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Char's Tracy Mansion
Char's Tracy Mansion

Char's Tracy Mansion Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (717) 213-4002
  • Hours of Operation: Bar & Library: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ron Canady
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Gallery, which features the mansion's original fireplace and a private terrace, seats up to 24 people. This room is equipped with internet access for corporate functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Shana (717) 213-4002
  • Entertainment: Live Music in the sculpture garden Fridays and Saturday nights during the summer, 7-10 pm, weather permitting.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kelker
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot adjacent to the mansion. You can enter after Muench Street from Front Street, or after Kelker Street on Second Street.
A word from Char's Tracy Mansion
An American Brasserie offering both casual and upscale dining experiences. A place where individuals will feel ‘special’ whether they come for a drink, small plates/dessert, a meeting, or an evening of fine dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Had dinner at Char's with friends from Palm Springs, CA. We had just returned from seeing a show in NY and were very tired and I didn't really want to go. The seating outside rejuvenated us all! The staff, food and outdoor seating were fantastic. We have had many fine dinners with them in Palm Springs but they were very impressed with Char's and want to go back again. Always a wonderful dining experience at Char's."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Incredible dinner on the veranda. Beautiful evening, exceptional service, mouth watering halibut and music set the tone for a very special night. Highly recommend Char's for top of the line dining experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We took my wife there for her birthday. It was nice to sit on the porch, have a drink, listen to the music and enjoy the view before dinner. They had our server serve us drinks, which was a very nice touch. Having the same person take care of you from beginning to end seems lost on restaurants. I detest when a different wait staff person brings the food and in essence makes me order twice. In addition, that person doesn't get fresh drinks, etc. The food was great. The rack of lamb and veal with sage risotto were 10s, the port tenderloin was good, just not great. The atmosphere in the mansion is elegant."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We started with the liver pate appetizer which we both love. We split a nice salad (with a $2 mark-up) and then the entrees. Mine was the pork. Good but not great. The sauce reminded me of a light barbecue sauce. It got better as it got colder. My wife had a seafood dish and the shrimp were huge but not especially good. Don't get me wrong, we both enjoyed our entrees but the price tag with 2 martinis and 3 glasses of wine almost hit the $200 mark. I want to be wowed for that kind of money and this didn't do that. We will definitely go back but the search for a great restaurant in the Harrisburg area continues."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went here for a special occasion and were very impressed all around."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience at Char's! We went for our anniversary and everything was awesome! They even wrote Happy Anniversary on our dessert as a nice surprise! Looking forward to going back! Food and service were top notch! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Char's, but we will most definitely return. There was an extensive martini list, a great selection of appetizers and small plates, and some unique dinner specials. The quinoa salad was visually delightful and equally delicious. The pace of service was relaxing and unhurried. If you are looking for a special occasion venue, this is it. Harrisburg has a true gem with Char's!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with dinner here, so we wanted a nice evening out. The service was great. They paid attention to the small details that get over looked these days. The food was great as well. They were also kind enough to "quietly" acknowledge our anniversary with a happy 10th in chocolate sauce and a small candle on the desert plate. Every employee went out of their way to make sure our meal was great. Thank you, and a well done for Char's!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We (me and my wife) was celebrating her birthday (40th) and the place fit very well. My place was ready when we arrived including the flowers I ordered. The service was perfect including sugestions on drinks and food."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Harrisburg has only a few upscale restaurants so when it's time to go somewhere nice, Char's is usually it for us. It is close and has sufficient parking. Our entrees was good, I loved the sauce they put on the filet. Now, for the not so good. The salad was overdressed, drowning in the dressing, and the potatoes that came with the steak had as much butter as potato. My wine would have been good at the correct temperature, but it was very warm. Yes, I realize that red wine should be served warmer than white, but it should still be a little cool. Also, since they don't have a sommelier, the waitresses should be able to describe the wine."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Our favorite establishment! My go to place for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "most excellent service, food and pleasant environment"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable birthday dinner. We are pretty particular and all the items we ordered did not disappoint. We are retired and do not appreciate spending a large amt of money on a disappointing meal. We will definitely return to Char's."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Situated on the Susquehanna River, the view from the terrace was relaxing and romantic. The service was attentive and they still serve bread. The food was good but seemed trying hard to use the "fusion" word. Dessert were left alone and just really good. Great romantic spot."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "It isn't cheap but it is worth the price. Right on the river in a charming old house."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary. We had not been to their "new" location yet. The food was really fantastic! Our waitor really knew the menu and was able to make some wonderful recs. We will definitely be going back"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "many great menu items to select from...presented and done so perfectly"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "What a beautiful place! Great outdoor seating, great food and prompt service. The pickle point oysters were delicious as well as everything else. I will be returning for sure!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Just as good as the first time and we will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Dinner away from home while traveling. This spot, in a converted riverside home, made for a relaxing evening on a special occasion. Found a wine from one of our favorite Tuscan vineyards, which complemented the ambiance, good food and excellent service."