Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.7
593 reviews
$30 and under
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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4.7
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4.6
Ambience
4.5
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vipBruceS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent, only disappointment was the Lobster fried rice is no longer in the menu. Drinks from the bar took forever, a second bartender would have been helpful

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city! The food is outstanding. I brought guests from out of town and they agreed, it was the best dining experience they had during their visit! Keep up the good work everyone!

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NacoleS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service, very well-prepared cocktails, entrees, and deserts. Will definitely dine there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service are excellent
A bit noisy

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KylieB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Fresco was an amazing experience. Cocktails, meals, and dessert was delicious. The menu includes a little bit of everything. I look forward to returning.

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SaraR
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food!!! Best meal I’ve eaten in town yet. Be sure to get the banana walnut spring rolls for dessert.
The staff was so attentive and pleasant, the manager stopped by to check on each table.
It was a little loud by the time we left, but there were a couple larger groups, so I don’t imagine that is the norm.

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Shan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

This was our first time at Cafe Fresco. The food was amazing! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food & drinks were delicious, ambiance was nice, service was great - we had a great evening!

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vipDLDAm
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great cocktails! Great food! Loved the Asian flare menu. Great Service. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time! Good and atmosphere were wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The meal and the drinks were absolutely amazing. Highly recommend. You won’t be disappointed!

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely love this place! The staff is quality and always create a memorable experience! And the food is terrific!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service!

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vipThdhxx
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. A creative menu. The restaurant has a great vibe and we will definitely be back when in the area.

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vipWilly
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very attentive and friendly

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Melody
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a lovely time celebrating my husband's birthday. The service was top-notch, the food most enjoyable, and the atmosphere upscale but comfortable. There was a woman at the bar who was a bit too loud for such a restaurant, and the lighting was very low. So if you have any trouble seeing (my husband recently had eye surgery) bring a pocket flashligh or your phone. But overall, the experience was a delight and I would highly recommend Cafe Fresco!

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Suep
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We hadn’t been here for several years and decided to check it out during restaurant week. Service was friendly, but incredibly slow. Under staffed, perhaps.
Appetizers were phenomenal. Sliders ( tiny but delicious), Asian Caesar ( perfectly dressed and interesting textures) , Brussels sprouts. All very well executed.
Main course was another 40 minute wait. Sea bass was fried, which was a surprise ( not listed on menu description) but pretty tasty. Chicken and broccoli was good, but cashews were soggy. Crispy banh was served in a soft roll w yummy crispy slaw, very good. Things went way down hill w dessert. Peanut butter tart was ok. Seemed like peanut butter frothed into a soggy crust w peanuts scattered. Crime brûlée was watery and missing flavor. Something went terribly wrong here. The peach cobbler was ok, but no crisp to the topping.
Overall, was ok. Dinner for 3 took 2.25 hours, that’s how slow it was for out 7 o’clock reservation on a Monday. Not likely we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m once again a pleased patron. The food and service was outstanding.

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GlenB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Tyler is the best bartender in Harrisburg
Great service,very attentive to our needs

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KeyS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. All 3 elements captured to perfection!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

One of our favorite date night spots. Service is always great. Drinks are good and the ambiance is nice. On the pricier side though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Absolutely horrible. I have been here dozens of times and unless it’s takeout it has gone down hill significantly since it opened. With many other options the food is not worth the ambiance. Pass

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vipKirkJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our go-to places. Food, drinks and service are always exceptional. Brussel sprouts are to die for. Pork Tonkatsu and Braised Short Rib are highlights.

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Debbie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Eclectic modern interior, very kind personnel, and good food and drinks. Really enjoyed it.

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vipCarmen
Fort Lauderdale
18 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

We Walt for our food 2 hours .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and great service.

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vipJeannieB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

The taste of the food was poor. The sea bass had bones in it and the shrimp was over cooked.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on 4 August 2021

I am very sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your food. The Chilean Sea Bass is one of our most popular dishes and I don't believe we have ever had anyone find bones in this fish. I'm sorry that this happened. I followed up with my Manager on Duty and your server and both informed me that you gave no indication of anything being wrong with your meals when they visited your table. If you had done so we would have been happy to remake or correct any improperly prepared items.

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vipMAK0
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

First time dining inside since Covid and the food, service and drinks we all very good. The place seemed less busy than before but hopefully if they serving great food things will return to normal soon. We always enjoy it.

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vipDaveD
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Excellent food but the service was very slow - they can’t get enough workers. It’s a shame because the food is absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We always forget that this restaurant has, perhaps, the best food in Harrisburg! Every meal (chicken red curry, scallops, steak, sea bass) at our table of four was perfectly prepared. Service was good, too. Pricing is on the high end for the area, which may limit frequent dining, but this is a superb restaurant for special occasions.

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vipKurtB
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just an amazing dinner. Wait staff so professional and knowledgeable! Food and drinks superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service detracted from the very good food.

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hooch34
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Noise level is horrific. Can’t have a conversation but food is goo.

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DANIELS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another excellent meal at Cafe Fresco.
Food was great, service friendly.
Love it here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sue-Sue was a great waitress!

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DianneD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We were outside - the street noise was all but unbearable for a while!

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KimberlyL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were torn with what to order because there were so many good options! We started with the wontons, which were fantastic in addition to the brussel sprouts which were also very good. I highly recommend the scallops with butternut squash risotto and the red curry!

Our server, Mercedes was excellent as was Tyler the bartender! Atmosphere was sophisticated and lively.

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LeonardW
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great! I am vegan and my dietary needs were satisfied. The environment was cozy and I would definitely recommend Cafe Fresco to everyone

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and very good service. Atmosphere is a rare mix of relaxed and vibrant. We will be back, as there are several more menu items we want to try.

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You can order delivery directly from Cafe Fresco - Center City using the Order Online button. Cafe Fresco - Center City also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 236-2599.

Cafe Fresco - Center City is rated 4.7 stars by 593 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.

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