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Game Table Cafe Closing

Thank You Everyone.

So, the big news for The Game Table Café is that we will be closing after 6 years of operations. This has been one of the toughest decisions I have had to make in recent memory. Our customers and employees (both past & present) have become like family to us and closing the café was a very tough decision. The official last day of the café is 24 December 2021. Between now and then I have two goals. First,  make sure we take care of our customers. Second, make sure our employees have a great transition. If you wish to know more then please read through the FAQ below.

Board Games
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  1. Why are you closing? No single reason. A multitude of facts drove me to this decision. These are in no particular order, but all contributed to the decision.
    – In my long-term plan, 2021 was to be a year to take the Café to the next level. The plan had been to find a location with better visibility, space for a permanent escape room and private rooms, and room for a larger kitchen and retail area. We have a successful business model, we have the money, but the current business climate is extremely chaotic. My business confidants are advising me that this is not the year to launch what I had planned to launch.
    – Our current lease ends on 4 January 2022. The Hampden Center property management has been awesome and made several offers to try and get us to stay. However, all of those offers required us to sign a five-year lease. What we want to do with the café can’t be done at the current location and I don’t want to lock us in for another five years.
    – Costs and supply shortages have drastically altered how difficult it is to run our kitchen and to provide reasonably priced, high quality food service.
    – My wife Laura (also the café’s chef) is experiencing significant knee pain. Working in the kitchen with constant deep knee bends required is exacerbating her pain. She is scheduled for knee replacement surgery in January. We had been training an assistant chef to take over while Laura recovered, but the assistant chef has left us for another job.
    – New location build out. I have been looking for a new location and talking to contractors since May of 2021. I had hoped to find a new location before our current lease runs out. However, the fact that it is easy and cheap to borrow money right now means that there are a lot of people building things. Contractors are booked up and the ones I talked to basically told me the soonest they could get to my project would be Fall of 2022. I was hoping to find a location with minimal build out, but it just has not happened.

    Tom Searching for a new location.
  2. Will there be another Game Table Café in the future? Maybe. Operating over the last six years has proven to me that the business model works. I know what works and what doesn’t. I have ideas on how we could make it work even better. However, there are many other factors involved in starting up another Game Table Café. First, it must work for our family. Laura’s recovery. John’s availability/desire to continue, my energy & ambition to try out my ideas. Second, the business climate needs to stabilize. Costs, shortages, employee availability, etc.,. Third, we need to find the right location. Now that we have decided to close, I am focused on transitioning out of the current location, making sure we honor all our commitments to customers, and helping our employees transition to a new job. So I am not focused on a future Game Table Café at the moment.
  3. How can I help? Right now, I would encourage you to continue to enjoy the café. My goal is to continue to provide the highest quality service and entertainment experience possible. That will be a huge help to all of us. This has been an emotional decision for us and has been emotional for our employees. They all love the café. We all want to keep seeing you. You are our friends and family, and we want to be able to say goodbye.
  4. Will you have a big farewell party? Maybe. Several people have asked us to do this. We are looking at dates in December to try and make this happen. It will probably be a catered event. We would want to be able to not worry about operating the café but just sit down with everyone and play games and enjoy your company.

    New Years Eve 2019
  5. What about my annual pass? Everyone with an annual pass that expires after December 2021 will receive store credit in the amount equal to the percentage of time remaining on your pass. For example, if you have an annual pass that expires in June 2022 you will receive $60 in store credit. (6 months = ½ an annual pass. ½ of $120 = $60). We will have everyone’s store credit calculated by the time we open on Tuesday, and you are welcome to use it anytime between now and when we close on 24 December.
  6. What about my 5 or 10 pass? If you do not intend to use your pass over the next month we will provide you store credit based on the value remaining on your 5 or 10 pass. For example, if you have a 10 pass with 5 uses remaining, we will give you store credit for ½ of a 10 pass or $20.
  7. What if I have a Gift Certificate? We will honor all gift certificates until we close on 24 December. If you want a refund on a gift certificate you will need to return the gift certificate to us with the receipt for its purchase. We will refund the value back onto the card used to purchase the gift certificate. We can’t provide cash refunds for gift certificates, nor can we refund certificates without a receipt.
  8. What if I don’t like any of this? If you are unhappy with any of the policies above regarding passes or gift certificates, please contact Tom. Our goal is to make good on all customer obligations. If the above policies don’t fit your need, then discuss it with Tom for possible alternative solutions.
  9. Where am I supposed to game after you close? I would encourage you to come into the café during the month of December and sort that out with the people you have become friends with at the café. It is always better to make a collective decision than to scatter all over the place and lose contact with your friends. There are many great options available. Try the other board game cafes in the area. Both the Gamehaven Cafe and Bakery in York and UrTurn Café in Harrisburg have similar events and atmosphere. There are also several game groups that meet in churches and community centers around the area. These can be found on I know I will be dropping in on some of the game groups I frequented before we opened the café. I do hope to see you around.

