Cafe Magnolia

4.7
735 reviews
$30 and under
American
Cafe Magnolia offers a casual, intimate, but contemporary dining experience. Stringent standards of excellence in service, food presentation, and quality ingredients, married with delicious innovative and traditional cuisine concepts, complete the dining experience.

This winning combination earned the attention from readers of Harrisburg Magazine voting us Readers Choice - Simply the Best! in 2018. We have also been recognized by Patriot News when they voted Cafe Magnolia Best New Restaurant. Awards have also been received from Central PA Magazine, Susquehanna Style, and The Carlisle Sentinel.
What 735 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was good lobster was not

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vipMeganB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Love that it was BYOB! Food was very good. Would go back for sure.

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jklyter
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening

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vipPaul
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quality of food was excellent. It is BYOB. Close to home.

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vipSusanT
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We love the Jessie's favorite with either shrimp or chicken, we have always loved everything we have gotten there and they go out of their way to make it happen

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vipAnnR
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great lunch with friends. We all enjoyed the salads that we had.

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KathyR
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food. Good service. BYOB. A great neighborhood place. We go there often.

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BobE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was happy to see that conditions during covid were considered and safety followed

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, amazing service

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michellek
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed outdoor seating on a beautiful unseasonably fall evening. The Jess's favorite salad was deleicious as usual. ThIs BYOB restaurant is a gem with staff that really take care you you.

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flyer1
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Steak and cake wasn’t as good as I remember!

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MyDogsNameIsJack
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at Cafe Magnolia over the last year has been phenomenal. From take-out, to dining outside. The food is always fantastic. They haven't struck out yet! Everything from the salad, to starters to entrees to dessert. Highly recommend!

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KarlaH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always!

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disappointed
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The Food was good. The Service was good. Inside there was a real problem with Knats.
The waitress was good to get us an outdoor table.

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FoodLover
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Celebrating birthdays & anniversary with friends

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KatlynR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great for a special occasion or nice date night out.

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vipTomW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food and service. The meals were reasonably priced. Will return

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DanT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Magnolia comes through with a great dining experience, once again. Sarah was a great server as usual. Thanks to Jackie for running an amazing restaurant.

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CharlieR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. The atmosphere was perfect for a dinner party with my girlfriends. Highly recommend.

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Justaquickbite
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The salads never disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Our experience was excellent, the food was delicious and the service was great. The only bad part was our table was in a corner and was literally right on top of another table. We were on a first date and we were so close it was slightly uncomfortable until they left. Just not a good place for a table. Other than that it was a positive dining experience and we will go back.

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our first time dining at Cafe Mognolia and it did not disappoint! We started with the Brie appetizer followed by the Key West Scallops for my husband and the Jack Daniel's Strip steak for me. I upgraded my salad with the Strawberry salad and was so glad I did as it was delicious. Every part of the meal was cooked well and tasted great. Only sorry we had no room left for dessert. The service was very good as well and all the courses were delivered to our table in a timely manner. We didn't mind paying a little more for a quality meal. Love that they take reservations too!

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TinaD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service, great food, and a lot of fun! The specials offered were delicious, as were the regular menu items!

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KevinC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Table was ready for us with our reservation. We were seated promptly. Server was very attentive, brought our wine chiller to the table, noted the specials and took our orders. Food arrived quickly and was delicious. My friends and I enjoyed our evening out at the Cafe.

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BeckyT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very nice dinner and room. Look forward to going back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first visit to the restaurant and we had a great experience. Food was good and the service was meticulous. We will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our service was outstanding & the steak & cake entree was prepared perfectly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my birthday and my pare brevets and kids went and my children who are 10 and 15 are picky but both were happy

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always

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Mike
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Good, not great. Everything was just a half step below where I’d want. Seared tuna seems as if it was previously seared and in the refrigerator for a while. Salads were fine. Dinners had good descriptions and were fine, just a step below expectations. Things maybe didn’t seem as freshly cooked or something. Probably frozen scallops. Chicken was a little overcooked. Desserts were very good. Highlight of the dinner.
Service was nice. The place has a pretty good look. With all of the other options around we probably won’t be back. Nothing terrible, not bad, just a step away.

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vipPhyllis
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food cooked and served to perfection. We appreciate our server Sarah and owner Jackie most loving attentive perfect... best restaurant ever!

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vipSHAnnyF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines day

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

valintines day

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've never had a bad meal here. The food and service are excellent.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very cozy surroundings. Nice and quiet so that you and your date can talk without having to speak too loudly. Food was very good as was the service. I would highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner.

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StevePA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were seated immediately upon arrival. Service was good. Food was excellent, appetizers, entrees, and dessert! Only suggestion for improvement would be decor, hanging plastic vines should be removed over windows. Overall a very nice experience!

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MichaelS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

The dining area was loud and tables are extremely close to each other. It would be nice if they made an effort to afford a bit more privacy. This was a valentines dinner and neither of us were interest in the conversations (nor poor health) of the couple seated about 1.5 feet from us.

We have eaten here a few times - the food is good and service has been as well. In the past we were seated in the main area and asked to be moved for the same reason - very loud and no privacy.

If we can't sit in the hallway near the main entrance we just won't eat here - there are other places that offer considerably more privacy and the food is as good.

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CarlK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Service was excellent on a very busy Valentines Day. BYOB option only. The special Veal Parmesan was very good with the Veal, but not so much on the pasta and sauce. Very fresh salad as well a tasty rolls. Generous portions. Noise level was high but tolerable.

FAQs

Cafe Magnolia offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 901-9700.

Cafe Magnolia is rated 4.7 stars by 735 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.