Rubicon: A Brunch Gem in Harrisburg

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Tucked away on a quiet street in Harrisburg with views of the Capitol building, is Rubicon.

Rubicon Harrisburg Brunch

French cuisine with a contemporary flair, this venue is centered around their bar and for good reason. During the week, you can find a full bar during happy hour with patrons enjoying well-crafted cocktails created by the experienced and well-traveled bar staff. 

Rubicon completes the trilogy of bars along North Street along with Suba and Mangia Qui, women-owned and operated by Chef Qui Qui Musarra, Staci Basore, and Elide Hower.

Knowledge and experience set these restaurants apart. All combined, they bring more than 75 years of food and beverage service expertise to downtown Harrisburg.

Drawing diverse patronage of all ages and backgrounds, these three restaurants provide ample options in food, beverage, and ambiance.

Serving Brunch since the 90s

When Mangia Qui opened on Valentine’s Day in 2001 (a Sunday!), it offered brunch and has served Sunday brunch ever since. In fact, its predecessor, Paper Moon, served brunch to Harrisburg’s young professionals (not so young today), dating back to the early 1990s.

Rubicon also has offered Sunday brunch since its opening in 2014.

Sourcing from local farmers markets and often introducing tastes and flavors unusual to Central PA, Rubicon’s brunch menu is both seasonal and classically driven.

Though the main menu is driven by classic brunch dishes that are staples in the culinary world, their Italian Breakfast is Rubicon’s version of French Toast.

Rubicon’s Brunch Cocktails

Rubicon Harrisburg Brunch

The bartenders at these three venues put their skills to use not only making your drinks but creating them for the menu. Each cocktail is carefully created from inspiration and exposure. The bartending team travels often and collaborates every four months to create a new cocktail menu. 

We all know about the Mimosa, the Bloody Mary, and coffee — but what else is out there to pair with Brunch?

Mitchel Bauer, the lead bartender at Rubicon, took us through 3 cocktails that pair well with brunch.

Rubicon Harrisburg Brunch

Bordeaux Spritzer

Wine lovers listen up! This is your drink, and it is delightful! Fresh and light with a hint of orange. Combining sparkling wine with blood orange bitters, this is the perfect summer drink. 

Wrecking Crew

This one is for coffee lovers. Too hot outside for your typical morning java and looking for a little booze with your dose of caffeine? Made with a whiskey vodka this drink is always made with fresh espresso and has chocolate notes for a lovely taste. 

Firestarter

True to its name, this drink brings the heat. The Green Chartreuse cuts through the heat of the ancho chile liqueur and Habanero redux for a balanced taste. If you’re looking for that heat to pair with your Mangia omelet, this is your drink. 

Rubicon opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Brunch runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays only. Sunday Dinner service is 4-8 p.m.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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