Frescos Seafood Trattoria - Cape May
Frescos Seafood Trattoria - Cape May

Frescos Seafood Trattoria - Cape May

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frescoscapemay.com/
  • Phone: 609 884 0366x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Badger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A private dining room can seat fifty guests. Small groups of twelve to sixteen guests can be accommodated in a semi-private area of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Saign 6098848884x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lafayette
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our private parking is 1/2 block away.
A word from Frescos Seafood Trattoria - Cape May
In the heart of the Historic District, Frescos occupies an 1880 Victorian cottage. On the candlelit veranda, or in the coolness of the Mediteranean inspired dining rooms, you imagine yourself at a small trattoria in Tuscany, or sampling the finest of local seafood at a Mediterranean cafe. From the seafood and homemade pastas of the South to the elegant sauces, meats, and veal of the North, Frescos is a culinary adventure tour of Italy. Frescos' award-winning young Chef Joseph Badger takes as his palette the incredible variety of fresh local seafood, and bountiful local produce, bringing a richness and creativity to the menu-- a dazzling display of shrimp, lobster, seafoods and pastas, and desserts that make guests exclaim with delight. One of ZAGAT'S "Top Italian Restaurants in America," and Voted "Best Italian Restaurant in Southern New Jersey 2012," by NJ Monthly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Frescos Seafood Trattoria - Cape May reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)special occasion (59)neighborhood gem (58)romantic (55)good for groups (19)kid-friendly (16)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (8)scenic view (5)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • JulesVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Good food, very nice to our small kids. Server michael was the best part. Made us feel very at home! Would request him!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service and food was very good! We really enjoyed ourselves. It is a little expensive but great for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner at Frescos was wonderful. We went with our two young children. The waiter was extremely attentive and respectful of all of us. The food was very enjoyable, especially the fried olives. We would definitely return on our next visit to Cape May.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Jcaro
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Service was great, food was great. One of our favorites in cape may.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would not return
    WolfNJ
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Typical tourist rest.- average food with low level service. Poor staff attitude shown from the person at the front entrance , to the seater and waiter. Food was inconsistent ranging from insultingly small appetizers to under cooked meat to very good Seafood FraDiavolo. Would not consider returning. Too bad, given the excellent location and very charming Victorian .
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had fried olives as an appetizer, they were really good. Was something different we never had before. Open face lasagna was delicious . Very lite. Was different than typical lasagne. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    Bonnie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This restaurant never fails, it is fantastic and our waitress was wonderful, she knows her stuff and while telling us about the menu and the specials it made us even more hungry. Well done.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    KEITHH
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Fooda was unbelievable! Best Italian meal I've had in quite some time. A leaky vent dripped on my head, but I can overlook it because of the meal! You have to get the homemade sorbet for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • creative and delicious
    mdm9802
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We enjoyed all of our three courses. They were all creative and inventive flavor combinations. We both had the dinner specials. The flour less chocolate cake was so light and delicate unlike many others I have tried. I especially enjoyed the Sacchetti Intossicato pasta appetizer. Little filled purses of pasta.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting find
    Eatout
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Other than a mix up on the reservation, the service was attentive, menu options varied and food was above average for Cape May. I had the stuffed veal chop which was worth the $30 price tag. My wife had the seared tuna cooked perfectly. Kids are pasta and salmon both finished everything.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal!
