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Cafe Fresco - Center City, Harrisburg, PA

Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.7
4.7
635 reviews
$30 and under
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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, American, Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (717) 236-2599

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Scott Kemp

  • Catering

    Local catering is available for breakfast and lunch for groups of ten or more. Pick up and delivery options are available.

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Fresco's Level 2 lounge offers countless options for events of all sizes and styles. Whether you're planning a fundraiser, business function, reception, or rehearsal, we have the space and menu options to meet your needs.Enjoy the quality and food of Café Fresco Center City in an upscale, modern space.

  • Private party contact

    Brian Fertenbaugh: (717) 236-6600

  • Area

    Harrisburg

  • Cross Street

    Locust Street

  • 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. <br /><br />

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 635 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Overall

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Food

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Service

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Ambience

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Value

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Romance

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Special Occasions

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Vibrant bar and restaurant in downtown Harrisburg. Drink and wine menu extensive, good service. Had the tasting menu with a fried calamari appetizer that was cooked perfectly. Had the shrimp and rice special that was also good. Neat place for dinner/drinks at any time.
  2. s

    shellyp

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and the service incredible! Love it here.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. Our server was fantastic, food and cocktails were delicious. We love this place and it has a great vibe.
  4. FG

    FoodGirl01

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks & excellent service! Tyler & Heather ate so friendly & accommodating even though my one friend is very picky. Thank you so much Fresco & keep up the great work! Would love to see a new seasonal menu or live music too!
  5. JZ

    JordanZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service from the moment we walked in. Greeted and seated promptly for our reservation. Service from our waitress was possibly the best I’ve ever received at any restaurant. She anticipated our needs, asked when we needed drinks before we were left with empty glasses and worked quickly around several tables. The cocktail my wife ordered and had to get another it was so good. My wife rarely ever gets two cocktails so I knew it was exceptional. The food overall was very impressive and extremely delicious. Outstanding presentation, preparation, and execution from the filet entree to the seafood pizza to the warm fresh doughnuts at dessert. One of our new favorites in Harrisburg.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Our first visit and the food, service and ambiance was spot on. Our server was excellent, she timed everything just right, made great suggestions and checked in just enough. We felt that we picked the perfect place for a celebration, however- this is a fabulous place for any occasion. The vibe is great, not overdone. We will be back for sure.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was very salty! The sauce was overpowering but our server is great
  8. l

    leewa

    Pittsburgh

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Great service but all the food was spicy whereas before when we went there wasn’t spicy unless one asked for spicy. We were informed that there was a new chef which probably answers the question as to why. Otherwise good experience .
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Food! Has the Sea Bass. Service excellent!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was friendly and service was quick. The food was incredible. This is one of our favorite spots for a special occasion.

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on 9 August 2022Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you again soon!

  11. AM

    AMHR

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lexi is an awesome server!! Always love dinner at our favorite place!!
  12. AB

    AmyB

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great, professional service. Beautiful, upscale setting. Resteraunt was busy.

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on 9 August 2022Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you again soon!

  13. H

    Honeypumpkins

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants. I always have enjoyed their food. They also have a nice Happy Hour.
  14. FG

    FoodGirl01

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Susu was excellent & the food was so good! Drinks were so tasty- had the Nick Laus & Black Manhattan - no room for dessert but definitely next time! Thank you so much for the great service, food & ambience!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Fresco! Tyler is the best bartender in town!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent!
  17. TN

    TinaN

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great drinks and great food!!
  18. F

    Fundining

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, attentive without being fussy. Appetizers were delicious--calamari and tuna tartare. Entrees were equally excellent--Pad Tai and crab cake. Sauces were tasty and flavorful without being to overwhelming or spicy. Desert was wonderful-creme brûlée. I also recommend the house wines and coffee. Overall a very special evening.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Long wait for dinner. Good food. Really noisy place.
  20. GJ

    GJH19

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambience was excellent as always. Always an enjoyable evening out.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food is always amazing!
  22. P

