Al Fresco Italian Restaurant

Al Fresco Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alfrescoitalianrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7578730644x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Al Fresco Italian Restaurant
Al Fresco Restaurant lets you feast on a bountiful array of Italian specialties. The outstanding menu, featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, highlights a spectrum of lavish Italian specialties that are sure to please discriminating palates. Al Fresco Restaurant was planned with the summer in mind. An outdoor patio with a warm breeze and cold drinks are a perfect combination.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Al Fresco Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)special occasion (20)romantic (15)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (11)good for groups (9)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great place for a delicious dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We discovered this fine restaurant during the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel when we lived in Poquoson. It was one of the few venues in the area that had electricity and the air-conditioning was so welcome as well as the great food. In order to help the "locals" they opened early during that time period. The wine list is extensive and they are one of the few restaurants around that actually knows how to make a DRY martini. We have since moved to Williamsburg and when the opportunity presents itself we almost always make a point to dine at Al Fresco. We booked this restaurant several years ago after we organized a group to attend a performance at Ferguson Center for the Arts. It is still a favorite for many of our friends. Great job!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Italian restaurant
    Tolroy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very pleasant Italian restaurant. Our server was most efficient and helpful. Had the prawn and aubergine starters, the sauce with the prawns was particularly good. All the mains ,two veal dishes and linguini with seafood were good. The lobster ravioli was extremely good. All mains come with a side salad the meat dishes with pasta and they served focaccia bread. Enjoyed the Rioja wine by the glass, full flavoured with a slight fruit flavour. They have a covered patio. We don't know restaurant prices in the area but from our experience we found them very fair and good value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great Menu, service, ambiance. Italian food is average America Italian.. Sauce is much too sweet, lacks seasonings.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite
    Pattycar
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love this place. We go almost every time we visit CNU. The food is absolutely delicious every time. We missed our usual sweet waiter though. We had a woman who was not very attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT ITALIAN RESTAURANT
    usmileflh
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our first visit and it was GREAT. Service was GREAT! Our server was Ella and she was very friendly. We ordered the lasagna and they were big portions and terrific. Couldn't eat it all and had the rest for lunch the next day. When you are inside, it's hard to imagine the restaurant is located at the end of a shopping strip. I would recommend everyone to stop by and check it out for yourself.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Al Fresco Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Al Fresco is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently good and the staff excellent, as is the atmosphere. Its a place I like to go for special occasions, such as the recent birthday of my daughter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Have been looking for a good place to dine before attending functions at The Ferguson Center and have found the hidden gem. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, service was excellent and the food was great as well. The portion size for the amount you pay was very generous. Overall we had a great time and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time better than the first
    darylpepage
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my girlfriend to AlFresco on our second date, it was great, but I was so focused on her that I didn't really appreciate how good the food was. I took her there for our 1 year anniversary and this time I really savored the food. I paid attention to her as well, but I have to admit there were times I had to ask her to repeat herself because the food was so good I kind of drifted off.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    Chase
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food. Disappointed they didn't have my reservation. Attention I would have liked on why wife didn't happen
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Al Fresco
    NNDiner
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Nice ambience, excellent food and service. Great for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    One of my favorites. I brought a group of 12 out of town business associates here for dinner. Everyone enjoyed the food, the service, and the time together. Awesome, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Al Fresco Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    food was good but over priced. portion size was ok but not for the price. the cheesecake didnt taste homemade like you would think it would be. bread was awesome! took awhile for the server to come over and great us. very dark, hard to see our food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Food Connoisseur
    Happy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The staff and owner were very hospitable. The service was excellent. The waitress continued to bring fresh bread. The food had a great presentation and was very delicious. The food was reasonably priced considering its quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food and Ambiance
    Tenaciousprl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I hosted my graduation celebration with about 15 guests here and had a lovely experience. The kitchen seemed to run a tad slow with our food, however it proved worth the wait as everyone was happy with their meal. We also thoroughly enjoyed the wine list and appetizers. Our waitress was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    happygrad
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Fatastic restaurant - best Italian food I have ever eaten! Chose this restaurant to celebrate my graduation from CNU. Our party consisted of 15 family and friends - everyone thought their meal was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went here for my graduation dinner and all the food we had was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    goodeats
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food tended to be a little to salty. Service was very good and accomodating. Would recommend this place for special occasions
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    Beamer
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I brought my admin staff for lunch and we had a wonderful time. The staff was wonderful and friendly, our table was ready. I reserved it on line the morning of the luncheon no less. I enjoyed my meal, it was delicous. Thank you all so much.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Nice Vist
    Carl
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    A friend and I returned to Al Fresco for a "pre-show" dinner before a concert at the nearby Ferguson Center at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. We had a nice visit and a very good meal with timely service that allowed us to enjoy dinner and still get to the concert in a timely fashion. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent First Experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Came in late one evening and was very graciously greeted. There was a large party still eatting and more came in afterwards. No one, especially the staff, seemed inconvenienced by the late arrivals. No wonder, the food was excellent. Had the Lobster Raviolli which was excellently cooked and seasoned. The filling was ample and shrimp in the cream sauce nice sized. Their bread was also excellent. Will definitely return the next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mostly great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My penne alla vodka was out of this world. However, I found my father and sister's red sauce to be extremely salty. He did not come close to finishing his meal. The calamari was a bit too salty as well. Our server was incredible. He was extremely polite, polished and knowledgable about the wine list. I will likely return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian in Tidewater VA
