While State College is recognized as the culinary destination of Happy Valley, don’t overlook the restaurants in Bellefonte, PA.

This quaint, small town offers a great variety of cuisine and if you’re staying downtown then many of the restaurants are walkable from your accommodations.

Whether you’re staying in town or just passing through, here are some wonderful Bellefonte, PA restaurants.

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10 Restaurants in Bellefonte, PA

I was able to spend five days in Happy Valley over the summer and then a couple days this past fall when I was able to try most of the restaurants on this list. The others came highly recommended.

Feel free to reach out if you have other suggestions for me to try on my next trip!

1. Big Spring Spirits/Nomad Kitchen

mediterranean trio plate and plate of tacos at one of the best restaurants in Bellefonte, PA

Big Spring Spirits is part of the Central PA Tasting Trail (one of the best things to do in Bellefonte) and they distill their own spirits using the water from the local spring.

Bellefonte is known for the best quality water in the area because of this spring (called Big Spring). When they first opened, Nomad Kitchen was there multiple nights as a food truck.

The pairing was so popular that Nomad Kitchen made a permanent home here at Big Spring Spirits. This unique restaurant in Bellefonte has a Mediterranean flair – the Mediterranean Trio appetizer is to die for.

It comes with house-made garlic naan, smoked paprika feta hot honey, Nomad hummus, and marinated olives. I wasn’t sure if I would like the feta dip but holy moly it was good.

I also had the Guava Coconut Lime Tacos and the unique blend of flavors was amazing.

They have indoor and outdoor seating and the patio fills up quickly when it’s nice outside. Big Spring Spirits is located right beside Talleyrand Park so it’s a peaceful place to sit outside.

If you’re coming with a big group then reservations are a good idea as they don’t have a ton of large tables.

2. Creekside at the Gamble Mill

red curry snapper with red onions
  • Location: 160 Dunlop Street
  • Price: $$$
  • Cuisine: Eclectic – varies widely and changes often

The Gamble Mill is a beautifully restored historic mill building that was originally built in 1786. Today you’ll find Creekside, The Republic Bar, Smith + Front boutique, and a few short term rentals in the building.

Chef Michael Marx creates a new menu every so often and ingredients will change based on what he can source locally. He truly values the direct line of communication between himself and the local farms.

They describe their menu as eclectic and it really is amazing some of the things they put together here.

If it’s on the menu, then don’t miss the South Beach Coconut Shrimp or the Shrimp Corn Cakes appetizers. Our server was incredibly helpful with suggestions on drinks and entreés so ask for their recommendation if you can’t decide.

The restaurant has an industrial feel with lots of exposed brick and metal accents. It’s also right beside the railroad tracks so it gets pretty noisy when the train comes through!

3. Hofbrau

This cozy diner is known for their pizza, sandwiches, and wings plus the cold draft beer. Otto’s actually makes a beer specifically for Hofbrau called “Ottobrau.”

It opened in 1954 as a burger and steak restaurant and while the decor will definitely take you back in time, the menu has changed pretty significantly since then.

This one is a bit of a local’s secret and one of the most underrated Bellefonte, PA restaurants.

4. Axemann Brewery/The Smokey Axe Grill & Food Trucks

pulled pork sub with coleslaw and macaroni at one of the best restaurants in Bellefonte, PA

I love when I find a good restaurant at a brewery. My two favorite things – great food and great beer.

Axemann is a relatively new brewery in Bellefonte but they are producing some fantastic beers. I love their Hazy Daisy IPA.

I feel like they’re a unique brewery because they just completed an in-house restaurant serving bar food but they also allow food trucks to set up on-site.

From my experience, most places that have in-house food don’t partner with food trucks. Personally, I love this set up because then you have choices – especially if you’re with a group of people.

When I went to Axemann I got to try Butch’s Smokehouse Fixx and I had their Butch’s Fixx Sandwich – pulled pork, smoked ham, swiss cheese, dill pickles, and chipotlé aioli. Delicious. Both the mac & cheese and cole slaw were also great!

The space itself is located in an old factory building and has large garage doors that open up in the summer. Truly the perfect meet up spot. Plus it’s one of the best places to fuel up after hiking near State College.

