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The Tavern Restaurant

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220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4713
+1 814-238-6116
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Did not disappoint! Always been a great spot with friendly service and good food. Wait was not that long either.

Thank Tandra B
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have a special event like graduation, anniversary, wedding. This seems to be the place to go. Wonderful historic atmosphere, great food. Live music in the bar some nights. Very nice Sunday Brunch with good Eggs Benedict and great roasts.

Thank Eric P
Rochester, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I read great reviews of The Tavern, and booked my first visit with my son during a visit to Penn State based on the historic nature of the restaurant. Unfortunately it was almost a comedy of error upon error. The mixed drink was almost undrinkable, the waitress forgot our bread, then upon delivery of my mean, the pasta and sauce... More 

Thank PennStateParent
Centereach, New York
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69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a great trip to Penn State and this was one of the things on the list we wanted to try. It didn't disappoint. Just the atmosphere alone was well worth it. The good food was a bonus. The pictures on the walls and all the history that is so evident makes it worth the trip.

Thank garyjredding
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We are so happy to hear that you were able to stop in a see us during your trip. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our fresh menu items as well as the ambiance that The Tavern possesses. We hope to see you again in the future! Take care. More 

College Park, Maryland
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice cozy restaurant with a lot of history on the walls. The service was good and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The big selling point is that most of the menu is "fresh" and that they give you endless sides (so you can try them all if you want).

Thank ericoa1
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback! The Tavern Restaurant has been servicing the State College community since 1948 and we look forward to many more years. We take pride in providing fresh menu items and our endless sides for our valued customers. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to see you again in... More 

Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tavern is an iconic restaurant in State College with alot of history. If you're looking for a unique experience with great food, this is the place to go. It amazes me that you are able to select as many sides as you want. Thumbs up.

Thank Carol F
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the 5-star review, Carol! We have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to service the State College community since 1948. We take pride in creating fresh menu items, a unique dining experience and providing exceptional customer service. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and we look forward to... More 

Houston, Texas
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131 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This iconic place has been around for a while and the ambiance inside gives you that old world feel. The fish is fresh not frozen and the Tuna was fabulous. The corn and chicken chowder was brilliant also. The cole slaw is a bit on the heavy mayo side but there service is good and the value is right.

Thank Brewski00
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave us this awesome review! Our fantastic ambiance, delicious food, and friendly service are just a few ways the Tavern Restaurant sets ourselves apart from the rest. We hope you'll be back again soon for more of our tuna and unlimited sides! Take care. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My teenage sons and I were in town for the night touring Penn State and found our way to this restaurant for dinner. First, the location. What a cute downtown area! It reminded me of spots on Cape Cod. And the building dates back to the late 1800s and is just so cool. I loved the wood and the levels... More 

Thank 943sue
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow, thank you for such a detailed review and the kind words! The Tavern Restaurant is a staple of the State College area and we're proud of our reputation of great ambiance, courteous service, and delicious food. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience overall, especially the desserts! We hope you'll be back again soon to try some different,... More 

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53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stop here every time we have the water conference I had the salmon with spinach salad and mashed potatoes very goo our waiter JD was very polite and helpful with menu questions very nice fella the sides are unlimited. Just an all around great place with great food a must stop if your are in the area.

Thank MPK440
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the Tavern Restaurant and leaving us such a great review! Our goal here is to ensure each of our guests is treated to the best service, atmosphere, and food possible and we're glad that was your experience with us! We look forward to serving you again next time you are in the area. Take care! More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely restaurant in downtown. I went for the unlimited sides and the corn pudding is a must try! I had veal cutlet and it's huge.

Thank Tian R
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Tian, thank you for the fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our unlimited sides and thought the corn pudding and veal cutlet you had were great. Our friendly team works hard to ensure each of our guests has a wonderful experience here at the Tavern Restaurant and we're glad to see we delivered five-star service. We look forward... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4713
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-238-6116

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?