Allen Street Grill

4.8
195 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located in the heart of downtown State College, our newly restored space offers an honest, no-fuss menu featuring modern American cooking. The bar program features classics-inspired craft cocktails and a thoughtfully curated biodynamic wine list including plentiful wines by the glass.

Located on the second floor of Hotel State College, an iconic corner of hospitality in the community, the Grill has offered the community and alumni one of the grandest views of town and Penn State through floor-to-ceiling windows for more than 40 years. Thoughtfully restored and reimagined by new owners, Chef Karen Nicolas and the team set out to re-establish the Allen Street Grill as the epicenter of the downtown dining scene with a focus on local, quality ingredients and great hospitality.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 195 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipVanessa
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our waiter was excellent! Our new favorite restaurant in State College.

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NittanyGirl
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Will definitely return to this restaurant.

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JayAre
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, atmosphere and service were also top notch, can’t wait to come back!

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vipsteves
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to try everything on the menu!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Healthy and tasty. Excellent service. Enjoyed

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KellieB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The newly remodeled restaurant and new menu were excellent. Our meals were delicious and the service was excellent as well.

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SauceyGal
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening at the ASG. Cuisine was outstanding...perhaps the best in SC. Love the remodel. Chris, our waiter, was super attentive and made our experience most pleasurable.

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vipkimsnyc
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my Penn State Peeps we went to this great restaurant last night in State College loved the vibe the food the staff everything!

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DrewS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place as always.

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MarkJ
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great server and the food was very creative and delicious. The kitchen accommodated one of our table members who is vegan.

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manhoffj
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, the best dining in State College.

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vipTO1221
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Never felt rushed and was able to relax and enjoy the view and the ambiance of the room!

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AliciaS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. So glad to find another local restaurant with an actual chef in the kitchen. I’d love to see more gluten free options.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! Server was delightful and you could feel the love, both in the food and from the wait staff and managers. Highly recommend!

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GaryM
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good upgrade on both the room and the menu

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vipGregD
Pittsburgh
85 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great stop in State College. We were in town before a morning flight and decided to visit Allen Street Grill since I hadn't been there for a few years. What an amazing surprise. Becky, our hostess gave us a rundown on the change in ownership, renovations and amazing new chef. Kate, our server was friendly, efficient and helpful. Our meals were top notch starting with a pan seared calamari appetizer. My wife had the Osso Bucco and I had the halibut. Outstanding preparation and creative accompaniments for both. Nice bottle of reasonably priced Truchard cabernet rounded our a great experience. If you've never been there or haven't since the change in ownership I would highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter - Kip - handled a very busy night (Arts Fest) extremely well. Great work all around.

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Richard
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Sadik was excellent. The food, environment and service could not have been better.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, fabulous food, variety of wines and cocktails, wonderful and knowledgeable staff. A favorite local gem!

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TinaH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Allen Street Grille is under new ownership. The menu changes but is always incredible. The service is top notch. Once they get to know you, they call you by name and remember your preferences. Excellent food and high quality staff!

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RogerG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kip was attentive, informative and engaging. His recommendations for apps and meals were spot on! We enjoyed a great meal at a great place!

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IRWWestfield
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server was great and the food was great . The problem is it is way too expensive and the portions are small. Wines by the glass average. Cocktails perfect. I’d go back because it’s the only game in town.

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Yashka
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The service was a little chaotic but the food was great. The air-conditioning was very cold in the corner where we sat.

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MikeT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone and everything was great. Great wine list.

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NancyP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third time eating here and it’s always been wonderful. Great ambiance overlooking downtown State College, excellent service and delicious food. It’s truly fine dining!

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ChrisA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service both super. Great views of Old Main. Fairly limited menu but the steelhead and lamb bolognese were delicious. Reasonable prices for a high quality meal.

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CherylG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic in every way.
WHAT A GLORIOUS IMPROVEMENT!

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LisaC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner selections and cocktails were delicious and innovative! We are excited to have fresh and modern eyes and ideas at the Allen Street Grill! Way to go!

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Steven
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale food / Great venue and views / Excellent Service

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vipMimi
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! Halibut, steelhead trout, chicken, MUSHROOM BREAD PUDDING (wow, yum!), mushroom soup, arugula salad, and the chocolate dessert. The ingredients are wonderful and fresh, and the preparations are traditional with an interesting twist. The service is very nice.
The wine list is a real treat too. It’s reasonably priced and has interesting things I haven’t seen at the state store. Didn’t have cocktails this time, but we’ll be back.
This is our new “wow the food at this place would do well in New York City” restaurant.

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manhoffj
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to the new owners, chef and team who have made this a dining destination. There’s not a bad seat in the house, the service is top notch, and the food is outstanding. Glad to have a downtown restaurant again that can be recommended for fine dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and waiter!

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vipVanessa
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and the food was wonderful!

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DempseyD
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated us quickly and were very attentive and kind. 11/10

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vipMimi
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Starters, entrees, desserts, and drinks were all excellent. Great ingredients and classic preparations with a modern, delicious and satisfying twist. Service was very pleasant and very professional. A new favorite for us.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and service however on both nights we felt
Rushed as they make you put your entire order

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vipVanessa
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress and servers were wonderful. The food came out hot and quickly. I ordered the baby kale salad and mushroom soup and they were both delicious. I also had a small order of pasta with seared scallops. The flavor was nice, but the scallops were slightly over cooked. My husband had a seafood risotto dish that had an overpowering amount of lemon. We loved to new decor and new menu. We will be back!

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal we've had at ASG has been fantastic from start to finish. The space is bright and modern, the staff is awesome, and the food is creative and freaking DELICIOUS. It's definitely one of our favorite go-tos for special occasions.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the view I wanted ( overlooking College Ave)
I got to taste the wine before I ordered it.
I had a wonderful meal with great service.

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MissMia
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor, food/menu, wine/wine list, and service were excellent. I'm excited to go back and explore more of the menu and wines. The view from our table was precious.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Allen Street Grill using the Order Online button. Allen Street Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (814) 231-4745.

Allen Street Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 195 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.