Tavern Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 220 E College Ave

    State College, PA 16801

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  • 814-238-6116

About Tavern Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Tue., Sat. - Sun. 5pm - 9am;Wed. - Fri. 5pm - 10am

Food

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Great atmosphere and nice food, but the service is so-so, especially at the front desk. Making a reservation for a group, even a Penn State group, is virtually impossible. When you try to do so, you find the front desk to be very unhelpful, even if you come at a quiet time - say, 5 pm. Clearly, this restaurant feels itself to be so much of an institution it doesn't make an effort to attract and keep customers.

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★★★☆☆

Great atmosphere and nice food, but the service is so-so, especially at the front desk. Making a reservation for a group, even a Penn State group, is virtually impossible. When you try to do so, you find the front desk to be very unhelpful, even if you come at a quiet time - say, 5 pm. Clearly, this restaurant feels itself to be so much of an institution it doesn't make an effort to attract and keep customers.

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Why do people like this place?? Yes, you can get as many sides as you like, but I swear they all taste like they're right out of a can, with tons of sugar added (to just about any of the veg sides!)... The food is generally overcooked, basic old 'American' food; iceberg type salad, bleh. The service is almost always unfriendly, the rooms are crowded... we've taken visitors there to go to this 'landmark', and usually the consensus is the same - so not worth the hype!

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★★☆☆☆

Why do people like this place?? Yes, you can get as many sides as you like, but I swear they all taste like they're right out of a can, with tons of sugar added (to just about any of the veg sides!)... The food is generally overcooked, basic old 'American' food; iceberg type salad, bleh. The service is almost always unfriendly, the rooms are crowded... we've taken visitors there to go to this 'landmark', and usually the consensus is the same - so not worth the hype!

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My husband and I went to the tavern for New Years Eve Dinner. $35 per person pre fixe menu with very limited choices. They sat us next to the utensil service station. Our table was so close my husband's ear was next to the clanking, dropping, and banging of utensils trays the whole dinner as a constant flow of servers passed right next to our table. Tables were very close together. My food came out and my steak had been sitting so long that the top was starting to look old and my shrimp were dry enough to need a drink of water to get them down. We live here for 5 years and the tavern use to be our favorite restaurant. But know a days they are more concern with how many people they can get in and out instead of the quality of there food and service. It is a cattle trap. The restaurant should be taken out of the fine dinning category.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went to the tavern for New Years Eve Dinner. $35 per person pre fixe menu with very limited choices. They sat us next to the utensil service station. Our table was so close my husband's ear was next to the clanking, dropping, and banging of utensils trays the whole dinner as a constant flow of servers passed right next to our table. Tables were very close together. My food came out and my steak had been sitting so long that the top was starting to look old and my shrimp were dry enough to need a drink of water to get them down. We live here for 5 years and the tavern use to be our favorite restaurant. But know a days they are more concern with how many people they can get in and out instead of the quality of there food and service. It is a cattle trap. The restaurant should be taken out of the fine dinning category.

Pros: Best Cheese Cake in town

Cons: Very expensive for over cooked food and bad service.

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My husband and I recently revisited State College after 46 years and were delighted to discover this fine restaurant. We were especially satisfied with the atmosphere of this tavern, the delicious food and the attentive wait staff. This was an excellent dining experience which we heartily recommend.
Jan D.

5
★★★★★

My husband and I recently revisited State College after 46 years and were delighted to discover this fine restaurant. We were especially satisfied with the atmosphere of this tavern, the delicious food and the attentive wait staff. This was an excellent dining experience which we heartily recommend.
Jan D.

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I went to the Tavern expecting a really fine meal and was disappointed. I think the appeal springs more from the old time Penn State/State College charm than the food. Yes you get a lot of food but its not great, a bit bland. I had a steak which reminded me of a retirement home and coincidentally matches the crowd at the Tavern well. For the money you spend, there are much better options in State College.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to the Tavern expecting a really fine meal and was disappointed. I think the appeal springs more from the old time Penn State/State College charm than the food. Yes you get a lot of food but its not great, a bit bland. I had a steak which reminded me of a retirement home and coincidentally matches the crowd at the Tavern well. For the money you spend, there are much better options in State College.

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Great place to go if you are a big eater because they offer unlimited side dishes (ie salad, apple sauce, fries, mashed potatoes etc). They have traditional American food on the menu (ie steaks, pasta, baked fish). The Tavern is moderately priced and is an institution in State College. You can't leave PSU without a visit to the Tavern.

4
★★★★☆

Great place to go if you are a big eater because they offer unlimited side dishes (ie salad, apple sauce, fries, mashed potatoes etc). They have traditional American food on the menu (ie steaks, pasta, baked fish). The Tavern is moderately priced and is an institution in State College. You can't leave PSU without a visit to the Tavern.

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It is hard to figure out where to start with this exceptional restaurant. From the time you walk in to the time you leave, the atmosphere is relaxing and comfortable. When the waitress stops to check if you need anything else, they actually stop and look at you. Most places nowadays, the waitress usually is running by as she says "do you need anything else?". I have been eating at the Tavern Restaurant for many years and will for many more years. I have always found it to be a pleasent dining experience. The Staff is friendly and the food is awsome.

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★★★★★

It is hard to figure out where to start with this exceptional restaurant. From the time you walk in to the time you leave, the atmosphere is relaxing and comfortable. When the waitress stops to check if you need anything else, they actually stop and look at you. Most places nowadays, the waitress usually is running by as she says "do you need anything else?". I have been eating at the Tavern Restaurant for many years and will for many more years. I have always found it to be a pleasent dining experience. The Staff is friendly and the food is awsome.

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THis resturant is very unique with unlimited side dishes/salad. The food is great and is not too pricy. You will defintely get your money worth here! This is my favorite resturant in this area.

4
★★★★☆

THis resturant is very unique with unlimited side dishes/salad. The food is great and is not too pricy. You will defintely get your money worth here! This is my favorite resturant in this area.

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