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Cafe Fresco

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215 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1468 (Locust Street)
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I felt more like in a NY or Phil!y restaurant by the atmosphere and guests. Not very busy. Menu OK but not my style.

Thank Garyl1951
Bethlehem, United States
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The ambiance of this cafe is hard to determine from the outside. Once inside, though, you are treated to a modern cafe with chic decor and very good food. Outside dining is wonderful and gives more seating capacity than the cafe alone. Service was very friendly and portions were the right size. An easy place to make it your go-to... More 

Thank Brendan O
Long Valley, New Jersey
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only stopped here for a drink before our dinner reservations elsewhere. The happy hour menu for drinks and munchies was impressive! The bartenders were making some great looking drinks and the apps I saw were very tempting! I'd love to come back for dinner. The atmosphere was very cool.

Thank Mimi L
New Haven, Connecticut
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We arrived early for the brunch menu. Food was fantastic. Excellent eggs benedict, omelet fried rice was superb. monkey bread sinfully good. excellent peach bellini. sausage is homemade and spectacular. Service outstanding, being early helped. dumplings were terrific. Giant cups of good coffee.

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Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

My husband and I visited Cafe Fresco after spending time in the Whitaker Center. It was a short walk to the Cafe. After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor I had high expectations. The food was good and the prices were reasonable. But I thought the atmosphere was dark and uninviting. We walked to the back and ordered our food, which... More 

Thank elizabethsO5006WJ
Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Cafe Fresco offers a good assortment of salads and sandwiches for lunch, and it is relatively quick. It was the perfect lunch spot for two women on a quick business lunch break. The food is not spectacular, but it is a solid spot.

Thank Kelley E
Boston, Massachusetts
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117 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

This Asian inspired restaurant is unexpected from beginning to end. The decor is very "New York chic" - it didn't look like our kind of place, three generations of family, including kids. I'm glad we trusted the reviews. Menu options are diverse enough for everyone. My daughter had cheese pizza, which she rated as "tres excellent". My son had the... More 

Thank mom2tristanella
Trussville, Alabama
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

I ordered the Greek salad with grilled salmon, which was great. Others in my group ordered sandwiches, which they seemed to enjoy. Food comes up quick. Free drink refills.

Thank Toby F
Duffield, England, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Looking for somewhere to eat near our hotel and went in here as it looked interesting: we were not dissapointed. The food has a strong Asian influence but with a twist. Tried the delicious panko crusted pork steak with carbonara rissotto, really good. Deserts are also unusual (had banana and walnut spring rolls with a mascapone and vanilla ice cream... More 

Thank Sharon J
Cafe Fresco C, Owner at Cafe Fresco, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal, and we appreciate that you took the time to post a review of your experience. We hope that the next time you are in town, you consider dining with us again! More 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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282 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Who said you can only go out on Sunday for brunch? Very nice, unique choices and it was hard to choose. I had the breakfast baguette with chorizo, arugula, egg, tomatoes and hollandaise sauce. Hubby enjoyed a very interesting and delicious; an omelette that looked like a rice bowl. Very good mimosas, his was a regular with mint and mine... More 

Thank Patty B
Cafe Fresco C, Owner at Cafe Fresco, responded to this review

Thank you so much for selecting Cafe Fresco - Center City for you Saturday brunch! We really appreciate your outstanding review of your experience, and we look forward to seeing you back again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
Fusion, American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1468
    (Locust Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: 17172362599
Urban Café By Day. Metropolitan Gourmet By Night. Located in the heart of restaurant row, Café Fresco continues to be an innovative leader in the Harrisburg dining scene since opening its doors in 2005. The Feng-Shui inspired setting offers comfortable and intimate dining spaces and a centralized, open bar that pulses with energy and excitement. From the moment you step inside, you become part of the Café Fresco experience. Join us for an urban, café-style power lunch. Return for the Asian-inspired dinner service masterfully prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Travis Mumma. At any time, our highly-trained, professional staff will strive to accommodate your every need. Our goal is to provide you with a metropolitan retreat nestled in a smaller city that will exceed every expectation - an experience that can only be provided by Café Fresco.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?