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About Char's Tracy Mansion

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

1829 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Italian

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

Cross Street:
Muinch

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 213-4002

Website:
http://www.charsrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music in the sculpture garden Friday nights during the summer, 6:00 - 9:30 pm, weather permitting.

Parking Details:
Parking lot adjacent to the mansion. You can enter after Muench Street from Front Street, or after Kelker Street on Second Street.

Executive Chef:
Ron Canady

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.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (717) 213-4002

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Char's Tracy Mansion Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Scenic View (27)
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Good for a Date (26)
Waterfront (26)
Romantic (25)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Authentic (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Live Music (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Tapas (5)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Service, drinks and food were top notch. We will be back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My husband and I recently visited Char's for our anniversary. The food was absolutely delicious, the atmosphere was superb and the staff was very friendly. We had the opportunity to have a perfect evening to enjoy sitting outside on the patio, which overlooks the river - the views were very peaceful and calming.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Always nice when chef comes out to interact with patrons.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I would recommend Chars for anyone looking for an elegant specialty dinner. We went for a date and we found it very romantic & upscale. We will return as the cocktails and wine nicely complemented our appetizers & meals.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

OMG were we surprised and so vey pleased. Chars was recommended by the B&B owned (Mike and Sally Of Front Street "Manor on The Front") and it was everything they claimed and more. Entrees were succulent and delicious...Salads were fresh and crisp...Entrees were to die for :-)
Then came coffee and dessert....whew!!! We were quite stuffed, but the two-hour dinner was completely worth it!
Can't wait to go back!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Char's Tracy Mansion was a very nice spot to eat at. They got us seated right away, and got our drinks. The server we had could have been better. He seemed a little scatterbrained or possibly new. He did know everything and had written down everything needed. The food was excellent, and came out at a good time, not to long or to short. Desert was also really good, we each had something different so we could taste. Beer menu was very long and wine menu was huge! Mixed drinks were very alcohol heavy. Live music outside was loud inside which was nice. Over all it was excellent, a little pricey for what you get, but still worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I heard lots of good reviews so had high expectation. Very nice views over the river but was disappointed by the food. It was OK. But not really something special.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great riverfront venue. Excellent food and wine list. Great service . Friday's have entertainment on lawn in front with river as background.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Looking for more from the plate. My expectations were not met

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

I have been here at least a half a dozen times and each time it has been excellent - but not so this time. My steak was ok and they forgot to bring a course I ordered. Still, based on my past experience I would still go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This restaurant did not meet our expectations. The prices were high, which we wouldn't have minded paying however, the service was deplorable. The kitchen ran out of the special we ordered, which we didn't find out until nearly 45 minutes of waiting, then were told. Please?? Very disappointing. Will not be returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We very much enjoyed the food, drinks and atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Char's is a favorite place to dine. It is reliably excellent in food, service and beauty.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The best Resturant by far in the area! We love the food and atmosphere very much. Thank you for a great experience.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 17, 2017

I wish I could give a higher than 5 star review for the venue and the staff. The location sitting outside overlooking the Susquehanna was revitalizing, and the kindness and service of the staff made us feel welcomed and valued. The drinks were wonderful as well! We were not as impressed with the food. Definitely would return and try other menu items.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Organic, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was good, service was not as good as we have experienced on previous visits.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Luncheon was special. The waiter was friendly but professional, the view of the river delightful, the food excellent -- the entire experience made a great Mother's Day. The strawberry pie was superb. We will return, hopefully for their happy hour, which sounds perfect for a summer evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We went there for a special occasion and were not disappointed. The atmosphere and décor are exceptional as is the view. The food was spectacular, definitely gourmet! Everyone had different entrees and no one was disappointed. They have a full bar and creative cocktails. Our server was upbeat, fun and definitely knew the menu and was helpful in choosing our dinners. We will return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Char's is by far the best restaurant in Harrisburg. The bar is first class, menu imaginative, and service exceptional. I bring out of town friends and professional colleagues who are universally impressed. Char is hands on and it shows. Brava!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great food and service, scenic river view, excellent special occasion venue, one of our favorite restaurants in the "burg"

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 9, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday and were very pleased that we were seated at exactly the table that we requested. The food, service, and ambiance were excellent. They served everything we ordered at exactly the right time. The presentation as well as the taste was creative. A nice touch was that Char herself came over to the table to welcome us back.

Tags: People Watching, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Dinner was delicious, service excellent! Awesome!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful anniversary dinner. This was the 1st time we've been to the Char Tracy Mansion. Food was outstanding, excellent service, and scenic view. Wine selection excellent. We had the special appetizer ( mushroom puff pastry), flat iron steak, and veal. Everything done perfectly. Best meal we've had in months.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Paleo Friendly, Scenic View
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Always a top notch experience all around!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Very Welcoming, Quiet, accommodating and overall 5 Stars!

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

As before at Char's, the setting is gorgeous (ate on the porch on a gorgeous night). But value for the money - $33 for my special of tomato and broccoli risotto with chicken schnitzel? No way that dish cost more than $5 to make - my fault for not asking cost. My mom's seafood pasta with shrimp, scallops, and mussels was just $4 more, a much better value. Also, I understand that Char needs to cater to her regulars, but she didn't even give my mom and I a look after she seated us, which turns me off. Will not return for a while, better places in Harrisburg and surrounding areas.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Char's never fails to delight me as a fine dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great meal & great service. Highly recommended.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Char's always seems to raise the bar. From the gracious host, to the beautiful view, to the amazing wait staff. And the food.... fabulous. We started the evening sharing an Asian style chicken soup with rice and corn and a spinach salad with crispy bacon, warm rice and mandarin oranges. We both decided on the Halibut special with a delicious Thai Chili Sauce over risotto. We finished off the meal with a heavenly chocolate gelato. It was certainly one of the best meals I have had in a while.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The experience was lovely. Booked through Open Table. No wait upon arrival. Was seated at a very nice table. Our waiter Loren was with us immediately. He suggested a few cocktails and we went with the suggested martini.

Dinner selection was awesome. Prices were on par with the excellence of the food. My waiter Loren was very helpful is accommodating my date's dietary preferences. Very knowlegible and patient. Wine pairings were excellent.

The food was excellent. I had the trout appetizer and house pasta with beef short ribs and lamb. My date had a delicious salad and featured fish.

We requested to move out to the porch for the sunset and dessert. They were very accommodating and pleasant. We shared the peanut butter pie and had 10 yo Tawney Port.

All-in-all a wonderful evening. The owner Char checked with us several times. Was very engaging and welcoming.

Top notch food service and total experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Great service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Of the handful of great restaurants in the area, Char's is possibly the best. Beautiful ambience and great food. Superb waitstaff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We went for my boyfriends birthday. Everything was delicious. Truly a special place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Meal was outstanding and view was perfect. Love this place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Lovely experience as usual for our favorite special occasion destination. There was a large group in the dining room and we asked to be moved. There is a lovely library room where we had a very special delicious meal to celebrate our anniversary. Service and foot were outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Char's continues to be a favorite dining spot. As usual, we were greeted warmly. Our cocktails were delicious. We recommend the caesar and the beet salads, but I am sure they are all good. We opted for the tempting pasta and fish specials. The regular menu items are tempting, but we always order the specials. The pasta featured scallops with linguine in a rich, buttery sauce. The fish was served with creamy risotto and topped with diced mango. Both were outstanding. Limoncello and bread pudding were the perfect finish to a lovely dining experience. The servers were friendly and attentive. Don't wait for a special occasion to enjoy a fine dining experience.

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Can't think of a friendlier place with better food in the Harrisburg area. I live in Palm Beach and every time I get to Harrisburg I try to get to Char's. Char greeted us at the door and said "welcome back!" noting that our previous visit was about a year ago! Wow! We had great cocktails...try the Cosmo Blanco...and after a wonderful dinner Chef Ron came out to get our feedback on his cooking. Nothing could have made our wonderful experience better.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Such a good restaurant. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We enjoyed the understated elegance of this restaurant and the quiet ambiance provided in the beautiful dining room. The service was good, but considering the upscale cost we were disappointed that an additional piece of cranberry bread at the start of the meal and more iced tea and wine during the meal weren't offered. The special risotto was delicious, consisting of short rib sausage, spinach, and peas. The pork tenderloin was done to perfection.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Absolutely fabulous meal and experience from the time we were greeted by Char when we arrived until we left to the well-wishes of the staff. This restaurant has to be among the top 10 in the Nation. If you have friends from out of town that you want to impress with the dining options in PA, then by all means choose Char's.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation
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