Cafe Fresco - Center City
Everything was perfect !!
It wasn’t great. My cocktail was good and sashimi tuna app was good. Otherwise it was disappointing. Decor is odd. It might have been better before covid. I ordered a strip steak and they gave me a ribeye. Maybe a slightly more expensive cut, but still odd. The steak was cooked probably but not the best meat. The veggies were good. Service was fair but overall it was quite slow.
I have yet to ever have a negative experience at Cafe Fresco. From the minute you walk in the door until you leave everything is always perfect. The service from the staff is always friendly and professional. The food is always fresh, hot, and most important, delicious. We always look forward to our next dining experience.
Loved the restaurant! Was in Harrisburg on business. Food and atmosphere was amazing. The specialty mojito was unbelievable! We sat outside and some dude kept riding by back and forth on a scooter with loud music blaring. Never knew they equip scooters with massive sound systems. It was annoying and kept interrupting me and my business partner from having a good conversation. Harrisburg should do something about this. Otherwise, it was an amazing evening!
Favorite place in Harrisburg! Love it!!
An elegant yet simple meal is their focus and the results were fantastic.
The staff was very accommodating with reservations. The waiter was attentive. Cocktails were pretty good. Overall the food was delicious. The Pad Thai was yummy, my boyfriend got the filet lo mein. He looked to enjoy it but personally the meat was a little tasteless when I tried it, and a little overpriced for what it was. Honest review, it was a good vibe and location, food plus service was good. Recommend.
Excellent food and service. Selections of wines above average. Steve, our server, was very attentive.
The food was absolutely delicious. Service was a little slow but it was very busy. Would definitely go again.
Always the best service, drinks and food!
solid visit, very good. interesting menu, friendly staff
My family and I go to Cafe Fresco often. We love it. But the last couple of times have been noticeably different. I understand there are challenges due to the pandemic. The meals take much longer, even when there are few people in the restaurant, and I noted that my husband and I were celebrating an anniversary during our latest visit. Nothing was said or done. Typically, when I clarify that a celebration is happening with my reservation, it is at least acknowledged with a little note.
We love Saturdays in the City and enjoyed dining outside this time at Cafe Fresco! Atmosphere was fun and food was delicious! We find the staff to be very attentive and friendly. Tyler is the best bartender in town! We recommend the sea bass and chicken and broccoli followed by the creme brulee!
As always outstanding service. The food was amazing. Highly recommend the scallops. Drinks are on point. You can immediately tell all mixers are made in house.
Excellent experience! LOVED eating outdoors!!
The service is always excellent and the food is perfect!
Amazing food and amazing service! Will definitely come back next time I’m in Harrisburg. We split several plates- all incredible!
Our daughters 16th birthday dinner. This is our family’s favorite restaurant downtown.
Always excellent choice for dinner. Amazing drink menu, outstanding appetizer & entree choices, always the best service.
My family and I have been here several times and have never been disappointed. Both the cocktails and the food are creative and very tasty.
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.
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Cafe Fresco - Center City is rated 4.8 stars by 522 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.