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The Dining Room

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200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
+1 814-865-8590
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91 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2015

The staff and facilities at the Nittany Lion Inn are terrific. I have stayed many nights over the last several years, and have noticed ongoing improvements to the property, inside and out.

Thank Cheri O
New Jersey
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2015

what a great place and good food variety in their brunch buffet! Plenty to eat for all - pancakes, waffles, french toast, fresh berries, blueberry compote, strawberry compote, scrambled eggs & mushrooms, hash browns, bacon & sausage. another station had omelets made to order plus baked ham carving station and hot penne pasta with marinara and salmon & cod with... More 

1 Thank NanaJ12
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such nice comments on our popular Sunday Brunch! We look forward to having you back with us. Thanks, Matt More 

Wilmington, DE
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2015

The food was surprisingly good for a banquet dinner -- wait staff was professional and did a nice job. There were two other events in the hotel at the same time but you'd never know it which was very nice!

3 Thank CAFLAF107
Ithaca, New York, United States
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2015

Reasonably varied menu so that I had enjoyable meals here... all three meals, for three days straight....

1 Thank Marin C
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Seeing familiar faces is one of our favorite parts of being a restaurant in a hotel. Thank you for spending your meal times with us. Thanks, Matt More 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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116 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015

The hotel is nice, but it is a bit expensive for what it offers. The rooms are very clean and the beds are wonderful. The Wifi was not so good. The staff were kind and very helpful.

1 Thank Avelino F
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Thank-you for staying with us. We do always trive to create a good value with our top notch staff and clean and comfortable accomodations. If there is anything that we can do to make you more comfortable during your next stay, please do not hesitate to ask. Regards, Matt More 

West Chester, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2015

With gratuity this brunch usually comes out to about 25.00 per person. My kids and I love to eat Sunday brunch here. The food offered is over the top and kept well stocked. Their french toast and bacon are stellar. Then you have an omelet station, carved filet, salads, cold sides, oatmeal, juices, entrees and the dessert table. Plenty to... More 

Thank pennstat1
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Why thank-you for your very kind response. We do agree that our Sunday brunch is quite an experience to be had. We more so appreciate you taking the time to write such kind words, our staff loves to see their hard work enjoyed by our guests and this will be shared! Regards, Matt More 

State College
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81 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2015 via mobile

As far as I'm concerned when debating the best meals in State College, Spats, The Ale House, Zolas, and the Inn are all worthy. The service is stellar, but the food.... The food is what makes the inn great. I haven't eaten here nearly as much as I'd like to, not because of the price or because it's out of... More 

Thank Michael S
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Your kind words do mean alot and we appreciate being mentioned in such good company. We are passionate about our food and our service and we are honored to serve guests such as yourself who truly appreciate what we love to do. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Next time you are in please ask for me, as... More 

Clifton Park, New York
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87 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2014

We had dinner the night before December graduation, the same night as a major sporting event on campus. The Dining Room was very busy and had set up tables for restaurant service in some meeting rooms. While the ambiance in those rooms was a bit lacking, they had clearly staffed up for the occasion and we got prompt, friendly service.

Thank ChrisN438
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

Chris, We are very appreciative of your kind words and are happy to have the advantage of space to accomodate a growing number of guests on situations such as these. Even more importantly we are honored to have provided what sounds like an enjoyable evening to you. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Matt More 

State College, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2014

Beautiful setting on the Penn State campus. We had excellent service and very good food. The menu is somewhat limited, but sufficient.

Thank deb10pink
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

We thank you very much for coming in and more importantly are thrilled that you enjoyed our hospitality and delicious offerings. We look forward to seeing you again soon, and have a safe and happy holiday. Cheers, Matt More 

Pine Grove Mills, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2014 via mobile

Though I am often visit the campus, I rarely eat at the Nittany Lion Inn. Recently, I was given a gift certificate for this establishment. My wife and I went there with our son and his wife before a football game. The dining room was about 1/3 occupied. We were quickly seated. We found the menu had limited selections and... More 

Thank PennaHiker
Matt T, Manager at The Dining Room, responded to this review

We apologize that we did not deliver timely and delicous food to your on this experience. We strive for excellent culinary exectution using only the best ingredients, and I wanted to share my concerns over our mis-step in failing to provide that to you. Please feel free to contact me directly as we would love for the chance to serve... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-3598
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-865-8590
  • This restaurant is at Nittany Lion Inn

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?