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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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (20)
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Waterfront (20)
Romantic (20)
Scenic View (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Authentic (7)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Live Music (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Bar Seating (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Great Beer (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food and great service. If prices were 15 % to 20% lower , Char's would be a great place for dining more often. For a special ocasion Char's fits as the right place to dine.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful food, great service and we got to meet the chef and the owner. We had a very fun time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Char continues to deliver great food in an exceptional atmosphere that reeks class and quality. She is the hostess with mostest!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great atmosphere and even better food. This has become a great place to celebrate special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wife and I had a newborn about two months ago - grandma was babysitting so we were excited to get out for the first time! I always wanted to try Char's, as it had excellent reviews.

The ambiance is very nice, old Victorian style which my wife loves. 40 degree weather kept us from sitting on the porch, but we will definitely want to try the outdoor dining when the weather permits.

Seated promptly, service was very courteous, nothing to complain. Started with the warm cranberry walnut bread, very tasty. We had the lamb meatballs for a starter. Lacked a little in flavor, but not bad overall. Next the beef dumplings - also good but would probably go in a different direction next time. We shared the risotto with the braised beef - absolutely fantastic! Portion was generous, and taste was out of this world! Ended with the apple bread pudding - my wife loved it, I'm not a big fan but it wasn't bad.

Next time we will probably go with two main courses instead of the starters. Overall, a very pleasant experience, and a new favorite!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was “meh”.
Overpriced food that was “meh”
Service was excellent.
The cheesecake was amazing.
We will not return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

At its Front Street, Harrisburg, PA location, Char's Tracy Mansion has a great view to the Susquehanna River. A visit there in daylight hours would be highly recommended. The interior is tastefully done and features art glass chandeliers made by the owner's artist daughter.
My cocktail order was not from the menu, but very common--a Rye Manhattan. I asked for it in a rocks glass, but not to be served with ice. Instead, I was served an Old Fashioned. Oh well. I hate sending stuff back, knowing the animosity that can cause, so I drank it. Okay, but not really my drink.
We were interested in a shrimp dish that included cilantro and asked if we could have it minus the cilantro. Nope. This made us wonder if Char's kitchen is using sauces made in advance, possibly with frozen portions. Otherwise, how difficult could it be to omit the cilantro? Hmmm. Our entrees were the Braised Lamb Shank and the Marinated Cornish Game Hen, both well prepared. For dessert? the Chocolate Souffle was very rich and chocolaty-good!
A gorgeous interior and a beautiful view to the river. Dinner for two with drinks plus tip will run you about $125 each.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

One of the very best restaurants in Harrisburg. You can reliably count on very good service, food. The atmosphere is also good, particularly when watching the sunset over the Susquehanna. We also had enjoyable service in the bar with after dinner drinks.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Char’s is a comfortable, high-end restaurant, situated near the Susquehanna with a fabulous view of the river as the sun sets. The cuisine is wonderful with healthy choices to meet every taste. The indoor ambiance with fine food and cocktails outside on the porch made our anniversary memorable. Joel’s expert service made our evening complete. A flawless experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My wife and I went here for our one year anniversary and had a fantastic experience. My wife got the risotto of the day, which she loved! I got the pasta of the day, which was the perfect portion size and not overloaded with too much flavor. The food was very good with a wonderful wine & cocktail list. The beer list was very standard nothing super special. We highly recommend giving Char's a try!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love this location. THis was our first date out in awhile because we have young children at home. Well worth the night out. Great food. Great service. Tables a little close to each other; could hear other people's conversations a little too well. Overall would definitely go again and recommend to others!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

A staple in the Harrisburg area, it's one of the places where you can be pretty sure of consistency. The food is always nicely prepared. The wine list is extensive enough and the "everyday" wine selections are always good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Live Music, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely meal. The decor is tasteful and not distracting, you can see the Susquehanna from some tables. My husband ordered the filet, it was done to his liking. I had a special which was halibut with mango salsa atop creamy lemony risotto. It was delicious and cooked perfectly. We also ordered a starter of caprese salad with burrata that was divine. The Apple walnut bread pudding we finished with we could have skipped and not missed anything, it was a bit dry, nothing remarkable. Service was satisfactory, server was attentive and polite without hovering. We will definitely visit Char's again for a special night out!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Live Music, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great meal , best during our stay in Harrisburg! Fun drinks and super service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great overall dining experience. The mansion is beautifully decorated with unique glass lighting. It is on Front St. with the Susquehanna just across the street. We dined on the porch on a perfect Fall evening. The food was just delicious. Don't miss the Caesar salad. Our fish and risotto meals were tasty and the wine list is small but good wine choices.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

As always, Char's has outstanding food and great ambiance. Highly recommend. Love it! Michele

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had a great time celebrating with some friends over great food and wine. Quiet enough that we could easily hear each other, yet not so formal that you feel like you can't laugh and make a little bit of noise.

