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“Wonderful Find”

The Garlic Poet Restaurant & Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Vicenza, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Wonderful Find”
Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

We've lived on the "western shore" of the Susquehanna River for a bit over a month now. America is full of chain restaurants and some of them are pretty good. Usually, though we're good at steak and potatoes. It was a wonderful surprise to find a restaurant with originality, such as French bread sliced thin accompanied with a mango cilantro butter provided for each table while you look over the menu. It was addictive. We had the sea trout, which looked very much like a thick salmon, prepared with capers and served over asparagus and mashed potatoes. It was wonderfully cooked and presented. Our other meal was the crab cakes, also very nice. There is a good selection of beers and a decent wine list.

The service was personable and efficient. Ther's nothing I'd change. Overall, it was the best meal we've had since returning from Italy where we lived for 3 years. There's great skill in the kitchen at the Garlic Poet now. We'll visit regularly testing everything that looks good. Great option for something diferent than a chain restaurant. Yummy.

Visited April 2013
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English first
York, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“This is one terrific restaurant!”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

You've got to be very creative in the cooking arena to feature meatloaf on your main menu. But I never had meatloaf that was paired with tangy fire roasted tomatoes that had a bite that lingered a tad before melting on your tongue. Our friends had braised short ribs that fell off the bone. My wife devoured the fish and chips with malted vinegar and two delicious dips that merry ole' England couldn't beat. The over-the-top decor will send you back to the swanky club rooms of Paris in a heartbeat. Our waiter, Ben, was well-trained and personable (tough to find those kind of guys nowadays). It was a real treat.

  • Visited March 2013
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Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Wonderful Service, Outstanding Food. Not enough stars to rate this restaurant.”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Had dinner with some friends. This was our first experience at this new restaurant. What a delight. We will be back. The service was great. The food was absolutely wonderful. I had the salmon. It was done perfectly and very flavorful. My husband had short ribs that fell apart at the touch of the fork. The chicken and dumplings looked and were delicious. All food is made from fresh ingredients and is not pre-packaged. Our waitress was helpful and enthusiastic. She described how the food was prepared and described the ingredients in each of the entrees. Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited March 2013
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
“An Exciting New Restaurant to Try!”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

My husband and I had a memorable Valentine's Day meal at the new Garlic Poet -- absolutely fantastic meal, excellent wines, and great service. We've been there twice and are adding this to our list of Friday night regular stops. The new ownership, menu, wine list, and staff are a great new adventure in local dining with casual atmosphere in this area.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Patricia H
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cozy casual dining for locals or those just passing thru”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

My fiance and I recently attended a wedding show at the hotel adjacent to the Garlic Poet. We decided to stop in for a drink and an appetizer. The cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and the delicious calamari (with 2 dipping sauces!) inspired us to stay for dinner. The array of unique selections on the menu made for a tough decision. There were many intriguing items that you don't often see at such an affordable price point. The serving staff offered their personal recommendations to help us in our decision. I ended up deciding on the grilled cheese with short ribs and a hearty tomato bisque, a yummy twist on the American classic. My fiance ordered the braised short rib sandwich and was very happy with his choice. My only regret was not leaving room for dessert. Next time, the cupcake sampler is MINE!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Melanie P
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