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Cafe Magnolia, Mechanicsburg, PA

Cafe Magnolia

4.4
4.4
905 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, 2019 & 2020. 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (717) 901-9700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chris Mooney

  • Catering

    Cafe Magnolia takes great pride in providing quality food & top-notch customer service. We generally require a 24-hour notice for all caterings, but are more than happy to accommodate any last minute needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Magnolia takes great pride in providing a top-notch, custom experience to those who plan their special events with us. We take pride in clear, constant communication and use our past 18-years of experience to help guide you towards the most seamless event possible. We regularly host family gatherings, birthday parties, bridal & baby showers, rehearsal dinners, small ceremonies and receptions, work meetings, social clubs, beer clubs, and more.

  • Neighborhood

    Harrisburg

  • Cross street

    Wesley Dr

  • Parking details

    Overflow parking available in surrounding lots

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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What 905 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Food

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Service

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Best Value

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Healthy

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Great for Lunch

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Hershey / Harrisburg

    Romantic

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  1. W

    Willgal

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Both dishes we ordered were excellent although my tenderloin was just a bit more cooked than I wanted. The sauce of that dish was outstandingly flavorful. My wife's salmon was, likewise, very good. Altogether, it was an excellent meal - right through to dessert. For the life of me, I can't figure out why we don't dine there more often. It was a warm night, but the orientation of the outside deck and all the umbrellas made it very comfortable. There was a very large party happening inside at the time, and that was probably the reason why our waitress could have been a little less attentive than we would have ideally liked - but that was really no problem, and we were the last diners to leave.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a lovely experience! Great service, great food and the cutest atmosphere.
  3. k

    kak244

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    The server never actually came to our table, so we left. I’ve been there before and I was great but today they were not staffed properly.
  4. LP

    LPG51

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great server, great food......nice evening to dine out on the deck.
  5. P

    Pelicans

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our entrees were super tasty. The rolls were fresh, warm, and delicious. The house salad was mediocre.
  6. NA

    NiaA

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. We arrived @ 815p and was seated promptly. Service was great. Waitress was great and attentive throughout the night. Ordered avocado bruschetta and caprese salad for apps and the tuna poke bowl for my daughter and the blackened chicken Mac and cheese. Caprese salad was very good. The avocado bruschetta was Ok. The avocado spread tasted like the one you buy pre-made at the store. Entrees came out and I enjoyed the blackened chicken Mac and cheese but the rice in the tuna poke bowl came out under cooked. It was very disappointing. I wondered if it had to do with them closing at 9p. Waitress was very understanding and removed it from the bill but the experience was already had. Ambiance and service were great.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going and it was Excellent ❤ definitely going back. The poke bowl was amazing.
  8. P

    Paul

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality of food and prompt service. Easy to make a reservation.
  9. JG

    JosephG

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    It is a very cute place for a date. The steak was tough and the green beans were over cooked.
  10. GM

    GloriaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our meal was delightful, and our server was attentive without hovering. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will be back.
  11. RM

    RandyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, no wait with reservation, great server.
  12. B

    Bob615

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is consistently really good. The food and service and atmosphere are great. Four of us had different entrees and everyone really liked their dinners. Included with the dinner is your choice of a ceasar, tossed, or greek salad and they are very large for a side salad and all very fresh.
  13. WR

    WendyR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Anniversary
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Nice atmosphere.
  15. JH

    JenniferH

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    My family and I came for a pre-art opening dinner for our daughter who is graduating college. We found the food to be overall good, however, the steaks while cooked perfectly, were a little lacking in flavor and required more salt. Crab cakes were "good" for not being made in Maryland, but again could have used a bit more spice. My graduating daughter opted for the gyro, which by far was the least tasty. The lamb looked like "steak ums" - flat, dry, thin, rounds on what looked like a bed of not much more than shredded lettuce...with chips. Should have opted for the burger. Service was great and relatively quick for a full restaurant.
  16. JG

    JosephG

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming restaurant in a cute house with individual rooms! My husband had the scallops, were fabulous! I had a chicken dish over risotto that was amazing also! Service was perfect!! It is a BYOB so don’t forget your wine! Will definitely be back!
  17. AM

    AmyM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing. Service not so much! Got our appetizer right away. Then took about 45 minutes to get our salads. Excellent food and nice service but just took awhile!
  19. SP