    Buster
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food brings you back. The wine list is adequate but not spectacular beyond their Italian bins. However, the wine prices are in line with the wine selections. I had the seafood & linguine and it was outstanding. The challenge to this dish is the varying cooking times for scallops, mussels, and shrimp. Getting these right and the dish assembled and delivered to table takes care and coordination between kitchen and servers. Doing this for a large group (there were two parties of 10 or more there when we went) takes masterful orchestration and a willingness for everyone to help, including the owner. He treats everyone as special and his affection is not an affectation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian in Hampton Roads
    Jersey
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    As an Italian transplant from NJ, I have been searching for months (Oct 2013-March 2014) for a good Italian go-to restaurant. Finally I found one. They have generous portions, are reasonably priced and have a great wine list. My only complaint is that their tomato sauce is a bit sweet (I prefer a garlicky tomato sauce to a sweet one heavy on tomato paste). Everything we ordered was cooked perfectly and overall we were satisfied customers and will be returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    jimVA
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Nice atmosphere and great service. Chicken parm could use a bit more garlic in the sauce
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastronomical delight
    dinediva
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Italian rum cream cake is absolutely sublime! Seafood pasta dish was delectable. Server was prompt, courteous, knowledgeable of menu and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Valentines
    Mumbles
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Al Fresco has terrific food and service. We loved the recommended Chianti. It was a perfect compliment to my Osso Bucco and my wife's lobster ravioli. We will go here again, but reserve it for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was like dining without
    8itup
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was like dining without any work. I got a bottle of wine and never had to pour one glass. My server was very attentive. And the food was obviously cooked to order and not sitting on a warmer. Very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time, not the last!
    Nums
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Great little spot. The owner was very talkative and greeted us at our table. Great wine list . Great food. Available seating for large parties. Cool paintings on the wall. Great atmosphere overall.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Service/kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great food. Service/kitchen a little slow on the night we visited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold night warm reception
    kayaklil
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Calamari arrived not too warm but very chewy. Server asked if we liked it , we said no, she brought another plate of it, but it still was "old tasting" and not up to what we thought it should be. Two of the Three dinners were good, mine was not. Our server was very gracious and helpful, but took some time getting to us with the main meal. We probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    connoisseur
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Went to celebrate my sister's birthday. I had three people in my party. I checked in at the stand and had no issue; also was the first time I have used Open table. We were seated and the waitress that was serving us that night was very friendly and knowledgeable on the food. We had a few questions and she was kind enough to answer them all. The restaurant itself was nicely decorated nicely. The atmosphere was rather relaxed and casual; there were other diners that were talking among themselves but not so loud that one could hear there conversations. The food was delicious and brought out promptly. They did did give my sister a nice desert and wished her a happy birthday.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Chucka
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Impressed that the waitress noticed my wife's low call ordering and offered appropriate suggestions without any prompting. House wine was fine. Overall a good meal. Strip mall location not a good first impression but inside is fine; a bit crowded with tables very close together. Definitely not for a romantic quiet dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid and expected
    FriendsandFondueVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Italian food (inthe U.S.) me. In the Hampton Roads area, family/chef-owned italian restaurants only seperate themselves from each other with customer service and atmosphere - most are very similar in taste and presentation. Al Fresco is no different. I will say the bread sticks reminded me of those served by Pizza Hut. All of the pasta dishes were what we expected - nothing special. If you want a solid Italian dinner, it is a nice plae to go. Don't go to be floored with something new and exciting. If you treasure bread, I might suggest going somewhere else. The servers were very good, nice and present without hovering.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Wmsbrgrob
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food here is always excellent and the service matches the food. We have never been disappointed at Al Fresco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Break the chains
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This is a small family-owned restaurant that gets you away from your typical chain restaurants. Me and my wife went for our anniversary and enjoyed the quality of the experienced service staff. However I would recommend this more for a large group of people or just a casual friends or family (or even business) gathering rather than for something romantic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit AlFresco!
    Carl
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    A friend and I returned to Al Fresco for dinner before a show at the Ferguson Center. They are close and do a good job of supporting folks attending -- doing a good job of balancing time but also providing a nice meal and atmosphere. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • before concert
    Kitty
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    A group of 8 of us chose this restaurant before heading to a concert nearby. We arrived at 5:30 exactly, but were not served our entree until 6:30 which left us only 40 minutes to eat, get our bill, pay and be on our way at 7:10 for a 7:30 concert. Waiting one hour for an entree is a little excessive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints. Our "go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Never disappoints. Our "go to" Italian restaurant and special occasions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    Jose
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    ….had another great meal with good food, good service and good hospitality….Can always count on Al Fresco for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • feels like Little Italy
    BobFromOhioVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Al Fresco Italian Restaurant was one of my choices on a recent trip to Hampton VA, and on entering I felt like I was in a big city's Little Italy. I had in mind the Vitello Verbena (veal scallopini with proscuitto, capers and asparagus) so I asked for recommendations for a lighter appetizer, and my server recommended the Melanzane Rollatini (sliced eggplant stuffed with ricotta topped with tomato sauce). The appetizer was a good choice and my entree was excellent. Our reservation was for a Thursday night at 8:30pm and my colleague and I ended up talking business until after 10:15pm, well after all the diners left, but our server was very gracious. Definitely worth a visit, and they take reservations on OpenTable, which is always a plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate