Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.8
537 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Was pretty crowded for the day of the week. We didn’t get served very quickly. Took an hour to get our meal from the time we sat down. Like this place mostly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancée and I went for Valentine’s Day, and it was a wonderful experience. The food & drinks were amazing, our server was very nice & available, and she even gave me a rose at the end in recognition of the holiday. Every table that isn’t a bar high top feels really secluded, so there’s a nice level of privacy for most of the tables. It was a really chill and romantic atmosphere, perfect for a date!

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! There’s literally something for everyone on the menu.

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CarolineM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food! Extensive and interesting appetizer menu, delicious seafood entrees. Not huge portion sizes, but great quality.

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NicoleM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Cafe Fresco three times now and twice we had Jazzmine as our server and she is amazing! She’s attentive and accessible but doesn’t linger or come by too much, if you visit Cafe Fresco I recommend asking to be seated at one of her tables. The food at Cafe Fresco is so good. I love the variety and the range of flavors. Also, the drinks are top notch! I love Cafe Fresco and we recommend it to all of our friends and it’s our go to place for a romantic dinner.

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JebS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are fairly regulars at Cafe Fresco, as we feel the food and service is consistently good. I appreciated the spacing during COVID and the policies they enforced to ensure their staff and customers felt safe. We'll continue to dine at this place... keep up the great job!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service even better. Tyler was awesome

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this dining experience! Great spot in the city! Trendy and fun.

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GlenB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was outstanding and the bartender (Tyler) is one of the best in the area!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my mom’s birthday and we had wonderful service & food! Overall great experience, like always. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipjhorgan13
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Love the asian flare. Always something good for everyone in the group. Above average wine list for area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great; however, the wait for food and the quality of service was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Poor service. Took us over 2 hours start to finish. Waiter never checked on us - manager walked around visiting every table but ours. Very pricey for that kind of service. Food was just okay.

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DANIELS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality/taste was very good. Our waitress was on point with everything. Would definitely recommend!

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DebbieB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was superb!! Food hot and delicious as were the cocktails. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect !!

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vipJamesS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It wasn’t great. My cocktail was good and sashimi tuna app was good. Otherwise it was disappointing. Decor is odd. It might have been better before covid. I ordered a strip steak and they gave me a ribeye. Maybe a slightly more expensive cut, but still odd. The steak was cooked probably but not the best meat. The veggies were good. Service was fair but overall it was quite slow.

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vipChrBrill
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have yet to ever have a negative experience at Cafe Fresco. From the minute you walk in the door until you leave everything is always perfect. The service from the staff is always friendly and professional. The food is always fresh, hot, and most important, delicious. We always look forward to our next dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant! Was in Harrisburg on business. Food and atmosphere was amazing. The specialty mojito was unbelievable! We sat outside and some dude kept riding by back and forth on a scooter with loud music blaring. Never knew they equip scooters with massive sound systems. It was annoying and kept interrupting me and my business partner from having a good conversation. Harrisburg should do something about this. Otherwise, it was an amazing evening!

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vippattip98
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place in Harrisburg! Love it!!

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Johniewojo
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

An elegant yet simple meal is their focus and the results were fantastic.

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VikA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating with reservations. The waiter was attentive. Cocktails were pretty good. Overall the food was delicious. The Pad Thai was yummy, my boyfriend got the filet lo mein. He looked to enjoy it but personally the meat was a little tasteless when I tried it, and a little overpriced for what it was. Honest review, it was a good vibe and location, food plus service was good. Recommend.

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vipjhorgan13
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Selections of wines above average. Steve, our server, was very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Service was a little slow but it was very busy. Would definitely go again.

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vipHBGLUV
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service, drinks and food!

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vipdutchman1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

solid visit, very good. interesting menu, friendly staff

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vipLindsayL
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My family and I go to Cafe Fresco often. We love it. But the last couple of times have been noticeably different. I understand there are challenges due to the pandemic. The meals take much longer, even when there are few people in the restaurant, and I noted that my husband and I were celebrating an anniversary during our latest visit. Nothing was said or done. Typically, when I clarify that a celebration is happening with my reservation, it is at least acknowledged with a little note.

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KimberlyL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Saturdays in the City and enjoyed dining outside this time at Cafe Fresco! Atmosphere was fun and food was delicious! We find the staff to be very attentive and friendly. Tyler is the best bartender in town! We recommend the sea bass and chicken and broccoli followed by the creme brulee!

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vipHBGLUV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always outstanding service. The food was amazing. Highly recommend the scallops. Drinks are on point. You can immediately tell all mixers are made in house.

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vipToniS
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience! LOVED eating outdoors!!

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always excellent and the food is perfect!

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vipGabrielaB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and amazing service! Will definitely come back next time I’m in Harrisburg. We split several plates- all incredible!

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AMHR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughters 16th birthday dinner. This is our family’s favorite restaurant downtown.

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vipChrBrill
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent choice for dinner. Amazing drink menu, outstanding appetizer & entree choices, always the best service.

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Yorkburger
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I have been here several times and have never been disappointed. Both the cocktails and the food are creative and very tasty.

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LindaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food, the attentive service and the atmosphere at Cafe Fresco.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience enjoyed the White Lotus for a beverage choice; the Karaage Chicken appetizer; the Beef Short Rib; Crabcake and the Peanut Butter Tart for dessert— all were delicious. Service was not rushed but genuine recommendations and my water was always being filled, server was attentive without being over zealous. Great time would both recommend and return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. We ordered a dozen or so appetizers and shared them as tapas. The server Mitch did an excellent job, very knowledgeable about menu items. The food was fresh and creative. Care was taken with every dish prepared for us. We will definitely return!

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review. I will make sure to tell the staff, in particular Mitch, about your comments. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Cafe Fresco to celebrate a birthday. Our server was outstanding, i’m giving us recommendations and checking in on us frequently. The food was also fantastic and we will definitely be back.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, we hope to see you again soon!

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CANTERBURY
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent - our favorite place for special meals.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review, CANTERBURY. We hope to see you again soon!

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Cafe Fresco - Center City is rated 4.8 stars by 537 OpenTable diners.

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