Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.7
419 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
A pioneer of Harrisburg dining, Café Fresco Center City opened its doors in 2005 with Executive Chef Travis Mumma. Located in the heart of Restaurant Row, the Feng Shui inspired ambiance offers comfortable and intimate dining spaces that pulse with an energy and excitement. From the moment you step inside, you become part of the Café Fresco experience. Whether you are joining us for an urban, café lunch or the upscale, metropolitan dining experience of our dinner service, our skilled, professional staff will strive to accommodate your every need. Our goal is to provide you with a metropolitan retreat nestled in the heart of a smaller city that will exceed every expectation – an experience that can only be provided by Café Fresco.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, American, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 6:30am-11am
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-4pm
Brunch: Saturday 10am-3pm
Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Closed Sundays
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Phone number
(717) 236-2599
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Travis Mumma
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Catering
Local catering is available for breakfast and lunch for groups of ten or more. Pick up and delivery options are available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Locust Street
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Parking details
An easily accessible, multi-level parking lot is located directly across the street from the restaurant. Rates vary, depending on dates and times. Street parking is also available with discounted rates between the hours of 11AM - 2PM and 5PM - 7PM. Metered parking ends at 7PM. Park in the River Street Garage across the street for only $5, every weekday after 5PM.
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Entertainment
Cafe Fresco infuses chic decor with trendy music, creating the perfect setting for your dining experience. After dinner, step upstairs to Level 2 where the hottest DJs from the East Coast lay down the tracks for the ultimate VIP experience.

Level 2 is also available for private events, large group dinners, and meetings. Enjoy the quality and food of Café Fresco Center City in an upscale, modern space.
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Special events & promotions
Join our email list to get the latest information and VIP invites to special events at www.cafefresco.com.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 419 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and a great experience.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been a couple years since we've been here. Used to come every week for years and just wanted to change things up. Moved to the west shore and started exploring in that area. Reality is, this restaurant is incredibly delicious and we will be back a lot more often.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu had a wide range of options. All were very intriguing. Good wine, beer and specialty drink menu as well. The food we had was prepared very well. There was a lower cost sandwich and pizza menu but the entrees were all a little pricey. Service was excellent and atmosphere was trendy without being obnoxious. We definitely plan to return with friends in the future.

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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Really poor service experience.

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L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had from apps drinks and main course & dessert !!! The sea bass was excellent and the short ribs amazing!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our server! The food and the drinks were excellent! I’ve dined here before but it was the first time for my in-laws and they loved everything as well!

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D
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, love the booths, very cozy. Service was excellent, and the food was fantastic. We loved trying Cafe Fresco during Restaurant Week. They offered a great menu with lots of different options. Crispy brussels sprouts for appetizer, chicken and broccoli, pork tonkatsu, and one of the best peanut butter tarts I've ever had (the white chocolate bread pudding was excellent too). Nice happy hour with lots of martini options. Plan to return soon!

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b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Downtown Harrisburg. Food is always fantastic regardless of what we order, wait staff was excellent! And atmosphere is cool jazz cozy and conversations can easily be had.

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice, I can always count on great service and delicious food! Definitely a must try if you are in town for the first time!

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had to wait even though we had a reservation. Service took forever tho server was very nice. Food was average. Drinks were great.

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FJ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Everything is lacking here

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p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner! Cocktails, food, and service are top notch! Tyler created some new cocktails that are delicious! It might be nice to see the food menu change a bit. It’s been a few years. Love this place! My favorite in Harrisburg!

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, very good dishes with the ability to try many different styles of food. With four of us there we shared 11 dishes. All of them were excellent.

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BK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dinner here! I’ve never had anything I didn’t like. The food and service is excellent. The specialty martinis are also incredible. If you need a sure thing for dinner or happy hour. Get to Cafe Fresco downtown - and ask for Trevor as your server. He’s awesome!

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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and several dishes with a new twist. It was a very busy night so the kitchen was a little slower than usual --- no big deal as the hostess was good at letting us know this in advance.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great just server didn’t seem like she wanted to be there.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the cashew chicken with broccoli and really enjoyed it. I recommend this place to anyone staying in downtown HBG.

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I can always count on terrific food and a great atmosphere. Our server was excellent!

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SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was so accommodating and on point! I’m sorry that I don’t remember his name! Totally recommend this place for any occasion or regular dining! My mother in law who can be a fussy eater practically licked her plate!

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l
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent . Cory was a fabulous waiter

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fantastic. Super
Noisy. Can not hear yourself think

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SW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my wife and I’s second time here. Food was very good. I got the short ribs. The portion was kind of small. My wife got the filet lo mein. She couldn’t finish hers. I had 2 IPAs from a national brewery. My wife had 2 apricot cosmos. She said they were good.

