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Char's Tracy Mansion

4.7
610 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Char's Restaurant is an art filled restored mansion situated on the Susquehanna River with an outside Veranda overlooking the sculpture garden, a casual dining area in the Bar & Library in addition to a private dining room & the exquisite main dining room. Char's is perfect for a formal dinner or casual lite-bite. Award-winning French inspired cuisine; an environmentally conscious restaurant utilizing sustainable practices in food purchasing and energy consumption.
The facility offers several venues for Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Italian
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Hours of operation

Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - bar opens with light fare. Dinners: 5:30 - 9:00pm;
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - Bar opens with light fare. Dinner: 5:30 - 10:00pm;
Closed: Sunday & Monday - except for private functions
Happy Hour every Day: 4:00 - 6:00

Pre Fixe Menus: Thursday
$32 - Two Course Menu
$40 - Three Course Menu
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Phone number
(717) 213-4002
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ron Canady
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Private party facilities
Whether you are looking to have an intimate ceremony and dinner, or a large cocktail-style reception, Char's is the ideal location for your special event.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (717) 213-4002
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Muinch
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Parking details
Parking lot adjacent to the mansion. You can enter after Muench Street from Front Street, or after Kelker Street on Second Street.
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Entertainment
Live Music in the sculpture garden Friday nights during the summer, 6:00 - 9:30 pm, weather permitting.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 610 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 13 hours ago

Every meal at chars is amazing. Char has a strict attention to detail and always checks in with us personally. Anything with scallops, and the key lime pie- will not disappoint.
Tonight the band was phenomenal too. They’ll be back June 1st, I heard.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was disappointing. Not nearly as good as several months ago when I was last there. Otherwise fine excepting for the noise level. For those prices they have to do better

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful evening at this restaurant, our first visit. Wish the weather would have allowed us to sit outside, to oversee beautiful view of the water. Inside the ambience was warm and inviting. Service was excellent. All of our items we ate were cooked beautifully. We will definitely come again when visiting.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Fabulous food. Lovely to sit where we could see the river. Quiet enough to have a conversation and hear each other. Expensive, but worth the price.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Business dinner for a party of five. Creative cocktails, thoughtfully prepared appetizers and excellent entrees. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Harrisburg who wants a true dining experience.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had a great first experience at this restaurant. Food and service was great except for the escargot. It was lacking some flavor. We ordered some Lychee flavored drinks, but didn’t taste any lychee in them. We loved the vegetarian risotto so much that we had 2 orders of it. But overall experience was great. Can’t wait for the weather to get a little warmer so we can enjoy dinner on the outside deck and view the river. Definitely will come back

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Lovely old mansion overlooking the river. Expensive, but worth it for a special evening. Food was delicious and ambiance was beautiful. We had a lovely greeting from Char herself.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of our most favorite restaurants. Always creative and excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Char's is always excellent. It is a dependably good meal in a gorgeous setting.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We go about once a month. It is always perfect. Often, we sit at the bar and chat with staff and other bar patrons. Always great food, wonderful ambiance and nice people.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Absolutely wonderful dining experience! The service was excellent. My friend and I shared appetizers. Each one was excellent. I also enjoyed a cucumber lemon martini which was fresh and refreshing. We got to experience the sunset over the Susquehanna, which is always a pleasant experience. Although the prices are a little high, the combination of atmosphere, food and service makes it feel like money well spent.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Veal was way too fatty for the cost. A lot of waste. Risotto was delicious.

Pot de cream had no chocolate flavor.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were in-town working with one of our firm's clients. It was also a Birthday weekend for my Bride, so we had to find a "Special Spot". The consensus of the locals was - Char's. Were they ever RIGHT. From the warm greeting at the door, the evening was spectacular. The menu met every requirement. The wine list included some of our favorites. The service was professional and knowledgeable. The venue is a beautifully restored mansion overlooking the river the the sunset cresting the opposite bank. Couldn't have been more picturesque. We will definitely be back. This one is on our "Keeper List".

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a great meal! Delicious filet mignon (husband) and scallops!! Steak always cooked perfectly. Loved the beet salad special and crab crostini was amazing. Premium cabernet and my bffs husbands birthday dinner was the best! Thanks for a special date night!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always one of our favorite places to go for any occasion. The addition of a musical trio on Friday evenings served to further enhance the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had a wonderful experience at Char's! We celebrated my in-law's 60th wedding anniversary and it was a wonderful night with superb food in an exquisite setting. My in-law's thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we all look forward to returning in the near future!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food and service as always. The ambiance was further enhanced by a terrific jazz vocalist and pianist.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

First, the outstanding: Food and Service. Second, well, unfortunately, a large group, seated in the main dining area, morphed the atmosphere to "Char's, a Sports Bar". So, our intended; late-seating, quiet, special evening did not materialize - we made the best of it. I did reach out to the owner later. Her response has left me puzzled as to what atmosphere she intends or desires. I would not return for a romantic or a business, one-on-one diner. With other couples? Yes.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Good food excellent service! Recommended.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Delicious meal, great service. Would have liked more vegetarian choices. The parfait was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

