Fresco Grill
Fresco Grill

Fresco Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescorestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 7606311944
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • 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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Fresco Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)special occasion (5)fit for foodies (4)romantic (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Best in Bonsall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We love this restaurant for so many reasons; the food is great, service outstanding, and the parking easy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TeacherVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was very good. We had the Steak Diane and cooked properly. I had the veal parmeggiana with linguine and marinara sauce on the side. I would have preferred the sauce to be more of a smooth texture instead of chunky tomatoes. The bread was sparsely given to us. Only 2 small slices of warmed Italian bread. I was so surprised unless they did not have enough at the restaurant. Serve 4 instead in the beginning.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Place to Share With Friends
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice people good food
    brianoVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Run by a nice team... some really good items stand out on the Sunday buffet, the Eggplant Parm is great. A reliable place for a great Sunday brunch... or I love their half price bottle Wednesday night when they have live music too. Give them a shot nice place will be there again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better and Better
    Tonver
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two gems
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood gem!
    weRfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 60 reviews are from the Fresco Grill reviews archive.
  • Always an excellent meal
    NickNameVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodiefixVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Bar menu on weeknights is a delicious treat. Appetizer menu half price Monday- Thursday. Greet menu and familiar faces.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Neighborhood Restaurant
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NIce night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    NickNameVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice but a bit pricey
    JeffTVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresco In the hills
    brianoVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hit for Valentine's Day
    Porshas2
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so much
    Rickster
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food is good but pricy esp. drinks. Very noisy and crowded.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice neighborhood eatery
    daisymiillerVIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with Friends
    lorn
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were delighted with the
    foodiefixVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    We were delighted with the service on Tuesday night Ricardo was a superb bus boy. Leaone you have one devoted employee.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lose the live entertainment
    Mimi
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rich Bigley prepared our meal
    foodiefixVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Rich Bigley prepared our meal perfectly. Love Thursday's at Fresco Grill. Missed seeing Leonie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dependably delicious
    stick
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Neighborhood Restaurant
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place!
    TeacherVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence in Dining
    TeacherVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    LocalFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food dissapointing
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I am still waiting to hear
    redhead
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    I am still waiting to hear back from the owner regarding the 100 points I was supposed to get for this dining experience. . .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time there, won't be the last
    savagejimVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Great fine, tucked away in a shopping center in quiet Bonsall. Great service, great food. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We brought our 9-year-old
    NickNameVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time to Fresco in Bonsall
    happydiner
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the travel
    mks17
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walked over from the movie
    NickNameVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our third occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food not so great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bonsall Beauty!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not many chefs can cook my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of the area; up-scale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Best of the area; up-scale - yet not too pricy. Had a fabulous and relaxing time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic