Cafe Magnolia
Cafe Magnolia

Cafe Magnolia

  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Cafe Magnolia reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (20)special occasion (20)great for lunch (20)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (13)romantic (7)great for brunch (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • MamaMia
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    It was a quiet night, which was good for conversation. There is no bottle opening fee, which is a plus and we liked the BYOB option very much. The food was excellent and the pricing was a good range. The ceasar and strawberry salads were wonderful and I recommend the Scottish Salmon. Our server (Noelle?) was attentive and helpful and she is an asset. For a first date, it was the perfect setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fabulous!
    Phyllis
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The quality of the food is the best around. From the burgers to bison tenders to fish to salads... mouth watering every time! Owner, chef, staff always friendly and willing to make the experience one to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, but not last
    Claydaw
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We've lived in the area since Café Magnolia opened, but had never been before. Our loss! Went for wedding anniversary dinner on a Saturday night. Service and timing on the courses was impeccable. Apps, salad, entrée, dessert. One immediately after the other and with no degradation in quality or temperature. The food was extraordinary! If I said we had calamari, salad, salmon, scallops and ice cream you would know WHAT we had, but it wouldn't begin to describe the wonderful flavors of the dishes. You need to check out the menu. Down side was the noise. It's a small space. Tables are suffiectly separated, But on this night there was a party of 8-10 for "girls not out" seated near us... This restaurant is not for kids (please!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good friendly service
    Jakrob
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Shared an appetizer of Pork Osso Buco... delicious. Could have made a meal of this dish. Great sauce. My sandwich was better than my husband's, but he did order his brisket medium rare. We appreciated that Cafe Magnolia is a BYOB. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and Cafe Magnolia served a beautiful lunch, provided champagne glasses for us and chilled our champagne until we asked for it. Always a pleasure to eat there. Staff is friendly & helpful and food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Confirmation lunch
    PamZ
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We took a group here for my daughter's confirmation lunch and we all LOVED it! Only a couple of us had been there before and everyone loved their food, the service and the overall experience. My family is already asking when we can go there again. When you look at the menu, it doesn't look that different from other menus, but the taste is unbelievable!! They had large portions too. Our entire experience was wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, except one dish
    Gardener
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Mozzerella alla caprese, great. Black bean soup, great. Key West Scallops, great. Sadly, the brisket my husband ordered was a major fail--a too-sweet too-thick sauce and the meat was mostly fat. He couldn't eat it. Our server was great, took it back, offered to bring something else, but he didn't feel like eating after that; it put him off that much. They took it off the bill, but of course we tipped on what the total would have been with that dish on there (not the server's fault). When we are back in the area, we might give Cafe Magnolia another try. But not the brisket.
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  • Very Quaint
    excellentVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was a great find. We wished we knew it was BYOB. The food was excellent and the service by our waitress Summer was great. It also has an outside deck which is well lit and beautiful for outside dining. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious Seafood Selections
    Seadove27
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Room configuration gave us a chance to chat and reconnect after a busy week. The rehearsal dinner in the main dining room added a festive, happy feel. Lots of tempting menu choices and specials - but seafood won out for us. Hubby had his usual Seafood Jambalaya and I had Key West Scallops which were melt - in -your - mouth yummy. Accompanying risotto was so-so. Cafe Magnolia is definitely on our favorites list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    tpetchy
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were driving on highway US15 and decided it was time to eat. I fired up my OpenTable mobile app and selected the closest place... Cafe Magnolia. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was a converted house. The service was fast and courteous. The only problem I had was a pet peeve of mine. I believe when the chef uses shrimp in a dish that is covered in sauce the tails should be removed. My Seafood Jambalaya, while tasty, was smother in tomato sauce. This made it very messy to remove the tails. The restaurant is a BYOB facility however, that didn't bother us because we were continuing on with our drive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ziggy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We arrived at the restaurant and waited 5 minutes to be seated. We were seated in a back room where there were no other customers and the waitress was unaware we had been seated. We had to wait another 10 minutes until we were noticed. The food was good and the waitress was very apologetic for our wait. Their menu has changed and we really liked the choices on the new menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorite places
    SandyW
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We love the casual atmosphere paired with the delicious food and excellent service. It being a BYOB makes it even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was awefull.
    Hbgdiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We got everything from spa to salads to meals. Apps were edible. Salads were slimy and wilted. Not fresh. Meals were either burnt or sloppy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Magnolias Revisited
    FoodieX2VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had not been to Magnolias for a while. Going this time we were quite pleased with the menu selection, large variety of choices. The food was well prepared with reasonable portions and good prices. After a slow start, the service was very good. Will return before too long.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular area lunch & dinner magnet
    pikydynr
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    As usual, the staff was pleasant and knowledgable, the atmosphere inviting, and the food artfully presented and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    ywev
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great service. Love to eat here. We had a wonderful dinner with our daughter and soon tobe sin in law. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    SteveL
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Like usual, had another great dining experience. Great selections and great service. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and affordable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love the food and the friendly and pleasant staff. Enjoy the "specials" for variety, but the standard menu items are always delicious too! With this being a BYOB, it makes having a Great Meal, affordable. We think about trying someplace else, but keep coming back! Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Mark
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I each had very good meals. A lot to choose from the menu. The chicken gumbo soup was great. The tiramisu was a little disappointing because it was just all mousse and mascarpone - no lady fingers. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 154 reviews are from the Cafe Magnolia reviews archive.
  • Food was good, but. . . .
    CbusFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A pleasant restaurant located in a renovated house in a quiet area. Food dishes were very good, especially seafood. Unfortunately, the fact that the restaurant has no liquor license was a disappointment. . . not stated on site or confirmation e-mail. So if you like a good glass of wine, be forewarned (or bring your own!). Overall good service, but server seemed to "disappear" just as we were waiting to pay.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    NYVan66VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Never knew it was BYOB. But the service was good the food was good and given it was a blind choice...no complaints.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MFD3801
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We always had a great time dining at Café Magnolia. The service and food were great and we would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Thank you for accommodating our large group. It has such a great atmosphere and all staff members were extremely helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A TOP CENTRAL PA RESTAURANT
    DELL
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been to Cafe Magnolia many times over the past several years, mostly for special occasions, and it is an excellent restaurant. Great food, extensive menus plus specials, friendly and efficient hosts and servers, and good ambience. Not perfect but pretty darn good in comparison to all the other restaurants in the Harrisburg and surrounding areas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good
    parmall
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow slow service for a party of 5
    PartyOfFiveWaitingForFood
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
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  • Worst experience
    DiningduoVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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  • used to be good . . .
    JanCelVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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 . . ."
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  • Tobyonekenobie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I heard some very good reviews but I was not overly impressed. Good for sandwich
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  • LuvCM
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Menu was excellent. Food was DELICIOUS! Very different with a range that appealed to every palate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Wonderful evening. Started out bumpy with hostess but server more than made up for it. Great food and server did not rush us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An absolute favorite!
    cleanpl8club
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great service with a welcoming atmosphere and eclectic but classy menu. We love the Cafe Magnolia for special family occasion and just something different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Check your account!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    sixpakc
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Beargirl
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    What a wonderful evening with delicious food and terrific service. And the deck is very nice too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Very Friendly Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great work lunch
    Andy9381VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was great. Nothing else was spectacular but nothing else needed to be. Enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Mothers' Day
    CampHillfoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Place
    Mommypants
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good service.
    avamae
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable meal
    Beth
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We hadnt been to cafe magnolia for since last year. Great meal and terrific service. No doubt well return
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.