Server was also helpful and had some great suggestions from the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful evening with drinks and dinner. Spectacular view of the river, a creative menu and great cocktails.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Tapas, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our anniversary meal at Char's was outstanding. When I noticed that one of my favorite dishe wasn't on the menu, I asked the waitress who checked with the chef and he said he'd be happy to make it for me. Outstanding!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was wonderful. Atmosphere and ambiance was stellar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had a wonderful dining experience on Friday night September 15, table was perfect overlooking the river, Band added to the atmosphere, A very nice touch having Char and the chef visit the table. Food was fabulous and wine also great. Looking forward to coming back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Char needs to talk to me about her business insurance, We have a great number of mutual clients. Don Jacobs 717-582-8400

Would also give me a reason to take clients there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This was the best meal that we have experienced in as long as we can remember! Our reservations were later, so when we arrived, the restaurant was busy. Nevertheless, we were seated promptly. The only faux pas we experienced was they forgot to give us a menu, so we had to ask the waiter to provide them.

Once that was handled, the service was impeccable. Dinner progressed in a leisurely fashion, I ordered the buratta caprese salad, with modest expectations (since it was so late in the season for tomatoes). It was superb.

For entrees we ordered the halibut, and chicken. I can say that both were the best we could ever remember!

If you are ever in the Huntington area, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to an outstanding dinner at Char's Tracy Mansion

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

A lovely riverfront view and live music are terrific reasons to visit Char's. The seasonal menus, delicious food, drinks and wine list are key reasons we keep coming back!! It's a fun place to meet for drinks or even dessert. This visit we had a terrific steak meal with fabulous wine and followed this dinner with drinks on the patio enjoying the live music.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront, Live Music
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Very warm and inviting atmosphere that made for a special night of being able to relax and enjoy conversation with a live band.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

The view was quite special. The staff was very friendly and professional. I asked for some time before I ordered and they did not make me feel rushed in any way. I also really enjoyed the food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I asked for beef empanadas, which they didn't have. Then for desert noticed they have apple empanadas to satisfy my pastry craving, they didn't have that either. Food was ok. The noodles of the vegetarian option were slimy and too spicy, but the rest of my table very much enjoyed their meals. I guess for central PA that is the place to be.
I would like to mention that my tastes and service expectations are skewed, I travel all over the world, stay at 5-star hotels and eat at 5-star restaurants, so it's hard for me to be a true judge of a small town culinary experience as well as the service they provide. If 2 items I requested were not available at any decent place in Paris, I would have been offered a free desert of my choice. It's not about the monetary benefit but purely providing good customer service.
Also note if you want to be seated outside do not reserve on line.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Dinner at Char's is always a treat. From the great food and drink to the ambiance and service, we always enjoy our time there.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

As always, dinner and service were excellent. Thank you!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Everything was top notch from beginning to end

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

Beautiful evening dining outside to celebrate our anniversary. Drinks, appetizers, and entrees were all outstanding.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were a little disappointed that we were not able to be seated in the front room with a view of the river. We were celebrating our 15 anniversary and drove from 45 minutes away. The other rooms do not offer the same ambiance. If you go, make sure to ask for a view of the river. If you don't have a view, the food is a little over priced.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Everything was great--from the food to the personal service to the lovely atmosphere.
My birthday was extra special here because of their attention to all the fine details.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Casual, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Business Meals, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Waterfront, Cozy, Live Music, Fun, Disabled Access, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This restaurant is a gem in the Harrisburg area! By far the best restaurant I have been to. It was one of the most fabulous meals I have had in a long time. From the cocktails to dessert, it was perfectly executed. Our waitress (Carrie) was the best part she was absolutely lovely and incredibly knowledgeable of the menu and general cuisine. The manager made a point to stop at our table and make sure that everything was going well. The live music was extremely fun and enjoyable. I highly recommend this establishment for all occasions. They are extremely accommodating!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Exceptional, as usual. Seated upon arrival. Great menu/specials. A friendly table visit from the owner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We were there on a week night, relatively late in the evening, and the restaurant was not crowded at all. I think there were more people at the bar than at tables. It was a little noisy from the people sitting at the bar, but quiet once they left. This is the opposite of other times we have been to the restaurant (mainly at the holidays) when it was crowded with large groups.

The service was impeccable. Perfect timing of the courses. Loved everything we ate with the exception of the summer salad special. The type of lettuce (I can't recall what it was called) was spindly, hard to cut, and just hard to eat in general. My husband had the beef tenderloin, which was cooked perfectly. I had the pork, also done perfectly with great seasonings.

We enjoyed dinner immensely!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Food was good, but very overpriced. Staff was friendly and courteous enough, but could have been a little more attentive. Party at the table next to us was loud, crude and vulgar, led by a senior woman, no less.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere. The live band was entertaining and the food was exceptional as always.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

A bit too "stuffy" for our dining experience. We felt rushed and found it difficult to settle in and relax. Excellent food, great service overall.

Tags: Business Meals, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our "belated" anniversary dinner while we were in Harrisburg for a conference. Everything was great!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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