Cafe 1500

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Café 1500 in Harrisburg is an award-winning restaurant with plenty of delectable dishes and an incredible atmosphere for you to enjoy. The interior combines the appearance of modern day chic and industrialism for a truly unique dining experience. Bring your friends and family and come see why Café 1500 has earned so much praise over the years.

With foods like the bison sliders, maple-bourbon smoked pork belly, sea scallops and the 12-ounce USDA prime rib, you are sure to satisfy young hunger. There are both small and large dinner options alike for you to choose from the mouthwatering menu. Visit Café 1500 the next time you are in Harrisburg so you can enjoy one of the many delectable dishes the restaurant has to offer.
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SK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the decor and mood at Cafe 1500 and the menu for Restaurant week was awesome. Perfect portions for a very reasonable price.

DP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café 1500's five course tasting menu for Restaurant Week was fabulous! The Korean chicken was excellent, as were the short ribs. My French martini was perfect. Staff was top notch. The restaurant is modern, chic and welcoming. Overall superb dining experience!

B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary with brunch. Our service and food were exceptional.

KD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New restaurant for us and really loved it. Food was wonderful and loved the setting! Will come back again.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We got there and sat for about 5 minutes before anyone came with water. Our waitress spent more time talking to coworkers than attending to us. We asked for a water refill and she didn’t come back until after we had finished eating. The food came out cold because the waitress was more concerned with socializing. The only good thing was the fresh squeezed orange juice... which was $4 and the coffee. The only good thing was the decoration. Will not be going back not worth the price of food for the quality.

C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This was my 3rd time at Cafe 1500. The first time I ordered from their regular menu and the food was quite good. Then I went to a beer tasting and the food was okay. This time was the Restaurant Week menu and once again, the food was okay. Their chef(s) seem to have some imaginative ideas which they can't quite execute. Service was definitely on the down side but that might have been due to a larger than expected crowd for Restaurant Week. The restaurant was quite cold as it has been every time I've been there and the noise level is extreme. I won't rule out returning but if I do it will be to order from the regular menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a large, fairly open dining room decorated in a modern urban style with quirky, colorful artwork from the same artist. Our server, Trisha (sp?) was friendly and attentive. We came here for restaurant week and essentially had a 5-course tapas offering. I had the (1) Korean fried chicken (2) orange and avocado salad (3) tuna nicoise poke (4) 5-hr short ribs and (5) peach cobbler along with a burning man cocktail and all were fantastic and perfectly portioned. We didn't have to wait long for our food, but we were also the first set of diners in the place just after 5PM. We'll be coming back!

SA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I love Cafe 1500 but my experience Sunday wasn’t the best. My friend an I ordered the bottomless mimosas and when telling the waitress this she only offered us the pomegranate mimosa saying it has more alcohol and it’s really good so we should get it. We agreed to getting that assuming it was the $15 price that was on the menu. After we were low on that we then asked for a regular mimosa pitcher because I didn’t particularly like the pomegranate. When it was time to pay we were charged $25 for the pomegranate (which we thought was the same price as the other mimosas and $15 and the waitress did not disclose when only offering us that flavor that it cost more) then we have to pay $15 on top of that for the regular mimosa pitcher we asked for. (Also not knowing we would have to pay extra for a new flavor) If we would have known the pomegranate was more we wouldn’t have gotten that. And if we would have known that we would of had to pay for a whole new pitcher then we wouldn’t have done that either. Sort of takes away from the whole “bottomless” idea. I can honestly say I wasn’t impressed this visit at all.

RL
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and presented well! Service was friendly and efficient! Decor is industrial and Art Deco! Wonderful experience!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is cool and relaxed, the menu is good and the food is tasty

RD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cliff was an amazing server and because of him we will be back again.

S
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I need to get their whipped cream recipe! It was delectable and I can’t stop thinking about it.

DW
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service was fabulous and the atmosphere was relaxing. We will be returning to try the different menu items

SO
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I went to celebrate my friend's birthday, and it was the perfect place to do it! We went for Sunday brunch. Nice variety of dishes!

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liked the flowers on the tables, and that there was a "special" Food and service were very good - as usual.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for brunch on Sunday. We placed our order and shortly after that, our waiter came to say they were out of one of the main parts of the dish my husband ordered. Shortly after that, our waiter came to share with the other couple we were with that the fryer was "broken" and they had to pick a different side. When our meal came, one of the main parts of my dish was substituted with a side I do not care for. The waiter was great! But I would not recommend going for brunch later in the day. Our reservations were for 1:00 and they close at 2:00. We will go back but will make our reservation for 10:00 or 11:00 and hope they have not run out of the food we ordered.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

After waiting 30 minutes beyond our reservation time, we were seated at a table and waited 10 minutes before our waitress arrived. Unfortunately, the fryer was not working limiting all food options which would have been nice to know as I would have taken my services elsewhere from the start. She gathered our drink orders and after 20 minutes still no drinks. She apologized saying they were so busy and she was internalizing things and therefore straight up forgot our drink order. Although the fryer was not working, she said they would be able to accommodate hash browns by placing them on the grill. It wasn’t until after the food came out that she said they weren’t able to do that, which again, we would have ordered a different option instead. At the end, she asked if we would like to speak with the manager because a lot of other tables requested that today. I have been here multiple times and never had this kind of horrible service. I will not plan on going back ever again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Our server was absolutely amazing. She made the best out of a poor situation. We could see from our table that she was making our drinks and making drinks for the bartenders as well. If it wasn’t for her, we most likely would have just left and went elsewhere. Half of our dishes were under cooked and inedible. One of our family members proceeded to get sick not long after getting from this establishment.

