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Fresco Montclair
Fresco Montclair

Fresco Montclair Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescoonchurch.com/
  • Phone: (973) 337-5100
  • Hours of Operation:


    Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

    Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm


    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Bloomfield Ave and Park St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Fresco Montclair
As the temperatures continue to drop and the last of the leaves fall, appetites for comford food undoubtedly increase. Head over to Fresco on Church Street in Montclair for an array of delicious food. Filled with authentic Italian flavors, creative dishes and homemade pastas and desserts, Fresco's new menu has something for everyone.

Our recently revamped menu features homemade pastas, flavorful brick oven pizza and authentic Italian entrees as well as a selection of homemade desserts. With dishes designed for sharing and sampling, the new menu allows the opportunity to try a selection of dishes and flavors over the course of the meal. Whether you are dining alone, dinner for two or a family night, there is something sure to please everyone.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was great... Service friendly but slow. Just shy of an hour for our food to come out."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our two salads were very fresh with interesting tastes (one was a corn salad with mushrooms and goat cheese). Our pasta courses could not be more Italian -- pasta was freshly made and the sauces authentic. The portions were right-sized, we both took home left=overs. We sat outside which was quite nice but the service was uneven. The interior decor is a bit funky."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "great restaurant, excellent food, outdoor dining, great for kids"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Fresco is a nice addition to the Montclair dining scene, however, it is not my scene. Service was unenthusiastic, bordering on reluctant (and this applies to the waiter, not the support, bus boys, servers). The pasta dishes were delicious, but the appetizer we chose was not. In fact, we couldn't eat it, and while they voluntarily took it off our bill, they were clearly offended, not gracious."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Decent, but not great. High prices not justified. service not very attentive. Food ok. Not sure if I'd return"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "loved the place a little pricey though love eating outdoors"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went to Fresco's on a Thursday evening for dinner with my boyfriend. Was a few minutes late for the reservation, due to parking in Montclair, but the hostess was so kind and still accommodated us for outdoor seating. Our service came quickly, opened our bottle of wine (BYOB!) and got us a nice bucket. Food was great! Did a pizza which are personal size for an appetizer, followed by an entree which the portions were HUGE. I will def be back, I really enjoyed my evening at Fresco. Oh only negative, burned the double expresso! But hey it happens to the best of us."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had to dine insides, due to weather....outside area looked lovely. Inside, looks like a run down night club that lost its liquor license. There is a very large screen television, very noisy (restaurant was not filled), staff was dressed terrible...pushy to turn a table....if you are looking for a good pizza place for lunch on a nice day, ok....otherwise don't bother! We had salads with salmon...portions small, price high"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food is good here Nd our waiter was good but the bus people were pulling away plates as soon as if not before we were done. Music too loud making it hard to talk. We love the pizza and salads. Also food is good. We have been good customers but ups and downs with service may make us move on"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "They play old disco music, its so much fun. The food is very good. The service is ok, could improve"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "restaurant food was excellent. service was excellent. the main issue that I had with fresco's is that, if you were not "one of the regulars" or part of the in crowd your treatment left much to be desired."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Took my husband to Fresco for Fathers day. As we walked in, the host greeted us and promptly informed us that unfortunately, they weren't able to take our order until 4:30pm (it was 4:00pm). We were shocked to say the least because there were MORE empty tables than occupied, so this was very confusing, and we were hungry! Not a good start, but we said fine. 5 minutes later our waiter come over to take our order. What happened to the half hour delay? After propping up our uneven table with their specials menu, I have the chicken Francese which was average and my husband had the fish - which he first had to peel the skin from before eating. Skipped dessert. Beautiful area, nice restaurant, poor service, average food. $80 bill."