Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.24mi
  2. Distance: 0.25mi
  3. Distance: 0.33mi
  4. Distance: 0.41mi
  1. Distance: 0.24mi
  2. Distance: 0.25mi
  3. Distance: 0.33mi
  4. Distance: 0.41mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.24mi
  2. Distance: 0.25mi
  3. Distance: 0.33mi
  4. Distance: 0.41mi
  1. Distance: 0.24mi
  2. Distance: 0.25mi
  3. Distance: 0.33mi
  4. Distance: 0.41mi

About Cafe Fresco - Center City

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.

215 N 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, American, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 6:30am-11am
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-4pm
Brunch: Saturday 10am-3pm
Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
Locust Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 236-2599

Website:
http://www.cafefresco.com/

Entertainment:
Cafe Fresco infuses chic decor with trendy music, creating the perfect setting for your dining experience. After dinner, step upstairs to Level 2 where the hottest DJs from the East Coast lay down the tracks for the ultimate VIP experience.

Level 2 is also available for private events, large group dinners, and meetings. Enjoy the quality and food of Café Fresco Center City in an upscale, modern space.

Catering:
Local catering is available for breakfast and lunch for groups of ten or more. Pick up and delivery options are available.

Parking Details:
An easily accessible, multi-level parking lot is located directly across the street from the restaurant. Rates vary, depending on dates and times. Street parking is also available with discounted rates between the hours of 11AM - 2PM and 5PM - 7PM. Metered parking ends at 7PM. Park in the River Street Garage across the street for only $5, every weekday after 5PM.

Executive Chef:
Travis Mumma

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join our email list to get the latest information and VIP invites to special events at www.cafefresco.com.

Cafe Fresco - Center City Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
See All
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Sort by
S
352 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The drinks and the calamari was amazing. The wagyu steak of the day was a bit pricey at over $50 but it was also very good and perfectly prepared. The only thing that could have been improved in the food we ordered was my daughter's duck. The skin was not crispy enough and the fat had not been rendered enough. It was a bit fatty and rubbery, but the duck meat itself had great flavor.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

 
·Dined on December 9, 2017

We don't live in Harrisburg, but visit often. We first went to Cafe Fresco three years ago and have fallen in love with it. Staff is the perfect combination of friendly and helpful, without getting in the way of the meal. Food is creative, delicious and appropriately portioned (i.e., its not tiny food). Also perfectly prepared every time we have been. They also have great specials which more often than not hook me in.

The staff takes the place from very good to excellent. We went this past weekend and our server, John (who you should ask for), really made the meal for us. He paced it perfectly and seemed to know exactly when to clear and ask if we wanted another round.

Great for a date or for going out with friends, we genuinely enjoy going.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was delicious as always and our waiter was great too! He was very personable and observant!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fantastic!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fantastic meal, fantastic service from John. Highly recommend.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was excellent, but that is the end of the positive part of the review. The food was mediocre at best and the bar recipe cocktails poorly conceived. To be specific, the risotto with the pork chop was gummy, the tea smoked duck short on flavor, the crispy pork rolls crispy but lacking flavor, and the tuna tartare appetizer unseasoned. Of our two desserts, the dip sum was yummy, but the chocolate cake creme brullee sorely in need of vanilla bean. The menu was exciting, but food poorly made.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service5
value1

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was my first visit here, but it won't be my last. Excellent menu with lots of options. Everything was well prepared in both flavor profile and presentation. Portions were appropriate for pricing, and service was superb. The coconut-mango sea scallops over red beet risotto was simply amazing! A great pre-symphony location for dinner with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Disappointing dinner. Menu pricing has increased substantially. Most martinis were $12.00 or more. Salads were pricy. Main courses were pushing $28.00 and up, rather high For Harrisburg. Food was average plus we had to ask for bread. Restaurant was empty for a Saturday night. Maybe people knew something we didn’t. Our tab was over $60.00 for two salads with shrimp and a beer plus martini. Would not rush back.

Tags: Casual
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our waiter John was amazing! Honestly the absolute best service we have had in Harrisburg yet!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 3, 2017

Was visiting Harrisburg with the family. This spot was reccomended. Simply Great food and great service. Authentic and unique.

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on August 28, 2017

Superb! The hostess greeted us with warmth & welcome, our server was bright,
friendly and attentive, and the food was truly extraordinary!

My cocktail was great & completely unique, appetizer was excellent, and the
special was great! Truly unique tastes, very creative & inventive!

