Al Fresco Italian Restaurant

4.8
689 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Al Fresco Restaurant lets you feast on a bountiful array of Italian specialties. The outstanding menu, featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, highlights a spectrum of lavish Italian specialties that are sure to please discriminating palates. Al Fresco Restaurant was planned with the summer in mind. An outdoor patio with a warm breeze and cold drinks are a perfect combination.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 689 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
M
Mary
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The food is exceptional and the atmosphere is great.

h
viphvu2000
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It’s a very nice Italian restaurant with good foods and services. The price for foods and drinks is very reasonable.

KB
KennyB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific! I had worked in NN and remembered how good it was and it did not disappoint. Salads are excellent, bread very good and just a great overall experience. I can highly recommend the place to everyone. It you want very good Italian food, this is your place!!

P
Paul
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place, like the atmosphere.
Food was good, not great but better than most restaurants in this area

M
Macbabs
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The menu is wonderful with a large selection. It is our go to Italian restaurant.

K
Kayroc
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine was great , 10 out 10

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great and as always Ronnie was amazing!

KA
KATHLEENJ
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular as always. It is our favorite special night out restaurant.

JR
JoeR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, relaxed atmosphere, good seating options. Service was a little slow, but, still a great evening.

C
Cliff
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Wine menu is vast. Al Fresco is consistently one of the best restaurants in town. Service was odd… as if our server didn’t really want our table. She was definitely rushing us from the beginning. But even that wasn’t awful.

JD
JulieD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. I got the special and all was very tasteful!

The service was wonderful and prompt!
Thank you!

n
norenep
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice Italian restaurant. Good food & great wine! We were running late for our reservations & they were very accommodating!

DP
DavidP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great Italian Restaurant. Classy in a location you would never expect such class. A real Italian Restaurant with no Pizza on the menu. Fantastic. Service was prompt, efficient, and what you would expect. Oh, the bread and oil/cheese/Balsamic mixture, may be the best ever. Even the house chanti was good.
Truly a hidden gem. Although given the crowd, not that hidden.

BD
vipBillandDeb
Richmond
212 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was a great visit all in all... From the friendly greeting when we arrived to the Thank you's when we left was a great nite, place was busy other guests looked to be enjoying themselves as well... looking for to the next time

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and service.

R
vipRckon
Richmond
135 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Italian food restaurant around by far. The veal is tender and delicious. The penne vodka original and very tasty.

The service is always superb. Congratulations to the owners for putting together a great experience!!

AP
AnnP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The waiter and not very personal. The service was slow. When the food finally arrived it was warm not hot. And the food was not up to par as in years past. We hadn’t been for a few months and the last time we went we were not very impressed with the food at that time. Yesterday was a disappointment as well. With it being Christmas we were hoping for a little more quality. The ambiance was really nice. It was quiet and inviting. I truly don’t like to rite bad reviews and am sorry to rite this report. It will be a long time before we come again.

DB
DonaldB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the lasagna and my husband had the veal parmagana. Both were good. The service was good and the host was friendly. My salad had too much dressing. Next time I will have it on the side. Overall had a good time.

DS
DanielS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Accommodating our large party at lunchtime was a bit of a challenge, but the food is always great!

DS
DebraS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived and our table was ready.
Our waitress was friendly and attentive.
We were served our salads and breadsticks very quikly.
Our lasagne arrived and it was hot. The portions were large.
We got to go boxes for our leftovers.

KG
KevinG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always come here when we want a great Italian meal. As always the food was excellent. The restaurant was very busy due to the holidays and made it a bit noisier than normal and the wait aq bit longer. Overall it was still a great meal and dining experience!

JK
JimK
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most enjoyable, server was excellent and food was, as always delicious!!! A favorite for sure.

s
suzanneh
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always it was an excellent dining experience. I swore I was going to branch out and get something different than salmon piccata, but salmon piccata is what I got. I love it. It was my friend's birthday and she enjoyed it and the tiramisu they brought for her birthday was wonderful. Love the bread - it's always consistently fabulous.

BG
BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great the service the food the owner just makes everybody feel like family

BH
BeckyH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. it is a small and popular place. Our server was very friendly and attentive as she could be in a very busy time.

R
Robert6
Savannah
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is the second time in a week that we have eaten at Al Fresco and both times it was very good! I had the lasagna this time and my wife had the mushroom ravioli and both were very good!

JE
JeffreyE
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic dinner with wife and good friend, food was spot on, service was exceptional

R
Robert6
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We picked this place as it was near CNU and the Ferguson Center where we saw Mannheim Steamroller. There were a number of people were there (probably for Mannheim).

It was excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 2nd anniversary. And we love this place. Ronnie is always a pleasure to talk to. And food was great. It's like being in Italy. Food is fresh and not pre-made. We love it.

M
Mich
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always!!

RA
RobandAdr
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went here for my wife's birthday! Had a wonderful and romantic evening. Will say that at the beginning the water cup is always filled but as the dinner came to a close it's almost if they had stopped filling the water cup. Other then this we had a wonderful time.

DA
DebA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tables very close together to the point of hearing each other's conversations and being elbow to elbow, well almost. Delicious food. Expected a white 'cream' sauce, but it was more a broth.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! Comfortable local restaurant!

JS
JanisS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything overall was perfect from the friendly atmosphere to the service and food

RS
RobertS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our 2nd visit and we'll definitely be back. The food is great, and everyone is made to feel like family.

KT
KeithT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A longtime Virginia Peninsula favorite, Al Fresco once again delivered the goods. We had an early reservation for pre-theatre drinks and dinner. Apparently, everyone else had the same idea -- the place was packed, but the service was friendly and attentive. Very good salmon salad entree, per my wife, and I had an excellent Veal Picatta. We'll be back for sure!

HG
HeatherG
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

ALWAYS enjoy having dinner or lunch here. Lovely wine and Lasagna was yummy.

IL
ItalianLover
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Al Fresco never disappoints. On this night they were busy. Every patron appeared to be enjoying their meals and themselves. You would not know the pandemic was still ongoing. Getting back to normal.

DA
vipDanA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at Al Fresco last Friday night. The service was excellent - the food was delicious and the drinks were very good too. We had a bigger group and everyone enjoyed their dinner - the chicken parm and all pastas were the big winners of the night.

We love Al Fresco and will definitely be back.

c
vipclmvip
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Came to the area for a quick getaway and found this place on OT with great reviews. Food was great and I am still thinking about that chicken parm. We got stuck in the back room with two birthday parties so not exactly the quiet dinner we had hoped for. Service was great as everyone helps out. We will definitely return when in the area again.

FAQs

Al Fresco Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 873-0644.

Al Fresco Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 689 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.