Fresco Italian Cafe
Fresco Italian Cafe

Fresco Italian Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frescoitaliancafe.com/
  • Phone: 8014861300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mikel Trapp
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Cherie Bartleson 8014861300x11

Getting there

  • Public Transit: UTA Bus Number 52
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: undefined
A word from Fresco Italian Cafe
Chef Logen Crew takes pride in creating innovative Italian food using fresh, seasonal, and local produce. We feature fresh house-made pastas, along with a nightly risotto that should not be missed. Join us on the candle lit patio, tucked back behind The King's English Bookstore, or dine with us inside in our intimate, cottage-like dining room. Browse the books at the bookstore before dinner, or have a glass of wine and wait in our garden where we grow and use some of our own produce. We do not take reservations for our patio, but we do our best to accommodate all requests. Due to the intimate size of our restaurant, parties of 5 or more should call the restaurant in order to make a reservation. We look forward to you dining with us!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Fresco Italian Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (43)romantic (38)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (16)good for groups (6)hot spot (6)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • This is the place
    brentVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fresco is my favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City. The food is always delicious, the service is always great and we always have a wonderful time eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not typical fresco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had an impromptu dinner here last Saturday and must say I was very disappointed. Typically fresco has been amazing. Not tonight. Food was iffy at best - had calamari appetizer and the squid was rubber. Sea bass special for main was incredibly oily and the fish was overcooked. I'm pretty sad about this since every other time I've been to fresco it was incredible. Also there was no music on so it was just an awkward dining room with a few tables trying not to talk to loud. Bummer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Used to be amazing.
    nethercyclist
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love this quaint neighborhood italian restaurant. Went for our 30th wedding anniversary and found it to be charming as ever, but just not the amazing food it used to be. Our polenta appetizer was five-star delicious. Knocked our socks off. But the salad, soup, and bread were surprisingly average and both our entrees arrived cold (we considered asking for them to be microwaved). Not only that, but the flavors were waaaaay rich and over-spiced. My pasta was like eating a giant sprig of rosemary. It was honestly hard to take more than a few bites of either entree. Only the wild mushroom polenta appetizer reminded us of the Fresco of days gone by when we fell in love with it. Hope it was a fluke. Our neighborhood needs a vibrant Fresco.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extreme disappointment
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Server disappeared forever between appetizers and salads, wine glasses empty way too long, plates had to stack up on the center of the table. Main dishes were not good: fish overdone, pasta looked like it had ground beef in it and sauce tasted like water. Deserts came out and were laughable . . . tiny, tiny tiny. I think you can do better than Fresco.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh, delicious quality dining.
    ThorntonB
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This was my third time dining at Fresco. I took a date there for her Birthday. We shared two stellar appetizers (fresco polenta and a beet salad). Her chicken dish, Mary’s Chicken Involtini, was wonderfully prepared; a perfect mix of savory and peppery. I will order it for myself next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresco is excellent!
    Dine4FunVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Wonderful quaint ambiance with food that is brilliant, offering tasty inventiveness. The grilled calamari is unsurpassed, fresh and delicious, whilst the entrées of pork and fettuccine were outstanding. Wine list is simple but has consistent, quality drops. Our first restaurant we at in SLC when we arrived 3 years ago, and our last. In between with many a visit it has always proven to be one of the best in the city and easily one of the most consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    CraigHVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Once you discover Fresco in the small house behind and between two picturesque brick buildings you find a tiny, packed, meticulous little Italian restaurant with fantastic food, distinct entrees and impeccable service. Definitely worth the discovery.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    MikeB
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Fresco remains consistently delicious. Service, food, presentation, ambience are all top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • horribleservice
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is one of the best Italian places i visited in salt lake city. Nice food options and multiple options for wine lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappointed
    Rossgrl12
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Fresco is one of the best restaurants in Salt Lake! We have been going here for years. The food, wine, service and ambiance are absolutely wonderful. Bobbi is the best and we look forward to seeing her when we dine at Fresco. I'm looking forward to the next time we dine at Fresco...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very genteel place
    SusaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We always enjoy eating at this restaurant. Sometimes the service is a bit slow, but the food is good and seasonal. I recommend keeping some "normal" flavors of gelato and sorbet on the menu for those of us who enjoy classic eating. Lemon, vanilla, chocolate are always winners. Odd savory spices in gelato or sorbet are not so appealing. Very attractive atmosphere and friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great ambiance
    slclocal
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was my first time there and i went because i had heard they had nice outdoor dining.Great patio. Cute and quaint. Food was delicious. Only negative was having to flag down our waitress for more wine, but not really a big deal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had the Smoked Mushroom Canneloni which was described in the menu as Heirloom Tomato, Goat Cheddar Fonduta, Chive. There were chives and 2-3 small pieces of tomato on top. The canneloni mushroom stuffing was very mushy and it and the fonduta were quite salty. While attractive, the dish was not particularly appealing to eat. The caesar salad was very good, but even the decaf french press coffee was very weak. I love the location and ambience, but was disappointed in the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best food in salt lake
    Kkenny801VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything is made to order so you get a real dining experience. All the food comes from local farmers and is made into creative and delicious dishes. The service is phenomenal as well as the atmosphere. They have a perfect sized patio for al fresco dining and inside is small and quaint. If you go on a busy night in the winter the converted house does get noisy but the food makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive but .....
    CarpeDiemVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I ask for lemon for my water and it never came and yet the waiter kept coming back to see if we were ready to order.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • George
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    One of our favorite dinner spots in SLC . Decor can get facelift .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. Foood is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorites
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Overall wonderful dining experience every time. Varied and seasonal menu, knowledgeable chef and helpful front staff, ideal warm weather or winter setting. We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jada
