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The Dining Room

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200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
+1 814-865-8590
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Nittany Lion Inn, where this restaurant is located is well-known with parents, alumni, professional staff at Penn State and locals as well. The buffets are excellent, and different areas mean some ambiance. The wait staff are often in the Hospitality training program and are excellent. It's right on the campus and has the flavor of "Old State College."

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have enjoyed staying here for years and was happy to find it as nice as ever. Our waitress was great and after asking her about the mineral museum I'd visited as a kid, she took it upon herself to find where it was located and get us directions. Above and beyond!

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Seattle, Washington
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the inn. Unbelievable wine selection. Manager was very astute with wine and their choices on the list. Service was great. The lobster bisque was amazing!!!!! Food was okay, very bland.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Great choice of wines and locally sourced foods. The seafood buffet is excellent when they host it. Quality foods, prepared with precision. Service is always great.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

I would travel back to this place just to eat here again. I'm serious when I say that they have a large menu....everything from salmon to biscuits and gravy! And the desserts were delicious...cakes, pies, cannoli, etc.

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lower gwynedd, PA
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119 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

We went to Friday night dinner and therefore it was seafood buffet night. The buffet is huge and has tons of seafood offerings and even a prime rib carving. I'm personally not partial ot buffets, but my husband and son LOVED it. And would absolutely have that as a first choice restaurant to visit next time we go. They also... More 

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Illinois
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146 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Not large, but covers all the bases of items. Dinner was also very good. Excellent and attentive service.

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Mississauga, Canada
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

...and lukewarm food. First time the Inn has let us down. We have eaten here on numerous occasions and the signature lobster bisque was not hot. The food was very tasty but ... The management was kind and accomadating. We will give the inn another chance in the future. Hopefully the dinner will be a 4 star as before.

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Cape May, New Jersey
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

We were at Nitnay Lion Inn for a business conference. We met with a couple folks from a supplier for a very pleasant and tasty dinner. Three of the folks had the meatloaf which was judged to be excellent. I had the crab cakes which were ok, not seasoned exactly to my taste. Two of us started with lobster bisque... More 

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CORAOPOLIS
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We really had a great breakfast here. Best Eggs Benedict I think we ever had, anywhere in the country. They were also super quick in their service. Joe, our waiter , was funny and loads of fun.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$18 - $30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-865-8590
  • This restaurant is at Nittany Lion Inn

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?