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Cafe Fresco Center City

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215 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 (Locust Street)
+1 717-236-2599
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri 06:30 - 01:00
Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Fresco is by far the best restaurant in the Harrisburg area. The food, the service everything is always top notch. The owner Brian is always in house making sure all guests are taken care of. Check it out you will not be disappointed

Thank Jay K
London, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Met a friend here for NYE brunch yesterday and it was delicious! They have a good selection with some original additions to brunch food and it was fresh and tasty. The service, while a bit slow, was great and worth the wait for the good food. I would definitely eat here again!!

Thank Kay Y
Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed the night in the area. We needed breakfast and were tired of the usual. We found this place by using google maps to see what was near. We found this place and decided to try it. We order a breakfast wrap and a breakfast sandwich and some breakfast potatoes. The wrap and sandwich were good, but the potatoes... More 

Thank Anne L
Cafe Fresco C, Owner at Cafe Fresco Center City, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review of our breakfast! We are glad to hear you enjoyed everything, and we hope you will stop back and see us next time you're in town! More 

Mechanicsburg PA
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57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This has been one of our favorite restaurants since day one! The food is consistantly amazing, and the service is beyond compare. The menu offers so many delicious options and the portions are great. You won't leave hundry or disappointed. The staff has incredible knowledge of the food and beverage menu. So many choices of both wines by the glass... More 

Thank travelgang4
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

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 Keepingbusynow
Bethlehem, United States
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

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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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 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 7 September 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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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 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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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 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

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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
US$10 - US$30
Fusion, American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
    (Locust Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Harrisburg
  • Phone Number: +1 717-236-2599
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?