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Welcome to The Dining Room

The Dining Room has been awarded the 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Wine Spectator’s 2016 “Best of” Award of Excellence, which are both high honors. Guests at The Nittany Lion Inn and local diners agree that The Dining Room is the top destination for fine dining in State College. With tempting lunch and dinner selections, fresh seafood buffets, and an award-winning wine list, The Dining Room at the Inn creates a fine dining experience perfect for special occasions as well as any day of the week.

A Penn State Tradition Since 1931

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 6:45 a. m. to 9 p. m., The Dining Room is the perfect on-campus spot to get together with friends or family for a delicious meal. We feature signature American dishes like our signature lobster bisque, and our second-to-none wine list–which has won Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 13 years in a row. For 2016, our wine list was recognized with Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence.

Make a reservation for The Dining Room. Or call us at 814-865-8590.

Special Dinner Events

Besides featuring excellent menu options every day of the week, we offer several dining specials. Make sure to check out The Dining Room’s popular Sunday Brunch, featuring waffles, omelets, carved meats, and much more. Our educational wine pairing dinners, Tastes of the World, are each themed to a specific wine region, and guests can learn about the cuisine and wines of these regions while they wine and dine.

We also offer call-ahead seating in one of our Writing Rooms or in the Gilpin Room. Please call 814-865-8590 for reservations.

Join us on select weekends for Sea-Fare at the Inn, a Friday night buffet showcasing a delicious variety of fresh seafood dishes.

Allergen Notations

The menus listed below have notations for allergens: DF (dairy-free); GF (gluten-free); NF (nut-free). Allergen-free menus are available in The Dining Room and Whiskers. Please let your server know of any allergens, and our chefs will prepare your meal tailored to your needs.

Our mashed potatoes contain dairy, but can be substituted with a dairy-free option. Ask your server about our daily-selected vegetable and possible allergens. Our fried foods are cooked in a fryer that may contain gluten. All rolls can be substituted with a gluten-free option.

Breakfast Menu

Open until 11 am

Starters and Sides
English Muffin or Toast
1.50
Oatmeal with Raisins & Brown Sugar
2.25
Toasted Bagel with Cream Cheese
3.25
Grilled Stickies
2.25
Fresh Fruit Cup
3.75
Fresh Seasonal Berries
6.95
Chilled Grapefruit Half
1.95
Cereal
3.00
Special K, Raisin Bran, Total, or Cheerios
Home Fries
3.00
Bacon or Sausage
4.00
One Egg Any Style
2.00
Omelets
Ham & Cheddar Cheese Omelet
8.50
Sugar cured ham with melted sharp cheddar cheese
Asparagus & Swiss Cheese Omelet
8.50
Tender asparagus & Swiss cheese
Chef’s Special Omelet
9.50
Applewood smoked bacon, Muenster cheese, chipotle cream cheese sauce, & roasted Roma tomatoes
Three Cheese Omelet
8.50
From the Griddle
Belgium Waffles
5.25 / With strawberries & whipped cream 6.50 / With caramelized bananas & pecans 7.50
French Toast
5.25 / Banana bread French Toast 6.50
Buttermilk Pancakes
Short stack 3.00 / Full stack 4.00
Blueberry Pancakes
Short Stack 4.50 / Full Stack 5.50
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Short Stack 4.50 / Full Stack 5.50
Egg Delight
Two Large Eggs
6.50
Two eggs prepared any style served with home fries & your choice of toast or English muffin
Two Large Eggs Entrée
8.50
Prepared any style & served with home fries, your choice of toast or English muffin, & bacon or country sausage links
The Inn’s Traditional Eggs Benedict
12.00
Toasted English muffin, smoked ham, soft-poached eggs, and house made Hollandaise Sauce
Cathy’s Blue Eggs
8.50
Eggs simmered in tomatoes topped with goat cheese & rosemary
Bagel Sandwich Entrée
Two eggs cooked any style with cheddar cheese on a bagel, served with home fries 8.25 / With ham or bacon 10.25
Specialties
Bagel & Smoked Salmon
12.00
Egg, red onions, cream cheese,lettuce, tomato, & capers
Chorizo Goat Cheese Quesadilla
9.50
Spicy chorizo sausage with tangy goat cheese, egg, & melted Monterey Jack cheese
Wild Mushroom & Muenster Cheese Quesadilla
9.50
Sautéed Pennsylvania wild mushrooms, Muenster cheese, & egg
Santé Fe Egg Quesadilla
9.50
A delicious combination of onions, egg, bacon, & tomato, sprinkled with cheese and serrano chilies
Biscuits & Gravy
8.75
Beverages
Coffee
2.25
Decaf & regular
Hot Tea
2.00
Regular, decaf, and herbal
Milk
1.50
Skim, 2%, and whole
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
3.75
Juice
1.85
Cranberry, grapefruit, grape, apple, tomato, V8, or pineapple
Chocolate Milk
2.00
Lunch Menu

