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“Not what it used to be...”

Otto's Pub and Brewery
Ranked #4 of 242 Restaurants in State College
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $30
Cuisines: American, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner
Description: We're nuts about fine beer and fresh, local food. Otto's is fiercely committed to quality. Our beer is handcrafted with the finest ingredients available. Our American bistro cuisine is made with fresh ingredients from local farms, wineries, and bakeries. Our brewery and restaurant are co-located and feature a family-friendly and casual atmosphere. We're located in State College, PA, minutes from Penn State.
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Not what it used to be...”
Reviewed February 2, 2012

What happened? In a matter of months the place went down the tubes. We just got home from Ottos and husband and I said, "that's it for Ottos.". We were told we had to wait for the second bar to open so we could sit there. We waited ten mins and the hostess tells a group of people after us they can go on in and sit at the bar! We got up and asked her what happened? We were waiting to be told when we could go in to the bar! She says, "oh go ahead!" what a dimwit. So we get the last two seats on the very end near where all the waitstaff pick up drinks. The barmaid was making a mess sloshing every single drink she made. You could tell she didn't care AT ALL about service or professionalism. She was a slob. We ordered dinner and two beers. She rushed us through the ordering and ignored us the rest of the time. We had to get her attention for service. And whats with reusing dirty coasters? The food stunk. What a waste of money. Unless someone retrains the staff I will never go back there. They make too many mistakes - in their favor of course - and their waitstaff are so unprofessional now. We can see what a difference from going there every couple of weeks last year there has been a definite decline in everything.

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Houston, Texas, USA
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292 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Decent, but not great”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

The appetizers were good, but the filet and crab was Severly undercooked (rare instead of medium) and wa missing the crab!

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Westerville, Ohio
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137 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great micro brew and burgers”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

We have never had a bad meal here. Great food, outstanding beer and fantastic service! Try the Red Mo beer and any of their burgers. A great gem in State College!

  • Visited January 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Extremely Overrated.”
Reviewed January 21, 2012

This place has much to learn about micro brews. Atmosphere was very snooty and the food was bland for the price. Taught at Penn State for two years and would recommend Gamble Mill in Bellefonte.

  • Visited December 2011
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4 Thank Tom S
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State College, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“I'll Have Another”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

Great local brewery. Ask to sit in Liam's section. He is very knowledgeable about the beers and the local area. Food is good. But did I mention the beer?

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank TeeItUp666
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