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The Tavern Restaurant

220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4713
+1 814-238-6116
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
220 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4713
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmosphere was really nice, old style tavern. Food was great. Had dinner with a friend and he said the apple pie was the best he ever had and by the way, it had the Creamery ice cream which made it even better.

Thank Don B
Dawn D, Owner at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey, Don! We're so happy to hear that you and your friend enjoyed your dinner at The Tavern Restaurant! Our apple pie is scrumptious and even better with a side of ice cream! We hope to see you again soon—have a great day!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ALWAYS make The Tavern one of our stops when in State College, have been coming for many years. The cocktails are generous, the meals are always good, escargot is a MUST, and the service is always above average. We’ve been lucky on occasion to...More

Thank CAROLYN B
Dawn D, Owner at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good day, Carolyn. It is great to hear that you really enjoy your visits here at The Tavern Restaurant! It is our main priority here to provide our customers with an amiable staff that serve our delicious meals to make their visit much more pleasurable....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Having eaten at the tavern over 40 years ago, it was sort of a homecoming going back there for lunch with friends. Not much has changed inside, however they now have outside seating in an alley, right across from a great art gallery. The people...More

Thank Deb C
Dawn D, Owner at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello there, Deb. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. It brings us joy to hear that you really enjoyed our breath-taking atmosphere, delicious meals, and our friendly staff. Everyone here at The Tavern Restaurant always wants to ensure that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A State College landmark restaurant, the Tavern is one of our go-to downtown restaurants. All the servers are Penn State students, and the owner keeps up a tradition of good food and service. And yes, you can have as many of the side dishes as...More

Thank bsayl0r
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! Unlimited side dishes is definitely a crowd pleaser. We want to make sure that no one leaves The Tavern Restaurant hungry.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's been a number of years since I've been to the Tavern. I was there this past Thursday and what a wonderful experience. It remains one of the best dining choices in State College. The food is very good, the service was excellent and the...More

Thank Ed S
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Ed. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We aim to deliver an exceptional customer experience for everyone who comes through our door, from a smiling face to a delicious meal. We look forward to seeing you again for some more...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Tavern has been a go to special occasion restaurant in Happy Valley for decades. Good prices. Unlimited side dishes are a hit with my family. Good drinks.

Thank Barbara K
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, Barbara! We don't believe in sending our customer's home hungry at The Tavern Restaurant and we're glad to hear that our unlimited side dishes are a hit with the entire family. We look forward to serving all of you again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Used to live in State College back in the 1990s and The Tavern was one of my favorite places to eat. It hasn't changed a bit on the interior except for a few new football pictures. Each room has fascinating pictures of various themes and...More

Thank JohnandJean681985
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you both for dining at The Tavern and sharing your experience with us. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our atmosphere and your meal. We look forward to seeing the both of you again next time you're craving a delicious trip down memory lane!

Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Horrible! No chairs at the bar. I asked he rude bartender if this was the only bar in the place, rudely said, yes. I turned to a nearby waitress and said, nice friendly place and she laughed. I said, no wonder it's empty on here....More

Thank Lakelvr
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We pride ourselves on providing great customer service and would appreciate the opportunity to hear more about your visit. We encourage you to reach out to Pat or Dawn at (814) 238-6116 with...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Good food, but the wait was 2 hrs. Friendly staff. Get a number then shop till you drop. Maybe your table will be ready by then.More

Thank nic60760
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're glad you had a delicious meal with us! We always try to be efficient and apologize that, that wasn't the case in your situation. We invite you to reach out to Pat or Dawn at (814) 238-6116 with more details about your experience so...More

Reviewed 12 September 2017

The Tavern Restaurant is a MUST visit for drinks or dinner. However if you are visiting on a football weekend or graduation week expect a VERY long wait. The food to basic American fare at a reasonable price. Service is by student servers who are...More

Thank DoctorF409
Dawn D, Manager at The Tavern Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Thanks for the review! Our servers are exceptional people who work hard to give you the very best service. We love all the Penn State enthusiasm that comes in the door and while we do our best to keep up, we apologize if the wait...More

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kar5853
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Response from budh17 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but a phone call to the restaurant will answer that. We were there with friends on this past Sunday night for dinner. NOT busy because the students are on spring break. Quiet dinner, food good as usual but I thought... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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