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Cafe Fresco Center City

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215 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1468 (Locust Street)
+1 717-236-7346
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06:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri 06:30 - 01:00
Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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Zelienople, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good selection. Tasty bun and grilled portabella mushroom and veggie sandwich was tasty and light and just right size for lunch. Others in group said their salad and sandwiches were tasty too.

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

Hi Nan, Thanks for your review! Fresh, local ingredients are a priority for us, and we are happy to hear that everyone in your party enjoyed their meals. We hope you stop back and see us again soon! More 

Malvern, Pa
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205 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here on Saturday evening and our table ordered two of the Tuna tartare appetizer plates. We had never been to this restaurant and were looking forward to some fine dining. So after everyone tried the Tuna Tartare we all agreed that the Tuna was mushy and the dish lacked flavors and fell flat. The Tuna also tasted slightly... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. I am happy to hear you found our staff friendly and accommodating, and I will pass your positive feedback along to them. Our goal is to offer our guests an outstanding dining experience - both in atmosphere and in food. We take our guest's reviews very seriously, and I am sorry... More 

Harrisburg
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You simply can't ask for more. It's a perfect evening when dining at this restaurant. I've traveled to forty one states in the USA and Cafe Fresco is truly still my favorite. Must try the Kobe Beef Sliders and Pom Lychee Martinis. Excellent customer service and super friendly staff. Gorgeous restaurant.

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

Thank you for the great review! The Pom Lychee is a customer favorite. The next time you're in town, be sure to check out our Happy Hour Menu, served every weekday at the bar from 4:30 - 7. We offer $6 wine pours and specialty martinis, and the Pom Lychee is on the list! We also have the Kobe Beef... More 

Jefferson City, Missouri, United States
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216 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outdoor eating for those who want it. However, the interior is beautifully decorated. They have creative seating areas scattered around this surprisingly large restaurant. The food was delicious and also surprisingly generous. Great wine selection. The manager appeared at the table twice to check on the perfect service that I was receiving.

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

Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your dining experience. Guest feedback is extremely important to us, and I'm thrilled to hear you received attentive service from our staff. I will be sure to pass your comments along to our entire team We hope to see you again soon! More 

Annville, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We stopped on a Saturday afternoon for the brunch, which runs until 3:00 pm on a Saturday. Conveniently, the parking garage is right across the street from the restaurant. The parking garage also has discounted parking ($3) until 3:00 pm on a Saturday for restaurant goers. The restaurant was almost empty at the time that we arrived, around 2:00. The... More 

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

Thanks for the great review! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your meal. The chicken salad croissant is a popular brunch choice for those who come later in the brunch service. You did come during a time when guest counts can tend to be thin - our brunch service usually peaks between 11-1. We offer a Champagne Happy Hour from... More 

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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190 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Café Fresco is the perfect option for those who desire an upscale trendy setting at cheap eat prices! Most of their menu is below $10 with tons of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday but Sunday! My all time favorite is their Barbecue Ranch Salad! This impressive salad is PACKED with awesome flavors for "total foodies" and is perfectly... More 

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1 review
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

The brunch specials are divine! The Crab cake Benedict and champagne cocktails are AMAZING! A MUST stop! Go see Trevor and Dash. You will not be disappointed.

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Thank AmySchmidt3104
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

With a spectacular happy hour and great food, this place is not to be missed. Cocktails, small plates, dinners. Did I mention cocktails?

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Thank Hoser13
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2017

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.

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Thank Tom W
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
Reviewed 18 February 2017 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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Cuisine
Asian, Fusion, American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
06:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:00
Thursday
06:30 - 22:00
Friday
06:30 - 01:00
Saturday
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1468
    (Locust Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: +1 717-236-7346
Description
Urban Café By Day. Metropolitan Gourmet By Night. Located in the heart of restaurant row, Café Fresco Center City 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?