JB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have enjoyed Cafe 1500 in the past. It's a treat to go there for us. I was sad they had already run out of Airline Chicken - it was only 5:30 when we arrived. I didn't see much else from the main menu that was appealing and had a sandwich (Chicken and brie yum!)

Service was friendly, it was a bit slower than expected and we did wait a bit long between drinks....appetizers....main meal...refills...desert. Was close to 2 hours from in to out the door. I like not being rushed but, this was a bit long. Dessert was good, rice pudding and well, we also ordered french toast bites but was brought a chocolate cake. By the time anyone checked on us, the rice pudding was gone and the case was 1/2 gone. The cake was an olive oil cake but it was too dense and too salty. Not that we are ones to turn down a dessert, we would have preferred the toast bites.

Slowness and wrong dessert aside, it's a lovely place. I wish they had a few other main courses, with it down a chicken course, there was not much else that I found appealing.

J
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met for brunch for my step daughters birthday. The mimosas were amazing. The food was delicious. The service was stellar. The atmosphere was nice. Can't wait to return.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was good but wasn’t very hot and the proteins were over cooked. Odd considering there were only a few tables. Had those issues been resolved, would been a fantastic dinner. Will try again, hoping for better second time. The decor was modern and very nice

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. I just wish the portion size was a little bigger. Our server, sorry forgot her name, was great.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything is fantastic, the food, cocktails, service...except how loud it is with that industrial ceiling feel. So many places are like that these days. No one can hear, it's hard to have conversations. I wish you'd drop the ceiling somehow with some type of baffling.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been before, the food was delicious! I’m a big fan of the brunch options.

T
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful evening. I would take friends there again. The quality of the food and the music were a highlight.

BA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The noise level was high enough that it was difficult to carry on a conversation.

PH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I have had here has been great, from the food to the drinks.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cafe 1500 for Father’s Day brunch. While we had eaten there before, it was our first time for brunch. The food was amazing! One of the best brunches we’ve ever had! Crab cake & smoked salmon eggs benedict were delicious as was the donut French toast! Our server, Clifton, was great! Very personable, attentive & accommodating!

KW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day brunch was excellent. Steak and egg hash got rave reviews, as well as the grilled tomato benny, chicken cornbread pancakes and pork belly taco. We ordered a side potato cake which had the perfect texture, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, but it was bland. Needed some salt, pepper, parsley etc. Overall, it was a fine dining experience and we expect more creative dishes from this chef, maybe a potato pancake paired with pork belly? We will be back very soon to try more dishes!

LL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 1500 is one of my favorites. I took my out of town friends there on Saturday, a bit anxious, as they are not easily impressed. They loved everything about it- the atmosphere, the professional wait staff, and everything about the food. Especially noted were the crab cakes by my friend from Boston who described them as far superior to anything she has had an MA. The vegetables were fresh and exceptional.
Always good, always pleasant, a unique dining experience.

MM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Good but slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

BL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best bloody Mary’s around. Food is always delicious. Cute atmosphere!

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed another brunch at this restaurant - good food and great service. We were a bit disappointed that there were no Mother's Day recognitions - food/drink specials or social decorations (table flower, etc.).

DL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Menu too small and no parking in bad area.

A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The restaurant was practically empty on a Saturday night @ 6pm. Menu was fun (a little small). Steak came out raw (ordered medium-well). Chicken Brie sandwich was nice. The dessert menu was odd. It was if they don't want people to order dessert (3 obscure items that nobody likes? And, BTW, who eats all the bread pudding that keeps showing up on dessert menus locally??) Folks were very nice...just seems like the restaurant as a whole is hurting. Probably holding out for the giant court building to be built across the street...I'm told they do a nice brunch (haven't tried).

LG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 1500 is our favorite spot for brunch. Their eggs Benedict are the best in town (compared to millworks, commonwealth on queen and others). We took our toddler for the first time and the staff was amazing with her. She loved the donut French toast and how many crayons they gave her to color

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional service.

JP
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Enjoyed brunch here and still need to try them for dinner. Atmosphere is modern, loud and lively. They could use more comfortable seating but perhaps they don't want people to linger too long. Some very original and delicious dishes. Fun and friendly service.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch was so amazing at Cafe 1500. Our waiter Cliff was the best!! His attention to detail was excellent!!! He took care of us!!! The food was so delicious!! I must recommend the Donuts as appetizer and there Specialty Bloody Mary to start off the meal. Our food also was delivered in perfect timing. Cliff is wonderful and I highly recommend him!! We can’t wait to go back again for Sunday Brunch!!!

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