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Rebecca Reider
· November 8, 2017
My husband took me for our anniversary. We have wanted to try their food for quite some time but I had never seen cars there. Apparently I was looking at the wrong time! Dinnertime was pleasantly crow...ded with quiet conversations and cozy groupings of diners.
We shared the calamari which was probably the best I’ve ever had. It was soft, a little toothy, and fried perfectly. They just melted away, I can’t believe how good they were.
I had the filet mignon, medium rare. The beef was cooked exactly how I wanted it, pink and juicy without being bloody on the plate with a nice crust. As if that wasn’t enough, it was resting on top of a crown of garlic broccoli florets which was filled with seasoned mashed potatoes. Perfection.
Take a chance on this place, the price was right and the staff were charming and available for assistance with the menu and drink refills.
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Marsha Souris Furtaw
· December 26, 2017
What a wonderful experience! This is a small intimate restaurant with an open kitchen. The staff is attentive and very welcoming and friendly. BYOB makes an outstanding food experience more affordable....

We started with a rich flavourful cream of crab soup. Then had fried calamari which was tender and excellently crispy with two very tasty dipping sauces. The salad was very fresh and crisp with tomatoes that were not anemic like most restaurants. We had the lobster ravioli with a vodka rosé sauce yum... and chicken Afumicato with a brandy rosé sauce, the smoked cheese in this dish really put it over the top! We finished the meal with creme brûlée.

The portion sizes are generous which makes Moonlight Café not only a great date night but also an awesome value!

We are already looking forward to our next visit.
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Anne Dole Oliver
· March 1, 2018
First time at Moonlight Cafe last night and it was VERY good! We went at 7 pm and the place was packed; which surprised us since it was a Wednesday. When we walked through the door, we were greeted the pleasant aroma of roasting garlic and fresh bread. It is a small restaurant- only about 10-12 tables and we did have a short wait to be seated, but it was well worth it. They do take reservations, which I would recommend making. The menu offered traditional Italian cuisine as well as more specialized options. We liked that it is BYOB and they supplied the wine glasses and corkscrew. If you go during peak hours 5:30-8, be prepared for liveliness, as the tables are very close together, people are conversing, the wait staff is hustling, the food preparation/cooking area is visible and the clanging pots, pans and dishes is hard to ignore. That being said, we were not bothered by the lack of quiet, as we had been forewarned and the delicious food was what we went for. We’ll definitely be going back! See More
Lawrence Jewell
· October 6, 2017
Was here in Dover on a business trip to Sand and Refinish some hardwood floors. On our last day we chose to go out to eat. My god I'm glad we stopped at Moonlite Cafe. The food was amazing from it out hot, fresh, and tasting awesome. The waitress was on top of it!!! She asked us about questions we may have had and also had our drinks full. Before I left I met the owner he took pride and his business and actually took the time to get to know us and why I was there. I live an hour and a half away and to have that type of service and caring made me feel like I was in my home town. So to the owner it was amazing atmosphere it was so pleasent thank you. See More
Amanda Moyer
· February 21, 2018
Just had my birthday dinner here! Fabulous service.. And can't talk enough about the food! Will be back this spring once his parents return for Texas! Will be dining again in between as well!! Thank y...ou for a wonderful first time experience! See More
Tati McAlister
· December 19, 2017
My gauge for the best Italian Restaurants is the gnocchi. This restaurant had amazing gnocchi in vodka sauce that rivals the best gnocchi I’ve ever had!!! The other 3 people in our party had amazing e...ntrees as well!
Order the house balsamic on your salad! Mangia!!!!!
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Robyn Lynn
· September 3, 2017
H-e-l-l-o!!!!! I am from Middletown and don't get to Dover too often, but I happened to be in the area on Saturday, Sept. 3rd and before I left my house, I wanted to find a good place in Dover to have... dinner. I came across your establishment online. I met a friend at the Moonlight Cafe and we had a great meal. I just wanted to say that your food is AMAZING! I didn't want to leave! I literally wanted to sit there overnight and do it all again the next day! I had the Champagne Shrimp and I can honestly say that it was the best Italian meal I've ever had in my entire life, and I'm 60 years old, so I've been around the block. A lot. Your waitress staff was so personable and attentive. Our experience at your restaurant was outstanding. I'm so glad that I came across your restaurant and in the future, any time I get to Dover, your establishment will definitely be on my itinerary for the day. Thank you SO very much for a fabulous dining experience. I've already told all of my Facebook friends -- spreading the word about Moonlight Cafe. Thanks again -- I can't wait to come back! See More
Melissa Grothey
· October 14, 2017
Moonlight is a wonderful place to go for a special occasion or just to have a casual lunch. Every time I've eaten here it's been great. A great gem in Dover.
Tammy Hengst
· December 7, 2017
Forgot sauce for my good friend's bruchetta and this is the 2nd time so she called and the Manager called her a liar~! Seriously, he actually used the word liar. Terrible customer service. Place is to shit, do not support a business like this~! See More
Diane Paxton
· January 20, 2018
First time to eat here today. Food was wonderful. Can't wait to return.
(The moonlight crab dip was the best) !
Sharon Ehrhart Maitland
· October 14, 2017
The food is amazing, its small and crowded and everything you would normally hate in a restaurant that you completely and totally love about this place. DO NOT MISS A CHANCE TO EAT HERE!
Tiffanie McCarty
· February 24, 2018
Great service, and great food I always get a chicken Cobb salad. It’s huge and delicious!
Wendy Todd-Caldwell
· December 29, 2016
Moonlight Cafe is a true gem in Dover!! We've been for both lunch and dinner neither of which has ever been a disappointment! We have brought out of town guests here for dinner and they have fallen love with the place! One couple, of Italian decent, stated it has some of the best Italian food they've had! The place is small and very busy early in the evenings but if you go around 7pm or so we've found you usually don't have to wait. They do take reservations during the week and I believe weekends are first come basis. See More
Tony Stuart
· October 11, 2017
Excellent Italian dishes, too small, hot and take out next time
Katt M Hull
· December 1, 2016
One of the best reasons to venture outside the city!!
To say I was pleased , is an understatement. Both the service as well as the food was spectacular. You have and incredible team of 2 servers man...ning the dining room, 2 cooks behind the counter. Bravo!!! It was a perfect warm up for I have ahead of me for the weekend! Thank you, Moonlight!!! See More
Jaci Rene
· September 5, 2017
I went to Moonlight Cafe for lunch today. I got a Caesar salad and I was amazed. Everything about it was great. Cannot wait to go back and try dinner.
Vicki Murray Uccellini
· June 22, 2017
Wow! The food was excellent! Our server was great! The vodka sauce was amazing! We will definitely be coming back on our yearly visit to the area. I only wish I had found this cafe sooner.
James P Calamis
· September 5, 2016
Small, noisy, not fancy, BUT we enjoyed some of the best Italian food I've had (aside from my wife, mother and grandmother of course!). The fried calamari didn't have a drop of grease, and the portio...n sizes were more than enough ... even for me. Pleasant, courteous staff. Absolutely no negatives. I would highly recommend it, and its BYOB. See More
Chelsea Bills
· April 23, 2017
Having been born and raised on deep dish pizza and Maggiano's Little Italy in home sweet home Chicago, which I miss tremendously, I was very pleasantly surprised to discover Moonlight Cafe up here in ...PA! Hail Mary! This place knows how to rock Italian cuisine! I purposely don't finish my dinners at Moonlight just so I can take some home to enjoy the next day (and the one after that if I milk it)! My favorite is the pear & Gorgonzola ravioli but last night I had the chicken with broccoli & creme coupled with their hot bread fresh from the oven, and topped off with a cappucino. HOLY FOOD COMA! I live down around Shrewsbury but happily drive all the way up to Dover to have Moonlight scratch my itches for Italian food! The staff are friendly and always on top of their game, the food is fresh, the flavors are sublime, and it's just always a pleasure to dine there! You won't be disappointed! Garantita! See More
Bill Vaupel
· October 21, 2017
Spicy sausage tortellini was outstanding!!! Highly recommend it
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We are now open for business !!

