Located in the northeastern state of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg has plenty of places to celebrate romance from charming neighborhood eateries and bustling bistros to cozy cafés and elegant fine-dining establishments. Dine on Midwestern prime, dry-aged and certified Angus beef steaks to perfection at 1700° at the eponymous restaurant; try a range of Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisine at the Ukrainian Tatiana’s Restaurant; or travel to India with outstanding Indian cuisine in an elegant setting overlooking the river at Passage to India. Here are some of Harrisburg’s top romantic restaurants.
1.Greystone Public House
© Greystone Public House
Greystone Public House is a historic 18th-century tavern-style restaurant that serves contemporary American cuisine that focuses on rustic and robust flavors. Set in a landmark building with a storied heritage, the restaurant is one of Harrisburg’s newest dining establishments and serves a seasonal menu of rustic American dishes for brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Teaming up with local farmers to provide the freshest and highest quality products, Greystone Public House offers an evolving menu featuring prime meats, wild game, fresh seafood, local vegetables and salads, and signature Bavarian dishes like pierogis. The full-service bar also serves sparkling and fine wines from around the world, craft beers and brews, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
2120 Colonial Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112, Phone: 717-829-9952
2.1700° Degrees Steakhouse
© 1700° Degrees Steakhouse
Located in the Hilton Harrisburg hotel, 1700° Steakhouse is a sophisticated, high-end restaurant that specializes in serving some of the best steaks in the region. Renowned as a place to see and be seen, the restaurant features large windows with beautiful views over Market Square, comfortable seating, faux leather and cowhide accents, an eight-foot-high glass wine cabinets housing a vast wine collection of regular and rare labels. Named after the broiler that sears Midwestern prime, dry-aged and certified Angus beef steaks to perfection at 1700°, the elegant eatery serves a range of award-winning steaks, fresh, sustainable seafood, and crisp salads and sides. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list with wines that can be enjoyed by the glass and bottle, along with locally-produced beer, and signature craft and barrel-aged cocktails. 1700° Steakhouse is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-237-6400
3.Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar
© Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar
Located in the Hilton Harrisburg hotel, Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar is a casual, contemporary restaurant that offers a friendly gathering place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy great food and drinks in a laid-back and relaxed setting. The culinary team creates an innovative menu of small and large plates of New American cuisine, prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and served with impeccable hospitality and service. The full-service bar offers over 30 wines by the glass, over 60 selections of beer and an ever-evolving selection of craft, barrel-aged and edible cocktails. The stylish, down-to-earth dining destination is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-237-6419
4.Cork & Fork Osteria
© Cork & Fork Osteria
Cork & Fork Osteria is a casual pizzeria set in the former Sun Motor Cars building on the West Shore that serves a creative menu of Italian cuisine in the form of small sharable plates of gourmet meats and cheeses, fresh salads, homemade pasta with in-house sauces and hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas, along with entrées like prime beef and veal, fresh seafood, and decadent desserts. The restaurant focuses on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients from surrounding farms and producers, and serves a wide variety of casual wines from Italy and around the world to enjoy with each dish. The bar also serves craft beers and brews, high-end spirits and signature cocktails, along with specialty coffees and dessert liqueurs. The stylish eatery has modern décor in rich dark wood tones, floor-to-ceiling windows, a beautiful marble bar, wrought iron detailing, and custom-blown spherical glass chandeliers. Cork & Fork Osteria is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
200 State St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-234-8100
Nestled next to the State Capitol Building on tree-lined North Street, Home 231 is a stylish farm-to-table restaurant and a popular spot for both brunch and dinner that serves inventive regional American cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Boasting a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, the approachable eatery is cozy with intimate dining spaces and booths and a lovely courtyard for brunch. Soft lighting creates a romantic ambiance, and the seasonal menu features dishes like starters of Chili Glazed Octopus, Lamb Tacos, and Braised Duck Leg Nachos, and entrées of Molasses Brined Cornish Hen, Crab Cakes, the signature Home 231 Reuben. The farm-to-table menu uses high quality, garden-inspired ingredients, and local produce, and serves a range of sweet desserts like house donuts with crème anglaise and chocolate dipping sauces.