    dpk86
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This was our 2nd time back to Fresco's, both times our meal was delicious! We arrived a bit early but we didn't have to wait long before our table was ready. Our server was friendly and greeted us right away. Our food was served in a timely manner, with just the right amount of time in between courses. Our only small complaint was that there was a large table next to us and with being on the 2nd floor with a peaked ceiling, it was at times too loud, so loud that we had to ask our server several times to repeat the specials. Other than that, fantastic!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good but not superb this year
    NyNjdine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We usually eat at Frescos two times on our annual weekly trip to Cape May as it is one of my all time favorites. We went on Saturday night and while the food is still top notch and the service excellent I just feel like it wasn't hitting on all cylinders. Perhaps because it was a Saturday night but it was hectic and when we went to place an order for appetizers before our meal we were told:"you must place your main course entree order at the same time as appetizers". I found that annoying as we are on vacation and I didn't want to feel rushed. I won't go a second time this week, as I have done in the past....too many other places to dine. Hopefully next year all will be perfection again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CocoVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Lovely staff. Felt rushed. Decor nice. Food was either too spicy/hot or bland. Has potential.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cape May gets a Quality Infusion
    DrDdines
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It may not be known as well as its twin or as well as some other established Cape May eateries, such as The Ebbit Room, but Frescos is a star and has earned its rightful place as a top choice for local and vacationers to very southern Jersey. Tasty and diverse offerings in an energetic atmosphere. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome for couples!
    achefguy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    great food awesome service... they made it a wonderful evening! My girl and I really enjoyed it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner at Frescos
    ProgessiveRockFan1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We visit Cape May every summer and often enjoy a dinner at Frescos. We enjoyed the Caesar and Mediterranean salads and the Seafood Fra Diavolo (was craving some pasta) and the Swordfish Piccata. Nice sized portions as well. Its a BYOB so enjoy one of your favorite wines with a great dinner. The crowd is a mix of couples and families. It was very busy the evening we were their and our server did a great job.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Fresco's. My salmon was cooked perfectly and our server was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local and disappointed!
    ChefsWife
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    As locals we've heard about 410 Bank St. for years and could not wait to try their "sister" restaurant Frescos. We really didnt mind the almost hour wait for our table. Even the sub-par service from the waiter didnt upset us..... It was when we had to send back 1 of our entrees and NO one from the restaurant managemet came over to speak to us or even offer an apology. As a couple who have been in the "business" for decades we are glad we had the opportunity to try the restaurant......not only were we not impressed but really DISAPPOINTED!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unusual
    Worldlydiner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Kitchen Fan was temporally out and we were advised that we could only order dishes that did not require cooking. This caused the dining experience to start out on the wrong note.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Victorian/Italian Gem
    katfish
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We enjoyed a lovingly prepared dinner that included zucchini blossom appetizers, superb salmon over risotto and the best osso bucco ever. Service was excellent, we had reservations so there was no wait. Definitely a must in Cape May.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was inedible
    AggieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had the open faced lasagna. It was disgusting. Pasta was crunchy. Waiter never asked how my dish was even though the plTe was barely touched. Many nice restaurants in Cape May. Miss this one
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites.
    RICHEVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a great meal. Heather our server was wonderful. The only problem was we were rushed. Not just us, Looked around after my wife mentioned it and saw it wasn't just us. But again I say the food was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    the fried olive appetizer is a must try! Great food, wonderful service…our second visit to this little gem of a restaurant and we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Cape May at its best. Along 410 Bank st one of the best. Love the old house turned into restaurants.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Searching for Italian
    LTre
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We love 410 Bank and heard Frescos was owned by the same people. The food was good (not great) and very small portions. We had a calamari app where I could count the # of rings on the plate. My husbands dinner was so spicy he was almost unable to eat it...in that case it was good his portion was small. I had the swordfish which was good and perfect size for me. Kids had pasta and were still hungry. We had a couple of helpings of bread and went for ice cream after to fill up. Service was excellent and kid friendly. Sadly we are still searching for great Italian food in Cape May.
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  • Was better before
    Eatingout
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Still pretty good but it Seems like the food and overall experience is getting worse each year. At this point it is overpriced for what you get and there are better options in Cape May
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Frescos
    dwdw
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food was okay, but nothing special for the price. Service lacking in attention. I expected more and likely will not return,
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a great resturant!
