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3424 N 6TH St, Harrisburg, PA 17110-1423
+1 717-238-1155
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Hours:
Tue 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice BYOB

We stopped in for dinner about two weeks ago prior to going to a play at Theatre Harrisburg. We were seated promptly by the very friendly waitress. We enjoyed very good appetizers, shrimp shooters and portobello mushroom topped with crab. The main entrees, while very flavorful, were not really hot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Patty B
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We stopped in for dinner about two weeks ago prior to going to a play at Theatre Harrisburg. We were seated promptly by the very friendly waitress. We enjoyed very good appetizers, shrimp shooters and portobello mushroom topped with crab. The main entrees, while very flavorful, were not really hot. There was only one server and one bus person so... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We frequent "What If" lots! To start it is a BYOB! But then it can't get any better! Liz....(owner and chef prepares the food like no other! We have never had a bad meal! We try specials that taste as great as they sound! A funky, artsy, atmosphere, wonderfully nice wait staff, and as a previous review stated Liz always... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I have been coming here for many years now, as long as it has been the What If Cafe. I am never disappointed. The service is attentive, and the food is tasty and well prepared

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Wayne, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had eaten here once by chance in 2013. We live in NJ, no where near the restaurant. We liked it so much we made a point to eat here on our way back from another trip. Food was wonderful, the outdoor deck delightful. Service was a little slow (one of the wait staff was out sick). The chef/owner went... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My friends and I go out for dinner every Friday evening. We like to frequent BYOBs, because we're not only foodies but also winos, who like to try specific varietals, etc. We recently went to What If Café, and it was one of the best Friday evenings ever! The food was fantastic and our server was extraordinary! Thank you so... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Marco Island, Florida
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Always loved this place and the food - recommended it to a group that goes out for lunch and was so disappointed. The waitress (silent partner?) today may have been having a bad day but she was absolutely rude to us. Got there and there were not enough spaces set - this may have been due to some of our... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The hotel we stayed at suggested we eat here. We fully enjoyed ourselves and the atmosphere was just right. It wasn't crowded and the food was perfect. The next we are in the area we will be eating here again.

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Looking for something different...not fast, pizza, subs, etc. Should be rated higher on tripadvisor. What a terrific choice for a tasty and fresh variety without breaking the bank. The efficient and friendly service demonstrated a well orchestrated team as they handled a nice lunch crowd easily. You'll not go away hungry. Try it :-).......BTW..this gem is easy to miss as... More 

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Dauphin, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

When a traffic accident took us off our beaten path, we decided to stop in at this gem of a restaurant that we always seem to forget about. Upon arriving, they said they had 2 holiday parties that were scheduled in about 45 minutes and not accommodating any walk-ins.. We promised to eat and leave if they could fit us... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

the place looks like it is not the best location. When you go in it is very pleasant and the food is very good. gourmet flair and tiny patio is nice on a summer or fall eve. We would recommend it to anyone.It has NO liquor lisc. so bring your own with you.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3424 N 6TH St, Harrisburg, PA 17110-1423
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: +1 717-238-1155
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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