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.
Contemporary American, Contemporary French, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thur 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri - Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sun - Closed
$31 to $50
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Our culinary and service professionals will work with you to create a legendary experience.
CATA HP Route
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
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 restaurant was a small room in an in ...
The restaurant was a small room in an inn with about 10-12 tables. The dining room was plain with nothing special. The food was alright. The food was a bit upscale (not by much) version of a typical American restaurant. To me, it was similar to Clydes in the DC area.
The Carnegie Inn offers the only quality ...
The Carnegie Inn offers the only quality dining experience in State College. The menu is good, and the dishes are executed beautifully with fresh, high quality ingredients. Having said that, when the restaurant is busy the service is painfully slow.
Really enjoyed the entire experience. Th ...
Really enjoyed the entire experience. The before dinner drink in the library is very relaxing. The food and service was exceptional. Nice spot for special occasion dining.
Amazing Food/Moderate Service
This was our first time to the Carnegie House in 17 years, since we had a poor experience on our first anniversary. We had heard that Chef Paul Kendeffy, our favorite local Chef had joined them and knew we had to give it another chance for our 18th. I'll start by saying the bar and the library are so adorable, excellent ambiance throughout. We waited in the library through two other couples to order our drinks, even though they arrived after us. We weren't offered the typical amuse-bouches in the library, despite others around us being served. Once seated in the dining room, our server never mentioned the specials, though we heard a server reading them to another table, after we had ordered. Different servers stopped at our table from time to time, they all seemed a little flustered or confused when we requested a drink or bread, aside from the bartender, who was the only server who seemed to have everything together. We were never really sure if we had a dedicated server or if everyone pooled the tables. Our appetizers, tuna tartare and scallops with caviar, were both excellent and the wine list was good. The beet salad had a great flavor profile, but a bit too much of just beets and goat cheese and not enough diversity for me to make it through the whole plate. Our main courses, the salmon and the halibut, were amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed the main courses. Delicious. Chef Paul is a wizard with flavors and knowing which work well together. I just wish the service were a little better, I was expecting the same level of service that we've come to know at a place like Zola. I really wanted to love it and we did enjoy the food, but wished the service was on par with the food.
Love this place! Finest dining in State ...
Love this place! Finest dining in State College!
The Carnegie House Restaurant has a smal ...
The Carnegie House Restaurant has a small yet comfortable dining room overlooking part of the golf course. We had a 5:00 reservation as we attended a local college graduation and wanted to celebrate with a good meal. We were offered drinks in the library, but opted to sit right away as we were hungry after a long day. We were then presented with an excellent dining experience. Beginning with the back-lit menus, the excellent bread basket and tasty amuse bouche of tenderloin on toast, the Carnegie Restaurant started strong and kept meeting/exceeded our expectations. Service was wonderful throughout the early evening. Salads included the Organic Strawberry Salad w. sherry vinaigrette and the Beet and Goat cheese salad and were both visually appealing and tasty. Our five main dishes were all plated beautifully and cooked to perfection. The Yellowfin Tuna was presented a perfect medium rare. The Rabbit was stuffed with mascarpone and spinach as was excellent. Two pasta dishes, the Angolotti and the Bolognaise, were delicious and the Mahi-Mahi was very good. Portion sizes were perfect - not too big and not too small. To finish, we all had different desserts, with the graduate (and birthday girl) getting a candle with hers. A fine end to a wonderful meal.
Food and service were excellent. Ambiance=lovely setting
Fine Dining with a Casual Flair
Took my college son out for something more upscale to eat. After he got over looking at something other than fast food he enjoyed the dining experience from the appetizer, entree to desert.
Romantic Dining Option
The Carnegie House Restaurant was a special experience. They first sit you in the parlor/library for pre-dinner cocktails. Then, they sit you in the intimate dining room. The food was excellent and the service was superior. You're going to pay a lot of money for this meal, but the experience was top-notch. This is a great place for a special occasion or a romantic night out. My girlfriend and I would definitely recommend this place.
Quiet reserved elegant atmosphere. Brunc ...
Quiet reserved elegant atmosphere. Brunch food was good but portions very small.
Outstanding service as always. The artis ...
Outstanding service as always. The artistry of the chef's presentation was more apparent than I've ever seen at Carnegie House, much appreciated. There's no comparable venue for a wonderful meal in a tranquil setting in the State College area.
Went there for our 26th anniversary. Great room. Great dinner. Wine steward suggested a great wine that went well with the excellent meal. Definitely a keeper!
Quiet beautiful romantic spot
You'll love it the moment you step inside.. beautiful comfy spots next to the fire place / library while you grab drinks. You can then move to your table for a wonderful dinner. Its an awesome place for special occasions (Went there for Valentines day). You could say its pricy but totally worth it and its fine dining. No complains about the food whatsoever. The menu was lit up. Overall a wonderful experience
A MUST to Go to While in State College!
