Cafe Magnolia

4.5
457 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm,
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Phone number
(717) 901-9700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wesley Dr
Additional
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout
What 457 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service and food as usual. Great salads, soups, and wraps.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding menu & Chef. *
We were celebrating my husband’s birthday.
We both agree that the appetizers, salads & entrees were prepared perfectly.

What made us sad was that these 3 courses took 2 1/2 hours to serve us.
It was 1/2 hour from the time our empty salad plates were removed, to the delivery of our entrees.

The waitress service was sadly lacking. My husband asked for a refill of his water glass & it took her 45 minutes. We did not see/speak to her for over 1 hour.

We greatly enjoyed the food. Absolutely sensational. In the future though, we will order via phone & pick it up.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Outside seating had dinner salads excellent

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Another great meal!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We love Cafe magnolia and the food is delicious!!! We dine here frequently. We like the BYOB too. Helps keep the prices down.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We all wished we could order several meals! Which made deciding which ONE to order hard!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We loved the food and service and will be back! The steaks and cake entree I had was to die for! However, I was surprised to see they stuck a couple in the “hall” right at the window where you enter (awkward!). I’m glad we didn’t get stuck there or I would have asked to be moved. The restaurant wasn’t even full so they didn’t have to sit there where people walk through and people can watch you eat as they walk in the door! The porch where we were was ok.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

THIS WAS MY THIRD VISIT TO CAFE MAGNOLIA AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COMPLETELY SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICE AND FOOD. They have a wonderful variety of appetizers that are outstanding. I highly recommend and I look forward to returning in nice weather for the outdoor seating!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food was fantastic and the wait staff was very nice, but the music was way too loud that we couldn't talk.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Food was delicious, as usual. Fast, friendly service.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Was a lovely evening on the outdoor patio, we brought ou own wine, is a byob restaurant. Trout dish was incredible and plenty to take home for the next day.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Had nine people at Cafe Magnolia on a Saturday evening. The table was ready when we arrived. Were in a small room with only a few other tables. The service was excellent and so was the food. It is a BYOB which makes it a very good value.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My wife and I have heard great things about this restaurant. We were finally able to have a date night this past Saturday evening and were extremely pleased with the entire experience. We both enjoyed an appetizer and the steak and cake dinner. The food was incredible and very nicely presented.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Our first dining experience at Magnolia Cafe was delayed about 20 minutes by traffic. The hostess was very accommodating and seated us right away. We had the lobster bisque and bruschetta, both were very good. For entrees we had the steak & cake with wild mushroom risotto and the bayside chicken which also came with a crab cake and risotto with peas. Both were excellent. The filet was perfectly cooked and both risottos creamy. Service all around was very friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant is very cute, albeit a little noisy. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We love Cafe Magnolia and come for occasions a few times per year. The food is fantastic and we love the BYOB option. We always make a reservation. The only thing this time that disappointed us is that we came at our reservation time, were told to have a seat and wait, sat for 15 minutes and then watched several sets of “walk ins” get seated ahead of us. My husband had to get in line and remind the hostess that we were waiting and we were seated within a minute. Otherwise a wonderful dinner and experience!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Excellent food & service. We took someone from out of town, she was amazingly impressed!!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Group of six people out for dinner. All meals were excellent including the fish , chicken and beef. The trout , salmon and tuna were particularly very good. Great service and a nice atmosphere. The value of the meals were very reasonable. Nice ambiance. Just a very enjoyable evening.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Always enjoy our meals at Cafe Magnolia. Didn't have any of their soups (always three different ones) this time, but they are usually very good when we do have them. Took my out-of-town sister there, along with my wife and sister-in-law. Had a very nice family meal. Don't know why we don't go there more often.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Restaurant was very busy that night and service was a little slow. But the food was delicious, particularly the beet bruschetta.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Magnolia Cafe was a joy! The staff was friendly, caring, and worked well as a team. My wife and I both chose Mediterranean Chicken, which was superb! Our waitress noticed that the dish could have had more feta and brought us some on her own. The hostess noticed that our table was a little off balance and leveled the table on her own. We were spending one night in Mechanicsburg and feel fortunate to have chosen Magnolia Cafe for dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and awesome service!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service and fantastic food!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. Weekend specials included bourbon glazed salmon. The risotto is a favorite and comes in various flavors!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This was not my first time at Cafe Magnolia, but it was a great experience as always. Food is fantastic and service was friendly and timely.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It was a pleasant experience. Our waitress, Lauren, was very personable and knowledgeable. The food was excellent and it has a nice ambience.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Very pleasant. We had a very nice waitress and since we were a little off from the main dining room we were able to sit and chat for quit a while and she came several times to see if we needed anything and made sure we knew we were free to stay as long as we wanted.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This was a very nice restaurant for a dinner with friends. We had a table in a quiet area that was quite conducive to discussion. We didn't realize that it was getting late and all the other guests had left, but the restaurant personnel did not rush us. We had a very good experience and the food was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Have been here a couple of times and always had a good experience and had some friends who wanted to try it for the first time. No trouble getting a Friday evening reservation fairly last minute using Open Table. Like that it's BYOB. We had two of the crostini appetizers. One was a goat cheese and honey that is on the regular menu, and the other was a special that included shrimp and crab. Both were outstanding. Entrees came with a tossed salad which was pretty much your basic. The entrees themselves were very good and fairly creative, though I think a slight step down from the high bar that was set by the appetizers. No one had dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We all throughly enjoyed our dinner. Plenty of variety and was pleased to order salmon for our 2 year old daughter off the kids menu. She loved it! We will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

As always, Cafe Magnolia provided a great experience all around, from the service to the food, and everything in between. The new manager there is great! I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent. No wine but allowed to bring your own bottle

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Always a great meal in a comfortable atmosphere. We had an excellent birthday dinner for me with friends Fri night.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Fantastic as usual. Just never disappoints, food is always fantastic and Sarah always is on her game at the table with outstanding service. This restaurant is on our top five list always.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Pleasant enough lunch. Food was okay, but unextrordinary.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent food! Looking forward to having the leftovers tomorrow!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Our server was clearly distracted and overwhelmed.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Food was outstanding! From apps to salads/sandwiches, all delicious. The place is cute, an old Victorian style home, so it’s a little tight and parking was limited. But totally worth it. The menu had so many options I had trouble selecting. Everyone I was with enjoyed their meals as well. It was a winner!

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Incredible food. Very slow service.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The small dining room and proximity of other tables combined to create a noise level that made it virtually impossible to hold a private conversation. Our waitress was attentive. The peanut butter pie alone was worth stopping by. We had a difficult time finding food on the menu that fit our tastes. Next time, I think we'll just stop in and pick up some peanut butter pie to go.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Nicely converted home. Very, very nice staff. Heard nice things before our visit. We will return!

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