    StevePA

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated when we arrived. Service was excellent. Menu had many great choices. Fair pricing. Overall a great experience. Well done!
  20. PN

    PaulN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent, the service very good, but the noise level; in the small room was terrible. We were meeting with a new friend, and for some time it was almost impossible to hear each other. I think that if fewer persons were crowded into the space it would help.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the decor!
  22. TM

    TrudyM

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place. Food is delicious and it is very quaint and cozy. I can’t wait to go when their deck is open. The desserts 🍮 are delicious.
  23. DB

    DanaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food, decent price. I would recommend it. BYOB- be aware.
  24. F

    Fearl

    Mobile

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak and cake was perfection! Enjoyed the Swordfish special too! Our server Jen was awesome!
  25. MG

    MrGreen

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here to see what the talk was all about and we already planned our return dining experience. The staff was amazing and the food was just as amazing.
  26. AP

    AprilP

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love coming here. Great new menu!
  27. SD

    SamD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    OpenTable is always reliable with making reservations. I will definitely use then in the future.
  28. V

    Valerie

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meals and service was excellent as always.
  29. JD

    JDog55

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night for my husband and me. Our meals were wonderful! My husband ordered the Ahi Tuna w/stir fried rice. I had the Chicken Bruschetta. Both were amazing entrees done to perfection. Looking forward to our return visit!
  30. J

    Jonathan

    Philadelphia

    119 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good basic fare at a reasonable price. Seems that most items are "cooked" not "created", but this isn't unusual at this price point. Case in point, the coconut shrimp which were fine and reasonably priced for the potion size, but clearly frozen premade and just fried up. Burger was good and nice sized. Special of Chicken Cordon Bleu was a little dry but a really nice order size with broccoli and mashed potatoes, plus a salad. Again, seemed like a pre-made item which was dropped in the fryer. Our server was pleasant. It was a very quiet Saturday night due to weather. BYOB is a plus. Would return.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing! Great atmosphere and sat down right away.
  32. S

    Sandra

    Hamburg Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party had a reservation for 6:00 p.m. and was seated immediately. Our server, Lauren, quickly brought over water, wine glasses and opened our bottle of wine. She was very personable and checked on our party frequently. Our food was delicious and arrived timely. It was a wonderful evening at Cafe Magnolia.
  33. I

    Ib1biker

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always! A BIG thank you to the Staff for always making our dining there a fantastic time!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    6 meals and 4 were less then good. Probably would not go again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was good it was very loud, not intimate enough for a date night
  36. PB

    PamBam

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. Our waitress was very pleasant and stayed on top of our needs despite the fact that she mentioned that no one was working the carry-out orders so they were all pitching in. I'm always impressed when I am in a restaurant and everyone helps each other out. Good energy! Our meals were cooked to perfection. We had the crab dip which was delicious. Our friends ordered the fried calamari which I must admit wasn't the best I've ever had but it was still good. We will definitely go back. Love that it's a BYOB.
  37. J

    Jodil

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the calamari which was a special. It was delicious we also had the new crab and Gruyère dip. I highly recommend it. We had a nice pace with the appetizers, salads and entrees . It was an enjoyable night! I can’t wait to eat the leftovers tonight!
  38. LL

    LorissaL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a quaint restaurant well decorated and quiet. The food was delicious. Excellent value for the quality of food!
  39. FL

    FoodLover

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good meal !
  40. H

    Harrisburg17112

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Went to Cafe Magnolia for a belated birthday dinner. Food was very good. server was attentive without being intrusive. I would have dinner there again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Magnolia using the Order Online button. Cafe Magnolia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 901-9700.

Cafe Magnolia is rated 4.4 stars by 905 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Cafe Magnolia

4700 Old Gettysburg Rd Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wesley Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Harrisburg

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Overflow parking available in surrounding lots

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Mooney

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (717) 901-9700

  • Catering

    Cafe Magnolia takes great pride in providing quality food & top-notch customer service. We generally require a 24-hour notice for all caterings, but are more than happy to accommodate any last minute needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Magnolia takes great pride in providing a top-notch, custom experience to those who plan their special events with us. We take pride in clear, constant communication and use our past 18-years of experience to help guide you towards the most seamless event possible. We regularly host family gatherings, birthday parties, bridal & baby showers, rehearsal dinners, small ceremonies and receptions, work meetings, social clubs, beer clubs, and more.

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