Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.7
579 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service.

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JeannieB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The taste of the food was poor. The sea bass had bones in it and the shrimp was over cooked.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded 2 days ago

I am very sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your food. The Chilean Sea Bass is one of our most popular dishes and I don't believe we have ever had anyone find bones in this fish. I'm sorry that this happened. I followed up with my Manager on Duty and your server and both informed me that you gave no indication of anything being wrong with your meals when they visited your table. If you had done so we would have been happy to remake or correct any improperly prepared items.

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vipMAK0
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time dining inside since Covid and the food, service and drinks we all very good. The place seemed less busy than before but hopefully if they serving great food things will return to normal soon. We always enjoy it.

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vipDaveD
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food but the service was very slow - they can’t get enough workers. It’s a shame because the food is absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always forget that this restaurant has, perhaps, the best food in Harrisburg! Every meal (chicken red curry, scallops, steak, sea bass) at our table of four was perfectly prepared. Service was good, too. Pricing is on the high end for the area, which may limit frequent dining, but this is a superb restaurant for special occasions.

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vipKurtB
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an amazing dinner. Wait staff so professional and knowledgeable! Food and drinks superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service detracted from the very good food.

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viphooch34
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Noise level is horrific. Can’t have a conversation but food is goo.

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DANIELS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal at Cafe Fresco.
Food was great, service friendly.
Love it here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sue-Sue was a great waitress!

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DianneD
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were outside - the street noise was all but unbearable for a while!

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KimberlyL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were torn with what to order because there were so many good options! We started with the wontons, which were fantastic in addition to the brussel sprouts which were also very good. I highly recommend the scallops with butternut squash risotto and the red curry!

Our server, Mercedes was excellent as was Tyler the bartender! Atmosphere was sophisticated and lively.

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LeonardW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! I am vegan and my dietary needs were satisfied. The environment was cozy and I would definitely recommend Cafe Fresco to everyone

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very good service. Atmosphere is a rare mix of relaxed and vibrant. We will be back, as there are several more menu items we want to try.

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zeebee
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Appreciated that our server (so friendly) was extremely helpful and chef was willing to accommodate vegan diner. Hopefully they will add a couple of designated vegan items to menu. Large portions, food was good. Cool atmosphere but very, very loud, the sound absorbing tiles don't seem to work, lol.

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and feet are always excellent the staff at Café fresco makes the experience the best! The noise level with extremely loud on our last visit, this was due to the fact that a bunch of women who graduated together seem to be very loud each time they come in. This is not the case usually…

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

SM
ScottM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Cocktail selection was great. Def looking to go back and try more items.

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vipwilliamb
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was very good, food this trip was ok - kitchen had some delays likely due to lack of staffing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

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vipHollyM
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food service and ambiance!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One year anniversary! Everything was great!!

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vipCRR3rd
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Currently suffering from inefficient waitstaff. Bar tender not up to par. Waitress very poor at her job. We experienced unnecessary delays in food being served. Drink order was delayed even when it was obvious that the bar tender was not busy. Salad course and entree served simultaneously. Improvements must be made.

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vipHBGLUV
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Food is very slow to come out. Got there at 6:20 and didn’t have drinks until 6:50 - two martinis and a beer. Only got to have appetizers because they didn’t come out until 40 min after they were ordered and we had to be at another engagement at 8.

Cafe Fresco - Center City
Responded on May 30, 2021

I am very sorry to hear about the slow service during your visit. I would never make an excuse for a poor experience but staffing issues have hit us pretty hard and we are extremely short staffed in all areas, resulting in slower servicer. Hopefully you will give us another chance as we begin to rebuild our team and return to normal staffing levels.

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SamB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch meal and the server did a phenomenal job! Would go back there for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening. Service was constant and attentive. I never felt like our table was forgotten about. Food was excellent- the scallops were perfect and the risotto was delightful. I will be coming back here for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time here! Our server

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MikeD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently have an excellent experience. Solid fundamentals and tasty fusion cuisine. We went a bit earlier than normal and the quieter ambiance made it a very enjoyable date night.

From drinks and small plates to dessert excellent. Also one of the best cappuccinos around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here for any occasion! Lots of menu options and everything tastes wonderful.

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vipTerry
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is excellent!
I bring all the newbies in from out of town!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughters time visiting here. I wasn’t disappointed. Great food. Excellent service. Overall- A+

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KimberlyL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. We had a little bit of everything at our table - brussel sprouts, chilean sea bass, chicken stir fry and the short ribs with risotto. Atmosphere was lively and pleasant. Looking forward to my next visit!

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jamies
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and excellent food..will return!

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Miscellaneous1
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Wait staff was great. Drinks were a bit slow on but place was full and looked like only 1 bartender. Would def return.

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aLma
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately we did not have a good experience. Our expectations were high as we have dined here before many times. The filet mignon was overcooked and the sides were cold. I felt bad complaining but I also couldn’t eat it. They did bring another plate but by then my husband was done with his meal. Brussel sprouts came with bacon bits which was not mentioned on the menu. Service all around was slow. We left disappointed but we will be back in the future as we’ve had some great times here not to mention meals and drinks.

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DianeG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time eating at your restaurant. I loved the food! Our server was Scott, very nice and efficient. I thought I would take half my entree home, but ate the whole thing! I had the shrimp pad Thai! Yum! I had the delicious Pineapple cocktail, it was great! I'll be back!

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vipHBGLUV
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, outstanding drinks, outstanding food, outstanding atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The one great thing about the experience was the pork egg roll appetizer and dipping sauce. The restaurant was super loud and it was hard to talk even in a booth on an end. The room temp was terribly cold making the experience less than optimal. The waiter forgot to put our entree order in so with a 730 reservation., we weren’t served the entrees until after 9 PM. The chicken pad thai entree was not worth the wait. The peanut butter dessert was good. I’d choose other downtown options over Cafe Fresco in the future.

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You can order delivery directly from Cafe Fresco - Center City using the Order Online button. 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 4.7 stars by 579 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.

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