Char's Tracy Mansion
Char's Tracy Mansion

Char's Tracy Mansion

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7172134002
  • 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 May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (112)scenic view (99)great for outdoor dining (82)romantic (76)fit for foodies (72)notable wine list (52)neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (12)good for groups (10)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Very nice, interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    RobB
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great location, views, decor, ambiance, cocktails, service, food. Cant't be beat for an evening out in Harrisburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    Coco
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have been to Char's many times in the past, and have never been disappointed. The food and service are always outstanding. This was our first time out on the veranda with the live music, and I have to say we'll be aiming for Wednesdays again in the future when we are looking for a place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the ambiance.
    needtorelax
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I went here on a Sunday evening (7:00). We sat on the patio. The entertainment was wonderful and the food was excellent, Service was very slow. We did order appetizers and dinners (no alcohol). The whole experience was over 2 hours. Had it not been for the entertainment, beautiful weather and view, I would have been upset. Great place if you have hours to spare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience!
    WenderFender7
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for a surprise night out. I read reviews for several restaurants in Harrisburg and finally chose Char's based simply on the feedback of others. I already had high expectations for the experience but I was NOT disappointed. My boyfriend and I started out with the lobster spring roll to share, chose the lamb and fish di jour for our entrees and concluded with the creme brûlée. WONDERFUL food, PERFECT service and an overall GREAT experience. Being a server myself, I HIGHLY recommend Char's to anyone & even raved about it to my own coworkers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect spot for dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    great views of the Susquehanna river. Wonderful options for different palates. Just an all around comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Want to love it but don't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I really want to love Char's, but I just don't. On this visit, the service was particularly careless. It was a Tuesday, so maybe they were understaffed, but our waitress disappeared for long periods of time while we waited for every step of the restaurant experience. We weren't in any kind of hurry, but this was really long wait times. We ordered appetizers, mains and one dessert, and the only two that were really delicious were the mushroom crepes and the escargot. The rest were just ok. The fish special was $39 and when I took the leftovers home, I ended up pitching them rather than eating them. Lovely building and location, but service and food are not where they need to be.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic views!
    Foodie13
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    You cannot beat the views at this restaurant! Easy to find, ample parking. Service was great and friendly. Most importantly, the food was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Central PA Gem
    No1FoodSnob
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My first time at Char's was super. Not sure why I waited so long to get there. The menu was very well thought out and interesting. Service was outstanding. Staff was very attentive and professional, without being intrusive. Food was amazing, both in presentation and taste. Can't wait to get back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    Joebob
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    From Char's personable greeting as we entered, to the last bite of desert the meal was spectacular. The apple carrot soup and endive salad, rositto with fish and sirloin entree were prepared and presented aptly. Adam, our server was attentive and obviously experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mimosa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    everything was great...alittle priceySpecials were excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First visit to Char's
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We paid a little more, but the food was exquisite. No entrees on this occasion. Appetizer, salad, small plate - more than enough. Cocktail was excellent. My partner had apple/butternut squash soup, pear and endive salad, lamb sliders. She oohed and aahed over the soup. The salad was not over-dressed. The lamb was good, but slightly more done than desired. I had sausage/bean ragout, spinach and berry salad and pasta Bolognese. All were top-drawer. Mini flan desert was classic flan dressed up with fruit and a little extra syrup. Char stopped by table and took us on a short tour of the property - classy lady and classy business woman.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    Spokes
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Server was excellent. Presentation was creative, however it seemed as though each dish could have used one more ingredient to spice up the flavor a bit. This however will not keep me from returning. Ambience is hard to beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience!
    SnB10
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We booked a reservation for Char's Tracy Mansion to celebrate our 10yr wedding anniversary. It was perfect! They gave us a window seat so we could watch the sunset (like we did for our Honeymoon in Vegas). The service was top-notch and the food was AMAZING (Lamb and Steaks, Salad, Dessert)!! This would be a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. We were there on a Wednesday evening (8pm) and it was not too crowded/busy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Birthday Dinner
    NateVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We enjoyed a superb birthday dinner at Char's on Tuesday evening. Sal the bartender is very professional and he makes a fantastic blood orange martini. We enjoyed a local beet salad and two specials, including the lamb shank risotto and a fettuccine with mushrooms and breaded eggplant. We always have a great meal and a great time at Char's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Char's was the perfect setting to celebrate my wife's birthday. Our waiter, Justin, was the best and made the evening even better. We only eat at Char's on special occasions because it is pricey but, none the less, it is one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An incredible evening
    HarrisburgEd
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our second time at Char's. The first time was New Years with old friends and it was delightful. This last time was a birthday dinner for my wife on the patio overlooking the river at sunset. The food was to die for and the ambiance was majestic. Nobody in town does it better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Sal's unique cocktails are wonderful. The food and service are top notch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent evening
    porcina
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was outstanding, the view lovely, and the service excellent. Char came over to visit a little and ask us about the meal. We will definitely be back. Very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Value?
    Raider
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    First, the positives: Food: as expected, but did not blow us away. Service: average for this type of restaurant. Setting: beautiful river views! Now for the negatives... Beer & Wine: rather limited beer choices; wine was a little better selection. However, they were out of the first TWO beers we ordered. Menu: not as extensive as I expected; but maybe I had the wrong impression of this establishment from the beginning. Value: for the price, nowhere near the experience I expected. We were seated in an awkward corner, not facing, but seated at a 90 to each other. Our server, while friendly, did not know the beers or menu especially well. $140+ for two people (entrees, two drinks ea, app & dessert). For that, I expected better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST RESTAURANT IN HARRISBURG
    BEV1951
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Excellent. Only second time dining here but Char's is very very fine dining in more ways than one. All staff were very attentive but not overbearing. Felt our server was only there for us. Another great celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our second visit to Char's, and it was every bit as enjoyable as our first. We plan to come back again, soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Squid
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Char's is always great I have been several times for business dinners. I finally took my wife, and she absolutely love it!!! The Chef's there are amazing and it is always a pleasure to speak with Char herself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner with amazing service
    Steve
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A very enjoyable meal and evening. The only detractor would be the price. Worthwhile but expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must….in Harrisburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had an outstanding dining experience. We had a table on the front porch overlooking the river. There was a nice acoustic group providing background music against the backdrop of the river. The owner, Char, introduced herself and helped us make menu selections. Our experience backed up what the cabbies told us that this is the best restaurant in town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for out of town guests
    FoodFanatic
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gymrat
    Gymrat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Bilzo
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and drinks
    Howbry
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We went here for a special occasion and were very impressed all around.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Tanya
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    snickersnacker
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good experience
    Tommygn
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for the ocasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.