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Peter Herdic House Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 177 Restaurants in Williamsport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$55
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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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.
Reviewed 9 February 2018

The restaurant is in a graceful Victorian house built in the mid-1800’s, with elegant rooms and table settings (actually setting the place rather than rolling the silver up in the napkin- yeah!). It has more seating capacity than you would think, yet the noise level was just right (not too loud for conversation nor so quiet that it was awkward). The menu was varied and interesting. The bread basket was delicious. The wine choices were limited, and by the glass only, but we found our choice to be very good. We loved the smoked shad appetizer and scallops wrapped in bacon. My beet salad and crab cake entrée were both delicious. My mousse cake may be the best chocolate cake I ever had. The homemade vanilla ice cream I asked for on the plate was also delicious. My husband also enjoyed his onion soup, pork chop special and especially the crème brûlée. The staff members seemed to know many of the patrons, but were also sincerely friendly to us as out-of-towners. The timing of the service was good, but I would have preferred if the server didn’t seem so rushed. She seemed to walk by the table while talking or dropping off dishes rather than stopping at the table and engaging with us. I find a more relaxed pace to be more conducive to a fine dining experience. We would definitely return on another trip.

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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Wonderful restaurant with great food. Always a treat to eat here and soak up the ambiance of the lumber boom days. The service has always been excellent and the menu varied. We like this place.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

All I can simply say is it's the best food..not one bad dish. Service is awesome and the atmosphere is beautiful.

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

In my lifetime have been to many lacking establishments touted as "fine dining" with high prices. So, entered with great trepidation. ~ The head chef came to the table 8 months with one month left to delivery. She was peppy, positive, and asked good questions with mouth-watering options. ~ The vegetarian meal served was totally vegan, with vegetables sumptuous, juicy, perfect in every way. The plate was brimming with full flavours of only fresh organic well-prepared food. Sauces were flavourfully unique and divine. Service was fine. Many places blow up their grandiosity, while Peter Herdic House just delivers BIG TIME. Too bad I live half a day drive away! Thank-you for coming through for your guests. Thank-you to my wise, generous friends for treating me to an evening to remember. (I teach cooking classes; it's about real food, pleasure, and nutrition.)

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Thank mariasantafe
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

The building is beautiful so much character.

For what it costs to eat here I would expect flavorful food. We had broiled oysters that came out burnt but barely warm because they sat for so long. I had a scallops, shrimp, and fish over linguini with a spicy sauce. Had no flavor at all. Tasted like tomato sauce and the seafood was bland as well.

The ravioli dish with scallops was good but again lacked flavor. Just not what I would expect for the price.

It’s fine dining at fine dining prices but without the deliciousness I would expect. Many other fine places to eat throughout Williamsport at a fraction of the price.

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