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Welcome to The Dining Room

Dining Room Menu

Guests at The Nittany Lion Inn and local diners agree that The Dining Room, which was awarded the 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Wine Spectator’s 2018 “Best of” Award of Excellence is the top destination for fine dining in State College. With tempting lunch and dinner selections, 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 including our signature lobster bisque, and our second-to-none wine list, featuring an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 13 years in a row. Since 2016, our wine list was recognized with Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence.

The Dining Room is your destination when you’re in the mood for an authentic steakhouse-style dinner. Our sizzling, cooked-to-perfection premium steaks, delicious sides, and extensive wine list combine to create the ultimate steakhouse experience, right here at the Inn, any night of the week.

Make a reservation for The Dining Room.

Special Dinner Events

Besides featuring excellent menu options every day of the week, we offer several dining specials. 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, when available. Please call 814-865-8590 for dining reservations.

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.

Call us at 814-865-8590 for more information or to make a dining reservation.

Please Note: The Below Menus Are Subject to Change.

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
Swiss, Muenster, and Sharp Cheddar
From the Griddle
Belgian Waffles
5.25 / With strawberries & whipped cream 6.50 / With caramelized bananas & pecans 7.50
French Toast
5.25 / Banana Nut 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 to 2 pm

Appetizers and Soups
Chickpea and Kale Stew
15
Hearty dish thickened with cashews, filled with fresh vegetables and chickpeas. Contains cashews. DF, GF
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 Cauliflower and Fuji Apple Soup
cup 5 / bowl 9
Oven-roasted cauliflower and Fuji apples, toasted pepitas DF, GF, NF
Quesadilla
12
Flour tortilla, shredded cheddar and pepper jack blend cheese, Creamery sour cream, seasonal salsa, and your choice of: Chicken, Beef, or Vegetables. Contains dairy and gluten; NF
Pretzels and Dips
8
Fresh Gemelli pretzels served with house cheese sauce and wholegrain mustard. Contains dairy and gluten. NF
Fried Whiskers
5
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 Wedges
7
Served with Sriracha honey barbecue. DF, GF, NF
Salads

Add Chicken (6), Spice-Rubbed Sirloin (7), Shrimp (8), or Grilled Salmon (8) 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 / Whole 12
Crisp romaine, house-made Caesar dressing, crouton Contains dairy, eggs, and fish. NF
Warm Spinach Salad
Half 7 / Whole 12
Baby spinach, Cambozola cheese, spicy pecan, bacon, seared apple and Kennett Square mushroom, warm sherry garlic vinaigrette. GF
Traditional Cobb Salad
12
Crisp romaine, chopped bacon, avocado, blue cheese, diced tomato, green onion, boiled egg, black olive, ranch. NF
Vegan Thai Salad
12
Baby spinach, spring mix, red and green cabbage, julienned carrot, red bell pepper, green onion, cucumber, almond, orange, edamame, crunchy wonton, ginger Thai dressing. DF, GF. Contains Nuts.
Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
12
Spinach, baby kale, roasted red & gold beet, Cypress Grove lavender & fennel pollen goat cheese, crushed pistachio, spiced apple shrub & shallot vinaigrette Contains Dairy and Nuts. GF.
Sandwiches

All Sandwiches Served with a Pickle and Your Choice of Fresh-Cut Fries or a Side Salad. Substitute Sweet Potato Wedges for Additional $2.

Thai Pulled Pork
14
Slow-roasted pulled pork, Thai flavors, heap of cilantro slaw. DF, NF
Crab Cake Sandwich
14
A hearty crab cake served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cajun Rémoulade. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Deli-Style Chicken Salad
12
Chicken salad with egg, house pickle, mayo, onion, celery, lettuce, red onion, and tomato. DF, NF
The Classic NLI
14
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with cheddar and sautéed Kennett Square mushrooms. Contains dairy. GF, NF
Bacon Cheese Burger
15
Your choice of 8oz chicken breast or 8oz beef burger, topped with cheddar cheese and crisp bacon. Contains dairy. GF, NF
California Turkey Ciabatta
14
Boar's Head turkey, bacon, pepperjack cheese, avocado, oven-roasted tomato, red pepper ailo, ciabatta. NF.
Grilled Portabella Muffaletta
14
Grilled portabella, smoked provolone, herb oil, roasted red pepper, giardiniera & olive salad on ciabatta bread. Vegan available. Contains gluten and dairy. NF.
Dinner Menu

Open 5 pm to 9 pm

Firsts
Crab Cake
13
Pan seared crab cake with tangy slaw and Cajun rémoulade. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Charcuterie and Local Cheese Board
18
PSU summer sausage, Parma of Pittsburgh's hot sopresatta and prosciutto de parma, Port Salut cheese, cherry mostarda, wholegrain mustard, house-made sweet and zesty pickle, toasted torpedo. NF
Three Cheese Board
16
Port Salut, Cambozola, Manchego, membrillo paste, cherry mostarda, wholegrain mustard, house-made sweet and zesty pickle, toasted torpedo. NF
"Bloody Mary" Shrimp Cocktail
16
Chilled shrimp, "Bloody Mary" cocktail sauce, lemon, Old Bay dust
Calamari
11
Lightly-dusted, crisp-fried calamari, Cajun rémoulade. Contains gluten. DF, NF.
Salads

