About Carnegie House Restaurant
State College, PA 16803
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 - 9:00 pm
Sun - Closed
$31 to $50
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Our culinary and service professionals will work with you to create a legendary experience.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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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
Romantic & Upscale Dining! Relaxing amb ...
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.
We had a lovely anniversary dinner exper ...
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 birthda ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Beautiful place with excellent food! We ...
Beautiful place with excellent food! We were treated to a drink and hors d'oeuvre in their library when we arrived. We tried the mushroom soup, which was fantastic, as were our meals of bacon wrapped cod and crab cakes. We would defnitely return for another try!
The Carnegie experience is always a good ...
The Carnegie experience is always a good one. Sometimes it can be a miss depending on the experience of your server. On this occasion it was quite good since we had a very attentive person managing our table. The food was excellent from appetizers, entrees to deserts.
One negative was the host who seemed bothered the night we were there except for anything he was doing. Upon arrival when I asked him if he could chill a bottle of wine we brought he commented, "I can't take that now, but you can give it to your server." Ouch! Not the reception I expected, but maybe an off night.
My wife and I were disappointed in our d ...
My wife and I were disappointed in our dinner for the first time in many years of celebrating our anniversary at Carnegie House. My wife started with a salad which she found to be very good. At her request the kitchen added some candied walnuts to her salad. I started with a cream of mushroom soup that was flavorful but rather thin in consistency. The main problem was our entrees. We both chose a veal chop special described as being stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese and served medium rare. What we got were two beautiful rib chops that were so undercooked that they were difficult to cut and nearly impossible to chew. The cheese stuffing was barely soft and there was no prosciutto visible.
Our server was attentive and pleasant but clearly inexperienced. We received no bread until we requested it after we had finished our first courses.
Great food, atrocious service. Preten ...
Great food, atrocious service. Pretentious and lacking any sense of 'the dining guest should be respected'. 7:30 dinner reservation, not seated until 9(left to languish at a dirty cocktail table) service not completed until almost 11. no clue as to what was wrong, others around us who arrived after us were fed before we were. 3 out of 4 entrees were delivered as ordered, no water service, etc., etc., etc. Bill was incorrect. Excuses but no apologies.
The food was good but was overpriced for ...
The food was good but was overpriced for the portion size. For example, to pay almost $30 and get 3 scallops on an entree seems excessive. 3 oysters for an appetizer at $15 is another example. While very good not a good value. In addition the champagne and white wines were both served warm. At $12 to $15 per glass. In a small room with 5 tables of couples was nice and intimate. Unfortunately 5 older men sat in the middle of the room and spoke so loud you couldn't talk at your table. Finally, the service was poor. We had a 9pm reservation yet waited 15-20 mins between the courses and received our wine order after we finished our entrees. Sad for such a nice place with great foot. Staffing is a real issue. If you want to charge high prices, higher staff.
Exceptional food and service. A place fo ...
Exceptional food and service. A place for special occasions and a date. Pricey for casual dining but you need to pay for the flavors of the food and the environment. The only caveat is: if one is eating outside, which was great when it was early, the lighting is not the best later. Consequently, later in the evening, I couldn't see the food that I was eating. I should have asked for another candle; I am sure it would had been provided. I would certainly return.
Prime Spot in State College. We have be ...
Prime Spot in State College.
We have been celebrating my daughter's 20th birthday in the restaurant. Currently she is studying at Penn State. Frankly we have been afraid not being able to find an appropriate nice place with good food. However, we have been and are still very impressed with the Carnegie House. Excellent service, superb ambience, and great food. Specifically the lounge, sitting down before dinner and winding down was a real treat.
When again in State College, we definitely will go back.
Amazing! Very relaxing. Started with win ...
Amazing! Very relaxing. Started with wine and a complimentary appetizer in the library. Waiter was very knowledgable about their food and wine. Attentive service and great food. Nice and quiet ambiance too. Just what we needed. We I'll return for sure! Perfect evening!
Service was atrocious. Reservation was f ...
Service was atrocious. Reservation was for 7:00 PM. Sat until 7:20 before our drink order was taken. Was told we would receive a complimentary hors d'oeuvre while we waited, but did not. Service after we were seated was very slow and disjointed. Had feeling the staff could have cared less whether we were there or not. It was our 47th wedding anniversary. My wife cried. The evening was a very expensive disappointment. The food was very good, but was overshadowed by the terrible service. We could have been served Spam and we would not have been any less disappointed. Will we return? Probably not.
My wife and I dined with our daughter. ...
My wife and I dined with our daughter. The beets and goat cheese and warm brie salads and bean soup were excellent. The black truffle mac & cheese did not have much (any) truffle flavor. The main courses Halibut, Poulet Rouge and Scottish Salmon. The service and the ambiance were superb as well.
The Carnegie House is a lovely Inn and a ...
The Carnegie House is a lovely Inn and a quiet, small restaurant. From the moment we arrived things felt very disorganized and were lacking in the comfortable customer service we expected. We arrived on time but were told our table was not ready. The woman who met us seemed a bit frenzied. I told her that I had called that afternoon to inquire about attire but reached a voice mail. My message was never returned. We were escorted into the bar/library for drinks while waiting for our table. A woman took our order but then seemed to forget about us for 20 minutes, even though the place was not busy. The food was good but the service was lacking all around. Won't return.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Carnegie inn a ...
We thoroughly enjoyed the Carnegie inn and spa. We stayed overnight and enjoyed dinner and breakfast at the restaurant. The food was very good. We had the halibut and the squab and both were excellent. The wine list was very reasonable. The service and patio setting were lovely. I would definitely go back
Overall very good. Service was attentive ...
Overall very good. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Good cocktails, and complimentary appetizers. Our server did not tell us about the daily specials. Nice ambiance. Warm brie salad was underwhelming. Entrees (salmon, filet mignon) were well prepared, with nice presentation.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the fan ...
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic food and excellent service at the Carnegie House.
However, there was a common consensus with all the tables in the dining room, IT WAS TOO HOT!
Prior to our visit I had read other reviews stating this same annoyance but still we wanted to try the Carnegie House as the food was highly recommended.
In this respect we were not disappointed. Indeed, the food was very good. Ditto for the service. Top notch.
The lack of ANY air movement and the high temperature in the dining room cut our visit short.
It was a blessing when the kitchen door swung open and closed as that was the only (albeit brief) reprieve from the stagnant muggy air..
I would be inclined to frequent this establishment more if they had air conditioning or fans or something to escape the heat!
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.
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