Trattoria Fresco
Trattoria Fresco

Trattoria Fresco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: https://sites.google.com/site/frescotrattoria/home
  • Phone: 4154640915
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Marco Franceschini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Redwood Dr.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Trattoria Fresco
Welcome To Marco`s Trattoria Fresco


For a delightful evening, come and enjoy our distinctive specialties including a variety of delicious appetizers and salads freshly made pastas, seafood, and outstanding grilled entrees.


Fresco is dedicated to supporting the essential earthly concepts of organic food production.


We cook with fresh produce delivered every day, and choose organic whenever possible. Menu highlights include house-made pastas, traditional Italian salads, fresh fish and flavorful meats grilled over mesquite.


All baked goods, pastries and desserts are prepared daily in-house.
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Trattoria Fresco reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (4)special occasion (2)great for outdoor dining (2)romantic (2)great for lunch (1)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OT Dining certificate not accepted
    MarindocVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a neighborhood small restaurant where you can get a large well dressed salad and a perfectly prepared pasta w/o spending an arm and a leg. Meal service was fine and romaine with anchovy salad was great as was the funghi with light creme sauce and penne pasta. Others had sausage or ground meat (~ Bolognese) and found the portions quite ample, hot and tasty. Desserts tend to be dairy based and shareable. Unfortunately, though in a very gracious manner, the owner, Marco, informed me that he could not accept my $20 Open Table Dining Award, because of trouble redeeming one in the past! Not good for P.R. ! We'll return however, but informed several other friends of their certificate policy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Authentic Italian cooking. Great selection of pastas paired with good Italian wines. The owner Marco is always present to ensure you have a great experience. Friendly, consistent, and accomodating service. Looking forward to our next visit and Tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for taking last minute res
    elayjayVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had a group of 10 and the restaurant was very kind at accommodating us, considering it is such small place. Most restaurants on OT do not take groups that large.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    MaringuyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We recently went to Trattoria Fresco and were extremely impressed with everything! The food was absolutely outstanding and the owner was very attentive and funny. We particularly appreciated the fact that we could hear each other without yelling. All in all, it was a great evening and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Trattoria Fresco reviews archive.
  • Good experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love it when the owner is so nice! Will look forward to going back again and again! Appreciate personalized service from the owner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It is now on our favorite list
    Elbon
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The food is prepared in a simpler gourmet style. These are undoubtedly dishes that he learned from mother or grandmother. New chefs today seem to overreach in their endeavor to be "creative"... it's refreshing to find a restaurant that delivers the right authenticity, combined with absolutely great taste, with just the right amount of complexity. Owner/chef is very nice and seems a bit awkward sometimes transitioning between server and chef. This is a small restaurant, so he can get away with that, but if it were full, he would (quite literally) have his hands full. Strongly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back.......
    Bill
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Marco is an excellent chef and creates Italian dishes like none other do..................have dined there many times and have NEVER had a bad meal, in fact have never had anything but an excellent meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Good, unfriendly staff
    Foodlover70
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was our first time to this restaurant, and were really excited to try it. The pasta dishes were outstanding, and our chicken piccata was good. The front of the house was unfriendly, and service poor. Only 2 people in front of house, one was the owner. Never had a visit from the owner, even though there are only 9 tables. Authentic Trattoria atmosphere .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely excellent experience
    JackVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Trattoria Fresco is, without a doubt, the best Italian restaurant in Marin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Heart of Ross
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Trattoria Fresco is a neighborhood gem with great food, a warm and intimate environment, and an authentic Italian feel. Not only is it in the heart of Ross, but with its warm authenticity it also brings heart. I loved it!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Again!
    Open4Anything
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    It was Christmas Eve, and we were only the second table seated at 6 PM. Then the restaurant started to fill up. We put our order in as quickly as possible - to no avail. We were served our entrees after every one else had been served! We requested our bill when we were served our dinners, and we still received the check 15 minutes later. The service was abysmal, the food mediocre at best. A profound disappointment all around.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely fabulous!
    divadrabnud
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Marco is a true auteur - It's like having your own private chef. Mille gratzie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian food with NYC attitude
    MarindocVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Perhaps the best Caesar salad dressing is combined with reasonable pasta offerings. Pasta is house made and sauces are good, lack that flavor punch of tart tomatoes. It comes with a NYC type of attitude (wouldn't prepare a chicken ala mattone one night) and a brusque approach that if you stand up to it will become a tolerable experience. Well worth the moderate price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Carole
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We arrived at 6:30 since we were attending an 8:00 play on Sat. Night. The room was half full. 15 minutes after we were seated menus were dropped at our table. The menu offering did not have one item from the online menu ...and we had to motion to the waitress to get a glass of wine. We each settled for one of the mediocre pasta dishes and a dry Cesar salad . Trattoria quite simply Failed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood spot for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Great neighborhood spot for simple fresh from the farm dishes
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molto bene in Ross!
    ScooterPhile
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Our French group of 7 visited Trattoria Fresco before a Ross Valley Players' performance at Marin Art & Garden Center. We were all delighted with our dinner choices. And we loved the fact that the restaurant is quiet enough so you can talk in a normal voice and hear what your dining companions are saying! Everything was terrific, and Marco is amazing (how does he look after so many people at once?). We will definitely be back, as a group and individually, with other friends. Thanks for being part of our "enchanted" evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They seemed confused about
    Suzie
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    They seemed confused about the reservation, but had a good table so it did not matter. Very slow to refill water.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been to this restaurant
    DiningDuoVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    We have been to this restaurant before. Usually it is pretty quiet. This night was busy and unfortunately the owner is the waiter, busboy, cook and dishwasher....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has noted by other reviewers,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Has noted by other reviewers, the place is quite busy/hectic due to the small mom and pop feel of the place. The staff does work hard and the food quality makes up for any issues. Great food, just expect to sit down and enjoy the evening after all this isn't fast food!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just the right place for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Just the right place for a good, moderately priced meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch Food, Lower Tier Service
    norcaldinerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day, as I had heard that it was a good spot for romantic meal. The space is not conducive to romance, and the service was the awful - salad plates were not cleared before entrees arrived, water & wine glasses were never refilled, we had to ask for utensils to eat dinner, and we had to ask for dessert and coffee after looking at our empty plates for 15 minutes! That being said... the food was amazing. I had a parchment paper cooked halibut that moist and flavorful. She ordered a risotto that had amazing flavor and great texture. After we convinced the server to let us order dessert, that was great, too! With proper training for the servers, this place can be #1 in Marin!
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  • Delicious Dinner!
    OutdoordinerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Our meal was delicious!! Fantastic ravioli with lobster...almost licked the plate. We shared the food and everything we had was excellent. Our waitress also made a good suggestion for the wine to go with our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food, good service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Outstanding food, good service, very passionate owner (kind of wacky). A quirky place where you might come away with a great story.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I were in visiting
    PhoodeeVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    My wife and I were in visiting our kids who live in the area. My daughter had recommended we go and found it to be as close to Italy without being there. How the owner runs a one man shop every nite is beyond me. Lamb was superb, pasta al dente with perfect portion size. We look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Marco has a gem of a neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Marco has a gem of a neighborhood restaurant. We've been coming for 12 years and it is so consistent. It is a small intimate space and you can actually talk with your friends across the table and hear yourselves! The portions are small, which I happen to appreciate, and the price a tad high for the quantity as compared to other Italian local restaurants. But we love how fresh everything is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • THis takes me back to 'Italia' Own
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    THis takes me back to 'Italia' Owner presides over both the stove and the dining room He is very, very amicable All the pastas are sublime The wine list was fair pricing and even had some interesting Italian wines Americans that are used to Applebees wont be impressed, but having lived in Italy in my youth, this is the real deal Bon Appetito
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleased
    abalgirVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Excellent food, very good menu. A bit stressful to see Marco, the owner, doing most of the things and jumping from table to table. also not a place where to stay more than 8:30 PM on a Saturday evening. good for early dinner. The restaurant was cold, a little bit of heating would not be bad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great local place, none
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    A great local place, none of the usual Ross snootery. Good italian, simply prepared, nice Italian wine list. I will be back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant.
    Marinfoodie
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Nice neighborhood restaurant. Small menu, but quality ingredients prepared nicely and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Dinner. My wife
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    Fantastic Dinner. My wife and I ate here last Wednesday evening for the first time. We shared the Arugula salad, tomato and pesto sauce pizza and the Rusticate pasta dish with shrimp and sausage. One of the tastiest Italian dinners we have had. Atmosphere is very nice on the Ross square. We will be back. This is a must try local restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a wonderful, low-key
    ATuslerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    It's a wonderful, low-key gem with house made pasta. It was perfect for us to have dinner with food savvy friends we rarely get to see.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was delicious: pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Food was delicious: pasta cooked perfectly and masterfully seasoned. Service was mediocre, but that's what I'd been told to expect and I'm fine with trading this off for great food. This was our first time at this restaurant so I can't say whether this (Sunday) night was an aberration, but the place was exceedingly noisy - we were seated next to a group of 8 who were having a wonderful time laughing and talking - not yelling or screaming - yet the noise literally bounced off the walls and seriously detracted from the ambiance. That saif, we'll go back for the food, which is the closest I've tasted to the Tuscan food I grew accustomed to when I lived in Italy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful northern Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    Wonderful northern Italian food in an intimate setting across from the Ross Commons, with a talented, friendly chef.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I happened to be in Ross for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    I happened to be in Ross for business and stumbled upon this gem a month ago. The food was so good that we have been back two more times with friends. The pasta is the best I've had outside Of Italy. The Bottarga with tuna roe is outstanding, as is the pasta with an orange sauce. Sounded different, so we tried it and now it's my husband's favorite. Bruschetta is amazing too. A must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great low key neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Great low key neighborhood spot. Good food and menu. Owner is a funny Italian with a bit of an edge. Easy place to slide in, have a nice inexpensive glass of vino and enjoy a lovely meal. Love their interpretation on a classic Caesar--light and refreshing with a zing of lemon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best homemade pasta in
    Happy2eat
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    The best homemade pasta in Marin County. We like it so much that I have made it my goal to work my way through the entire pasta list
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the most authentic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    One of the most authentic, delicious, and charming food experiences I've had lately. The owner/chef/waiter is completely immersed in his creation and our enjoyment. He engages lightly when invited, steps back if he's not. This is a lovely place I'll go to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very modest food offerings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    Very modest food offerings ... nothing to write home about.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This two-man operation is
    CKinMarinVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2012
    This two-man operation is unconventional (our waiter was in jeans and a baseball cap), but the food is delicious. The mushroom soup was perfect, creamy and tasty. We had a pasta dish and lamb - both presented nicely. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was very good all
    DickVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The food was very good all around. Prices were reasonable. There was only one wait person so the service was a bit slow but not terrible. Pastas are their specialties and it shows. We had 4 different pastas and everyone was happy. We'll be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic