264 Fresco

4.5
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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas' Eve with us, enjoy prix fixe $49 and a la carte menu options 11:30am to 9:30pm. Kids menu available.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate New Years' Eve with us, enjoy prix fixe $49 and a la carte menu options 11:30am to 9:30pm. Kids menu available.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1139 People Are Saying
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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service.

OT
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food at a good price and superb service. Usually a fairly noisy place, but on this night it was ultra quiet. Great service from our server, who was also fun to talk to.

BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Diverse menu. Good food. But quite loud. It was hard to carry on a conversation.

t
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall, the food is good. Our table of nine ordered a variety of dishes. At times the service was spotty in terms of plate timing. The table next to us sat down and was served even though they sat down after our group was in and we had ordered. We also had down time when the plates were taken away and waiting for either a dessert menu or bill.

SA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. And even though it was Thanksgiving, our waiter seemed happy to be working on a holiday that he could spent it with his family.

TA
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Day! What a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving 🦃. With family all doing their own thing this year, my wife and I selected 264 Fresco for an evening meal. We were not disappointed - the joyous hostess, attentive serve staff, cocktails and delicious food combined to create a stress free and memorable meal. We started with her Prosecco🥂and his Grey Goose martini 🍸, plus calamari and bread. We raised our glasses and toasted all we have to be thankful for - family, health, love❤️, Carlsbad and a republican in the White House😊.My wife went with lobster 🦞 and ravioli, a full sweet whole lobster served with a tad of melted butter and cheese raviolis. I dined on Caesar salad 🥬 and linguini with tomatoe 🍅, garlic, basil and olive oil - absolutely hit the spot. We packed home Apple Pie 🍏 served with fresh apple slices and homemade whipped cream. We have never been disappointed at 264 Fresco.🎯

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

K
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Consistently good place for dinner. Great decor, food and service.

D
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a good experience. More casual than we thought it would be but it was fine. The food was good and the service was as well. Would probably dine here again but no need to rush back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was terrible. Like bad airport food.

LT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

264 Fresco is our favorite restaurant in Carlsbad. We had company from out of town, and this is our go-to. Food is always outstanding, and the service is consistently excellent.

c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Way too loud. Felt like had to shout to hear each other. Concrete floors and close tables. Won’t go back. Cute place with good food. Butt the noise factor made it an unpleasant experience. They need to fix the acoustics and install some things that will absorb sound

D
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

We arrived at 3:45 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, when the restaurant had quite a few open 4-seater tables. I requested a larger table instead of being put at a tiny 2-seater in a row of 2-seater tables and the Hostess told me she'd get in trouble for seating us at a larger table, because they were reserved. We were there about an hour and 15 minutes and no one sat at any of the 4-seater tables. I felt disrespected and very unappreciated. Although the server was very nice and on her game, sitting in the corner next to an open door that caused me to be cold was not how I planned on enjoying my early dinner. I will not return to this establishment.

H
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The restaurant and service were both good but the food was, at best, average and was over priced. The prime rib was dry and was not seasoned. My wife got fettuccine alfredo and she said it wasn't anything special. If the prices were less I wouldn't have been so harsh but if I'm paying $80 for my wife and I to eat than I expect great food.

RF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a girlfriend birthday - we thoroughly enjoyed it!

OT
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place, period.

CH
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday experience with MARICIO, our server! Excellent food & accommodations to move our senior citizen group inside from the warm sunny patio was much appreciated!

j
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my dinner. I had the minestrone and Caesar salad with salmon. It was perfect. My only complaint is that it was my birthday dinner and they charged for my birthday dessert. If that’s the policy, fine, but then at least let me choose what I’m having! They brought me cannelloni, which I definitely would not have picked. I tasted everyone dishes and they were all so good. Pizza, spaghetti with meatballs, salmon with veggies, veal picatta, chicken parm. Everything tasted amazing!

RB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son, daughter-in-law and I were craving great Italian food and knew we'd enjoy the food at 264 Fresco. Having dined here before , we knew it would be good. My daughter-in-law ordered the fettuccine that came with scallops and large shrimp. First let me say that the fettuccine was so delicate and tasted of homemade. And the sauce just covered it ever so lightly. The scallops were done to perfection as was the shrimp. We all tasted it and by far this was the best pasta of the night. Not to say that the Linguine Mare Mosso wasn't also good. But the fettuccine noodle was better. This dish was loaded with seafood and was very good. I was looking for a more basic offering and chose the Rigatoni Salsiccia Baked. This was a hearty dish with excellent fennel sausage and a firm pasta with just enough sauce. It fed the beast and was just what I wanted. We were too full for dessert but overall had a wonderful meal. We will be back!

S
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food was absolutely outstanding. Every time were in Carlsbad visiting this restaurant is a must.

NN
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

This place is our family go to Wednesday night dinner out...the kids like the menu , we all do...but after a year or so...bored. Chef..change your sh*t up pls. Dessert special ? Same old boring chic/ice cream, risotto is also always the same..same same same. I’m bored eating it..so I know you’re bored cooking it! The food is good, love the ambience ... just need to be surprised. Call me ..I even have ideas !

AL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here many times and every visit has been wonderful. Food has been delicious and service friendly and spot on. These are the reasons I recommended this place to friends and family!

JA
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food was awesome and came quickly. Overall, excellent experience.

PW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love this place. Kitchen had an off night. 2 different Salmon entrees were over-cooked. But otherwise had a great night. Great service. Love the menu. Love the decor and atmosphere.

d
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had to yell and lean towards one another to be heard over the high level of noise in this restaurant. The whole experience of a meal out with family was made very disconnected since you could only talk to the person right next to or directly across from you. No general conversation possible.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as usual. Little louder then I remember in the main restaurant. Had the meatballs, lobster ravioli, lasagna and pasta special which were all very amazing.

C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night with amazing service and the food was fabulous!

DB
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The scallop appetizer on cauliflower patties with tarragon hollandaise was one of the best appetizers we have ever tasted. Worth it alone just for those.

LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

It's a nice place for the most part, but service was painfully slow and the place wasn't that crowded. It shouldn't take 2 1/2 hrs for dinner when there's only 1 appetizer for the whole table, and no desserts.

JL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty food, pleasant and attentive staff. The decor made it feel a bit homey, which is nice as eating Italian food always reminds me of visiting my great aunt.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! My aunt and uncle were visiting and were very impressed! Our service was very attentive and personable. We loved the environment of this restaurant, and the food was amazing!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Service was great!

KR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A real neighborhood gem. Loved the atmosphere and ambience.

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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 on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
76 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.