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Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.9
4.9
622 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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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, American, Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (717) 236-2599

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Travis Mumma

  • Catering

    Local catering is available for breakfast and lunch for groups of ten or more. Pick up and delivery options are available.

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Fresco's Level 2 lounge offers countless options for events of all sizes and styles. Whether you're planning a fundraiser, business function, reception, or rehearsal, we have the space and menu options to meet your needs.Enjoy the quality and food of Café Fresco Center City in an upscale, modern space.

  • Private party contact

    Brian Fertenbaugh: (717) 236-6600

  • Neighborhood

    Harrisburg

  • Cross street

    Locust Street

  • Parking details

    An easily accessible, multi-level parking lot is located directly across the street from the restaurant. Rates vary, depending on dates and times. Street parking is also available with discounted rates between the hours of 11AM - 2PM and 5PM - 7PM. Metered parking ends at 7PM. Park in the River Street Garage across the street for only $5, every weekday after 5PM. <br /><br />

  • Entertainment

    Cafe Fresco infuses chic decor with trendy music, creating the perfect setting for your dining experience. After dinner, step upstairs to Level 2 where the hottest DJs from the East Coast lay down the tracks for the ultimate VIP experience.Level 2 is also available for private events, large group dinners, and meetings. Enjoy the quality and food of Café Fresco Center City in an upscale, modern space.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 622 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Overall

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Food

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Service

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Value

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Healthy

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Great for Lunch

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent!
  2. TN

    TinaN

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great drinks and great food!!
  3. F

    Fundining

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, attentive without being fussy. Appetizers were delicious--calamari and tuna tartare. Entrees were equally excellent--Pad Tai and crab cake. Sauces were tasty and flavorful without being to overwhelming or spicy. Desert was wonderful-creme brûlée. I also recommend the house wines and coffee. Overall a very special evening.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Long wait for dinner. Good food. Really noisy place.
  5. GJ

    GJH19

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambience was excellent as always. Always an enjoyable evening out.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food is always amazing!
  7. P

    Phil

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant close to Hilton we were staying at for tournament. Wanted something with good options for my veggie son and this hit the spot. Food , service and drinks menu were all great.
  8. AB

    AshleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was entertaining and helpful. His sense of humor at the end of a long week was much needed.
  9. BL

    BeckyL

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night dinner before Harrisburg Symphony Concert. It’s our tradition to eat here before each concert. Excellent food, service, and drinks. Always get the window table when requested through Open Table.
  10. S

    Stella

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Adrian, made the experience complete. He was friendly and knowledgeable- a wonderful memory and we will be back:)
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Twice this year corner table up front. Great evening.
  12. SQ

    SmoreQueen

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful from start to finish! The food was cooked to perfection and delicious. I asked for a quiet table and it was delivered! Excellent wine selection as well.
  13. SG

    ScottG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Asian Fusion food, creative. Good vibes. Great deserts. Would go back for sure. Try Filet Low Mein or Chilean Seabass, both excellent. The desserts White Chocolate Bread Pudding (Amazing), Banana Walnut Spring Rolls (Really Good), Creme Brulee (Really Good)
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service
  15. R

    Ruby

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cafe Fresco was inviting, the staff very professional. Drinks were good, and the dinners were excellent. Would highly recommend.
  16. TM

    TracieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food is always wonderful, especially the Chilean sea bass. Cocktails are always mixed just right. Our server was very attentive. The only negative is the acoustic leave a bit desired, as does the seating, if you are not in one of the booths.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always high quality food and service is outstanding!
  18. LL

    LindsayL

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Asian options, always fantastic taste and service is phenomenal!
  19. AM

    AMHR

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lexi took great care of us!
  20. S

    Susan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time and it was a great meal and our server was wonderful
  21. KM

    KMLW

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food prep and service were great. Hasn’t lost a beat. Would like to see wild caught fish and shrimp though. Did find lighting a bit too bright in back right side of restaurant.
  22. BB

    BradB

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was excellent but for me it did not hit it out of the park. Others may take a different view. I would still go back.
  23. W

    Willgal

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We chose Cafe Fresco as a convenient place to eat prior to going to the theater at Open Stage of Harrisburg. It is vibrant and somewhat loud, but the drink and wine selections are varied, and the menu spans multiple options for small plates and full dinners. The only disappointing element was the serving of breaded veal was enormous and somewhat dry. My wife's salmon, on the other hand, was wonderful. We should have skipped ordering a creme brûlée for dessert since that took an extra 20 minutes to come out of the kitchen, and we were running out of time to make our show. It would have been worth the wait since it was delicious, but we had to eat it in a hurry. Fortunately, our server was very prompt with our bill, and she was a delight to talk to all evening.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great modernist ambiance living up to the "fresco" name and cooked to perfection. The Chilean Sea Bass was prepared with a unique and not overpowering chili sauce with the fish cooked better than anywhere experienced globally.