231 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-232-4663
6.Los Tres Cubanos
© Los Tres Cubanos
Los Tres Cubanos is an authentic Cuban restaurant with an Old-World atmosphere that serves traditional Cuban cuisine with a customary Cuban flare. Open for lunch and dinner; the restaurant offers a full tapas menu of small plates like ceviche, empanadas, grilled octopus, calamari, and boquerones. Entrées include yuca frita, la cubanita emparedado, bistec de Pollo and bistec de empanisado, and paella de mariscos. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails made with top-shelf spirits during happy hour and live music a few times a week. The full-service bar also serves sparkling and fine wines from around the world, craft beers and brews, and the restaurant is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
540 Race St, Harrisburg, PA 17104, Phone: 717-635-8145
Bricco offers outstanding cuisine, award-winning wines, impeccable service and hospitality, and an intimate, romantic ambiance. The restaurant features subtle beige and gray hues with modern décor, a brick pizza oven, an interactive pasta-making demonstration table, and a beautiful bar with close-captioned television. Neatly uniformed wait staff serve delectable dishes of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine such as grilled cubanelle peppers, fior di latte, fettuccine with lobster, cavatelli, Tuscan chicken with Rettland Farm chicken breast, and the signature favorites of short ribs and sage pappardelle. Bricco utilizes local farms and regional producers to supply the culinary team with high-quality ingredients, and the restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday.
31 S 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-724-0222
© Café 1500
Café 1500 is an award-winning restaurant on North Sixth Street with an industrial-style, contemporary-chic interior that serves modern New American cuisine. Located on the ground floor of a looming, building that also houses Crawdaddy's Restaurant, Café 1500 offers a seasonal menu of casual fare such as sea scallops, maple-bourbon smoked pork belly, bison sliders, and 12-ounce USDA prime ribs, along with fresh salads, vegetables, and sides. Signature organic and infused cocktails include the ginger fizz which combines ginger-infused vodka and ginger and simple lime syrup, while an assortment of liquors ranges from hibiscus and jasmine to Marionberry brandy and coffee rum. Café 1500 is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1500 N 6th St #101, Harrisburg, PA 17102, Phone: 717-831-8322
9.Cafe Fresco Center City
© Cafe Fresco Center City
Located in the heart of Restaurant Row, Cafe Fresco Center City is a modern restaurant with chic décor, intimate, comfy dining spaces, and a Feng Shui-inspired ambiance. Bringing the beating pulse of a buzzing metropolitan city to the heart of a small town with the hottest DJs from the East Coast spinning their tracks, Cafe Fresco is a hot spot for drinks, dinner or a relaxed café lunch. Spanning two levels, the lower level has a stylish dining room where guests can enjoy Asian-American cuisine expertly prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Travis Mumma. The second level of the restaurant has a DJ booth where the latest music is spun, and private events and functions are hosted. Cafe Fresco Center City is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
215 N 2nd St #1, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-236-2599
Carley’s Ristorante is a warm and comfortable restaurant that serves traditional Italian fare, a wide range of libations and live music every night. The inviting, family-friendly eatery offers a menu of rustic Italian food with favorites like wood-fired pizza with delicious toppings, house-made pasta and from-scratch sauces, fresh seafood and prime meat dishes, and decadent desserts. Chef's Italian Specialties include Lasagna con Costoletta, Pork Tenderloin Balsamico, Lamb Cassoulet, Seafood Cacciatore Manicotti, and Risotto del Giorno. A list of casual, easy-drinking wines from Italy and around the world, craft beers and microbrews, and classic cocktails, along with specialty coffees and top-shelf liqueurs. Carley’s Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturdays.
