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Peter Herdic House Restaurant

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407 W 4th St, Williamsport, PA 17701-6001
+1 570-322-0165
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Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Peter Herdic House is an elegant gourmet restaurant in a beautifully...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Uncle Buck

We have been coming to Williamsport for four years, and always stop in at the Peter Herdic House. Have never been disappointed. Liz (owner/chef) does a great job. She is very amiable and has made our family dining experiences delightful. Our favorite server is Dee, she's great and lots of fun. Last... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Thomas E
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Hughesville, Pennsylvania, United States
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

$39 for steak that i could barely cut with a steak knife, not so happy about that. However, the service was excellent. Half of my special steak was gristle fat.

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Thank Deb C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to Williamsport for four years, and always stop in at the Peter Herdic House. Have never been disappointed. Liz (owner/chef) does a great job. She is very amiable and has made our family dining experiences delightful. Our favorite server is Dee, she's great and lots of fun. Last night had one of the specials, Beef Wellington.... More 

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Thank Thomas E
VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You cannot ask for a kinder more service oriented staff. We were allowed to wander through the house which was a total thrill and were apprised of the history of the original owner. We had a lovely meal with a request for a smaller cut of meat which was easily fulfilled without a trace of rancor. The special had local... More 

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Thank altfrau
Potomac, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The family of 23 (94 years to 7 months) gathered to celebrate Christmas in two rooms on the 2nd floor. The smoked shad and the chicken fingers were enjoyed by all over drinks. While a gaggle of tiny feet scrambled from room to room to hallway, the waitstaff dodged them each time and never once seemed the least bit bothered.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

My review is dated December 2015 but I have been to the Herdic House many times over the last 20 years. They continue to lead the way in this area on fine dining with a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere. The Victorian Style, in keeping with the original build and decor is like a step into the past which gives you... More 

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We love to go especially at Christmas, The decorations and food are truly AMAZING. Can't wait for this year!

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Thank carole z
williamsport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Elegant surroundings with a great server. made my girls night out! fantastic wine list , great cuisine and awesome customer service

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Thank scampbe5
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

This is our favorite Williamsport restaurant after living here for 10 years. First class menu, setting, and staff. The restored Victorian setting in itself is worth the visit. The owners are gracious and superb hosts. Locally sourced food is an added draw for us.

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Thank C5RN
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

This was my first visit to the Herdic House. My husband and I chose to spend a beautiful summer night on the patio. The food was excellent and the service was top notch. In fact it was so good I just scheduled a corporate event inside. Definitely worth the visit!!!

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Thank Michelle W
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

My husband enjoys taking me to the Peter Herdic Restaurant for anniversary dinners because it's the most divine, most elegant spot in Northcentral PA.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 407 W 4th St, Williamsport, PA 17701-6001
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Williamsport
  • Phone Number: +1 570-322-0165

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, International, Contemporary

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.
Open Hours
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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