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Cafe Fresco - Center City
Cafe Fresco - Center City

Cafe Fresco - Center City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.CafeFresco.com
  • Phone: (717) 236-2599
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, American
  • Executive Chef: Travis Mumma
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Cafe Fresco serves Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Monday through Friday. Local caterings are available for breakfast and lunch for groups of ten or more.
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Fresco's Level 2 lounge offers countless options for events of all sizes and styles. Whether you're planning a fundraiser, business function, reception, or rehearsal, we have the space and menu options to suit all.
  • Private Party Contact: Brian Fertenbaugh (717) 236-6600
  • Entertainment: Cafe Fresco infuses chic decor with trendy music creating the perfect setting for your dining experience. After dinner, step upstairs to Level 2 where the hottest DJs from the East Coast lay down the tracks for the ultimate VIP experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered on Friday's and Saturday's from 5pm-2am. The Valet is located directly in front of our restaurant and the cost is $10. (This fee cannot be added to your dinner check.)
A word from Cafe Fresco - Center City
Since our opening in 2005 Café Fresco has been the premier destination for those seeking the ultimate dining experience. Located in the heart of Harrisburg's Restaurant Row, Café Fresco features Asian American flavors alongside premium wine and drink specialties. From the moment of your arrival you will be enveloped in our elegant and relaxing space and paired with an experienced server to guide you through a beautiful meal. Join us soon and take part in the Café Fresco Experience.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "All I have to say is WOW! Make sure you ask for Trevor! His food knowledge is outstanding and has charisma that can turn any frown upside down! We love this guy! Make sure you try the charred filet of beef and the features are always spot on!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As expected, everything was great. I can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Excellent food and good service. Small beer list, large cocktail selection. A bit too expensive compared to similar restaurants with similar menus."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have been to Café Fresco a few times now and am never disappointed. I was out with some friends who had never been there who complimented me on my restaurant pick."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere is great but I do believe it's overpriced. I bought 2 sushi rolls for an appetizer for my table, 1 taco appetizer, and 2 simple chicken meals and 3 drinks. My bill was $102. The one meal wasn't anything I couldn't find at any corner Chinese restaurant (chicken & brocolli, rice/cashews). You're paying more for the atmosphere and service. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Amazing food, amazing drinks and amazing service. Could not have had a better experience."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Had a truly beautiful time. Food and service were beyond exceptional. Can't wait to come back. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Continually the best California/Asian flaire restaurant. Always something good on the menu. Great service!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This is not my first time at Cafe Fresco. Their food for dinner is surprisingly good. They have some nice options you won't find anywhere else. However, what keeps me coming back is the service. I've been twice, and had the same waiter both times. He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable, helpful, attentive, etc. It's not your standard college kid trying to make some extra money waiting tables. He is a waiter who is actually very good at what he does, and he appears to take his job seriously. His service is something we've told friends about just as much as the excellent food. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Cafe fresco never fails to deliver. Friendly courteous staff, amazing food in a quiet romantic atmosphere. Great for special occasions. A gem in downtown Harrisburg. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had various seafood dishes and everything was cooked perfect. The service was excellent when we first arrived, till when the bill was paid. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Very good dining experience - the food was prepared well and in a timely fashion and the service was on-spot. We also got a booth in the back which took the experience from good to great. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "While the food was prepared quite well, tasty and decorative, some items were quite large and some quite small; for example: the Pad Thai was very large, even for our hungriest of diner, as opposed to the Miso Black Cod, which was very meager - lots of great tasting veggies, but a very small piece of fish (about 3 inches square), even though this entree was still quite pricey. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is the third or fourth time I've eaten at Cafe Fresco and I have NEVER been disappointed. This time around, our waiter was extremely attentive and professional. A shout-out to the unique American-Asian fusion menu! It was hard to select a dish, there were so many interesting choices. My Szechuan calamari appetizer was delicious and beautifully presented, and my Mongolian BBQ short ribs were melt-in-your-mouth tender and delicious. The banana-walnut dessert was fantastic! Cocktails were generous and well-poured, and the recommended Pinot Noir was excellent. I think Cafe Fresco is one of the best choices for an upscale restaurant in the region. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Bravo! Thank you for an enjoyable evening! Food, drinks, chocolate lava cake was exquisit! We will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I've yet to be disappointed by Cafe Fresco Center City! Anything my wife or I have tried has been phenomenal. Great service and atmosphere. I love IPA's and am always happy that they have at least 3 IPA's on their beer list anytime I ever go there. I'm not much of a wine drinker but appears to have quiet a list of wines but more importantly is making the wife happy with their Pear Martini that she loves! They make a good drink! I would recommend Cafe Fresco to anybody, great place! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We have been coming to Fresco since it opened. Food is fantastic. Love the diverse menu choices. Love to introduce friends to this place. They are always impressed. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We love dining here or just coming for drinks and appetizers! It is right in the middle of everything downtown town! Upstairs has awesome music ..."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The restaurant is consistently good. Its menu is diverse and always interesting. Most likely the best restaurant in downtown Harrisburg."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We didn't know about this place ahead of time and actually selected it from the OpenTable list of top 10 restaurants in the area. (we are a little out of touch) It was very nice, upscale and trendy, out kids (in the twenties) would have enjoyed it too. There was only 1 dinner special and we did not try it, but everything we did order was excellent. The server informed us out appetizer, the crab mac & cheese would take about 10 minutes to prepare. It was excellent as Mac & cheese go and they did a great job of timing leaving a short delay from finish of the app to to the dinner arriving. Unfortunately no dessert but the one at the table next to us looked great. (maybe next time no app) We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We made a reservation for 15 minutes before the kitchen closed, unbeknownst to us. They gleefully accommodated us, the food and service were very good. Cafe Fresco has become a Harrisburg favorite."