Char's Tracy Mansion
Char's Tracy Mansion

Char's Tracy Mansion

  • 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: Italian, Contemporary French
  • 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 7172134002
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Char's Tracy Mansion reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (109)scenic view (83)fit for foodies (81)romantic (77)great for outdoor dining (49)notable wine list (47)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (19)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • This is one of our favorite restaurants
    jwilli
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Absolutely love this restaurant. Pricey but worth it, you leave full and satisfied. Love the three course meal options on Thursday and Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Char's did not diasppoint
    TeeBusterVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I decided to try this restaurant on a trip to Harrisburg and was pleasantly surprised. Myself and business associate were both looking for a good steak, which is a difficult thing to find in downtown Harrisburg. The filet and NY Strip were both done correctly, had complementary sides and great presentation. Good wine selection and moderately priced for one of the areas better restaurants. Service was attentive without being bothersome and the waiter was very knowledgeable. I'm going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Place to Go for a Classy Time with Great Food
    McDougall
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We have been wanting to get to Char's since it opened and for some reason could never get there. We finally made it and it was worth the wait. The environment is very nice, the service friendly and unhurried, and the food was superb. This is the place to go in Harrisburg for a romantic time, to impress visitors to Harrisburg and for really wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    SaraAimee
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I chose to make my reservation at Char's based on some enthusiastic recommendations and I was not disappointed. The ambiance, food and our server made it a great experience. I brought my best friend there for her birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rater1
    bigguy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first time at Char's and it was outstanding. The food was great and the service was excellent! I would definitely dine here again after I pay off my credit card from the bill there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Char's
    Time2Dine
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    While the food was outstanding as usual, we were surprised that when we arrived quite early, we were told that it was necessary to have "bar reservations" to sit at the bar. The "library" where we like to have cocktails before dinner appeared to be closed. We were taken to our table (close to what we asked for). We said that we would like to have drinks before our meal, and we were told we could have them at the table. The wine was superb, and the food was delicious. The presentation was beautiful and appealing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • premier Harrisburg dining
    PadreGiovanniVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Fabulous food, superb service and elegant ambiance make Char's Tracy Mansion a gem of the Capital of the Commonwealth. Wine selection is First Class and chef is very accommodating to special needs (low sodium, etc.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfactory at best
    firsttimer1
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The service was extremely slow on Sunday evening. Food was prepared well, however they were out of the soup from the 3 course meal special. The environment was quiet for the first 20 minutes, then for the next 1 1/2 hours the patrons surrounding us were very loud. This was our Anniversary dinner therefore for us, it will most likely be one and done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, marginal service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Overall, we found our food to be good - flavorful and well prepared. However, the service was poor - we waited way too long between all aspects of the meal from the time we sat down to the time we got our check. Seating is very close together, so you can too easily hear the conversations of those next to you. Price for the meal felt too high for our overall experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Driving from Boston to Pittsburgh, we stopped for the night in Harrisburg and booked a table at char. What a great find! Food, service, ambiance were wonderful. The locals we talked with at the nearby tables confirmed that this is the best restaurant in Harrisburg. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great foods
    Lisa
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food and drinks were wonderful. We had a table of 6 and there was 20% gratuity added and the service was terrible. Service was terrible we had to ask to order apps ask for more bread and ask for more drinks. I am not from the Harrisburg area but do business in that market and have taken clients to Chars before the food is always great and so is the service this is the first time I have every had bad service. This is also the first time I was there and Char was not. Maybe that makes a difference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We tried to use a $100 gift card and then put the rest on my wife's debit card. The server came back and told us he couldn't get the gift card to work, that was fine we told him just to put the whole bill on the debit card. He then came back and told us the card was declined and he also doesn't think they accept debit cards. We found the reason it was declined after calling the bank. He swiped the card for the $170 bill 7 times causing her account to go into the negative and alert the fraud department in the bank to put a hold on the card. I ended up paying with my debit card even though the server said they don't accept debit cards. It took a whole week for them to refund my wife's card and release the hold on the gift card.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Craig24
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food, great cocktails, great desserts,great chef Ron, great server justin. Very friendly and view is awesome at sunset on the river. An eating and drinking experience. Janie and carol, your Erie friends
