Federal Taphouse-State College

4.2
140 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
A modern gathering place for great American scratch cooking. 100 Beers on tap and 10 Wines on tap!! Great place to book events with large parties. Be our guest!

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 140 people are saying
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

JB
JimB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I use the Federal Taphouse for business lunches. I just restarted after Covid, and it is still great. I can make a reservation to ensure the time, and they usually aren't very busy at noon, so it is easy to have a conversation.

GB
GinnyB
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a mistake when making our reservation. We thought we were making an 11 am brunch reservation. In reality, we made an 11 pm late light reservation (when the restaurant is still open). We arrived twelve hours too early! The Assistant General Manager, Anthony McGeathey, was fantastic. Even though my husband argued with him, he was patient and considerate. He suggested we come back at noon, and he corrected my reservation. He spent a great deal of time determining what had happened. Then he simply explained it to us. He never blamed us. He even gave us a complementary appetizer. The food was delicious, the views were wonderful, and the staff (especially Anthony) was so helpful and caring.

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Mitch
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the experience and we would go back. Enjoyable in all regards.

LM
LMichelle
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manager took the time to walk us through the gluten free options on the menu; excellent service and atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Our eggs benedict

SW
SterlingW
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a prospective student to this restaurant. The staff were super friendly and the waitress did an excellent job. She was very patient as we could not decide what we wanted to order. The food came out delicious and in a timely fashion. It was a great experience as I was glad to show the student that Penn State and State College has much to offer.

SR
vipShanR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Ordered a buttermilk chicken sandwich and it was so over fried I couldn’t even bite into it. Waiter was so nice and took it off the bill.

SB
SamanthaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome beer selection and great service, food was average but would go back again and try something else like the pizza!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great beer selection. Food was very salty. Very.

BL
BusLawProf
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Based on the mixed reviews I have read, I was not sure what to expect. Great beer selection, but very good food as well. I had the fish tacos which were yummy. My husband loved his crab fries and brisket sandwich. This was a first-time visit for us and the couple with us and we all agreed we would return. A nice bonus is that you are up high and have a nice view of downtown (including all of the awful high rises going up in State College, but oh well...)

RP
RPSwampscott
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Yes, I would recommend the restaurant, by saying 'It's fine.' Service was excellent and beer was delicious but otherwise . . . it's fine. The aesthetic is disjointed and the bar feels disconnected from the seating area which is odd for a tap house. Not sure what the restaurant is trying to be. The big disappointment was the food. The Caesar Salad was too limp to eat and the Fried Chicken sandwich had strong overtones of burnt oil. My colleague devoured the fish tacos, however. This trip was a miss, but I'm likely to try again.

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Cyndie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated New Years there and it was wonderful food and ambiance.

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vipboca234
Miami
100 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience tonight as first time diners. We had a waiter and an assistant who were both attentive and able to answer our questions.

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loveveggies
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once the waiter realized we were his table, the service was excellent. The food came out quickly. Got the fish tacos, a mushroom pizza and calamari. We sent the calamari back because it came out cold. The tacos were very good, but the mushroom pizza was out of this world. The best pizza in town! Will go back soon!

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vipmichellem
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was not good

BW
BarbaraW
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice evening at The Federal Taphouse. Our meals included the tuna, salmon and short rib. Preparation was very nice. Service was attentive. The atmosphere was great. Quiet enough for a good conversation at the table. TVs were everywhere if you wanted to watch a game. Definitely recommend.

JB
JeffB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beer list, both on tap and in bottles. Food was delicious, service attentive. I will definitely be back.

KB
vipKBry
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I really want to love this restaurant because it has a great location and potential. However, I ordered the Kobe burger medium rare. It was so overdone when it arrived that it was at least medium well. There was not a trace of pink meat on the burger the outside was charred. It was honestly one of the worst burgers I've had in a long time, and for sure the most overdone I've can recall eating. Had I not been in a hurry, I would have sent it back. The fries were a good touch but there are far too many and between the super dry burger and the dry fries it sadly wasn't a great food experience.

