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Fresco Montclair
Fresco Montclair

Fresco Montclair Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescoonchurch.com/
  • Email: franco@frescomontclair.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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Been here a few times for dinner and lunch and haven't been disappointed. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "toooooo LLLLOOOOOOUUUUUDDDD.................. say what?"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Loud, loud, loud You sit on top of other tables Got hit by people/waiters walking in the narrow aisles Not sure I will go back"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "great spot... great food everytime......you wont be disappointed"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Server was very pleasant and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The venue was STUDIO 54 NITE and it was awesome!!!! Some people were dressed in their 50s costume and some weren't, however itwas my birthday and I couldn't have celebrated any other way then in that error. The D.J. , was amazing with the 80s music and the proceeds of the nite went to the wounded warriors which was even more fulfilling to celebrate our warriors. EASY TO GO FRESCO!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I've had a number of professional dinners at Fresco, and have generally found it a good place because the food is good, it's a pleasant space, and showing people Church Street helps "sell" Montclair. Unfortunately, the last two times - both on week nights - the music has been loud disco music. It seems odd for a nice Italian restaurant, and definitely not conducive to conversation. After two visits like this, I won't be returning..."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "It was a YMCA kinda night. Great food, great ambiance... a must try...."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had an enjoyable experience. Wait staff was very attentive and food was very good. Service at just the right pace. Our only complaint was that the noise level is high, especially for the frequent birthday celebrations. Overall experience was very good and I would recommend this establishment to friends and family."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We usually head to Raymond's across the street for brunch, but lately their wait has been crazy long so we happened across Fresco. Their brunch menu, though only a few choices, is delicious. Ordered the breakfast pizza, breakfast calzone, the french toast, and italian egg platter. Everything was very good but my favorites had to be the breakfast calzone and the french toast. Their French Toast is even tastier than Raymond's. Service is a little on the OK side, depending on your waiter. Have always been pleased with meal, however the last time we did go for Brunch, they overcooked the eggs, the french toast was not as good as usual and they also used ricotta instead of marscapone. THAT BEING SAID, they're usually great and would recommend!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "1st time, good food, waiters very informative. Very Busy. Felt like I was being pushed out."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I took my mom out because she had a rough week. Fresco was the right place to be! The atmosphere is great, the music is awesome and the food was delish! It is loud and sometimes difficult to talk, however, we had a great time."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have been living in montclair many years and never heard of this place...a friend a work told of this place and said it was the place to be and he was so right.I went for birthday celebration..party of 8 and was given the. Best table in the house.service food waiters were excellent.I mean food was outstanding..by the ambiance of the place u would think you were in the city.best night ever!!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My friend and I went to dinner here on a Saturday night. It was the first time for both of us and it was an awesome experience! The food was fantastic. We started with the grilled octopus special and seared scallops over soft polenta. We both had the Chilean Sea Bass special for our entrees and everything was delicious. Service was great and it is such a fun and energetic place! We both had a blast and were so happy we chose Fresco out of all of the options in Montclair. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "They serve the best pizza I had in America. I'm myself Italian and their pizzas as just as good as in my own country if not even better. Brick oven helps! Service is great and prices are very affordable. BYOB"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Food was excellent -- my fish was cooked exactly as I asked. My husband had the skirt steak, which was excellent."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took my wife there for Valentine's Day and although the menu was limited, the choices were great. It was a three course Fixe Price ,but they accommodated my wife who choose a different desert. Our server Vinny was outstanding. We will be back again real soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was underwhelmed by Toscana, which was the former restaurant in the same location. Used to be an ok place to get a quick bite before a movie but nothing special. First time dining at Fresco and I was impressed by the food and service, all at a fair price. Had stuffed hot peppers (pretty darn hot), eggplant mozzarella tomato stack, skirt steak, and special risotto. It was a very good meal and I'll be back for sure. The chef is definitely creative and skilled. I'm a real foodie and don't settle for uninspiring menus or ambitious menus with poor execution. The menu is creative, ambitious, and well-executed."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant a few times and have always really enjoyed it. Superbowl Eve they didn't seem quite prepared for. The food was as excellent as normal, but we had problems getting water and the restaurant was so loud I couldn't hear my husband across the table. The waiter did make an extra effort to put our food in ahead of his big table which was much appreciated. We'll go back again because the food never disappoints."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great food, great price, too loud. We all loved our entrees, each under $20. The dessert was AMAZING! The service was on point. Only compliant was it was so noisy you couldn't hear each other across the table. I'll def be going back, just not on a Saturday night. I like vibrant noise, this was a little much though."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Parking is annoying, but the restaurant is worth it! Great food, very trendy nyc restaurant ambiance- which is nice for Montclair."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Very Very loud and only 1/3 full. Menu cliché and unoriginal, portions smallish, won't go again"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We decided last minute to have a late dinner with friends. Didn't expect to get a table, but did and the place was humming with excitement. Our friends had never been and loved it. We had steak, mais salad, and fettuccine plus dessert. Was excellent as usual."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I live in Northern New Jersey, but when I meet friends in Montclair, this is the repeat restaurant that I go to. Family run, caring service, and food that cannot be beat. BYOB makes it that much more appealing."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Vibrant, energetic restaurant with a variety of delicious food options. BYOB. Enjoyed by family and friends alike. Skirt steak with salsa verde sauce was amazing!!! So were the scallops in corn risotto. Will definitely be heading here in the near future again."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This place has a Saturday Night Fever vibe to it, so you have to go with that. Staff is very friendly and they truly care, so hate to have to not be thrilled. Decent list of specials. But, all in, just too expensive. Small pizza, salad, 1 main course and two desserts and it's over 100 with the tip? Not remotely worth it."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Delicious meal. I got the lobster ravioli with saffron/champagne sauce which were amazing. We shared the calamari, which was light and delicious with the dipping sauce. My brother's margherita pizza was good but tasted a little funny--almost as if pepperoni had been on it but taken away? maybe due to a smokey flavor from the mozz or the tomatoes. My mom's pumpkin ravioli were surprisingly sweet, but delicious; my dad enjoyed his meal of broccoli rabe pasta with fennel sausage."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Service was a little lacking. We waited over ten minutes after being seated before being greeted. Then we were rushed to order. When we opted to put in our appetizer order and have her come back to get our entree order, she actually huffed like she was annoyed. Atmosphere was very loud, so definitely not a place for a quite meal. It is better for groups looking for a lively, loud, night. Food-we had the ricotta. The lemon zest flavor was so overpowering you could hardly taste the ricotta. Entrees and dessert were good."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Had lunch here with a friend. The restaurant is pleasant with well-spaced tables. However, we were never told the specials. We both ordered the arugula-roast corn salad. It sounded very appealing but turned out to be 90% corn with an arugula garnish, really not a salad at all. We had also both wanted the soup du jour and we're told it was only available as a bowl and not a cup. We decided to share the bowl but we're never offered a second bowl so we could share it. Had to use a coffee cup."
    Dined on 12/4/2013