Cafe Magnolia

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$30 and under
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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. 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.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The food was not the best. Beet/goat cheese salad had what appeared to be canned diced beets. Salmon was bland. Sorry, but I was used to better food at this restaurant.

DE
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy going there. It is BYOB so bring a bottle of your favorite wine.

MP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing lunch. Terrible service and the place looked like it was under renovation.

FL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great time ! Service & food was wonderful & they didn’t rush us & let us sit & visit at our time after the bill was delivered !! Will Definitely go back with other friends and family 😊

P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service - server very helpful. Needed to be finished by a certain time and achieved sooner.

DS
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Rather disappointed. Lump crab cakes were far from lump crab meat & didn’t even taste that greasy. On the other hand, the PB pie was amazing!

P
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef tenderloin w/oyster mushrooms, brussel sprouts florets (can't see them... there were only 5) & 2 potato gratin pieces (can't see them either). On the right, pork tenderloin real brussel sprouts sweet mashed potatoes. Our server Sarah M. Was awesome as usual.

FL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Had to track down watriss twice: one to order; once to pay; food took very long to arrive

f
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food that I had was very good but my friends that she got was not cooked thoroughly overall I would definitely recommend going to Magnolia

BA
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience1

They are remodeling the restaurant. We were seated in the "blue" room. Nothing on the walls (paintings etc). We were pestered by gnats that kept flying around our food. I would suggest closing until remodeling is completed.

l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

In the process of renovating. Brighter and noisier than usual. Looking forward to when renovations are complete. Otherwise very good.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great!

JM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good meal at the Café, food is always great here. Waitstaff is top shelf and the BYOB style adds to the enjoyment of the visit.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat out on deck which was a great atmosphere! Service was awesome, and ability to BYOB is nice. Food was exceptional except my risotto was a little under but it was still very tasty.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and intimate setting with an amazing vibe. Great service. Delicious food. BYOB. Good music. Couldn’t have asked for a better place for a date night.

ST
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe magnolia is one of those very special places we love. The staff is great, food is wonderful fresh made, I feel like we are greeted by friends, they go out of their way to make sure everything is just how you want it. Never never had a bad experience there and would reccomend it for any occasion and for everyone

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My boyfriend and I go here once a week. We always get Jess’s favorite salad with poppyseed dressing. Highly recommend!!! best salad we have ever had and keep coming back. We usually get appetizers which are really hit or miss. The calamari has been our favorite but had stopped getting it since the last few times it hasn’t be very good. But the salad is still worth going back. A huge salad for only $11. The the perfect size portion, most of the time i can never finish it. The deck is great in the summer time and it’s BYOB which is nice. The staff is always super nice and attentive except when they are busy it’s a little slow which is expected. Overall this is one of my favorite restaurants!!!

EW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent delicious food. Stop for dinner at Cafe Magnolia every time I come to Camp Hill.

FL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful and unexpected food served with warmth and invitation.

P
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fresh offerings Best owner Jackie D. Best server Sarah M. Feel like family. A must!

SH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burgers were awesome and the pecan pie did not disappoint, not the diabetic kind we prefer down south though 😉

SW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We dined with our daughters this evening, celebrating our anniversary. The service and ambiance were lovely.. The salmon, scallops, stem and crab cakes were all cooked beautifully, but the accompanying risotto on each plate was terrible. Such a disappointment. We had the coconut chicken spring rolls as an appetizer... these were wonderful. The chicken wing appetizer should be passed up. It was lacking in flavor and overpriced for the serving.

ST
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe magnolia is a quaint place filled with a wonderful atmosphere. The food is delicious the service is wonderful and prices very reasonable. Everything is fresh and they will accommodate for special eating concerns. A warm and friendly place suitable for all occasions . Has both indoor and outdoor seating. Cant say enough about how much we enjoy it there

KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I ordered scallops, which were very tender and well prepared with a nice crust. However, the sauce overpowered the flavor and was the same sauce my friend had with her steak and crab cake. It was also very salty. The rolls were delicious. The salad was meh. The food is not justified by the price. Too many people are squeezed in small spaces.

SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was good at Cafe Magnolias. I ordered a peach salad special with salmon. The salmon was tender and not overcooked. I enjoyed it. Our waitress was attentive to our needs. The chef came out personally to chat with us.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Everyone in my group raved about their food! I had the Chicken Poblano special, which was fantastic!

c
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had lunch at Cafe Magnolia twice in a 2 week period. I got the beet and avocado salad with shrimp and my husband had the Greek salad with shrimp. The food was delicious! The staff was friendly and the meals were prompt. This is a BYOB restaurant, which is nice. You can bring your own wine and there is no corkage fee. Try this restaurant if you are ever in this area! You won't be disappointed.

ST
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe magnolia is out favorite place to meet. The food is great, the people so sweet and they go out of their way to help. Servers are always stopping back to see if you need or want anything. Is just a fantastic place and have and would reccomend to to anyone that wants a wonderful place to dine or neet

P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two had the ribs and one had the scallops--Excellent

B
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My family from out of town made a special trip here to celebrate my birthday. We enjoyed our experience but they didn’t do anything special for the occasion even tho it was noted it on the reservation and we ordered desserts. Otherwise we really enjoyed the food and service. The food portions were very nice and the server willingly boxed up what we couldn’t finish. Desserts were out of this world, it was truly the highlight of the meal. We will definitely return.

P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality of food. Excellent service. Excellent children's menu.

P
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great specials... great server Sarah!

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect little BYOB in mechanicsburg, always great service great food

KC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Ice been disappointed by the quality of the food at my last two visits. Soggy salad yesterday with smashed raspberries. Service, however, was quite good.

KG
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were outstanding. We simply savored and enjoyed every bite. We brought part of it home, and it was great warmed up the next day. Our server was attentive, polite, and really took care of us.

We have been here several times, and each meal was great.

Will definitely come back here.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had patio seating. Nice string lighting, flower boxes had mostly dead , wilted flowers . Food was excellent, server was in training, but did a wonderful job! Great restaurant, great pricing, we come here often.

Cafe Magnolia
Responded on August 15, 2019

Hi Michelle! Thanks for the great feedback. It is so hard to keep those flower boxes alive when it gets to the temps that it did last week - we'll have to try harder next year :)

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M
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have had many good meals and service t CM. our experience tonight was poor in both areas. Coconut chicken and basmati rice was awful. Very little coconut a a red flavored rice. Fish and chips are overlooked fishsticks and fries. Our server was slow, disinterested and not the usual friendly wait staff. I think she was new and overwhelmed with the serving. I am sorry, but we will not be back.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food at reasonable prices with a nice atmosphere.

DJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BYOB! Dined on the patio. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, and fun. But we were taken away by the food! I might have thought I was along the coast with the perfection of the scallops. And the steak and cake did not disappoint. We got risotto prepared two separate ways with our meals and both were outrageously delicious and paired excellently with the dishes. Can't wait to go back!!!