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“Good food and good ambiance”

Peter Herdic House Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 178 Restaurants in Williamsport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $55
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.
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had an appetizer and 2 dinners here on a rainy weeknight in May. Our appetizer was excellent, Shad Herdic, a local favorite. Both of our entrees were very good as well. Prices are on the high side but the food is really good, service was good and the ambiance can't be beat. A little bit of a splurge but worth it!

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Just a few blocks from town center, this restored Inn is lovely. As I rock on the large front porch, the white azaleas are in full bloom. Liz, the owner, is around back planting. Feels like home from a different era--here on Millionaires Row.

Because it was a weeknight and breakfast is served only on weekends, I obtained a large 2 room suite for less than a standard hotel room. A large in room jacuzzi and billowy towels relaxed and soothed.

There's two diners nearby --each 2 blocks away in different directions. Or walk to town.. Cinemas a stones throw. So..GREAT LOCATION!!

Savor the decor and let the Inn return you to Victorian bygone days..but updated in style & grace.

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

The stunning Italianate villa of the Peter Herdic House Restaurant sets the stage for an enchanting evening before you even step inside. It is conveniently located on Millionaires Row within easy walking distance from downtown -- which we know because we walked to the Community Arts Center for a concert after our outstanding dinner. I enjoyed lamb and my wife loved the salmon. The ingredients were fresh, incredibly flavorful and expertly prepared. It was an elegant dinner. The service was excellent. We enjoyed the wonderfully-furnished interior. The overall experience was so pleasant and memorable that we were very glad we made the Peter Herdic House Restaurant a centerpiece of our weekend visit to this historic city. It is the perfect place for an important occasion or any occasion with someone important to you.

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1  Thank Michael C
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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.

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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!!

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1  Thank SandyG6327
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