    See you around!

Top 5 Games to Play While Social Distancing



         In this game, players play as CDC responders railing against a  global epidemic. As the game plays out, each player takes two actions. One action is taken to save the world and in turn the second action is flipping over another card to spread the epidemic further. The rest of the game is a tense heat to take out the disease.

In a case where we have to stay inside, whether due to an actual epidemic or not, Pandemic is a great game to play with friends and family. It has become one of our most requested games in the cafe, especially in the last few weeks.


           In this game, players are a field agent or as a spy master. This team game implores the players on each team to work together to find the other field agents through messages and secret clues. The Spy Master gives one word clues to help allied Field Agents find each other, trying not to be recognized by the opposing teams. Think of this as a more intense version of charades.

This is a great game for families to play! It engages players working together to think about their partner’s way of processing information. This game is kid-friendly and fun-oriented!

The Mind

          This maddeningly interesting game encourages players to think as one. If you don’t- you are in for trouble. The idea is very simple- lay down the cards in your collective hands in numerical order into a pile between all the players. The problem? You can’t talk to any of your other players. It is cooperative in nature, but incredibly self-punitive at the same time. Don’t be dismayed, though. The learning curve is much easier to get the hang of than you’d think! The extra lives and shuriken in your arsenal also improve your chances of success, just be wise about when to use them.

A great team-builder!

Arkham Horror

          Arkham Horror is a living card game composed of a unique blend of choose your own adventure and cooperative horror that puts your detective skills to the test. Each player takes on the role of an investigator working together to defeat Lovecraftian mysteries and conspiracies while also battling your own demons. This game  involves strategy, resource management, and a bit of good luck to help defeat. With such vast possibilities to gameplay and outcomes to the storyline based on what you play, there is a ton of replay value packed into the base game. It also has dozens of extra chapter packs available separately. Campaign games are this game’s bread and butter, so if you like legacy games or immersive RPGs, you’ll love Arkham Horror. Narratively satisfying, wonderfully bizarre in its sceanarios, and a lot of fun, even if you lose.


          An old favorite that many families adore. It is a race against gravity as each block is pulled, compounding in difficultly the longer the game is played. Each player takes turns pulling out one block at a time from the pre-assembled structure, being careful to not knock over the tower. The game ends when a player and gravity have a disagreement about which block should have been removed.

A classic party game, great for social distancing, but also great for anytime play. Enjoy the nostalgia if you played it when you were younger, if not welcome to the unforgettable joy that is Jenga.

Play at Home With Us

Hey everyone.  As you are all well aware we can no longer host in cafe events or dining.  However, we are still here for you.  Under the Governor’s Emergency Response Directive we can remain open for food  pick up and delivery orders.  We are also establishing the GTC Emergency Response Team.  Let me explain.

First off here are our current actions.    Our New Hours for pickup and delivery orders

Tues – Sunday:  11 am – 1pm & 5pm – 7pm

Mondays :  11am – 1pm

Here is the link to our Doordash Order Process.

Here is what we are working on now.  Yes.  Game Rentals and Live remote play.

The Emergency Response Team

Our goal with our GTC Emergency Response Team is to provide you ways to stay at home and still play games.  We dont want you to be tempted to congregate.  So we are going to try and provide you a way to stay connected through us during these times.  So join the Discord and watch for our announcements about live streams and gaming.

We will be actively coordinating these actions in the coming days.  Please stay in touch with us and join us around the table.

State of Emergency: What it means for the cafe.


On behalf of everyone at The Game Table Café, I want to inform you of what we are doing to support our community leaders in response to COVID-19.  The government has not asked us to do any of these things.  There is risk in what we are planning.  No doubt these actions will reduce our business in the coming weeks.  I know I will not be compensated for any losses  by the government nor by insurance.  But, leadership often means taking risks to do what is right.

