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Cafe Magnolia, Mechanicsburg, PA

Cafe Magnolia

4.7
4.7
1021 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. As a friendly reminder, we are a BYOB (no corkage fee).

This winning combination earned the attention from readers of Harrisburg Magazine voting us Readers Choice - Simply the Best! in 2018, 2019, 2021, & 2022! 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (717) 901-9700
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Chris Mooney
  • Catering
    Cafe Magnolia takes great pride in providing quality food & top-notch customer service. We generally require a 24-hour notice for all caterings, but are more than happy to accommodate any last minute needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Cafe Magnolia takes great pride in providing a top-notch, custom experience to those who plan their special events with us. We regularly host family gatherings, birthday parties, bridal & baby showers, rehearsal dinners, small ceremonies and receptions, work meetings, social clubs, beer clubs, and more.
  • Neighborhood
    Harrisburg
  • Cross street
    Wesley Dr
  • Parking details
    Overflow parking available in surrounding lots
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 1,021 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

1,021 Reviews
  1. JenniferB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is well executed, I like that it is not your "concrete floor, open space, loud noise" environment, the atmosphere is wonderful for a small gathering. I only wish they had greater selection for a vegetarian who does not like seafood.

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  2. MelissaG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to linger over dinner. They serve healthy, home cooked meals with outstanding sauces on their fish and meats. I love that I can bring my own wine.

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  3. BruceB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, we had dinner at Café Magnolia for New Year’s Eve, and it was over the top. Fantastic! We were both raving about our meals. We will be back soon!

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  4. TammyW

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice quaint place. Started with the crab dip, it was awful. It tasted terrible. Also had the clam chowder, it was delicious, the best I ever had. Ordered the scallops with Risotto, the scallops were cooked to perfection. My fiancé got the chicken Marsala, it was very good. Our server Jennifer was awesome!

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  5. BarbaraS

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff is always very friendly. The food is consistently good.

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  6. SamM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice lunch over the holiday period. Good service, good food, good atmosphere. Overall very pleased.

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  7. ElaineB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Memorable meal and moment with relatives who had not been together for a long time. Thank you!

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  8. NormanF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    WE ENJOYED OUR MEALS. GREAT FLAVOR AND TASTE! FFFFF

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  9. DebS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed some items on menu not available. More variety

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  10. Nancy

    Philadelphia

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Love that it is a BYOB. Good service.

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  11. Paul

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scallops were excellent. Chocolate torte was out of this world.

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  12. michael

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is very fresh and delicious. Menu rotates regularly. Prices are very fair for the quality of the product. BYOB

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  13. JasonP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to take a friend and have conversation while enjoying really unique and amazing food.

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  14. Fred

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great innovative menu. Food and service were great!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a hidden GEM of a place!! The food and service were amazing. We had lunch on 11/18 and it was delightful. We ordered the fried Polenta to start which was new on the menu but magnificent! We also had the club sandwich and I had Jess’s Favorite Salad and added the coconut shrimp. That is now my favorite salad. Will go back again 100%.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to a date or to celebrate life. I love the fact that it is a BYOB restaurant. The food is delicious. We had the caprese salad for appetizer and the monkfish with curry cocconut sauce and the spring chicken with lemon rice and vegetables. Everything was fantastic! Certainly will return.

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  17. Paul

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and good value. Good entree options.

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  18. LaurenL

    Washington DC

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great local space with welcoming and friendly staff and great food.

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  19. Sabrina

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great gourmet food for a fabulous price. Service was slow as they seemed overwhelmed but Lauren was great! One note was the kabob had two solid pieces that were pure grisel... This should not have made the plate. But, the flavors on it and everything was really good.

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  20. PamS

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful setting and outstanding food. I will definitely be coming back when I am in the area again. Wait staff polite.

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  21. MariaV

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience at Café magnolia. Food was absolutely delicious. Everyone enjoyed their lunch. The waitress was amazing. She was on top of everything and handled are large party extremely well.

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  22. Paul

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly server and efficient. Excellent quality of the food.

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  23. DanielleD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. We were not rushed during our stay. Food for 6 came out together. Food was hot.

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  24. JudyW

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is so cute and a comfortable environment. They have several rooms that cuts down on noise and outside seating available. The staff is very friendly and attentive. The meals come with hot fresh rolls and salads. The meals were flavorful and nice portions. The peanut butter pie was awesome! Prices very reasonable. We will definitely be back!

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  25. SandraC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely outstanding. We had the chicken and salmon dishes and both were fantastic. The deck was quiet, and the server was friendly and efficient. My husband and I were pleased and will definitely be returning.

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  26. Patti

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The coconut shrimp salad was sooo delicious! Can’t wait to go back for another one!

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  27. michael

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and people. BYOB Have been going here for years and recommend.

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  28. BarbaraS

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always good and the staff is friendly.

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  29. DougS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal. Very good food. Nice atmosphere. Very glad we found this place. Will definitely visit again. BYOB -- good to know for next time!

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  30. katilu

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We sat in what was a hallway of the house the restaurant is built in. Couple behind us was a bit.

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  31. BillB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our only problem was that they were extremely understaffed. We waited 27 minutes to get our glasses for our drink. Our waitress was fine, she just had too much on her plate. So. Good food, very slow service

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food and server were great. Our only complaint was there were small flys/bugs flying around our table. Made for an unpleasant experience.

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  33. MaryM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service & tasty food w/ large portions. Quiet enough to have good conversations.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good! 😊 I would go back to this casual dining spot!

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  35. Sheldon

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was exellent - very attentive to our table of four. The kitchen was a little slow but we didn't mind a leisurely dinner. The Drunken Scallops were excellent.

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  36. Leapingnome

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our ambience and noise level were sub-par really just due to the elderly couples who loudly reunited in the small dining space we shared, followed by some irrational tween who was having self-diagnosed anxiety issues.

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  37. ChaseM

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lauren was a great server. The restaurant was a pleasure. The food was amazing and the portions were generous. The soup of the day could have been a meal by itself.

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  38. Hbgcouple

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always wonderful food… had crab risotto that was a new menu item… creamy & delicious! Coconut cheesecake for dessert…YUM!

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  39. Phl2hbg

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Ambience was nice. Service was a little slow once we were the only ones in the area of the room we were in.

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  40. CeceV

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    good food, friendly efficient service, good atmosphere

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Cafe Magnolia is rated 4.7 stars by 1021 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Cafe Magnolia

4700 Gettysburg Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Wesley Dr
  • Neighborhood
    Harrisburg
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Overflow parking available in surrounding lots
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Chris Mooney
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (717) 901-9700
  • Catering
    Cafe Magnolia takes great pride in providing quality food & top-notch customer service. We generally require a 24-hour notice for all caterings, but are more than happy to accommodate any last minute needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Cafe Magnolia takes great pride in providing a top-notch, custom experience to those who plan their special events with us. We regularly host family gatherings, birthday parties, bridal & baby showers, rehearsal dinners, small ceremonies and receptions, work meetings, social clubs, beer clubs, and more.
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