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Char's Tracy Mansion
Char's Tracy Mansion

Char's Tracy Mansion Details

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

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

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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kelker
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot adjacent to the mansion. You can enter after Muench Street from Front Street, or after Kelker Street on Second Street.
A word from Char's Tracy Mansion
An American Brasserie offering both casual and upscale dining experiences. A place where individuals will feel ‘special’ whether they come for a drink, small plates/dessert, a meeting, or an evening of fine dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The decor is magnificent, the food is superb, and the service was impeccable. The chocolate souffle was the best-chocolate anything, ever."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding, from the greeting by Robert upon arrival, the Chocolate Martini, and on through dessert. The Fish Du Jour, ONAGA SNAPPER – HAWAII, was outstanding. Little on the higher price side, but well worth it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "When in town and thinking about someplace special, Char's at Tracy Mansion always rising to the top. The restaurant has a great infusion of great food and great art work to pleas the eye as well as the taste. The menu can be a little rich and because I have a heightened sensitivity to sodium, can be a little salty. Again, this is my personal taste and not a comment of my guests who dine with me. There are a great number of menu options and the Chef has a number of unique twists. The service is always spot on and the servers are well trained and often remember you from previous visits. The owner is frequently at the restaurant overseeing the details of the operation and will greet each guest. That goes a long way in my book!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Char's is what the Circular Dining Room in Hershey USED to be, i.e., a special place where you go for special occasions and where you are treated special. Linen napkins and tablecloths and properly attired patrons CAN and ARE found at Char's Mansion. Superb cuisine and superior service. The chef, waitstaff and maitre d' make you feel like you are entering a culinary delight in the capital of the Commonwealth. The menu is exciting and the food is exquisite. HIGHLY recommended."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We have been to Char's many times. The food is always very good, the ambiance Ian's view are unmatched in the area, but the service is hit or miss depending g upon which of the wait staff that you get. Unfortunately we didn't have the best on this visit. I prefer being treated as a guest, not an intruder. I will hope for better luck next time and will try to remember their name if they are good so that I may request them every time."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Dinner at Char's is always consistent. Her servers are well trained and pay attention to details. Hint: If you order the special off the menu, ask the price of the entree as it is usually more expensive then most entrees on the menu. Overall great restaurant. It's the only one in Harrisburg that compares to top notch restaurants in other, larger cities."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is the second time I have been to Char's and once again was impressed by the attentive service, excellent food, and warm atmosphere. We had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant with a great view of the river. Love the décor in the main dining area and library. The food was delicious and well presented. Impressive wine list. Service was friendly and attentive. Great place for a night out or for celebrating a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Easy to find,great location,impeccable service,wonderfully prepared and incredibly tasty dishes! We live in Lancaster and its an easy drive to get here. We had a great time, from arrival, to finish! One of our top ten dining experiences in South Central Pa."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food was great at Char's even though I missed some things from a prior menu. The service was excellent. The chiken sausage was delicious, and the scallops with cappelli was excellent as well!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food ok but not worth the price. The interior design not up to par with the prices being charged."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Lovely setting. Enjoyed pre-dinner libations. Service attentive but felt rushed. Dining: over 15 minutes to receive menus and acknowledgement from server. No explanation of pre-dinner offering of breads. Impersonal. Pleased with first courses but mains were over sauced, heavy, over proportioned. Details: stared at a tray holding dirty dishes and water pitchers. Servers/bus staff milling about with seemingly no guidance."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "this was our 2nd visit to Char's, & we enjoyed both. Love that you can get some entrees as small plates, great wine list & unique cocktails. The restaurant is beautiful & the view of the river is special. Can't wait for Spring & outdoor dining on the porch. Definitely a special treat not to be missed!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Char, and her staff was overwelming. The atmosphere was superb. From Robert greeting us to Justin serving us to Char mingling with guests. The staff is well trained and professional at all times. Lastly , we will be there again. thanks again!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "great people great food you cant find or best somewhere in harrisburg!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Dinner at Char's was very enjoyable. This was our first visit in the new location. And we found the atmosphere and food to be above expectations. The location is very attractive. The menu was diverse and made it very difficult to make choices. Our server was knowledgable and efficient. Our food was delicious at each step. We will definitely be going back to Char's."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Everything about the experience was very good. We had the black grouper and it was prepared perfectly. Dessert; chocolate souffle and creme brulee were wonderful. Service was very attentive and our server was very knowledgeable of the entrees was very good."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great spot for excellent service and awesome food."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We went to Char's with two other couples (total of 6) for the Prix Fix menu. I requested a quieter area and they put us in a private dining room with one other group--perfect. The menu was somewhat limited, but not limiting--something for everything, yet hard to chose between different entrees. Everyone's salads, soups, entrees and desserts were fantastic--as was the wine. Decorations also stunning. Service was fantastic. Char stopped by our table to check on us which was nice. The service was excellent--but especially memorable in that it was so seamlessly perfect! The history of the Tracy Mansion as a psychiatric hospital was interesting. It is expensive so we won't go often, but when we do, we know it will be phenomenal! Thank you."