Cafe Magnolia

4.6
778 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFearl
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
44 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
58 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
2 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!

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DJ227
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!! Good sandwiches, fries, salads, and desserts.

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AdamS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, fast service, and cute restaurant for friends and family.

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KatherineS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. We done here often and are always pleased

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DiscerningDiner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was very mediocre. I ordered a single broiled crab cake. It came out the size of half of my palm (picture a super flat small pancake) that was mushy inside. The risotto was not cooked properly, the charred pineapple slices where just that - charred to deadness with absolutely no flavor whatsoever. For $21 - I don't think so. An older man at another table hacked coughing the entire time we were there. With COVID, that was very disconcerting. The window next to us was drafty and we were freezing the entire meal. My companion's meal of lobster mac was dry as a bone. For $30 - I don't think so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the visit. Food excellent and with BYOB the price is right

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LindaB
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Magnolia never disappoints !
Excellent meal , charming atmosphere byob

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vipGregoryDandy
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good to get back to Cafe Magnolia's. Delicious food and great service!!

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LewisR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment and amazing food! Would definitely come back!

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AZDZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious and quiet! Wonderful Valentine’s Day luncheon.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Would recommend to all.

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vipWendyR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always have great food!

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BaileeG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything was great. The restaurant is adorable. The only problem we had was that our food was cold.

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Lawr
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was very disappointed with my meal. Ordered the special valentine day / weekend steak and lobster over risotto with asparagus; end of a challenging week and was looking forward to sharing a good meal and conversation with a friend. The meal came out - COLD - not once but twice. The plate was very cold which of course takes heat out of the food - seemed like the risotto, lobster mixed in and asparagus were made up ahead of time, kept chilled and then the steak cooked and placed over the risotto mixture. Many restaurants prepare this way i know, but usually heat the plate and mixture before putting the hot food on and serving. So, the whole experience was a let down. And especially for a dish that was the "special" i would think that they would take more care in preparation. I must say that the steak was tasty and flavorful, and would have been good if it was hot.
My friend had not problems with her meal, the Mediterranean Chicken, other than again the plate was cold. Any restaurant worth the name knows that one does not put hot food on a cold plate.
Service was friendly, helpful and quick but not really professional. I know this "ain't Europe" but, I don't know perhaps it's just the severe let down of the meal, service seemed too "pedestrian".
I'd say a little more training in food prep and table service is in order for this restaurant.

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vipSusanT
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love cafe magnolia. The food is great. Everyone is super friendly and go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect. A great place for any occasion

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CKN10
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a date at Cafe Magnolia’s for my birthday. Not only was the food incredible and some of the best I’ve tasted, but the staff was friendly, and the setting was very charming. This is going to be our new date spot!

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vipGregoryDandy
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service is always top notch at Cafe Magnolia!

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StephanieB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so delicious!Our new favorite date night spot. Highly recommend!

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GFOne
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a good dinner. Like having numerous gluten free options.

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ScottH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always have an excellent dinner experience at Cafe Magnolia! Mediterranean Chicken and the Lasagna were superb! Baked Brie as an appetizer went very well with the Cabernet Sauvignon that we brought. Highly recommend to anyone in Central Pa.

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KatherineS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating at Cafe Magnolia. We will miss dining "in" for the next few weeks. But take-out will definitely be an option.

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 778 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.