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Cafe Fresco

215 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
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Ranked #19 of 452 restaurants in Harrisburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Locust Street
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83% Recommend
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English first
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

As a long time resident of the Harrisburg region this restaurant by far is now #1 for overall quality of food, service and a very friendly staff. I reviewed the other Harrisburg restaurants listed and know for a fact that Café Fresco now is the best! It is very casual and not stuffy. Some of the other restaurants are unfriendly... More

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Reston, Virginia
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223 reviews 223 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

When I went to college in central PA, I used to dine at Cafe Fresco at least once a month. It has been many years since I've been back to Harrisburg since graduating college. This past Friday night, the restaurant was closed for a private party (wedding) where I was lucky enough to take a trip down memory lane with... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We were staying at the Hilton Harrisburg but didn't want the hotel breakfast as this was the 6th hotel on our tour and we felt fooded out! Cafe Fresco was just a short walk on the right out of the hotelery pleasant staff who were very patient as we chose our options and had time for a little chat. Good... More

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Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

You've got to try their chicken pesto pizza. It's the best around. But, don't share because it's not enough for two.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Was on a business trip and had dinner at the Federal Tap house the night before and decided to go to Cafe Fresco after seeing the great reviews on Tripadvisor and was very pleased with the menu options as well as the craft beer listing. The food was fantastic and would head back to Cafe Fresco as my first choice... More

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Charlotte, NC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

On a business trip I arrived at my hotel in downtown Harrisburg at 10:00 pm and was hoping to find a restaurant still serving food. The hotel was not certain so I headed down 2nd street and found Cafe Fresco. The kitchen had closed at 10:00, but the bar was open so I decided to have a cocktail. Within 30... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Nice spot for lunch downtown but need an update to menu, hasn't changed in 3yrs. Service is sub-par once you order and find a table

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

had a good experience. pricey, but good. the leche martini was excellent! the atmosphere was also great.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews 70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

There were nice choices of Asian Fusion interpretation. Seating was comfortable and our waiter was very helpful and attentive. The tuna tataki was excellent. The honey-miso sea scallops was fantastic! Happy hour looked inviting. We will be back to enjoy other entrees.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Caesar salad was dry; lettuce was old and wilted and dressing was too thick. Cobb salad was also disappointing with weak vinaigrette, and roast beef blue cheese sandwich was DRENCHED in dressing with a nondescript gray meat. Don't bother.

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