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About Carnegie House Restaurant
Awarded 9 years in a row by State College Magazine as the Best Fine Dining Restaurant and Best Romantic!
As you enter the dining room through the glass-pained French doors from the library, a feeling of warmth and elegance beckons you to enjoy leisurely fine dining. A bow window allows dinner guests to view the beautiful flowers that surround Carnegie Inn & Spa and the woods surrounding the golf course. China, crystal, and silver grace the tables on crisp white table linen along with bouquets of fresh flowers. Servers are attentive in providing for the needs of the guests who dine on Contemporary French Cuisine.
From breakfast to elegantly prepared hors d'oeuvres and dinner selections, dining at Carnegie Inn & Spa is as spectacular as it is relaxing. The Library invites casual conversation while savoring a favorite cocktail or glass of wine from the Wine Spectator award winning selection.
State College, PA 16803
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary French, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thur 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri - Sat 5:00pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Closed
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our culinary and service professionals will work with you to create a legendary experience.
CATA HP Route
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Throughout the year we will feature special menus featuring wines and liquors paired with menus created by our culinary team.
Carnegie House Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The prices are high, for that area, given the quality of the food, which was poor to fair (brown lettuce in the salads, overcooked asparagus, etc.). I took my parents there for a mother's day brunch, and it was nothing special at all. We had to ask if there was a wine/drink menu. Drinks were otherwise not offered. And a refill on the coffee would have been nice too, but wasn't offered. Generally, the service was inattentive. The quality of the food used to be a lot better.
As a guest, get bottled still or sparkling water. Pre-dinner drinks in the bar area is a nice touch as the restaurant likes to seat guests as appetizers are being served. As close as you can get to fine dining in a college town.
One of our guests entre - a boneless rib-eye, was served sliced with goat cheese. Not expected, and a bit salty.
Celebrated our 25th anniversary here. Chef Paul is amazing. We've now eaten here 3 times and it's consistently great. When you walk in, you'll be offered a drink or wine in the library with a nice fireplace and many comfortable couches and chairs. When you are ready, you are escorted to your table. The dining room is fairly small, allowing the chef to really focus on the orders. Attention to detail on every plate, with beautiful presentations. An excellent wine list too. Menus are backlit for easy reading!
A great, fine-dining alternative to the plethora of "college food" restaurants in State College. Went with my wife and two daughters (19 and 14) while visiting Penn State for the weekend. From pre-drinks in the library to the excellent service and outstanding cuisine, we had a special time and everyone loved everything.
A beautiful and intimate setting led way to a fabulous meal. We both had the ribeye, which was out of this world. We really enjoyed the house-made steak sauce. The service was superb, and we can't wait to visit again. We enjoyed a wonderful evening of delicious food and wine.
No complimnetary cocktail as others had reported. Food was good but not particularly special. Price was high. Ambiance was nice and service was very good. Overpriced but probably best food in the area (no really good restaurants in State College area that we have found)
My partner and I decided to celebrate our anniversary together at the Carnegie House Restaurant, however we left feeling disappointed. I will first say that the food was faultless and was the only real highlight of the evening. It was a shame that despite the excellent food, other factors completely overshadowed our experience at the Carnegie House Restaurant. We were not offered the wine list nor did our server show any signs of wanting to help us throughout the duration of our meal. We had to ask for side plates, which were then not laid out on the table, but handed to my partner who then had to hand it to me. This did not leave us pleased and it was the beginning of our meal! Our server place in front of my partner a starter that we had ordered together... to share. The close proximity of the tables made it hard to have a conversation without the next three tables hearing. I would be cautious to return, despite the good food, because the overall experience was less than impressive.
Valentine's dinner here. It was a very nice evening. The food was very good and the atmosphere was great. Not a noisy/modern restaurant. The only slight issue was with the delivery of food. You would think at a restaurant of this level, they would know who ordered which entrée. Instead it was a "food auction" at the table- "Who ordered the ....?" Need to fix that. Wine prices were a little high but the mixed drink prices were very high.
The food was delicious and the service was prompt and courteous. We enjoyed having a drink in the library before taking a seat at our table.