5. RE Farm Cafe at Windswept Farm

Note – Reservations are required here.

If you’re looking for a unique experience then RE Farm Cafe is it. While technically their address is in State College, you’ll find it just off of Buffalo Run Road north of State College and just southwest of Bellefonte.

They are only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursdays are their tapas and live music nights where your ticket includes a welcome platter of hummus and veggies from the farm. Then you can order from their tapas menu and full bar.

On Fridays and Saturdays, you have the choice of a Three Course Prix Fixe Menu or Five Course Prix Fixe Menu. They also do Chef’s Table dinners which are a Five Course Prix Fixe dinner where you get a front seat to the chefs working in the kitchen.

They do post a weekly menu on their website if you want to look at what the options will be before making a reservation. They fill up quickly though so don’t wait too long!

The kitchen is open to the seating area so you can watch the bustling chefs and the space is very open and airy. They like to call themselves composers instead of chefs because of how they blend the flavors together like a composer would do with musical notes.

6. The Governor’s Pub

The Governors Pub Bellefonte, PA

The Governor’s Pub is one of the best places to have a pint with friends after work or on the weekends. Their burgers are very popular but they also serve hearty meals like chicken pot pie and meatloaf. Their fish & chips also get rave reviews.

I went with the Andrew Curtin burger and it hit the spot. If there’s nice weather then you can sit out on their deck and enjoy the sunshine.

They have a huge selection of beers by the bottle and eight beers on draft plus wine and a good cocktail list.

7. State Burger Co.

Another great spot in town for burgers is State Burger Co. Here you get to make your own burger and can add all the regular toppings plus things like pickled onions, fresh cheese curds, and hash browns.

Make sure that you leave room for dessert though because you’ll want one of their delicious shakes or cookie dough ice cream sandwiches. The staff might just be the friendliest and most helpful in town too.

This is one restaurant in Bellefonte that you really don’t want to miss!

8. Mamma Lucrezia’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

People absolutely rave about Mamma Lucrezia’s pizza – their sauce is legendary! They also have the absolute best garlic bread – it was my favorite part of the meal.

They are only open for dinner so keep that in mind but with very reasonable prices and great food, this is a popular choice in Bellefonte.

It’s another option that’s located downtown and very walkable to many accommodations.

9. Robin Hood Brewing Co.

chicken sandwich with fries

Brewery food can be hit or miss but for me, this one was a big hit! The restaurant is also super cozy and makes you want to stay and hang out for a while.

I got their beer flight and tried five different beers and really liked four out of the five. The fifth was good just not to my personal taste.

They’re widely known for their pizza but their menu was so big and varied that I had a really hard time choosing. When I asked the waitress what the most popular items were, she said there wasn’t anything that stuck out – it was all over the place.

I decided to go with the Cajun Honey Mustard Chicken Craftwich. It was served on a pretzel roll with fries and all kinds of delicious.

Their handmade pizzas are incredibly popular though and they serve all kinds of sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and burgers. They also have a section called Big Plates that are only served after 4pm with things like meatloaf, ravioli, and pork chops.

10. Bonfatto’s Italian Market & Corner Café

This adorable spot is a combination of a specialty market and café where you can order at the counter. In the morning you can get things like breakfast sandwiches, frittatas, avocado toast, or a breakfast bowl.

At lunch pick up one of their famous Bonanza Subs, a panini, salad, or pasta. I’ve heard that their lasagna is out of this world but they don’t offer it daily.

They are also a full espresso bar serving traditional coffee drinks and pastries to go with them. You’ll find a few tables inside but if it’s a nice day then I would recommend getting your order to-go and eating in Talleyrand Park because Bonfatto’s is just across the street.

Map of Restaurants in Bellefonte, PA

Wrap Up: Bellefonte, PA Restaurants

From upscale dining at Creekside to breweries to sandwich shops, Bellefonte will satisfy your food cravings. This is honestly the cutest little town with some unique offerings.

Don’t forget – if you stay downtown then you’ll be within walking distance to many of these restaurants!

My personal favorite place to stay is Bellefonte Bed & Breakfast where you’ll get one of the most delicious breakfasts each morning.

I hope you get to try some of these restaurants soon!

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