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Moonlight Cafe

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4140 Carlisle Rd, 4140 Carlisle Rd, Dover, Pennsylvania 17315, Dover, PA 17315-3510
+1 717-292-5643
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Pennsylvania, USA
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tip: Reservations are available before 5PM. Tip#2:The pasta primavera is awesome! They do a fantastic job with all of the food, but I like it the best! Their tiramisu is good, but I like Bel Pease more for tiramisu (sorry, but I tell it like it is).

Thank Chris423
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We have been to Moonlight Cafe several times. It is one of our favorites. Chef Marco and Team pay attention to every detail and all meals are fresh, flavorful and just like you would have in Italy. So last week we brought 12 of our friends to experience the same. Everyone had wonderful meals, loved the food, waitress was so... More 

Thank jeffsnader
Tampa, Florida
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32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Once again I had the pleasure and opportunity to dine at Marco's fantastic Moonlight Cafe in Dover,Pa. In October of 2016 I once again found myself in York Pa.for the largest toy train show in the world ( which may now be my excuse to be able to dine at the Moonlight Cafe). The late part is that I am... More 

Thank John S
Lancaster, PA
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Drove from Lancaster to Dover in rush hour traffic to eat here and it was worth every backed up light and mile we traveled. I ate the crab cakes which are just unbelievable. Huge in size, extremely large pieces of crab, with an interesting addition of apples and gorgonzola. Would put these up against any crab cake in the world.... More 

Thank Cinda-Mark
York, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Been going here for years before people knew about it. The place has always been great. We have never gotten a bad meal. The place is very small and tables are tight but it's the food that brings you here. The owner is very friendly and the staff is awesome. They all make you feel at home. The prices are... More 

Thank Larry L
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172 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

It looks like a hole in the wall but the meals were excellent. I had the crab cake panini. Looked deep fried but it was delicious! My wife had the veal saltimbocca. Very good, garlicy but very good. Real Italian food, made right. one waitress, busy at 3 PM but worth the wait! only seats about 40 but it would... More 

Thank Charles H
Tucson, Arizona
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Off the beaten path, but a fabulous little Italian restaurant on the main street in Dover. Menu choices were wide-ranging with staff responsive to modifications. The portions were large, hot, tasty, and done to perfection. The lasagna was perfect as was the fettuccini with meatballs. The hostess was personable, friendly, and accommodating. The entire staff was efficient, attentive, and professional.... More 

Thank monsoon7
York, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

It is a small place with a big heart. Appointment always necessary BUT.... nice people and the food, UAU... it's perfect. Prepared just before everyone's eys. NO CHAIN FOOD. And you should bring your beverage, Speciality: Italian-Mediterran food.

Thank phteixeira
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Have eaten here numerous times--apps, sandwiches, dinner and desserts are all delicious. Tiny and unassuming, the service is always good. Bring your own bottle of wine, they supply corkscrew and glasses. Be ready to wait for a table if you get there after 530-6, as there are only about 25 small tables. Ready to go back!

Thank Barnzey62
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a small, BYOB restaurant with a good size menu of primarily Italian dishes that you can watch being made. The food is delicious and the prices are perfect for the selection and amount of food you receive. Not much on atmosphere but great on friendliness and service. Cash only; no credit cards.

Thank sharoncV7586HL
rosalynvr, Owner at Moonlight Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Sharon, Moonlight does take credit cards now! We have been taking credit cards for about two years now! Thanks for your visit! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?