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About 264 Fresco

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.

264 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Thursday 11:30 - 9:30
Friday and Saturday open until 10:00

Cross Street:
Carlsbad Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 720-3737

Website:
http://www.264fresco.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking.

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.

Private Party Contact:
Linda: (760) 720-3737

Additional:
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

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264 Fresco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Casual (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Fun (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined a day ago

I’m disabled so I have a service animal the I use her puppy 🐶stroller to help me walk, and they were totally fine with it.☀️

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

I was very pleased with the service and ambiance. The food was very tasty as well. It was a cold night when we dined, so we chose to sit inside. One problem we had was the temperature was chilly inside, and the servers kept leaving the doors open when they walked through them. Other than that it was a great experience.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great ambience, attractive renovation, fun atmosphere, good seating, food is tasty. Our waiter Steve was personable and attentive. Wine list for Chardonnay lover’s is limited.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

We live the new ambience, the food is delicious and help is friendly, helpful and enjoyable to interact with!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Organic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Reasonable priced and great service. Disappointing sauce on the chicken parm.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The lasagna was wonderful. Went to Italy in September and this was the closet to the lasagna I had there!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I've only refused to tip the waiter on two occasions, and this dining experience was one of them. The bus boy did a better job of taking our check and bringing our food than the actual waiter. While we did catch the waiter chatting it up with other customers for well over 15 min at one point, we only ever talked to him twice. Once to tell him we needed more time and the second to give him our orders.

I've been to this restaurant once before and the service was awesome, but this guy was just a horrible waiter. I won't be coming back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food and service were excellent. The meals are very creative, prepared with great skill and very reasonably priced. One of our favorites.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Lovely, near the beach in Carlsbad. This was a last minute meeting place with a friend. We sat on a sunny terrace with the ocean breeze blowing across (the well-screened parking lot). Delightful.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The location and ambiance are beautiful. However, we were expecting authentic Italian and it is more of an Americanized Italian. The flavor was good but the pasta was not al dente.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was our second visit to Fresco because we found their menu was varied, the prices are decent and in general it was a great place for supper. When we are in Carlsbad again, we would definitely eat at Fresco's.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This is a really nice restaurant remodeled with a very urban chic atmosphere. Inside is very loud when busy but outside is lovely with nice heaters when it’s cold. This food is not cheap but top of the line home made dishes. The portions are reasonable mostly with salads being very large and shareable. We love it and are locals so frequent often.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We were there for a business dinner. The food is good with an extensive menu but service was painfully slow

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 29, 2018

My friend and I loved everything about our lunch yesterday...friendly/knowledgeable service, beautiful environment and very good food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was poor quality. Shrimp were rubbery. We will not go back.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fresco was unbelievable. Free valet parking, loud bar but very quiet table, great service and the best shrimp/scallop fettuccini I think I've ever had. My wife said her chicken risotto was just as good. And everything was reasonable. Would go back in a second.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Nice place, good food, but the noise level was out of control. Could not carry on a conversation with other couple.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food, service is a bit slow but they are very nice. Love that the owner always walks around and checks on your experience. This is my fav spot in Carlsbad

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food
Excellent service
Couldn’t be better!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Meals were great. Server was attentive but not intrusive. For her birthday, daughter was given a cannoli dessert with a sparkler. The remodel is nice, lighter than before. We sat inside, but outside there is a patio for dining. A little loud, but we were able to hear each other...sometimes in the newer restaurants we are finding that the acoustics are so bad that you can't visit with your own dining mates because it's too loud. In this case we could definitely hear each other even with the energetic crowd.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great birthday meal with friends! A little noisy in the main room, but it is a fun environment!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I had the seafood with pasta dish (forget what it's called). The sauce was delicious and pasta was cooked al dente. However, while the 1 piece of shrimp on the top of the dish was very fresh, the calamari, clams were tough and the fish had a dry texture and no taste. I would not order this again.

My husband had the flat pasta with meat sauce and meatballs. He said it was very good.

Both portions were generous and the price was reasonable.

