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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Hershey / Harrisburg

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Hershey / Harrisburg? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Cafe Fresco - Center City restaurant
4.8
4.8 (718)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Harrisburg
About the restaurant
A pioneer of Harrisburg dining, Café Fresco Center City opened its doors in 2005. 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.
Top review
Andramada
Dined 3 days ago
Love this place so much food is amazing I definitely recommend if you’re downtown Harrisburg. the price reasonable
A photo of Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (393)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Harrisburg
About the restaurant
Ad Lib
Craft Kitchen and Bar
A comfortable gathering place where people come together to celebrate, debate politics or simply spend time with friends and family, Ad Lib is a “new take” on a traditional American Tavern.
Food and Drink offerings are old favorites “turned on their side” and full of surprises. Our food and beverage chefs combine classic preparations with contemporary creativity. Ad lib specials, the “Ad Lib Lunch” and Ad lib social hours celebrate spontaneity. This is a place to share food and share stories. There’s no script, just a stage set for you to wing it!
This is food that is fun to cook, fun to eat, fun to share. And, you can try many dishes in one visit with the large offering of small plate options. Guests can choose from over 40 small plates, over 30 wines by the glass, over 60 selections of beer and an ever changing list of craft, barrel aged and edible cocktails.
Top review
Kevinvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Express Lunch & the Cuban Grilled Cheese were both excellent. The service was terrific.
A photo of Wolf Brewing Co restaurant
4.7
4.7 (183)
$30 and under
Brewery
Mechanicsburg
About the restaurant
Wolf Brewing Company's vision is to produce artfully crafted, small batch creations with distinctive elements. Wolf Brewing Co. has earned 129 awards from all 50 states with 56 different beers. In the 2021 statewide Breweries in PA Readers’ Choice Awards, Wolf Brewing Co. was awarded 3rd Place in the Best Beer Garden category, 2nd Place in the Best Taproom category, 3rd Place in the Best New Brewery category and 3rd Place in the Best Food category. Our distinctive food menu utilizes the finest and freshest local ingredients - inspired by the changing seasons and driven by the imaginations of our culinary team. Our dishes and sauces are made from scratch - and most of our meats, cheeses and produce are sourced from local farms. All of our beers that are brewed on-site are unfiltered and gluten reduced to less than 20 PPM (parts per million).
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We had such a wonderful first experience here! The food was amazing!! Everything came out hot and delicious. You could really tell that it was farm to table. The beers were great that we had. The atmosphere was fun, but you could also hear everyone sitting at your table. Will definitely be back again.
A photo of Aura Modern Mediterranean restaurant
4.7
4.7 (182)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Camp Hill
About the restaurant
Aura strives to create the unique feeling of dining on the shores of the Mediterranean coast—where the warm sunlight, breathtaking views, gentle sea winds, and incredible cuisine come together to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Drawing on inspiration from the Iberian Peninsula, France, Greece, and Northern Africa; award winning Executive Chef John Walsh has impeccably crafted each dish to emphasize regional flavors using abundant fresh vegetables, seafood, meats, and herbs.

Our professional and knowledgeable staff will guide you through every step of your culinary journey. Relax with us and celebrate the flavors, spirit, and style that create the Aura of the Mediterranean.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great restaurant, great food, great atmosphere, great people and great ownership.
A photo of Greystone Brew House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (58)
$30 and under
American
Boiling Springs
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Taco Tuesdays are always fun! Excellent food and service!
A photo of River House Bar & Grill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (329)
$30 and under
Seafood
Middletown
About the restaurant
For business or pleasure, Feel the charm of our rural Bar & Grill. Our dining areas, bar room, outdoor bar, and decks offer a casual atmosphere to enjoy our innovative menu, a wonderful list of local wines from the best of our area vineyards, and a speciality drink menu including craft and specialty ales & lagers sure to please any palette. Whether you're in the mood for a grilled burger and a pint of your favorite ale, Angus steak with a shot of top shelf whisky, or seared ahi and a chilled martini, River House Bar & Grill has something for everyone. River House Bar & Grill is the perfect place to unwind and take a break - meet old friends for happy hour, or make new ones, celebrate a special occasion, or gather your family for dinner.

Contact us about private parties, weddings and catering. Give your luncheon, wedding, or special event that extra touch with our exquisite catering menu.
Top review
MeganD
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
We did the Old Bay Sundays Seafood Feast for $75/pp and we got snow crab legs, hush puppies, clam strips, shrimp, corn on the cob. It did come with smoked chicken but they were all out of that by the time we got there for our 6pm resy, but all good, they do warn you as advertised as while supplies last. We also shared the chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream and it was ooey, gooey, and delicious, a must try!! Service was great, everyone was kind and courteous. We will be back for that feast again as well as to try their other items on their menu which sound really good!! Highly recommend!!
A photo of Smoked Bar & Grill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (533)
$30 and under
American
Hershey
About the restaurant
Locally owned Smoked Bar & Grill offers house smoked barbeque, prime beef burgers, craft beer and cocktails, and some of the best wings you’ll find around! Come by for Happy Hour at our bar from 4-6p every day and enjoy half off all Starters and a variety of drink specials. Enjoy favorites like our Carolina Nachos, Pulled Pork, Sliced Brisket, Bourbon Barrel Wings, Brisket Cheesesteak, House Rubbed Ribs, Smoked Ribeye, and our SBG Burger! Lighter fare includes a variety of fresh Salads, Grilled Salmon, and Blackened Mahi-Mahi or Shrimp Tacos. Bring the family and eat in our spacious dining room where the kids can order off an affordable Kid’s Menu. For the adults, we have 10 draft beers, various bottled and canned beer, creative scratch made cocktails, various wine options, and over 50 bourbons and tequilas to choose from. We pride ourselves in having an experienced team that provides outstanding service.
Top review
KarynB
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
The food is great and portions are huge. My meal made three meals actually!
A photo of Iron Hill Brewery - Hershey restaurant
4.4
4.4 (928)
$30 and under
American
Hershey
About the restaurant
Welcome to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, where you'll find fine handcrafted beers, creative yet informal cuisine, and friendly, attentive service in a casual, upscale atmosphere. We're passionate about producing distinctive, full-flavored handcrafted beers, accompanied by fresh–from–scratch New American cuisine in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Our goal has always been to provide food and beer that is inspired, consistently crafted and presented by a knowledgeable and courteous service staff.
Top review
ArtVandalay311vip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Excellent food & great service as usual. Always worth the trip.
A photo of 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1004)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Carlisle
About the restaurant
1794 The Whiskey Rebellion is a down to earth local eatery & whiskey bar based on Carlisle's unique history. Our menus contain food and drinks rich in American tradition.

Our food is simple and honest, created from ingredients sourced (locally when possible) from sustainable American farmers.

Our bar is based on the "farm to shaker" concept. Using the highest quality ingredients to pair with our small batch and locally distilled spirits & extensive whiskey list.

COVID-19 Precautions:
Our primary concern is the health and safety of our guests and staff. You will see that we are taking all precautions to ensure that you are safe while dining with us. All of our tables are 6 feet apart to allow for social distancing. At the bar we have glass dividers that give you a protective barrier from guests next to you. All of our servers, chefs and bartenders wear masks and gloves. Our employees wash hands and change gloves frequently. We are constantly sanitizing all touch points.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The only complaint I had was that the air conditioning didn’t seem to be functioning properly. Otherwise, the food was fantastic, the service was excellent and we had a wonderful experience.
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Camp Hill (Harrisburg) restaurant
4.0
4 (110)
$30 and under
American
Harrisburg
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
It was a perfect evening out with the family. Thank you D&B staff!
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