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We've known this place since it was located in Shipoke. Wanted to come back since they opened at Tracy Mansion. The place it's beautiful, with great views of the Susquehanna River. The food was very good, although the risotto with Gouda cheese and pork shank was delicious, was too heavy for my stomach later on. The service and friendliness of the staff at the bar as well of our waitress was excellent. They could use a larger wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    TomPVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I have come to expect exceptional from Char's but it was not this time. Just so so food. The prices are really getting too high for Harrisburg.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early evening dinner at Char's
    Catlovers
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    On Sunday evening we had an early dinner at Char's. Before dinner we had a drink in the library which was very pleasant. The wine selection was good and the bonus was "happy hour" from 4 to 6! Our table was near a window so we had a view of a nice sunset. The food and service were excellent as usual. One of our party was a vegetarian and he was quite please to see the menu had many options. We've never been disappointed at Char's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Harrisburg
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife and I went here for dinner while we were attending a horse show. Our water Alex was fantastic. He knew all the foods and wines and was attentive to our every need. The food was some of the best we ever tasted. Out-shinned most New York spots. I highly recommend this restaurant. Best in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem in PA
    chefnanaVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It was a perfect evening to celebrate my husband's birthday. We had been traveling for several weeks and found this to be one of the best restaurants on the trip. It beat one of the top notch restaurants in New York and Montreal! The food was only exceeded by the great service! ChefNana
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service & food!
    Debbie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We really enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the scenery. We had a wonderful time! The service was impeccable, and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I cannot express how wonderful the meal, service and atmosphere was on Saturday night at Char's. The rack of lamb was out of this world and the African stew ….. don't throw away that recipe either !!!! I just seems to get better and better every time we come for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aka1202
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Nice atmosphere, enough to accomodate large parties. Confused about inclusion of asian menu but all we tasted were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another nice evening at Char's
    PAVisitorVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We enjoy going to Char's and having drinks and appetizers during the week. They have a very nice drink and wine list and its fun trying new items. Tried the butternut squash soup, arugula and tomato salad, and lamb sliders. Soup and salad were outstanding, the lamb sliders were okay but not one of my favorites. I'd suggest passing on that. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebrated Silver Anniversary
    2inluv
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Arrived at Char's on a Monday night, we were seated right away. The restaurant was a romantic setting as my husband and I were celebrating our silver anniversary. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Ordered a coconut/pinapple martini and their special $25 bottle of wine on Mondays only. We will definately be back again for a date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience
    IvaB
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a good time during our recent visit. Everyone was very friendly, the service was prompt, and the food was enjoyable. The prices seem a bit high, especially for the cocktails, but we left satisfied. Recommended for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Very nice experience overall but it was significantly overpriced. The atmosphere was nice, service was great and the food was very good but at least a third of the price is for the location which isn't awe inspiring. I expected to be wowed by the experience and food and I instead felt satisfied with the experience but turned off by being significantly overcharged.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Parting from good friends
    RG999
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The ambiance, food, and service were wonderful. This is the last dinner I will enjoy with two good friends for the near future. It was a memorable occasion. Thanks, Russ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We tried Chars for the first time Friday evening. We were worried because we had seen reviews stating the service was lackluster. Our server was fabulous! She was very attentive and knew the menu well. My husband got the fish du jour which happened to be grouper. He RAVED about the meal, he loved every part of it. My appetizer and dessert were delicious! My entree was mediocre at best. I got the pasta du jour. I was expecting homemade pasta, it was boxed. The pasta was also over cooked. I would rather under cooked than over cooked pasta. The sauce was just ok and had way too many mushrooms(I enjoy mushrooms). The scallops that were on top of my mushroom filled sauce and over cooked pasta were delicious and cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • artist
    Sten
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Char, the staff and food never disappoint. we had an amazing evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best
    Papa
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Char's has been one of our top choices since our first visit, probably ten years ago when the restaurant was at its old location. The food, drinks, and service have always been first-class, and Char's collection of artwork makes the place very attractive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner....in Harrisburg!
