Cafe Fresco - Center City
Chilean Sea Bass
Chili-Soy Glazed, Sesame-Soy Soba Noodles, Creamy Miso
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
Wasabi Honey Mustard, Bacon, Gorgonzola, Crispy Shallots
Filet Lo Mein
Wok Seared Vegetables, Chinese Brown Sauce, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Thai Basil
The food was excellent. A creative menu. The restaurant has a great vibe and we will definitely be back when in the area.
Very attentive and friendly
We had a lovely time celebrating my husband's birthday. The service was top-notch, the food most enjoyable, and the atmosphere upscale but comfortable. There was a woman at the bar who was a bit too loud for such a restaurant, and the lighting was very low. So if you have any trouble seeing (my husband recently had eye surgery) bring a pocket flashligh or your phone. But overall, the experience was a delight and I would highly recommend Cafe Fresco!
We hadn’t been here for several years and decided to check it out during restaurant week. Service was friendly, but incredibly slow. Under staffed, perhaps.
Appetizers were phenomenal. Sliders ( tiny but delicious), Asian Caesar ( perfectly dressed and interesting textures) , Brussels sprouts. All very well executed.
Main course was another 40 minute wait. Sea bass was fried, which was a surprise ( not listed on menu description) but pretty tasty. Chicken and broccoli was good, but cashews were soggy. Crispy banh was served in a soft roll w yummy crispy slaw, very good. Things went way down hill w dessert. Peanut butter tart was ok. Seemed like peanut butter frothed into a soggy crust w peanuts scattered. Crime brûlée was watery and missing flavor. Something went terribly wrong here. The peach cobbler was ok, but no crisp to the topping.
Overall, was ok. Dinner for 3 took 2.25 hours, that’s how slow it was for out 7 o’clock reservation on a Monday. Not likely we will be back.
I’m once again a pleased patron. The food and service was outstanding.
Tyler is the best bartender in Harrisburg
Great service,very attentive to our needs
Great food, atmosphere and service. All 3 elements captured to perfection!
One of our favorite date night spots. Service is always great. Drinks are good and the ambiance is nice. On the pricier side though.
Absolutely horrible. I have been here dozens of times and unless it’s takeout it has gone down hill significantly since it opened. With many other options the food is not worth the ambiance. Pass
Eclectic modern interior, very kind personnel, and good food and drinks. Really enjoyed it.
We Walt for our food 2 hours .
Excellent food and great service.
The taste of the food was poor. The sea bass had bones in it and the shrimp was over cooked.
I am very sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your food. The Chilean Sea Bass is one of our most popular dishes and I don't believe we have ever had anyone find bones in this fish. I'm sorry that this happened. I followed up with my Manager on Duty and your server and both informed me that you gave no indication of anything being wrong with your meals when they visited your table. If you had done so we would have been happy to remake or correct any improperly prepared items.
First time dining inside since Covid and the food, service and drinks we all very good. The place seemed less busy than before but hopefully if they serving great food things will return to normal soon. We always enjoy it.
Excellent food but the service was very slow - they can’t get enough workers. It’s a shame because the food is absolutely delicious!
We always forget that this restaurant has, perhaps, the best food in Harrisburg! Every meal (chicken red curry, scallops, steak, sea bass) at our table of four was perfectly prepared. Service was good, too. Pricing is on the high end for the area, which may limit frequent dining, but this is a superb restaurant for special occasions.
Just an amazing dinner. Wait staff so professional and knowledgeable! Food and drinks superb.
Service detracted from the very good food.
Noise level is horrific. Can’t have a conversation but food is goo.
Another excellent meal at Cafe Fresco.
Food was great, service friendly.
Love it here.
Sue-Sue was a great waitress!
We were outside - the street noise was all but unbearable for a while!
We were torn with what to order because there were so many good options! We started with the wontons, which were fantastic in addition to the brussel sprouts which were also very good. I highly recommend the scallops with butternut squash risotto and the red curry!
Our server, Mercedes was excellent as was Tyler the bartender! Atmosphere was sophisticated and lively.
The food was great! I am vegan and my dietary needs were satisfied. The environment was cozy and I would definitely recommend Cafe Fresco to everyone
Excellent food and very good service. Atmosphere is a rare mix of relaxed and vibrant. We will be back, as there are several more menu items we want to try.
Appreciated that our server (so friendly) was extremely helpful and chef was willing to accommodate vegan diner. Hopefully they will add a couple of designated vegan items to menu. Large portions, food was good. Cool atmosphere but very, very loud, the sound absorbing tiles don't seem to work, lol.
The service and feet are always excellent the staff at Café fresco makes the experience the best! The noise level with extremely loud on our last visit, this was due to the fact that a bunch of women who graduated together seem to be very loud each time they come in. This is not the case usually…
Excellent food and service
Food was amazing. Cocktail selection was great. Def looking to go back and try more items.
Service was very good, food this trip was ok - kitchen had some delays likely due to lack of staffing.
Always the best
wonderful food service and ambiance!!
One year anniversary! Everything was great!!
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.
Always outstanding food and service.
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.
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.
Top notch meal and the server did a phenomenal job! Would go back there for sure!
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.
Amazing time here! Our server
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Cafe Fresco - Center City is rated 4.5 stars by 583 OpenTable diners.
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