About Cafe Magnolia

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 the Patriot News when they voted Cafe Magnolia "Best New Restaurant" in 2003. Awards have also been received from Central PA Magazine, Harrisburg Magazine, and The Carlise Sentinel.

4700 Old Gettysburg Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Wesley Dr

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 901-9700

Website:
http://www.cafe-magnolia.com/

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout

Cafe Magnolia Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
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Cozy (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Business Meals (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Healthy (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Fun (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Server not attentive at all. Drink refills ignored for our table and next to us. Wanted regular butter but never saw her from dropping off bread till entrees arrived. No offer for dessert

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Magnolia's is great for lunch and dinner! Monday is an excellent opportunity if you like a quieter restaurant experience. The dinners are delicious with as much attention to your side dishes as the main course (try the risotto!). Plenty of parking and friendly staff make for an all-around enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Cafe Magnolias consistently treats it’s customers to wonderful menu items. In the many years I have been going there I have never been disappointed. Lunch, dinner and takeout are equally as delicious..

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Very busy Wednesday evening but service and food was still good.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our dinner club enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and the food was great. We appreciate how accommodating they were to our group.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Cafe Magnolia has amazing food and the wait staff is very kind. It would be a great place for a casual lunch or dinner. However, don't think you can fit the experience in during a quick trip or lunch break. It is definitely a place to go when you aren't worried about time. Also, not the place for a very private conversation as most of the tables are close together.

PS: You have to try the Blackened Chicken Mac & Cheese....It is worth the trip!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very attentive serivice. Wide variety of menu options - would be very difficult to not find something! We enjoyed incredible chicken dinners and the red velvet cheesecake was the perfect ending. Excited to return and bring our friends and families along!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is the third time we dined there with the same friends. First time was inside and then twice on the deck. We prefer the deck as there is not much atmosphere inside. The food is very good and the portions are more than enough. The deck was very quiet both times we ate there...just a couple other tables were occupied. Our waitress (I think her name is Theresa...she has colorful tattoos that are actually children's drawings on her right arm) was great: Attentive and pleasant. We will return, probably next summer for outdoor dining. It is a BYOB which we prefer.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Our favorite local place, as usual the food was excellent. There was a table of 14 that was seated just before us, so our food took longer than usual. But still excellent overall!

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food and service as always.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We ate outside which was perfect. Food delicious and well presented. Just when we commented that it would be nice if there was more lights...the lights came on.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We sat outside for luch and between 3 of us had 2 different salads. Two of us had the Jessie's favorite salad and the third had the spinach salad with the goat cheese. We were all pleased with our salads.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always wonderful service and food. Our favorite place for friends to meet

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Traditional Hamburger was delicious! One of the best burgers I've had in this area. Very friendly and attentive wait staff. The outdoor patio seating was nice, not too noisy. Not overpriced. Good portions. Great local place for a bite to eat.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

We had dinner on the outdoor deck. Great menu! Loved our server she was terrific. Meals were delicious and the weather was perfect. We definitely be back.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very nice place! We enjoyed the food and the service. Great place to meet friends or just to get a great meal. We haven't found anything on the menu that we don't like. If you want a salad, I love the Jess Salad with Coconut Shrimp. It also can be ordered with chicken.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Drive 90 minutes to eat here. The chef does an outstanding job of food preparation. The duck is outstanding. The only reason I marked a 4 for food was this time I had the lobster risotto. The lobster meat was claw meat well prepared, soft and sweet. The dish had 3 pork additions: applewood bacon, prosciutto, and pancetta. The disappointment was the pork was not crisp at all which I would have preferred and the risotto was overlooked and the cheese added dried it out. But would I go back. Absolutely!!! The portions are huge. Excellent fish preparations. Calamari perfectly fried and not chewy. The Greek salad side is very good, only missing anchovies. It's a BYOB place and we discovered we like that. We bring our own wine. They have the setup, no cork fees, and we enjoy the wines we drink at home. It's a converted old home. Very comfortable. Service with a smile! Who wouldn't return???

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Connected with new friends as they passed through the area. Went off open table rating. Not bad, good lunch setting m

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Cute place. Kinda small parking lot if the place would get busy. we went at lunch so it was quieter and opted to sit outside. Service good. We had bruchetta, lots of whole tomatoes. Then I had pineapple pomegranate fizz which was refreshing. My chicken Greek wrap was definitely dry though. My husband loved his cheese steak sub, good portion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Cafe Magnolia is always a great go-to as they have phenomenal food and great service. You can always find something new to enjoy or rely on one of the staples. The bill always come back lower than expected due to being a BYOB.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great first dinner experience at Cafe Magnolia. It is BYOB so we love that option! We went on a Tuesday night and the front dining room from full and lively. We got an appetizer and 2 entrees. There was a mishap with our entrees so it did take a bit longer however the staff could not have handled it better. They ended up giving us our appetizer for free! That was greatly appreciated, but not necessary. The food was good, good variety on the menu. Seems like they have a lot of regulars and new customers which is always good to see. Overall, I will definitely by returning!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 6, 2017

