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Harrisburg, PA Capitol Diner: Real People, Real Food, Real Good, Real Fun

Updated on November 25, 2016
Capitol Diner is a landmark diner restaurant and can easily be found along I-83 in Harrisburg, PA
Capitol Diner is a landmark diner restaurant and can easily be found along I-83 in Harrisburg, PA | Source

Capital City Diner: Real People, Real Food, Real Good

Reviewing a restaurant is not a job for an experienced food critic. A proper review should be not based on the taste of one man; rather, it should be based on the taste of many. Capital Diner in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is an example of a restaurant in which there is no problem finding real people to comment and share their experience.

Even in the middle of the week, in the middle of the day, and even though Capital City Diner provides a large well planned parking lot, finding a place to park can be tricky. To me, that says a lot.

Real 5 star reviews by real people

Capitol Diner enjoys a long list of 5 and 4 star reviews.  Real reviews by real people.
Capitol Diner enjoys a long list of 5 and 4 star reviews. Real reviews by real people.

Real People

There’s a reason people return again and again, and there’s a reason people go out of their way to eat at Capital Dinner—Good food, good prices, good service. These people aren’t there because they are looking for a “night out” experience or because it’s the best in the world. These are everyday, real people who want hometown food made to order and served in a clean well lit comfortable environment. These are hardworking people from all income levels. Here is a sampling of comments from these real people:

Jayme F.5 star The food is way above standard diner grade food and the prices are very fair, making it an excellent value. The staff is always courteous, I highly recommend them. (As my friends already know... :) )

Sue C.5 star Miss my breakfast there every day before work!!! And coffee at night! Hi Jimmy and Gus

Brené E.5 star We were there two different days, the week of June 7-14. Shout out to Joe, Jessica, the high school HUNK I embarrassed, and the two sisters, who recommended the place, when we were at Target (sorry, their names were on a piece of paper in my pocket, which, unfortunately got washed). :-( LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR DINER!

Hein L.5 star One of the best diners I've ever been. The veal is stunning

Stephen K.5 star Awesome food, awesome service. Stop here to eat if in the area.

Real Food

Real food served on real plates with real dinnerware gives the home-style cooking a real good experience. Hot food, generous servings, and plenty of refills makes for a relaxing no rushed atmosphere. I always feel at home at Capitol Diner. The selection is huge and the daily specials allow you to always fill whatever craving you have any time of the day or night. Want breakfast for dinner…no problem!

Real Good

The difference between a fast food restaurant and even many sit down chain restaurants is the freshness and quality of the ingredients used. If you want eggs, for example, you can rely on grade “A” large; a custom crafted burger? Only the best lean ground beef is used. You can trust that the great taste of the soup, salad, or meal that you devoured three weeks ago, will be just as good today as it was then.

Real Selection & Good Prices

It would be easy to eat at the Capitol Diner every day for a month and never eat the same thing twice. Here is a sampling of what can be found just for lunch!

The Menu goes on and on and on....

