Cafe Magnolia
Cafe Magnolia

Cafe Magnolia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafe-magnolia.com/
  • Phone: 7179019700
  • 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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Cafe Magnolia reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (28)great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (25)fit for foodies (19)good for groups (17)great for brunch (7)romantic (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
  • 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
    NYVan66
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • used to be good . . .
    JanCel
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great work lunch
    Andy9381
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 134 reviews are from the Cafe Magnolia reviews archive.
  • 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.
  • Cozy, with really good food.
    Jatzen
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly
    Mike
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    LoveLunch
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food and service is always wonderful. Great place to meet up with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Don't forget it is BYO....wine, beer or drink of choice! They will provide the glasses, bucket and ice!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll eat here again for sure.
    FoodFan2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great. This place
    justin
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute and Yummy
    DrGrapesVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around an excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    All around an excellent dinner and very good and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Good atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snowy eve
    Cooki
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    We had a pleasent experience, as usual, My husband can not stop voicing how great his mesl was!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.