Allen Street Grill

4.8
160 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 160 people are saying
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4.8
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4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMimi
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
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 5 days ago
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
73 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in 25 years and it did not disappoint. Love the new menu!

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vipMauriceR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to find top notch food and service. Other than American Ale House this is the best choice in State College.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Chad was amazing! He was personable and very knowledgeable. We went for birthday, and it was so special. Loved the remodel, and the food was fantastic.

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GaryM
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very loud laughter from a close- by table. Otherwise fine. Like the new look

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BunnyBerlin
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It seemed both kitchen and staff were a little overwhelmed with a very busy night.

The level of noise where we were seated made conversation challenging.

I usually love the food here & will keep coming back, but last night was not the best outing.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Fun and excellent service.

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DanielleK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at ASG. They have recently renovated and have a new chef. All improvements were done well and the food was excellent. I would recommend.

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vipMisskitty
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very noisy. Distracting from overall dining experience.
Good chicken dish.

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DrFinance
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great evening at The Allen Street Grill. It was our first visit since the remodel and post COVID (the staff was still masked). The interior is lighter and brighter and we were fortunate to be seated on a window (I requested that through the Open Table app). Table set was pretty - new flatware ad napkin presentation is an upgrade. My husband enjoyed his Canadian whiskey flight and tied some new things. The food was outstanding for 2 of us but we were disappointed that a few things including the wine I ordered after the first glass were not available. The Surf & Turf burger was overdone despite being ordered medium (they don't allow a medium-rare request and the server suggested medium). The prices were higher than expected but we are happy to support a locally owned property more generously these days. The server (Jadot?) was very nice and welcoming but he spoke very fast and submitted our dessert order incorrectly. Again, these were smaller misses in the overall scheme of things and we will look forward to going back again and again!

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RosalieD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kate, our server, made a very good meal even better. The gazpacho and halibut were exceptional.

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vipTracyN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience! The restaurant was recommended by our server at their sister location downstairs. he tried to make a reservation for us but they were booked. A few minutes later, the hostess CALLED ME to say they had a cancellation if we were still interested. Wow! What great service!

Our server, Chad, was awesome. He thoroughly knew the menu as well as the cocktails and wine and his suggestions were spot on. The buratta appetizer was to die for. The cucumber gazpacho was very unique and quite possibly my new favorite thing! The halibut was outstanding! Chad has complete respect for Chef Karen and described her dishes perfectly. It was definitely the highlight of our spontaneous trip to State College. We will come back just to dine again!

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JoshuaK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great restaurant for foodies and the casual dinner. Love the ambiance.

BJ
BethJ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The trout and beverages were delicious. Our waiter, Kip, was very good. ASG is our go to place.

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MichaelT
Pinehurst
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner here. Our server, Jadot, was exceptional. Very well trained and gave us a wonderful wine recommendation to pair with our meals. Everything tasted super fresh and each course was really well done.

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gremlin42069
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had the loveliest dinner with my partner.

all the food was delicious - best meal I had in ages.

would recommend your guys's joint to anyone (:

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294Pantops
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Continue to believe it's the best dining in town and hoping it raises the bar for others. It's what a great college town should offer. But more than one restaurant of this quality and vibe would be nice to find in State College.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic as always. Got to sit in the glass enclosure looking up the campus elm mall. Food has dramatically become upscale and superb.

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DrewS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere! A must attend for a visit to State College.

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DanD
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new owners have done an amazing job making the restaurant fresh while keeping the charm it used to have. Outstanding!

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LaurenS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious as usual

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really load on the porch but right on Beaver so the view is nice.

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Sadjunk
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night. Everything was perfect. We’ll definitely be back.

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vipstraponthefeedbag
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of 2021 and I travel for work all the time. Amazing staff. Amazing food. Can’t miss dinner if you’re looking for a good meal in state college

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ChrisC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new menu and love the decor. Well done by the new owners!

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JanW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at Allen Street Grill very much. The presentation of our food was excellent. The food itself was also excellent. Our group started with the sweet potato hummus, served with thin crispy chips, which was delicious! Two of us ordered the steel head trout. One of us ordered the scallops served with polenta. The fourth person ordered the mahi mahi crowder which contained large pieces of fish.

We would definitely return to the Allen Street Grill.

KW
KWOL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous! Thank you so much!

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JohnZ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! The environment is clean and very pleasant. Our waitress, Kate, is absolutely the best. She is an expert in recommending drinks and food.

The manager, Becky, always makes our dining so pleasurable.

We can’t say enough about the chef and the food. Take some chances with the plates, my wife had the steelhead trout and she still talks about it every day.

The grill calamari is amazing.

The Mahi-mahi is also outstanding.

We can’t wait to go back and try something new.

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Jill
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the renovated ASG! Food and cocktail menu are both great and service is excellent.

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EllenL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, great ambiance and service. Love the location!

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vipLisaT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Sadik, was amazing. He was very attentive, gave good food recommendations and gave us an overall excellent experience. We tried 4 entrees, and all 4 were delicious. The steak and the gnocchi were outstanding, I highly recommend them.

JB
JeannineB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner. Our servers were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the restaurant/building’s long history. We were seated next to the window with a beautiful view of the campus. Highly recommend the grilled calamari and the salad with watermelon beets. Outstanding.

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Sarah
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine, and service. I can’t wait to go back!

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Rarelydine
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expensive for small portions

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294Pantops
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were wowed on our first visit, but a little less enchanted the second time around. It's still one of the better places to eat in town. But when you order a baby kale salad because you loved it the first time, and the salad you're brought the second time has baby spinach and arugula, but no kale, and no one bothers to explain why or provide you the option of ordering something else, you start to lose faith. We were late diners on our second visit, snagging one of the last seatings. I'm willing to assume that might explain the salad snafu and the overcooked linguine, partly because the cocktails remain remarkable and the companions who joined us were as delightful as they always are. But please don't drop the ball so early in your new season ASG. We'll be with you all the way, but only if you remain committed to the excellence we witnessed on our first visit. May the third time be charmed.

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 160 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.