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The food quality is still the best in Harrisburg. Staff is friendly and willing to accommodate. Great place to go when tired of the same old Steak and seafood. Always innovative."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "My wife chose here for her birthday dinner. Excellent food and service. Carpaccio and Triple Cream Brie appetizers were the best anywhere. Will definitely return. Prices do not make here an everyday visit though cannot be beat for special occasions. I z"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "By far, one of the best if not the best restrurant in Central Pennsylvania."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This establishment has good food and good service. The atmosphere is nice but on this evening we were disappointed with the seating arrangements. We dined early (6PM) and the resturant was almost empty. The hostess placed us in the row of tables along the wall. I wasn't pleased with the choice but my wife said she was alright with it because if was a cold evening and she thought other tables near the window may be cold. About 15 minutes later another couple was seated right next to us. The table was 6 inches away so we had to talk over each other's conversations. There were only four other couples in the resturant at this time and I could not believe our "neighbors" were not placed further from us in respect for our privacy."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Loved the personal attention and meeting the owner who takes great pride in her creation and ambience. Library for those having to wait for a table was a nice touch. The glasswork was spectacular and the art. That aspect could be expanded maybe to include other artists. Service was also excellent. Food was perfectly prepared. Noise level was OK."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "What a delightful dinner! We especially appreciated the pace of the service. We never felt rushed, nor did we feel overlooked. The food was gorgeous to see and to taste. It's a definite 5 star experience and was a great place to celebrate our wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "This is a great spot for dinner! be prepared to spend at least 100 dollars for 2 people. I would say that the price of the food was a little high considering the quality. I could tell they heated our dessert in a microwave. Even if the food was slightly over priced, I would still recommend this spot for special occasions or a great view with outdoor dining in the summer."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Soup, salad, and desserts very good. Entree was lacking as to being very special. Tables too close together and a very loud foursome distracted from what we thought would be a very enjoyable experience.,"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We travel from Lancaster to enjoy this wonderful and favorite restaurant as we can always be assured of the best of everything in our dining experience."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We have followed Char for longer than we (or she) would care to admit, and this venue gives her a medium that allows for all of her creativity to be used. The many custom art pieces (glass and metal sculptures) created by her family accent the atmosphere and compliment the decor not all that differently than the wine list compliments the food. At both Bellamundo and here at Tracy Mansion, the dining is always a delightful experience. We are looking forward for warmer weather so that we can dine on the veranda."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Excellent vegetarian/vegan courses! I was quite pleased with selections and the flavors. Kudos to the Chef! Drinks in the library was a fun experience."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "ambience, holiday decorations, wonderful food and service were a treat"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "I'd been to Char's several times for after work cocktails at the bar and on the veranda and was anxious to do a regular meal in the dining room. I was not disappointed; will DEFINITELY be back!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "From the moment we walked in the door, we were given great attention and service. Had a drink at the bar with super friendly and talented bartenders. Our server was fantastic and the food delicious and served at a good pace. However the noise level was daunting - could barely hear the server and had difficulty conversing with each other.l"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "A fantastic restaurant in the Harrisburg area, perfect for a romantic date or special occasion. Soup of the day was great, but felt almost over-priced given the portion. Salads were fantastic, especially the one with smoked bacon. Flat-bread was the least liked by us, but still was very good. Firecracker shrimp was solid and the pasta of the day was simply amazing."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I booked my table using open table as soon as I hit the send button my phone rang from a Char's staff member named Ashley. She was very welcoming and assured me that she could assist me and making my boyfriends Birthday a special one at Char's. The decor was amazing! The food was excellent! My chocolate Martini was very tasty as well. I can't forget the apple crumb and pudding bread as they where delicious. Our waiter, was very knowledgeable of the menu and really made us feel comfortable! Oh by the way, they brought the Birthday boy's pie out with a candle and Happy Birthday was drizzled around the bottom of the plate in chocolate syrup. We will definitely be returning! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Great food but with éclat! A visual as well as sensory treat."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Lovely evening to show off for out of town guests. Saw so many friends too."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We love to visit here for special occasion dinners. It is a pricier restaurant in the area which is why we only treat ourselves a few times a year. But the food is always good and the building is just lovely!"
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "I really expected more. The place had great parking, perfect location. The dinner was just OK. Nothing to really write home about. If you are looking for a place to eat that is quiet and adheres to open table reservations this place is for you. Wait staff was better than fair but honestly the whole experience was not what I expected. I suppose I should have lowered my expectations when I saw half the building displayed a for sale sign...."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We had a reservation for 3, when our daughter decided to surprise us with a visit. When I called the restaurant to add 1 person, you would have thought that I was requesting to open Al Capone's safe. They did accommodate us, but really made us feel as if they were doing us the world's biggest favor. Hate to tell ya, there are to many choices out there to be made to feel like that. Service was great and 3 out of 4 dishes were excellent. Will try it again sometime."
    Dined on 10/19/2013