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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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Allie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was not up to par. So salty could not eat. Poor quality. Many sitting at tables right at entrance without masks and you have to walk right by them. Tables on front patio too close to public walking on sidewalk. Hopefully conditions and food will improve again once they adjust to reopening.

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LindseyR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Love 264 Fresco for their ambience and wide variety on the menu. With the current situation, the menu is only half available which is a bit of a bummer, but overall a great spot to eat.

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MissyWood
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from AZ and whenever we come to Carlsbad we dine at Fresco. We had our wedding reception here back in 2016 and they never disappoint. So delicious and the staff is great. We will continue to dine here as much as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I met here for lunch last week. Excellent, relaxed service and wonderful food.

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MichaelC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. I would recommend it for Italian food.

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KathyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Location excellent. Food overall excellent with one exception, lobster ravioli. It was very noisy and difficult to have a conversation including everyone at the table.

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vipVE1999
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at Fresco for years, and it has never disappointed. Our server was a gem!! She was kind and fun. She recommended I have the scallop dish with cauliflower au gratin and it was excellent. We also ordered the calamari(very tender and tasty), the veal scallopini(also great) and the margherita pizza. For dessert I highly recommend the ricotta mouse, it was outstanding.

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SydneyR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Pizza was good but my husbands steak was medium well when he asked for medium rare. It was way to loud I could barely hear my husband sitting right across from me.

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perfect
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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Jack
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Noise level so high that we could barely hear each other. Food was very good, as usual.

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vipsavs
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and ambience. Our service was fantastic. Thank you a wonderful date night.

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PollyM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Absolutely disappointed, went after recommendation of a friend, TOO NOISY, could not have conversation, and then food arrived and it was unimpressive. Will not go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special birthday celebration was fabulous but the noise level is really loud

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W52Raptor
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant ambiance is very nice. Food and service is very good. Can be noisy inside the restaurant. Visit this restaurant 2-3 times per year.

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Calbeachlady
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I was really upset with the manager though. He was so rude to us. I had made reservations through opentable, and mentioned it was a special occasion. A goodbye for a dear friend moving to TN, and a visit from a friend out of town. I chose this restaurant for this special last night. I typed in my opentable reservation, that some of our party would want to order happy hour, but that I have been in a very bad car accident and could not sit on a high top or on a barstool. I need a hip, and knee replacement and back surgery. We were seated at a nice booth and he came over and told us we needed to move. Then I explained and he denied I had mentioned my problem in my reservation. I had to defend myself, and then he asked if he let us sit there, were we going to make this a habit! So rude. He really embarrassed me in front of my friends and ruined our evening. They loved the food, but said they would never come back because he was not kind, or welcoming to us. The server was great. A new girl named Jennifer. <3

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vipSolanaSuzie
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the seabass - appreciated the good-sized portion and that it tasted very fresh. It was served on a bed of fresh corn and peas - tasty but not my favorite combo-too starchy for me. There was a light sauce as well that I would have liked more of! Overall a delicious meal. The only thing that would have made it better was a lower price - $35 for the entree seemed a bit steep, but likely this is due to the restaurant being in the middle of the prime tourist area. I'm a local, but would come back! Nice ambiance too.

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Dining
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent, the flavors robust, subtle, complex, and very satisfying (meatballs/sauce, calamari dip). Calamari prepared in a way unique in my dining experience. I found the outdoor seating, at a table for two, less comfortable than desired and in this way noticeably non-supportive of the food, hence a star’s ding overall.

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Bobby
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intersting menu. Creative dishes. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service, fabulous menu. Needs help with acoustics, noise level is too high.

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JimG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was very bland. We ordered the chicken pizza and it literally had no flavor. The salad was not really great. It needed to be mixed together . It was like a salad you get out of a bag at the grocery store. The service was o.k. I would say the whole experience was just o.k.. .

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was wonderful, but in our party of 8 / 3 ordered pizza’s . All pasta dishes came out a good 10mins. Ahead of the pizza’s leaving 5 people not wanting to be rude. Fairly simple timing issues.

