Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.7
561 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
A pioneer of Harrisburg dining, Café Fresco Center City opened its doors in 2005 with Executive Chef Travis Mumma. Located in the heart of Restaurant Row, the Feng Shui inspired ambiance offers comfortable and intimate dining spaces that pulse with an energy and excitement. From the moment you step inside, you become part of the Café Fresco experience. Whether you are joining us for an urban, café lunch or the upscale, metropolitan dining experience of our dinner service, our skilled, professional staff will strive to accommodate your every need. Our goal is to provide you with a metropolitan retreat nestled in the heart of a smaller city that will exceed every expectation – an experience that can only be provided by Café Fresco.
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ScottM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Cocktail selection was great. Def looking to go back and try more items.

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vipHollyM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food service and ambiance!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One year anniversary! Everything was great!!

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vipCRR3rd
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Currently suffering from inefficient waitstaff. Bar tender not up to par. Waitress very poor at her job. We experienced unnecessary delays in food being served. Drink order was delayed even when it was obvious that the bar tender was not busy. Salad course and entree served simultaneously. Improvements must be made.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Food is very slow to come out. Got there at 6:20 and didn’t have drinks until 6:50 - two martinis and a beer. Only got to have appetizers because they didn’t come out until 40 min after they were ordered and we had to be at another engagement at 8.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on May 30, 2021

I am very sorry to hear about the slow service during your visit. I would never make an excuse for a poor experience but staffing issues have hit us pretty hard and we are extremely short staffed in all areas, resulting in slower servicer. Hopefully you will give us another chance as we begin to rebuild our team and return to normal staffing levels.

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SamB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch meal and the server did a phenomenal job! Would go back there for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening. Service was constant and attentive. I never felt like our table was forgotten about. Food was excellent- the scallops were perfect and the risotto was delightful. I will be coming back here for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time here! Our server

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MikeD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently have an excellent experience. Solid fundamentals and tasty fusion cuisine. We went a bit earlier than normal and the quieter ambiance made it a very enjoyable date night.

From drinks and small plates to dessert excellent. Also one of the best cappuccinos around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here for any occasion! Lots of menu options and everything tastes wonderful.

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is excellent!
I bring all the newbies in from out of town!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughters time visiting here. I wasn’t disappointed. Great food. Excellent service. Overall- A+

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KimberlyL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. We had a little bit of everything at our table - brussel sprouts, chilean sea bass, chicken stir fry and the short ribs with risotto. Atmosphere was lively and pleasant. Looking forward to my next visit!

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jamies
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and excellent food..will return!

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Miscellaneous1
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Wait staff was great. Drinks were a bit slow on but place was full and looked like only 1 bartender. Would def return.

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aLma
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately we did not have a good experience. Our expectations were high as we have dined here before many times. The filet mignon was overcooked and the sides were cold. I felt bad complaining but I also couldn’t eat it. They did bring another plate but by then my husband was done with his meal. Brussel sprouts came with bacon bits which was not mentioned on the menu. Service all around was slow. We left disappointed but we will be back in the future as we’ve had some great times here not to mention meals and drinks.

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DianeG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time eating at your restaurant. I loved the food! Our server was Scott, very nice and efficient. I thought I would take half my entree home, but ate the whole thing! I had the shrimp pad Thai! Yum! I had the delicious Pineapple cocktail, it was great! I'll be back!

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vipHBGLUV
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, outstanding drinks, outstanding food, outstanding atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The one great thing about the experience was the pork egg roll appetizer and dipping sauce. The restaurant was super loud and it was hard to talk even in a booth on an end. The room temp was terribly cold making the experience less than optimal. The waiter forgot to put our entree order in so with a 730 reservation., we weren’t served the entrees until after 9 PM. The chicken pad thai entree was not worth the wait. The peanut butter dessert was good. I’d choose other downtown options over Cafe Fresco in the future.

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CasualDiner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good and the service was good. Tables were spaced out. Only issue was a VERY loud group of people that disrupted the entire location with their noise. It was not what I would expect for the prices we paid for the meals. Also, not getting points thru open table for this reservation defeats the purpose of using open table.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints.

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viphooch34
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Steve J was personable, attentive & had fabulous suggestions (Hammered Nail, calamari & featured mussel entree!!!).
Our party of 4 had a grand time!
Thanks Steve. We shall return.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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MelindaN
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Cafe Fresco. The atmosphere, ambiance, and service were amazing. The food and drinks were incredible. I got the scallops and they were to die for. Great place for dinner on a Saturday night and will definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Was pretty crowded for the day of the week. We didn’t get served very quickly. Took an hour to get our meal from the time we sat down. Like this place mostly

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancée and I went for Valentine’s Day, and it was a wonderful experience. The food & drinks were amazing, our server was very nice & available, and she even gave me a rose at the end in recognition of the holiday. Every table that isn’t a bar high top feels really secluded, so there’s a nice level of privacy for most of the tables. It was a really chill and romantic atmosphere, perfect for a date!

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! There’s literally something for everyone on the menu.

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CarolineM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! Extensive and interesting appetizer menu, delicious seafood entrees. Not huge portion sizes, but great quality.

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NicoleM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Cafe Fresco three times now and twice we had Jazzmine as our server and she is amazing! She’s attentive and accessible but doesn’t linger or come by too much, if you visit Cafe Fresco I recommend asking to be seated at one of her tables. The food at Cafe Fresco is so good. I love the variety and the range of flavors. Also, the drinks are top notch! I love Cafe Fresco and we recommend it to all of our friends and it’s our go to place for a romantic dinner.

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JebS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are fairly regulars at Cafe Fresco, as we feel the food and service is consistently good. I appreciated the spacing during COVID and the policies they enforced to ensure their staff and customers felt safe. We'll continue to dine at this place... keep up the great job!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service even better. Tyler was awesome

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this dining experience! Great spot in the city! Trendy and fun.

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GlenB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was outstanding and the bartender (Tyler) is one of the best in the area!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my mom’s birthday and we had wonderful service & food! Overall great experience, like always. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipjhorgan13
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Love the asian flare. Always something good for everyone in the group. Above average wine list for area.

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vipBrittany
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great; however, the wait for food and the quality of service was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Poor service. Took us over 2 hours start to finish. Waiter never checked on us - manager walked around visiting every table but ours. Very pricey for that kind of service. Food was just okay.

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DANIELS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality/taste was very good. Our waitress was on point with everything. Would definitely recommend!

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vipDebbieB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was superb!! Food hot and delicious as were the cocktails. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect !!

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Cafe Fresco - Center City is rated 4.7 stars by 561 OpenTable diners.

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