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Jul 19, 2011 06:52 AM

Need a Harrisburg Dinner Rec or 2...

Hello PA Chowhounds, I'm coming up from Charlotte to Harrisburg for a couple of nights next week on business. I'm looking for some of Harrisburg's best eats. Primarily what I'm interested in would be dinner spots. Price isn't a major factor, I prefer casual (upscale is fine) but nice restaurants, and I like a place with a full bar as clients may be joining as well. I'm open to most any type of cuisine that fits those guidelines. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Will you be staying downtown? Or maybe I should be asking if you want to eat in town?

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    1. re: cleobeach

      Looks like i'm at Eisenhower and 441 intersection...

    2. Here are four:

      Mangia Qui

      Chars Bella Mundo


      Tavern on the Hill

      The first three are in Harrisburg. Tavern on the Hill is across the river in East Pennsboro Township. All have websites you can check out.

      Mangia Qui has great Italian food and they also have a very nice tapas bar upstairs called Suba.

      Mangia Qui
      268 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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        1. re: picklelicious

          Chesse hit the three I was going to mention.

          I don't have a lot of love for Tavern on the Hill but it has been around forever so they must do something right.

          If you do cross the river and want a place to stop for drinks, the Rock Bass has a nice bar that overlooks the river. The happy hour pricing on fresh oysters is very reasonable and the bar offerings are good enough.

          1. re: cleobeach

            I do love a view, a happy hour, and fresh briney oysters, sounds like a match made in heaven!

            1. re: picklelicious

              We like to stop by when we visit my parents and usually at least 3 are oysters offered, sometimes 4 or 5. A $1 per sticks in my memory. The bar is rather large and has a nice vibe.

            2. re: cleobeach

              Tavern on the Hill specializes in traditional meat and seafood dishes and does a good job with them. While it has a less creative menu than the other places I listed, it might be the safest place to take clients who do not have adventurous palates.

              1. re: cheesemaestro

                Well I'm there 2 nights, and where we choose to have happy hour doesn't necessarily dictate where we'll have dinner, but it does give them a clear advantage, but we're all on the same page with our dining interests. I haven't looked at the websites yet, but will do so soon to see which recs look like best options for us.