It would be nice that a local restaurant would offer more of a local beer variety rather than Troegs. There are a lot of good local craft breweries in central PA.

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PH
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great electic menu! Nice Vibe! Good Service! Very interesting menu selections.

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AD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great casual place with a great atmosphere for any occasion. The small plate approach is a terrific option for trying a variety of items. The mushroom potstickers are above 5 stars with layers of flavors and a subtle spicy kick at the finish. Scallops were perfectly seasoned & excellent . The bread budding was phenomenal and so was the key lime pie martini!

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HS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a superb meal. Hostess and sever were very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Would definitely return!

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TC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Second time in, second success. The food is great, as is the service. They could use more craft beer on the menu, and the music is sort of baffling. Like electronica written for Miami Beach elevators. Outdoor seating available if you want to watch trucks cough their way down 2nd Street all night.

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CB
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we were not disappointed with our dining experience. Greeted by a smiling hostess who took the time to ask “ how are you all tonight”, than took us directly to a wonderful table. Our server was equally friendly and very knowledgeable about that evenings specials and drink menu. Dinner was delicious. The owner stopped by to see how everything was. Ended the meal with a few delicious desserts! Looking forward to our next dining experience there!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is really good, especially the small plates (/appetizers), but the what really stands out is the quality of the cocktails - excellent!

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Found Cafe Fresco for brunch the night before, conveniently down the street from our hotel. The food was amazing. The sugared donuts starter couldn’t have been better. The menu had the perfect amount of diversity without being overwhelming. Only complaint was that the service was a tad bit slow considering the restaurant was not full.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best happy hour around and perfect place to bring friends together. The korege is my absolute favorite followed by the roasted Brussels sprouts but everything on the menu is outstanding.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Picked it because of the high rating on OpenTable... and I’m not sure what other reviewers see in this place. Food was ok, but expensive for what you got. The Mongolian short rib all though tasty was tiny in size. The restaurant was nearly empty, and took a long time to get drinks. Bartender poured a glass of red wine and pored all the sediments into the glass and my friend drank some of it not realizing it. Won’t be going back. Don’t take your European guests here for dinner.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Mother’s Day.

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j
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

This place is almost always fantastic and has eclectic excellent "fusion" of different food styles. Bar mixes great cocktails. People watching on street seating is fun.

On this trip I was disappointed with how slow food came out for Mother's day brunch.

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LL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

For a last minute reservation and quick find through Map Quest this restaurant was perfect. Apparently it was also prom night (Friday) so service was not as quick but the drinks and food were pretty good. Definitely will eat here again as a pit stop to Hershey Park with the kids. Happy Hour drinks are an awesome deal and drinks are quite good. The pizza was surprisingly good as was the pork belly, sea bass and scallops.

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DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Cafe Fresco to celebrate wife and son's birthday. Food and service were excellent! Started off with cocktails and and delicious appetizers. Wide variety of menu choices and whole family loved what they ordered. Brought a birthday cake which they were happy to serve. Will definitely come back and recommend to all friends

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FG
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trevor was our server and he is excellent! He is very friendly and knowledgable of the menu. We enjoyed our Szecheuan shrimp appetizer followed by the delicious Kobe burger and I had the crabcake. Unfortunately, we did not have room for dessert but I highly recommend the doughnuts or peanut butter tarte. (we have eaten here many times and still love it) Cafe Fresco always has great food and service and Trevor is one of the best - so ask for him!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional!

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SD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic, as it always is. So wonderfully consistent!

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience! Boyfriend and I wanted to try somewhere new for date night and we’re happy with our choice. Service was a little slow but our waiter easily made up for it with his kind personality. Food and drinks were delicious!

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JP
Jacksonville
72 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early evening business meal at Café Fresco, because we knew their great food, drinks and atmosphere would generate a good conversational setting. For drinks, we started with a basic Lemondrop Martini and a Black and Smokey (a mix of spiced rum, dark cacao, cinnamon bitters and some other stuff) delicious. Appetizers included the edamame, tuna tartare and karaage, a Japanese chicken dish.) All were as usual, perfectly done and delicious. Dinners includes scallops on black risotto; filet mignon with smashed redskins and crispy Brussel sprouts; and red curry peanut chicken. They were thoroughly enjoyed by each of us, cooked as requested, and served in a reasonable time.
Fresco is a go to place on Second Street in Harrisburg. The owners and staff take pride in their cocktails, their menu, and their service.

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