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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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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Outstanding meals with unlimited sides served upon request including side salads, variety of potatoes, and simple things such as applesauce. The servers are all Penn State students because the owner tries to help students work their way through school, and service is excellent. The atmosphere is local history and more formal than the average restaurant...dark wood, walls covered with framed... More 

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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just a very interesting place to dine. Students at PSU are mainly the wait staff which adds to the dinning experience. Resonable pricing/

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

Hi John! Thanks for taking time out of your day to write us a review. We're very proud of our fantastic atmosphere, delicious menu, and excellent waitstaff here at the Tavern Restaurant and are glad to hear you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to see you again soon and hope to earn that fifth star on your next... More 

Philadelphia, PA
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52 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were recommended to come here while visiting PSU for a career fair and told how great the food (and the unlimited sides) are. It's cute, the menu is pretty big and the descriptions sounded like the food would be good. It honestly wasn't. It was just okay. We didn't feel the need to try different sides- the ones we... More 

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Greeley, Colorado
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141 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tavern has been a fixture in the middle of College Ave across from the campus for many years. As a student, I got my folks to buy a meal. Then my daughter went to PSU and she got me to take her there...with three roommates. Most of the menu is traditional American style choices like prime rib. The menu... More 

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

John, we're honored to hear you continue to carry on your family tradition here with us at the Tavern Restaurant! Our passion and dedication to our delicious food, amazing atmosphere and impeccable service has only grown over the years and we are very proud of the great reputation we've earned here in the State College community. We hope to see... More 

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, United States
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No matter what you choose you will be satisfied, Fine dining in a very great atmoshphere located in the middle of downtown State College; a walk across College Avenue to the University. Try it. It's a must for Fine Dining!

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

Stephen, thank you so much for the glowing review! We really appreciate the kind words - we work hard here at the Tavern Restaurant to ensure every one of our dishes is delectable and delicious, and that each of our customers is left blown away by our fantastic atmosphere and exceptional service. We're glad your experience with us was no... More 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Meals were great. Server was efficient. Atmosphere was reminiscent of a tavern type of restaurant. Desserts were also tasty.

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

Hi Walt! Thanks for the five-star review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to The Tavern Restaurant as much as you did. Our staff, from our servers to our chefs, are dedicated to giving our guests only the best, from our top-notch customer service to delicious food and friendly atmosphere, and we are happy you experienced just that. We... More 

Allentown, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Dinner was very disappointing and overpriced. Glorified diner food and marginal service. Probably "the" place but has fallen into disrepair. Expected more.

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

Amy, thanks for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience. All of our staff are passionate about providing the best customer service and the dishes we serve have helped us build our long-standing reputation of having the most delicious menu options in State College. We invite you... More 

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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Came here for a post graduation dinner! Had reservations at 8pm. They were out of numerous selections of steaks along with 2 other entrees. The Prime Rib which mess ordered Med rare, was Med well! Couldn't send back, they had no more! This was on a Saturday night of a graduation weekend!

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

Thank you for leaving us your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience. We work hard to ensure our food is always delicious and cooked to order, no matter how busy we are or what events are in town, so your comments are out of line with our very high standards. We would like to... More 

Altoona, PA
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266 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Normally we don't do brunch as it's mostly breakfast items, but after reading on tripadvisor about prime rib on the Sunday brunch, we decided to give it a try. Overall, no doubt it is the best brunch locally with nice salads to choose from (with what appeared to be homemade salad dressings), a very nice smoked salmon display, plenty of... More 

Thank foodie2121
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

We're glad to hear our reputation as the best Sunday brunch in the area preceded us! Our salmon and prime rib are both a great way to get a sense of the delicious flavors we craft for our guests every day. Thanks for taking the time to leave us your review. We hope to see you back at the Tavern... More 

Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We ate here for dinner during the week. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals, they had a variety of entrees (although not much for picky eaters) and there is unlimited sides available- all were good. The decor is interesting, although the place could use some sprucing up while keeping its atmosphere. There is a lot of seating inside. The prices... More 

Thank wmom88
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting the Tavern Restaurant! We really appreciate the feedback and the great review - we take all of the comments we receive into consideration to ensure our customers have the best experience possible. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your meals and hope to see you back to try our lunch menu! 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, 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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?