Al Fresco Italian Restaurant

4.6
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$30 and under
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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.
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P
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went for restaurant week although we have been to Al Fresco many times before. The food was not as well done or tasty as usual. It was clear that this was "different" than on a regular night. I had ordered the salmon, which I have had on previous visits, and although the salmon was cooked perfectly the sauce was just fair and the presentation not as lovely as usual. If I hadn't eaten there many times over so very many years, it would not have drawn me back.

KC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 6. Food was delicious and service was excellent! Everyone left happy!

s
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I felt like we were ignored and placed in a corner, while the owner and his buddies got great service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We decided to go here for a last 2019 meal. It was ok. Calamari wasn’t the best. Bruschetta sauce seemed to be out of a can, didn’t taste fresh as I’m used to having it. Main dish was delicious for me, everyone else at the table said meh for them. Their parmigiana was drowned in sauce and cheese that it made the chicken taste soggy. The waitress was amazing though and very prompt. Seems to be a pretty friendly place.

PJ
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, as always. Did a great job since it was New Year's Eve in ensuring food was hot and drinks were filled. Great place...

D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we entered the restaurant, the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The owner checked on us a couple times. The wait staff helped each other in serving us which spoke highly on how they work so well together, seemingly concerned more on the customers, than on getting a good tip. Ironically, by serving in such a way, the tip was much higher. They clearly explained specials and any accommodations we might need. I have eaten here several times over the years and the food is always excellent. This time the chef prepared a special "TRIO" dinner that topped all the other meals I have eaten here. I commented to the waiter and the owner of such, saying "it was so good that if I were a Catholic, I'd have to go to confession!"
Truly a wonderful dining experience.

BD
Richmond
130 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening and visit.. The place looked great decked out for the holidays!

R
Miami
64 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a special experience!! Our server Trevor was exceptional. The food fantastic. We had a tortelloni appetizer with a great lite sauce. The veal tender and delicious with a raisin pine nut sun dried tomato Marsala type sauce. The flounder piccata perfect.
Simply a great time!!

BD
Richmond
130 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Was a super evening great to see the place set for Christmas and everything from Wines to desert and drinks were great! Deb and Bill Schmidt, Wmsburg

ED
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent experience...been eating at Al Fresco's for 20 yrs

K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The server was as nice as she could be without being intrusive. The manager was great and came by to ensure the experience was excellent. I highly recommend the chicken Marsala.

PS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, and great atmosphere.

JA
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Server was attentive and friendly. Food was slow in coming. Veal chop was tough/rubbery. Thanks.

m
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I told my husband on the way home that I had found everything delicious - from the tasty salad, delicious bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese, to the entree of chicken marsala. AND it was a great value! We'll definitely be back!

S
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food & service! Love Al Fresco!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was mediocre. The place seemed like they were trying to make everything fancy but it was just class c food. It wasnt bad, but probably wont go back

J
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant evening

W
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far one of my favorite italian restaurants. They know and understand italians. Freshly grated cheese is offered for your soup and salad. Balsamic vinegar is available for your bread or salad. They know we like tomatoes in a salad. Outstanding homemade pastas. Fresh never wilted salads. Wait staff is always helpful and all have great customer service.

DS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant! I always enjoy it and I have often brought friends and family here. It is my go-to restaurant to impress out of town guests.

BW
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing! We have been coming for the past 5 years. We are always welcomed with a smile, and depart with best wishes. Food is amazing, prices are beyond fair, and the staff / owners are a delight. Highly recommend!! Cheers

s
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food, service, ambiance all top-notch!

BD
Richmond
130 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Another great visit was glad we had the chance to stop in!! Ella did a great job caring for us and all was great wine thru after dinner drinks.. Super.. Look forward to our next visit. Deb and Bill Schmidt, Wmsburg

r
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, consistently excellent. We have never had a negative experience.

g
Richmond
94 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Tonight’s special was the best.
People at the next table saw my special entre and they commented this is the best Italian food bar none in the extended area.
They are originally from New York as are we and we share the same opinion.

MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful and delicious dining experience. Excellent food and excellent service!!!

AD
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great little Italian spot in Newport News when you need a break from chains!

L
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual! The chicken del bosco was wonderful. All 4 of us enjoyed the food, wine, and experience. My favorite restaurant on the peninsula!

g
Wilmington
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love Al Fresco and enjoyed our third dinner there within the last 4 weeks. Only problem was that the service was extremely slow and we waited about 80 minutes for our dinner. Food was great. We appreciate the kitchen's willingness to substitute!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We love this restaurant and the food. However, our server was not very attentive or personal. And this is very unusual for this restaurant. She was more interested in her customers who are regulars.

DD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - the food is great, service is attentive and the mood is casual. I highly recommend.

l
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

After reading the reviews, we tried this restaurant with anticipation. Unfortunately it was met with disappointment. The wine was the best part of our evening! Our server was not well versed in the menu and inattentive. The food was average at best. After a long wait for our entrees, the chef made a mistake with my order and asked if I wanted it remade or if it would be acceptable. I went ahead and accepted it only to see it was a "veal" version of the chicken dish my friend ordered. The veal was very tough and overcooked. Kudos to those who left good reviews. Maybe we went on a bad night .

HH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I can't get out of the Veal Marcella. Every time I come, this one is special.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere.

MH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visits to Al Fresco. Their food is always wonderful and the servers are all very pleasant.

PR
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food, the service, and overall ambiance.

W
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We came in late but never felt rushed.

F
Washington DC
154 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Many authentic Italian entrees to choose from. The service was amazing! Good wine options. The seafood specials were raved about by others in our party. The gluten free pasta was very good also.

t
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food, service, and atmosphere were excellent.

BD
Richmond
130 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Another great evening with our friends - Table was ready and great Hello when we showed up and things got better from there.. Ella did a super job caring for us the wines great as always the food was super from Appetizers thru deserts, after dinner drinks - Wayne appreciate the Creme D'Mint.. Great nite.. Look forward to the next visit..

B
Dallas
48 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, white table cloths yet casual restaurant. Nice enough for a special night out or a weekday dinner. Our food came quickly and hot. Nice size portions of linguine with clams in white wine sauce and a spaghetti with pancetta in a creamy pesto sauce. both were very tasty. Came with salads which were basic house salads, but very adequate, and delicious garlic toasts. Server was very good, quick to refill water glasses. Seemed to mostly be an older crowd...but would recommend. Moderately priced.