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
We found this restaurant, through Open T ...
We found this restaurant, through Open Table, while visiting State College. We wanted something special and we weren't disappointed. We happened upon Carnegie's when they weren't very busy so wait staff were very attentive - but not overly so. The dining room is small and I can imagine, when it is full, it being quite noisy. There is also outside seating available when weather permits.
When we arrived we were offered an opportunity to have drinks in the library, out on the deck or proceed directly to our table. We chose the library which was very comfortable. They had a good bourbon list, including Blanton's, which I had.
Once seated at our table the adventure began. I had strawberry salad and salmon while my wife had brie salad and steak. Dare I say that I enjoyed probably the best salad and salmon I've ever eaten - anywhere!? The salad included mixed greens, strawberries, nuts, gorgonzola bits and strawberry vinaigrette. The salmon was potato encrusted and served in beurre blanc sauce. Normally when I see potato encrusting I think a type of flour made from dried potatoes. Rather this was made from small, very thin sliced potato medallions which when cooked were crisp but not crunchy. My wife was equally ecstatic about her meal.
We usually go to State College annually and this will be a regular stop! Highly recommended.
Because any critique is often heard as a ...
Because any critique is often heard as a criticism, let me start by saying that the food at the Carnegie Inn and Spa is remarkable. As a San Francisco-based foodie and oenophile, I don't offer those words lightly. Chef Kendeffy's compositions were delicious, using items grown from his garden and locally procured, with a flair that Central Pennsylvania should truly enjoy as a gem. Our appetizers (foie gras and tuna tartar) rivaled something prepared by Michael Mina, the salads (particularly the beet and goat cheese) were delectable, and the entrees were mouth-watering -- one better than the next. The creme brulee was very good, but the homemade strawberry and cardamon gelato was out of this world! (As a coffee snob -- i.e., one who roasts his own beans -- the coffee was also quite good.)
I brought my own wines, but reviewed their wine list thoroughly. With a Bay Area eye, it seemed expensive, but probably not for Central Pennsylvania. Importantly, the selection was adequate.
My critique relates to service. Mostly, the service was adequate, but a little underwhelming, in contrast to the amazing fare. But there were some modest failures. For example, one server regularly walked through the dining room as if he were on a speed-walking hike. And as someone who appreciates their wine and the wine experience (including fine stemware), I was appalled at the wine glasses they brought for my Seasmoke. (Ultimately, the glasses provided for the dinner table were MUCH nicer.) Finally, the assistant server managed to knock something over, not once, not twice, but three times between pre-dinner drinks and our server taking our orders.
Again, the overall experience was quite good, and the food was remarkable (comparable, actually, to some of the Bay Area's best restaurants). With some attention to the service, this dining experience would receive my highest possible rating (from someone who rarely gives that top rating).
I strongly recommend it to my foodie friends!
Friends recommended this restaurant sinc ...
Friends recommended this restaurant since we were unfamiliar with the area. As soon as we entered, we knew this was going to be a great experience. We had drinks by the fireplace. Then we had dinner on the patio. It overlooked the 17th green of the golf course. The chef's garden was only a few steps away. Our server was very professional and sociable. The food was outstanding. For appetizers we had quail pate and baked oysters. For main courses we had braised short ribs and roasted squab. Desserts were profiteroles and peaches and cream cake.
A/C wasn't working, leaving a sticky tem ...
A/C wasn't working, leaving a sticky temperature over 80°. Service was very inattentive and food was average, particularly relative to the Carnegie's lofty prices. Expected a first-class experience, but got something considerably less.
The high end restraurant at state colleg ...
The high end restraurant at state college which is good for speculation date or memory moment.
Good music , lamb chop is cooked just right , soft and juicy, but the quantity is too much to cover the cost. Need to be dressed up, it is the place you would not to forget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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