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Al Fresco Italian Restaurant

Al Fresco Italian Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alfrescoitalianrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (757) 873-0644
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 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

Getting there

  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Nice ambience, excellent food and service. Great for lunch or dinner!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    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!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went here for my graduation dinner and all the food we had was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food tended to be a little to salty. Service was very good and accomodating. Would recommend this place for special occasions"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere and great service. Chicken parm could use a bit more garlic in the sauce"
    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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Great food. Service/kitchen a little slow on the night we visited."
    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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The food here is always excellent and the service matches the food. We have never been disappointed at Al Fresco."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Never disappoints. Our "go to" Italian restaurant and special occasions"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "….had another great meal with good food, good service and good hospitality….Can always count on Al Fresco for a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Fresh made pasta and personal service. You can't judge a book by its cover."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "My friend and I enjoyed another nice evening at Al Fresco -- good food, good service and a "good time was had by all"."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Love this restaurant. if you go try the lemon desert. it comes in a champange flute, lovely just lovely"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Great Fettucini Alfredo, extensive wine list, and the service is really nice. It's a fairly open seating area, but even with that set up it is not a loud environment. Will definitely go back"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Nevermind that this restaurant in tucked into the corner of a shopping plaza, once you smell the aroma and taste the food-you will completely forget where you are! The owners aren't spending their money on fancy furnishings, but the fresh, authentic dishes make up for it ten-fold. The establishment is clean and the servers aim to please. The pinot noir recommended by the server was a great pick!"
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Some of the worst Italian food I've had in some time. Soggy pasta, overcooked seafood, bland sauces, chewy calamari. The service was slow and sloppy. There were only two waitresses to handle a full room, so that has to be taken into account. Our server was in such a hurry that she spilled wine all over the table cloth. Speaking of wine, the bottle had clearly been open for too long and it tasted as if it was half a day away from turning. And the noise! Sure, it is family friendly, but the place was swarming with small children playing and shrieking and running about. I like kids as much as the next man, but do I want to shout so that my wife can hear me? One last thing, we were accosted by a beggar in the parking lot asking for change."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "The food was great. Anything with red sauce (marinara) is very good. We will be going back AGAIN."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Excellent food and service! The dining room was full and we were still given personal service. This is one of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Food was very good with large portions, waiter was exceptional. Some of the tables were a little close together to suit me and the carpet could use an update but overall I very much enjoyed my meal. I have and will continue to recommend Al Fresco and I will return."
    Dined on 7/23/2013