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For 2
Date
Wed, 4/25
Time
9:30 PM
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Booked 17 times today

264 Fresco

4.4
587 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Sunday to Thursday 11:30 - 9:30
Friday and Saturday open until 10:00
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Phone number
(760) 720-3737
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Consider Fresco for your next private event. Chef/Owner Leone would be happy to help you plan your party. The restaurant can accommodate your guests, from the smallest of family birthdays, to your next corporate holiday party. If you wish, the open-air patio can be reserved and your guests will experience the pleasure of alfresco dining as if they were in Italy. Call Leone and his staff today for reservations.
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Private party contact
Linda: (760) 720-3737
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Catering
Might we, at Fresco, suggest that you plan your next home or office party with Fresco chef/owner Leone D'Archangelo. Pick a date, invite your guests, and let Leone and his staff do the rest. They will provide the Italian menu of your choice.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carlsbad Blvd.
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Parking details
Complimentary parking.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 587 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Great experience. Wonderful food!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, friendly service albeit a bit slow, very noisy. That said it was a Saturday night at prime time, so to be expected. I definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Caprese salad for sharing, spaghetti carbonara and flat noodles with meat sauce/meatballs. All delicious!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, friendly & fast service, great location!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was great. Food was so so.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent! My entire family loved it here. A little loud but overall comfortable with delicious food. Will return!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Lunch with out of town friends Varied menu, delicious food, great service, lovely beachside atmosphere . Totall recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Love the new updates. Nice seating area outside, good service and good food in the heart of downtown Carlsbad.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Way too noisy ever since remodel. Food good but unacceptable high noise level

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Good food in a nice spot.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Nice dinner out with friends

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Birthday dinner. Service (waiter Steve) was very accommodating and helpful. Food was delicious (veal piccata, shrimp salad, salmon salad, lobster ravioli and veal Parmesan). The dinner was very enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The new owners have converted a bad restaurant into a very good one.. We had Veal Marsala and Piccata and it was great... Service was good also. A definite great addition to the village....

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Celebrated our daughters bachelors degree completion. We selected our favorite Carlsbad restaurant to commemorate the milestone accomplishment and were very pleased as always! Great service, cuisine, and ambiance. Wow! The place was really hopping and the atmosphere was exhilarating! Great work and thank you for helping to make the event special!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was our second time eating here in one week! We had a fabulous experience last weekend with a friend, so we booked a table again for Friday date night for the two of us. The remodel is very cute and it's a bustling and high energy place. The word is out and they were SLAMMED with a line of people out to the street. The first time we ate here we had comfort food: pizza, pasta, fried calamari, and cocktails...it was awesome! (Their bread is amazing too.) The second time my husband had the sea bass and I had the halibut...his was fishy, and mine was overcooked and tough...total bummer. Our waiter was a bit kooky (to his credit, they were SO busy). We put in an order for the calamari appetizer and then our waiter kind of forgot about us. We had to remind him we also wanted to have dinner entrees too. We ordered a bottle of one our favorite white wine and it arrived totally warm. Come here for traditional pastas and the pizzas, and go to Vigilucci's for fish.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We rarely go to 264 Fresco. But now we have been there twice since the renovations. It is great now and we will add it to our regular venues! Very good service, great environment and great food. Went there with my wife, and my son's family, including my granddaughter. They were very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of our favorites. Consistently good food with outstanding service. Highly recommend 264 Fresco for any occasion from causal night out with friends to celebrating milestones.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great food, slow service

