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Cafe Magnolia
Cafe Magnolia

Cafe Magnolia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafe-magnolia.com/
  • Phone: (717) 901-9700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jessica Demopoulos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wesley Dr
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cafe Magnolia
Cafe Magnolia offers a casual, intimate, but contemporary dining experience. Stringent standards of excellence in service, food presentation, and quality ingredients, married with delicious innovative and traditional cuisine concepts, complete the dining experience. This winning combination earned the attention from readers of the Patriot News when they voted Cafe Magnolia "Best New Restaurant" in 2003. Awards have also been received from Central PA Magazine, Harrisburg Magazine, and The Carlise Sentinel. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We were a group of four. Our wives ordered the special recommended by our waitress They both sent it back as inedible. The other two dinners were very mediocre. They did offer free deserts and coffee. We won't be goig back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had extremely slow service for lunch on 6/30 -- it took 1 hour to deliver lunch. Salad came with entree as a peace offering when clearly the waitress was asked to bring salad with meal. No offers to refill drinks. All around poor experience. I won't go there again. Waitress seemed to ignore us as much as possible. Other around us ate and paid their bill before we received our meals."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I don't think I have EVER sat in a restaurant where we were not even acknowledged by anyone for 15 minutes. We were seated immediately and then ignored until we decided to go elsewhere. And even then we stood at the desk and waited! Certainly not worth the time it took to drive there only to encounter incompetent and, quite frankly, rude behavior. Not even a waiter or waitress saying I will be with you shortly...they even looked right at us twice! Very disappointing to say the least."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I heard some very good reviews but I was not overly impressed. Good for sandwich"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went to eat here as we heard they got awards for their food - only to find out it was back in 2007 and 2008. The service was spotty, and they seemed to be busy and rushed. The salad was fine, but average. Our rolls consisted of two - one for each of us - not even a basket full. The dinner was steak medallions on fettuccine - the steak was chewy, and he entire dish lacked taste. What we got didn't look anything like what was written in the menu. We never heard the specials, although we heard them repeated at another table. When we got back and told someone we went there, they said the same thing . . . ."they used to be good . . .""
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wonderful evening. Started out bumpy with hostess but server more than made up for it. Great food and server did not rush us."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Menu was excellent. Food was DELICIOUS! Very different with a range that appealed to every palate."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great service with a welcoming atmosphere and eclectic but classy menu. We love the Cafe Magnolia for special family occasion and just something different. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've made reservations via OpenTable three times here... and they've failed to check me in twice. Beware! The food is great, but if they're going to offer OpenTable reservations, they need to be better about crediting people when they use it."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "What a wonderful evening with delicious food and terrific service. And the deck is very nice too."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Repeat customer, love the food, service, and atmosphere as they were all excellent. No one in our group was disappointed, everything tasted so good, came out at when appropriate, and the service was wonderful! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the service was great. Nothing else was spectacular but nothing else needed to be. Enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Always excellent food and service. Chose for my birthday dinner. Id love to get my hands on the landscaping and the inside could use a decorators talc but the food is very good with some unique but simple twists and definitely freshly done. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This occasion was for my birthday. Took one of our favorite wines (BYOB). Everything was made-to-order. Any adjustments are welcome. Great desserts. Not too expensive. We go there about once a month."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Very nice menu selection. Great desserts. The waitress was near the end of her shift so she forgot coffee and tea. Otherwise, the service was pretty good. My filet was cooked perfectly. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love coming here. The food is always good and the service is the best. I have many food allergies and they staff is always accommodating."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The meal at Cafe Magnolia was very nice. Both my meal and my companion's meal featured generous portions and was as described in the menu. The Spanikopita appetizer was just a bit undercooked. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We hadnt been to cafe magnolia for since last year. Great meal and terrific service. No doubt well return"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My family and I were there a few days ago. I had a burger, my son had a kids pasta & meatballs that was huge, my wife had a salad and my daughter chicken fingers and we split a desert. We all really liked our meals. It's byob and in total I felt it was a very inexpensive sit down dinner for the quality and quantity of food we received. The waitress was nice, not incredible or anything, but she did her job well. We ate in a side room with four tables (groups of 2,3,4 (my table) and 6). It was loud(ish), but you could easily understand the people at your table. I wouldn't recommend the room for a quiet dinner, or private matters, but for us it worked well. I would highly recommend at least giving the place a try. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I have been here many times. Each time it has been a delight. Best for a party of 4. This last time we had 7 and everyone enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food and service is always wonderful. Great place to meet up with friends."