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "though it seemed as if we stepped into an episode of Real Housewives of NJ. We might go back and try again on a weeknight, but I prefer Palazzo for their food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The waiter was very familiar with the menu and always there when we needed something . The food was ok I ordered the linguine with clams and they were super sandy where I only ate couple bites and couldn't eat anymore . Salad was good and so was the calamari we ordered for appetizer . I would love to go back and try something else though."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have been at this restaurant a few times and it is great. This time the waiter accidently spilled a glass of our wine all over my dress and our table and feet. Although, he apologized we were in a loss of a glass of wine and when I asked if they served drinks he said no and that we can buy more wine at a liquor store down the street. I thought he would offer us some kind of discount for ruining our dinner, but he could care less. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great outdoor dining; however, reservations will not guarantee outdoor seating. Staff is excellent and very responsive to customer needs. They were very busy but we were not rushed; we got to take our time and enjoy the evening."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "It's great to have another outdoor venue on Church Street, however it loses something being next to the line of parked valet cars. Really, people can't park in the deck a half a block away? Also, service is a little more mixed up and slower on the street, but if it's a great evening, one puts up with a lot more quirkiness to dine al fresco. Regardless the food has now become consistently very good: muscles were tender in an interesting sauce with prosciutto, broccoli rabe was done to the right tenderness, and the roasted corn salad was satisfyingly smokey and seasoned well. No question will return and recommend. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I had dinner here with a group of friends. We originally went there so we could dine outside since it was finally warm enough to do so. It was raining so we couldn't, but the inside was just as nice. The food was good but the portions were small!! I'm not a big eater to begin with so that normally wouldn't bother me, but one of my friends plates, i felt they should've been embarrassed to even serve it to her because there was barely anything on the plate!! No joke!! So basically if you're looking for a big meal then either order a lot of apps or 2 entrees. Great food, service and ambiance though. I also really liked that they have valet parking, in Montclair that's definately a plus : )"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "They play old disco music! food was good..fun they put sparklers on bday celebrations "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a delicious meal sitting outside listening to the band in the plaza. Luca, our waiter, was very attentive. His recommendation of Penn Modo Mio was appreciated - delicious!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My first complaint is that we were seated outside and my wife and I didn't want to sit there. The hostess claimed that there parties inside. No one told me about that the day prior when they called to confirm the reservation which I made weeks prior. The food (eggplant appetizer ) was loaded with oil an the Chicken giambotti was very dry with and no flavor at all. Two small pieces of chicken and more potatoes then peppers. One long hot pepper . The Veal Milanese was also oily with little flavor. Very poor quality for the money. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Good food and environment. My daughter enjoyed it as well. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went here for Easter Sunday. Had a great time. The wait staff was nice. They accommodated my two children and had a decent kids menu. We had 3 courses and each course was delicious. Nice ambiance, appetizer, 4 entrées, & desert for just under $100. I'll definitely be going back to try more menu items. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was delicious and came in just the right portion. Service was good. Be prepared to speak very loud to be heard because the tables were close to each other."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Fresco is striving to be, in our waiter's own words, "very Italian," but begs the point. Odd pairings at brunch - soft shell crabs Eggs Benedict - seem anything but Italian. Scrambled eggs with mozzarella were overdone (but tasted okay), and did not come with toast. Pancetta was oddly vinegary. When we asked if we could get a traditional Eggs Benedict, our waiter responded, "sure, without hollandaise?" The price was certainly reasonable and ambience very nice. Pizza at other tables looked wonderful. Worth a repeat trip."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "For a montair restaurant, I was disappointed. The food was decent, but nothing special. We waited almost an hour for two pasta dishes and the restaurant was not even packed. In all, it was a good meal but I would rather pay to eat elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I love the options in the menu. I could literally go there every day just for the Ricotta Vasi appetizer. So delicious. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Been here a few times for dinner and lunch and haven't been disappointed. