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 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (115)scenic view (94)romantic (81)fit for foodies (80)great for outdoor dining (72)notable wine list (51)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (14)hot spot (14)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • 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
    PAVisitor
    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
    • 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!
    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
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mimosa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    everything was great...alittle priceySpecials were excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.