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Moonlight Cafe

4140 Carlisle Rd, 4140 Carlisle Rd, Dover, Pennsylvania 17315, Dover, PA 17315-3510
+1 717-292-5643
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“salad” (14 reviews)
“shrimp” (9 reviews)
“lasagna” (5 reviews)
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4140 Carlisle Rd, 4140 Carlisle Rd, Dover, Pennsylvania 17315, Dover, PA 17315-3510
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

This place is truly a hidden gem and not at all what I expected. Driving along Carlisle Rd you tend to see some of the same "small town" things over and over again, but don't let this small town atmosphere and humble appearance fool you...More

Thank Timothy K
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Recently I went with 8 friends for dinner at the Moonlight Cafe. We made a reservation. The place is rather small and seating can be limited. The week night we were there we saw people standing outside waiting to get in.The food is that good!...More

Thank 485snoopy
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This is definitely NOT an Italian chain food restaurant. You can actually watch the chief prepare your meals. Soups are delicious. Haven't had a bad meal there ever. On weekends, there's usually a line out the door. Very small dining room only about 10-12 tables...More

Thank sjj9-ja
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Small dining room, and reservations are recommended. Take out is available. I suggest the Afumicato add Shrimp, and My wife loves their crabcakes. Everything we've tried has been delicious. Give it a try, and you'll be sure to return.

Thank Ernest M
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Food was great! Place was very busy, so be prepared to wait. BYOB, but they have glasses and bottle openers for your wine.

Thank 28mom
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Husband and I eat here frequently and always satisfied with the food quality, taste to perfection and portions. I would recommend a to go container to take some home and enjoy eating the following day. If you drink wine (your own personal preference) either red...More

Thank JodyAnn3845
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem. Quality food, made literally in front of you. The dining area is the size of a postage stamp but don't let that stop you! If it's too crowded, get your order to go. Italian and American options, large portions,...More

Thank ortizb2604
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The Moonlight Cafe is still one of my favorites and my absolute favorite for Italian. Our server Heather was outstanding. I had the tortellini with spicy sausage. The rose' sauce is terrific. Great food and a nice cozy atmosphere.

Thank Bill V
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This was my first visit with my family to this wonderful restaurant As soon as we entered the door we were greeted by our friendly waitress and the aroma of authentic Italian cooking. On our visit we met the owner who even though extremely busy...More

Thank irishnurse67
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Arrived around 430pm on a Saturday... no reservation. Was able to get a table for two thanks to our server (didn't tell us her name). Had to uncork our own wine. Glasses were provided.... no charge. Bread was extremely hot... could have baked another minute....More

Thank Phyllis D
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5 April 2018|
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Response from antieverything1 | Reviewed this property |
I made a reservation so seating was perfect. My dilemma is that the food was terrible!! Was wondering if the main chef was off on Wednesdays
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4140 Carlisle Rd, 4140 Carlisle Rd, Dover, Pennsylvania 17315, Dover, PA 17315-3510
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Dover
  • Phone Number: +1 717-292-5643
  • E-mail
Moonlight Cafe in Dover, Pennsylvania has been York County's hidden Italian treasure for almost a decade. The secret is out. Bring your bottle of wine and discover the area's finest traditional Italian cuisine, new favorite dishes, and the best espresso in town. Now accepting credit cards.
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