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“Classic ambiance”

Peter Herdic House Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 175 Restaurants in Williamsport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Classic ambiance”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Searching Tripadvisor, we were looking for a good meal while travveling on business in the area. Glad we found the Peter Herdic House. First, it is a special treat to dine in such a fine Victorian home. The building was restored to its glory. Next the service was very good, attentive and they encouraged us to tour the house. When a guest of ours wanted to order something vegetarian, the chef visited our table to get a better understanding of the dietary needs and tastes, that was a classy touch. And the food itself was very good, featuring a lot of local farm flavors. It was a very enjoyable experience for us.

  • Visited February 2013
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Warren, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Exceptional DIning!!”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Stopped at Peter Herdic House while we were traveling through Willamsport as a result of the positive reviews. The food was excellent!! I had Alaska Salmon and my husband had strip steak. Both were absolutely delicious!! I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for that special dining experience!!

  • Visited November 2012
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Jersey Shore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Historic and great gourmet food.”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

The inside is very period and beautiful. The food was really great alsong with the service and menu selection. Had a good wine list. Would definately go again.

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Almost perfect”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We dined here recently with some friends and the meal was wonderful. I liked the option of a smaller portion of steak and mine was done to perfection. The locally produced veggies were fresh, crisp and tasted as if they were just picked. The service was first rate. The only sour note was the bartender's attitude. We arrived a little earlier than the rest of our party and so we had a drink at the bar. Her nasty attitude toward us and the wait staff got the evening off to a bad start but once we were seated at our table, we could not have asked for better service.

  • Visited September 2012
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Middletown, Virginia
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“Was expecting something a little more...”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

My parents urged my fiance (at the time) and I go to to the Peter Herdic House for a special occasion. We knew ahead of time that the meals were pricey, but for a special night, we didn't mind. We chose to go out a week before our wedding as our last "date night" as single people. The atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice with intimate seating and candles that gave the dining room Victorian charm. There is a fairly limited menu, as they base their menus on the local foods of the seasons. I had checked the menu online before we went to make sure there would be something we would both like. If I remember correctly, he ordered steak and I ordered crab-cakes (both of which came with sides that I cannot remember. Sorry!) When we finished the meal, we looked at each other and almost at the same time said, "That was okay..." Neither of us were overly impressed with what we had eaten (and for the cost of the meal, we were both hoping to be blown away.) My crab cakes had been deep fried and were very greasy; his steak was cooked to his liking but was pretty fatty. We were both so excited to eat at this restaurant because we don't normally eat anywhere fancy...it was a shame we weren't impressed. As much as I would like to give them the benefit of the doubt and try their food again, for the cost of the meal, I just can't see spending that much money with the chance of being disappointed again.

Visited October 2011
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