The measures below are precautions designed to reduce exposure and “flatten the curve” through social distancing while still enabling you to support our business in the coming weeks.   I take seriously our obligations towards our nine employees.  They depend on the income generated by the business.  Finding a balance between these two missions is what we are proposing.

Say no to panic but yes to precautions.

As of right now we are no longer going to host large events at the café.   These are events that we know will draw more than 8 people for the event.

We do plan to operate normal business hours.  We are evaluating this each day.  We may transition to reduced hours and/or temporarily close down.  Follow us on Face Book to see the latest updates.  Right now we think there is a need to provide a safe place for smaller groups of people to meet.  We also want to offer options for people who want to enjoy our games and food at their home.  The following actions are being implemented starting Monday, but you are free to start when you are ready.

  • Buy a game and stay home.  We are offering everyone 20% off on game purchases.
  • Buy a gift certificate for use when things are back to normal.  Probably the best way to support us and our employees.
  • Join us on Table Top Simulator and learn a new game.  Over the next two weeks we will host game events using Table Top Simulator.  Schedule will be posted soon.
  • Capacity Cap. Still want to visit us but want to keep your distance.  Starting Monday 3/16  we are cutting our normal seating capacity in half.  This will increase the distance between everyone at the café.  If you want to make sure you can get a table, please make a reservation.  Walk ins will have the lowest priority.  Call in to reserve a spot.  (717) 695-0836.
  • Join us during our slowest times.  Swing by for a latte, smoothie and say hi or use the free wifi when the cafe is relatively empty.  Mon – Fri (10am – 5pm)  We will be there.
  • Call in your order. We will have it ready for pick up.  Here is a link to our menu.
  • Food delivered through Doordash. Here is the link to Doordash with our menu.
  • Game rental for $10.  We promise to wipe them down with sanitizer between each use.   You will leave a deposit and sign an agreement to bring it back in good condition.  Here is a link to our game library
  • Private Party. We can arrange a private party for you and your friends/family.  The day and time can be arranged based on our non-peak hours.  Make a reservation by calling the café.  (717) 695-0836

We are evaluating the best thing to do with each of our regular group and league meetings.  We are reaching out to each of those leaders and letting them know their options.

We will continue to monitor the situation and stay open as long as practical.  We may end up temporarily closing down the cafe in the near future.  Right now we are day to day.  You  can show your support by implementing the above options that meet your comfort level over the coming weeks.  We intend to support you, our employees, and our community as we respond to this emergency.

Your opinion matters.  If you have additional recommendations or advice please let me know.

Great games for you to bring to the table this Christmas.

Let’s face it we love to play games. As you gather with your others to celebrate this season you all know you want to bring out some games and try and get people to play.   Sure, some will be more interested in football or catching up on the latest gossip. However,these games are sure to be inviting and perhaps help you gather people around the tabletop for your favorite pastime.

Short and Immersive.
Some people are convinced that our hobby only offers games that take hours to play.  They grew up playing Risk or Monopoly and have no idea what great games are available today.  A short game works perfectly before the family feast.  These games have a short play time but also keep people continuously engaged.


Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.  Playtime 25-30 minutes. On your turn you place a tile to decorate the Chinese Emperor’s Palace Lake with beautiful floating lanterns. Every time a tile is placed everyone at the table receives a lantern tile. Based on the arrangement you just made you can draft cards to ultimately score points. The game moves quickly. Players are drawn into the game by the beautiful array being created and the fact that you are watching to see how other players’ placements will impact your options when it is your turn. This game has been a big hit with families at the café.

Curios: Playtime 15-20 minutes. Let me just say for a 20-minute game you will not find anything better than Curios. Fast, immersive and a hoot-lotta fun. In Curios you are illegal treasure hunters searching the worlds famous archaeological sites for lost artifacts (curios). However, the market value for each type of curios is only partially known by each player. You know some but not all the facts about this shifting market and as each player acts to move their treasure hunters from one site to another you can gain additional information based on their actions. Curios is an immersive game of deduction, bluffing, and quick decisions like no other. This simple and intuitive game is quick to learn and even quicker to play!

Easy to Understand Game Mechanic.

Sometimes we just want a game that you can pick up and play within minutes of opening the box. Especially when introducing games to non-gamers. Here are two of our top choices.

