Grace at the Carnegie

4.8
633 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Grace Restaurant at the Carnegie Inn has been awarded for 10 consecutive years by State College Magazine the Best Fine Dining Restaurant and Best Romantic Restaurant!

As you enter the dining room through the French doors from the library, a feeling of warmth and elegance beckons you to enjoy leisurely modern trending 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. Servers are attentive in providing for the needs of the guests who dine on trend-setting 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.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KimH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! It was a very special occasion. Food is a bit pricey. But for this special occasion it was worth it! Our server was great! She was very attentive. Food was very good and desserts were outstanding! The "apple" is amazing!!!

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DavidK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul Kendeffy and Chris Hollobaugh have done it again!

Everything I had was superb, but the real winners tonight were the wild mushroom risotto and the lamb wellington. My immediate impression was that the apple dessert is probably the crown jewel of the desert menu, but I wound up going with the chocolate tart instead. I don't even normally like fruit with my chocolate, but honestly I couldn't think of any way to possibly improve that dish even if I wanted to. It was really great.

The vegetables in the salads were succulent and, from my taste, fresh. I think they're grown locally. The chilled lobster salad was also very good, but don't be afraid to add a little more pepper if the server offers it.

On that note, the wait staff was also phenomenal (Toni also was an excellent server). The food and service were timed perfectly.

The only nit I have is that I wish they didn't serve seaweed with the oysters. I get that it's fragrant and adds to the presentation of the dish, but I personally don't like inedible, decorative components on my plate. That said, that's more personal preference than anything (and I still order these every time I go).

If you're on the fence, this is the place to go in State College for fine dining.

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vipStephenS
London
40 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I have been in town and had a meal here.
This stands up to the best restaurants in any big city.
Worth a visit and I will return.

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vipJudyK
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling to centre county for genealogy research. Looking for a great dining experience after a busy week. Grace exceeded our expectations. Service and food were outstanding!

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vipMisskitty
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious salad and entree. Excellent service, once again, from Dawn.
So nice to see the library is once again available for pre dinner enjoyment.

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Sharon
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Find a caterpillar on my salad and feel bad about that. May be more professional in the future

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vipCatherineM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in State College! Great food, service and ambience!

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vipRGinTally
Tallahassee
99 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance for a special occasion. When weather permits there is outdoor dining on a lovely patio overlooking a beautiful garden. Local residents are lucky to live near such a fine restaurant.

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catsmccoy
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress Cheryl was the highlight of the experience. Fun, attentive, flexible. The food was good. No complaints. For the price, I'd like to see fewer words that need explaining and more creativity and differentiation from other nice restaurants. I can get a salad with walnuts and cheese at any restaurant now days. While good, not different. The fish was good, the lamb apparently very good per my friend. The portions were just right. The desserts ... Cheesecake dressed up like an apple was really fun and delicious. The chocolate ganache totre equally delicious. Ice cream per my friend was ok, far south of the Creamery in his opinion. We each had appy, salad, main course, desert, and a beer. $360 including tip. Again, Cheryl was great! Ask for her if you should venture over. Recommended and one of the better places in State College. The grounds are lovely by the way...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor patio overlooking the fire pit and golf green. Will definitely enjoy this lively space again.

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AliciaS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Starting in the library really makes the dinner an event, I hope you go back to that.

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DianeS
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Interesting and disappointing. Beautiful and quiet dining room. The food was yummy. We frequent expensive romantic restaurants, but the price of our preferred bottle of wine was ridiculous. It's $13 at LCB, $25 at our usual higher end restaurant but was $65 at Grace!!! Our waitress was unusual. Service was ok.

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JamieC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ALWAYS enjoy our meals here! Its a great date night that's not far away!

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bahbah814
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top shelf. Nice presentation of dishes. More expensive, but very good value to other restaurants in immediate area. We’ll return.

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JackiH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was excellent. Our server was very pleasant and took the time to check on some things for us.

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vipMisskitty
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service from Dawn. She is always very professional and helpful.
Somewhat disappointed in menu choices, but tried new dishes that we enjoyed.
Appreciate that Toni and Dawn remember our wine preferences.
It was another nice evening at your restaurant.

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vipmichellem
Orlando
138 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have dined at Grace pre-Covid, first time back since opening up. In the past, cocktails were served in the library. It was a nice room to relax prior to moving in to the dining room. They are now using the library for dining which does not allow for a cocktail in that area. There are other alcoves which would work across the entry way if you so desire. The restaurant was packed, tables were turned over which is nice to see. Our meals from oysters on the half shell to soup and salmon and the pasta entrees were delicious. The only negative, we were seated in the library and our table was close to another, such that we could hear their conversation. In the past,!that would not occur. I did request dining room seating but I am assuming too full to accommodate. We will return but again request dining room early enough to be seated there

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We had two very nice bottles of wine we brought to enjoy with dinner. I think they didn’t like that and it showed. They wouldn’t decant the bottles, opened them away from the table, and then set the bottles on the table and left - we had to pour our own wine. The worst part - they charged a $45 PER BOTTLE corkage fee. The courses were served faster than you’d expect at a fine dining restaurant. Not sure we’d return in the future.

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Becca
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely atmosphere, finer food than anywhere else in state college

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JamesC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and nice menu and excellent service.

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MBZk
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great use of library area. Chef is spot on!

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BobN
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fine dining in State College. Outdoor seating and fire pit were available with a smores option but weather kept us inside. Beautiful location, great food, great service.

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vipmarkD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food. Good wine list. Excellent wait staff.

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JoeH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food in an upscale atmosphere. Prices are not cheap but the food is delicious.

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Bwayfish
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal!
Excellent food!
Great service!!
First time there so obviously good impression and will definitely return!!

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vipnancyike
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extraordinary restaurant and the best in State College.

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vipSheila
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most exquisite meal in a lovely dining room. Service was exceptional and our meal was out of this world. Very highly recommend. Perfection.

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vipMegR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Girls’ getaway weekend.

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vipVictor
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining

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DottieG
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have had dinner at Grace Restaurant at the Carnegie House numerous times over the past several years and have always had outstanding food and service. We highly recommend it. It is always a wonderful experience

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JoanneS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Will definitely return when celebrating a special occasion. Was somewhat overpriced for first and second courses as well as desserts.

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Sketchnewton
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeting right as we walked through the front door until we left at the end of the evening, everyone on staff was incredibly attentive and friendly. We showed up early to enjoy a cocktail by the fire pit before dinner. All the food and drinks were excellently prepared and our server was very knowledgeable about the entire menu. Will definitely return.

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BrookeM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to go to Grace every time I come to visit my daughter at Penn State. Always a treat! I brought her roommates last night and we had a great time. Food was delicious as always.

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ftkdrn
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, on the expensive side, but worth it for our special ocassion.

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MargaretL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Graduation celebration

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KathyR
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting to celebrate my son’s college graduation. Wonderful service and desserts.

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FRANKS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding part of our trip to penn state

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RiggsG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best venue for that special evening. My only complaint was the too small but tasty oysters.

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vipLoveFood
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Grace is our favorite restaurant in the area for special occasions. Wonderful setting and decor -- perfect for an intimate evening or celebration. Food is outstanding and well-presented, though certain entrees could be improved (e.g., overcooked halibut). Service is professional, though could use more than one server on a weekday evening.

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vipSarahS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always head here for a special meal with my husband when we come to State College to do Penn State activities. Food is exceptional with a variety of high quality selections. Wine list is wonderful. Staff is always exceptional.

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Grace at the Carnegie is rated 4.8 stars by 633 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.