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food is always great, service fine, and the former old house just provides a very homey atmosphere. Be forewarned that they lack a bar license so if you want wine or drinks, you need and are permitted to bring your own. To me this is a plus since I bring good wine at store prices rather than restaurant prices, and they don't charge a corkage fee. My only regret is that they are not open Sundays when I frequently visit from out of town."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for Valentine's Day, it was our first time eating here. We had an appetizer, main course, and desert, and all 3 were very good. There is outside seating but obviously given the time of year it was not open, I think it would be a nice place to eat outside once it warms up. The place is sort of small, so would say it's best suited for a party of 4 or less, at least until the outside seating is open. The prices were reasonable considering the quality of the food. We'll recommend to family and friends and we'll go back again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Don't forget it is BYO....wine, beer or drink of choice! They will provide the glasses, bucket and ice!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Cafe Magnolia has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of their food. The restaurant itself could best be described as cute. It isn't fancy but they have nice touches to make it a very pleasant place to eat. The food was impeccably prepared including very generous scallops that are easy to mess up. I have to say that everything from the kitchen was spot on. As a BYOB establishment the overall price is quite reasonable. I definitely wouldn't call it an ideal spot for a romantic night unless you both really enjoy great food and want to share a special bottle you have in the cellar then it would be perfect."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was great. This place is BYOB, which is always a plus. We had an awesome waitress, which I think makes or breaks the experience. I'd recommend this place to anybody."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "All around an excellent dinner and very good and attentive staff."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the service was great. They are a BYOB, so don't forget your favorite wine. The pork oso bucco and salmon were phenomenal."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had a pleasent experience, as usual, My husband can not stop voicing how great his mesl was!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The food is excellent. Service is sometimes a bit slow if you are in a group or purchase any of the entrees. Sandwiches and salads are much quicker."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Nice salads, but greens needed chopping. The dressings well prepared. The almond crusted sole: ample portion, cooked perfectly. The sauce was thick and too sweet. The crab cakes: high quality lump crab but they lack any enhancing flavoring. Then the monster wahoo special. It was very over cooked, dry, tough and the fish was very strong tasting. Our kind server saw that my wife was not enjoying it and a replacement arrived in minutes. A generous serving wasn't much tastier, or less tough. As she ate, she discovered 50% of it was still raw pink fish.....it was gross! The bill was partially adjusted. I would give Cafe Magnolia another chance, as there were moments of excellence. The wahoo presentation surely needs work."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Our group of four had delicious meals. It is tough to choose from a good variety on the menu. It is BYOB which brings the price down, and the entrees are all reasonably priced for this quality. It is one of our favorite places to meet friends or go out for a special dinner."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Cafe Magnolia was recommended by a friend. Reservations easily obtained. Quaint and relaxed atmosphere. Service was wonderful and the food was out of this world. My husband and I will definitely be dining there again soon!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My friends and family have been telling me how wonderful Cafe Magnolia is for several years. Recently I was given a gift card so I thought we would give it a try. Service was great, BYOB, food was excellent! We had a caprese salad as an appetizer- excellent! We had scallops, veal oscar and almond encrusted fish as our entrees- all were really, really good. The scallops came with a pineapple risotto and almonds that was fabulous! We will be back."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "My wife got the Chicken Cheasapeake and I ordered a dish with shrimp and lobster. the sauces on both dishes were so overwhelming, that you couldn't taste or know what you were eating. Let the customers taste the food, and don't just put so much sauce on, that you have no clue what the food tastes like."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great neighborhood place. Very reasonably priced and service is very friendly. Specials are always good and my wife and I always get the hummus trio which rocks the house to start us off! Remember it's BYOB so bring your favorite bottle of wine or two to go with the chef's excellent cuisine."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I saw this quaint restaurant daily on my way to work. After eating there I can't believe it took me so long to stop in. The food and service are head and shoulders above any restaurant in the area. Would recommend this place to everyone!!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a great meal with great service! I was completely disappointed with the seating arrangements. I understand with New Years Eve its tough to find seating arrangments but the isle/hallway with three tables as soon as you walk in the door is not an ideal spot. First, as soon as the door opens forget about it!! The wind comes ripping in and then its hard to have an intimate dinner when you over hear all the people coming in and waiting to be seated. I made reservations for 4:45 (which is pretty early) and probably got the worse seat in the house. Again the food and service was good.............that seating location almost runied the evening. The table closest to the host is the worst one in the house. Hallway limited to two tables."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great way to spend New Years Eve with friends. Service was great, not rushed. Everyone enjoyed it."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We made reservations online, thinking there would be a special New Year's Eve menu. We were not aware that the special menu was only for evening dining that day, so we were very disappointed. Guess it was our fault. We should have called the restaurant and spoken to someone. I would not recommend online reservations for a special occasion. We both ordered something that we had never ordered there before. Ended up leaving most of it on the plate. We have eaten there many times. This was the first time we were disappointed."
    Dined on 12/31/2013