The Mind: One of the biggest hits this year is The Mind.   In the Mind you have to mind-meld with the other players around the table to place cards in the correct order. It is more than just a game. It’s a magical experience, an experiment, a journey in which you can’t exchange information, yet will become one to defeat all the levels of the game.  The Mind was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres award and won the Origins Award for best game.

Silver: A fast and engaging traditional card game with a werewolf twist! Everyone starts the game with five face-down cards, with everyone being able to see two cards of their choice. On your turn you draw a card. Play it for its effect or use it to replace one of the cards in your village triggering that cards effect. Your goal is to rid the village of werewolves. When you think you have succeeded you call for a vote. Several expansions with additional cards are soon to be released.

Themes to draw them in.  Here are a few games where the theme helps draw in new players.

Forbidden Dessert: The is an awesome cooperative game where you have crash landed in the desert and must work together to survive and fix your airship. You’ll need to coordinate with the other players and use every available resource to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the missing parts and escape before you die of thirst. It plays up to 5 players and since it is cooperative new players can freely ask questions and seek advice from the other players.

Fuse: Fuse is a timed cooperative dice game. There are 20 bombs aboard your ship and you have ten minutes to disarm them. Dice are rolled, players select dice to resolve their part of the disarm requirement, and you succeed or fail as a team. It is a race against time that is sure to have everyone scrambling and working together.

Join us Every Day For A Sandwich

Join us any day or night for great food and coffee. The Game Table Cafe has much to offer anyone looking for a great sandwich for lunch or diner in Mechanicsburg or Camp Hill. We are a unique restaurant because besides great sandwiches, we have the library of games for people to play. Many people think of us as a destination location or a great date night restaurant. We are a great place to meet up with friends and family for an outing, but first and foremost we are a cafe. As a restaurant in Mechanicsburg, PA; we have some of the best sandwiches and lunch and dinner options in the area, made fresh and with love! We love it when people pop in for lunch or dinner. We can make it to go, if you need to grab and go, and we also are happy for you to get a bite before or after the movies, or chat with friends over a latte and a scone.

Best Coffee in Mechanicsburg

Our sandwiches are made with high quality ingredients and are made to order. We have several original sandwich options, such as our Dominion sandwich – a toasted sub sandwich made with 4 meatballs in a creamy, mushroom and onion stroganoff sauce and topped with provolone cheese. Our Scoville sandwich has the perfect blend of creamy, spicy and crunchy! Colby Jack cheese, cream cheese, chopped jalapeños and crushed blue corn chips on a ciabatta roll and pressed until hot and melted. All perfect for that quick bite to eat during lunch or for a late snack after the movies. You won’t find anything like these sandwiches in Mechanicsburg for lunch or dinner except at The Game Table Café. Simply the best sandwiches around.

Meatballs to dream about
Stroganoff Meatball Sub

What is better to go with your sandwich than a good soup or salad. Our soups are made in house in our Mechanicsburg kitchen, we offer a variety of delicious choices. Unlike many area restaurants who purchase pre-made frozen selections. Our soups are made with fresh ingredients and our customers rave about them. Gluten Free? Many of our soups are gluten free. Additionally, we can transform any of our sandwiches into a salad. We have salads and frittatas which also satisfy the diner who is avoiding gluten.

Soups Made Fresh

How about wrapping up that quick lunch with something sweet. After a sandwich or soup, you should definitely check out our baked goods. We have a selection of scones, muffins, brownies and cookies all made right in our Mechanicsburg ovens. These pair nicely with our freshly roasted and brewed coffee and espresso drinks. Many people in Mecanicsburg claim that we have the best cold brew coffee on the West Shore. Our coffee beans are freshly roasted and are used in all of our coffee and espresso drinks. We have soy, almond and coconut milk for those who would prefer that to milk or cream. In the warmer weather, try our sugar added fruit smoothies and creamy frappes. If you are in Mechanicsburg or Camp Hill and you need something to cool you off our smoothies and frappes are the best. No better way to cool down than to stop into The Game Table Cafe!

We make cupcakes all the time.

If you own a business in or around Mechanicsburg or Camp Hill; we would love for you to consider The Game Table Café for your next lunch meeting or office outing. We love it when people come in to play games, but we are very happy to just feed you some of the best food in Mechanicsburg! We have a catering menu and will do whatever we can to satisfy your needs. We have a cake decorator on staff that would be happy to make you a birthday cake, cupcakes or giant cookie.

