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Moonlight Cafe

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4140 Carlisle Rd, 4140 Carlisle Rd, Dover, Pennsylvania 17315, Dover, PA 17315-3510
+1 717-292-5643
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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York, Pennsylvania
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91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been going here for years before people knew about it. The place has always been great. We have never gotten a bad meal. The place is very small and tables are tight but it's the food that brings you here. The owner is very friendly and the staff is awesome. They all make you feel at home. The prices are... More 

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Thank Larry L
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160 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It looks like a hole in the wall but the meals were excellent. I had the crab cake panini. Looked deep fried but it was delicious! My wife had the veal saltimbocca. Very good, garlicy but very good. Real Italian food, made right. one waitress, busy at 3 PM but worth the wait! only seats about 40 but it would... More 

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Thank Charles H
Tucson, Arizona
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Off the beaten path, but a fabulous little Italian restaurant on the main street in Dover. Menu choices were wide-ranging with staff responsive to modifications. The portions were large, hot, tasty, and done to perfection. The lasagna was perfect as was the fettuccini with meatballs. The hostess was personable, friendly, and accommodating. The entire staff was efficient, attentive, and professional.... More 

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Thank monsoon7
York, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a small place with a big heart. Appointment always necessary BUT.... nice people and the food, UAU... it's perfect. Prepared just before everyone's eys. NO CHAIN FOOD. And you should bring your beverage, Speciality: Italian-Mediterran food.

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Thank phteixeira
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Have eaten here numerous times--apps, sandwiches, dinner and desserts are all delicious. Tiny and unassuming, the service is always good. Bring your own bottle of wine, they supply corkscrew and glasses. Be ready to wait for a table if you get there after 530-6, as there are only about 25 small tables. Ready to go back!

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Thank Barnzey62
York
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This is a small, BYOB restaurant with a good size menu of primarily Italian dishes that you can watch being made. The food is delicious and the prices are perfect for the selection and amount of food you receive. Not much on atmosphere but great on friendliness and service. Cash only; no credit cards.

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Thank sharoncV7586HL
rosalynvr, Owner at Moonlight Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Sharon, Moonlight does take credit cards now! We have been taking credit cards for about two years now! Thanks for your visit! More 

Dover, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is a BYOB, and that makes it a plus, also close to our home. The food was fabulous, I had the lobster ravioli and my husband had eggplant parmesan. Both wonderful, as was the salad. We split a cannoli for dessert, again, homemade and delish. One draw back was it is so small and there were screaming kids at... More 

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Thank manmoon1
York, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

There are very few restaurants in Dover, and this place is more than doing its part to get the area back on track food-wise. Nice little Italian joint with good food and reasonable prices. They also do takeout. The only two drawbacks are the inside is small and fills up fast, and the outside seating is extremely limited.

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Thank cornmanrichards
Nashville, Tennessee
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

A comfortable atmosphere. Cozy place for couples or family. Wonderful, attentive (but not bothersome) staff. Fabulous food!!! So cool to be close to the kitchen and watch dinner being prepared. Just like at home. BYOB! Nice touch. So glad they now accept credit cards. Worth the drive.

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Thank Bern C
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

We chose to eat lunch here today at this quiet little place. We had a hard time picking which sandwich or salad we wanted to try. We ended up with the Southwest Chicken Panini and the Chicken Cheese steak Panini. Both of them were very good. The chicken was nice and moist not the dried out that you sometimes get.... More 

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Thank Brenda B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $25
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4140 Carlisle Rd, 4140 Carlisle Rd, Dover, Pennsylvania 17315, Dover, PA 17315-3510
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Dover
  • Phone Number: +1 717-292-5643
Description
Moonlight Cafe in Dover, Pennsylvania has been York County's hidden Italian treasure for almost a decade.

The secret is out.

Bring your bottle of wine and discover the area's finest traditional Italian cuisine, new favorite dishes, and the best espresso in town.

Now accepting credit cards.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?