204 Locust St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-909-9191
11.Char's at Tracy Mansion
© Char's at Tracy Mansion
Set on an acre-and-a-half site with breathtaking views of the Susquehanna River, Char's at Tracy Mansion is a fine-dining restaurant that offers an unrivaled dining experience. Set in the only surviving one of three original mansions built on the site in the early 1900s known as ‘Mansion Row,’ Tracy Mansion features gleaming hardwood floors, original fireplaces, and fine sculptural art. Celebrating fine dining and fine art together against a backdrop of spectacular views, the American brasserie boasts several dining spaces, including a formal dining room, an elegant lounge and library, and a stylish bar. Guests can enjoy award-winning French cuisine, world-class wines and Champagnes, and a softly-lit, romantic ambiance. Char's at Tracy Mansion is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
1829 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17102, Phone: 717-213-4002
12.Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant
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Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant is a warm and welcoming Italian restaurant set in a beautifully converted house on Market Street in Camp Hill. Boasting a stone arch, wooden bar, neatly arranged tables, and a distinct old-school charm, the welcoming a neighborhood eatery is a popular choice with locals offering a comfortable and homey atmosphere and a delicious menu to match. Traditional Italian delights include creamy homemade pasta dishes, such as carbonara, penne ala Romana, and cannelloni, hearty meatballs and spaghetti, and lemony veal piccata. Other signature dishes include fried calamari, Caponata Siciliana, eggplant rollatini, hand-tossed pizzas, and wood-fired calzones, while sweet Italian desserts range from tiramisu, cheesecake, cannoli, and Torta di Nonna, and homemade limoncello. Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
1509 Market St, Camp Hill, PA 17011, Phone: 717-732-7202
13.Gabriella Italian Ristorante
© Gabriella Italian Ristorante
Gabriella Italian Ristorante is a family-friendly restaurant that serves authentic Italian cuisine from Naples, Piemonte, and Tuscany. The intimate eatery welcomes diners with strolling musicians, a large crackling fireplace and the time-honored tradition of unsurpassed hospitality. Exuding an ambiance of 'La Dolce Vita,' Gabriella Italian Ristorante serves a menu of traditional fares such as antipasto platters and small plates of appetizers, fresh garden salads, creamy pasta dishes, hearty meat and chicken plates and decadent desserts. Meals are accompanied by an extensive list of Italian and other wines from around the world, as well as craft beers, and non-alcoholic beverages. Gabriella Italian Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
3907 Jonestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17109, Phone: 717-540-0040
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Located across from the State capitol, Mangia Qui offers a warm and intimate dining experience. Established over 17 years ago, Mangia Qui has been offering a fun and fresh take on regional Italian cuisine prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients and imported specialties such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, truffles, prosciutto, cheeses, and Tuscan herbs. The eatery features neatly dressed tables, vibrant artworks, and friendly staff offering sophisticated service. The menu is full of delicious dishes such as antipasto platters and small plates of appetizers, fresh garden salads, creamy pasta dishes, hearty meat and chicken plates, and decadent desserts. A variety of tapas is served at the upstairs bar along with a thoughtful selection of Italian wines and spirits. Mangia Qui is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.
272 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-233-7358
15.Note. Bistro & Winebar
© Note. Bistro & Winebar
Located in the heart of midtown Harrisburg, note. Bistro & wine bar is a rustic, cozy spot in a converted Victorian house that serves seasonal, European-inspired fare and an extensive list of more than 40 types of wines from Italy, Spain, France, and Portugal by the glass and bottle. The seasonally changing menu features classic dishes with a modern twist and creative daily specials such as Panzanella Salad, Duck Ragu, Chicken Ballotine with Spinach, Seared Black Pearl Salmon, Free-Range New Zealand Lamb Rack, Handmade Gnocchi, and Roasted Holland Eggplant. The full-service bar serves an extensive selection of fine wines, handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers and microbrews, as well as weekday “Aperitivo” food and wine specials.
