Cafe Fresco - Center City
We always enjoy the food, the attentive service and the atmosphere at Cafe Fresco.
Great experience enjoyed the White Lotus for a beverage choice; the Karaage Chicken appetizer; the Beef Short Rib; Crabcake and the Peanut Butter Tart for dessert— all were delicious. Service was not rushed but genuine recommendations and my water was always being filled, server was attentive without being over zealous. Great time would both recommend and return!
Wonderful evening. We ordered a dozen or so appetizers and shared them as tapas. The server Mitch did an excellent job, very knowledgeable about menu items. The food was fresh and creative. Care was taken with every dish prepared for us. We will definitely return!
Thanks for the great review. I will make sure to tell the staff, in particular Mitch, about your comments. We hope to see you again soon!
We went to Cafe Fresco to celebrate a birthday. Our server was outstanding, i’m giving us recommendations and checking in on us frequently. The food was also fantastic and we will definitely be back.
Thanks for the great review, we hope to see you again soon!
The food was excellent - our favorite place for special meals.
Thanks for the great review, CANTERBURY. We hope to see you again soon!
We love Cafe Fresco, and the food is consistently good. I only took off a star for service because the hostess didn't offer to check our coats which should be standard practice at a nice restaurant. Also, the slider burgers were just kind of "meh", and were both a bit disappointed at the lack of flavor... just bland, really. Overall though, it was still a fantastic meal and will continue to come back!
Thank you for your friendly review, JebS. Our hosts typically do offer to hang coats for our guests so I apologize for you being missed. I have also addressed the lack of flavor on your Wagyu Sliders with my Chef and made sure that he corrects this with his staff moving forward. Thank you for your input and we hope to see you again soon!
Overall the quality of food was really excellent and our server was friendly and very hard working but the pace of service was slow as it as clear that the kitchen was overwhelmed meaning that we had long periods of waiting which to the restaurant’s credit was handled by comp’ing our appetizer voluntarily. We really enjoy eating here but may have to plan on doing so at times other than peak dining such as Valentine’s weekend.
Thank you for the kind words, USScot. We certainly apologize for the long wait time during your visit on Saturday. Unfortunately, we had a call off and a no-show in the kitchen which led to them being overwhelmed during our dinner service. Not making excuses but we will certainly try to do better on our expected busy nights. We hope to see you again soon!
Wonderful Valentine's Day menu! The service was wonderful, they gave out roses and had rose petals on the floor. The drink selection was amazing. I recommend Cafe Fresco for special occasions and for the foodies out there!
Thanks for the great review, SarahC. We hope to see you again soon!
Hadn't been here in several years and wanted to check it out again. Was not disappointed. Food and service were excellent. Wish I remembered our server's name to give him a shout-out - he was funny, personable and very helpful with wine recommendations. Reservation was at 7:00 on a Saturday night; noise level was quiet at first but was quite boisterous by the time we left. That was my only (small) complaint. Highly recommend.
Thanks for the great review, Michelle. I believe your server was Rob, and I will make it a point to pass along your compliment on his service. We are also awaiting the delivery of sound absorption panels which should drastically reduce the noise level on busy nights. Again, thank you for your input and we hope to see you again soon!
First time for dinner. Really enjoyed the appetizers. Wide range of options on the menu. Casual bar atmosphere is perfect for a Saturday night.
We always enjoy the exciting and vibrant atmosphere at Café fresco. The menu is constantly changing with new and exciting choices.
Thanks for the great review, Terry. We hope to see you again soon!
Enjoy the food and the variation of meals and combinations. Great fusion of foods. Our server, Shannon, was outstanding. The front restaurant area was very loud, it was a full bar at 6:30 ok a Friday. Maybe some sound dampening materials on those solid walls would help. Will come back again, but the noise level is a consideration.
Andy, thanks for the great review and input. The noise level in the restaurant has been an issue since our remodel in October. We are currently waiting on the arrival of some custom made soundproofing tiles that should drastically improve the noise level. We should have them installed in the next few weeks and should not be an issue on your next visit. We hope to see you again soon!
Cafe Fresco is one of the best restaurants in Harrisburg. The ambience is upscale and trendy. The drinks are outstanding, And the food is innovative and thoughtfully prepared. I am a vegetarian and Cafe Fresco offers me a number of food options. My meat eating Husband and our friends have many meat and seafood options as well. This is my “go to” restaurant for all occasions and casual dinners.
Thanks for the great review. We hope to see you again soon!
