning, they combined a respect and love for Williamsport's historic heritage with a passion for fine food. Now in their 27th year in business, "the Miele girls" (as they're known locally) have built a strong family connection to the restaurant, incorporating their mother Daisy, as the pastry chef, and Gloria's daughter Liz, as the executive chef, into the business. The Miele family feels lucky to be able to combine their hospitality with historic preservation. The Herdic House is among the finest examples of Italian Villa architecture in the state, and guests are welcome to tour the restaurant. Its distinctive features include ornate plaster moldings and arches, and a mahogany stairway that curves three floors to a cupola. The ornate first floor moldings and the acanthus-leafed fluted columns on the porches are original to the building, and the intriguing three-story chandelier has captivated many visitors. The bar, in the rear of the building, was created from the witness stand of the demolished county courthouse, and the fan was taken from the same building. The property includes a beautiful wisteria-covered patio lit by Venetian lanterns for outdoor dining and cocktails, a lounge with a fireplace, and an intimate bar with an excellent selection of wines and spirits. The Mieles have a love of fine wine, and have traveled to Burgundy, Tuscany, and California tasting wines. The 75-bottle wine list offers a wide range of American wines, as well as wines from France and Italy. After appreciating the beautiful surroundings, diners can also tour Pennsylvania gastronomy. The restaurant kitchen strives to use the best and freshest ingredients available-which usually means buying from the central Pennsylvania community. Liz and the kitchen staff use sustainable produce and meats whenever possible. They start with the freshest, locally grown ingredients and present each item artfully. To stay in keeping with the seasons, the menu changes monthly, but one classic appetizers which can always be found on the menu is shad, locally smoked by Helmrich's Seafood and served with capers, onions and a horseradish dill sauce. Shad once ran in the Susquehanna River and was featured at the original Herdic House, Peter Herdic's restaurant at the Park Hotel, in the 1870s. In the pastry kitchen, Daisy makes perfect creme brulee and chocolate mousse cake, as well as her signature apple cinnamon bread pudding. The restaurant also offers housemade ice creams and rotating dessert features. And Daisy and Liz are happy to collaborate on specialty cakes for larger parties or special occasions.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Peter Herdic House is an elegant gourmet restaurant in a beautifully restored Victorian mansion situated on Williamsport, Pennsylvania's Millionaires Row. This fine dining restaurant specializes in serving sustainable, locally-grown produce and meats, in the picturesque environs of a beautifully restored Victorian mansion. Built in 1854 as a residence for Peter Herdic, a Williamsport lumber baron, the house was restored in the early 1980's. Sisters Marcia and Gloria Miele opened the restaurant doors in 1984. From the beginning, they combined a respect and love for Williamsport's historic heritage with a passion for fine food. Now in their 27th year in business, "the Miele girls" (as they're known locally) have built a strong family connection to the restaurant, incorporating their mother Daisy, as the pastry chef, and Gloria's daughter Liz, as the executive chef, into the business. The Miele family feels lucky to be able to combine their hospitality with historic preservation. The Herdic House is among the finest examples of Italian Villa architecture in the state, and guests are welcome to tour the restaurant. Its distinctive features include ornate plaster moldings and arches, and a mahogany stairway that curves three floors to a cupola. The ornate first floor moldings and the acanthus-leafed fluted columns on the porches are original to the building, and the intriguing three-story chandelier has captivated many visitors. The bar, in the rear of the building, was created from the witness stand of the demolished county courthouse, and the fan was taken from the same building. The property includes a beautiful wisteria-covered patio lit by Venetian lanterns for outdoor dining and cocktails, a lounge with a fireplace, and an intimate bar with an excellent selection of wines and spirits. The Mieles have a love of fine wine, and have traveled to Burgundy, Tuscany, and California tasting wines. The 75-bottle wine list offers a wide range of American wines, as well as wines from France and Italy. After appreciating the beautiful surroundings, diners can also tour Pennsylvania gastronomy. The restaurant kitchen strives to use the best and freshest ingredients available-which usually means buying from the central Pennsylvania community. Liz and the kitchen staff use sustainable produce and meats whenever possible. They start with the freshest, locally grown ingredients and present each item artfully. To stay in keeping with the seasons, the menu changes monthly, but one classic appetizers which can always be found on the menu is shad, locally smoked by Helmrich's Seafood and served with capers, onions and a horseradish dill sauce. Shad once ran in the Susquehanna River and was featured at the original Herdic House, Peter Herdic's restaurant at the Park Hotel, in the 1870s. In the pastry kitchen, Daisy makes perfect creme brulee and chocolate mousse cake, as well as her signature apple cinnamon bread pudding. The restaurant also offers housemade ice creams and rotating dessert features. And Daisy and Liz are happy to collaborate on specialty cakes for larger parties or special occasions.
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Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The room was beautiful, the staff was pleasant, the food was appalling. My wife and I had great hopes for this restaurant in a lovely 19th century mansion, but our dishes were just about inedible. The waiter regretted that we didn't "enjoy" our dinners.

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The food is wonderful, the service is good, the atmosphere is lovely. Fine dining at its best in Williamsport.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Fresh, delicious and cooked perfectly. Great place to celebrate our anniversary. The place has history and charm and it adds to the romance.

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The food is always top-notch at the Peter Herdic House. That's because it is always very fresh - from local farms, and also always prepared very well. This includes items from the regular menu as well as from the more affordable lounge menu. And when the weather is nice, you won't find a better place to eat than on the... More

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

NEVER HAD A BAD MEAL THERE, and hands down, the best Steak Tenderloin Sandwich in the City of Williamsport..It's on the Lounge Menu, pair it with a Cab, or Bordeaux..Desserts are home made, not frozen or bought anywhere else, home made..Your welcome..

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Hughesville, PA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great place to eat for special occasions, different varieties of food. Can be pricey, but food is worth it. House is beautiful!

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Oberlin, Ohio
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Everything about the meal was excellent. We had the French Onion Soup, Kale Salad (best I've ever had) and Crab Cakes. The restaurant is in a restored home and seems to be a favorite of locals. We went early without reservations and were seated, but the place quickly filled up. (Wednesday night) Don't miss dining here if you are traveling... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We arrived with a 5:00 reservation, and were seated quickly due to it being empty. I ordered shrimp cocktail for an appetizer and scallops for an entree. The service qas very slow and took 45 minutes for out appetizers to come out and we basically watched the sun set due to choosing an outside seat. When the entrees came out... More

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My favorite Williamsport restaurant. We eat here fairly often and are never disappointed. The menu is somewhat limited, but everything is very good, with fresh and, where possible, local and organic produce. The fully restored historic house is reason enough to go there, but the food just makes this special place extra special. The bar is small and fun, with... More

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Las Vegas
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188 reviews 188 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Really nice up scale eating with great food and service. I would have liked more choices for dinner however what I had was great. Quiet with very nice atmosphere. Great dessert.

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