Cafe Magnolia

4.6
798 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Cafe Magnolia offers a casual, intimate, but contemporary dining experience. Stringent standards of excellence in service, food presentation, and quality ingredients, married with delicious innovative and traditional cuisine concepts, complete the dining experience.

This winning combination earned the attention from readers of Harrisburg Magazine voting us Readers Choice - Simply the Best! in 2018. We have also been recognized by Patriot News when they voted Cafe Magnolia Best New Restaurant. Awards have also been received from Central PA Magazine, Susquehanna Style, and The Carlisle Sentinel.
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WestShoreDiner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. The menu has something for everyone, and we've always been happy with whatever we order. It also has to be the best overall value around -- the prices are very reasonable, particularly considering the quality of the food, and with BYOB, we always end up spending LESS than we expect -- which is a nice surprise. Service is friendly and the environment (particularly on the outdoor patio) is lovely.

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vipSusanT
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Very friendly always makes you feel welcomed and with friends

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vipTimD
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Calamari was old and overcooked.

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Lubiann
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

When serving our appetizers, the server had the plate tilted and the crackers slid off the plate Onto the table. She gave us our check when we were midway through eating our entrée

.We received our appetizers and about 10 minutes later we had our salads delivered to us, and about 10 minutes after that our entrées were delivered. While there was food still on the plates of our appetizers she attempted to remove those so that we would have more room on our table. We had to tell her that we were not done and to leave them.

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RPJC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. Coconut shrimp appetizer, Jenn's salad (small upcharge from a regular salad), along with Steak Florentine. Top the dinner off with the peanut butter pie and life is very good!

I highly recommend Magnolia's Café.

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Aushie35
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Seating sequence was odd. There was only us and one other party in the corner of the room.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food & good service. Music a little too loud.

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PixiChief
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful place and so nice to be in the hands of such lovely serving staff. The food was excellent and creatively presented - we loved that it was BYOB. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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StacieM
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and sevice, never had a bad experience dining here.

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hortchick
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent great food and service. Jess' Favorite Salad with coconut shrimp is the best!

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Incredible
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and customer service. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Looked out at windows that needed painting on the outside. Paint peeling. Bread/roll was very dry. Risotto was very mushy.

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KimberlyH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great place. Even on an "event day" like Mother's Day, they did a fabulous job. We have a really good meal!

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KamaN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, and service for Mothers Day. It was the perfect choice!

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AMagbuhos
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicer inside, great food, good customer service!!!

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vipBrianC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food quality, preparation and presentation was very well done. Ambience is just average. Note this is a BYOB!

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Shawn
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a light lunch. Casual, yet sophisticated.

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KevinC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BYOB. Great restaurant for business dinner meeting, date night or girl's night out. Entrees are different and not the usual fare found everywhere else. Server was both personable and efficient. Had a very enjoyable dinner at Cafe Magnolia.

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SarahM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The portions are nice sized.

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ABCD
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very good.

Personally I found the noise level distracting and that was with tables not in use with social distancing.

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vipFearl
Mobile
22 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon tabbouleh quinoa cucumber parsley tomatoes & onion crème fraiche & Halibut w/pineapple mango salsa couscous tri-colored carrots... calamari appetizer & coconut cheesecake. All awesome! Best fresh organic restaurant around! Server Jennifer was terrific! Thanks Jackie Duval !

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Joanna
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was disappointed that they puréed their “pulled chicken” for their chicken salad sandwich, but the meal was still tasty and we enjoyed all our food, ambiance and the service.

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KaronS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selections were all delicious choices. My friends and I really enjoyed our meals. We will return often.

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MarciaA
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous!! The food was spectacular and the presentation was wonderful. Our server Sarah was top notch. I highly recommend the crab dip, as well as the steak and crab cake meal. So delicious. the steak was cooked perfectly and was extremely tender and flavorful. We were able to make a reservation only 40 minutes prior to coming. My daughter and I showed up about 15 minutes early and we were seated promptly. Loved that! We are excited to visit again. The next time we are in Pennsylvania we will certainly be making a stop here!! Thank you for the great dinner.

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trishc
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding as well as the service. One of my favorites!

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CarolynA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant I would highly recommend. 1 slight hitch .. we were asked to leave our table after 2 hours because of a large party coming in. We were given another table but this probably should’ve been thought out at the time of reservation. If there is a limit as to time for each table it should be mentioned up front

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vipLoveacat
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious. Our server did an excellent job. Save room for the coconut cream cheesecake!

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LindaP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as usual! I would highly recommend Cafe Magnolia.

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SarahB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband, daughter (11months) and I, had a wonderful experience here. We received our appetizers , meal and dessert in a timely manner. They provided us a high chair too. The food was delicious and hot.

Burger and fries
Alfredo with chicken
Tiramisu
Peanut butter pie

We will be back !

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vipKingman
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place w family - loved 🥰 the BYOB and food was awesome and service spot on. Will be back.

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Christy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef tenders were so tender and delicious! Great service! Quaint atmosphere!

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FunDinnerspot
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu had quite a few delicious sounding choices so it was difficult to choose. We ended up getting the Mediterranean chicken and the Risotto which were both excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Usually the food is top notch, their risotto is fantastic. We’ve had several meals here and this is the first time I would say it was anything less than 5 stars. But I was disappointed by the crab cake this time.

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FoodLover
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday celebration !! We had a wonderful
Time & great food

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Perfect place to go out to lunch or for dinner.

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MischelleM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnolia never ever has disappointed, but today we tried the new crab spring rolls. They were absolutely fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service. Food was OK. Great date night, the noise level was lower than I expected. Huge portions, expect to take some home.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Well to start with the inside decor was about as boring as it could get. Ask for a wine list the waitress tells us it BOYB maybe open table should have that posted Had no problem seeing the menu it was so bright,oh be the way the menu in not the same as open table post. Ordered our food and it was taking a bit longer then usual,waitress said the kitchen was back up, don’t no why there was only about 15 people there. Anyway the food finally came look good but that’s it. Wife’s trout was swimming in butter maybe drowning , my chicken Marsala was a bit dry an both lack seasoning Will no be going back nor recommend.

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KathrynA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coconut and so do the chefs at Cafe Magnolia. :) They have coconut in a lot of dishes. The fruit was fresh and delicious. The service was good and our food came out to us pretty quickly, nice portion sizes.

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vipFred
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food...really enjoyed the risotto and the Greek salad! It's BYOB so bring a nice bottle of wine too!

FAQs

Cafe Magnolia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 901-9700.

Cafe Magnolia is rated 4.6 stars by 798 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.