Cafe Fresco - Center City

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$30 and under
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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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JJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Very comfortable space. Great menu!

AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding! It seemed to take forever to get our food though. The chopped salad was extremely disappointing. I’ve had it many times before and this one was just blah.

p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, food, and service! Love it here!

m
Orlando
103 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Cafe Fresco, we were there for Sat brunch. Nice offerings and great variety. The restaurant is a bit eclectic, concrete floors and lots of funky seating. It has a cooler vibe rather than warm and romantic. Service was great and we would go back again.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We went on a group couples date during Harrisburg Restaurant Week. We made reservations well ahead of time and were seated almost immediately. It didn’t appear to be extremely busy, but it took 35 minutes for the waiter to come and take our drink orders. Another 23 minutes to get those drinks and nearly 45 minutes for our food. There were really no apologies from management only excuses. The food was good and worth going back, but I will have to think on it.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

WM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal, always fun at Cafe Fresco and Tyler (the bartender) is the BEST in Harrisburg!

P
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Slow service from the bartenders made for frustrating ordering process for the waitress. Took 15 minutes for our first drink and even then not all came out. Got a little better as the time passed. Luckily the food quality/taste was great so bar time was mostly forgotten.

CN
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were seated away from the bar area on a Friday night, so it was a bit quieter. Food was excellent, very well prepared and definitely a different Asian inspired take than other local restaurants. Service was decent, but our server had a habit of spilling things on the floor/table/my companion or this would have a higher rating.

K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

R
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere and food. Great upscale spot!!!

EK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Menu looked unique and had some interesting dishes that we tried. They were decent but not outstanding. Service was friendly but REALLY slow.

b
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Fresco and is usually our first choice to find out in downtown Harrisburg for a special treat or celebratory occasion. Food is always fantastic and service excellent! Really a big city restaurant vibe in Harrisburg.

M
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great happy hour was enjoyed by all 4 of us!
The appetizers were amazing!
Specialty cocktails also very good!!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The service was phenomenal and cocktails were great. the food not so much. The price for meal and quality of food did not match. would go for drinks again but definitely not for dinner.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hello, My name is Brian, owner of Cafe Fresco Center City. I want to thank you for your feedback and your perspective, and also apologize for your unsatisfactory meal. We take all reviews very seriously and use them as a way to constantly improve - both in the front and back of the house. Could you let me know what you ordered and elaborate on your dissatisfaction with the meal? What didn't you like about it? Was it delivered in a timely manner? Thank you for your time and patronage.

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a sure thing. We had friends in from DC and didn’t hesitate to take them to Cafe Fresco. The service is always terrific and the food is consistently unique and delicious. The bar does a pretty terrific cocktail too😊My only request would be to somehow get more vegetables on the entree plates.

B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wife and I like heading to Cafe Fresco. Food is generally really good. Little noisy but a nice place to eat.

JL
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating Friday night was great. Great food, great cocktails, and great energy on the streets. Perfect night out!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always excellent. The food is interesting and well executed.

AM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love the menu at Cafe Fresco, I refer to it as an eclectic fusion of my favorites. The drunks menu offer some enjoyable drinks outside of my normal classic martini or Manhattan. Staff was wonderful, helpful, and anticipating our next need.

WD
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken dumplings are excellent. Fantastic drink menu. Try pomlecheygreentinis. Filet was perfect.

G
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and amazing food!! Can’t wait to go back!

JM
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall this was very nice. Service was attentive and efficient. (Though it was a slow Monday evening.) We had a couple children with us and they were treated well.

The food was great. I had sriracha salmon and black rice - so good! Very creative drinks too.

Parking is easy - a multi-level lot just across the street.

Check it out.

WS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with an Asian twist. Wagyu beef was wonderful, as were brussels sprouts. Calamari were tasty, but next time we'll ask for the sauce to be excluded or provided on the side, as it made the squid soggy. Interesting cocktails, great service.

B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Love the food. A little loud. Tough to hesr you dats

KL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a group for happy hour which was lively and fun! We had a few of the happy hour appetizers and drinks! I have been craving the brussel sprouts every since! Table service was one of the best I’ve had! The food was beautifully presented and delicious. After dinner we went to Level 2 which was equally as great.

T
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent location in center city.
The servers are always very friendly and knowledgeable.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Love the crab cakes and Sea Bass.

SC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Girlfriend oves to visit here. food and drinks are always on point!

PH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was great for our Valentines dinner. The only reason we gave it 4 stars because seating was very tight. It was as if we had to dine with strangers, due to the proximity of the tables. Other than that, it was great. Even though it was very busy, our server, Trevor, took great care of us.
Highly recommend!

LL
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. We live in York and drive up once a month or so. The ahi tuna is to die for and they always have amazing creme brûlée. Never had a bad meal here!

K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were put at a really weird table that was right underneath a draft/vent so we were extremely cold the entire time and our table awkwardly faced the center of the room so we felt like we were on display the entire time and would've liked something a little more personal/private. Our waitress wasn't very friendly either and very short with us. The food was very pricey for the portion size we received (although the quality of it was good). We were hoping for something a little more special for valentines day.

BT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great and we really enjoyed our visit. Keep up the good work!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day, great food, very attentive service during a busy time.

b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had an excellent dinner. It was the whole crispy fish. We had a crab dip appetizer that was excellent. My wife had the Lobster risotto and she was just Ok with it.

CA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sent my parents and they loved it!

SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! If you like Martinis they make good ones here. My husband dropped our garage ticket and someone turned it in and we cane back to see if they had it ! It saved us so much money!

OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cafe Fresco is our go to for great service, food & drink! They always make me feel welcome & deliver consistently. Trevor is an exceptional server & Tyler makes the best espresso martini .

AV
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Our party of 6 enjoyed every single item. The Ship app was fantastic. I had the duck breast entree and was Top 5 duck Ive ever had. Will return.

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