This restaurant was unlike anywhere else I have been before, especially in State College. My boyfriend and I were first sat in the library by the fireplace and were offered drinks, then we were taken to our table which was by the window, and then shared dessert out again in the library by the fireplace. The quality of the food is amazing; I had organic chicken and he had wild caught salmon! We even had organic hot tea! Also, the presentation of the food is fantastic. We almost didn't want to eat our meals because they looked so nice! I definitely recommend this restaurant, but you have to be willing to pay for the atmosphere and quality of food. It is expensive but totally worth it.
It is an experience, not just a dinner
Love sitting and relaxing by the fireplace while waiting for your table. Drinks and appetizers are served at this time. Service is great! Very attentive to your every need. All around food, from appetizers to dessert....delicious! Whole experience very relaxing...taking your time and dining is a rarity now a days.
Our dining experience at the Carnegie Inn was excellent. The sommelier (Brett) was fantastic and really making an effort to ensure choices are suited to the meal. I had the roasted butternut squash with a toasted hazel nut crust - a hidden gem on the menu.
Birthday celebration best ever. Beautifu ...
Birthday celebration best ever. Beautiful setting, fabulous food !
Carnegie House - FANTASTIC!
The occasion was my friend's birthday as well as a slightly early Valentine's Day celebration. There were four in my party. As is our custom at the Carnegie House, we first met in the library for drinks and quiet conversation. The ambiance is just perfect for this sort get-together. The waiter was very attentive and polite. He asked just how we wanted our drinks and that is how we got them. Perfect! After about a half hour, we were escorted into the Dining Room to our table. We first selected our dinners (three of us had the braised beef) and then selected a wine that would go nicely with the beef. The service was perfect and very efficient. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. The meal was perfectly prepared and was out of this world! The presentation was very efficient and polite. It could not have been better! The ambiance in the dining room was just exactly what the doctor ordered, but with one exception not under the control of the management - a table close to us was extremely loud! While this did not ruin the evening, it was detrimental to us having a perfect evening. Yes! We will go back - The Carnegie House is THE place to go for a fine meal presented by a professional and well trained staff backed up by a really first class kitchen.
Always the best
Returned again to enjoy some of the finest dining and service in the State College area. I can't say enough about this restaurant. If you're in the area, don't miss it!!
Great dining experience but the music wa ...
Great dining experience but the music was terrible, elevator music covers of pop songs. Would have loved to listen to something a little classier to match the dining experience. Otherwise, everything was wonderful!
5 Star Restaurant
My wife and I have eaten here twice and each time was excellent. The menu is unique but has something for every taste. This is a keeper for our visits to the area.
Pricey, but worth it!
We chose Carnegie Inn for our 50th anniversary celebration. We have dined and stayed there previously. Never disappoints. From the greeting at the door, wine in the library, excellent meal, (3 of us had the filet perfectly done), to dessert and coffee, a great choice for special occasions.
This is a great restaurant as it relates to the food, ambiance, service etc. The restaurant is small and I believe they can accommodate around 35 people at any given time. We were initially greeted at the entrance and then taken to the library by the fireplace...they made us feel at home. Then, we were offered drinks and appetizers while waiting for our table to be ready. One of those times, when you feel comfortable tipping 30%...totally well deserved! I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!
We celebrated graduation with a party of ...
We celebrated graduation with a party of 11, had our own private room with excellent service. Very nice setting for a celebration. Light up menus are awesome.
new management changed the format-less special now
they used to offer a unique experience; now they're just another expensive restaurant. the reason i would go here is for that unique experience: you'd enjoy drinks and order your meal while sitting on couches in a cozy room with a fireplace. at the moment your meal was ready to serve, they would tell you and escort you to the table. now, you're allowed to sit in that room and order a drink, but then you order at the table. in fact, you can skip the fireplace and go straight to your table and order there. ..like every other restaurant. they took what makes them special and replaced it with something that makes them no longer special. a staff member said they hired someone from Zola's to run this place, and that Zolas person got rid of my favorite aspects. now it's more cookie-cutter of a process. i would've never become a fan of this restaurant years if they had this new, unoriginal format. now that they got rid of this unique experience, i doubts i'll find it worth the trip or the money again. the format change was my biggest disappointment, but i found the entire menu lackluster, and struggled to be excited about anything on the menu. that's also a marked change from the past, where every description was breathtaking. they've gone downhill, and are now "just another expensive restaurant". they lost their unique aspects that kept me coming back year after year.
My wife and I wanted a special place to celebrate our anniversary. We had a lovely evening at Carnegie House for dinner. The ambiance, the food and especially the staff could not have been better. The staff was most friendly and professional. They made the evening special for us.
lots of waiting
we did not realize that the restaurant seats you in a parlor outside of the dining room prior to seating you. There is an opportunity to have a drink and they bring you a small bite. we were planning to have wine with dinner , but did not really want a drink before. we were very hungry and had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated. We finally angrily asked to be seated at which point we were taken into the dining room but after ten more minutes had to ask for a server to come to our table. After this was finally resolved the food came out promptly and was excellent. Had I known this was there standard procedure, I would scheduled an earlier reservation and order our dinner wine as our cocktail.
