Allen Street Grill

4.8
93 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 93 people are saying
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4.9
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexR
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chad was a great server and the food was top notch! Love the streamlined and delicious menu.

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BarbaraW
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and our meal were excellent. The view of College Avenue and campus is wonderful. Nice wine list.

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SusanR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fastest service I’ve EVER experienced at a nice restaurant.

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MikeK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was disappointing, especially since we had hoped it would get better with new management. Very expensive, portions too small, quality just average, especially relative to the price.

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Kate
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious evening out at Allen Street Grill. We had a variety of appetizers and entrees and every one was very tasty and creative. The menu choices and preparation are far better than under previous ownership.

In a small town with very few finer dining options, the latest version of The Allen Street Grill is a welcome addition. We will definitely return.

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vipsunshine
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I will be sending the restaurant a letter about their outrageous policy or the fact that meals are not cooked to order?

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294Pantops
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal we've had in a State College restaurant in 13 years. Nothing to criticize about the food, the drinks, or the service, all of which were spot on. Please go and go often. It's the kind of casual sophistication our community needs in its dining repertoire and that a great college town should expect from itself. It may inspire other restauranteurs to follow suit. Or so we hope.

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JosephK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice up to date menu
Great service
Nice wine list with great selection options

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GaryandLisa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at the new ASG is on point! Slowly and steadily, I am making my way through trying one of everything on the menu. The new Burrata option is amazing. I thought pickled strawberries sounded questionable...and they turned out to be an amazing complement to the burrata and the peas!!!!

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vipdapper
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My first visit since new owner, menu, and decor. The food and service were excellent. There was a large group nearby and it was loud. The decor may also contribute to the noise as the floor is hard and bare. But it is hard to beat the view of So. Allen St. I would highly recommend.

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Ciderfan
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an amazing experience when we dine at ASG. I wish the menu was more expanded and offered of a few more entrées. Service and quality of food is always excellent.

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shirley
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I made the reservation on line and did not specify seating. Did think that the Hight top table was very comfortable and very out of the way I really wanted to see the new decor. Next time I will know better

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Allen St Grill ...Downtown dining at it’s best !

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JillP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating staff-great service, delicious food creatively prepared & perfect signature cocktails.

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vipJeffL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Headed to PSU for an Easter visit with family and I’m glad we chose Allen Street Grill for dinner. The place is beautifully decorated and overlooks the Old Main. We shared several apps which were all delicious. The cocktails were superbly crafted. The menu choices are limited but that doesn’t matter since you will like anything you choose. The service was very attentive and professional. I highly recommend for your next occasion.

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vipLuciR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really surprised at amazing food quality. From our greeting to the drinks to dinner. Allen Street over delivered. This was pur 2nd tune here and we’ll be back!

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vipTheresaB
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entrees were beyond delicious and the portions are more in line with the price point. The wine list seems to have more appeal now - thank you!
Still wishing for a salad variety of some sort, although the kale salad was good and could be a shared app.
Our waiter was a repeat and he knocked it out of the park! Best hire.... value him as he made our night special, remembering details about our family.
We definitely sensed more of a groove and comfort from the staff as well as pride in making sure our everyday dining was a bit special.
Great dinner all around.

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JosephD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular service and great food. Foodie type place with great flavors on a smaller but varied menu. Entree size is perfect and deserts were out of this world

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LisaA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious

JD
JonD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back! A much fresher vibe with the renovations.

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StaceyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting our son at PSU and brought him and his 2 friends here for dinner. The food was outstanding from start to finish. The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. We will definitely be coming back!

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LAJfries
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot recommend Allen Street Grill enough! The service, food and cocktails are impeccable. It's a historic and iconic landmark with the best view in town...overlooking College Ave and Allen Street in beautiful Downtown State College!

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LaurenS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice evening out. Food, service, ambiance. It was all really pretty perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both EXCELLENT Nice to see that an iconic landmark has been lovingly restored! Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had in state college. Very good service

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vipSBT5
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great, the malt sauce in the steak was divine

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BeverlyB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was good. Food was just OK, fairly bland. Over priced for what it was.

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vipSunnySIC
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun to go on Burger and Whiskey Wednesdays. So much food! Very Good. Service is always excellent - friendly, efficient. The manager visits the table. View from the dining area overlooks the town and campus.

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LizZ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outrageously delicious sea scallops and the most gracious waiter we've ever had.

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Abby
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu! Excellent food, drinks and service.

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RichS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had a great time here at this classic State College location. Perfect place to introduce someone to Happy Valley

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JohnZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drink was excellent.

This is a place we will frequent.

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vipFritz
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great few (always!), good service, attentive management, good location - best spot on State College.

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Excellent meals, nice atmosphere.

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kerryB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flight of wine, appetizers and outstanding service and atmosphere - throughly enjoyable AND a must return to spot in beautiful downtown state college

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DanielS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

way too long from order to table. Some were overcooked and other under cooked

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LarryM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the remodeled Allen Street Grill last night! We started with 2 very nicely crafted cocktails and the grilled calamari appetizer, which was amazing. My Bone-in Ribeye was cooked perfectly, it was very flavorful. My wife's salmon was amazing and served with a spaghetti squash crepe. We loved that the food was not only flavorful but unique with local sourcing.

I think the Chef has created a great menu that utilizes the best ingredients. If you are looking for a great dinner in a clean, Covid responsible establishment, I recommend the Allen Street Grill!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Allen St Grill for my mother’s birthday. Experience was wonderful. There is a wonderful ambiance here. We had a great table overlooking College Ave. Food and drinks were wonderful. Service was top notch. Newer owners have done great things here. Would highly recommend for any occasion and will certainly be back

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LisaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service from Tommy! It was so nice to be out for the first time in a year, and wow, the new Allen Street Grill is a treasured fine dining option that is sorely needed in Happy Valley. Thank you for the elevated experience and cuisine.

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HersheyGuests
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and view of PSU! WE ARE fans of this restaurant!

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 93 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.