Open from 11:30-2:00 pm

Appetizers and Soups
Chicken Quesadilla
12
Flour tortilla from Pittsburgh, PA with shredded cheddar, pepper jack blend cheese, and grilled chicken, served with Creamery sour cream, and seasonal salsa. Contains dairy and gluten; NF
Pretzels and Mustard
8
Fresh Gemelli pretzels served with seasonal cheese sauce and Sweet Heat Gourmet’s Sweet & Spicy Stout Mustard. Contains dairy and gluten. NF
Fried Whiskers
French fries 5 / sweet potato fries 7
A heaping bowl of our fresh-cut fries. Fries are made in-house in a fryer that may contain gluten. Sauces and seasonings are DF, NF. French fries served with your choice of seasoning: Cajun, Old Bay, or salt & pepper. Sweet potato fries served with Sriracha honey barbecue.
Soup du Jour
cup 5 / bowl 9
Ask your server about our ever-changing house made soup of the day. Ask your server about possible allergens.
Nittany Lion Inn Lobster Bisque
cup 7 / bowl 14
A Nittany Lion Inn tradition, our house made creamy lobster bisque is a must have. Contains dairy, gluten, shellfish. NF
Vegan Quinoa and Summer Squash Soup
cup 5 / bowl 9
Red quinoa, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, celery root, onions, kale, smoky chipotles in a rich vegetable broth. DF, GF, NF
Salads

Add chicken 5, trout 6, or steak 7 to any salad

House Salad
5
Local salad greens with tomato, cucumbers, and julienned carrots. Depending on dressing: DF, GF, NF
Traditional Caesar
half 7 / full 12
Wood bowl tossed, prepared to order with local organic eggs, fresh cracked black pepper, anchovies, and house-made croutons. Can be served GF without croutons. Contains dairy, eggs, and fish. NF
Baby Spinach and Kennett Square Mushroom Salad
half 6 / full 10
PA’s famous mushrooms served with baby spinach, sliced red onions, chopped bacon, pan fried quail eggs, and a warm bacon dressing. Can be ordered without eggs. DF, GF, NF
Fajita Steak Salad
11
Crispy flour tortilla bowl, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, pickled chilies, shredded smoked cheddar, sour cream, and marinated steak. Served with chipotle ranch. Contains dairy and gluten. NF
Chopped Salad
14
Grilled local chicken breast, romaine, watermelon radish, English cucumber, celery, chick peas, and toasted almond slices. Contains nuts. Depending on choice of dressing: DF, GF
Vegan and Vegetarian
Chickpea and Kale Stew
15
This hearty dish is thickened with cashews and filled with fresh vegetables and chickpeas. Contains cashews. DF, NF
"Caesar" Salad
half 6 / full 12
Chopped romaine hearts with vegan Gemelli croutons, and creamy “Caesar” dressing. Can be GF without croutons. Contains cashews. DF
Grilled Portabella Caprese Sandwich
15
Grilled portabello mushroom, smoked mozzarella, rip tomato, basil-garlic aioli, charred red onion, mixed greens, and balsamic reduction on a Gemelli Bakers ciabatta roll; served with sweet potato fries. Contains dairy and eggs. NF
Sandwiches
Pulled Pork
13
Slow-roasted pulled pork with green apple BBQ sauce and smoked cheddar cheese. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Crab Cake Sandwich
14
A hearty crab cake served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cajun Rémoulade. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Cuban
14
Pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, kosher dill pickles, and Herlocher’s Mustard on a pressed roll. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Chicken Salad
11
Tarragon chicken salad with grapes, apples, pecans, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion. Contains eggs and nuts. DF, GF
NLI Burger
13
Topped with Cheddar and sautéed Kennett Square mushrooms. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Bacon Cheese Burger
15
Topped with Cheddar cheese and crisp bacon. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
12
Grilled chicken breast, sautéed Kennett Square mushrooms, Goot Essa Swiss, and Sweet Heat Gourmet's Sweet & Spicy Stout Mustard. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Dinner Menu

