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Fresco Grill
Fresco Grill

Fresco Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescorestaurants.com
  • Phone: (760) 631-1944
  • Hours of Operation: Buffet Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday open all day
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Leone D'Arcangelo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pala Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Fresco Grill
Leone D'Arcangelo, Chef/Owner, welcomes you to Fresco Wine Bar and Grill. We are proud to present the community with an authentic and creative menu, made with the freshest and best ingredients. At Fresco Wine Bar and Grill we feature an award winning wine list, and a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere. Located in the River Village shopping center, Leone invites you and your family to enjoy a wonderful dining experience. We are excited to introduce wine pairing dinners, cooking classes, Sunday brunch, and live weekly authentic Italian Music Night, in the near future. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.
Stop in for one of our signature cocktails!
Buon Appetito!
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Diner Reviews
  • "We met another couple at Fresco this time -- we often go alone. This is a good place to share a meal with others. There are so many choices (and specials) that everyone has a good choice. I thought the live music was a bit loud this time but it's nice to have music. We prefer this Bonsall site to the one in Carlsbad. It's much more cozy and inviting."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten here many times-experience has improved each time. We shared a special salad where they gave us both a very nice portion. The rack of lamb was nicely done and the mahi mahi was a good choice for the evening. Tiramisu is still enjoyable and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food and server were gems. Presentation of the entree was golden. The salad was fresh and wines were affordable. This restaurant was fun, the music was wonderful. The menu had quality choices for everyone. Even the table cloths were given attention to detail. This place was definitely several levels above a diamond cut in the rough."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've come to Fresco in Bonsal a few times now. We prefer it to the same restaurant in Carlsbad for several reasons. There are more size choices for menu items (small and regular), venue is small and more intimate, nice live music, service is generally better. This time the food was good as usual. Service was a little below our expectations -- server seemed not to interested -- didn't want to give the specials and probably wouldn't have if we hadn't asked. She said she didn't like giving the specials. We've had better service in the past. We'll continue to go there."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food at great prices! The menu is varied enough with choices for everyone's taste. Good wine list and signature drinks! Nice ambiance and good location."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "As always, our food was great. I had the lobster linguine special, while my wife had the halibut. Our waiter, William, was very attentive. Fun to listen to the live music on a Friday night."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Bar menu on weeknights is a delicious treat. Appetizer menu half price Monday- Thursday. Greet menu and familiar faces."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We have been to both Fresco Restaurants and prefer this one to the restaurant in Carlsbad. This restaurant is quiet, intimate, and romantic. The Carlsbad restaurant is large, very open, loud, and busy. We enjoyed the same menu in both places and we both chose pasta dishes this time. However, they had an amazing list of specials which we found very impressive. There was a wonderful singer/guitarist who sang at just the right level so that it did not interfere with our conversation. The service was excellent, even though we had someone who was new and without a great deal of restaurant background. Nevertheless, she did a great job with us. As the two locations are relatively equidistant from our home, we will go to this restaurant in Bonsall."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I've been visiting Fallbrook for 6 or 8 years, and this was this best meal I've had there -- even if the restaurant is technically in Bonsall (7 or 8 minutes away), and not Fallbrook."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife and I always enjoy Fresco Grill. Great food. Great service. We tend to stop in every few weeks or so, and to take friends when we have someone visiting. We often try the specials, and have never been disappointed, but this particular time we ordered regular menu items."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We ended up having one appetizer and then a main course each, (stuffed trout and the lobster). It was pretty good, though a little over cooked. The service was great. Very cool looking Fresco picture on the wall, and nice looking bar. Friendly staff. It would be nice if their main specials would stay under thirty dollars. A bit of a drive if you are coming from Escondido or Oceanside."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I really like this location, the Sunday brunch is always good and the people are great. Wednesday nights with their half price bottle of wines with live music and dinner specials is great as well. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Our usual places were all booked early this year so we sought out something new and picked the Fresco Grill in Bonsall / Fallbrook. Reservations were certainly required as they appeared full before we finished. Service was great, food was excellent and a very extensive wine list. Parking was a bit difficult with the full house and the theaters next door, but well worth the hassle."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food is good but pricy esp. drinks. Very noisy and crowded. "
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We always enjoy this restaurant, but have questioned lately whether we get what we pay for. The food is fine - not great - fine, but nothing exciting or that gives me the feeling that it's worth the prices I'm paying. The salads are skimpy and uninspired. It's really too bad, as the ambiance is delightful, and the servers are always pleasant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "3 couples and 3 checks. Food was OK but service was a bit daffy. Almost every item was delivered to the wrong person and two of the three checks (for two each) were mixed-up. Not quite what I expected for a relatively pricey meal. Table for 6 was in what must normally be the bar because there was a tv about 5 feet from the table. An amplified guitarist was about 5 feet away in another direction. Not sure we will return as this place is a bit off the beaten track and better food and service are available for similar money."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were delighted with the service on Tuesday night Ricardo was a superb bus boy. Leaone you have one devoted employee."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Food & Ambience are great! Usually like live entertainment but not when I'm eating and trying to socialize. Stick with some nice background (Italian, flamenco...) music. Last two times there they had a solo entertainer who was monotonous and annoying who didn't take enough breaks. There were 6 of us and all agreed."