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Selection  
Description  
Price  
Grilled Marinated Chicken
Grilled chicken breast with lettuce and tomato
$8.99
Kansas City Chicken
Grilled chicken breast with melted cheddar cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce
$8.99
Grilled Chicken Philadelphia
Grilled chicken breast topped with mushrooms, onions & melted American cheese
$8.99
Grilled Chicken Parmigiana
Grilled chicken breast topped with melted mozzarella cheese & marinara sauce
$8.99
Grilled Cajun Chicken
Grilled chicken breast with Cajun seasoning, lettuce and tomato
$8.99
Monte Cristo
Thick sliced French toast with sliced turkey, ham and melted Swiss cheese
$8.99
Tuna Melt
Rye bread topped with tuna fish salad and American cheese grilled until the cheese melts
$8.99
Chicken Cheese steak
Grilled chicken, cheese, your choice of toppings
$8.99
Greek Style Chicken Gyro
Served on pita with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and our famous tzatziki sauce
$8.99
Philly Cheese Steak
Thick cut steak, cheese, your choice of toppings
$8.99
Classic Reuben
Corned beef on grilled rye with melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island
$8.99
French Dip
Thin slices of roast beef, topped with au jus sauce on a sub roll
$8.99
Greek Style Gyro
Served on pita with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and our famous tzatziki sauce
$8.99
Patty Melt
Beef burger with American cheese, bacon and fried onions on grilled rye bread
$8.99
Fried Calamari
Served with marinara sauce
$6.99
Buffalo Wings (6)
With bleu cheese & celery sticks
$6.49
Chicken Tenders (4)
Deep fried
$4.99
Corn Nuggets
Deep fried
$5.99
Mozzarella Sticks (5)
Deep fried
$4.49
Capitol Frits
French fries topped with gravy & melted American cheese
$6.99
Jalapeno Poppers (6)
Served with marinara sauce
$6.99
Potato Skins (4)
With bacon, cheddar cheese & sour cream
$4.49
Basket of Rings
Deep fried
$3.99
Pierogies (3)
Served with sour cream
$3.49
Fruit Salad
Fresh with local selections
$7.99
Chicken Quesadilla
Served with salsa & sour cream
$7.99
Soup of the Day
We prepare all soups daily using the freshest ingredients
$3.99
Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, croutons, grated parmesan cheese & caesar dressing
$7.49
Greek Salad
Crisp greens tomato, cucumber, peppers, onion, olives, topped with feta cheese
$8.99
Chef Salad
With turkey, ham, roast beef, cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, egg
$9.99
Steakhouse Salad
Grilled marinated steak over crisp greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers
$8.99
Trio Salad
Combination of chicken, tuna egg salad, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, onions & peppers
$7.99
Health Salad
Fruit salad, cottage cheese, jello & pineapple ring
$8.99
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Crisp greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, tender chicken strips, dipped in
$8.99
Chicken Caesar Wrap
Grilled chicken with tomato, romaine lettuce and caesar dressing
$8.99
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Crispy chicken strips with lettuce, tomatoes and hot sauce
$8.99
Tunafish Salad Wrap
Tunafish salad with bacon, lettuce and tomato
$8.99
Chicken Salad Wrap
Chicken salad with bacon, lettuce and tomato
$8.99
Mexican Wrap
Grilled chicken strips with hot peppers, rice, sour cream, salsa and cheddar cheese
$8.99
Capitol Wrap
Turkey, bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and thousand island dressing
$8.99
Philly Wrap
Our delicious philly cheese steak all wrapped up
$8.99
Southwestern Wrap
Grilled chicken strips with lettuce, tomato, onions, green pepper, cheddar cheese and bbq
$8.99
Triple Deckers
on toasted white bread with lettuce tomato, bacon & mayonnaise. served with cole slaw,
$8.99
 
 
 

Illuminated with lots of neon outside

The outside of the Capitol Diner is brightly illuminated with multi-colored neon and shiny chrome.  Inside is clean and holds true to diner tradition.
The outside of the Capitol Diner is brightly illuminated with multi-colored neon and shiny chrome. Inside is clean and holds true to diner tradition. | Source

Hours & Contact

Want to get breakfast before you go to work…not a problem. Want to get a meal after doing a night on the town…not a problem. Capital Diner is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are closed on Christmas Day.

800 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 939-2279

Easy to find, easy on, easy off, I-283

It's 2 a.m. and The Capitol Diner is OPEN!

You just finished a night on the town and you and your crew are hungry...What will you eat?

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Road Trips

Taking a road trip anywhere in USA? Be prepared and choose your diner carefully. Great book and easy fun reading. One of the best parts of road trips is finding the best of local culture and food. I always try to eat where the locals do!

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    • Besarien profile image

      Besarien 

      3 years ago

      Hello Joel! Diners like this with history, character, and great food are American treasures. Next time I'm near I'll try to check it out.

      I really miss signs like the one in the photo. So much better than a billboard.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I remember diners. I worked as a waitress in one once back when I was in high school. They are few and far between now. Lucky you to have a great one where you live.

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