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The Tavern Restaurant

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American, Bar
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220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4713
+1 814-238-6116
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11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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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 

Philadelphia
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

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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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262 reviews
240 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 

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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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33 reviews
16 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 

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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 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

After years of passing by, we finally went in for dinner because we had a gift card. What a pleasant surprise! The food felt so homemade. I wouldn't say it was the greatest, but it was offered and delivered so nicely that I swear it made it taste better. We had steak and pasta, nothing unique but delicious and prepared... More 

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Thank spj999
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for giving us a try! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to The Tavern Restaurant. and we hope that you and your family will get another chance to stop by again. Be sure to try something new during your next visit - your taste buds will thank you! More 

Effort, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Once was enough for me. I think our reviewers got it wrong this time. Not the least bit impressed. Waiter made it seem like he was doing me a favor. The reason it is darkly lit, is because the place is in dire need of a makeover.

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Thank silvertongue10147
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Although we're happy you gave us a try, we are disappointed to hear that you do not share the same enthusiasm our regulars have. We always welcome suggestions so we know where to make improvements, such as the renovations we have been working on as of late. We do apologize if you found your service... More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I have been to this restaurant on several occasions and the welcome has always been friendly. The menu is extensive and the food should please even the fussiest of people. I have tried most of the dishes and have never been disappointed.

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

Hello and thank you for taking the time to leave us this glowing review! We are flattered by your kind words and it would be our pleasure to serve you more delicious dishes in the near future. Thank again and we hope to see you dine at The Tavern Restaurant soon. Take care. More 

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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72 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I often imagine that a restaurant's best food may be in its appetizers, so I usually order more than one starter at a new place. The service in this restaurant was good, but the appetizers leave much to be desired. First, the good. Escargot was very well done, very tender, and not rubbery at all. Then, the clams - it... More 

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Thank Family_of_4PGH
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello, We greatly appreciate you stopping by and giving our menu a try. While we are happy to hear that you found our staff to be friendly and that you enjoyed the Escargot, we are quite disappointed that the rest of your meal was not to your liking and our high standards. We welcome you to give us another try... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

First time but once is enough. We were lucky to have gotten there at the right time. When leaving probably 50 people waiting with at least 8-10 tables sitting empty. Food was good but not worth the price or a wait

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

Hello Susan and thank you for the feedback. Our team always welcomes feedback from our guests as it's a great way to gain unbiased insight to our establishment. We are sorry to hear that you do not find worth in our dishes, although they are quite delicious. We can assure you that we use nothing but the finest and freshest... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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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