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you for the great compliments! The Sea Bass has been one of our most popular items for many years. Thank you for dining with us!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was likeable friendly and even took our picture! Valentines day was made so special at Cafe Fresco. I want to come back next year!

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on February 16, 2022We're glad we were able to make your Valentine's Day special and look forward to seeing you again. Thanks!

  26. JB

    JohnB

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great Valentine’s dinner! Highly recommend!

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you again soon!

  27. LA

    LindaA

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always superb: atmosphere, cocktails, wine list, appetizers, entrees and service.

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you again soon!

  28. SC

    SarahC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! Service was super attentive. A special menu plus the ability to order off the regular was a huge plus. Rose petals throughout and a gifted rose with the bill. Our 2nd Vday din at CF and they completely knocked it out of the park again.

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you so much for the great review! We're glad we were able to make your Valentine's Day such a special experience.

  29. RR

    RobertR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. A bit pricy but worth it. Service was good but they seemed short staffed (like most places nowadays). I highly recommend if looking for fine dining.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible and the atmosphere was perfect! One of our favorite restaurants in the area.

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  31. J

    James

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Libby did an outstanding job. Very helpful, friendly and went out of her way to serve us.

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you for the great review! Libby is one of the best!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Valentine’s Day. They had a themed menu separate from the normal menu and gave every woman a rose. It was nice!

    Cafe Fresco - Center CityResponded on February 16, 2022Thank you for dining with us. We're glad we were able to make your Valentine's Day a special one!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service by Mr. Jones!
  34. AH

    AaronH

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience. Every food item the six people at our table enjoyed was superbly prepared!
  35. LA

    LindaA

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour, superb mushroom potstickers, and delectable Chilean sea bass.
  36. D

    Duder2000

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We came to celebrate my wife’s birthday and we were treated awful after offered another drink told by the waitress she needed the table this was after the food was terrible and we had spent $300. No one was waiting. I have never felt so angry in my life. My wife and I never get out due to Covid and having small kids and when we finally do this was our experience. Nothing was even done when we were visibly upset after the comment.
  37. f

    frankr87l

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Cafe Fresco a few times. I've found the service and food outstanding each time. All facets of the experience were top-notch from the menu, drink list, cocktails, and eventually the meal. I highly recommend experiencing Cafe Fresco when visiting the Harrisburg area.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night with my hubby, food, drinks and dessert were amazing!!
  39. LA

    LysandraA

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was good, except they messed up my husband’s order requiring no mushrooms. It was resolved quickly.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a great date night at Cafe Fresco. The food and cocktails were superb and always are. They’ve been excellent for years and we will definitely be back.

FAQs

Cafe Fresco - Center City does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Cafe Fresco - Center City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 236-2599.

Cafe Fresco - Center City is rated 4.9 stars by 622 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Cafe Fresco - Center City

215 N 2nd Street Harrisburg, PA 17101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Locust Street

  • Neighborhood

    Harrisburg

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, American, Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    An easily accessible, multi-level parking lot is located directly across the street from the restaurant. Rates vary, depending on dates and times. Street parking is also available with discounted rates between the hours of 11AM - 2PM and 5PM - 7PM. Metered parking ends at 7PM. Park in the River Street Garage across the street for only $5, every weekday after 5PM. <br /><br />

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Travis Mumma

  • Entertainment

    Cafe Fresco infuses chic decor with trendy music, creating the perfect setting for your dining experience. After dinner, step upstairs to Level 2 where the hottest DJs from the East Coast lay down the tracks for the ultimate VIP experience.Level 2 is also available for private events, large group dinners, and meetings. Enjoy the quality and food of Café Fresco Center City in an upscale, modern space.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (717) 236-2599

  • Catering

    Local catering is available for breakfast and lunch for groups of ten or more. Pick up and delivery options are available.

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Fresco's Level 2 lounge offers countless options for events of all sizes and styles. Whether you're planning a fundraiser, business function, reception, or rehearsal, we have the space and menu options to meet your needs.Enjoy the quality and food of Café Fresco Center City in an upscale, modern space.

  • Private party contact

    Brian Fertenbaugh: (717) 236-6600

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