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

When we got there for a 7:30 reservation on a Saturday it was understandably busy and quite loud. We were seated almost immediately and got our drinks with some bread and olive oil with balsamic to snack on. After that, the service slowed down quite a bit. It took close to 30 minutes to get our food, which seems to be because the waiter was stretched across a very large section of the restaurant. Nonetheless, when it finally arrived the food was fantastic. My linguine mare masso was to die for, loaded with mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, and flaked sea bass in a very well balanced tomato sauce. My wife got the ravioli di aragosta and was not disappointed either. The filing was full of lobster and the creamy lobster brandy sauce had a delightfully sweet flavor which really complemented the filing well. All in all, if your not in a hurry I would highly recommend 264 Fresco.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We have been coming to this great restaurant for years before they remodeled and became one of the newest jumping restaurant in Carlsbad. It was a Saturday night and the noise level was almost unbearable. for someone under 60 that doesn't mind the load atmosphere it will be great. We will try again on a weeknight next time.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The restaurant was so loud and noisy that we left after the meal but much earlier than anticipated.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were new to town and didn't know what to expect. But it was fun and delicious. Pasta dishes were quite good. Interior has a contemporary feel. Exterior seating available, too.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Loved it as we always do. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was delicious, service was great. Was bummed they no longer have the antipasto salad, but the calamari was super light, the caprese was delicious & ambiance was great. It’s super cute. Recommend for get together or date! We didn’t have drinks so didn’t look at menu but I’ll report on that next time

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Last time we dined here food and service was excellent all around. This time it left a lot to be desired. The fettucine alfredo tasted like it just had cream poured over it no cheese taste at all and very runny. Timely service was not to be had this night. We will probably give it one more go and then decide on future visits.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The best eggplant and the shrimp with risotto was excellent
Kind of noisy

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was slow to arrive and waitress disappeared for long periods of time BUT it was yummy and a super cute place

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was a birthday dinner. However seeing different tables celebrating birthdays with desserts and not us was very disappointing. It was stated on open table and server was not informed. Food was good and server was good, my wife was disappointed that she wasn’t celebrated.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was very tasty but unfortunately not hot but good enough we would come back. Very loud though, sit on the patio if you want to have a conversation.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was our third time visiting this restaurant and our first on a busy weekend during a holiday week. The service and food in the past had been excellent but not this most recent visit. The pasta was hard...not al dente...just plain hard, the mussels overcooked and rubbery. The service rushed and certainly not attentive. My husband especially did not enjoy the waiter's butt in his face every time he attended to the table next to us. We will go back because we really do like the menu but just not on a weekend or holiday week.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My wife and I have been going to 264 Fresco for about 10 years now. The food is delicious, the decor and bar upgrades are stylish and fun.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The restaurant is very upbeat, eclectic, fun, creative and a good place to be to enjoy some good food. There are tables, counters, a bar, patio, porch, just a myriad of places to enjoy its' originality. Our waitress was spunky, knowledgeable, happy and on task. Super fun birthday dinner.

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1.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Long wait, had to hail a waitress for a beer. Waitress forgot beer. Three of the four orders were missing something or screwed up in some way.

Worst service ever and i'd never return to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone. I left a long review on yelp if you need details of the experience.

Food was subpar.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The service was great as was most of the meals served. The restaurant is very noisy. Kids were actually riding their razor style scooters through the dining area. If you want a cozy dinner where you can talk to each this is not the place.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

When we first arrived the noise in the dining room was very loud. We sat in the side patio and it was fine. Entrees took a while to come but server was attentive.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

264 Fresco is a great new addition ( although been there for 18 years under a different name) Food , from the pizza to the shrimp/ cauliflower rice was outstanding . That being said, it was raining , so could not sit outside. Inside, the noise level, at peak times, is unbearable. Be warned if you want a nice romantic dinner , sit outside. The food will not disappoint !

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was delicious, service was excellent good value and nice atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This Italian-fare restaurant is located convenient to downtown Carlsbad and near the beach. Free valet parking is a plus in that area. Spacious outdoor seating space with fire pits in several areas. The inside area has bar seating with several large-screen tvs and high tops that get filled quickly during Happy Hour. The inside restaurant area feels industrial.. furnishings are spartan. We were shown to a table for two at the windows. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Food and drink were okay.. My date had pasta and I the veal parmigiana.. the veal was tasty and well cooked, smothered in capers. the vegetable medley was overcooked (boiled) for my taste. Wine is poured generously.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Our waiter seemed to be not prepared about today's menu. For example, he didn't know the cost of Risotto of the Day. We brought two different wines for dinner. He didn't asked if we need new glasses. Also he mixdd two different wines into the same glass

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

There for my birthday and the chicken, mushroom, asparagus risotto, which was not on the menu. I asked our server if the Chef might be able to prepare it and he did!!!! Above and beyond service! Thank you for making my birthday so special!!!

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