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About Al Fresco Italian Restaurant

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.

11710 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23606
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 873-0644

Website:
http://www.alfrescoitalianrestaurant.com/

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Al Fresco Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (13)
Good for a Date (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (9)
Cozy (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Casual (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Overall: 3 out of 5 because from time we took a seat to the time we got food was over an hour. The food was alright, not what I was expected compared to the cost.

Pro: Wife enjoyed her dish.

Cons:
-The bread they give was overcooked, but requested second one was softer.
-I got the Meatball and spaghetti, and it tasted bland.
- Calamari was rubbery, had a lot better at other Italian restaurant's.

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food3
ambience4
service3
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food and wine were excellent. The service, however, was a little lacking. I understand that it was Valentine's Day and the restaurant was very busy, but there was a table behind us that was seated after us but received much quicker service. They had their salads before our server had even asked to take our food order (we had the same server). They were ordering dessert when our entrees were brought out. Perhaps they received preferential treatment because they were regulars. At any rate, I will give it another chance on a less busy night, only because the food was so good and my friend who recommended it in the first place has assured me that this is not typical of her many experiences there.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We had dinner after the theater Saturday night. The restaurant was full, but we were seated immediately. They were still honoring the Restaurant Week menu so we all chose a selection from that. The meals were good and the portions were generous. The bread served with the meal is great, especially when right out of the oven. The real standout is the tiramisu -- outstanding.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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food4
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was outstanding!!! Service fantastic!!! Can't wait to go back!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

I celebrated my birthday with a family dinner at Al Fresco and the entire party thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We were promptly greeted upon arrival despite the dining room being busy. We were sat immediately even being 15 minutes early for our reservation time. Our server Alejandro took great care of us making sure we had what we needed throughout the meal. The food was amazing! Truly the best Italian food I’ve had in Hampton Roads. We will definitely be going back and I’ve already referred friends there for Valentine’s Day celebrations.

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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We go frequently. Great food, friendly host and wait staff. Wonderful food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great dinner! Would highly recommend to our friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on January 20, 2018

Awesome food service wine

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

First time was for a pre-concert dinner. Service, cuisine, atmosphere were excellent. Long drive from Chesapeake, but worth it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We have been to Al Fresco at least 50 times. The food and service are always excellent. Frequently, our server is Bailey. Bailey knows the menu and remembers us when we return - including drink orders. Al Fresco is a true gem.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Outstanding food and great service. Best Italian Restaurant in this area.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Fantastic food, knowledgeable and helpful staff. Always a wonderful dining experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

As always my favorite Italian restaurant on the peninsula.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Al Fresco is my new favorite restaurant. We dined there by mistake one day while looking for another restaurant that had been recommended. We were so lucky to stumble upon this wonderful dining experience. The food is absolutely incredible. The service is friendly and professional. I can't wait to revisit this place and have another great meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went with my family for dinner. We felt like we were being rushed the whole time. We couldn’t sit back and enjoy our dinner and time together. The owners kids were running around the restaurant. Food was definitely not worth the high prices. Who installs smelly carpet on a restaurant and charge $30 a plate?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The dinner was a family treat so we had three little ones with us. We were served appetizers and salads right away. Our main dishes took a while to arrive due to the waitress not putting in our main orders but because we had the appetizers and bread/salad we were able to keep the little ones happy. Overall great experience. Restaurant treated us to dessert for the long wait for our main course.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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food5
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service4
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

From beginning to end. Fabulous food and staff. We felt special

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We weren’t acknowledge upon arrival, sat ourselves and weren’t provided menus until asked, food was lovely but Hair in the water, waitress said no one worked there with that color hair and we saw another waitress walk by with that color (whether it was hers or not he waitress lied) I’ve had two other wonderful experiences, this one not so much

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I only gave a less than great review because the service was so bad on this occasion. It took 30 minutes for her to take our order and we were dining late so I was very hungry. Otherwise, it’s a great restaurant. A bit pricey for a big bowl of pasta and very little meat but tasty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 22, 2017

All waitstaff is incredibly attentive from the minute you walk in the door. Very pleasant experience!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My partner and I go to Al Fresco many times during the year. Their food is mostly northern Italian and delicious. I lived in Italy for 3 years so I can confirm the authenticity of the preparation and taste. Vince is an outstanding presence there. He works hard and makes your eating experience super special. He has a great number of dedicated followers who only want to sit in his section! He sings to you when the occasion merits and on birthdays, gets everyone to sing along. You also get a free dessert which are VERY yummy! While it is not inexpensive to eat there, the portions are fairly large and combined with delicious menu offerings, it is well worth it! Ellen is also amazing! She knows all the regulars but greets everyone with the same welcoming friendliness that you normally don't get in other restaurants. I look forward to every visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My last visit the special was veal piccata - outstanding. I asked what on the minute was close to that, and the waitress replied that the kitchen could make it. Outstanding once again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great way to make a reservation & excellent dining experience!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Another great visit, Wine, Food and service as well as a beautifully decorated room for the Holiday.. Look forward to our next opportunity...
Deb and Bill Schmidt, Wmsburg

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food4
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious as always. The service was lacking. There was a large party that our server was working too. We waited too long to order drinks then it took too long for our wine bottle to arrive. No refills on water and had to ask twice for bread. We had a reservation as well so thought they could have planned better.

Tags: Authentic
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service2
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Enjoyed the wait staff, food, and atmosphere. It was a very relaxing experience which set the tone for an evening at the theater. We traveled from Virginia Beach and will continue to include this establishment as part of our itinerary for diner and theater. This place exceeded our expectations.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is a restaurant at which owners and staff know their clientele and make us feel
welcome and cared for. Our dining preferences are known and often anticipated.
Food is reliably and predictably good using local ingredients, especially seafood.
It is good for quiet conversation most of the time and for visiting with friends.
The menu changes often enough that we don't find it boring to eat there
frequently.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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food4
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our entrees were very delicious and the waitstaff were very attentive. It was little quiet when we arrived (a Friday at 6:00pm) but soon picked up and there wasn't an empty table in sight, except in the area that I believe can be reserved for private functions. Only disappointment was the calamari. It was too chewy, rubbery-like. The marinara served with it was wonderful though. Too bad we couldn't enjoy it on the calamari. We'll be back but won't order the calamari again.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always consistant and the food is fantastic.
Would recommend this resturant to anyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always consistant. good food, great service, good atmosphere

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The whole thing was wonderful. Food, people, place, all of it. Regulars were arriving every minute and hugs we're being passed out like old Friends. Loved it. Not shy on the wine either. Next time we go in we won't hugs too. I'm from Hawaii and hugs all around. Will definitely go back to this lovely place.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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food4
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, never disappointed!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Absolutely wonderful food and service. Wife’s 50th Birthday was perfect. Dessert was incredible!!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

a great find in Newport News. atmosphere and staff very nice

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We have been to Al Fresco dozens of times. The service and food have always been top notch. staff is knowledgeable about both the food and the wine list. Our last two times we have had Bailey serve us and she is a true gem. We will be returning regularly.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Al Fresca is one of my favorite resturants on this side of the water, go at least two times a month.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 26, 2017

It was a terrific balance of fancy and casual. Prices and portions are very fair. The atmosphere feels very fancy yet the small setting feels comfortable. Whether you are dressed down and enjoying a meal by yourself or on a romantic date and dressed nicely, it feels right. The staff was extremely pleasant and gluten free options were not an issue. My girlfriend and I were very pleased with our experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Worth the 40 minute drive. Dined here several times and always excellent. Highly recommend for lunch and dinner.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Superb in every way. The bread and olive oil was my fave

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have been there before and the food was better and the service much better. Once the waitress FINALLY came to greet us (20 minutes after we were seated with menus) my husband had to ask what the specials were and fir bread fur the table. Both these things are usually givens at this restaurant. The ravioli alla vodka portion is smaller than it was when we started going there. On off putting experience at a restaurant we used to regard as reliable.

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