Excellent as always
My husband and I love coming here to celebrate special occasions. When the manager came around to chat with us, he asked if we were celebrating anything. We said yes, it's our anniversary. He congratulated us and we chatted more. Later the server brought us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne! When we ordered one dessert to share, it arrived with a candle on it! In addition to the incredible food, they really go above and beyond with the service at Carnegie. We can't recommend it highly enough.
Five Star Quality Food & Service
We can't stop thinking about the meal we had at Carneige. It was terrific!
Lovely anniversary celebration.
We have a great time. Lovely ambience and the food (we both had fish) was wonderful...the only thing that would be a bit of a downer was how close the tables are...in such a intimate setting...it would be nice to have some more privacy. Having said that, we would definitely be back though. It was delightful.
Good Food, Nice Setting
I was looking for a place to get away for dinner with a colleague/friend from a conference being held at Penn State. Menu on Open Table looked good, so we went. We had to go late because of the opening keynote. Location was close but demonstrably off campus. The Inn was kind of deserted, and maybe that accounts for what felt like slightly desultory service. (although we did appreciate that our server split the dumplings into two dishes without being asked.) Maybe all the guests were at the Paul McCartney concert on campus! Nevertheless, the wine list was quite decent, and we got a very nice Bordeaux. The sweet potato dumplings were luscious, and my cauliflower puree soup was tasty and autumnal. My mostly vegetarian companion had the salmon and continued to rave over the next few days. I had an exquisitely prepared pork chop. The presentation rocked. The food I would definitely return for, and it made me think that I might like to return to stay at the Carnegie House Inn if the quality of the Inn matches the restaurant.
Great dishes. Compliments to the chef
Great dishes. Compliments to the chef
Outstanding all the way around
Carnegie House is the best fine dining restaurant in the State College Area. The food is excellent and the staff goes out of their way to make your evening special. We used to love another restaurant in the area, but it has been closed for awhile. Imagine our surprise when we found out that the chef there has moved to Carnegie House. No wonder we loved the food. Before dining, you are asked if you'd like to sit in the library to enjoy a drink and complimentary hors-d'oeuvres. We enjoy this option even if it just the two of us so we can unwind from the day and enjoy an excellent glass of wine while sitting in the comfortable library. The menus are lit so as our eyes are getting a bit older, the menu is very easy to read. There are a lot of different foods to select from in a variety of categories. We enjoy pairing wine with our food, and the wine list did not disappoint. Thank you for a wonderful evening. We will return next football season for at least one dinner....unfortunately Carnegie House is a bit too pricey for us to have dinner there more than one or two times a year, but when we do, it is well worth it.
Great experience and a new chef
Carnegie has a new chef and it shows. Ingredient combinations are very creative. Nicely presented on plates and each and every course we had was superb. Only disappointment was finding they no longer let you linger in the living room and place your food order from there, only moving the dining room when the first course is ready. Apparently too many hurried diners who felt that slowed the process. Would be nice though to offer this on request as it truly sets this dining experience apart from anything else offered in town. But anyway, nice job chef!
Everything was top notch at this lovely, intimate restaurant. We were greeted promptly, and we were asked if we wanted to sit in the library by the fire to have a drink first. We would have loved to since the atmosphere was so inviting but we were very hungry and decided to be seated for dinner. Service was efficient and attentive, and we were delighted to be given a menu which was illuminated…so easy to read! The food was perfection, generous portions, and beautifully presented. We did not have dessert but everything sounded so tempting. We have eaten in many top New York restaurants and the Carnegie House can hold their own against any of them. Meal was expensive but worth it. 5 stars!
Great new chef at Carnegie!
Very impressed that the Carnegie has a new chef and new vibrance....wonderful menu, great attention to detail. Thanks to the management and owners for doing the right thing and improving the property and staff. Strongly recommended.
Once again, outstanding evening
From the moment Carnegie House manager greeted us in the lobby, to the moment Dawn, wished us farewell, everything was perfect. Wine selection was excellent and the dinner amazing. Our favorite dining spot in State College and our 6 dining guests for the evening all agreed.
Outstanding food and the setting was bea ...
Outstanding food and the setting was beautiful. Ate outside and our server was excellent.
Warm and welcoming dining experience begins fireside in the library and continues through dinner in the quiet dining room. Varied menu and wine list. Pricey by State College standards, but a welcome alternative to the standard fast food dining options in the area.
The new chef is great.... the service outstanding.
We remember the chef from Zola's. So happy he is now at Carnegie House. Lovely experience where service has always been top notch. Dawn is exceptional and we have always appreciated her recommendations from the menu and wine selections. Our favorite place to dine and stay in State College.
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