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Herwig's Austrian Bistro

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$$ - $$$
European, Austrian
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132 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801-3838
+1 814-238-0200
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Wed 11:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Wow! Did the memories come flooding in when my daughter surprised me with a visit here. I spent a summer in Salzburg, Austria when in college and this place took me right back there! The food was phenomenal and it tasted just like I remembered. I had the pork and it was just perfect, falling off your fork it was... More 

Thank Suburban_Gentleman
State College, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This quaint restaurant just across the street from Penn State University is a rare find for central Pennsylvania! Herwig's is a family owned/run restaurant that has been in town for many years and has a loyal client base. Be sure to try the Taggesmenu, which is the Daily Menu. The home-made salad dressing has a delicious dill flavor and the... More 

1 Thank Tami1963
Philadelphia, PA
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135 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

As someone of German descent, you say "wiener schnitzel" to me and I go all to pieces! I was practically raised on this stuff, so to find Herwig's in State College, well I was uber-excited! This place is BYOB and not a fancy place by any stretch of the imagination, but the food is WUNDERBAR!!!! Upon entering, there's a huge... More 

Thank RealPegster
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Herwig's is a great opportunity to experience authentic Austrian food in the heart of Pennsylvania. The menu features family recipes, many featuring bacon, that are made and served the same way you would get them in Austria. The staff also makes the visit a little more entertaining...whatever you do - DO NOT call it German Food.

1 Thank Wayne H
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80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This place is a hoot. I wish i could go more often. You get a hearty portion so dont expect to eat light. The staff harasses you if you cant pronounce the menu or dont finish your dessert. Its all in good fun and if you dont get harassed you feel neglected. They have the BEST coffee--their own mix I... More 

Thank critic119
Beaver, Pennsylvania
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245 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

When you first walk in, your impression might be that this is Austrian fast food! It isn't. They have an extensive menu written on a board on the wall. Be brave and order something that just sounds good because the menu is written in German. It's not fancy but you will enjoy the food. I really liked the sausage and... More 

Thank Mike D
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Worst German meal I have had, many trips to Germany and Austria. Sauerkraut not crisp, acidic or flavorful. Food cold. Tasted like college town German food. Potatoes cold. No refills on ice tea come on. Free refills on soda. Pork overcooked. Gravy for pork lacked flavor. Liittle stuffing balls were heavy. Man taking orders was yelling at staff to clear... More 

Thank Darthbarron
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

Looking for an ethnic dining experience in state college we stumbled into herwigs and immediately fell in love with the owner and the overall vibe of the place. Fun, quirky and if we come back to state college we will come back here for sure. The pork belly is a heart attack on your plate and worth every bite. It... More 

1 Thank JACKShome
Woodward, Pennsylvania
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109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2014

You have got to stop here! The owner/ manager(?) is a real trip. As it turns out my mother in law had visited his hometown back in Austria. If you can at least try to order your meal in German. And you must, I say MUST make a point to show that you enjoy his food. You can't go wrong... More 

3 Thank Mark B
State College, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2014

If you a re looking for authentic German/Austrian food (and lots of it!) this is the place. Large menu and servings. They put effort into preparing the food but not an atmosphere. And they do provide some table-side humor.

3 Thank Dave K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
European, Austrian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801-3838
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-238-0200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?