    Phil

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant close to Hilton we were staying at for tournament. Wanted something with good options for my veggie son and this hit the spot. Food , service and drinks menu were all great.
  23. AB

    AshleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was entertaining and helpful. His sense of humor at the end of a long week was much needed.
  24. BL

    BeckyL

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night dinner before Harrisburg Symphony Concert. It’s our tradition to eat here before each concert. Excellent food, service, and drinks. Always get the window table when requested through Open Table.
  25. S

    Stella

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Adrian, made the experience complete. He was friendly and knowledgeable- a wonderful memory and we will be back:)
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Twice this year corner table up front. Great evening.
  27. SQ

    SmoreQueen

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful from start to finish! The food was cooked to perfection and delicious. I asked for a quiet table and it was delivered! Excellent wine selection as well.
  28. SG

    ScottG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Asian Fusion food, creative. Good vibes. Great deserts. Would go back for sure. Try Filet Low Mein or Chilean Seabass, both excellent. The desserts White Chocolate Bread Pudding (Amazing), Banana Walnut Spring Rolls (Really Good), Creme Brulee (Really Good)
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service
  30. R

    Ruby

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cafe Fresco was inviting, the staff very professional. Drinks were good, and the dinners were excellent. Would highly recommend.
  31. TM

    TracieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food is always wonderful, especially the Chilean sea bass. Cocktails are always mixed just right. Our server was very attentive. The only negative is the acoustic leave a bit desired, as does the seating, if you are not in one of the booths.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always high quality food and service is outstanding!
  33. LL

    LindsayL

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Asian options, always fantastic taste and service is phenomenal!
  34. AM

    AMHR

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lexi took great care of us!
  35. S

    Susan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time and it was a great meal and our server was wonderful
  36. KM

    KMLW

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food prep and service were great. Hasn’t lost a beat. Would like to see wild caught fish and shrimp though. Did find lighting a bit too bright in back right side of restaurant.
  37. BB

    BradB

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was excellent but for me it did not hit it out of the park. Others may take a different view. I would still go back.
  38. W

    Willgal

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We chose Cafe Fresco as a convenient place to eat prior to going to the theater at Open Stage of Harrisburg. It is vibrant and somewhat loud, but the drink and wine selections are varied, and the menu spans multiple options for small plates and full dinners. The only disappointing element was the serving of breaded veal was enormous and somewhat dry. My wife's salmon, on the other hand, was wonderful. We should have skipped ordering a creme brûlée for dessert since that took an extra 20 minutes to come out of the kitchen, and we were running out of time to make our show. It would have been worth the wait since it was delicious, but we had to eat it in a hurry. Fortunately, our server was very prompt with our bill, and she was a delight to talk to all evening.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great modernist ambiance living up to the "fresco" name and cooked to perfection. The Chilean Sea Bass was prepared with a unique and not overpowering chili sauce with the fish cooked better than anywhere experienced globally.

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on 16 February 2022Thank you for the great compliments! The Sea Bass has been one of our most popular items for many years. Thank you for dining with us!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was likeable friendly and even took our picture! Valentines day was made so special at Cafe Fresco. I want to come back next year!

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on 16 February 2022We're glad we were able to make your Valentine's Day special and look forward to seeing you again. Thanks!

FAQs

Cafe Fresco - Center City does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Cafe Fresco - Center City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 236-2599.

Cafe Fresco - Center City is rated 4.7 stars by 635 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Cafe Fresco - Center City

215 N 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Locust Street

  • Area

    Harrisburg

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, American, Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • 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. <br /><br />

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Scott Kemp

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (717) 236-2599

  • Catering

    Local catering is available for breakfast and lunch for groups of ten or more. Pick up and delivery options are available.

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Fresco's Level 2 lounge offers countless options for events of all sizes and styles. Whether you're planning a fundraiser, business function, reception, or rehearsal, we have the space and menu options to meet your needs.Enjoy the quality and food of Café Fresco Center City in an upscale, modern space.

  • Private party contact

    Brian Fertenbaugh: (717) 236-6600

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