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Pleasantly surprised at the Asian-influenced menu. Sushi special a bit light on the promised crab but still good. Octopus salad excellent and lightly dressed. All in all a good dining experience."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This restaurant is absolutely amazing! The service was fantastic. The waiter knew everything and answered all of our questions. He's recommendations were on point. The chicken dumplings were amazing along with the mongolian salmon and the pad thai. Our drinks were unique and mixed extremely well. We will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Took the wife here for the first leg of our night on the town celebration of St. Patty's Day. The menu was well thought out and different from the last time we were here. Everything was prepared to perfection and was well executed and delicious. I highly recommend the artisan cheese plate as an appetizer to share. My steak was cut, marbelized, and prepared to perfection. The only drawbacks are that it is not all that intimate of an environment as the couples on either side of us were so close that we could have easily conversed with them. Maybe that is the point. The service was very good, not outstanding. Everyone was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, but there were definite lulls in attention on drink refills. Recommended!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I stayed in Harrisburg recently on a work trip. On the advice of a friend, we made a reservation at Cafe Fresco. It was awesome! The service was awesome, the martini menu was fantastic, and the food and dessert were off the charts! Our server was very attentive to our orders and even made a special note of a food allergy in case any of the groups food was going to be prepared close to someone else's order which contained the allergen. This was super nice to do for one person in our group. The food came out quickly and between the drinks, the food, and the dessert, I could not have been more impressed. We will be back again the next time we are in town for business."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I absolutely love coming to this restaurant. My boyfriend recently moved to the Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg area and we came after receiving a gift card. We have been twice and have loved every second of the experience both times. Thank you for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was fantastic, waiter was fantastic, however the hostess need to learn how to handle situations. We arrived on time for our special occasion where we specifically requested a private table. Upon entering we inquired if they in fact had a private table. They said they did. Then they tried to seat us at a table for two that was anything by private. The small tables may as well be dinner guests with the next tables. They did not offer us anything else until we fussed a little. we gladly waited 10 min until a private table was open, but they should not have told us they had a private table at the beginning. Overall we have never had a bad meal there in the many visits we have had. Wait staff is great! Overall it is worth visiting."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was amazing, some of the best we've had in a long time. But everything was a little expensive, so this isn't an every weekend type of restaurant. Also, for such an expensive restaurant for the area, the sitting was very casual. We sat at the side-by-side type booth seating with couples on both sides where we could hear everything they said."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "They booked to many reservations on Valentine's day. We had to wait 20 min. For our table. They tried to pack to many people into a little space. I love this place anyways but other customers were not happy about the over booking."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Don't miss this establishment - outstanding menu and wait staff!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting this restaurant and it was a lot worse that I remembered from the first time. Here were the shortcomings: 1) The tables are too close together and it is impossible to have a quiet romantic meal 2) The food is overpriced for what you receive. I paid 27 dollars for 5 scallops and beans. I left the restaurant feeling hungary and yet I had spent over 120 dollars for two people. 3) The waiter staff had too many tables to cover and were not attentive enough. 4) Chairs were uncomfortable The best part of the restaurant was the downtown location and ambience to a degree, but my romantic date turned out to be overpriced and left me hungary with a backpain."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was amazing! We loved the Asian flare. The atmosphere is very neat as well -- very contemporary and eclectic."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Staff were excellent responding to our needs for gluten free and lactose free individuals in our party of 6. It was a birthday celebration, and the meal went very well. Food was fitting with the price, and was tasty and interesting. Good options for Asian and American. Service throughout was helpful, friendly, at hand and yet not intrusive. My wife has added the place to her roster for "girls nights" with her friends. One attribute could be improved -- the airport lounge style "wedge" chairs are not particularly comfortable when seated at table; the height from knee to floor is a little too much unless you are well over 6 foot tall. Their immobility is also a drag when packed closely at the table. Otherwise, a very pleasant dining occasion."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We came in from out of town to see a concert at The Whitaker Center and found this gem. They were able to accommodate us when we missed our reaervation time due to not being familiar with the area. The food and drinks were great! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Another outstanding meal made better by expert service. Trevor has spot on."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Wonderful food- best filet I have ever had. Rib-eye is also amazing"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The Scallops and pot stickers were ordered as appetizers and were very good. Two in our party of 4 ordered as their entree the Kobe Burger which was wonderful, cooked exactly as requested and was full of flavor. The other two ordered the Chicken with Broccoli which was also delicious. The service, atmosphere and food was exceptional. We will be sure to share this with friends and will be returning in the near future. On a personal note regarding your waitstaff. We had a party seated next to us that had little regard for the close proximity to us by the volume of their conversation. I asked the hostess if it was possible for us to be moved and she did not hesitate to accomodate our request. This extra effort was so appreciated by all of us."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "This dinner was planned for a Birthday celebration. I contacted the resteraunt ahead of time with a requested table and desert surprise. Their attention to the requests exceeded my expectations. This is one of my favorite dinner spots!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I had a marvelous time. Had eaten there for lunch several times and always enjoyed the food and astomsphere but had never been there for dinner. It was even better for dinner. In fact it seemed to transform. It was romantic and cozy and chiche. Bravo!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "As always we are happy each and ever time when come here...the white sangria is a must try"
    Dined on 11/16/2013