Cafe Magnolia

4.5
815 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 815 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MelindaN
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome! Food was great!

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AmyS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
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
41 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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a fabulous meal at Café Magnolia. My husband ordered the gorgonzola blackened ribeye steak with zucchini and I got scallops in a balsamic blackberry reduction with parmesan risotto and asparagus. The meals were a feast of flavors! The presentation was beautiful and the meals were full of unexpected deliciousness which was a pleasant surprise. Let’s not forget the chocolate peanut butter pie that was mind- blowing! Highly recommend!

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ElizabethG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Superb food. Beautifully presented w great attention to detail. Excellent crab cakes and risotto. Highly recommended. It is BYOB which I wish I’d known. Table and chairs were casual.

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Suez
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was very warm inside and lots of oil in all the dishes

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MarykG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful place for a date night. The staff was excellent! and the food and ambience were so good too!

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Fearl
Mobile
23 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great healthy yummy choices! Service and quality of food is outstanding!

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KennethM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice place to go for Friday Date Night with your spouse. Good food, pleasant staff, reasonable prices.

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

This lunch and dessert was so good. Very quick and quiet.

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BillB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was very busy, but had reservations and only waited about 5 minutes upon arrival. Our waitress was very prompt and opened our bottle of wine and brought glasses immediately. Food was delicious & presented very nicely.

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vipLoveacat
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’m not fond of the current summer menu. The chicken piccata was much more garlicky than lemon flavored. If my recent visit had been my first time at the restaurant I would likely rate it a 3 overall. The coconut cream cheesecake redeemed my visit. Next time I may go for dessert only.

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WestShoreDiner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. The menu has something for everyone, and we've always been happy with whatever we order. It also has to be the best overall value around -- the prices are very reasonable, particularly considering the quality of the food, and with BYOB, we always end up spending LESS than we expect -- which is a nice surprise. Service is friendly and the environment (particularly on the outdoor patio) is lovely.

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SusanT
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Very friendly always makes you feel welcomed and with friends

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vipTimD
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Calamari was old and overcooked.

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Lubiann
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

When serving our appetizers, the server had the plate tilted and the crackers slid off the plate Onto the table. She gave us our check when we were midway through eating our entrée

.We received our appetizers and about 10 minutes later we had our salads delivered to us, and about 10 minutes after that our entrées were delivered. While there was food still on the plates of our appetizers she attempted to remove those so that we would have more room on our table. We had to tell her that we were not done and to leave them.

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RPJC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. Coconut shrimp appetizer, Jenn's salad (small upcharge from a regular salad), along with Steak Florentine. Top the dinner off with the peanut butter pie and life is very good!

I highly recommend Magnolia's Café.

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Aushie35
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Seating sequence was odd. There was only us and one other party in the corner of the room.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food & good service. Music a little too loud.

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PixiChief
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful place and so nice to be in the hands of such lovely serving staff. The food was excellent and creatively presented - we loved that it was BYOB. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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StacieM
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and sevice, never had a bad experience dining here.

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hortchick
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent great food and service. Jess' Favorite Salad with coconut shrimp is the best!

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Incredible
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and customer service. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Looked out at windows that needed painting on the outside. Paint peeling. Bread/roll was very dry. Risotto was very mushy.

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KimberlyH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great place. Even on an "event day" like Mother's Day, they did a fabulous job. We have a really good meal!

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KamaN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, and service for Mothers Day. It was the perfect choice!

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AMagbuhos
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicer inside, great food, good customer service!!!

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vipBrianC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food quality, preparation and presentation was very well done. Ambience is just average. Note this is a BYOB!

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Shawn
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a light lunch. Casual, yet sophisticated.

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KevinC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BYOB. Great restaurant for business dinner meeting, date night or girl's night out. Entrees are different and not the usual fare found everywhere else. Server was both personable and efficient. Had a very enjoyable dinner at Cafe Magnolia.

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SarahM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The portions are nice sized.

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ABCD
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very good.

Personally I found the noise level distracting and that was with tables not in use with social distancing.

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Fearl
Mobile
24 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon tabbouleh quinoa cucumber parsley tomatoes & onion crème fraiche & Halibut w/pineapple mango salsa couscous tri-colored carrots... calamari appetizer & coconut cheesecake. All awesome! Best fresh organic restaurant around! Server Jennifer was terrific! Thanks Jackie Duval !

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Joanna
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was disappointed that they puréed their “pulled chicken” for their chicken salad sandwich, but the meal was still tasty and we enjoyed all our food, ambiance and the service.

FAQs

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 815 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.