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The mid-state is fortunate to have this dining gem in a fabulous location over-looking the Susquehanna. Comparable to Philly's best in terms of food, the ambiance helps make the experience all the better. Service was spot on, owner Char is the "hostess with the mostess. " Interesting and creative dishes done very well."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It was a great meal and service as just as good. This was our first visit to their new location, it was 7 years before that my wife and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary at Char's. Will continue to recommend this place to others."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The new "prix fixe" menu has scrumptious choices. We had the shrimp soup which was hearty and delicious. The Thai shrimp and chicken was perfectly flavored. We were celebrating 2 birthdays, and the honorees received a very clever and special surprise at the end of the meal."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It was a glorious first day of June and we spent the day hiking the AT and the rewarded ourselves with cocktails and a fine dinner on the patio at Char's. The owner is attentive and the food is superb. Try the blood orange martini!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "What a fantastic night. We decided to try Char's Tracy Mansion for our 2nd anniversary. What a great choice that was. From the time we walked till the time we left it felt like we were the only ones there. That is how attentive the staff is no matter how many patrons are there. Food was fantastic and drinks were just the right blend. Can't wait to go back and enjoy more of there selections and specials. Location is easy to get to with plenty of parking and the artwork throughout the restaurant is an added bonus to look at. Thanks for a memorable night. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Char's. The specialty drinks were great, the food was delicious and the service was great! Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The great things about Chars is the wonderful menu of special dishes that you don't really see any where else. From the beginning to the end each selection is well prepared and the presentation is too good to eat. Every dish is well balanced and the right portion. Great Job as always to the staff of Chars. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went to Char's on May 14 to celebrate our anniversary after reading Open Table reviews recommending it as a very nice restaurant with great food and a scenic view. We were very pleased with our choice. The ambience is wonderful. It is definitely a very romantic spot to take a date or your spouse. The food was magnificently prepared and both the manager and chef came out at different times to make sure we were happy. Our server, Rebecca, was very knowledgeable about the menu items and was very attentive to our needs. We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this restaurant. Please be advised though that you are probably paying over $100 for two but the dining experience is equivalent to dining at a fine restaurant in NYC."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I have had dinner at Char's several times since move to beautiful new Tracy Mansion. This was my wife's first time. Multiple diverse wine, drink, appetizer, entree and dessert options. Service was first rate. Excellent bar and also ability to eat on patio in nice weather overlooking the river. There are a shortage of fine restaurants in Harrisburg and this is one of the best. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I took my mom here to surprise her on her birthday, which happened to be Mother's Day this year. The restaurant and building were absolutely beautiful. The view from our booth was perfect. We watched the sun set on the river throughout our meal. The entire experience was altogether lovely. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant for fine dining. Excellent service. Char herself greeted us at the door and visited each table briefly throughout dinner Our family of 5 was celebrating a college graduation. The best meal at our table was the scallops."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "First experience with Chars. Booked a table for a quiet anniversary dinner for two and when we arrived, we were escorted to a table that actually had to be pulled away from another occupied table just so we could sit down. We ended up not staying and found another restaurant with a bit more table privacy and atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience! Both the risotto and scallops were very well prepared."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We arrived 15 minutes before our reserved time. The hostess was very friendly and seated us right away. Server was very attentive without making us feel rushed. She was especially pleasant. We've never had a meal here that was anything less than fabulous. The shrimp and lobster cocktail appetizer was refreshing and delicious. Beautiful view of the sunset on the river . . . great anniversary dinner! Seating is a little close and the noise level a bit high but it really didn't detract from our conversation or overall experience. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The only thing preventing across the board outstandings was the fact that on Open Table we chose special occasion "yes, birthday" & then when we checked in we again stated it was for a birthday & again advised our server & there was nothing expressed in any manner. However, the food selection/quality/quantity were indeed outstanding. The surprise homage to Kentucky Derby with the juleps was great fun as we arrived after watching the Derby. We specifically chose Chars for the birthday believing it would be a great place to celebrate. In the future we know to book elsewhere for our 4-5 dining celebration dinners and just dine here when looking for specific tastes."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "All of the food was spectacular. The scallops are very good but have a bit too many sun dried tomatoes. Halibut was also really good as a special but was $42. Our server also did an excellent job. Very friendly. A bit noisy but still pleasant. Save for a special occasion as it is very expensive."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Some of the best service and food I have had in a long time. I travel all over the US and this is one of the best finds. Harrisburg PA?"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food was good, but not memorable. The appetizers where better than the entrees. If I go again I will stick to small plates. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Char's and it was the perfect place to celebrate our daughter's 25th birthday. Wait staff is impeccable and greeted twice by the owner. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The place is lovely, and feels very much like a special occasion place, without being stuffy. The menu offers something for everyone and is diverse enough not to be boring. Beer selection surprised me with its variety! As the dining room filled, the noise level really picked up, but that was the only less than perfect aspect. Will definitely return soon!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014