The food is amazing and service was excellent. One disappointing thing was: When I am paying a premium for great food I would like a menu that is not dirty. It makes one wonder what else isn't clean? They are only paper stock menus. They should probably replace worn or dirty menus more often.
Thanks for the great review, HbgBob. We recently redesigned our menus and ability to wipe and clean them was of course a concern. It is an assigned task for employees to clean and dispose of bad menus but it sounds like one slipped through the cracks during your visit. I apologize for that and wanted to make you aware that we have addressed this issue and replaced the worn menus with new ones. Thanks for your input and we hope to see you again soon!
Waiter, Steve, did a great job w/service. Food was very good. Would go back and recommend to others
Thanks for the great review, Troyo. We hope to see you again soon!
I accidentally happened upon this place a couple years ago and promptly forgot the name. I picked a random restaurant in Harrisburg to connect with friends. As it turned out, it was the same place. The food was great, the service was stellar. My only complaint would be all the noise. But then concrete floors will do that, as will the fact that it was Friday night after Christmas so people were rather boisterous. I particularly enjoyed the “small plate” offerings. really enjoyed it and will to again.
The food was delicious and the drinks were good - healthy pour with the wine. Our waitress was excellent as well. My only complaint was the temperature of the food. The food was well prepared and had excellent flavors, but the temperature was just warm. I would have preferred that it was served piping hot. I would give it another try because the wait staff was excellent and the atmosphere was so nice, especially the booths.
Great ambiance, dinner and drinks! Really enjoyed!
Service was exceptional to include the bartender and his amazing drinks!
Always excellent. They recently did a remodel. The restaurant is a lot brighter now. Still beautiful, but I preferred the previous ambient lighting. It made the space feel warmer and more intimate.
I noticed the restaurant did a renovation with the lighting and changing the wall design, which looks very fresh and updated. I must say the noise level was quite high that evening making it very difficult to hear your friends talking to you at our table for dinner. I don’t know how you could combat that?
Fantastic food, drink, service(thank you Steve!) atmosphere, the whole package for a great night out with friends!
Excellent food and service, staff was very friendly.
Great service for having 8 people at a table will definitely return.
The crispy Brussels Sprouts were a soggy mess. I asked for a box to take home my half eaten main course but never got it. No matter. It wasn’t that good anyway. The service was pretty slow.
The food was ok but that is where the accolades stop. The time to get our food after we ordered was very loooooooooooooooong. I don't know if it was the server or the kitchen who was at fault here but it was a long time. I must say it was not real busy so we couldn't figure out why it was taking so long. It was noisy even though not a whole lot of tables were occupied. However the coup de gras for the evening was my daughter got some of her dinner boxed. The next morning while she was walking the dog her husband ate the dinner that was sent home, but it was NOT what she had for her dinner. The waiter sent home the wrong dinner and he ate someone else dinner that was partially eaten. GROSS. Doubt we will be going back there again
The food and service were both wonderful. Would highly recommend!
Great brunch! Loved the Mongolian Benedict! Drinks were tasty too 😋
Excellent service and delicious food. Very comfortable space. Great menu!
The service was outstanding! It seemed to take forever to get our food though. The chopped salad was extremely disappointing. I’ve had it many times before and this one was just blah.
Great drinks, food, and service! Love it here!
First time at Cafe Fresco, we were there for Sat brunch. Nice offerings and great variety. The restaurant is a bit eclectic, concrete floors and lots of funky seating. It has a cooler vibe rather than warm and romantic. Service was great and we would go back again.
We went on a group couples date during Harrisburg Restaurant Week. We made reservations well ahead of time and were seated almost immediately. It didn’t appear to be extremely busy, but it took 35 minutes for the waiter to come and take our drink orders. Another 23 minutes to get those drinks and nearly 45 minutes for our food. There were really no apologies from management only excuses. The food was good and worth going back, but I will have to think on it.
Excellent food and service
Had a great meal, always fun at Cafe Fresco and Tyler (the bartender) is the BEST in Harrisburg!
Slow service from the bartenders made for frustrating ordering process for the waitress. Took 15 minutes for our first drink and even then not all came out. Got a little better as the time passed. Luckily the food quality/taste was great so bar time was mostly forgotten.
We were seated away from the bar area on a Friday night, so it was a bit quieter. Food was excellent, very well prepared and definitely a different Asian inspired take than other local restaurants. Service was decent, but our server had a habit of spilling things on the floor/table/my companion or this would have a higher rating.
Excellent food and service
Fantastic atmosphere and food. Great upscale spot!!!
Menu looked unique and had some interesting dishes that we tried. They were decent but not outstanding. Service was friendly but REALLY slow.