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The Dining Room

200 W Park Ave, State College, PA 16803-3598
+1 814-865-8590
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“lobster bisque” (15 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
200 W Park Ave, State College, PA 16803-3598
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not been to the Thanksgiving buffet at the Inn for a few years after a few not so great experiences. We tried it again this year and it was excellent! We were lucky to be seated in the traditional colonial dining room, although...More

Thank FUN168
Sean C, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank so much for your kind words and support over the years. Chef Marissa Schaeffer joined our team last year and she has her culinary team producing outstanding food, not only on a daily basis, but especially for our legendary holiday events.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure who drop the ball on the breakfast menu descriptions for the “Banana Bread French Toast”. My son, who has a nut allergy, had ordered the “Banana Bread French Toast” for breakfast. Nowhere did it ever mention that tree nuts were part of the...More

Thank Goosemule
Sean C, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to share your experience which will allow us to improve moving forward. The menu is being updated and changed to "Banana Nut Bread French Toast". I am also, truly sorry that our staff did not follow...More

Reviewed October 26, 2018

Love the charm, although dated. Meals are expensive especially a $50 filet without any sides but our daughter loved it. Other meals that we enjoyed were the salmon and the short ribs. Service was friendlyMore

Thank Melissa P
Sean C, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

The charm of the Inn is unmatched and is what makes working here extra special. Our goal is to deliver polished upscale service but the heart of that success is based on being friendly and appreciative of our guest. Thank you for recognizing our service...More

Reviewed October 10, 2018

Our close friend organized brunch here for the six of us and we were not disappointed. Beautiful setting in an old historic hotel. Well organized food stations. I thought the food that I ate was excellent. The chilled shrimp was difficult to peel, but it...More

Thank Steven D
Sean C, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind words about the staff and our Chefs delicious and vast offerings. We are really proud of our Sunday Brunch and how it has become a Penn State tradition for friends and family.

Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by the inn on our way to a family event! I made reservations on line SFdS days prior. It was pleasantly quiet with few individuals in the dining room! No game this weekend! The service was wonderful and the tai salad was excellent!...More

Thank Momworkout
Sean C, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind words recognizing our Chefs talent and efforts. They are always trying to keep us fresh and current. They recently changed some thing up for the fall so please stop back and see what new and exciting on our...More

Reviewed July 15, 2018

this used to be a fantastic restaurant, but not anymore. We spent $120+ for dinner and it was just okay. My salmon was overcooked. The lobster bisque was phenomenal, didn't love the wine list, our server was fine. But we won't be back--too many other...More

Thank annehassel
Sean C, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

I am so sorry to hear we have disappointed you. I truly appreciate your feedback and know that my Chefs appreciate knowing too. As the Wine Director here at the Inn I am very proud of the fact that the 600 bottle list is one...More

Reviewed June 14, 2018

I had the buffet breakfast Saturday morning which had a wide variety of hot food and cold breakfast items. There was fruit and my waitress kept the coffee coming.

Thank debbyb571
Sean C, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Great to hear! The Inn is such a special place and I especially feel that classic Inn warmth during breakfast too.

Reviewed May 7, 2018

Unfortunately dinner was only a buffet since it was graduation weekend so we really did not get a true picture of service and menu. However the space is nice.

Thank Brad M
Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

I attended college here for 4 years over 30 yrs ago. And until now had never eaten at The Dining Room in the Nittany Lion Inne. I met up with my thesis advisor from 30 yrs ago and we walked from the Hammond building to...More

Thank 69ashe69
Reviewed April 4, 2018

We ate here on Easter weekend for dinner. It was our first time eating here, and had really wanted to go for brunch on Easter morning, but it was sold out far in advance. So we made reservations for dinner the night before instead. The...More

Thank camefromfairfield
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March 5, 2017|
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Response from Thomas N | Property representative |
yes indeed there is a full array of land and sea items for your dining pleasure including chef carved prime rib! Hop[e you visit us and give it a try! Please note that this is only during selected times and I recommend... More
Eugene C
October 28, 2016|
Response from Sean C | Property representative |
Yes. There is a five story parking deck right next to The Inn. We validate parking for our hotel guest and for our dining guest.
Eugene C
October 28, 2016|
Response from Thomas N | Property representative |
Eugene, Yes there is plenty of parking in the adjacent parking garage. We also offer complimentary valet parking right at the front door. Best regards
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$18 - $45
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Buffet, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
6:45 AM - 9:00 PM
6:45 AM - 9:00 PM
6:45 AM - 9:00 PM
6:45 AM - 9:00 PM
6:45 AM - 9:00 PM
6:45 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 W Park Ave, State College, PA 16803-3598
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-865-8590
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  • This restaurant is at Nittany Lion Inn
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