1530 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102, Phone: 717-412-7415
16.Passage to India
Located in along the waterfront in Downtown Harrisburg, Passage to India offers outstanding Indian cuisine in an elegant setting overlooking the river. Renowned for using only the highest quality of fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as chicken, seafood and lamb, Passage to India puts a modern spin on classic Indian dishes such as appetizers of Crab Goa, Samosa Chaat and Paneer Pakora, followed by entrées of Chicken Xaccutti, Bhindi Masala, Baigan Bhurta, Goan Shrimp, Curry Kadai Lamb, Seekh Kebab, and Passage Biryani. Signature plates include tandoori, and basmati rice specialties and an extensive list of wines and classic cocktails are served from the bar. Passage to India is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and the multi-space restaurant includes a dining room, bar, and a banquet event hall.
520 Race St, Harrisburg, PA 17104, Phone: 717-233-1202
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Rubicon is an elegant French-inspired bar-centric restaurant that serves honest epicurean fare. Approachable and relaxed with a romantic ambiance, Rubicon supports the community by sourcing their ingredients from local farms and regional producers and creates a creative menu of classic dishes such as Petite Soupe à l'Ognion, Frog's Legs Provencal, Poulet Colombo, Cotelette de Porc, Steak Frites, Duck Gratin, and Boeuf Bourguignon. The restaurant features plush interiors with patterned banquettes and round cabaret tables, a spectacular pewter bar counter, a mezzanine floor, and grandiose, globular chandeliers. Rubicon is open for brunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
270 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-317-9027
18.Sammy's Authentic Italian Restaurant
© Sammy's Authentic Italian Restaurant
Sammy's Authentic Italian Restaurant is a quaint little Italian eatery that is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. The family-friendly eatery serves a menu of authentic Italian cuisine including house-made pasta and from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas with a variety of toppings, fresh seafood prime beef and veal plates, and mouthwatering desserts. The polished dining room ha a casual, inviting ambiance and the restaurant has a BYOB policy so guests can bring their drinks. The bar also serves a range of fine wines, craft beers and microbrews, classic cocktails, and top-shelf spirits. Sammy's Authentic Italian Restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
1112, 502 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-221-0192
19.Stock's on 2nd
© Stock's on 2nd
Stock’s on 2nd is a contemporary American bar and grill that serves farm-to-table fare and gastropub cuisine along with a wide range of American whiskeys and bourbons. Adorned with wooden accents, Amish-made tabletops, and hanging lights made from barn beams taken from a dismantled barn outside of Carlisle, Stock’s on 2nd offers a seasonal menu of innovative fare prepared with local, regional and sustainably-grown ingredients such as gourmet sandwiches, hearty burgers, baby back ribs, cedar plank salmon, fresh salads and house-made desserts. The bar serves over 40 wines by the glass and bottles, prohibition-era craft cocktails, a vast selection of craft beers, and an extensive whiskey and bourbon list, along with freshly squeezed juices. Stock’s on 2nd is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner only Saturday and Sunday.
211 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone: 717-233-6699
20.Tavern on the Hill
© Tavern on the Hill
Tucked into the Enola hillside across from the Susquehanna River, the Tavern on the Hill is a classy dining destination that has been serving the local community and visitors alike for the past 26 years. One of Harrisburg top spots for a romantic dinner, the restaurant offers a menu of contemporary cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and a highly acclaimed wine list. Ranging from fresh seafood and succulent steaks to fresh salads, vegetables, and imported pasta, the menu has something for everyone from homemade lasagna to Chicken Parmigiana. The warm and welcoming eatery blends incredible food, world-class wines, and exceptional service to provide an exceptional dining experience. The Tavern on the Hill is open for dinner only Monday through Saturday.
