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“If ever a place needed a new chef”

Theo's Bar & Grille
Ranked #22 of 112 Restaurants in Camp Hill
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Theos is a local place for us. It has a great location, a nice, clean, comfortable and quiet atmosphere, nice bar and generally quite friendly staff. Theo is always there to say hello and the waitresses are much more professional than the typical moody teenage girls many of places like these have. It's the kind of place people would want to come back to, but:

Theos still suffers from the same problem as ever; they just don't have very good food. That's putting it nicely. Making this issue worse is that especially at dinner, they can be quite pricey. We have made repeated efforts to "try Theos again" because it is close to us and a place with enough room we can bring our kids and pick a big booth. But tonight my wife and I both sent back our fish dinners, simply because they were terrible. They did refund our money but seemed to take that as par for the course, initially offering us to choose something else but making no apologies. I noticed that after we sent our dinners back, a chef came out of the kitchen and leered at us from across the dining room for five minutes as if we were supposed to feel bad or something. Theo's cousin? Brother In Law? Has incriminating photos? Come on!

What's really bad is this has been going on since the first time we went there, something like 10 years ago when we sent back a scallop appetizer that looked (and was) inedible from 5 feet away.

Somewhat recommended as a nice place for lunch as long as you stick to the basics and love a nice staff like we do. Otherwise, keep driving, there are much better options close by.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is a pretty nice, laid-back restaurant with a variety of entrees on the menu. Our service was very slow - our appetizers were delivered and we still hadn't gotten our beers. I think this was solely due to our waitress who just forgot to go an pick up the beers at the bar. We had Oysters Rockefeller for an appetizer - very tasty! I had the Shrimp, Sausage, and Chicken over pasta which was excellent. Our friend had the same dish but asked for them to hold the shrimp (he doesn't eat seafood). They were able to accommodate him. My wife had the Seafood Italiano and enjoyed it. We both opted for the Greek Salad in place of the side salad. There is an up-charge for getting the Greek Salad. Our waitress failed to mention that when we were ordering our meal. I think the up-charge is $2 - not a big deal but I think a server should mention any up-charge when you are ordering. My wife and our friend shared a bottle of wine. They don't have an extensive wine list but they were able to find a White Zin that they liked. Overall, a good meal -the quality of the food overcame the lackluster service. We'll probably eat there again.

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

We live out of state but are in the area once a year to visit family and Theo's is always on our list for dining. The restuarent has a great bar and the food and service are always top notch. Last week we dined at Theo's with 8 people--including four children under the age of 8. Our service was great. Will definitely come again next year.

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2  Thank hkw74
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

we are NOT into glaring lights and TVs everywhere, so we were pleased with the atmosphere. The menu is complete and after three visits we were pleased although consistency varied some.

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Reviewed March 15, 2011

.Not truly 5 Star Gourmet Food, but close. Very nice atmosphere with 3 options: social and upscale bar that feels clubby and friendly; comfortable room with TVs; more intimate room without TVs. Great menu with many options and no bad choices. Professional waitresses. Owner (Theo/Teddy) is often the maitre d', but he is not snooty, so you wouldn’t know it. He brings an owner's level of concern for details and satisfaction all the time. Arguably, the best restaurant on the Harrisburg West Shore.

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2  Thank MidlanticBoomerGuy
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