We did not like the noise level even though there weren't very many people there, but this is the case of many restaurants. They are deafeningly loud. Also, the wood chairs were very uncomfortable (suggest tie on cushions for diners' comfort.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food3
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service was very good, noise level was so high could not have any conversation

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Really wanted to love this place because the aesthetic is so cute! I've run by it a few times and had a chance to come by for lunch. It was a Monday. Reservation was for 1:30, but the rest of my party arrived late, so we were sat around 2:15. Definitely not the lunch rush. It took at least 20 minutes to get a server and when he did come by, he was harried and short, asking what we wanted without even explaining the specials (the menu had a number of X of the day items). We had to ask numerous times for things like oil and vinegar for the bread (while the table beside us had it sitting there, ours did not), beverages, refills, etc. We really wanted to try some appetizers, but as long as it took just to get a server to greet us, we knew we didn't have time. The food came out fairly quickly, so it's a service issue that should be able to be remedied but, unfortunately, with so many other great dining options in North County San Diego, this is one we won't be trying again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The restaurant was too noisy, extremely loud. Trying to have a conversation over dinner was impossible. Below average service. Overall, disappointing and an unfortunate dining experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Was a little shocked at the flavor of the food pasta was not homemade , sauce was bland , very disappointed in the overall food from sea bass to pasta dishes not authentic as I thought it would be. Beautiful room great location .

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great recommendations by our server. Food was delicious & fresh! Highly recommend. Salmon was amazing!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We've enjoyed many good meals here. The beet salad is exceptional.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent NYE menu 3 course ! Had rack of lamb with the purple potato mash, Noci salad,(which was much nicer then the almond salad),and the lemoncello dessert which was a great surprise in a champagne flute from an Italian company I've had before. The noise level was more then "energetic" it really killed giving this restaurant a perfect rating, and it was quite cold with the patio doors opening & closing, and our table was in the middle of the room of walls of windows and concrete bare floors. Will dine again because the food , service & wine list was fantastic, but will opt for the patio and possibly a late lunch/early dinner next time.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our 1st dining experience was New years eve 2017. As expected to be crazy and busy . We had a 645 reservation and were promptly seated by 630. KUDOS.
Complimentary VALET was available to us as patrons so we did not have to deal with parking. KUDOS!!.
We will be back as we are locals living in CARLSBAD for Happy Hour! Cheers 🍷

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food and service were wonderful. Sadly the noise level in the main dining room was so loud we couldn’t hear each other across the table even while shouting. Apparently, the covered patio area is quieter which I will request going forward.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Hip place with solid Italian dishes. Wine list decent with a couple notable items. Fairly loud inside, much quieter on front patio. Salads were best dishes, really nice balsamic and fresh greens.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Holiday Dinner

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 (Guadalajara)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very good food and nice place!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

First time at Fresco since the remodel was completed. Used to be really old school Italian restaurant feel. Updated the look and feel of the entire experience yet maintained the traditional fare that is on offering. I had their lasagna. My favorite dish! My wife had the Chicken Portofino with a butter-wine saucw, artichokes and pine nuts. Amazing dish. I'll be ordering that next time. Enjoyed their sangria with dinner. Very tastey and reasonably priced. I would recommend to everyone.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Try the eggplant parmigiana. Very good. Very comfortable place with great ambiance.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Nice beverages, nice atmosphere And delicious food

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

enjoyed their drinks, appetizers, and assorted dinners. sat in patio with above heaters on.
for the winter, pretty warm. less noisy outside.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Went to Fresco for holiday dinner with friends who had never been. Great ambiance. Food is wonderful; a bit pricey, but worth it. Service was great. Both previous lunch and happy hour were equally good. We will be making this a local spot for dinner in Carlsbad.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Although not a upscale five star resteraunt..I thought the food was quite good. The only exception ... we asked for the salad to be lightly dressed, and it came, I'm guessing how they normally serve it.... which for me, was overdressed! Still quite good though. There was also a lil mini drama where the manager did not have the reservation for a party of 15 and we had to move to accommodate them, kinda weird but not really a big deal because the waitress in the new section was so pleasant and professional.

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