Add Chicken (6), Spice-Rubbed Sirloin (7), Shrimp (8), or Grilled Salmon (8) 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 / Whole 12
Crisp romaine, house-made Caesar dressing, crouton Contains dairy, eggs, and fish. NF
Warm Spinach Salad
Half 7 / Whole 12
Baby spinach, Cambozola cheese, spicy pecan, bacon, seared apple and Kennett Square mushroom, warm sherry garlic vinaigrette. GF
Traditional Cobb Salad
12
Crisp romaine, chopped bacon, avocado, blue cheese, diced tomato, green onion, boiled egg, black olive, ranch. NF
Vegan Thai Salad
12
Baby spinach, spring mix, red and green cabbage, julienned carrot, red bell pepper, green onion, cucumber, almond, orange, edamame, crunchy wonton, ginger Thai dressing. DF, GF. Contains Nuts.
Traditional Wedge
10
Crisp iceberg, double smoked bacon, buttermilk bleu, green onion, diced tomato. Can be DF without dressing; GF, NF.
Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
12
Spinach, baby kale, roasted red & gold beet, Cypress Grove lavender & fennel pollen goat cheese, crushed pistachio, spiced apple shrub & shallot vinaigrette Contains Dairy and Nuts. GF.
From the Grill

Dinner Begins with a Served Cup of our Seasonal Soup du Jour or a Fresh Green Salad with Balsamic. A Cup of Lobster Bisque, a Caesar Salad, or a Wedge Salad are available for Upgrades.

8oz Filet Mignon
50
Served with shallot red wine demi glace. DF, GF, NF.
14oz Ribeye
54
Served with shallot red wine demi glace. DF, GF, NF.
12oz NY Strip
45
Served with shallot red wine demi glace. DF, GF, NF.
12oz Berkshire Pork Chop
38
Served with whisky apple glaze. DF, GF, NF.
Lamb Double Chops
36
Half rack of lamb chops served with shallot red wine demi glace. DF, GF, NF.
Side Options
Asparagus
6
Sauteed asparagus. Vegan, GF, NF.
Boursin Creamed Spinach
5
Boursin cheese, spinach. GF, NF.
Olive Oil & Garlic-Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
5
Vegan, GF, NF.
Sherried Button Mushrooms
5
GF, NF.
Vegetable du Jour
5
Ask your server about our ever-changing Vegetable du Jour, and corresponding allergens.
Fresh-Cut Fries
3
A side of our fresh-cut fried Whiskers. GF, NF, DF.
Side of Sweet Potato Wedges
4
A side of our sweet potato wedges. GF, DF, NF.
Herb-Roasted Fingerlings
6
Herb-roasted fingerling potatoes. DF, GF, NF.
NLI Signature Mashed Potatoes
5
Our signature mashed potatoes. Contains dairy. GF, NF.
Mac and Cheese
5
Pasta with our house-made cheese sauce. Contains gluten and dairy. NF.
Entrées

Dinner Begins with a Served Cup of our Seasonal Soup du Jour or a Fresh Green Salad with Balsamic. A Cup of Lobster Bisque, a Caesar Salad, or a Wedge Salad are available for Upgrades.

Our Signature Lump Crab Cakes
38
Signature lump crab cakes pan seared, served with Cajun Rémoulade, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. Contains dairy, eggs, gluten, shellfish. NF
Confit Duck
38
House-cured confit duck leg, farro, garlicy sauteed greens, cherry balsamic reduction
Boneless Beef Short Ribs
38
Boneless beef short ribs slowly braised until fork tender, served with mashed potatoes and local vegetables. Short Rib is DF, GF, NF
Chickpea and Kale Stew
23
This hearty dish is thickened with cashews and filled with fresh vegetables and chickpeas. Contains cashews. DF, GF
Herb-Roasted Chicken Breast
35
European-style chicken breast, pan sauce, mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. GF, NF
Honey Garlic Salmon
39
Oven-roasted honey garlic salmon, roasted fall squash, Brussels sprouts, dill, lemon & garlic vinaigrette. GF, NF
Vegan Roasted Tomato & Mushroom Pasta
20
Local Fasta pasta, roasted tomato, edamame, cinnamon-roasted mushroom, shallot, garlic, & herb oil. DF, NF.
Pork Shank Osso Bucco
36
Berkshire pork shank braised with garlic, clove, star anise, & cinnamon, pan gravy, mashed potatoes, local vegetables. DF, GF, NF.
Black Cod
33
Brown butter-poached cod, sweet potato & broccoli gratin, roasted red pepper vinaigrette. Contains dairy. GF, NF.