Cafe Fresco - Center City
Cafe Fresco - Center City

Cafe Fresco - Center City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafefresco.com/
  • Phone: 7172362599x
  • 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: American, Asian
  • 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 717-236-6600x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Fresco - Center City reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)special occasion (28)romantic (27)hot spot (22)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (9)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)great for lunch (6)scenic view (4)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent service
    DisappointedFoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our server was very attentive and personable. I appreciated his recommendations. The food was delicious. I loved the salmon sliders!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Angel
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Service, Food and Surroundings...outstanding...who could ask for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Keysh32
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Cafe Fresco sits on 2nd st hidden between bars and random buildings. You would never think that this place is as amazing as it was. From the ambiance to the food to the level of service provided, everything was outstanding! I definitely plan on going back and experiencing the greatness that is Cafe Fresco!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    jbesz
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Cafe Fresco has amazing food. Everything was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. The staff was friendly and polite. Our service was quick, but we did not feel rushed. The only minor complaint was that it was slightly too dark inside. Otherwise the decor was contemporary and cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Impression
    notagourmet
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are new to the Harrisburg area and followed a bar tender's recommendation for a restaurant for an anniversary dinner. We're glad we did. Cafe Fresco has an eclectic / fusion menu and a good cocktail menu. The Boulevarier and New Old Fashioned are good but the Jamison Sour was just so-so. Try the shrimp tacos for an appetizer. The beef and pork entree's we had were very good and Brad our waiter was very helpful. We intend to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway delicious!
    Tshed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The menu has been significantly updated and improved with more fish and steak options which is great. The dishes are always very good. Calif/Asian with some great additions! Always please to eat there! The service and staff are always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for rehearsal dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our group of 10 was waited on wonderfully! I'd recommend this place for any occasion the food is fantastic .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great if you have lots of time
    sheepdog
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was excellent and the chef modified items based on food allergies. The entrees were tasty and did not lose anything based on the Chef's modifications. The sous chefs however may not be as attentive to detail as the Chef. I am allergic to onions and garlic and I was presented a plate with scallions on it. The wait time was very long considering there were not many people in the restaurant. I appreciate that special attention to allergies may take time but I HAVE NEVER WAITED THAT LONG BEFORE. The waiter was aware of our allergies and gluten sensitivity and was knowledgable about the dishes and sauces and what ingredients they contained.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    Delightful
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very hip place with friendly staff and interesting menu. I got the scallops with whipped sweet potato and a side of Brussel sprouts. It was very good but someone at my table got the miso glazed trout and I had dinner envy. Her portion was two very large pieces of fish and generous rice and salad accompanied it. I would go again, and try something else. The wine was fabulous both in taste and the happy hour price of $6 added to the pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Asian Fusion in the heart of H'burg
    PaleoChowHound
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Cafe Fresco was in the "Fine Dining" section of the local-restaurants list I got at the Courtyard Marriott, so I decided to take a chance, and made a reservation on their website. Arriving on a Monday night, the place was nearly empty. The service was courteous and efficient, the food was outstanding, and the atmosphere was chic (colorful, subued lighting; mellow trip-hop on the stereo, with the TV at the bar turned down low enough to be inaudible at my table). I had the Spicy Tuna Tartare, Tea-Smoked Duck, and a small peach sakeh. All were excellent, and the tab came to a very reasonable $50. I'll definitely be coming back to Cafe Fresco next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing atmosphere
    aLma
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place has never been anything but amazing. The service is extraordinary, drinks are the best in town and the food is always cooked to perfection. They have something for everyone on their menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare find
    beth
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was inventive, fresh and very clean interesting flavors. Staff was very warm and gracious. Prices were extremely reasonable. Would absolutely return when in the city. Great selection of bottle beer and extremely good house wine selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food Wonderful Ambience
    hungryboy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I always enjoy dinner at Café Fresco. The food is delicious, delicately seasoned and presented beautifully. I also enjoy that I can order tried and true dishes or try something completely new and different. Never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is flawless!
    dine4lyfe
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    Susie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    As expected, everything was great. I can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most enjoyable
    JimS
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    If for anything else, this place is consistent....consistently great. Every menu item is good and flavorful. Usually, I would recommend something but the entire menu is worth trying and believe me...it will be difficult to choose. Many thanks to Travis for his culinary flair and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but too rich to frequent
    Tony
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent food and good service. Small beer list, large cocktail selection. A bit too expensive compared to similar restaurants with similar menus.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    Jaimeb31
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodGal84
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Experience
    PBRGHGUY
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Amazing food, amazing drinks and amazing service. Could not have had a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 176 reviews are from the Cafe Fresco - Center City reviews archive.
  • Outstanding
    TakeMyWordForIt
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Had a truly beautiful time. Food and service were beyond exceptional. Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Harrisburg
    Tshed
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Continually the best California/Asian flaire restaurant. Always something good on the menu. Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Mike
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place to be
    Tazzer
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food!
    LoveLunch
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Experience
    dakotah
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • graduation dinner
    ilene
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well done, Cafe Fresco
    misstutti
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb as Usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Place for Date Night
    langio68
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food.
    pyt11
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!
    Dawn
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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 ...
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Town
    CRR3rd
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The restaurant is consistently good. Its menu is diverse and always interesting. Most likely the best restaurant in downtown Harrisburg.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choice
    MAK0
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer service
    wesj1
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu Options
    Berni
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome date night!
    SofiasMom
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One not to be missed
    Mitsos
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find in Center City
    DougW
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • in love.
    Susie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.