264 Fresco

4.6
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Calamari

JW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared many bites of several things ordered. It was all so yummy.

GS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become my go-to for Italian food. We have never had a bad meal. Linda (owner) is the best. She always stops by our table to make sure the food was to our satisfaction. A must for locals and visitors!

MR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time
To this restaurant. The food was wonderful and our waiter was very helpful. We will go back here. A great experience!

MF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and excellent service

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

m
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Love the food, the atmosphere and the staff. Linda, the owner, makes you feel like you’re having dinner in her home with family.

CC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

3 generations for an early New Year’s Eve supper. Everyone left happy! Great food - spectacular service.

OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was good and the restaurant was inviting and also had an outdoor eating area. Unfortunately, we dined inside on New Year's eve (although fairly early) and the noise level was very loud. It was mostly due to one table near the bar where the 6 people were mainly drinking and one woman was borderline shrieking constantly--very annoying and our waitress agreed.

OT
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant in wonderful location. Excellent in all regards.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the evening. Great food. Fine service. Comfortable ambience.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was great. Service was mediocre. Server was very inefficient. Couple next to us was very frustrated with his service as well. He seemed to not want to be there.

We were happy overall as the food was better than the server was bad.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is always there. Linda. She is hands on and lovely. We have always had consistently great food and service. Our favorite place in SoCal

S
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely love this place. Our favorite. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Have never had a bad experience here and we come often.

HE
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice find. The menu is big enough that it has something for everyone. Service was really good, and food was nicely presented and tasty.

J
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Food was delicious and the overall atmosphere was great. Never disappoints. This location has become our favorite go to restaurant for all of our special events.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for Christmas Eve and I liked that you didn’t have to only order off of the price fixe menu. The food was delicious but it was loud. Overall great experience!

ME
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We had reservations for days because it was my kids birthday and they couldn’t even send a birthday cake. The food mine specially was super salty. Service super slow. But when it was time to pay. The bill was there in a hurry, I didn’t even requested it.

HF
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice lunch. Cold rainy day and 264 Fresco was a nice break. Not too busy

CB
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This time, our experience wasn't a great as usual. My Mom and I ate on the side patio around noon on a Saturday. Although they were not very busy, service was slow, and infrequent. I ordered the orange salad for the second time, and was disappointed a second time. The di nocci salad with poached pears is much better. More filling, too.

Usually service is much better. I'm starting to notice that when restaurants aren't busy, service seems to drop off. I'm sure the servers are doing other chores, but shouldn't seated, paying customers be their top priority?

JL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and the ambiance. Our server last was the best we have had.

FL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. All thoughtfully prepared. The drinks also done right. Salad, and shrimp/scallop risotto (booth easy to share) perfect, with three cocktails; out the door very reasonable. I'll go back because I want to try more of their unique dishes.

Chris, our server and the rest of the staff, very attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Made a reservation a few days before through open table. When we arrived, we asked for one of the open tables in the back (away from the bar) so we could have a quiet dinner with our family. The hostess stated those tables were 'reserved' and we were seated in the bar side of the restaurant. The tables in the back remained EMPTY the entire time we were there.

Not off to a great start.

The wait staff was friendly and efficient. Unfortunately, the kitchen had issues and our six dishes were delivered at different times. The food was tasty, but two of the dishes, while good, were cold. We had waited to long to send them back so we just had our dinner. The manager did give us some desert, which it would have been better if he covered the cost of something we already had since it was late and we were full.

Their host staff should be retrained or let go. The kitchen needs help to delivery food on time and hot. The waitstaff was very good and I felt bad for our waiter. We tipped him the full amount even with all the troubles.

Not sure I'd recommend Fresco. I may try again and be specific about where we want to sit (not in the bar, and not outside in 60 degree weather), and let the waiter know about delivering hot food in good timing.

OT
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service . It is a beautiful open air dinning room 1 block from the beach. Their salads and pastas were excellent. The service very attentive and friendly.

KW
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great spot. The food was great and ambiance fantastic.

AL
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was spectacular!! Food was delicious, as always. We frequently dine here and bring our friends! Do yourself a favor and try this place, you will not be disappointed!

CH
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and service where outstanding. The whole downtown area of Carlsbad was a great experience

GG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Are on patio. Very noisy folks around us using phones and partying. Food very good. Service very good. Not a great option on Friday for a quiet dinner with significant other.

JD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Business dinner for 6 following a long day of meetings. Our table was ready per our reservation and service was prompt. Food came out at the same time and to a person everyone enjoyed their entrees. My only complaint, and it is a pet peeve of many restaurants, is that the person taking your order is not the person delivering your food and as such there is the "who ordered the..." nonsense. At this price point everything worked well. Inside noise is loud but not overwhelming whereby you could still have a conversation with the person across the table without shouting.

DP
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service at a reasonable price. This was our 3rd visit and they are consistently great!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server Stacy was really wonderful. She was friendly, and funny. Took our orders and helped with recommendations. He risotto with shrimp and scallops was yummy. The portions were a good size and the cost was reasonable.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service.

OT
San Diego
44 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.