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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.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Local catering is available for breakfast and lunch for groups of ten or more. Pick up and delivery options are available.
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.
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
Two couples for a nice dinner before the Harrisburg Symphony concert. First time at Café Fresco for all of us. Had wonderful cocktails, followed by dinner specialty of the day (Chilean Sea Bass), and it was terrific. John was our service person, and he did a great job of informing us of food and drink choices, made sure that we were well tended to. It was a very nice experience. We will go again!
The chef is very creative and mixes Asian and American flavors! We had edamame ravioli, crab stuffed avacado paired with a salad with crispy wonton, beet risotto and Chilean sea bass over noodles. The Chilean Sea Bass melted in our mouth! We also had banana spring rolls with ice cream for dessert! Everything was delicious! Our waitress Zineb was personable and provided excellent service 🙂 We highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to going back!
Arrived at the restaurant. Immediately made to feel welcomed, and appreciative of our business. Server was excellent, and the food was even better. Appetizer we had the seafood pizza. Delicious. For Entrees had the Ribeye, and Pad Tai add Shrimp. Both were excellent. Got a BBQ Chicken pizza to go for my son. He enjoyed as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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! :)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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