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“Great for those whom they cater to.”
Review of Carsonville Hotel

Carsonville Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Restaurants in Halifax
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Harrisburg, PA
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great for those whom they cater to.”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

As a chef in training over 37 years ago I was taught to cater to your customers. If you have a "Truck Stop" you of course have different customers than a "Five Diamond" restaurant.

The Carsonville Hotel is over two hundred years in the making. Plain "down home food" with friendly, unpretentious "salt-of-the-earth" people. If you live locally, this is your five star restaurant or you drive 10 miles over the mountain to a pizza shop or Subway {subs} in E-ville. If not its 45 minutes to Harrisburg. For those "out of town" its an interesting experience, but I don't see my wife & I returning because its not our kind of place.

Respectfully, we are not "Truck Stop or "Five Diamond" people but more "middle of the road" when it comes to dining. LAST WORDS: If you order fries, go small, even then it will be enough for five people. They are not fresh cut, but they are tasty.

  • Visited January 2012
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6 Thank Roger033
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English first
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Best Crabcakes Anywhere!”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

We drive about an hour and a half to Carsonville several times a year just to have their Crabcakes. You can get them broiled or fried but broiled is the way to go. They are not cheap - but - we have traveled all over the Chesapeake Bay and eastern shore and have not found any to equal the ones at the Carsonville Hotel. They are the real deal, all Blue Crab backfin meat and very fresh.
Their other food choices are excellent, their sides are tasty, and of course they are famous for their huge plates of french fries.
The atmosphere is old school, the staff are friendly and fun, and the owner treats you like you are very close friends. It is well worth the drive!

  • Visited November 2011
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4 Thank Fred F
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Boy if walls could talk...”
Reviewed 28 May 2011

This establishment was likely to be a happening place back in the day... unfortunatly neglected, now remains an interesting jem in the woods....but lots of fun friendly people, pricy mediocre processed food, biker friendly, an unusual out door/indoor deck dining area. Just a place to city folk to get away for the day. poor cell phone reception. it has become an annual pilgramige destination ride for something completly different.

  • Visited August 2010
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1 Thank DianneG_10
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Freinds in Low Places”
Reviewed 18 July 2010

The Carsonville Hotel is number one on my list. Its a litle drive out of the way but its totally worth it.

Its the kind of place where you walk in and everyone says "Hey how ya been, grab a seat." You feel like you're at a buddy's house and Jimmy Buffett could walk in any minute.

The service is wonderful, as I've said they aim to please and make you feel right at home. They'll sit and chat with you, joke and sing and just make you feel you've been coming there for years and you're with old friends.

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3 Thank Little_gypsy1
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Harrisburg
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“Just for fun”
Reviewed 12 June 2009

This place steps you back in time, the place is really a lot of fun. Good food, great atmosphere that screams small old town bar that hasn't changed or morphed into something that today’s generation thinks it should be. This place is the real thing not some corporate Appleby’s or Fridays crap shoot!morphed

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2 Thank stevelikestoeat
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