Open 5:30 pm to 9 pm

Appetizers
Crab Cake
13
Pan seared crab cake served with wilted greens and Cajun Rémoulade. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Seared Tuna
12
Quickly seared tuna, ginger pickled carrot and fennel slaw, cucumber wasabi aioli, and cilantro oil. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Charcuterie and Local Cheese Board
16
Chef's choice of charcuterie and a local craft cheese, served with toasted Gemelli Bakers bread, Sweet Heat Gourmet's Sweet & Spicy Mustard, and pickled vegetables. Ask your server about which charcuterie pairings are GF. NF
Shrimp and Grits
12
Jump shrimp seared in garlic oil, with Andouille cheddar grits, and a charred tomato and poblano sauce. Contains shellfish and dairy. GF, NF
Wagyu Wellington
15
Pure blood wagyu and mushroom duxelle, wrapped with pastry dough, and served with caramelized fingerling potatoes, pickled carrots, and demi-glace. Contains dairy, eggs, and gluten. NF
Vegan and Vegetarian
Chickpea and Kale Stew
15
Hearty dish thickened with cashews, filled with fresh vegetables and chickpeas. Contains cashews. DF, NF
“Caesar” Salad
half 6 / full 12
Contains Cashews Chopped romaine hearts with vegan Gemelli croutons and creamy “Caesar” dressing. GF without croutons. Contains cashews. DF
Roasted Beet Pasta
14
Roasted winter beets, Fasta Ravioli Co. fresh cut pasta, crumbled feta, red onion, toasted almonds, and a balsamic reduction. Contains dairy, gluten, and nuts.
Grilled Portabella Caprese Sandwich
15
Grilled portabello mushroom, smoked mozzarella, rip tomato, basil-garlic aioli, charred red onion, mixed greens, and balsamic reduction on a Gemelli Bakers ciabatta roll; served with sweet potato fries. Contains dairy and eggs. NF
Farro and Marinated Fennel Salad
half 7 / full 14
Farro, chili-marinated fennel, and golden raisins, tossed in raspberry yogurt vinaigrette on a bed of mixed greens. Contains dairy and gluten. NF
Soups and Salads

