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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CS
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

BB
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
68 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We were 4 in our group. 3out of 4 meals were barely acceptable. Very 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 meal 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 clams, and 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 ( I think I remember her name) 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. We will try another Carlsbad local restaurant next visit. When we stay for a week again.
we left 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.

H
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

GJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
26 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
3 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??)

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

Was excited to try as their menu looked good but was extremely disappointed with service as it took over 15 mins to be greeted. They weren't friendly and food was cold, will not go back!

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

Fun atmosphere, food was fantastic able to accommodate for a gluten allergy!

j
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Itz always nice when the pasta and seafood are fresh. Athens service was excellent out server was very atte tive and knowledgable. That's three for three at 264. Thank you

KE
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a party of 7 here for my daughters birthday. We really enjoyed the atmosphere, service and food. My only complaint was it was extremely and uncomfortably hot and stuffy where we were seated in the back left corner inside the restaurant. Other than that, it was awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot. We love the food and location!

OT
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great energy and food!
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CS
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service at reasonable prices

MF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun place, amazing food and service!! Super fresh food and delicious drinks

MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, but kind of tight and really loud, difficult to talk. We don’t mind loud but this is over the top. Unfortunately too many other options that we won’t be back.

RH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing. Cocktails were great. Unfortunately it was at the busiest time and the restaurant was very noisy oh, so it was hard to have a conversation. One thing that might help is to reduce the amount of tables in the restaurant, but then it's hard to get a reservation, right? Never an easy solution to any problem.

TW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic place. We ate late so service was a little off. Food was still spot on. Very happy and going back.

SS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy a well prepared delicious meal. It's a must do for dinner each time we visit Carlsbad

AN
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and time. Never had a problem with this restaurant

BA
Palm Springs
69 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Anna our waitress was very attentive, and Josh her helper was very good, for the first week in his job.
Owner goes out of her way to come around to the tables to say hello and check to see if all ok.

We enjoy coming here every year. Our family members come here as well since first coming with us prior years.

L
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were great. The weather was perfect for outdoor dining with a business colleague. I'll return soon..

b
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner at 264 Fresco! Many GF options. Food was great. My wife's salmon was grilled perfectly. Constantine, our waiter was one of the best waiters we have ever had. We felt very comfortable there in a relaxed setting. Everyone was very friendly.

e
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fun, lively atmosphere and nice decor and ambiance. Food is average but it's still a nice overall experience.

LW
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location in downtown Carlsbad one block from the beach. Great to see sunset after dinner. Total experience was very good and would go again.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambience, delicious food, great service. We loved it & will return!

PB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for my birthday and the food is pretty amazing. Scallops were great, calamari appetizer was cooked perfectly with a not too spicy marinara sauce. My son had the chicken Parmesan which was a huge portion. Pizza was good for my other teen and my wife had the shrimp and scallop pasta. Good wine and beer selection and interesting cocktails to try. It gets pretty loud but all in all a very good experience. Will definitely go again when we visit Carlsbad.

SB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Love the looks of the restaurant. The food was okay, and service okay. Took a long time to get food. Price was high for mild flavored food. Servings were large. Way too noisy - we had to almost shout.

SO
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. We were in the area for vacation and it was great that they had valet parking...We went twice - once for lunch and once for dinner and both were outstanding! Would definitely go back next time we're in the area.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The best calamari I've ever had!! Will definitely be back. Crystal was the sweetest and really made my husband feel special for his birthday

O
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This is a nice restaurant in a great location in old Carlsbad near the beach & shopping. We were there on a Wednesday night & altho it was not full, we could hardly hear each other talk. Probably because the other diners had to speak loudly in order to hear each other! Would recommend the patio area. The beet salad was wonderful!

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