Where are you eating lunch today?

The best lunch in Mechanicsburg is found at The Game Table Café. Read our 5 Star reviews on Yelp, Google Plus, and Facebook. Our lunch menu is full of fresh and delicious sandwiches, soups and fine coffee! There is no better place to get a meal made to order, served with a friendly smile! We have a variety of items that are perfect for your lunch break! Sandwiches, soup, frittatas, salads, snacks, and baked goods. As well as coffee, teas, smoothies, frappes and a selection of bottled drinks.

Best sandwich in Mechanicsburg
The Catan Sandwich
Best Espresso in Mechanicsburg
Fruit Smoothies to go with your Sandwich

Don’t forget about our freshly roasted and ground coffee! Lattes, Cappuccinos, Macchiatos, Mocha Lattes and brewed coffees provide you with the boost of energy you need for the afternoon ahead. Our hot chocolate and Chai lattes are creamy and delicious. Try our “Potion of Glibness” for a little extra kick! Espresso, espresso and then flavor….Bam! What! As the weather warms, don’t forget that we have the best cold brew coffee in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill or anywhere on the west shore, and freshly brewed iced tea. Our chocolate frappes and fruit smoothies are cold and refreshing. Try a shot of espresso in the vanilla frappe for the flavor of coffee ice cream, and if you like pumpkin pie, our pumpkin frappe is top notch.

Craving the best sandwich in mechanicsburg pa
Jalapeno Popper

Nowhere else can you find sandwich recipes that are as unique and original. Where else in Mechanicsburg can you find a stroganoff meatball sub or a jalapeño popper grilled cheese ciabatta sandwich? Our tasty soups are made in house. The selection of frittatas changes weekly, made with fresh ingredients. We have gluten free, low carb, and vegetarian options available. We are happy to take any of our sandwich ingredients and create a salad for you. This is the place for a great lunch in Mechanicsburg.

Then, there’s the baked goods…a little something for everyone’s taste…scones, cookies, muffins, brownies, cinnamon rolls… mouthwatering treats to satisfy your sweet tooth! Most of the baking is done during the daytime hours so you may be lucky enough to get something right out of the oven when you come in for lunch. Where else in Mechanicsburg can you get a Boss Monster cookie for lunch. Our Boss Monster cookie is a giant cookie with a variety of tasty goodies like chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels and caramels hidden inside. The Lembas bread has been known to sustain many a traveler at the Cafe. Our brownies magically disappear, particularly our specialty brownies that are covered in peanut butter, mint or espresso icing. The Game Table Café is a must stop for lunch and a great sweet treat after lunch.

Monster Cookie for a monster game
Also try our Boss Monster cookie!

We understand that life is busy and sometimes you just don’t have time to stop for lunch to eat, but we are happy to make your meal “to go” if you need to get back to the office. You can even call ahead and we’ll have it ready for you when you come by. If you do have a bit of time for lunch, the daytime atmosphere at the Game Table Cafe is quiet and relaxed. It’s the perfect place to catch up with a friend over a great meal, use our free wi-fi to catch up with your e-mail, or even catch a quick game from our extensive library. If you’ve been here for Friends and Family night, or for another gaming event you know that we have a lot of fun playing table games, but now it’s time to remember that beyond the games we have really good food. Come out during your lunch break and get a great meal right here in Hampden Center in Mechanicsburg.”

Sandwiches, Sandwich Pairings, Pumpkin Spice and More in Mechanicsburg

Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Yum!!

Being one of the best restaurants in Mechanicsburg, Pa requires us to stay on top of the trends and pay attention to our customers.  We have some of the best sandwiches in the local Mechanicsburg area and we are going to keep it that way.  We like to keep it fresh and we do that by regularly offering different sandwiches and other tasty items to keep people coming back.

Next time you are in the Mechanicsburg area and looking for a sandwich near you, stop in and try our newest addition, The Karuba.  The Karuba is a luscious pulled pork barbecue sandwich with over 1/3 of a pound of delicious pulled pork flavor.  We offered this sandwich over the past two weekends and both times we were sold out by early afternoon on Saturday.  This will be a permanent addition to our sandwich menu in the near future.  In the meantime it is only available as a sandwich special on the weekends.

