Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.6
446 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Love the crab cakes and Sea Bass.

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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!

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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!

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LL
Baltimore
6 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Philadelphia
5 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.

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

Excellent food!

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

Sent my parents and they loved it!

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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!

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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 .

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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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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently delivers excellent service, food carbonara risotto, spicy shrimp bao buns & the Chillean Sea Bass is divine. Saved room for the Dip Sum donuts made in-house. Heather, GM, is a great addition!

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Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can always count on a creative and delicious meal! The staff is well trained and knowledgeable! The cocktails are always crafted perfectly from the bar!

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mitchel provided very attentive service. Chris was a marvelous mixologist. Food is ALWAYS fabulous! Most consistent & reliable restaurant in town. Great for entertaining guests or a date!

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CR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This review pains me because Cafe Fresco is one of my go-to spots for a fantastic meal. The menu changed up considerably since my last visit, with many of my favorite appetizers now gone and the items that replace them just not up to par. Unfortunately, my entree followed suit with the filet more than well done versus the medium asked for. The desserts also disappointed, with their signature chocolate lava cake a thing of the past and the chocolate/chocolate cake that took it's place was a total let down. Feeling defeated, I ordered what was once the best chocolate martini in town to try and recover this rather so-so meal. I am sad to say, I'm not quite sure what it was I drank but it was pretty awful - even my husband could barely choke it down. Every restaurant has it's bad days and I'm hoping that was the case this night. I will be back to Cafe Fresco someday but sadly, not any time soon.

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FK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in Harrisburg on a business trip. A colleague recommended Cafe Fresco. The drinks were great, and the food was fantastic. I had a steak, and it was delicious. I'll definitely come back.

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ET
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So where do I begin.... This restaurant was AMAZING! I made reservations with my fiancé to celebrate our anniversary, he ordered the shrimp sushi rolls and sea bass while I ordered the tuna tartar and duck - medium. We absolutely loved everything about it (we sampled each others plates). On top of that our server Adam was PERFECT!!! If I could I would request him again on my next visit, and best believe I will be back for that Lotus Cocktail :D

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a nice brunch at the cafe. Menu options were interesting and food delicious!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. The high-backed chairs in the dining area make for a nice private setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been coming here for years and it is always our "go to" restaurant. The food never seizes to amaze us and the service is incredible.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for brunch!

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Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy this Center City gem ! The food is consistently great! The servers are always very knowledgeable and friendly! I would definitely recommend you checking this out if you’ve never been there.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best crab cakes in town!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and great food!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and a great experience.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been a couple years since we've been here. Used to come every week for years and just wanted to change things up. Moved to the west shore and started exploring in that area. Reality is, this restaurant is incredibly delicious and we will be back a lot more often.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu had a wide range of options. All were very intriguing. Good wine, beer and specialty drink menu as well. The food we had was prepared very well. There was a lower cost sandwich and pizza menu but the entrees were all a little pricey. Service was excellent and atmosphere was trendy without being obnoxious. We definitely plan to return with friends in the future.

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Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Really poor service experience.

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had from apps drinks and main course & dessert !!! The sea bass was excellent and the short ribs amazing!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our server! The food and the drinks were excellent! I’ve dined here before but it was the first time for my in-laws and they loved everything as well!

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Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, love the booths, very cozy. Service was excellent, and the food was fantastic. We loved trying Cafe Fresco during Restaurant Week. They offered a great menu with lots of different options. Crispy brussels sprouts for appetizer, chicken and broccoli, pork tonkatsu, and one of the best peanut butter tarts I've ever had (the white chocolate bread pudding was excellent too). Nice happy hour with lots of martini options. Plan to return soon!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Downtown Harrisburg. Food is always fantastic regardless of what we order, wait staff was excellent! And atmosphere is cool jazz cozy and conversations can easily be had.

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Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice, I can always count on great service and delicious food! Definitely a must try if you are in town for the first time!

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had to wait even though we had a reservation. Service took forever tho server was very nice. Food was average. Drinks were great.

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FJ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Everything is lacking here

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner! Cocktails, food, and service are top notch! Tyler created some new cocktails that are delicious! It might be nice to see the food menu change a bit. It’s been a few years. Love this place! My favorite in Harrisburg!

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, very good dishes with the ability to try many different styles of food. With four of us there we shared 11 dishes. All of them were excellent.

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BK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dinner here! I’ve never had anything I didn’t like. The food and service is excellent. The specialty martinis are also incredible. If you need a sure thing for dinner or happy hour. Get to Cafe Fresco downtown - and ask for Trevor as your server. He’s awesome!

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