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RobynS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve had many dinners at 264 Fresco, and can truly say that we have enjoyed every single one. We celebrated my husband’s birthday last evening, and were thrilled with the service Connor provided. Our appetizers, salads and entrees were creative, presented beautifully and absolutely delicious! My husband was treated to a surprise dessert complete with a sparkler!
We recommend 264 Fresco often, and introduce family and friends to this amazing restaurant!

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JohnT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco is the best spot in Carlsbad for Italian food, hands down. Much better than Viggilucci’s and other expensive nearby choices, Fresco will work for you whether your dress is fancy or you are going for a more casual affair.

We highly recommend the Spaghetti Carbonara, though everything, and particularly the pastas, are delicious.

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vipTrennisW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was outstanding. Very attentive and accommodating. Food is always top notch. The owner is on site and takes a lot of pride in her place.

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vipSharonS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined here numerous times and have always had a great experience. My go to is any of the raviolis. The brussel sprouts appetizer is very good as well as the beet salad. Can’t go wrong with this place. Good drinks and wines too!

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Dickinsondine3
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have eaten here several times. The food & service is always great

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Chuck
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience my wife and I have had on a Valentine’s Day. We’ve been here on her birthday, our honeymoon and now for Valentine’s Day. We will be back again. The manager greeter lady was so accommodating, she was truly a blessing and got us a nice quiet quick table. The hostess was amazing and our server was so polite and full of knowledge. This place is an A+ and will be our favorite for years to come. Thank you so much as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night. Reservations were on-time, service was spot on, food was well prepared and presented, drinks and deserts hit the spot. We, party of six had a great experience and night. Well done 264 Fresco!

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Kccampy
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s awesome. Best in Carlsbad

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Greg
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had dinner at 264 Fresco on Valentine's Day, and the food was nothing short of outstanding! We had the fixed menu, so my girlfriend had the Caprese Salad, the Halibut, and the Chocolate Lava Cake, all of which was excellent. I had the Caesar Salad, Halibut, and the Creme Brulee, and mine too was delicious! As far as food is concerned, everything was definitely 5 star. The only reason for four stars was small things, like out waitress forgot to bring us our bread, and was not always easy to get (although it was quite busy). More importantly, there are very few booths in the restaurant, it is mostly open tables where you have to sit across from one another. Therefore, for a romantic dinner (it was Valentine's Day), it was very difficult to find a table where you could sit next to each other.

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vipBrian51
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service (Sophie) and good were great.

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UpperEastsider
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wine was a little expensive but since we were celebrating we ordered a bottle anyway. The food was wonderful. My wife and I shared the octopus starter. As main courses, my wife ordered the tuna and I had the sea bass. Both were cooked perfectly and had great flavor. This was the best restaurant food I have eaten in a long time.

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AmandaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of our favorite restaurants ever! Already have celebrated two occasions there this year, and plan to be back for many more. Their happy hour is great as well and available daily! Authentic and genuine without the added fluff.

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vipLA811
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very impressed with first time visit made especially pleasant being served by Anna.

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Pepe
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! Food was memorable! Seating was very good. Noise level a bit high but we still had a great time. Valet parking a brilliant idea downtown.

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Debbie
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were happy to be seated out on the patio with aheay lamp as the interior was very noisy. JC provided excellent service!

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vipDiningdivas
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our salads were delicious. My risotto however was reheated boiled rice with chicken, ham & frozen peas thrown in. That’s NOT risotto!

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vipEdmund
Las Vegas
64 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There were 5 of us and all 5 main entrees were too salty. The quantity of food was fine but the saltiness really overtook any other flavors. We ordered a pizza as an appetizer and that was probably the best part of the dinner. Prices are too high for the main entrees with a simple pasta dish starting at $19. It’s not that I necessarily mind paying that much but prices certainly didn’t match the ambience. For example we were seated on folding captain’s chairs with a pillow on the seat. There are better options around

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EvaS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy 264 Fresco. Treated some friends to lunch and we all had a great time. Service is perfect, food was delish and would return right now for more, if I could.

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ErnestZ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere. Such a great find. We will be back!

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264 Fresco does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. 264 Fresco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 720-3737.

264 Fresco is rated 4.5 stars by 1229 OpenTable diners.

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