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, great wine, great service, great patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    AnniversaryDinner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Perfect evening on the outdoor patio. Food was excellent with a strong summer menu. Wait staff experienced and unobtrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little restaurant
    Wolf
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Fresco is tucked in to the corner of 15th and 15th and can be a little hard to spot at first. But it's well worth finding! Nice outdoor patio for dining that is covered in case it rains, which it did while I was there. The food is very good and presented nicely. Service was a touch slow but nothing to complain about. Worth a visit.
    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
  • The Best In Utah
    Jada
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The quality and attention to detail in each plate is astounding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My first time to Fresco and it met or exceeded all my expectations. Food was great, it is a very quiet and peaceful atmosphere, service was good, parking was easy and it was just a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner on the patio - August 1
    bobosat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The patio was very crowded because of many too many tables placed in a small area. My chair was constantly being hit by the gentleman seated behind me. The tables are too small to accommodate four people. The chairs are uncomfortable. Mary's chicken was very dry and over-done and tasteless. The service was slow (perhaps a staffing problem) as the patio was totally occupied. The risotto was good, but the quantity was too much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites
    reorama
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    fell in love years ago and look forward to coming back every time. food is always fantastic would highly recommend this to all
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First time. Inside - corner table by ourselves. Perfect. Great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresco Italian Cafe -Yum
    sal56
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Charming small restaurant with very good food. A must experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Reliable
    MerewetherVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Professional in both food quality and service. Charming atmosphere, although would be a bit claustrophobic (and noisy) if full. Perhaps a reason to time one's visits to when one can comfortably sit out on the small but sheltered patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    TrueFoodies2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This restaurant used to be so tasty. I had the worst piece of meat I have had in 30 years of dining, it was tough and chewy with no flavor. I asked for it medium rare and got a hockey puck! Truly a real disappointment! All 4 of us had poor meals.
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  • Service A+, Food execution B-
    KathVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is one of our favorite spots in SLC so we took some business clients there. The menu and service were awesome. But surprisingly, the food execution was below par of what we've had over the years. The cheese plate was a bit boring (Pago's is better) and most dishes were a bit under cooked even for us who love al dente - carrot appetizer and pastas. The artichoke tortelli was swimming in butter/oil and a bit heavy. The fava bean agnoletti and lamb/sausage ragu past were both OK, but nothing I would repeat. It was Tuesday, so maybe the regular chef was out? The desserts were nice but again, nothing memorable. Ambiance and service were so good - sure wish meal had matched!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stands the test of time
    WootPDX
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    After moving away from SLC, my wife & I went back to Fresco on a recent visit. The memories we had of a quaint, tucked-away restaurant with amazing food did not disappoint. We ate inside for old time's sake, and because of the summer weather sort of wish we would have opted for outside. That said, it was still great. The one piece of feedback I would give for something that may have been nicer was how the inside was decorated. Not that it needs big changes, but a change of curtains and a few frames on the walls would add some nicer touches to the overall ambience. None of that got in the way of a great walk down memory lane, and a spectacular dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    nbc1VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was great and the outside atmosphere was really good too. We definitely recommend the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good, not great anymore
    Saltgood
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Fresco is good - but it isn't the top notch place it used to be. The food was fine, but not to the level you would expect for a high-end restaurant. My salad was fine, but quality was replaced by quantity. I had a pasta dish that was ok, but again, I got twice as much food as I needed, and it wasn't to the level I'd expect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 553 reviews are from the Fresco Italian Cafe reviews archive.
  • Lovely evening?
    Wheezy
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    What would have been a lovely evening go very good food, a well mixed cocktail and enjoyable company topped off by excellent service was greatly detracted by the most uncomfortable chairs on the planet! There has Got to be a better way to achieve patio seating! The only other complaint was not the Restirante's fault; why do people insist on bringing young and completely unruly children to an establishment like this for dinner? Between the two kids running around all through the dining area and their mothers chasing but not chastising them the night was nearly ruined!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Father's Day to Remember
    DandL
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Fresco brought us delicious food in a relaxed, home-like dining room. Seasoning was subtle and refined. Service was efficient, friendly, and attentive without intrusion. We'll come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    hotxbun
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    You'll find a delicious meal at Fresco Italian Cafe with patio charm and terrific service on the side. The server was knowledgeable about the wine and the food and made a good recommendation for the chicken. The patio is small but I didn't notice a lot of noise. Nice. I certainly look forward to going back and trying it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites!
    AndiVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is a hidden little place that has become one of my personal favorites. Love the location, food, ambiance, everything about it is great. Things can be made to order, which I love since I'm a vegetarian. I'd recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Best this time...
    Stephie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We love Fresco but this last visit was sub par. The food was fair and the portions smaller than normal. The help was decent but they were busy and not very aware not attentive. A bit if a disappointment this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavors....unrivaled tastes
    bigfooted
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Fresco 's chef is a wizard with flavors/mixing to make the most extraordinarily flavorful,truly DELICIOUS meal ! Sometimes I found the presentation to be a bit so-so,but the flavor cannot be disputed - it is the best in town ! Service was bit chilly, unwelcoming - either the help is overburdened or just a bit snobby....didn't ruin the evening,but I noticed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary....
    Em270
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Fresco Italian Cafe has always been a favorite of our family for celebrations and those perfect romantic moments. I knew this would be the perfect location for my sister and brother in law to celebrate their anniversary on a Monday night and booked them a table. Service is everything in the restaurant business. Their waitress was so unbelievably rude they were stunned. Fortunately my sister has a positive attitude, took a deep breath and laughed off the attitude of their waitress. I sincerely hope this does not happen to others on their special evenings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.