Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.6
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502 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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LindaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food, the attentive service and the atmosphere at Cafe Fresco.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on March 3, 2020

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, we hope to see you again soon!

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CANTERBURY
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent - our favorite place for special meals.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, CANTERBURY. We hope to see you again soon!

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JebS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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!

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 19, 2020

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!

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USScot
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 19, 2020

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!

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SarahC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for the great review, SarahC. We hope to see you again soon!

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Michelle
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 19, 2020

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!

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SheriF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time for dinner. Really enjoyed the appetizers. Wide range of options on the menu. Casual bar atmosphere is perfect for a Saturday night.

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the exciting and vibrant atmosphere at Café fresco. The menu is constantly changing with new and exciting choices.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Terry. We hope to see you again soon!

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AndyM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 3, 2020

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!

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Catmom
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review. We hope to see you again soon!

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HbgBob
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 3, 2020

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!

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Troyo
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter, Steve, did a great job w/service. Food was very good. Would go back and recommend to others

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, Troyo. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipArdie
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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colleenj
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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AngelaL
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, dinner and drinks! Really enjoyed!

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WayneM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional to include the bartender and his amazing drinks!

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vipJLewis
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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?

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Ledgestone
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, drink, service(thank you Steve!) atmosphere, the whole package for a great night out with friends!

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SarahS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, staff was very friendly.

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vipSirBennett
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service for having 8 people at a table will definitely return.

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vipRufus
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

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vipleewa
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

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

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Themillers2014
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both wonderful. Would highly recommend!

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DonnaH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Loved the Mongolian Benedict! Drinks were tasty too 😋

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JohnJ
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Very comfortable space. Great menu!

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AMHR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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vippattip98
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, food, and service! Love it here!

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vipmichellem
Orlando
121 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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WayneM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal, always fun at Cafe Fresco and Tyler (the bartender) is the BEST in Harrisburg!

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Proeater
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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ChrisN
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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vipKlpd
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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Robert
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and food. Great upscale spot!!!

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ErikK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu looked unique and had some interesting dishes that we tried. They were decent but not outstanding. Service was friendly but REALLY slow.

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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 4.6 stars by 502 OpenTable diners.

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