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This restaurant is great apparently if you're going through a midlife crisis and want to act like a teenager. We were surrounded by 3 large tables of people over the age of 50 that were acting like it was their first night of college. One table had multiple bottles of vodka handles that had a large dent (at 8pm), and the others were sharing a bottle of fireball whiskey. Seriously? They were screaming so loud and at one point even stood up on their chairs to initiate the restaurant in a round of "YMCA". I really wish I was kidding. The music in the restaurant was also blasting the entire time. Which forced me to scream if I wanted even a chance of letting my friends hear what I was saying. It was ridiculous. Never going back again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Really really really loud, but really really good. It took a long time for me to find a parking spot, but found out when I got there, I found out that they valet. I brought a bottle of wine, but needed another. The waiter brought me a book with a wine list from a local liquor store. I gave the waiter my cc and no less than 5 mins., the wine was delivered to my table! I will definitely be going back! The food was great, the music was great and the service was great. What more can you ask for. It was a great night out."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my third time here and just gets better, def need a reservation on weekends bc packed, was sat everytime with no wait, its byob, gas valet parking for $10, service is perfect, do not rush you out, food is beyond delish, on weekend nights plays loud fun music while eating so if you want quiet do not go here, if its your bday come out with sparklers and fun loud music, def rec restaurant"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Glad I made a reservation at Fresco - I live in Montclair and have walked by it often and wanted to try for a while! The place was packed when my date and I arrived but I was quickly shown to an open table that was reserved for us :) Our waiter was great fun and very attentive. The food was absolutely delicious, although the portions were a bit small. In retrospect, it was probably the "right size" considering that most restaurants give you an exorbitant amount of food but given the prices, I was expecting a bit more. Still, the quality was outstanding and I'd definitely go back and try something different. Overall, great experience!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We loved the food, we ordered the fried calamari which we enjoyed but could be cooked a minute or two longer. Our dinner came out 40 minutes or longer after our appetizers, our server seemed surprised we hadn't gotten our food yet. Not sure if they forgot to out the order in or if they were just that backed up. When the bill came our server also asked that we leave his tip in cash and not on our credit card which left a bad taste in our mouths. We would still go back, but for a nicer restaurant we expected more"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great spot-ambiance-service is usually excellent--I had a server who was far to frequent at our table-we wanted to take our time which Fresco is great for--their dishes and made to order it seems-but this server kept coming over and coming over when we were talking and clearly not ready to order. Also the place was not busy at all on a Tuesday evening so there should not have been a rush to get our table flipped. However the food is fantastic-BYOB-and Is my favorite place now!! all in all 5 stars!! Best fresh and great preparation, presentation!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "It was disco music night. Loved Loved Loved the Sparklers for the birthday recipients and how the crowd chants to those who celebrate. Everyone participates. My friend Donna B was wow'd by the attention since it was her bday .. awesome.. Foodwise...The calamari rings were Ehhh! super rubbery and where's the tomato sauce? Arugula salad was a nice size- the dressing bitter!!! Change dressing!!!!! Halibut was delish- like lobster. The eggplant, tomato and mozz pretty good, but the creamy spinach polenta was the best! Chocolate and vanilla cake yummy- Service nice ! Replace the 3 slices of focaccia and get some crusty oversized Italian bread with olive oil on the side. Serve Water??? salt, pepper??? & sugar???should be made available."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is a reservation must place. We took a chance and ended up getting lucky after our original place was closed for reservations and I'm glad we did. The food was amazing, the place loud but comfortably so. The only down side was the help staff for the waiters: they didn't seem to understand what was needed so they kept bringing the wrong things which led to extra work for the waiter and a slowing down of the service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great experience, food was top notch will definitely be going back again. Great atmosphere all around good time, attentive staff."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "After shopping in montclair this was the perfect spot to have a bite to eat. Portion were great and reasonably priced. Would go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "toooooo LLLLOOOOOOUUUUUDDDD.................. say what?"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the ambiance and décor of Fresco. Everything was very trendy. The food was really good and we would definitely come back again. The waiter was friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 3/5/2014