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Perched at the summit of Centre Hall Mountain overlooking picturesque Penns Valley, the Mount Nittany Inn is an exquisite setting for a memorable lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.
The historic location and world-class menu offer you a unique dining experience that’s ideal for casual get-togethers, special occasions and catered group affairs. Our menu is a blend of classic recipes and new favorites…all chef-prepared with the freshest, top quality ingredients. Visit our newly renovated restaurant and experience the Mount Nittany Inn -- a Central Pennsylvania landmark since 1919.

Restaurant Description

Rebuilt in 2008 after a devastating fire, this landmark restaurant located on top of Centre Hall Mountain is the perfect place for that quaint dinner for two, family get-together or business meetings. Our chef prepares daily specials for casual or fine dining, and we are quickly developing a loyal following of families and friends.


With three floors of dining rooms overlooking the beautiful valley, each one has its’ own characteristics. The renovation results of the downstairs area are perfect for group luncheons and private parties.

Our Looking Glass lounge offers the perfect view, with a extensive wine list, martinis, draft and bottled beers and full menu or just appetizers.


About Us... Our Eventful History

In 1919, Pete Coldron opened a roadside stand to provide light fare to the travelers who often stopped to fill their radiators after the long, slow journey up the mountain. His stand became so popular that in 1928 he constructed the original restaurant, which continued to draw crowds. Since those early days, the restaurant grew to include a coffee shop, grill and bar.


The first significant improvements were made by Bill and Betty Zang, who purchased the Inn in 1975. A new partnership purchased the Inn and in 1991, relocatingthe kitchen, refurbishing the bar, and adding extensive decking and a large Bed and Breakfast addition with 10 rooms overlooking the view, each with balconies.

The first of two tragedies struck in April 2003 when a fire originating in the kitchen caused substantial damage. Rebuilt in 2004, and just months from re-opening, fire again struck the Inn. Despite the efforts of firefighters from across the county, the Inn was totally destroyed.

A one-of-a-kind location and loyal customers provided the incentive to rebuild the Mount Nittany Inn and to reclaim its place as the “top” restaurant in the region. In November 2008, the Mount Nittany Inn reopened. It retains the character of the original restaurant but offers an open, airy atmosphere, additional seating, banquet space for 100 and an expanded outdoor deck area. With spectacular views at every turn, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

The Mount Nittany Inn offers lunch and dinner seven days a week in one of our comfortable dining rooms, the sophisticated “Looking Glass” lounge, or outside on our expansive deck, where you can enjoy some of the most dramatic dining in Pennsylvania-no matter what the season. The Mount Nittany Inn also is perfect for banquets, business meetings, celebrations and receptions.

The Mount Nittany Inn is conveniently located on Route 144 near Penn's Cave, the Grange Fair Grounds, Amish Country, Historic Bellefonte, Tussey Mountain Ski Area, and Penn State.

Best Known For

Preparing special seasonal menu items, steaks, seafood and pasta dishes.



Service Type

Sit Down or Carry Out



Lunch & Dinner

11am - 8:30pm Sun -Tues

11am - 9:00pm Wed-Sat



Picturesque view, warm & cozy



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Inn Hours

Lunch is served at 11am and dinner is served at 4pm. Open 7 days a week.
Sunday - Tuesday 11am - 8:30pm
Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 9:00pm
Note: hours may change during winter based on weather conditions, etc., therefore please call ahead.


559 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Centre Hall, PA 16828

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