109 Howard St, Enola, PA 17025, Phone: 717-732-2077
© Cafe Magnolia
Set in a 100-year old farmhouse, Cafe Magnolia is a casual, relaxed bistro-style café in Mechanicsburg that serves New American cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and created with innovative and traditional culinary techniques. Located in Gettysburg Road, the café is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday and serves delicious dishes of fresh salads, homemade soups, sharing plates of platters of meats and cheeses, bruschetta, chicken, beef and seafood dishes, burgers, wraps and sandwiches, and mouth-watering pasta plates. Cafe Magnolia offers catering services for special events and functions with tailor-made menus.
4700 Gettysburg Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, Phone: 717-901-9700
© RockBass Grill
RockBass Grill is an upscale steak and seafood restaurant with a retro-chic setting and spectacular views of the Susquehanna River. Formerly the home of Catalano's Lounge and designed by talented designer, Joe Phelan, the fine-dining establishment boasts the feeling of being on a stylish 1950s yacht with a raw bar with regular-changing options, a private dining room for up to 30 people, and a full-service bar that offers a wide variety of libations. Guests can savor a seasonal menu of innovative cuisine, including pan-seared scallops and cucumber salad, Maryland Crab Soup, Filet Mignon topped with Crab Imperial and a selection of fresh catch-of-the-day fish. The extensive bar menu features fine wines from around the world, craft brews and beers, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. RockBass Grill is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
461 S Front St, Wormleysburg, PA 17043, Phone: 717-731-1160
© Tatiana's Restaurant
Tatiana's Restaurant is a family-owned Ukrainian restaurant in Mechanicsburg that is renowned for serving traditional Ukrainian and Italian fare in a casual and relaxed setting. Housed in a building dating back to 1835, Tatiana's Restaurant offers an authentic take and gourmet presentation of delicious Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisine such as Ukrainian meatballs, stroganoff, grass-fed filet mignon asiago, and the signature Ukrainian Queen pork shank Osso Bucco. Tatiana's Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturdays and private functions and events on Sundays.
4601 Gettysburg Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, Phone: 717-695-0547
Located in Mechanicsburg, Thea is a family-owned Greek-influenced restaurant that offers an exceptional fine dining experience with BYOB options. Named for the Greek word for ‘aunt,’ the eatery specializes in preparing dishes with locally sourced and organic ingredients, signature favorites include Braised Beef Short Ribs, Thea Pasticcio, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Veal Saltimbocca, Thea's Meatloaf, Thea's Upside-Down Pizza and Chicken Avocado Club. Thea is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1303 Saxton Way, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, Phone: 717-759-4654
24 Best Romantic Restaurants in Harrisburg
- Greystone Public House, Photo: Greystone Public House
- 1700° Degrees Steakhouse, Photo: 1700° Degrees Steakhouse
- Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar, Photo: Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar
- Cork & Fork Osteria, Photo: Cork & Fork Osteria
- Home 231, Photo: Paul/stock.adobe.com
- Los Tres Cubanos, Photo: Los Tres Cubanos
- Bricco, Photo: Bricco
- Cafe 1500, Photo: Café 1500
- Cafe Fresco Center City, Photo: Cafe Fresco Center City
- Carley's Ristorante, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Char's at Tracy Mansion, Photo: Char's at Tracy Mansion
- Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, Photo: Andrew Bayda/stock.adobe.com
- Gabriella Italian Ristorante, Photo: Gabriella Italian Ristorante
- Mangia Qui, Photo: Andrew Bayda/stock.adobe.com
- Note. Bistro & Winebar, Photo: Note. Bistro & Winebar
- Passage to India, Photo: watma/stock.adobe.com
- Rubicon, Photo: Andrew Bayda/stock.adobe.com
- Sammy's Authentic Italian Restaurant, Photo: Sammy's Authentic Italian Restaurant
- Stock's on 2nd, Photo: Stock's on 2nd
- Tavern on the Hill, Photo: Tavern on the Hill
- Cafe Magnolia, Photo: Cafe Magnolia
- RockBass Grill, Photo: RockBass Grill
- Tatiana's Restaurant, Photo: Tatiana's Restaurant
- Thea, Photo: Thea
- Cover Photo: Christian Hinkle/stock.adobe.com