Dining In Harrisburg

Eating is a social sport. Whether you are entertaining a client, going out with co workers or grabbing a bite to eat with friends and family, the question is where should you go?
In Harrisburg, you have unlimited options for fine or casual dining, it just depends on what you are craving.
To help you out, I have created a Harrisburg Food Guide.
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Home 231
231 North Street
(717) 232 – 4663
Open Monday – Sunday
Located only a block from the capitol, Home 231 offers a seasonally focused menu featuring food and ingredients from regional farmers. The light green colors and dark wooden furniture give Home 231 a very modern look, inviting the perfect atmosphere for a formal business dinner or a night out with friends.
Their lunch menu is primarily sandwiches while their dinner menu includes a variety of entrees. The homemade doughnuts and ice cream trump any other dessert in town! Make sure to stop by for Sunday brunch and enjoy their menu lined with egg dishes, French toast, salads and sandwiches.
Reservations recommended via phone or website.
Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Lunch: Mon. – Fri. 11:00am – 2:00pm
Dinner: Mon. – Thurs. 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Fri. – Sat. 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Brunch: Sun. 10:30am – 2:00pm
Carley’s Ristorante & Piano Bar
204 Locust St.
(717) 909-9191
Open Monday – Saturday
If you hear piano music and smell delicious Italian food on Locust Street, it is probably coming from Carley’s Ristorante & Piano Bar. This restaurant serves Italian dishes such as homemade pasta and pizza as well as fish, and poultry options. Their chicken and veal entrees are especially popular and can be prepared as Francese, Marsala, Picatta or Parmigiano.
 They also offer family-size or double portion dishes which are cost effective if feeding a large family or splitting a meal among friends.
A serene feeling emerges from the refurbished brick walls and candle lit tables. Bar and table seating is available as well as a patio seating in the summer months.
Proprietors Stephen and KJ Weinstock also own Stocks on Second.
  • Happy Hour (½ priced appetizers, pizza and bar menu; additional alcohol specials)
  • Monday Nights ( ½ priced bottle wines with purchased entrée)
  •  Live performances (Mon. 6:30pm – 8:00pm; 2nd and 4thSaturdays of every month)
 Reservations recommended via phone.
Serving: Lunch, Happy Hour, and Dinner
Happy Hour: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Monday: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday: 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 pm – 12:30 am
Stocks on Second
211 N. Second Street
(717) 233-6699
Open: Monday – Sunday
Stocks on Second gracefully combines relaxation and contemporary energy with the water wall, trendy light fixtures and seating choices. With a focus on American cuisine, they offer a mix of starters, entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas. Stocks is also the home of the first martini bar in Harrisburg. Not a martini person? No worries – they offer a huge selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages from their spacious granite bar.
  • Happy Hour ( ½ off bar menu and low-priced alcoholic beverages)
  • Catering services available
  • Live Performances (Friday night DJ; Saturday night local band)
 Reservations recommended via phone o
r website.
Serving: Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner
Lunch: Mon. – Fri. 11:30am
Happy Hour: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Dinner: Mon. – Sat. 5:00pm; Sun. 4:00pm
Au Bon Lieu
1 North 3rd St.
(717) 608 – 0871
Open 10 AM – 10 PM
Have you ever wanted to travel to France? Look no farther than Au Bon Lieu, a small building nestled among retail stores on North 3rdStreet. It is a small creperie with only three tables inside – enough room to see into the kitchen and watch the chefs make the crepes. Customers can choose from an assortment of fillings including (but not limited to) grilled ham, chicken, smoked salmon, vegetables, cheese. If you are in the mood for something sweeter, try the dessert crepes which are filled with chocolate, honey, peanut butter or fruit. French crepes sound expensive; however, Au Bon Lieu’s crepes range from $2.50 – $5.50, so there is no excuse not to try them!
Reservations not needed.
 Serving: Lunch, Dinner
Mon. – Fri: 10:00am – 10:00pm
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Café Fresco
215 N. 2nd St.
(717) 236-2599
Open: Monday – Saturday
Café Fresco’s signature orange and black color scheme showcases the metropolitan theme found in the atmosphere and cuisine. Their menu features a variety of options including, rice, noodles, meat, and fish. Be sure to explore Level 2; a venue which ties in DJ music, appetizers, cocktails and other drinks.
 Reservations recommended via phone or website.
Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Mon. – Wed.: 6:30am – 11:00pm
Thurs. – Fri.: 6:30am – 1:00am
Sat.: 11:00am – 1:00am

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Bricco
31 South 3rd St.
 (717) 724-0222
Open: Monday – Sunday
Venture on a Tuscan vacation when dining at Bricco as you choose from their extensive menu of Mediterranean and Italian fare. They make their own pasta and are known for the stone oven pizza. Their open kitchen fills the restaurant with delicious aromas, and the orange and yellow color scheme completes the Tuscan experience. Bricco partners with the Olewine School of Culinary Arts at Harrisburg Area Community College and Harrisburg Hotel Corporation. Chiefs-to-be have a real-life kitchen experience while working with other talented chefs.
  • Happy Hour (½ priced pizzas and inexpensive alcoholic beverages and appetizers)
 Reservations recommended via phone or website.
Serving: Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner
Lunch: Mon. – Fri. 11:30am – 2:30pm
Happy Hour: Mon. – Fri. 5:00 pm – 7:00pm
Dinner: Mon. – Sat. 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Sun. 4:30 pm – 10:00pm
 
 
 ~ Ali McFadden
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder” – Charles Schultz

 

Photo credits: 
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g52787-d2163506-Reviews-Home_231-Harrisburg_Pennsylvania.html
http://blog.pennlive.com/go/2010/05/out_with_sara_cafe_fresco_revi.html
http://www.briccopa.com/
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