264 Fresco

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$30 and under
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Italian
At 264 Fresco, our goal is for every guest to leave feeling absolutely delighted with their dining experience. Whether you stop by for a quick drink, come in to share a special meal with a loved one, or are planning to host a private party, you can always count on us to deliver delectable food made from the finest ingredients, exceptional service, and a warm, lively, and welcoming atmosphere.
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very lovely place. Food was delicious! The service was prompt and attentive.

OT
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal full of flavor and very tasty . Natalia was very outgoing and personable

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Our 1st time to this restaurant in downtown Carlsbad. Although it is primarily an Italian based menu, we ordered basically non-Italian dishes. The food was well prepared, not overly seasoned, and cooked pretty close to perfection. We shared an appetizer which was more than the 2 of us could eat. The server was new, but did a decent job and was attentive enough. The entrees, one seafood, one chicken, were cooked perfectly, temps of food were very good. Our only real complaint is that the portions were too big for us. We agreed that next time we would order one appetizer and one entree and split both of them. We will return and encourage others to give it a try.

RJ
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Cozy ambiance, friendly, attentive servers, and delicious, fresh food. We sat on the patio next to the fire pit, and our servers timed their visits to our table perfectly. I would’ve gladly paid double for the experience.

SG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Oh man the food was amazing!! It’s rare that both my husband and I love love our food. Our waitress was adorable and recommended a great wine. They have fireplaces outside to sip wine by. I highly recommend!

PG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Staff very knowledgeable of entries. Very relaxed atmosphere. Our dinner was on the patio. When we asked the staff to turn off the heaters, they immediately complied.

P
London
73 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. It can be a little noisy but that is a minor thing when the staff and food are so good. I especially like the well-stocked bar and top bartenders here.

k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner outside and we were very impressed with everything. Our server was friendly and attentive, and our meal was delicious!

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch out on the porch.

AS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service, love that they identify what items are gluten free as I'm extremely allergic and usually don't get to eat out. They made my birthday really special, I mean what's not to love about a whole branzino? My boyfriend had mussels which were also fabulous.

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything you want in an Italian restaurant in a nice area

GG
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service provided by Ashley. Being light eaters we split a salad and the Lasagne. More than enough for two and delicious. Best of all Ashley allowed us time to relax and enjoy our evening. Highly recommend.

BL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I became ill after eating the pizza

GS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

My review is that the noise level is way too high and very erratic. I don't mind an energenic atmosphere but this was downright too noisy in an uncomfortable way. This restaurant was recommended but I won't extend that recommendation because of the noise level and the mediocre food. Half of our group liked their meals whereas the other half were not impressed at all. Lobster ravioli tasted like it was previously frozen and the veal marsala was just not that good. Our waitress was great which was the only thing good about the evening. Parking was stated as $3 valet but the valet said we could pay when we came out so we could add on a tip...??? Needless to say, NO TIP.

JS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We went on a Friday night and it was very busy yet our sever was attentive and helpful. We started with the Brussel sprouts appetizer, I got the spaghetti carbonara and my husband ordered the pasta special. We were pleasantly surprised, everything we ordered was tasty, and we will definitely be back.

BM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our host so nicely moved our table without even making a request as she noticed that we might need a little more space and quiet. It is a great spot, our waiter was attentive and even brought another glass of wine because one of our guests did not like the taste of the one she received. It is bright and energetic and Friday night so probably not as ideal for those of us more accustomed to a quieter evening. The food is great and ideal for those looking for a weekend opportunity to have some casual fun and lively conversation with friends.

1
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an all-around pleasant experience. Good food, lovely patio, pleasant atmosphere. A neighborhood treasure!!

SR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I loved this restaurant! The food, service, and ambiance was amazing.

OT
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff are wonderful

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was great. All the food took a really long time. The kids meals took about a half hour. Ours took over an hour. I didn’t even eat. Very disappointed with the food but our server was very sweet. Not a fabulous experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made reservations for my mother’s birthday after seeing such a high rating. The night turned into a disappointment as neither I nor my mother enjoyed our meals at all. The overpriced plates came with cold, flavorless sides that could not be substituted, the dinnerware and tableware overall looked cheap, and our server was cold and inattentive. The food was definitely not worth even a fraction of the cost.

OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Daughter chose. We have been before. Never disappointed. Service was great, as well as the food. Would not hesitate to recommend. Thanks for a great afternoon. Our daughter was happy and that’s all that matters.

