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“Love this place.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Peter Herdic House Restaurant

Peter Herdic House Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 171 Restaurants in Williamsport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$50
Cuisines: American, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
North East, Maryland
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194 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Love this place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

My girlfriend and I have been here several times and each time we re-discovered why we love it so much. Their service is top-notch from the moment you enter the door till when you're leaving. The food is 4-star quality. I have yet to no like anything I have eaten there. The setting is wonderful. Your seating in the fron rooms and bedrooms of a Victorian style early 1900's house which is in impeccable shape. This place is an experience.

Visited March 2011
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Centerville, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Worth every mile!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2011

Travelers on I 80: It may be bit out of your way, but worth every mile to experience dinner at Peter Herdic House. You will be rewarded with an exquisite meal prepared obviously by a chef (Liz) that has a deep respect for both the fresh seasonal ingredients she uses and her dining room guests. I find the menu to be consistently creative, well prepared - and in every respect outstanding - just like it's Victorian mansion setting.

Spend the night next door at the Peter Herdic Inn and make your Williamsport visit truly one to remember. Should you have the good fortune to stay a weekend night, Lena's breakfast is guaranteed to delight -and will have you smiling to your journey's end!

  • Visited September 2011
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

The Peter Herdic House was by far the best restaurant I visited in my trip to Williamsport, an otherwise uninteresting destination. I took several clients to dinner and they all were blown away by the food and atmosphere. The staff was friendly, but professional. Well worth the price... Best sautéd shrimp in the state!

  • Visited November 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Eat Before You Go.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2011

I live in Williamsport so I know what to compare this restaurant to. I've also eaten here several times. The food is very good. But the main thing is the prices are the highest in the area and the serving sizes are the smallest. Be prepared to spend twice what you would at many of Williamsport's other fine restaurants to leave satiated.

  • Visited May 2010
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Red1Racer
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Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fabulous Fine Dining in Beautiful Setting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2009

The food was excellent and the furnishings and house are lovely. We had an awsome dinner for our party of 8 after a college graduation. Service was a little slow, but it was probably due to a very busy night with proms and grads.
A nice menu with many choices for all tastes and a very good wine list.
Such a surprising find in Williamsport!

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