Cafe Magnolia

4.5
843 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Cafe Magnolia offers a casual, intimate, but contemporary dining experience. Stringent standards of excellence in service, food presentation, and quality ingredients, married with delicious innovative and traditional cuisine concepts, complete the dining experience.

This winning combination earned the attention from readers of Harrisburg Magazine voting us Readers Choice - Simply the Best! in 2018, 2019 & 2020. We have also been recognized by Patriot News when they voted Cafe Magnolia Best New Restaurant. Awards have also been received from Central PA Magazine, Susquehanna Style, and The Carlisle Sentinel.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 843 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
RE
RandyE
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was well done. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone. And it's BYOB !!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

After looking at the reviews here on OpenTable I was anxious to give Magnolia Cafe a try. My husband and I were in the area for a conference and always try to find unique places to dine when traveling.
Unfortunately for us this experience was not very good. The service was good, however, I've never had an experience in ordering a steak that I was told I could not have it cooked to my liking. I have had experiences where someone may make a recommendation, however, the only option we were given was rare or medium rare. The steaks came out as if they had been rolled in charcoal soot and in cutting into them they were essentially raw. Due to the server stating there were no other cooking options, we chucked it up to a loss. The garlic mashed potatoes were good. I added on a crabcake to my meal which is what I usually do when trying new restaurants. Unfortunately not very good. Extremely "fishy". Alas $107 later and $30 in Uber transport, we were in and out in 40 minutes foregoing dessert. I can say that I tend to refrain from writing negative reviews, but we were so disappointed. 😢

BS
BryanS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went there for our 10th Wedding Anniversary, it was fantastic all the way around .......... we had not been there before and glad that we ventured out to a new eatery. We will return to this place for sure.

R
Raybo
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good dining experience other than feeling somewhat rushed between courses.
Otherwise great food!

PV
PatV
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service. Definitely will be returning!

F
Fearl
Mobile
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh food! Jen, our server, was awesome!

AS
AlisonS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Magnolia is a hidden treasure. The service, food and setting perfect for a relaxing dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening out with my wife. Good meal.

a
vipauds671
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Magnolia is charming! The food is amazing. Do order something with the coconut shrimp - it can't be beat. And thier take on roasted brussel sprouts is divine. You can't go wrong by eating there!

k
kron
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Return visit. Diverse menu. Never disappointed with selections.
Excellent service. Will be back!

g
gofaster41
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tried two appetizers and tge special rossoto and everything was excellent.

CG
vipCharlesG
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

They seated us in a hallway which had 2 tables. The server brought drinks right away then disappeared for 15 minutes before taking our orders. When he came back he apologized. All was fine until it took another 35 minutes for our entrees to arrived which were delivered by a manger or the owner. Who again apologized. The apologies were great but the food was bland with very little taste. Very disappointed.

s
vipsherbear
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Found the ambiance disappointing. Put the 3 of us in a room by ourselves and it wasn't impressive. Hostess was very good and service was excellent. Menu was very limited as a number of items were no longer available. However the food was good with the exception of my husband's salmon which was too rare. Would come back again if we could sit out on the deck.

J
Jilly
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and quick service. Definitely good portion to price ratio.

t
trishc
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always the best. Such a local gem!

CK
CarlaK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice service, nice atmosphere. My dinner is as very tasty and my husbands portion was very large.
The tables are positioned a little too close. I could hear every word the table next to us ( less than 2 feet) was saying. I felt the need to whisper all night so the table next to us couldn’t ease drop☹️

AC
AliyaC
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad I visited with my girlfriends who were visiting

ST
vipSusanT
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff makes you feel lije family. We always love being there

PB
vipPattyB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this BYOB with excellent food. We have never had a bad meal here. Prices are very reasonable and high quality ingredients in the food.

B
vipBmkk
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for any occasion. For this meal it was a date night. BYOB. We brought some Justin Cab and it went with everything we ate. Because everything we ate was outstanding! Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. Everyone server, hostess, and other patrons were friendly and smiley. The room was comfortable. It loud, but it was because everyone was enjoy themselves. The food was fabulous! Enjoyed everything! It was a little confusing what door to enter, and there were a few annoying gnats in our dining area. But this is a fantastic must go again casual experience with fine dining menu.

FL
FoodLover
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating 70th bday & 24th Wedding Anniversary of good friends

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very pleasant outdoor atmosphere! Excellent food!

BS
BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and the staff was excellent but bring a jacket because it is kept too cold in the eating areas.

DG
vipDaveG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were not Open

GT
GeraldT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Cafe Magnolia was one of our favorite restaurants. But this time it was a disappointment. The food wasn't bad but not as good as usual and through the whole dinner we had to put up with flies everywhere. It was hard to eat while batting flies. We did mention it to the waitress but she said they can't get rid of them. Very disappointing. I would have expected flies if we were outside but we were inside. Sorry.

RE
RandyE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent place. good food and great service! It's BYOB and that makes it even better!

KW
KennethW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was considered outstanding! Would highly recommend.

LC
LindaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the roasted veggie salad. I requested chicken be added and I couldn't believe how large the portion of chicken was. All very delicious.

JS
JefferyS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute cafe with a rotating menu and fresh options.

G
Gamah
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Plus it’s BYOB!

KS
vipKimS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesse's Favorite Salad (with coconut shrimp or chicken) was a huge hit at our table. The Fresh Fruit and Goat Cheese Salad with grilled salmon was also very tasty with beautiful seasonal berries topping it. Staff was extremely friendly.

LP
LPG51
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice deck for outdoor dining. Excellent food with several options for vegetarians. BYOB which is a nice option and saves from a pricey bar bill. We will definitely be back.

DR
DannyR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My favorite things were the waitress and the BYOB policy. The food was good to very good but not as great as other reviewers led me to believe. The entrance was awkward to find and we ended up walking in the wrong door. Our table was small and the small room we sat in was crowded.

I would go back. I think their lunches would be pretty good.

AA
AnellA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment when going to Magnolia Cafe. Just remember it is BYOB in case you really enjoy that bottle of wine with your meal. Highly recommend.

CH
CampHillfoodie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The mussels as an appetizer are a nice addition to the menu. The service was particularly good at our outside table.
My guest and I were seated promptly and treated well.
Our entrees were well prepared and hot. It was a most enjoyable experience.

O
Outtoeat
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was delicious. Had the Bistro Tenders. It was so tender and tasty. My girlfriend had the crab cake dinner and she really liked them. Have to say I was missing the mushroom risotto the parmesean risotto was not as good. Then we finished it up with the peanut butter pie. It is the BEST!

DO
DanO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Got there at 6 pm. Food came quickly. Started to fill up about 7 pm. Will definitely go again. Good food and good service. Has a lot of gluten free food also.

JE
JulieE
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good. Huge portion. Brought 1/2 of it home for another meal, both my husband and I. No waiting, in fact, we were one of the three occupied tables in our area of the restaurant at 5:15 on Tuesday evening. Love the new decor.

y
yvettew
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

great food . Great place for lunch or dinner. will be back

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Magnolia using the Order Online button. Cafe Magnolia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 901-9700.

Cafe Magnolia is rated 4.5 stars by 843 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.