Best Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwich in Mechanicsburg, Pa


Soup and sandwich pairings are also a big deal for some of our customers.  One of the best seasonal soups we have available for our soup of the day offerings is our home-style tomato soup.  Made with fresh ingredients and super tasty we find that our customers really enjoy pairing our tomato soup with our Scoleville sandwich.  The Scoleville is one of our most popular panini grilled sandwiches.  The Scoleville is a jalapeno/Colby Jack grilled cheese sandwich.  Mechanicsburg locals refer to it as the J-pop sandwich.  It has just the right amount of “pop” from our fresh jalapeno cream cheese spread that pairs perfectly with the Colby Jack cheese.  This is quite honestly the perfect sandwich to go with a fresh hot cup of our tomato soup.  It will war you all the way down to your soul.

So what else is new at The Game Table Café?  Well how about a few options that are perfect for sharing after you have had your fill of great sandwiches.  Besides our regularly offered bags of chips and pretzels that go with your typical sandwich restaurant, we are in the process of creating a new category on our sandwich menu.  It will be the “To Share” section of the menu.  This is still under development but we are already offering popcorn and chips & dip to go with your post sandwich snacking requirements.  These are great sharing plates that we bring out to you so you can share them with your friends while you enjoy one of the great games from our library.

Order something to share like our chips and dip. Best Lunch in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Are you ready for the Fall drink frenzy that usually hits this time of year.  Well, being one of the best restaurants in Mechanicsburg, we are certainly ready.  The tastes of Fall are filled with pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apples, nutmeg and of course hot tasty coffee.  Our Fall drink selection goes perfectly with our sandwiches & soup, and will fill you with warm and wonderful feelings of Fall.  First up is our own version of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte.  We make ours from actual pumpkin pie filling giving it a hearty and flavorful Fall taste experience.  Just like having a good slice of pumpkin pie…..who can resist seconds.  Many customers in Mechanicsburg come back for a daily cup of our Pumpkin Spiced Latte throughout the Fall, some even getting two a day.  Pumpkin spiced lattes are a must for the Fall, but have you had our hot spiced apple cider.  Yum!!!  Its fresh tasting and filled with warm cinnamon flavors and the sweet taste of ripe apples right off the tree.  This is a guaranteed Fall taste experience that does not disappoint.

Another Fall Drink…Not Pumpkin Spice, but just as good. Hot Spiced Apple Cider.

So next time you are looking for the best sandwich in Mechanicsburg or a great pumpkin spiced latte be sure to visit us at The Game Table Café.  Our new Karuba sandwich will be available this weekend and will soon be added to our regular list of great tasting sandwiches.  Starting this Thursday, the first day of Fall, our Pumpkin spiced latte and the hot apple cider drinks are available.  Stop in and enjoy great tasting sandwiches and the fresh taste of Fall drink

“One of the Best Restaurants in Mechanicsburg, Pa” or so our customers tell us.

The Game Table Cafe was voted as a 2017 Readers’ Choice for Suburban Restaurant. Thanks Mechanicsburg, Pa

Few restaurants in Mechanicsburg Pa can compete with our great tasting sandwiches, fresh coffee, and such a great café atmosphere.

How about eating a Catan sandwich while you play Catan the Game? This sandwich is made with turkey, bacon, Russian dressing, and Swiss cheese. Yum!


Clearly our customers see us as one of the best restaurants in Mechanicsburg Pa.  They love our great sandwiches and keep coming back because we have one of the finest atmospheres available in nearby restaurants.  That is saying quite a bit given the repertoire of great nearby restaurants in Mechanicsburg Pa.  Our standing as one of the best local restaurants was recently confirmed by The Game Table Café receiving the 2017 Harrisburg Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Suburban Restaurant


Harrisburg Magazine’s annual award is voted on by their readers.  Out of thousands of nearby restaurants in the greater Harrisburg area, The Game Table Cafe was selected, confirming what many of you already know, we are simply one of the highest rated restaurants in Mechanicsburg Pa.  We know this because when you decide where to eat and consider other nearby restaurants in your search for good places to eat, many of you turn to The Game Table Café.

Finest Coffee in Mechanicsburg, Pa

The Game Table Cafe is a very unique restaurant in that it reflects many of the elements of a European style cafe or pub.  We maintain a very casual dining environment and reflect that great café feeling.  We combine prepared to order sandwiches and locally roasted coffee to achieve the perfect combination not found in nearby restaurants.

