Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar

4.7
211 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Ad Lib
Craft Kitchen and Bar
A comfortable gathering place where people come together to celebrate, debate politics or simply spend time with friends and family, Ad Lib is a “new take” on a traditional American Tavern.
Food and Drink offerings are old favorites “turned on their side” and full of surprises. Our food and beverage chefs combine classic preparations with contemporary creativity. Ad lib specials, the “Ad Lib Lunch” and Ad lib social hours celebrate spontaneity. This is a place to share food and share stories. There’s no script, just a stage set for you to wing it!
This is food that is fun to cook, fun to eat, fun to share. And, you can try many dishes in one visit with the large offering of small plate options. Guests can choose from over 40 small plates, over 30 wines by the glass, over 60 selections of beer and an ever changing list of craft, barrel aged and edible cocktails.
What 211 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarolynS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the good was very good. The waitress made recommendations on the soup which i ordered and it was delicious

DB
DustinB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent night at Ad Lib. Service was amazing and food was exceptional! Highly recommended!

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CalebYinger
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great time spending Valentine's Day with my girlfriend. We were supposed to go somewhere else but due to everything being booked we found this place. After that night, I am glad we found this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It would be nice if restaurants

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Rachel
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd time dining at Ad Lib and it certainly won't be our last! The service from the waitress to the managers was superb. The food is always delicious. And the prices are exceptionally reasonable for the upscale food!

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KellieT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% the best resteraunt in Harrisburg! Along with 1700 being our absolute first choice Ad Lib has the. Eat food and people staffed ever

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vipLaurence
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant. Not your typical restaurant in a hotel. Definitely going back.

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Hannagirl
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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BabyPrinz
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Happy to be back! Looking forward to the next time.

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NancyM
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful night of tremendous service and excellent food. Can’t wait to go back.

JF
JFW129
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to COVID we were able to have 1700 menu items which included steaks that were fantastic. A very good meal for a very reasonable price. Desert was also good. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the wait areas were such a fun bunch

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GingerW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful time! We will go even more often now that we have discovered TYLER!!! There is also another awesome gentleman, still have to figure out his name but he is always so welcoming! Food is top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Ad Lib!

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vipTRW06
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Drinks! Great Service! Great Atmosphere!

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Norb
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

40th Anniversary

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ChadK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a great experience given the conditions in 2020. One of the few restaurants in Harrisburg to successfully adapt to the current dining restrictions.

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ArianeS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Our waitress Parker was phenomenal. She was very attentive. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner

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MollyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful way to spend a very strange Thanksgiving. Spectacular service!!

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AntonioM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very nice and knowledgeable. She ensures that my date night went perfectly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb was outstanding. It should be on the menu all the time.

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FrankJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Our table was next to there breakfast buffet or something, we ask
them to turn it off but they couldn't. It was very noisy!

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vipcimkene
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everyone there was super nice and attentive. It was my parents anniversary and the made them feel special

JM
vipJamesM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The menu in real life is completely different from the one on line and is uninspired and depressing. It was clear they were in maximum covid panic mode and the food they were offering looked depressing both on the menu and came out to other clients . We just drank our drinks and left— it seemed so sad, and we didn’t want it to dampen our day by eating their offerings.

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Rachel
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ad Lib never disappoints!! The atmosphere is energetic yet homey, and the cuisine is fun and delicious. Always a date night to look forward. We particularly enjoyed Chef Anthony’s balls mixed with the Ad Lib mac and cheese.

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KathyH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The manager took care of us. On their website the boubon paring was a cheaper price than in the actual restaurant. Our server Parker did the correct thing and she got the manager. He did honor the price on their website. We were excited to go out after many, many months of dinning indoors. Turned out to be a lovely evening with my husband. Thank you for taking care of us.

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vipJeff
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Wonderful staff that was extremely adjustable to our needs. One of our guests had some food limitations and rather than adjusting the menu, the chef came to her with three off-menu options to accommodate to her needs. The food was great and we all left happy. Thank you.

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Jskka
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! This was my second visit to Ad Lib. Very enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet due to low volume. Only one other table being served.
Great digs, can see it hopping in the evening.
Chicken sandwich and burger were very well prepared. Lunch was attractively and promptly served. Fries and chips were great but a little over salted for us. Will return and recommend.
Thank you!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Najib and his team are first class. Amazing food, and even better service!

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RobinM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with great service and menu. My 16oz rib-eye was one of the best I’ve ever had and my wife’s filet was also great

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Eknox
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there and it turned out to be a very great experience for my husband's birthday surprise. Thank you.

TK
TobyK
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Drinks weren’t made too well, food was okay but overpriced.

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Penn
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were looking for a dining experience outdoors to celebrate a birthday among family safely. The Ad Lib Cafe gave us that opportunity to do it safely and have an enjoyable dining experience and good time together. The food and service were excellent.

RH
RichHolly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We treated ourselves to this lovely place for our 25th wedding anniversary. The staff, not just our server, were completely attentive to us and made our experience amazing.

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JOHNC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and Parker was fantastic. The food was delivered fast and it was cooked perfectly. The staff accommodated our changes and made it a very pleasant evening.

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vipShannonP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Server was good but a bit intense. Love the ambiance and the food was great. It’s in the Hyatt, which is usually a turnoff for me, but great location.

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Nellie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the staff was very efficient and courteous our waitress Amanda new the menu items and was able to answer any questions about them, the food was great and we topped off the night by walking one block to see the Harrisburg fireworks display, the only bad part about that was that somebody brought there dogs to the fireworks and one of them took off running down front street full tilt and I'm hoping he didn't get hit, he was scared to death from the banging of the fireworks, I pray he was found and is ok.....

NEVER BRING A DOG TO A FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!!!

FAQs

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 237-6419.

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 211 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.