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Rich Bigley prepared our meal perfectly. Love Thursday's at Fresco Grill. Missed seeing Leonie."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We have been drawn here for years and really enjoyed the live music last weekend. The vegetarian selection is limited but SO good. I love the mushroom ravioli! We tried the chocolate souffle for the first time. OMG - the best chocolate desert I've ever had!!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We have tried the other Fresco restaurant in downtown Carlsbad and found this to be a smaller version with similar beautifully rendered frescos on the walls. The food was very good as was the service. We enjoyed our meals and look forward to trying something else on the menu on another occasion. Large menu with many choices. Also, several specials."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "This was my second visit to Fresco in Bonsall, off the 76 going east from Oceanside. I highly recommend it. Food is very good. Salad I had was ok but very little dressing, as was the first time. I had to ask for more. It's located in a small shopping center of Mediterraean buildings. Very nice. Try the veal regular size plate and request pasta instead of mashed potatoes on the chicken (pollo) parmeggiana and veal parmeggiana. Also I recommend the Lucatelli Romano grated cheese instead of parmesan, which has no flavor. Make a reservation here. They should extend their hours after 10 pm."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "It was our first visit here and the food was very good. I had also been to the one in Carlsbad but the atmosphere here wins hands down. It's off the HWY 76 going East for 7 miles from the North Santa Fe Road light. Make a left and then immediate right into a well hidden shopping center."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "I really love the food at Fresco Grill, as did the business associates I took to lunch there. Two of us had salads and the third had a pasta dish. We all split an order of cannoli for desert. We were the only table in the restaurant for our entire lunch, so we'd hoped to be in and out of there in a reasonable amount of time. Unfortunately that was not the case. When it came time to leave, we had to hunt down the waitress to get our check. Turns out she was in the kitchen, chatting with her coworkers. The food made a great impression, but the service ruined it."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "After reading some reviews I was very disappointed with the veal piccata it lacked seasoning, the salad with hearts of palm salad nicely dressed but very skimpy on the hearts of palm a major flavor component. Tiramisu fake and not much flavor. In the interest of fairness I would give it another chance if I knew if I knew wether or not this was their regular chef, their menu interests me."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "I am still waiting to hear back from the owner regarding the 100 points I was supposed to get for this dining experience. . ."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Great fine, tucked away in a shopping center in quiet Bonsall. Great service, great food. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "We brought our 9-year-old niece with us, and our waitress was really good with her. Food excellent, as always. Really enjoyed the live music, as well. I guess it's not often you hear Johnny Cash songs at an Italian restaurant, but it was fun!"
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "I alway enjoy our time at Fresco's, Carlsbad. This location did not disappoint us...same wonderful food, great service and polite staff. Thank you Frescos for another enjoyable meal on Fathers Day."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "We were staying at Pala and wanted to see a movie. Went to small town of Bonsall...not much there but good little cinema and this restaurant was great. Good size portions and delicious desserts! Great service and reasonable prices."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "Walked over from the movie theatre. Excellent way to do dinner and a movie! The food is always great, and I love the IPA they currently have on their beer list (I'm not much of a wine drinker). We often have Andrea waiting on us, and she always does such a nice job."
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "When you arrive you will note the comfortable and beautiful surroundings. The wait staff is terrific. They are well versed in the menu, personable and attentive. The food was well prepared and delicious. Because we were celebrating two birthdays they brought us the best tiramisu that I have tasted. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "This was our third occasion and we had excellent food and service again. Music was also excellent although when I approached the singer to see if he could play/sing "Pretty Woman", he said he could and would but we never heard it. That would be the last time I will drop a $5 in his bucket! All in all, a great restaurant and one which we will return to."
    Dined on 5/1/2013
  • "Dinner was great once it came out and was preparred correctly. Service was lacking and is typically slow at this restraunt. We have visited many times and regardless of who is waiting on you they spend far to much time off the main floor where they are not visible so it is difficult to get their attention if you need something. We dine out 4-5 times a week so we are pretty good judges of service.The order we placed was preparred wrong, red sauce vs a cream sauce. The meal went back to the kitchen where the remade the dish. By the time it arrived we were almost done with our food and had shared our meals with our daughter. We paid for the meal and left."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "Seven of us went to dinner on Monday evening and thoroughly enjoyed the food, the ambience and the service. Our guests from the East thought the food was excellent and the quantity much more than they usually received in NJ and PA restaurants. The wine list was lengthy but they were out of the two Italian wines we had initially selected. I will say the alternative was also excellent though slightly more expensive. All in all, an excellent restaurant and excellent service."
    Dined on 4/1/2013
  • "Not many chefs can cook my husband's steak like he likes it. It has to be blue blue blue! It came out just as he ordered it and he loved it. Often times, he will send his steak back because they don't believe him in how he wants it. Congrats. to the chef."
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "Best of the area; up-scale - yet not too pricy. Had a fabulous and relaxing time."
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "Probably won't go on Valentine's Day again. Too crowded. Extra tables were packed in, and it was too easy to hear neighboring conversations. Service a bit slow (because the place was packed), though everyone was their usual very friendly selves, and the food, as always, was excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Overall the food was pretty good and the ambiance for a small town was very good. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Sunday brunch is very good."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Have been to Fresco Grill many times. Made the reservation on Open Table. Apparently they didn't check the 'system.' Didn't know we were coming. This time the service was sporadic and the food was not at their usual high level."
    Dined on 12/29/2012