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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for a Date (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Romantic (10)
Cozy (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
Casual (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

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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food5
ambience4
service2
value4

 
·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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food5
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service5
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 (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
ambience4
service3
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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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food4
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 26, 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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food5
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 19, 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
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

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food5
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service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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food5
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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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food5
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service5
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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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food5
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·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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food3
ambience5
service5
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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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food3
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service2
value3

 
·Dined on September 5, 2017

We were exceptionally pleased with every aspect of the experience. We had not been there before, found the place on the internet, and mentioned it to friends who live in the area who said that we were sure to be satisfied. They were right.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 31, 2017

Just a great place to eat very good Italian food. Service is superb. Atmosphere very comfortable yet with a touch of class.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Everything was great. I would highly recommend going here for any and all occasions. Food is outstanding and service is exceptional. Price is fair for the experience. I'd pick this place over just about any other for a special occasion. Again, the food was great but our waiter made it over the top. My new favorite spot.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We were just arriving to drop my son off for freshman year at Hampton University. We were in the mood for food and this Italian restaurant popped up. We had mixed feelings about Italian or Mexican, but Italian won out. When we walked in the ambiance was nice and we were welcomed in like family. The waiter, an older gentleman, was warm and friendly and waited on us like family. The food was great as was the service. I would definitely recommend and we will likely return on another trip.

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food5
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent food, but pricey. Excellent service. Cheap salad, too much vinegar in salad. food has small portion. Smoking allowed right entrance door, not good for non-smoking customers. No designated handicap parking in front restaurant (not good). Because of those factors, I would't rush back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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food4
ambience5
service5
value2

 
·Dined on August 3, 2017

Delicious! The Lobster Ravioli was wonderful, perfectly seasoned with a rich creamy sauce and shrimp atop. Salad was a bit over dressed, leaning toward soupy, but very tasty. The Tiramisu was a delight for the mouth; accompanied by coffee it was the perfect finish. Highly recommended.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Food is great - service is great! What more can you ask?

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 17, 2017

It so happened that I had been to Al Fresco 2 days before our dinner w/friends on Monday evening. So many good things on the menu, truly an enjoyable time!!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We had a wonderful birthday dinner at Al Fresco Saturday evening. We had a nice round table in the corner which allowed for some privacy. We started with the calamari appetizer. 3 of us had the Scallop Al Fresco special which was overflowing with scallops, shrimp, lobster and clams. The portions were very generous. The bread and salads were all fresh and delicious. The tiramisu they brought out for the birthday boy was delicious! We were very pleased with our evening!

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We went for a pre-theatre dinner. The restaurant is in a strip-mall; however, the lack of ambiance outside is made up for by the lovely decor and ambiance inside. Service was prompt and attentive. Food was good but not to-die-for. I had a veal marsala and my husband had a pasta-seafood dish. Portions were good but could have been a little more; e.g. my veal piccata included linguini but no vegetables. Meal included salad -- house salad with no choice of dressing -- and bread sticks. Again, good, but nothing special. The pistachio cheesecake for dessert was very good. My husband ordered the Bomba special but it was not available and settled for the chocolate cake, which was good but not what he was in the mood for.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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food3
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service4
value3

vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Not fancy but very good food at reasonable prices. Has a fairly good wine list which is nice to see in a local Italian restaurant.

Tags: Casual
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 (Poconos)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We were looking for real Italian food& wine& thanks to the waiterMaurizo he paired the perfect wine to the meal we selected! Only thing I would change would be to introduce fresh seasonal food into menue recipes& advertise this you would bring more real Italians and people searching for this type of food.Its hard to find real authentic Italian food in this area but your restaurant is a shining star! Grazie mille Ronaldo

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This is a terrific local restaurant with super service and kind staff. Food is very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great service, excellent authentic Italian food. We attended for our afternoon date day, my wife loved the ambience, we were casually dressed and comfortably seated. We have a great authentic Italian restaurant back home in Ohio, and this "mom and pop" place is a close tie.
Recommend this place for all who love Italian food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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food5
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service5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I scheduled my reservation a week in advance and told them it was my 2nd anniversary. Told them she loves chocolate desserts. When he were escorted to our table we saw candles lit and flowers in a vase on the table. The restaurant is beautiful and the servers were extremely friendly and attentive. I absolutely loved the food as well. I got lobster ravioli and my wife got the lasagna. Afterwards the restaurant owner came to our table to wish us happy anniversary and told us dessert was on him tonight for our special day. We couldn't stop smiling. It was an amazing experience and I absolutely loved it. This restaurant is awesome. They went above and beyond to make sure my wife and I had a great night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 24, 2017

As always a great dining experience with wonderful food, impeccable service and warm, friendly atmosphere. One of our favorites.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Had not been there for awhile but it was outstanding as usual.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 13, 2017

This is simply the best Italian cuisine on the peninsula. No other place is even close.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Consistently the perfect place for extraordinary food and service. Our 49th wedding anniversary celebration was exceptional. Just my wife and I. No one in Al Fresco knew. But you'd have thought they'd planned the whole experience. Our waitress was personable, attentive and engaging. And our dinner was fantastic. They were busy with a wedding rehearsal dinner, several prom night groups, etc. But our reservations, seating and server made us feel like we were the only ones there. It was like we could enjoy everyone else's special event, vicariously, and ours too. Best place in Hampton Roads, and for sure Newport News, for fine dining at a value added price. Well worth our 25-mile trip. Will always be our go-to place for the best food, service and special occasions. Lunch is great there too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The evening was very enjoyable. The server was very knowledgeable in what wine to suggest. The food was very good as well. We had the chicken fettuccine and chicken parmigiana. I love this place over the usual commercial Italian place because you can tell the meals are made from scratch and fresh.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 15, 2017

We had a small Women's Club (Phoebus) Meeting. Everyone loved it. The waiter was attentive and explained our food. The food was wonderful and He packaged the Leftover for us. **

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 14, 2017

A little pricey but really enjoyable. Food was excellent and service was professional.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Always wonderful, always popular, always love to see Vinnie!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Go here fairly often. Very friendly reception. Vinny, our favorite waiter, is always a joy to be around.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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