Add chicken 5, trout 6, or steak 7 to any salad

House Salad
5
Local salad greens with tomato, cucumbers, and julienned carrots. Depending on dressing: DF, GF, NF
Traditional Caesar
half 7 / full 12
Wood bowl tossed, in house prepared dressing featuring local organic eggs, fresh cracked black pepper, anchovies, and house-made croutons. Can be served GF without croutons. Contains dairy, eggs, and fish. NF
Baby Spinach and Kennett Square Mushroom Salad
half 6 / full 10
PA’s famous mushrooms served with baby spinach, sliced red onion, chopped bacon, panfried quail eggs, and a warm bacon dressing. Can be ordered without eggs. DF, GF, NF
Nittany Lion Inn Lobster Bisque
cup 7 / bowl 14
A Nittany Lion Inn tradition. Our house-made creamy lobster bisque is a must have. Contains dairy, gluten, shellfish. NF
Soup du Jour
cup 5 / bowl 9
Ask your server about the house-made soup of the day. Ask your server about possible allergens.
Vegan Quinoa and Summer Squash Soup
cup 5 / bowl 9
Red quinoa, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, celery root, onions, kale, smoky chipotles in a rich vegetable broth. DF, GF, NF
Chopped Salad
14
Grilled local chicken breast, romaine, watermelon radish, English cucumber, celery, chick peas, and toasted almond slices. Contains nuts. Depending on choice of dressing: DF, GF
Entrées
Our Signature Lump Crab Cakes
28
Signature lump crab cakes pan seared, served with Cajun Rémoulade, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Duck Confit
23
House cured duck confit leg with apple cider demi, smoked cheddar Andouille grits, and local vegetables. Only grits contain dairy and pork. DF, GF, NF
Roasted Free Range Chicken
20
Herb roasted ½ chicken served with pan sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Sauce can be made without dairy. GF, NF
Pork Chop
26
Seared Berkshire pork chop served medium with pan sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Sauce can be made without dairy. GF, NF
Sustainable Wild Caught Seafood
Market Price
All of the seafood featured on this menu is wild caught by sustainable fisheries. The type of fish and area they are landed may vary as we search for the freshest products.
Pan Seared Scallops
Market Price
Shichimi Togarashi-dusted jumbo sea scallops pan seared and served with chilled soba noodles, julienned carrots, red bell pepper, kale, scallions, and Japanese citrus vinaigrette. Contains gluten. DF, NF
Braised Lamb Shank
32
Jamison Farm lamb shank, slowly braised and served with the pan drippings, farro risotto, and local vegetables. Risotto contains dairy and gluten; lamb shank is DF, GF, NF
Bone-In Short Rib
32
Grass fed bone-in short rib slowly braised until fork tender, served with veal demi, buttermilk mashed potatoes and local vegetables. Short Rib is DF, GF, NF
USDA Choice Filet
39
6 oz. tenderloin pan-seared and topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions and veal demi-glace, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. DF, GF, NF
Local Trout
23
Grilled trout filet with a charred tomato and poblano sauce, served with buttermilk mashed potatoes and local vegetables. DF, GF, NF
Lancaster Style Ham Pot Pie
20
Berkshire ham, rich ham broth, carrots, celery, and hand-made egg noodles, topped with shaved pickled onions. Contains eggs and gluten. DF, NF
Broccoli Rabe and Pork Belly Pasta
14
Broccoli rabe pesto made with cashews and parmesan, Fasta Ravioli Co. fresh cut pasta, and house-cured and smoked local Berkshire pork belly. Contains dairy, gluten, and nuts.
Merguez Lamb Sausage
20
Jamison Farm Merguez lamb sausage, apricot and pine nut Moroccan couscous, and smoky collard greens. Contains dairy, gluten, and nuts.
Meatloaf
23
Locally-sourced ground beef meatloaf, wrapped in house-cured bacon, served with smoky barbecue sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Contains eggs and gluten. DF, NF
Cape Grim Beef
Cape Grim in Tasmania is world-renowned for its rugged wilderness and pristine beauty. Its crystal clear air and heavy rain fall create some of the lushest pastures for the cattle to graze. The farmers that produce beef for Cape Grim Beef nurture the finest quality cattle without hormones, antibiotics, or GMOs.
Cape Grim Rib Eye
40
10 ounce grass-fed Rib Eye, char grilled, topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, veal demi, served with buttermilk mashed potatoes and local vegetables. Rib Eye is DF, GF, NF