LM
LillianM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made last minute reservation for brunch and it worked out great!! The restaurant was not crowed, the food was good, and it beat waiting in line at the Waffle Shop!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service5ambience1

We flew in from Chicago for the Michigan game at Penn State and booked on open table. The restaurant told you it was a buffet and required pre-payment, which for a busy football weekend made sense. What they didn’t tell you is that it was not a reservation in the restaurant, but rather in a meeting room for the hotel that was adjacent to the facility. Needless to say it was extremely disappointing and we left after 20 minutes. They proved a lot of information in the notes section of the app a lot how late you could be and how long you could stay, but failed to mention that seating would be in a hotel meeting room.

BM
vipBillM
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

They ran a special buffet in a dingy, no atmosphere room with mediocre food. Really disappointed.

J
vipJames
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Ran out of multiple items, waiting 20 minutes for drinks to arrive only to be told certain things are out. Food arrived about 1 hr after ordering. Staff appeared to be trying to help but it seems the kitchen was probably understaffed and unprepared for a game weekend. Previously had a good experience so this was unexpected. Food was mediocre at best and overpriced. They have some work to do.

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jeffk
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have to say my meal was very good. Wife said hers wasn't at all hot. Waitress was attentive, so that counts for a lot. With four of us, total was $127 before tip. Couple mixed drinks, 3 appetizers and 4 sandwiches. More than I normally am comfortable spending. But I realize some people would probably say this was a decent value. Overall, I am glad to have experienced the restaurant, but unlikely I will go back except for a very special occasion.

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Shankaty
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We've been here several times but this was probably the last. Beer list is fantastic. Food is generally OK, but they struggle with quality on a few items. "Soft" Pretzel was dry and had the consistency and taste of a stale hot dog bun. Chicken on the salad was like rubber and literally inedible. Short rib was sliced up and firm like a tough steak, rather than braised or slow-cooked which should shred. They were nice enough to offer a replacement meal for the short rib and took the chicken off the bill but only after we requested it.

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vipDavisimo
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Can't go wrong with this place. Comfort food - something for everyone. Everything was very good! As expected! Thank you!

MH
vipMaryannH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. Convenient location downtown. Hummus plate and fish taco delicious!

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tbonesteak
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun place to have dinner and or watch a game Excellent food!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The tailgate party was a joke. $38.00 for cold sausage, fake chicken, baked beans and cole slaw. Chick Fil A puts out a better meal

TB
vipTheresaB
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Federal Tap, as always for being so accommodating. In the middle of State College on football weekends and this staff and it’s management always strive to accommodate customers. The food is great and the beer selection is one of a kind.
Our favorite casual go-to spot time and time again!

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vipfoxchasefoodies
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food server was attentive and food brought out quickly. But what happened to the avocado toast? There are a hundred restaurants to choose from and I came back to this restaurant just for that. Major bummer.

AP
APFun
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This place looks nice but you pay for it. $7.50 for a kids meal and $3.25 more for milk. Then we asked for a side of sauce which was 1oz and was charged another $1.50. That’s one example. It got worse from there. If you want to charge $9 for a beer too don’t nickel and dime me. Not a good place to take your family or friends for dinner. Maybe on an expense account. Not happy.

DB
DanielB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Crab fries were good, and alcohol was also good. Just kinda expensive in my opinion. Probably wouldn't go back, food was okay.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent pizza and would definitely go back for the crab fries....Amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great and our server was awesome at making suggestions.

RM
RachelM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Beer selection is expansive. We ate at 5:30 on a Sunday (college kids not in town) so there were very few people in the restaurant. Service was good, in and out in under an hour not that we were in a hurry. Only complaint was that table was sticky but other than that, food was good and would definitely go back.

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SteakChops1
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

This was one of the worst experiences ever. Came here for the beer and was so disappointed. The waiter messed up my flight not once but twice. When I asked him he argued with me and blamed his bartenders. Did not do anything to remedy the situation. So disappointing

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Sara
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Its Dogfish Head IPA. The food was ok at best. When considering the price, not even remotely worth it. Like the food, service was ok at best. Not special and again not up to par with how much they charge. They dumped our to go creme brulee straight into a cardboard container. They could've mentioned that they didnt have a to go container for it when we ordered. Just no real thought or consideration put into anything. Which is fine except for when you're paying $130 for mediocre food. Be aware, beer at the front desk is $30 a bottle. Never coming back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Beer selection is outstanding. A good offering of PA local and other great craft brewers in the north east. The food is a bit Bar Food like, but acceptable. Fish Tacos were very good.

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Federal Taphouse-State College is rated 4.2 stars by 140 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.

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