Feed Your Curiosity.

The Garlic Poet lives in a literary world where anything is possible. Stanzas and poems filled with flavor, texture, and color are written within our from-scratch kitchen where fresh ingredients collide with culinary creativity. From our atmosphere, delectable food, and even our unexpected location, your dining experience at The Garlic Poet will continue to surprise you at every turn.

Executive Chef, Kurt Wewer, operates our kitchen with values of quality and responsibility. We believe and invest in our local community by sourcing ingredients from a wealth of local purveyors around Harrisburg, York, and Central PA. By combining our passion for local, in addition to harvesting from our new aquaponic system, you can be sure that when you eat at The Garlic Poet, you’ll be eating and drinking the freshest of fresh and supporting the people that make the local community great.

At The Garlic Poet we believe in exceeding expectations, giving you a one-of-a-kind culinary experience, providing outstanding service and taking you to new culinary levels.  To keep your curiosity feeling curiouser, our seasonally changing menus, Chef’s Daily Features, and Daily Libations truly bring a new literary world to life.

What’s in a name?

Our original poet, our founder, Jennifer Delaye recognized from her years of experience in hospitality that life is about bringing people together and that almost nothing can create a stronger union than people and food – and so The Garlic Poet was named.  Garlic can rightly be called the universal seasoning and poetry, the universal language.  The Garlic Poet is about bringing all kinds of people together through a shared love of food.


Sister Companies

Our sister restaurant, Grain + Verse Bottlehouse, is located next door to The Garlic Poet and embraces pizza, community, and craft. As Harrisburg’s first bottleshop, Grain + Verse holds over 300 different craft beers and ciders, creates unique artisan pizzas, and takes every opportunity to get involved with the community. You can visit Grain + Verse Bottlehouse in New Cumberland, PA for weekly trivia, beer events, and live music.


Métalaye Enterprises is the hotel division of The JDK Group, an award-winning, integrated event firm. With a specialty for weddings and corporate events, Métalaye Enterprises passionately manages all of the hospitality services within The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in New Cumberland, PA. The team at Métalaye Enterprises is committed to providing excellent service, exceptional food and elegant presentation to create an experience that will exceed clients’ expectations.


The JDK Group is Central Pennsylvania’s premier catering and events company. They aim to build relationships with clients and the community to create flawless events worth celebrating. With over 25 years of event management under The JDK Group belt, their talented and passionate team offers exceptional service, incredible food, and innovative design. The JDK Group aims to build relationships with clients and the community to create flawless events worth celebrating.