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
61 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (50)neighborhood gem (46)romantic (43)special occasion (41)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (15)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)good for groups (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Reliable
    Merewether
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresco is consistently great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wonderful evening outdoors, great service, delicious food. Fresco is great as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Ambience!
    jagz
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    How wonderful it is to find a restaurant with superb food AND to be able to converse easily with one's dining companions! We dined outside on a balmy SLC evening, and really enjoyed everything we tried on this interesting Italian menu. The patio is a small intimate area hidden away from the street - an oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I love this place. My Mother would bring me here for lunch when I was a student at the "U" 24 years ago. Don't get back to SLC very often, but when I do I always make it a point to dine here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The waitress was dreadful. When we asked for something, she wouldn't bring it. Extremely unattentive. She brought the dessert menus, but never asked if we wanted anything, just showed up with the checks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night
    Chuychuy
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    You MUST ask to be seated outside! Took my girlfriend on a nice date and had dinner here! We absolutely loved it!! The atmosphere was stunning and the food was absolutely amazing!! Would recommend to anyone! I will definitely be returning again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    bolthd
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    WoW! It was nice to sit, talk and enjoy a great dinner! Staff was not pushy with anything, very patient to let us enjoy every detail of the dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very romantic outisde pation
    rjpc
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great ambience. The deck is a perfect place for an intimate outdoor setting. Great neighborhood spot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 539 reviews are from the Fresco Italian Cafe reviews archive.
  • Comfortable Surroundings
    JohntheSkierGolferVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Located in a converted house, Fresco Italian Cafe is fabulous. Seating is not crowded, so conversations are private. We started with a bottle of Vietti Tre Vigne (Italian) wine. The Arugula and Caesar salads were excellent. The Risotto special was perfect as was the Ricotta Cavatelli and the Market fish which was snapper. Service was excellent; attentive but not overbearing. Prices are moderate. Fresco Italian is a neighborhood gem located fairly close to the U of Utah campus. Try it for pre-show meals when going to the Pioneer Theater, other campus events or when visiting Salt Lake City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It was a very nice cute place. It was too coll to sit outside but I bet that would also be a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint
    Joemedpoly
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Nice romantic little place. Good food. They were out of the first two bottles if wine I selected. Had to go with a third choice. Other than that everything was fine
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.