Espresso in Mecanicsburg, Pa with your Meeple.

The idea of a board game cafe started in Europe about 10 years ago and the popularity of these cafes flourished with the monumental growth in the popularity of table top board games.  By combining great sandwiches, excellent baked goods, fine coffee, and over 400 board games we brought this concept to your Mechanicsburg Pa.  The popularity of this type of entertainment and dining experience is reflected in this award and has made us one of the best restaurants in Mechanicsburg Pa.

Order something to share like our chips and dip. Best Lunch in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

The Game Table Cafe is a must visit when you are in Mechanicsburg, Pa.  Our menu is full of great sandwich options, excellent coffee and espresso drinks and the bake case is full of wonderful tasting bakery items.  The Game Table Cafe is a favorite stop for a quick lunch and is within easy reach from just about anywhere in both Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg Pa. If you are in a hurry you can always call ahead and we will have your meal ready for you to pick up.  Many people love to just drop in for our coffee and to grab one of our muffins or cookies to take home.

Drop in for some of our bakery items.

Finding Just The Right Game To Give.

By Raelle Richard (Game Guru, Barista and Geeky Blogger)

Gifting Games

It’s that time of year again! You know what I’m talking about: the season of shopping. Most of us have a list as long as Santa’s with names of our family and friends that we intend to buy gifts for. If you are still in need of some ideas then don’t worry because we have got you covered! This Christmas, give the gift of fun with a board game. Board games are the perfect gift for anyone and with hundreds of games to choose from, there is bound to be something for everyone on your list. We have a few suggestions to get you started!


In my opinion, the best games for kids are games that adults can enjoy as well because how many of us actually like playing Candyland after a certain age? Qwirkle is a great game that kids can play with their parents. Qwirkle is a game that we have described as Scrabble but with shapes and colors. Adults can enjoy Qwirkle because there is a decent amount of strategy involved while young kids can play it almost like a matching game.

Qwirkle: A Great Game for Kids and Adults

College Students

Party games are great gifts for college students to take back to school with them and play with their friends after break. One of the games my friend group played frequently during my college days was The Resistance. The Resistance is a bluffing game in which everyone is working together to take down an oppressive government. However, there are a certain number of players who are secretly spies trying to stop this from happening. The fun of this game is trying to figure out which of your friends are on your side and which are not.

Bluffing – Intrigue – Fun for all!

Geeky Friends

We all know at least one person who loves superheroes and, chances are, you’ve bought them one too many shirts with Batman on it. One of our favorite games, perfect for any superhero-lover, is Marvel Legendary, a cooperative deck-building game staring some of Marvel’s most popular superheroes. In it, players work together to defeat the villain by building up their decks with hero characters then using them to attack the villain and his henchmen and rescue civilians. This game is cooperative so either everyone wins together or everyone loses together, but the bad guys you fight also give you victory points if you are a competitive group and need to know who has the most points.

Great Card Drafting Game. Full of Geeky Goodness.


We have plenty of two-player games that would be a perfect gift for any couples in your life, but one of our favorites is Patchwork. Patchwork is a game in which players are competing to create a “quilt” in a Tetris-like fashion. We like Patchwork because it is easy for anyone to learn despite the surprising amount of strategy involved in the game. Patchwork is perfect for any age whether the couple you have in mind has been together for many years or they’re younger or recently married. This game is also a great idea for your own significant other if you are looking for games you can play together.

Couples Love to Play Patchwork at The Cafe


Whether the family in question is your own or not, we have plenty of great games that any type of family will enjoy playing together. One of my personal favorites is Ticket to Ride, a game that I even managed to teach my own non-gaming family. If my family can not only understand and play Ticket to Ride, but also have fun while playing it, then any family can. Trust me on this one. In Ticket to Ride, players are trying to place trains on a map of the United States in order to connect two cities and finish their routes. Another great thing about Ticket to Ride is that there are many different maps to choose from so if your family is already familiar with Ticket to Ride, try picking up one of the other boards for something new.

Ticket to Ride is a must for families.

All of these games and more can be purchased at The Game Table Café. Here you can find a game for anyone on your list, no matter who they are or what they like. And from all of us here at The Game Table Café, have a wonderfully merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Merry Christmas from The Game Table Cafe