Federal Taphouse-State College

4.3
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135 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub

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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. Federal Taphouse serves a late-night menu. Be our guest!

Special Offers

HOPPY HOUR

$2 off draft beer and wines
$2 off $7 specialty cocktails
$6 Chef Tacos
$5 Cheese Pizzas
$7 1/2 lb. Peel and Eat Shrimp
$10 1lb. Peel and Eat Shrimp
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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 9 September 2019

Ends: 10 September 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 16:30-18:00

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Our eggs benedict

SW
1 review
Dined on 12 February 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
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 February 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great beer selection. Food was very salty. Very.

BL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 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
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 8 January 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.

C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

b
Miami
87 reviews
Dined on 19 December 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.

l
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 7 December 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!

m
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was not good

BW
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on 9 November 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
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KB
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 20 October 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
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 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
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 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
New England
28 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

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

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 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.

j
1 review
Dined on 6 October 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.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 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.

D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

MH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 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
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 1 September 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!

f
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 24 August 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
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on 21 August 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
1 review
Dined on 10 August 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
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

RM
1 review
Dined on 28 July 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.

SC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 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

S
1 review
Dined on 4 July 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
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 4 July 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.

Z
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I would recommend The Taphouse to someone who wants a vast selection of craft beers and good pizza and fries. I think I made the mistake of ordering the fish and chips which was awful. The tartar sauce tasted old, bland, and gross. My girlfriend got the pizza, as usual, which was awesome. Fresh cut fries are always good.

FD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Stopped in on a Sunday night, place was empty. Should have left, no energy and the food was so so. Tucked inside Target which is an omen. Go elsewhere.

F
Miami
65 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

El sitio tiene una gran variedad de cervezas, pero la comida es bastante deficiente. Quizás lo mejorcito son las pizzas aunque nada especial. El servicio es lento y no están atentos a su trabajo. La oferta gastronómica en State College es muy pobre por lo que este restaurant sea quizás uno de los mejores montados de la ciudad por su tamaño y decoración sencilla.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food is fabulous- highly recommend the crab French fries! I would like to suggest a lighter menu for summertime. A lot of the items are great for winter but too heavy for summer. We will definitely come back!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We enjoyed trying new beers but when I found one I really liked, they ran out!

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