Cafe Magnolia

4.5
838 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 838 people are saying
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vipsherbear
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Found the ambiance disappointing. Put the 3 of us in a room by ourselves and it wasn't impressive. Hostess was very good and service was excellent. Menu was very limited as a number of items were no longer available. However the food was good with the exception of my husband's salmon which was too rare. Would come back again if we could sit out on the deck.

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Jilly
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and quick service. Definitely good portion to price ratio.

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trishc
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always the best. Such a local gem!

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CarlaK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice service, nice atmosphere. My dinner is as very tasty and my husbands portion was very large.
The tables are positioned a little too close. I could hear every word the table next to us ( less than 2 feet) was saying. I felt the need to whisper all night so the table next to us couldn’t ease drop☹️

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AliyaC
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad I visited with my girlfriends who were visiting

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SusanT
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff makes you feel lije family. We always love being there

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vipPattyB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this BYOB with excellent food. We have never had a bad meal here. Prices are very reasonable and high quality ingredients in the food.

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vipBmkk
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for any occasion. For this meal it was a date night. BYOB. We brought some Justin Cab and it went with everything we ate. Because everything we ate was outstanding! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. Everyone server, hostess, and other patrons were friendly and smiley. The room was comfortable. It loud, but it was because everyone was enjoy themselves. The food was fabulous! Enjoyed everything! It was a little confusing what door to enter, and there were a few annoying gnats in our dining area. But this is a fantastic must go again casual experience with fine dining menu.

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FoodLover
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating 70th bday & 24th Wedding Anniversary of good friends

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very pleasant outdoor atmosphere! Excellent food!

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and the staff was excellent but bring a jacket because it is kept too cold in the eating areas.

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vipDaveG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were not Open

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GeraldT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Cafe Magnolia was one of our favorite restaurants. But this time it was a disappointment. The food wasn't bad but not as good as usual and through the whole dinner we had to put up with flies everywhere. It was hard to eat while batting flies. We did mention it to the waitress but she said they can't get rid of them. Very disappointing. I would have expected flies if we were outside but we were inside. Sorry.

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RandyE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent place. good food and great service! It's BYOB and that makes it even better!

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KennethW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was considered outstanding! Would highly recommend.

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LindaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the roasted veggie salad. I requested chicken be added and I couldn't believe how large the portion of chicken was. All very delicious.

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JefferyS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute cafe with a rotating menu and fresh options.

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Gamah
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Plus it’s BYOB!

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vipKimS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesse's Favorite Salad (with coconut shrimp or chicken) was a huge hit at our table. The Fresh Fruit and Goat Cheese Salad with grilled salmon was also very tasty with beautiful seasonal berries topping it. Staff was extremely friendly.

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LPG51
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice deck for outdoor dining. Excellent food with several options for vegetarians. BYOB which is a nice option and saves from a pricey bar bill. We will definitely be back.

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DannyR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My favorite things were the waitress and the BYOB policy. The food was good to very good but not as great as other reviewers led me to believe. The entrance was awkward to find and we ended up walking in the wrong door. Our table was small and the small room we sat in was crowded.

I would go back. I think their lunches would be pretty good.

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AnellA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment when going to Magnolia Cafe. Just remember it is BYOB in case you really enjoy that bottle of wine with your meal. Highly recommend.

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CampHillfoodie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The mussels as an appetizer are a nice addition to the menu. The service was particularly good at our outside table.
My guest and I were seated promptly and treated well.
Our entrees were well prepared and hot. It was a most enjoyable experience.

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Outtoeat
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was delicious. Had the Bistro Tenders. It was so tender and tasty. My girlfriend had the crab cake dinner and she really liked them. Have to say I was missing the mushroom risotto the parmesean risotto was not as good. Then we finished it up with the peanut butter pie. It is the BEST!

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DanO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Got there at 6 pm. Food came quickly. Started to fill up about 7 pm. Will definitely go again. Good food and good service. Has a lot of gluten free food also.

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JulieE
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good. Huge portion. Brought 1/2 of it home for another meal, both my husband and I. No waiting, in fact, we were one of the three occupied tables in our area of the restaurant at 5:15 on Tuesday evening. Love the new decor.

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yvettew
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

great food . Great place for lunch or dinner. will be back

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foodandjewels
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at Cafe Magnolia. Our meals were incredibly delicious and we will definitely be returning for dinner again!

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vipDWade
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu is awesome and lots of gluten free options.

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KennethM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food reasonably priced. Friendly service and nice atmosphere.

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MelindaN
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This was our first time and did not know it was BYOB. A little disappointed and my husband ran across the street to a bar and got wine coolers. Next they were out of scallops, grouper, and ribeye. We ordered a cerviche for an appetizer and the pita chips were soggy. I ordered the salmon and the roasted potatoes were Luke warm. I have been waiting to try this restaurant and was not impressed!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome! Food was great!

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Crab cakes fell apart and had a strange flavor in them I've never had in a crabcake.
The homemade tortillas with the mango watermelon salsa were soft and gummy, not crispy. Hard to eat.
Overall, the food was not as good as expected since we love their sister restaurant in Hershey and always have consistently good food.
Sitting on the deck was nice. Wouodnt return.

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JRBR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed food you don’t get at a chain restaurant.

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LindaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere at Cafe Magnolia is wonderful. I haven't had any complaints about the food or staff in all the times I've frequented here. Our servers are always pleasant and attentive.

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JackE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was good. The menu is very diverse and you can order is $30 meal or a $12 meal.

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JimM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Hospitable from start to finish. No rush. Very relaxing.

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vipHbgcouple
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Freshly prepared food… had special lobster appetizer that was filled with chunks of lobster… delicious! Lots of dinner options &
had coconut cheesecake for dessert… all flavorful! Will definitely be back!

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viped47
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Four of us for dinner. Excellent meals all the way around. Not one negative about the entire experience. And we love BYOB’s which made it even better.

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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 4.5 stars by 838 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.