It was a great experience. Good food good service we were satisfied.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

A great place for a special date. The food is great and the staff is very accommodating. It's worth the price.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent service, excellent and excellent atmosphere. Char is so accommodating and makes sure she speaks with each of her guests. We drove from Lancaster in a terrible snowstorm because we love it so much!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We have never been disappointed with Char’s. We usually sit at the bar and have a drink before being seated at a table. The bartenders are very professional, but also very friendly. We love talking to them about a variety of subjects. Often times we will just stay at the bar for dinner which we find very acceptable.
My wife and I both had the grouper and it was exceptional as were the sides. The bar is in the middle of the restaurant and so you don’t get the amazing view of the river that you get from a table in the main dining room.
The ambiance is very nice and it creates a feeling of comfort and well being. I particularly like looking at the artwork that hangs on almost all the walls.
This is, by far, the best overall restaurant in the Harrisburg area.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderful. That's all. Wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Char's is one of the finest, if not THE finest restaurant in Harrisburg. The food is outstanding. The ambiance is made beautiful by blown glass work and lovely artwork. The view of the river. is breathtaking. The bartenders are talented and friendly. The wait staff is professional and knowledgeable. Char is hand's on to make sure the best quality food and drink is served. She is attentive to her customers which makes for a unique and wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing first time experience and the Valentine’s Day menu was amazing! The grilled vegetable risotto was creamy and the veggies were cooked to perfection and the grilled beef tenderloin was unforgettable. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic evening as usual at Char's! Relaxing, upscale atmosphere where you truly enjoy the food, quality service and the overall experience. Char's would be highly successful in any large city, we are fortunate to have it here in Harrisburg.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Char’s is as good as any restaurant in the country.

Great food, great service, and on-site owner who is great with customers.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Exceptional dining experience! Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is always outstanding. The Risotto du Jour is one of my favorite parts of the menu: always featuring very creative combinations and extraordinary flavors. The staff is very friendly and attentive. I will definitely return for more amazing food and drinks.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

always an outstanding experience! Great food, outstanding service, always worth the trip from York.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We had heard several positive things about Char's, and my wife and I certainly were not disappointed by any means. Our meals were excellent; strongly recommend the duck. There was a dessert (e.g. espresso cake) that was listed on the menu that we wanted, but was not available when we asked, which is the only disappointing aspect but everything else was wonderful. Superb wine list and excellent non-alcoholic drink selection for those that have to drive. Lively atmosphere, small three-piece band was playing, but still quiet enough to be able to hold a conversation. Although we were there at nighttime in the middle of winter, the restaurant has a wonderful view of the Susquehanna River and outdoor seating during the summer time. Waitress was extremely attentive, go out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. We go on a date night every few months (it is hard to do so with three young kids!) and we definitely plan on returning again.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent food, fantastic atmosphere ..
Very good selection of drinks ..
We ate at the bar and bartender Brittany was awesome .. she put a candle in my dessert when she heard it was my birthday !
Can’t wait to go back ..

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The mansion is beautifully restored with a stunning view of the Susquehanna River. Original artwork decorates the restaurant. The owner is very gracious and invites you to look around. The menu extremely creative and the food is delicious. Serivce was outstanding. It's a little pricey, so expect to pay $100-$150+ per couple. But it's worth the experience.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Celebrating a new job landing. The food was delicious. We were seated by a window with a river view which was pretty. Our waiter, Loren, was knowledgeable, friendly, and discreet. He gave us excellent service, yet was not intrusive and really added to the experience. The shrimp and lobster soup was lacking shrimp and lobster--it was a broth with some potatoes, but that was the only off-note. Next time, we just skip the soup. Enjoyed the evening and while seating is close, we arrived for an early reservation, so things were quiet and not yet crowded. They did an excellent job of spreading people out as well and so it seemed intimate even in the large room. Special treat and really enjoyed our dinners---scallops with risotto, and filet mignon--both cooked perfectly. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I have come here frequently for years. We are never disappointed. Great service. Great cocktails. Excellent wine selection. Wonderful ambiance.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great special menu for New Years Eve with decent portion sizes

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had another wonderful experience dining at Char's. Great food and service. What a wonderful New Year Eve!!!!!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I ordered the seafood chowder but it was more like a bisque, my husband's pear/squash soup was excellent
I ordered the filet mignon it WAS delicious -----on the other hand my husband ordered the Paella
it was NOT a true paella but more a smallish seafood risotto quite bland in flavor

for dessert the lemon ice was so good but the pecan tart should have been warmed with a tiny splash of whipped cream perhaps ? altogether it looked very festive

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