Cafe Magnolia

4.6
761 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 761 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Christy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beef tenders were so tender and delicious! Great service! Quaint atmosphere!

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FunDinnerspot
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

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FoodLover
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration !! We had a wonderful
Time & great food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Perfect place to go out to lunch or for dinner.

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MischelleM
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magnolia never ever has disappointed, but today we tried the new crab spring rolls. They were absolutely fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

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.

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KathrynA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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vipFred
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food...really enjoyed the risotto and the Greek salad! It's BYOB so bring a nice bottle of wine too!

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DJ227
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and service!! Good sandwiches, fries, salads, and desserts.

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AdamS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, fast service, and cute restaurant for friends and family.

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KatherineS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. We done here often and are always pleased

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DiscerningDiner
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Worth the visit. Food excellent and with BYOB the price is right

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LindaB
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Magnolia never disappoints !
Excellent meal , charming atmosphere byob

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vipGregoryDandy
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always good to get back to Cafe Magnolia's. Delicious food and great service!!

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LewisR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great environment and amazing food! Would definitely come back!

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AZDZ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious and quiet! Wonderful Valentine’s Day luncheon.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Would recommend to all.

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vipWendyR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always have great food!

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BaileeG
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. The restaurant is adorable. The only problem we had was that our food was cold.

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Lawr
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

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.

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vipSusanT
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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CKN10
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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vipGregoryDandy
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and service is always top notch at Cafe Magnolia!

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StephanieB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So so delicious!Our new favorite date night spot. Highly recommend!

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GFOne
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a good dinner. Like having numerous gluten free options.

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ScottH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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KatherineS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love eating at Cafe Magnolia. We will miss dining "in" for the next few weeks. But take-out will definitely be an option.

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Ris28
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great quality of food and service! Wonderful night out celebrating my Mom’s Birthday! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience, server very friendly and professional. Will definitely be back.

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Buck
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
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
Pittsburgh
12 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.

FAQs

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.