Tags: Happy Hour, Spicy, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Conveniently located near the Pride of the Susquehanna (where we had a Groupon boat tour scheduled) - and across the street from a parking garage - Cafe Fresco is a gem. Their brunch menu had traditional and Asian fusion choices - something for everyone. We started with fresh donuts served with both a Nutella and Lemon dipping sauce - served in a Chinese take out box - very pretty and incredibly delicious. Two of our group had the fried PB&J (hey - we were walking nearly a mile to the boat launch :)) which was deliciously decadent. One of us had the French toast - which had a marscapone topping that was wonderful. One of us had the Egg BLT which featured perfectly prepared bacon and was served on toasted bread. The side of Fresco home fries is an interesting and tasty (non-greasy) mix of crispy potato cubes, edamame, corn and red pepper. With soft drinks/coffee - we spent under $70 including tip (for four). Very good value and exceptionally adept service.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Cozy
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was overpriced and mediocre. Service was good.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4
value2

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were greater & seated immediately. The drinks from the bar took some time, our server was "in the weeds" so she did come to the table quickly, her return took some time. When dinner was served not all of our food was delivered & what didn't make it to the table was not made. So they made it on the fly. Don't know if it was her mistake or the kitchen's, we had to remind her it was missing so my guess is it was her mistake. She was very knowledgeable & friendly. I did not say anything at the restaurant & would not have said anything if I hadn't received this survey. My husband is in food service & I had been for years, our waitress was very good & handled the situation like a pro!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Started the evening with a few seasonal drinks which were great! I recommend the cucumber martini. Our table server was excellent. We had the tuna tartare, scallop and Pom frites appetizers. All of which were very good. Meals did not disappoint! Overall, excellent experience

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I was at Café Fresco for Brunch with friends. The food, service and drinks were all amazing. I was with two friends who had never gone to this restaurant and they enjoyed is greatly. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion as it never disappoints. Also, kudos to the amazing bartender Tyler! :)

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Love the Brunch & Happy Hour menus. Great options, mostly Asian fusion but very different from other local establishments. Guess that what's sets them apart! Wish they bring back the Far East Caipirinha on the menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Very delicious food. Our waitress was wonderful!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great food and drinks! Asian fusion is the best kind of food. The cocktails are fresh and not too sweet

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Tapas, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Everything we had was delicious! The food came out quickly, and our server was very attentive. The only complaint I had was the music - it felt like we were in an elevator the whole time! Overall though we were very satisfied with our dining experience and would go back again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

One of our favorites ... LOVE the food, drinks are great, bartenders are friendly ... nothing like starting the weekend with happy hour at Cafe Fresco!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Love, love, love this place! The cocktails are the best! Karage is the best chicken appetizer in Harrisburg! The best chicken breast in a sweet and slightly spicy sauce. So yummy! Trevor did a fantastic job waiting on us, as usual! Thanks for never disappointing, CF!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The hostess and the wait staff were friendly, timely and extremely customer oriented. Sadly we were disappointed in our entree's and the lack of flavor and seasonings. The entree's just fell flat and the wasabi mashed potatoes my husband had were just plain nasty. Everyone at our table even tried the potatoes and we were all in agreement about how bad they tasted. The food was mediocre at best especially since the tuna tartare appetizer was mushy and also lacked flavor we were unimpressed and we will choose to dine elsewhere in the city and choose other restaurants at this price point. Not to mention parking in the city is not cheap either.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4
value2

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 4, 2017

It was a perfect setting for a quiet business dinner on Thursday evening. It is a hot spot and fine cocktails as well. During the weekend it is a very active place and more geared towards dinner, drinks and friends hanging out-so business dinner may be a little awkward.
Excellent food and great service coupled always tend to be a perfect match! I'd recommend to all parties looking for the perfect menu of Asian Inspired Cuisine.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The atmosphere is very cool and doubles as a great place for a romantic date (if you get one of the high booths with some privacy) or just a neat place for a few drinks with friends. The food has an Asian fusion theme but plenty of contemporary choices too. All is well prepared and presented artistically. The cocktails are tasty but a little weak (at least for my preference). Overall a nice place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Two of our party had the tuna (perfectly seared) and wasabi mashed potatoes (just spicy enough). One had the steak perfectly done, cut, and beautifully presented. It could not have been better. This was a slow night and the noise level was low.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Always a great time. Food is always good as well as service!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Wonderful meal with wonderful service. We will definitely be returning soon

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in downtown Harrisburg. I started with a pear martini, Brussels sprouts and French fries. The food was amazing from beginning to end. The atmosphere is fun, lively but also intimate. I can't wait to go again!!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Excellent food and service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food was very good. Expensive but we'll worth the price. Not an every night place but great for special occasion. Will eat here again.

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Food was fabulous, as usual! Trevor was our server. He is the best! he makes recommendations for food and drinks. He is always spot on. He is efficient and friendly! Drinks were good, but too slow coming out. You are missing out on some money with slow drinks on 3/4. The drinks were MUCH faster and tastier on Friday 3/3. Still my fav Harrisburg place!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Brunch was delicious! Service was great! Monkey bread and donut appetizers were super yummy. My favorite restaurant in Harrisburg

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Naples)·Dined on February 17, 2017

As always, I totally enjoy dining at Cafe Fresnos, expressly the brunch hour.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Excellent food & service! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a wonderful meal. The drinks were fabulous as well.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great date night!! Fantastic food! Great service! Awesome environment!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great food, wonderful service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Loved the service. The bar had top shelf selections, and terrific martinis. The food was delicious… we loved everything we had. The buffalo shrimp appetizer, the short ribs… mouth-watering.

Tags: Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2017

My wife and I had our first date by meeting at Cafe Fresco and revisit for each year's anniversary. Consistently great food and atmosphere. We love this place. Highly recommended.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2017

i love the food and the ambience. great location and great service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, People Watching
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.