Fresco Montclair
Fresco Montclair

Fresco Montclair

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescoonchurch.com/
  • Phone: 9733375100x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast/Brunch:

    Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

    Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm


    Lunch:

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


    Dinner:

    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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Fresco Montclair reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (30)neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (8)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)romantic (4)late-night find (3)special occasion (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Waste of money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Music was energetic the food was terrible from appetizers to main course completely over cooked even the coffee was burnt. The waiter was rushed and in a hurry. Was annoyed we weren't ready to order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect
    GlutenFreeFoodie
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    No complaints! Everyone and everything was most pleasant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MSG1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was good but they were not able to accommodate any special requests and it was very noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    JenSing
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    They sat us right away. The food came fairly quickly. The waiter asked if we wanted cheese and fresh pepper. We said yes. He forgot to bring it. My was flavorless but had tons if pepper. Huge disappointment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect Location and Very Trendy
    Steve3048
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was delicious and with a great presentation. Perfect for outdoor dining. Cars are not wising by . We were seated almost immediately for we had reservations with open table. Very good menu with lots of great choices. Not expensive and can BYOB. A must when dining in Montclair !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall ok
    DRR24
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was great... Service friendly but slow. Just shy of an hour for our food to come out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trattoria for Downtown Montclair
    RobRoy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Fresco is a nice place to grab a bite before a show at the Wellmont. We had a great appetizer of ricotta on crusty tuscan bread and our entrees were great! Its a little loud but the food makes up for it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurant
    alinaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    great restaurant, excellent food, outdoor dining, great for kids
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just nice
    Jenn
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not wowed
    impressedVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Decent, but not great. High prices not justified. service not very attentive. Food ok. Not sure if I'd return
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    loved the place a little pricey though love eating outdoors
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    Fshfwd17
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected much more....
    Foodtime
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresco
    Veronafoodies
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the disco music
    goodfunVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    They play old disco music, its so much fun. The food is very good. The service is ok, could improve
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could be a great experience
    MADDOGVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not 2 good...
    luvitalianfood7
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Fun74
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on Sunday night
    alinaVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tufaro
    Tufaro
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 142 reviews are from the Fresco Montclair reviews archive.
  • Tries hard, usually scores
    BoomerwomanVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eveningdining
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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 : )
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun
    goodfunVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    They play old disco music! food was good..fun they put sparklers on bday celebrations
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy Saturday Night
    Rprjr1211VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place to go
    BeeBee
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Good food and environment. My daughter enjoyed it as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time
    brandis88
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Scenic2
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Striving
    KC2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    Lala
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu
    NJguy
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A regular
    Gmoney
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Been here a few times for dinner and lunch and haven't been disappointed. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ridiculous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMG!
    AnniePVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd times a charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    MAS623
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, loud restaurant
    Rocky092
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    juls
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.