Cafe Fresco - Center City

4.5
583 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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Suep
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We hadn’t been here for several years and decided to check it out during restaurant week. Service was friendly, but incredibly slow. Under staffed, perhaps.
Appetizers were phenomenal. Sliders ( tiny but delicious), Asian Caesar ( perfectly dressed and interesting textures) , Brussels sprouts. All very well executed.
Main course was another 40 minute wait. Sea bass was fried, which was a surprise ( not listed on menu description) but pretty tasty. Chicken and broccoli was good, but cashews were soggy. Crispy banh was served in a soft roll w yummy crispy slaw, very good. Things went way down hill w dessert. Peanut butter tart was ok. Seemed like peanut butter frothed into a soggy crust w peanuts scattered. Crime brûlée was watery and missing flavor. Something went terribly wrong here. The peach cobbler was ok, but no crisp to the topping.
Overall, was ok. Dinner for 3 took 2.25 hours, that’s how slow it was for out 7 o’clock reservation on a Monday. Not likely we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m once again a pleased patron. The food and service was outstanding.

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GlenB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tyler is the best bartender in Harrisburg
Great service,very attentive to our needs

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KeyS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. All 3 elements captured to perfection!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Absolutely horrible. I have been here dozens of times and unless it’s takeout it has gone down hill significantly since it opened. With many other options the food is not worth the ambiance. Pass

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Debbie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Eclectic modern interior, very kind personnel, and good food and drinks. Really enjoyed it.

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vipCarmen
Fort Lauderdale
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

We Walt for our food 2 hours .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service.

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JeannieB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
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 on August 4, 2021

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 on July 29, 2021
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
24 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
43 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
7 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
7 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

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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
33 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
25 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
11 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
17 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
5 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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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 4.5 stars by 583 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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