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Cafe Fresco Center City

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215 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 (Locust Street)
+1 717-236-2599
10:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri 06:30 - 01:00
Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant transforms from a popular lunch spot with sandwiches and salads to an amazing Asian-fusion restaurant at night. My favorites are Chilean Sea Bass and the Tuna, but the Mongolian Short Rib is pretty good too. Have a smooth vodka martini while you're there. The wait staff is prompt, helpful and friendly. Ask for Chanita as your server.

Thank Tom W
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can I say! Trevor was one of the finest servers I have ever experienced...knowledgeable, patient and witty. Can't wait to go back.

Thank kenrapp
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
290 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is great; there are so many wonderful dishes it is truly hard to chose. This visit, I had the sea bass and it was very flaky, moist and delicious. The bar serves some wonderful cocktails, try the lychee tea infused martini or one of their other specialties. I highly recommend this place for Saturday brunch, dinner or really... More 

Thank Patty B
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I decided to give Café Fresco a try for an impromptu early-bird dinner the Saturday before Valentine's Day. We had been given a gift card for Christmas, which came in handy. While we were THE ONLY PATRONS in the restaurant when we arrived for our 4:30PM reservation, the restaurant quickly filled up. We were seated at one... More 

Thank Ember329
Cafe Fresco C, Owner at Cafe Fresco Center City, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the excellent rating and for taking the time to review our restaurant! Our customers' feedback is extremely important to us. We will share your comments with our serving staff and with the kitchen as we use it to make future decisions. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Cafe Fresco is by far the best restaurant in the Harrisburg area. The food, the service everything is always top notch. The owner Brian is always in house making sure all guests are taken care of. Check it out you will not be disappointed

Thank Jay K
Cafe Fresco C, Owner at Cafe Fresco Center City, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! Our mission is to exceed every guest's expectations in ambiance, service, food. Our staff works extremely hard, and we will be sure to share your comments with our entire staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

London, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Met a friend here for NYE brunch yesterday and it was delicious! They have a good selection with some original additions to brunch food and it was fresh and tasty. The service, while a bit slow, was great and worth the wait for the good food. I would definitely eat here again!!

Thank Kay Y
Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed the night in the area. We needed breakfast and were tired of the usual. We found this place by using google maps to see what was near. We found this place and decided to try it. We order a breakfast wrap and a breakfast sandwich and some breakfast potatoes. The wrap and sandwich were good, but the potatoes... More 

Thank Anne L
Cafe Fresco C, Owner at Cafe Fresco Center City, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review of our breakfast! We are glad to hear you enjoyed everything, and we hope you will stop back and see us next time you're in town! More 

Mechanicsburg PA
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This has been one of our favorite restaurants since day one! The food is consistantly amazing, and the service is beyond compare. The menu offers so many delicious options and the portions are great. You won't leave hundry or disappointed. The staff has incredible knowledge of the food and beverage menu. So many choices of both wines by the glass... More 

Thank travelgang4
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I felt more like in a NY or Phil!y restaurant by the atmosphere and guests. Not very busy. Menu OK but not my style.

Thank Keepingbusynow
Bethlehem, United States
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The ambiance of this cafe is hard to determine from the outside. Once inside, though, you are treated to a modern cafe with chic decor and very good food. Outside dining is wonderful and gives more seating capacity than the cafe alone. Service was very friendly and portions were the right size. An easy place to make it your go-to... More 

Thank Brendan O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Fusion, American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
    (Locust Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: +1 717-236-2599
Urban Café By Day. Metropolitan Gourmet By Night. Located in the heart of restaurant row, Café Fresco continues to be an innovative leader in the Harrisburg dining scene since opening its doors in 2005. The Feng-Shui inspired setting offers comfortable and intimate dining spaces and a centralized, open bar that pulses with energy and excitement. From the moment you step inside, you become part of the Café Fresco experience. Join us for an urban, café-style power lunch. Return for the Asian-inspired dinner service masterfully prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Travis Mumma. At any time, our highly-trained, professional staff will strive to accommodate your every need. Our goal is to provide you with a metropolitan retreat nestled in a smaller city that will exceed every expectation - an experience that can only be provided by Café Fresco.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?