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.
Chili-lime marinated Argentinean red shrimp, black bean and corn basmati rice blend, finished with lime and cilantro
Steak & Cake
Char-grilled 5oz petite tenderloin with a crab cake garnished with pancetta crisps and a creole cream drizzle served over wild mushroom risotto accented by frizzled spinach
Bruschetta and Feta cheese topped grilled chicken breast over lemon herb risotto with grilled prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Beef tenders were so tender and delicious! Great service! Quaint atmosphere!
The menu had quite a few delicious sounding choices so it was difficult to choose. We ended up getting the Mediterranean chicken and the Risotto which were both excellent.
Usually the food is top notch, their risotto is fantastic. We’ve had several meals here and this is the first time I would say it was anything less than 5 stars. But I was disappointed by the crab cake this time.
Birthday celebration !! We had a wonderful
Time & great food
The food was great. Perfect place to go out to lunch or for dinner.
Magnolia never ever has disappointed, but today we tried the new crab spring rolls. They were absolutely fabulous!
Well to start with the inside decor was about as boring as it could get. Ask for a wine list the waitress tells us it BOYB maybe open table should have that posted Had no problem seeing the menu it was so bright,oh be the way the menu in not the same as open table post. Ordered our food and it was taking a bit longer then usual,waitress said the kitchen was back up, don’t no why there was only about 15 people there. Anyway the food finally came look good but that’s it. Wife’s trout was swimming in butter maybe drowning , my chicken Marsala was a bit dry an both lack seasoning Will no be going back nor recommend.
I love coconut and so do the chefs at Cafe Magnolia. :) They have coconut in a lot of dishes. The fruit was fresh and delicious. The service was good and our food came out to us pretty quickly, nice portion sizes.
Excellent food...really enjoyed the risotto and the Greek salad! It's BYOB so bring a nice bottle of wine too!
Excellent meal and service!! Good sandwiches, fries, salads, and desserts.
Great food, fast service, and cute restaurant for friends and family.
Great place. We done here often and are always pleased
The food was very mediocre. I ordered a single broiled crab cake. It came out the size of half of my palm (picture a super flat small pancake) that was mushy inside. The risotto was not cooked properly, the charred pineapple slices where just that - charred to deadness with absolutely no flavor whatsoever. For $21 - I don't think so. An older man at another table hacked coughing the entire time we were there. With COVID, that was very disconcerting. The window next to us was drafty and we were freezing the entire meal. My companion's meal of lobster mac was dry as a bone. For $30 - I don't think so.
Worth the visit. Food excellent and with BYOB the price is right
Cafe Magnolia never disappoints !
Excellent meal , charming atmosphere byob
Always good to get back to Cafe Magnolia's. Delicious food and great service!!
Great environment and amazing food! Would definitely come back!
Delicious and quiet! Wonderful Valentine’s Day luncheon.
Great food. Great service. Would recommend to all.
Always have great food!
Everything was great. The restaurant is adorable. The only problem we had was that our food was cold.
I was very disappointed with my meal. Ordered the special valentine day / weekend steak and lobster over risotto with asparagus; end of a challenging week and was looking forward to sharing a good meal and conversation with a friend. The meal came out - COLD - not once but twice. The plate was very cold which of course takes heat out of the food - seemed like the risotto, lobster mixed in and asparagus were made up ahead of time, kept chilled and then the steak cooked and placed over the risotto mixture. Many restaurants prepare this way i know, but usually heat the plate and mixture before putting the hot food on and serving. So, the whole experience was a let down. And especially for a dish that was the "special" i would think that they would take more care in preparation. I must say that the steak was tasty and flavorful, and would have been good if it was hot.
My friend had not problems with her meal, the Mediterranean Chicken, other than again the plate was cold. Any restaurant worth the name knows that one does not put hot food on a cold plate.
Service was friendly, helpful and quick but not really professional. I know this "ain't Europe" but, I don't know perhaps it's just the severe let down of the meal, service seemed too "pedestrian".
I'd say a little more training in food prep and table service is in order for this restaurant.
We always love cafe magnolia. The food is great. Everyone is super friendly and go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect. A great place for any occasion
My husband and I had a date at Cafe Magnolia’s for my birthday. Not only was the food incredible and some of the best I’ve tasted, but the staff was friendly, and the setting was very charming. This is going to be our new date spot!
The food and service is always top notch at Cafe Magnolia!
So so delicious!Our new favorite date night spot. Highly recommend!
We had a good dinner. Like having numerous gluten free options.
Always have an excellent dinner experience at Cafe Magnolia! Mediterranean Chicken and the Lasagna were superb! Baked Brie as an appetizer went very well with the Cabernet Sauvignon that we brought. Highly recommend to anyone in Central Pa.
Love eating at Cafe Magnolia. We will miss dining "in" for the next few weeks. But take-out will definitely be an option.
Great quality of food and service! Wonderful night out celebrating my Mom’s Birthday! Highly recommend!
Fantastic experience, server very friendly and professional. Will definitely be back.
Food was very good. Appearance of place needs updated. Service was great. Bathroom area needs to be closed off, when you come in that’s the first thing you smell.
Overall a pretty good meal
Great food and service.
Food was good lobster was not
Love that it was BYOB! Food was very good. Would go back for sure.
Quality of food was excellent. It is BYOB. Close to home.
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
Great lunch with friends. We all enjoyed the salads that we had.
Good food. Good service. BYOB. A great neighborhood place. We go there often.
Cafe Magnolia offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 901-9700.
Cafe Magnolia is rated 4.6 stars by 761 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.