    SailorBob
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Well, honestly I wouldn't have expected this restaurant to be in Harrisburg, but what a treasure and a lovely find for us. Definitely will be a place we visit again. The food was well prepared, the homemade pasta we perfectly cooked and attractively presented, service was friendly, attentive and professional and the sunset next to the river made for a special setting and a great celebration evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Lovely Dinner
    CarolandDavid
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our first visit, timed to take advantage of Restaurant Week specials. We were very impressed by the whole vibe. Our servers (2) were attentive and friendly, not stuffy as we thought it might be. Had a good deal on a flight of wines, which we shared. Loved the pierogies and chicken flatbread appetizers. Then we both had succulent short ribs. Ladies at a neighboring table also raved about their choices. These menu items however are not on the regular menu. Char, the owner, stopped by all tables, another nice touch. Happy Hour at the bar will be our next visit. The reason we would likely return for dinner only for special occasions is the pretty high prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harrisburg's finest.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Four of us visited during Restaurant Week in Harrisburg. This is the closest we have come to fine dining in the area. The service was wonderful, the food delicious in an upscale environment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice, interesting
    newbiefoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A very interesting experience. Wish they had a second entrance/exit on Front St. We enjoyed everything as this was our first visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oasis
    ItJustGetsBetterNBetter
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I met my friend since childhood at Char's and we had a wonderful evening reminiscing over memories. I did not realize it was Restaurant Week, but this did not interfere with excellent service and delicious food. I liked the Bar choices and the Wine List. My favorite is the dessert made with fresh pineapple. Just enough sweet and good for you too. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed.
    Launatk
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Initally our wait staff seemed to be in a hurry then we had to ask another wait staff person to find her. Their features were a delightful variety of mouth watering appetizers, entrees, and desserts. One appetizer was barely warm & waited for quite some time for the replacement. We had the same wonderful pork entree but mine had snow peas and asparagus...her's didn't. Dessert was a wonderful grilled pineapple...Waited over 30 minutes, after our entree plates were removed/we were offered coffee. We watched others be served the same grilled pineapple (who came in after us.) The dessert had a rum sauce with a side of gelato; lost in the tongs of my fork as pineapple was grilled. No spoon. Our wait staff person blamed the error on the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Harrisburg
    2K2L
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Char's never disappoints. Excellent specials. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening!
    eatwell
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was excited to experience this restaurant and it met all my expectations. The ambiance was lovely with a beautiful view of the river and two man band. The food was delightful and I savored each bite. Our server was professional and appeared at all the right times. We will definitely be back for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    RobBVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    First visit to Char's, but I'd heard nothing but good things about it. Went for anniversary dinner and everything was amazing! Our server was very helpful and knowledgeable. Food was perfectly prepared. A little loud but that may be due to it being restaurant week. We will certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harrisburg Restaurant Week
    Smitty
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Housed in the prior "Osteopathic Hospital" this place has been transformed. Don't miss sculpted glass lights & bathrooms. We delighted in the 3 course $30 restaurant week. It was a prix fixe with 3 interesting choices for each course. I had lamb ravioli, beef brisket and grilled pineapple with gelato--perfect all around. I was particularly impressed with their "wine flights"--a correctly paired glass of wine per course--I don't know much about wines, so this was wonderful. One of our diners knew the chef, Ron,who came out to warmly greet us & because 2 of our party were "foodies" we were given a wonderful, welcoming tour of the kitchen that he designed, complete with windows. The kitchen crew was great & said hi between their busy work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    PerfectEveningVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Nothing special. I had higher expections for Chars. Things were fair but nothing really stood out, except the live music.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall