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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

Good for Anniversaries (29)
Special Occasion (29)
Scenic View (26)
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Good for a Date (26)
Waterfront (25)
Romantic (25)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Worth the Drive (13)
Business Meals (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Authentic (10)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Live Music (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (5)
Tapas (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
People Watching (4)
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Seasonal (4)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Pretty setting and very interesting food. The perfect place for a special occassion or celebration. Fun to try a variety of taste options by ordering various small plates. Wait staff was responsive and friendly.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Waterfront, Live Music, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent food and service. Great ambiance. We had a table looking out over the river.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Amazing dining experience, we love dining here when in Harrisburg! In addition to great food, the cocktails are perfection!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines Day

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Excellent service and great food in the nicely restored mansion along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg. Good dessert too. A wonderful evening. Pricey, and worth it for a special occasion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Outstanding experience, great food and drinks with a personal touch by the owner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Was a perfect decision for a Valentine's Day dinner!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2017

The food was excellent, Richard was looking for salt and pepper but found out he didn't need it...everyone was very friendly and service was fast...it was pricey...but must admit it was an awesome meal, and looking out at the water front was awesome...thanks...it was our first time there and we will be back....

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Great restaurant Love to go there-we will be back many times

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great food. The service was sub par especially for such a nice place as this. We've had better service at restaurants which cost half as much as Chars. It was very disappointing. Besides that the food is excellent. Oh and our table was uneven and rocked back and forth. Had to put napkins under the foot. Very expensive place

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Would have given it five out of five stars if they hadn't mixed up the doneness of our steaks. Aside from that the place is fantastic. Food, all of it was amazing. Definitely plan on returning.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Excellent experience as always

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Excellent meal, as expected. Drinks, appetizers, dinner & dessert. All were carefully prepared & delicious. The menu highlighted seasonal ingredients

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2017

The owner (Char) is ALWAYS present and she greets you like she remembers you and is glad to see you again. It is elegant but not stuffy and pretentious (unlike the "Circular" at the Hotel Hershey). Servers will engage you as much -or as little- as you want. On slower nights, the head chef comes to each table and, again, seems willing to chat as long (or as little) as you want. The food is interesting and wonderfully prepared. We try to go on a week night when it is less crowded.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, fancy, good service. Pricey. The few times I've been there I felt like everyone else knew each other and we weren't part of that core group of regulars. But the building and view are unique, definitely a place to seek out at least once.

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Despite our last minute reservation we were met by friendly staff working late on a Sunday evening. Food was very good, solid, well prepared, cooked to order. Dessert(s) were worth the caloric bill. Nice evening. Birthday dinner:check!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Fabulous place, best restaurant within 50 miles.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Some dishes were just too fancy. Osso bucco should have had lots of rich gravy from vegetables and wine in which it was braised. Instead, there were steamed vegetables on the side and a white creme something on the meat. There was a marrow bone without marrow. This used to be my favorite dish when Char's was at its original location. Smoked perch appetizer had a sweet glaze not to my taste, although my date liked it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I took my girlfriend here for our first date and her first ever date. It did not disappoint. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was beautiful. The entire staff was incredibly kind. I would definitely come back again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Very nice atmosphere for a beautiful night out. The waitress was very prompt and the food was delicious. Quiet, scenic setting that we both could enjoy ourselves.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 6, 2017

We took my parents for their 57th wedding anniversary. Having been there ourselves, we knew they would find Char's special and worthy of their special day. Char's did not disappoint. The service is attentive and professional, warm and welcoming. The food was fabulous and the wine pairings were perfect. The ladies both ordered the fish special, halibut, and the men had osso bucco. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious. Char's is not inexpensive, but it is worth the cost for a lovely dining experience. And you can enjoy Char's if you are on a budget by going during Happy Hour or ordering some of the less expensive items like the small plates. For example, the soup special was Ham Hock and combined with a salad, this would have been an inexpensive and delicious meal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We were there on New Year's Eve, and in spite of it being very busy, the food was superb, as usual. Very interesting and upscale menu, a little pricey but worth it. Char personally visited every table and made the guests feel at home. The little his and hers favors were a nice touch too. We have visited several times and have never been disappointed. Be sure to check out their happy hour at the bar too!

Tags: Seasonal, Tapas, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Dinner was outstanding, busy New Years night so service was not quite there. Drinks were, well bad. Ordered a dry martini, first one was fairy good. Second one was like a salt lick, sent it back and they fixed it. Third one was 75% vermouth instead of dry again. Sent it back, obviously the bartender just shook the same drink and sent the same crappy martini back. At that point I just sent it back again and gave up. Still a nice evening, but not sure we will go back again on a big event night.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Celebrated my 50th birthday and Char made the dinner a memorable one for my family and I. Food excellent! Service excellent! Site clean and polished!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Fresh food immaculately prepared with stellar service. I don't live in the area and my friend had never been so first time for us both. The owner was on hand greeting guests (Thursday night) and watching over the bar and dining room. I had the smoked lake perch appetizer...this is something I don't see on many menus, fresh water fish. Done right, it's only very lightly smoked, and eaten somewhat like a spread on toast points or melba or such, with a very light horseradish cream sauce. All were in perfect balance and it was also a generous portion. The halibut special was prepared with a lemon butter capers sauce which is not terribly creative but when flawlessly executed is still as good a fish entree as can be had. This was very fresh halibut and I thought it was superb. My friend ordered the NY strip, medium, and it was cooked to perfection and he was very impressed. Nice wine list, awesome ambiance with custom modern glass art light fixtures and sculptures offsetting the old mansion look and feel. We want to come back when we can better enjoy the view of the Susquehanna and the patio dining option.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Waterfront, Authentic, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Awesome ambiance !!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Great atmosphere, great food and great service! A great dining experience!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Our waitress Brittany was very attentive without being intrusive -we highly recommend her. Truly enjoyed the evening, the food and the ambience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Great atmosphere & food is delicious. Fantastic selection of unique martinis. Servicr was excellent- very attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Food was good, not outstanding. My fish was a bit salty.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Waterfront
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Char's showed up in internet searches with great reviews, and after a wonderful birthday dinner there for my wife, I wholeheartedly join the chorus of rave reviews. The ambiance is inviting, the staff courteous and attentive, the bar is fun, the selection is wonderful, the menu is amazing, and the food superb. Truly a must-dine!

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2016

I know they spend a lot of time on their food, I just wish there was more of a selection. The service was just ok. It was apparent our server had a large party in the other room. While he would be engaging and pleasant at some points, he was completely distracted and disengaged at other times. This is coming from a table of 6 with 4 of these people being previous servers recently in the Harrisburg area. We know when you're in the weeds.. just ask for help when there's automatic gratuity added so the rest of your customers don't feel ignored on a large check. It will keep us from coming back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Food was terrific! Bartender was not the most customer friendly or warm!

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 7, 2016

As always, a fabulous meal and great martinis.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Absolutely wonderful evening!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2016

evening was great, food and service. Except the young lady sitting us put us in a small corner table for two. It was on top of a table full of people we did not know. I'm 6'8, my wife is 6'0. We asked her for a different table,which there were many! She said no! The waiter heard us talking about getting up to leave and he promptly moved us to a appropriate table and took very good care of us the entire evening. I feel the Hostess needs a little more training, she is working in a high end resteraunt. Not Dennys.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2016

We live in Pittsburgh and occasionally drive to New York or Philadelphia and Char's Tracy Mansion is the perfect place to stop for dinner on the way.

This time I stopped with my daughter on the way to a college tour in Philadelphia.
The atmosphere is very pleasant, with nice lighting, the waitstaff is always friendly and professional.
We started with a well balanced pear and endive salad which was delicious. The sautéed skate small plate was an interesting combination of flavors, but just a little dry.
We split the prime sirloin which was perfectly done and had sides of polenta and onion that enhanced the flavor.
We also got a side of the pomme frites with truffle oil and rosemary. We were digging around in the bottom of the serving cone to get every last bit!

Our waiter knew we had to get on the road, and he did a great job pacing the dinner so that we did not seem rushed but had an enjoyable meal in an hour.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Really enjoyed our first time here. Good food quality and the duck pate' appetizer was great!!! Owner Char came to our table. Very friendly!! They have lots of beautiful glassware and sculptures throughout the place that her daughter creates. Char herself makes really neat jewelry too and my wife (alao named Char) even bought a pair of earrings before leaving. Definately want to come back in summer as they have a large patio porch area with live music during the nicer weather months we were told.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2016

I was a great experience . Food and service was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Absolutely incredible food and a divine atmosphere for a romantic date.

Tags: Romantic
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