The Top 10 Restaurants In Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Filet Mignon | © dbreen/Pixabay
Filet Mignon | © dbreen/Pixabay
Photo of Courtney Stanley
9 February 2017

Carlisle, a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, lies in the midst of a very fertile agricultural region. The restaurants of Carlisle have taken advantage of the access to surrounding farms’ fresh, local produce to make their cuisine stand out.

Café Bruges

Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
Belgian Waffle
Belgian Waffle | © webbi/Pixabay
Café Bruges specializes in Belgian cuisine. The menu offers a huge variety including mussels, waffles, burgers and frites and more than 100 Belgian beers. The restaurant is located in historic downtown Carlisle in a building that served the community for years as a hotel before becoming a restaurant.


Bar, American, $$$
Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos | © Jing/Flickr
Brick opened in 2015 and has a rustic, homey atmosphere with high ceilings and lots of sunlight. Enjoy the cozy indoors or sit outside under the patio’s heated tent or in the sunshine. The fish tacos made with tender grilled whitefish topped with tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, Sriracha, and yum-yum sauce, the grilled octopus served with capers, lemon and olives, and the lobster roll served on a split-top bun with mayo and celery are very popular. The menu also offers plenty of sandwiches, entrées, and appetizers to suit anyone’s appetite.


Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Olives | © jackmac34/Pixabay
Try Spanish and Moroccan-style tapas at Andalusia, a restaurant named after an area in the south of Spain. Using locally sourced ingredients, the chefs at this restaurant have created a menu with around 20 different tapas, or small plate options, as well as full-sized entrées. For a shared tapas meal, try traditional dishes like the fried golden Marcona almonds, olives marinated in thyme-orange olive oil, Serrano ham, grilled octopus, and much more. If you want to taste the flavors of Morocco, try the Djaj Tagine, a traditional stew made of chicken marinated in preserved lemon confit, or the Couscous Djaj, a dish of chicken marinated in a sweet sauce made of onions and golden raisins and served with steamed semolina grain.

Issei Noodle

Restaurant, American, Vietnamese, Japanese, $$$
Pho | © Kasman/Pixabay
This popular Asian restaurant has two locations in Pennsylvania. At Issei Noodle, you’ll find delicious and traditional dishes like ramen, Vietnamese pho, and more. The chefs guarantee the highest quality ingredients in each of their tasty noodle dishes. Try the Yaki Udon noodles, a Japanese dish made of pan-fried udon noodles, chicken, and seasonal vegetables sautéed in the house sauce. The vegetarian noodle salad, made with fried tofu and vegetable gyoza topped with crushed peanuts, shallots, cucumber, and Thai basil served over chilled vermicelli noodles and lettuce with Issei’s house yuzu-peanut and sweet ginger soy sauce, is another great option.

Seve-N-Dots Publik Pizza Place

Restaurant, Italian
Pizza | © cattalin/Pixabay
Seve-N-Dots is arguably the most well regarded pizza house in Carlisle. Customers rave about the crisp but chewy garlic crusts and the explosive flavors of the restaurant’s pizzas. The expertly crafted speciality pizzas are the way to go, but you can also build your own or try one of the menu’s non-pizza offerings like cheeseburgers, cheese steak subs, sandwiches, wraps, and more. Try the pierogi pizza, topped with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized onions, American cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

The Whiskey Rebellion

Restaurant, American, $$$
This restaurant serves more than 50 types of whiskey alongside its menu of delicious, locally sourced food. The interior has a cozy, rustic atmosphere that will make you feel at home instantly. Start with some of the tasty appetizers, like the deviled duck eggs or the Amish kasespatzle. For your entrée, try the ‘1794‘ wood-fired filet mignon or the Molly burger, a wood-fired chuck and sirloin burger topped with cow’s cheese, house-cut Amish bacon, local peach and ginger chutney, and organic baby kale served on a locally made brioche bun.

Spoons Café

Cafe, Restaurant, American
Soup | © tookapic/Pixabay
Spoons specializes in soups made in-house from scratch, but the menu also offers paninis, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. The kitchen creates a menu based on simple ingredients and back to basics cooking. For instance, all meats are carved and smoked in house, and craft Appalachian Brewing Company sodas made with pure cane sugar are served. The restaurant is situated in Carlisle’s downtown art district, and the house serves food in two cozy dining rooms with working fireplaces and a garden patio. Rooms upstairs are also available for large parties.

Momma Spriggs Restaurant

Restaurant, American, $$$
This restaurant serves fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Choose from the array of mouthwatering seafood options, breakfast and brunch foods, lunchtime burgers, and more. For an appetizer, try the flash-fried clam strips served with ancho chipotle sauce or hush puppies served with melted butter. As your entrée, try the Life is Gouda pasta, jumbo shrimp, lobster meat, and lump crab sautéed and tossed with fusilli noodles and gouda, or the pecan-crusted tilapia, broiled and served on a bed of long grain and wild rice blend.

Middlesex Diner

Diner, Restaurant, American
Diner | © skeeze/Pixabay
Enjoy a classic American diner experience at Middlesex Diner. Breakfast is served all day long with generous portions and at affordable prices. The menu features a huge variety of options including burgers, roast beef, quesadillas, onion rings, gyros, speciality sandwiches, fresh salads, and more. Although the restaurant can fill up at mealtimes, there is plenty of seating to go around. Enjoy the friendly service, fresh coffee, and diverse menu at this venue.

Market Cross Pub & Brewery

Pub, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
The Market Cross in Carlisle, England
The Market Cross in Carlisle, England | © 28th 61st/Flickr
Market Cross Pub & Brewery was voted best pub in the area in 2015. The restaurant takes its name from the town of Carlisle, England, where a Market Cross was erected in 1682 and still stands today. In addition to its name, the restaurant takes inspiration from the sense of community in English pub culture. The brewery is located in the back of the building where a ten barrel open fermentation system (also brought over from England in 1933) produces excellent ales and lagers available in the pub. The menu features English pub favorites like cottage pie, bangers and mash and fish and chips.

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