OT
San Diego
104 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit to this restaurant and we loved it. Two people had the pasta of the day, one had a pizza and I had the veal piccata - the latter was a bit salty - I think the chef may have not considered the saltiness of the capers but all in all delicious ...

JF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten here 3 times since the remodel & it’s been great each time>

CS
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for all occasions. Wonderful food and service. A go to place for big parties

KB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious Food and we loved the ambiance! We had a great time!

BB
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. Great food. Great service. Not too noisy on the patio (very noisy inside because it’s very busy) Reasonable prices for great quality Italian food.

BA
Palm Springs
71 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We were 4 in our group. 3out of 4 meals were barely acceptable. Restaurant was warm inside and very noisy. This was a Sat. night in the summer granted, but there needs to be some way they can reduce the noise level in both bar dining area as well as main dining. We had to wait over 1 hr.after being seated, before our meals came. When we finally received it, the eggplant parmagina was tepid and not much sauce on it. (2 meals) the best was the fettuccine with shrimp and scallops, which my husband said was excellent. unfortunately my veal marsala was tepid and did not have the sauce taste I had 2 weeks ago. Our bus boy was not attentive and "out to Lunch"so to speak. 2 weeks ago we had Josh as busboy asked for him, this guy didn't know of him. The owner, Linda seemed to be running around putting out fires I felt, as she never came to our table to say hi as she has every time we were there. We have liked coming here everytime we are in Carlsbad, and was very disappointed this trip.
When we stay for a week again we will come during the week and try Freso again.
We came to Fresco to take our son and girlfriend for a special place. Prices are a bit on high side. When we order eggplant it usually comes with a side on plate of spaghetti or pasta. Salads are extra as was the pasta on side if we wanted to pay for it. The Marsala had spaghetti on side with vegetables for $2-3 more than the eggplant that was lonely on the plate. The eggplant was the full dinner one not the share one. We asked the waiter about this and he said he didn't think it came with anything, after he already saw it on the plates. He was very good in spite of rushing around putting out fires during our time there.
We like this restaurant and will give it another try. We personally do not like eating outside where there is
a lot of activity with cars pulling in and out of parking lot for valet help. Parking is limited in Carlsbad, this restaurant does have a parking facility at least with 3 handicap.

H
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

This was my third experience at this restaurant. What’s increasingly apparent is the noise level that prohibits one of the most important aspects of dining which is conversation. What initially appears as a lively restaurant experience turns into a nightmare of attempting to have a conversation and compete with many people talking around you. I believe the restaurant has over packed itself with tables to increase revenue at the expense of the customer’s dining experience. The service is excellent the food quality was uneven. I would return only to a smaller winter crowd.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I liked this restaurant now also before it was redone and I still like it.

GJ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

My wife and I were put at a table with one set of silverware. We finally had to grab another set from an empty table. It was a hot day and we were served warm water.

a
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very open fun eclectic restaurant. Nice vibe. Excellent food great service - will be back again 😊

L
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian and Mediterranean food
Great vibe
Refreshing aperitifs

KH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

BUT the noise level was unacceptable. Only if you sit outside would it be pleasant.

DB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place except for the noise level! Excellent staff and food. I wish they could do something about the noise.

BB
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Fresco!!!!

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AL
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster bisque to lasagna to ravioli and then seafood...the food was phenomenal and the service exceptional. We have eaten here many time before and we always leave full and happy!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

Normally I only write good reviews. This place had so many! But our dinner last night was terrible. Restaurant was quite and not busy, we had mediocre service (dirty plates on table for a long time), and everyone’s proteins were very over cooked. Took us 15 minutes to get waters when we sat. A shame because it’s cute inside. Definitely would NOT go back for that food.

W
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service.

DM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I have eaten at Fresco twice in the last several weeks and have eaten there several times in the last six months. Both times lately we were served warm water (on hot days) and had to ask for ice. The water was not refilled. I had salmon the second time and that was good, however, the accompanying items on the plate were cold. I don't plan to eat there again in the foreseeable future. It was packed with tourists so perhaps they don't have to try to take care of the little things and can just depend on the location, etc . The bar crowd was over the top. It was the last day of the Labor Day weekend this time we were there so perhaps that accounted for the amount of noise. Guess overall I was quite disappointed as I recall when it first opened, and I was there several times, the experience was much better then. Sorry to be such a grouch, but when I am putting out over $70.00 for two meals, I expect a little more (too much to expect??)

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