This was a horrible dinning experience. Very slow service, entrees were very poorly prepared. The worst dinning experience I have had in years

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Our waitress was delightful and took good care of us. We had the Mozzarella Alla Caprese appetizer and it was delicious. I particularly loved the pesto sauce that was drizzled over the mozzarella and tomato. The mozzarella was so fresh and tasty- I asked our waitress if it was from Caputo Bros but she didn't know. The 3 of us ordered the same main dish, Steak Florentine, and it was so very delicious. I demolished mine but it was enough for my friends to take some of theirs home. We love Café Magnolia and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality meal in a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Good food all around... Bruschetta great appetizer, hummus too.
only thing not great was risotto ..
desserts delicious!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We have been to CM many times. We were seated on the porch. Noisy, cramped seating. Not the same ambience as the main house. Food was ok, not great. Our server was nice, but busy with other tables. Too many better places to eat.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The Pittsburgh steak salad was outstanding...one of the best I ever had with very tender beef tenderloin done medium rare to my liking.
My Husband ordered the shrimp tsatsiki, which was unusual, because he was in the mood for shrimp and it was just ok...the asparagus was overcooked.
We enjoy going to this restaurant which is near our home because it really does have a good menu with very good service.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Food was mediocre. Rolls were stale. Not their normal rolls, which are really good. Service was slow. Waited too long at the end for attention from waitress. Ravioli was way overcooked and barely had anything inside. I won't go back anytime soon. Friends said the same thing. Unimpressed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We always enjoy ourselves when we come here. Like to come when we want a little nicer atmosphere! The food is always delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We have been coming here for years!! ALL the food is delicious. We like the BYOB option as well.

Tags: Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Authentic, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Dinner was excellent. The only draw back was we did not know that us was BYOB.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I always enjoy my visits to the Magnolia Cafe. I've been eating at this restaurant since they opened in 2003. One of my favorites!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Have had the Key West Scallops here several times. Always yummy. Generous portion of 8 large sea scallops, risotto and asparagus. My husband had veal marsala which was good but not special. We like that it's BYOB & that they provided a chiller for our white wine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 30, 2017

It was fine - everyone had a great time. I will not check all of the items above. Very busy and don't need to elaborate more than I have already. We had a great meal, food great, service great - we have been there many times so obviously we like it or we would not be back time after time. I do not want my review published. My gosh, it was a nice night out.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Ordered the Duck. Was outstanding. Also came with house salad. Only negative is when we ordered the wine. BYOB. Did not know. Will be back next time with a nice bottle of wine.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service was horrible! Our waitress disappeared for literally 45 minutes. When we asked another waitress if she could please get our waitress for us, she snapped at us about how busy they were. I didn't like the limited menu either. I have been here many times and normally the service is good and the full menu is offered. I brought first timers with me this time and I was embarrassed that I did so because of the issues I mentioned.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience on Mother's Day. The food, service and ambiance were terrific. The host graciously accomodated a last minute seating adjustment for my reservation of a party of 4 to a party of 6. I will definitely refer this restaurant to others.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We went out for Mother's Day. Our waitress was having "one of those days" as she put it. She couldn't remember what anybody ordered and she spilled my food on my sister-in-law. My steak was not "charbroiled" as described. It was gray when it came to the table and tasted more like it had just been broiled. The calamari had a weird taste (not bad), just didn't taste like it was fried in good oil. We were also asked as we were finishing our dinner if we had been given a time restraint. That was the most un-classy thing that I have ever had anyone say to me at a restaurant. I could see it if we had been sitting there taking up space after finishing our meals, but we were barely finished. On the up side, you definitely get a portion that is comparable to the price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

good food and plenty. a little pricey but woth the trip. wait staff was nice and attentive enough without being overbearing. there waa water on the floor for which i slipped, the staff saw it happen and no one did anything. 10 minutes later another customer came in and slipped in the same spot. they could have done betterat clean up or at least a caution sign! the building was older and the ambience/decor had something to be desired. the restrooms were old and dated and could have been updated enough to accommodate more than one guest at a time. i will go again; the food was worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Our meal was really good. We both had the Steak and Crab Cake with mushroom risotto, and spinach. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted great. Give yourself at least over an hour and a half for dinner. Server was pleasant and did her best but she was very busy so it took a long time for everything. Love that you can BYOB. The price is about what we expected. Overall, we had a great night, and would recommend going to dinner here if you get a chance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Excellent Dinner! Great menu , and love the fact that you can bring your own bottle!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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