    Beppy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We hadn't been to Fresco's in a few years and wondered if it would still be as good as we remembered. It was! Food was outstanding, our server was knowledgeable about the menu and offered great suggestions. This place is wonderful and I can't wait to go dine there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MMMari
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    4 in our party, first time there, we ordered assorted apps and pasta entrees, good solid Italian food. Our server was Shannon, she was very good, super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I always appreciate servers that know and have tasted the menu and can offer an opinion. Offers parking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite Cape May restaurant
    lisa
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We spend a weekend in Cape May, NJ every year - it's my favorite beach town in the world. Although a beach town, it does have some very fine dining choices - heavily weighted to seafood, which, as a lifelong vegetarian (tending vegan) I do not eat. Frescoes is Italian, but there are sufficient veggie choices across the menu. As part of our annual trip the Cape May, we have a meal at Frescoes. Never, ever disappointed. The fried olive appetizer must not be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find!
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Delicious food and a lovely ambience. Although our entree portions were large, we were disappointed with the meager size of our caprese salad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Spot
    HfromWinnetka
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I grade on a world scale, so 4 stars is the overall limit. But this is a very nice restaurant. Clever and taste filled presentations. Fine service. Near to central Cape May shopping. Convenient parking. Took the family, including my mother-in-law, and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and delicious
    lessig
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We enjoy our meal and the service and the service was special. Our food was delicious. We forgot about byob, but we bought a bottle of local wine. The only problem was the parking attendant at the commons. Doesn't seem to match the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such an awesome night
    Beast
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Oh looord where do I begin. Went here with some friends the other night. Our server, Shannon, greeted us with a radiant smile and informed us of the additions to the regular menu they had. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We started with some apps to share for the table. The Sacchetti was phenomenal and I'd recommend that to anyone. Shannon told us that they do entree portions of the Sacchetti so I'll definitely be getting that in the future and see if the chef will add some grilled chicken to it. For my entree I had the Lamb special which was cooked perfectly. For dessert, I had the lemon ricotta cheesecake. If you don't like their cheesecake, you have a problem. Excellent service and food we surely will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VLfromWCVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We usually like Frescos. For our last experience, the atmosphere and service were nice. But we both ordered the braised short ribs. They were tender, but done soux vide so had no taste from the sauce. Wouldn't order that again, but would give Frescos another try based on many prior delicious dinners.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely one of Cape May's best!
    luvcm
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is the third time dining at Frescos this summer. Each time it gets better! Our favorites; fried olives, Sachetti (pasta purses with Vodka Sauce), Shrimp and Scallop Pescatore, Swordfish Piccata and Veal Chop Saltimbocca. All the salads are terrific as well! Service is friendly and competent. Ethan and Erica do a wonderful job serving. Frescos also works well for larger groups, we took our family of 12 and everything was seamless. There is free parking lot available on Bank Street which is a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place to dine.
    JoAnnebatt
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a great meal and wonderful time in Cape May at Frescos. We shared the fried olives and the grilled shrimp...both were fantastic. I had the shrimp and scallop pescatore which was also fabulous and fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as always!
    bldbeachVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We are local residents and dine here often. Had dinner with our neighbors on a Thursday evening and enjoyed regular selections and specials alike! Staff is always friendly and knowledgable about the menu, service is attentive but not overbearing, and we often bring guests from out of town. Favorite appetizer is fried olives, never miss them! Only wish Fresco's was open all year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good italian Food - Service Ok
    NJDevils
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is one of the better Italian restaurants we have visited in South Jersey. We have been coming to Fresco's for over a decade as part of our vacation routine. While the food has fluctuated a bit over the years it still remains very good. The service is good but used to be much better. This year the food was as good as any year but the service was noticeably different. It seemed that everything was just late - the bread came late, dinner came but our appetizers were still on the table - we had been done for at least 10 minutes. We were half way thru dinner before waitress checks to see if the food was ok. We went on late on a weekday - the restaurant was busy but not full. The waitress was very nice just the attentiveness was off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annual visit!
    Happy2returnVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Love dining here and the food never disappoints! Upstairs dining area is lovely. I ordered the pasta w champagne sauce and seafood-OMG! So great. Looking forward to my next dinner here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.