One thing that really disappointed us was the seating arrangements. The dining room is not very large, but we were seated at an excellent table in the bay window area. Very nice and peaceful, despite a very vivacious and talkative customer at another table. Just as our meal was ending, the hostess seated another couple at the 2-topper right next to ours--I could have touched them with an outstretched hand. Given the fact that there was another 2-topper twice the distance away, it felt extremely awkward to have another couple sit so close to us. We ordered dessert and felt like we were way to close to the other couple for any of us to be comfortable. Had we been the couple being seated, we would have asked to be seated further away but we had no choice and felt bad for everyone involved.
Food was uniformally excellent. Creative and fresh tasting beer salad especially memorable. All entrees excellent.
Wine service very disappointing. Selection of wines by the glass limited and generally mediocre and uninspired; wines served in mundane general purpose wine glasses, not proper red or white wine vessels. This seemed so inconsistent when food options were $30-40 each. I don't understand why the wine was served this way.
The waitress/doorman are professional but not friendly. They give a sense that the guests have to follow their old European style of service. If not, it's the guests that are not following the upper class rule and should be taught a lesson. While they might have good training on the service technicalities, they should get more education on showing more respect to each individual as a free person. After all, this is where America exceeds Europe.
I dined at the Carnegie House and also stayed at the Inn for my anniversary. The setting is warm and inviting and cozy, with the view of the wine cellar and the library. The food was phenomenal. We were given a complimentary appetizer of smoked salmon from the chef and it was the best salmon I've ever had. The chicken I ordered for dinner was amazing and cooked to perfection, and dessert was the most delicious and rich dessert I've had. The service is wonderful and kind, too. The atmosphere is so calm and relaxing, with candles and flowers on the table and a wonderful view out the window. I will definitely be returning and recommending to friends!
We've been here twice and haven't been disappointed. The short ribs were amazing and the bay scallop appetizer was fantastic. We also enjoyed a bottle of wine from their large wine list. Our waitress, Dawn, was attentive, friendly and made suggestions to help us choose our meals from the menu. Thank you to the staff at Carnegie Inn for an all-around wonderful stay in addition to the amazing dinner!
Romantic & Upscale Dining! Relaxing ambiance that is a great choice for a date night or special occasion. I'll be hosting my daughter's graduation dinner here because he atmosphere and food are phenomenal and can't be surpassed by another venue that I know of. Great management with Ken (Restauarant Manger) and Don (Inn Manager). Great service from Dawn and Anita. Excellent check into Inn by Sam. Excellent, cozy rooms in the Inn. Highly recommend with no reservations.
I always have a wonderful experience at Carnegie house and so does my mom. We introduced my husband to the experience and he enjoyed it as well. By keeping the dining room on the small side, they can better control your experience and they try to make your visit a warm, classy and consistent culinary experience. Being able to sit in the study/lounge area with a fireplace and have a drink before you go to your table at your own pace is a fantastic part of the overall experience. I've had dinner made by the previous chef before this current chef and their knowledge of food and preparation are equal.
We had a lovely anniversary dinner experience here. This was our first visit and we enjoyed the experience of complementary hors d'oeuvres and drinks by the fireplace before transitioning to our table in the dining room. The restaurant was smaller than imagined but cozy. The service was excellent and the food was well prepared and beautifully presented. This is a great spot for special occasions and most menu items were quite reasonably priced.
My fiancé and I ate here for his birthday. We were brought into the library where we had a glass of champagne and a light complementary appetizer. It was okay; nothing to write home about. The atmosphere was very enjoyable though.
We were then escorted into the dining room where we had the beet and goat cheese appetizer. I loved that. They split it for us on two plates before it was brought out. He got the filet of cod wrapped in bacon. The bacon was slightly undercooked and chewy, but the veggies around it were delicious. I had the mushroom soup and the Kobe sashimi appetizer. The soup was lukewarm and the rice in the sashimi was kind of gummy and needed more sauce.
We had a few cocktails that were expertly made. Then we ordered the apple cobbler for dessert. The waitress brought it out with a candle in it, which was so nice.
Overall it was a nice dinner, but the food wasn't as amazing as I remember it being.
A very nice restaurant inn ffor special occasions
Very confortable and nicely decorated quiet ambiance serving delicious food from a very wide assortment of menu items. Excellent attentive service where staff goes out of their way to make your experience a most enjoysable one. A bit pricey but great for special occasions
I like the environment but the food was not impressive. The lamb I ordered was not cooked as I requested, and one piece actually missed some portion which seemed odd. I asked and showed to the waitress but her answer was not very polite. The portion were not big too for the price we paid.
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