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
141 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)scenic view (99)great for outdoor dining (79)romantic (79)fit for foodies (76)notable wine list (53)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (12)hot spot (12)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Parting from good friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • 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!
    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
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Casual Elegance is good for you
    joeyeatsout
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We find ourselves in Harrisburg for no particular reason other than it’s halfway to where we’re headed. The mansion looks the part and has a view of the languid Susquehanna river. And, joy of joys, it has its own parking lot. We have a view of the river from our table even though we’re inside. There’s lots of glass art and what looks to be a Chihuly sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Since we had small dinners, we opted to share dessert. A small banana walnut bread pudding is topped with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with berries. A perfect ending to a delicious meal. I heartily recommend that you check this place out; if you’re local and a wino you might want to come when wine specials are offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • 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.