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Al Fresco Italian Restaurant

4.7
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553 Reviews
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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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 553 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBillandDeb
Richmond
150 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another Great time with great people at a wonderful restaurant. Glad we had the chance to stop in and visit.

KG
KevinG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of nine to celebrate several family member's birthdays. We had reservations and were promptly seated. This is my go-to restaurant when I want good Italian food and an upscale setting and atmosphere. The waiter was very professional and attentive to our needs but not overbearing. Everyone had a fabulous meal and several of us took food home due to the generous portion sizes. This was the first visit for several of the family members and they all expressed their desire to return for another visit in the future!

KG
KarenG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service, lovely atmosphere! It’s one of our favorite places.

TJ
TerryJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Al Fresco! Small enough for intimacy, large enough for groups. Everyone wore masks. The food is consistently excellent, and they pay close attention to dietary needs. Great wines, too.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great hidden gem. Lovely atmosphere and great food.

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Moose
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The owner even came by out table to ask us how everything was. The portion sizes and quality of food was more then we could have asked for. I would recommend this to any local people or even visitors from out of town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Our server was Brian, highly recommend.
Food was perfect, from the drinks, apps to the entree. The leftovers were just as good
11 Stars
Definitely going back to try more!!!

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turkstack
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our Wedding Anniversary and the staff was very warm, the owner was very nice and friendly. It had been a while since we had been there and it was nice to see that the food and atmosphere was still fantastic.

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CamM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Greta atmosphere and service. They really appreciate the patrons.

Red wine is at appropriate temperature - not room temp of 72, but more like 59 degrees. Wish they had some steak or beef on the menu though.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem. We drive an hour to eat there. Food is consistently excellent and you can have a conversation easily.

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vipcdechillo
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great family experience with an awesome Tuesday Wine Bottle deal, attentive service and wonderful food that pulled from the fresh seafood in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve never had anything bad at Al Fresco. My Birthday dinner was good. Staff was friendly and attentive. Dining room was clean. The food was good, but I remember it being great. I was disappointed when my fiancé & friends said their meal was ‘OK’. I felt really bad when my fiancé paid the bill for a meal that no one seemed to love.

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TrinaY
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite date night venue. Best Italian food anywhere.

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AnnT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious! My husband had Fettuccine Alfredo & I had Veal. Can't wait to go back.

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DarlynnL
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Hi there, I love, love, love this place but my food was a bit salty for me. I believe the appetizer, the ravioli. My lemon cello martini was fantastic and so was my Vodka ravioli, again, just a bit on the salty side.
Otherwise it was a great meal!
Thank you

BD
vipBillandDeb
Richmond
151 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Another great evening was glad to get there given the terrible weather, but it was a great nite to spend my Birthday with friends and Ronnie and his wife were the great hosts they always are.. Other guests appeared to enjoy themselves as well service was great,,
Deb and Bill Schmidy Wmsburg

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service.

JR
vipJimR
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful evening at Al Fresco. Victoria, as usual, was our server and provided perfect service, never rushing us, even though we were the last ones in the restaurant. The food was excellent - salmon in a vodka sauce and veal in a marsala sauce. And on top of that, they have Albarino back in stock! Thanks for another perfect Thursday evening.
And, Happy Birthday, Ella!

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RickG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and staff was efficient and courteous. The restaurant adhered to all guidelines for virus protection with ample distancing between diners.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I just love the place. Unpretentious atmosphere. Good food. Always enough to take home for leftovers.

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vipgaryz
Richmond
102 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We split a lasagna and it was only room temperature.
Could have been much hotter.
Waiter forgot our calamari app.
Then went back to kitchen for it.
The calamari was delicious.
We like this restaurant a lot.
It was not on point last night though.

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vipMacbabs
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always was excellent! Service and ambiance great. This is a neighborhood gem.

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GeorgeC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Fresco is an excellent restaurant. The service and quality of the food has always been very good. I recommend this restaurant highly.

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LynnC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants!!
The food is always superb, the decor is the perfect look for a fine dining experience, and the service is efficient and very friendly!
We highly recommend Al Fresco!

SB
SteveB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior was very elegant but the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. The food was excellent and service was wonderful. I would highly recommend Al Fresco.

JR
vipJimR
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victoria and the entire staff were wonderful as usual. The salmon and veal specials were delicious. The only thing to make it more perfect would be if the wine distributor could deliver Albarino again, See you next Thursday

CG
vipCliftonGal
Washington DC
125 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in Newport News and tried Al Fresco. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the linguine and clams and my husband had Veal Marsala with shrimp. Both were terrific. Great waiter and service. We'll be back.

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vipgaryz
Richmond
102 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Don’t understand why we were given the table closest to the restroom door but we were.
The restaurant was only about 1/3 capacity. There were plenty of much better tables and booths available.
Also right near us was the noisy bar blender.
Food was great as always.

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vipSelby209
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In Newport News one night, looking for a nice place to eat. We saw on Open Table and saw Al Fresco. A modest restaurant in a strip mall. When we went inside it was very busy. We waited a bit more than usual to be seated and served, but the staff was apologetic. It was well worth the wait. I would have waited an hour If I'd known how great the food would be! True Italian! Fresh, flavorful, delicious. Do yourself a favor, order the Tiramisu; it is the best you'll ever taste.

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vipteria
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I recently moved to Newport News, and were looking for ana amazing Italian restaurant to replace our favorite from Kansas City, Mo. I friend suggested Al Fresco, and we are so glad we went, it will definitely be a favorite of ours. The Prince Albert Mussels were perfectly cooked, and the savory sauce was unbelievable to dip the house bread in. My husband had the Vitello del Bosco, and said it was one of the best veal dishes he had ever had. I had the Gambrri alla Napolitano, and substituted broccoli for pasta, it was a perfect combination of texture, and the savory broth had a balanced seafood finish. I had a dirty vodka martini, one of the best I have had since moving here. This restaurant is a keeper. The noise volume is perfect for a romantic date, or dinner with friends.

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vipNSwmsbg
Richmond
122 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit to Al Fresco and we were pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed the appetizer of Melanzane Rollatini. And our entrees were also delicious, Tortellini Baronessa and Lobster Ravioli. It was very busy on a Friday night, which is a good sign. The service was attentive and courteous. And we’re eager to return to Al Fresco.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for first date

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Carol
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Al Fresco on a quiet Monday night, 3 old friends, catching up. Two of the 3 of us have allergy issues, and the restaurant was very accommodating. Salad and bread are served first, both fresh and delicious. Two of us had shrimp in a light white wine sauce and the third had spaghetti and meatballs. Everyone was very happy with her dish. We sat and talked and no one felt rushed. The restaurant gave me a complimentary tiramisu for my birthday, which was an added treat. The food was delicious in a lovely atmosphere and a great time was had by all!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My birthday dinner with the fam, great time!

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DonD
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have made this place one of our favorites for years! Never disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentines spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was very slow. We had reservations at 6 and we didn’t get our food until 7:30. Bread was stale and obviously store bought. Salads were basic and boring. Very heavily sauced entrees. Pasta was overcooked. Would expect an Italian restaurant to nail the pasta.

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vipBillandDeb
Richmond
151 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a great visit as always they were very busy great for them.. And all the guests around us appeared to enjoy themselves.. We did!! Deb and Bill Schmidt, Wmsburg

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 4.7 stars by 553 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.