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Due to the weather condition, we will remain closed today 3/21/18! We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay safe out there!

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Due to the safety of our staff and customers, we will be closing at 5PM! We will be open for business tomorrow at 11AM. Be safe everyone!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We are excited to share our special menu tonight for our special guests❤️🍝🥖🥗🍴💕#moonlightcafeyork #moonlightcafedoverpa #dover #valentines2018 #youarethesuninmylife #italiancuisine #celebratelove

Just a reminder that we are booked with reservations for dinner. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept walk ins but we do have some tables available during lunch. We also have dinner reservations available for the rest of the week and before 5pm on Friday and Saturday!

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and we are booked with reservations for dinner. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept walk ins but we do have tables available during lunch tomorrow. We also have dinner reservations available for the rest of the week and before 5pm on Friday and Saturday! Have a great week everyone! ❤️💜🧡💗💛💚💙

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We are all Cleared Out and Salted! We are OPEN today 11AM to 9PM so come get warm with us! Please note that we are closed as usual this Sunday and Monday.

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Moonlight Cafe would love to be a part of your gift giving season!! Gift certificates are available! #tistheseason #giftideas #givethegiftoffood #moonlightcafeyork #moonlightcafedover #moonlightcafedoverpa #italiancuisine

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Let us cater your private or corporate events! Or even your holiday parties at home! Please call in for more information. #catering #smallbusiness #holidayparty #makeiteasy #leavethecookingtous #moonlightcafeyork #moonlightcafedover #moonlightcafedoverpa #italiancuisine

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We are so thankful for all of YOU! We are closed today… We hope everyone enjoys the day with their friends and family!

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Thank you to all who serve our wonderful Country! We are proud to serve you! All veterans get 10$ off entire bill at Moonlight Cafe today and we are open 11AM -9PM!

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‘Tis the season, it’s finally fall and at Moonlight Cafe we’re all ready with pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pie! Arriving soon new fall specials! #moonlightcafe #yorksfinest #bestofyork2017 #doverpa #smallbusiness #italianrestaurant

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We are looking to add to our culinary team! If you know anyone interested in cooking, please contact us or stop in!

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Attention Moonlighters.... we are OPEN for business this week! Our sign is down simply because... we are getting a new one!! Buon appetito 🍝