Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar

4.7
265 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Ad Lib
Craft Kitchen and Bar
A comfortable gathering place where people come together to celebrate, debate politics or simply spend time with friends and family, Ad Lib is a “new take” on a traditional American Tavern.
Food and Drink offerings are old favorites “turned on their side” and full of surprises. Our food and beverage chefs combine classic preparations with contemporary creativity. Ad lib specials, the “Ad Lib Lunch” and Ad lib social hours celebrate spontaneity. This is a place to share food and share stories. There’s no script, just a stage set for you to wing it!
This is food that is fun to cook, fun to eat, fun to share. And, you can try many dishes in one visit with the large offering of small plate options. Guests can choose from over 40 small plates, over 30 wines by the glass, over 60 selections of beer and an ever changing list of craft, barrel aged and edible cocktails.
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vipSalena0774
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was great and attentive, the food was perfect, and my not so old fashion old-fashioned that way it was great! Very pleased with my experience here.

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vipRyan
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always well done!

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DeeY
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, the service was flawless, and the atmosphere wonderful. Enjoyed the singer tremendously. He made our visit very pleasant.

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RosemaryGalette
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make it a point to stop here when we go through Harrisburg. The cocktails are fun and the food is tasty! The service has always been excellent.

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Riley
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ad Lib is located off the lobby of the Harrisburg Hilton. Our first visit to this venue for brunch was a most enjoyable experience. The menu is more interesting than the normal eggs, omelets, pancakes and waffles. The four of us had three different entrees and each dish was excellent. One order was a breakfast calzone, one was tacos and two ordered Cuban omelets. Our server was very attentive without being intrusive. Bloody Mary’s had a generous pour of vodka. One comment…there was live music which is a good thought and the entertainers were very good. However, the volume was too loud which detracted somewhat from the experience. We are planning to go back again in the near future.

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender Rob was amazing! He had such a cool vibe and made our brunch memorable!!

The complimentary mimosa and monkey bread plus the live acoustic music was a great touch!

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ElisabethP
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were able to get seated on short notice. Food was fabulous. Steak tartar in Harrisburg? WTH- it was great!

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seafoodie
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. There was live music which added to the ambience of the meal. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed brunch!

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AdamN
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! One of the best in the city!

JB
vipJeannieB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent. Tired the fish tacos and brisket pizza.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasant surprise to have music as you are having brunch! Justin was nice and very knowledgeable with the food and cocktails. Food was creative and delicious- the bacon and egg open sandwich was amazing! The eggs Benedict were so tasty! Cheers to Mark from 1700 degree Steak house for suggesting the brunch!
A must if in the area!

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JaneS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Parker is a very good server.
She is knowledgeable about the menu & honest in recommendations. Also kept water & coffee filled.
Crab omelet seemed a bit light on the crab, other portions seemed generous.
Music nice, but a bit loud at times.
Overall a very nice brunch experience.
Would return!

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vipNovaJak
Phoenix
46 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place

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vipOutstanding
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious but the service should have been better……too much time between visits from our waitress; food arrived before the wine and lost interest in dessert after waiting 15 minutes for her to return to our table after bringing dessert menus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience in Harrisburg by far. The food was incredible and the service was outstanding! Found our new date night spot!

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RunnerEdu8rMom
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Worked out nicely for our large group. Greeter/ host and our server were wonderful, attentive, knowledgeable.
Pretty restaurant, prices very reasonable, our food varied: apps great (basil ricotta was a super pleasant surprise, Brussel sprouts yummy, and the recommended short ribs a hit), and all dinner entrees thumbs up, except for my flatbread. It was a pretty generic pizza. Expected dollop of ricotta and discernible sausage pieces, but both were elusive. It was basically white cheese pizza. But all in all, nice experience and would recommend!

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AmandaA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the absolute best experience for brunch this past Sunday (11am-2pm). Complimentary drinks, apps, and amazing entrees. They did have a kids menu as well, which wasn't displayed online, so do not decide based on that. Their was a gentleman playing guitar and singing throughout brunch. It was not loud at all and extremely pleasant, setting a great atmosphere. Our server was just the best. He was so engaging and personal without overstepping or holding us up from enjoying our meals. The food itself was exceptional. Everything was fresh with wonderful flavor. I cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant experience I have ever had. Food was heavenly, server was amazing, prices were great and all around experience was perfect.

LM
LarryM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was horrible took over 45 to get our meal ordered appetizers which never came even though waitress assured us they were cooking. Dinner menu is very limited.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Inedible food. Whoever thought short rib mac n cheese should be topped with salt and vinegar potato chips, clearly thought it up during a late night... Most of the food looked like grey matter, but the drinks were spot on and the service was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great !!
Good food and service!
Fish is fresh

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vipDaveD
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant with the best filet mignonette I’ve had in years! Friendly staff and excellent service!

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RosemaryGalette
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We plan Harrisburg as our rest stop between Atlanta and NYC specifically because of Ad Lib. It’s a bistro- like venue with good food and exceptional craft cocktails. Service is friendly and welcoming.

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ShirleyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit to Ad Lib. We had excellent food and the service was friendly, prompt and considerate. We will definitely visit this restaurant again.

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Britt
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a date night here and we were so impressed by everything! They had incredible cocktails and the dinner was outstanding. We look forward to going back soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was impeccable and the service was great.

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RickH
Poconos
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The staff was clearly stressed by the number of diners. Appetizers and main courses arrived at the same time, we were time-limited by need to get to a concert. Food was ok, but overpriced and undergood. We went there in the before times and had a great time with the small plates menu, which seems to have mostly gone away.

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Jodil
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Service was good. We loved the monkey bread as an appetizer! Will come back again!

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vipLekhaR
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Simple, tasty appetizers. Entrees were excellent. The variety of choices on the menu made it easy for a foodie and a finicky teen to find a great meal

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vipCHorst
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent decor, food was amazing and Parker our server was exceptional…well done. A great jewel in downtown Harrisburg.

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Reikigrrl
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great Music! Waited a LONG time till anyone came over. Food excellent, but would appreciate more gluten free brunch choices.

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LouLouEats
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated my parent’s anniversary… food and service was outstanding! They really enjoyed it.

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SandraM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The noise was distracting. We were in the corner by the road. Not a good place

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vipBklyn55Foodie
Baltimore
98 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and drink selection. The Bourbon selection is very well tailored and menu items are diverse and well prepared. Parking is free on the street after 6pm...so don't get tricked into paying the City's high garage rates.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Prices too high for quality of food. Everything is ala carte. Had the smoked salmon pizza. Some type of pumpkin spice on the pizza was off putting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

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Andrew
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The seafood pot I got was delicious with a scrumptious broth I wanted to drink every last drop of

DJ
vipDevinJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ad lib was amazing! We sat out doors in Strawberry Square and sipped cocktails, great dirty martini and a great cosmopolitan. For dinner we had basil ricotta cheese, roasted cauliflowers, wedge salad, wings. The food was delicious and the service was great. We will definitely be back to Ad lib!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Had brunch. My chicken fried duck bacon was awesome, but my partner didn’t care for his bacon cheeseburger. It was kind of loud due to the piano player so we couldn’t hear each other speak. Service was slow, but it was also busy and I think the bartender was also serving. There was plenty of staff it seemed, but not many of the staff were waiters, which was weird.

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vipJames
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

FAQs

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 237-6419.

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.