Cafe Fresco

4.7
130 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Fresco Café is the fruition of a lifelong dream for owners Susan and Bill Neubauer. Susan and Bill have spent the past 20 years in the Bozeman Area. Cafe Fresco, Serving lunch 11-4 and dinner 4-9 pm, is located downtown nestled next to beautiful Bozeman Creek. It is a relatively small restaurant and typically requires reservations. Summertime patio seating is right next to the creek! They are passionate about SW Montana as well as the premium Rustic Italian food that they make from scratch using many Montana sourced foods. Try our favorites such as Wild AK Salmon over Penne, Chicken Parmigiana, Hand rolled Ravioli, and Spaghetti Bolognese!
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4.7based on all time ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ThomasR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb shank was tender, tasty and the meat fell off the bone!

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LorrieL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco was great compliments to the staff food and service were amazing!!

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Janet
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I really love this restaurant. The food and service is excellent but it is always too warm, especially towards the back of the room and the noise level is so loud. Hard to have a conversation with your guests from out of town.

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WilliamP
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great surprise. Excellent lunch. Will return soon.

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PatT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresco is a bit of Old Italy. Excellent chef. Whatever amount I order there, the food is always outstanding.

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vipGpap
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, I come to Bozeman a few times a year for Business, This is the only spot i come back to and i look forward to it every time

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sydneyscale
Boise
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We have eaten at this restaurant many times. The food is always excellent. This time the service was mediocre to poor. Our server did not wait for us to complete our order, did not offer us bread, did not keep our water glasses full, and did not offer us dessert or ask if we would like anything else before slapping the check on the table. Also, this is Bozeman in February: it would be nice to have somewhere to put one's coat rather than just throwing it over the back of one's chair.

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AshleyT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the food here!! The service is always great and the food is always top notch. The bread that comes with the dishes is phenomenal.

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, excellent service (Julia)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ronnie
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good service, great flavors of our salads and entrees. Just one Small issue; we felt that the Lasagna noodles were a bit overcooked, making them a bit too soft, but flavor and amount of sauce was very good. Nothing terrible but hope this helps as a suggestion to the cooks!

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DebbieJ
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal at Cafe Fresco. The food was excellent and the service was very good.

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vipDkones
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all the way around. Would absolutely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were really looking forward to our first meal at Cafe Fresco. While we liked the atmosphere a lot, our server was more interested in chatting with friends at the bar than offering good service. She also led us to believe our meals came with soup or salad, and then we were charged separately for the salads. Not cool.

My meal was ok but my husband thoroughly enjoyed his. We will probably try Cafe Fresco another time to see if we might have a different server and a better experience but I don’t think we’ll rush to go back. Hate that this turned out to be a disappointment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montana
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service and atmosphere were great. Done if the food was awesome...meatballs, herb baguette, Bolognese. Done if the food was good, but a little overdone. I had salmon on creamy pasta with mushroom and bacon. Salmon was good, taste was yummy, but pasta was too heavy with cheese and sauce, and very salty. Maybe a little lighter would have made it perfect. We also had the Alfredo and same comment/ tasty, but too heavy. I would def go back and try more dishes.

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DanJ
Montana
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sausage and pasta special dish.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy! I loved the salmon penne dish. Also recommended the brownie and pistachio gelato. Appetizers and wine were also spot on. Service was great. Ambiance intimate and cozy.

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AlysonV
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic, super on it. Can not remember his name (is in school for poly science), thanks for the great service. Wonderful candlelit ambience. It was dark and loud so a little hard for my parents to to read the menu and hear conversation, but we all agreed it was beautiful and a really cool environment. Food was good, portions a touch small but good, lasagna was quite thin surprisingly. But we’re from NY so Italian food expectations run high. It was over all delicious. Desert, atmosphere and the service were the best parts! Definitely recommend to friends! Thanks for great experience.

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Foodielover
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I ordered a salad and chicken Parmesan. The salad was excellent. I had just put the last bite of salad in my mouth and dinner was served - we had been seated less than 15 minutes. Although our waitress was good I felt totally rushed. In addition, my chicken parm was about the worst one I ever have had. The chicken was cooked properly but maybe their sauce and seasonings were just not what I liked. I left feeling totally rushed thru my dinner. I did mention this to the host on our way out. He could care less and did not say anything to me. I did not say anything about the meal as I felt this just could be something I didn’t like and might not reflect the overall dining experience of others. I felt the host should have been responsive to what I said - an “I’m sorry” would have been appreciated.

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vipGillG
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and Service was ok. Nothing spectacular. Needs some TLC from management and/or owners.

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DurbinE
Montana
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent and the leftovers were really good also! Their Manhattan salad is my favorite!

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CarolL
Montana
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cafe Fresco. Ambience great. Service was great and the food was outstanding.

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RoseW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. The food was awesome! I would definitely go back!!

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chadg
Montana
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite spots in Bozeman! If your looking for an intimate spot for Italian food you can’t go wrong.

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timothyp
Montana
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great experience, just a bit too loud. Had to speak up to visit over the overall noise level.

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Lovely
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great service, seating, price, food, and wine.

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SueP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been dining at Cafe Fresco on our annual visits to Bozeman since they were on 7th Street. One of our must visits each year. The Mendenhall location is excellent. However, one caveat...we find the lighting a little too dim. See you next year!

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Lorrie
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been there plenty of times and have never once been disappointed, great job!

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CathyM
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I have ever had! It’s one of our go to restaurants, especially when having out of town quests!!

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Mangooutrage
Jackson Hole
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Love the atmosphere, feels like a neighborhood restaurant. Great food. Thanks for the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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MonicaB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice ambiance, however, it gets very loud as the room fills up with more people. Our reservation was for 5pm, and when we left at 7pm, it was like being in a bar … having to talk so loudly at others at the table as the restaurant was full. I would come early if you need/want a quiet place. Food was good, however, service was okay... had to remind wait staff several times for the beer ordered, or the food was wanted packed up. There's room for improvement here for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere were incredible. Highly recommend

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Beckyhomecy
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sorority sisters and their spouses gathering for a Homecoming reunion. This was our first time at this cafe. All liked the cafe and their menu choices.The wine was perfect with all of our menu choices, and our server was cordial and efficient. The level of noise did not interfere with all 8 of us conversing.

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JodyV
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. Our server was very attentive. We ordered desert to go and got home and one our deserts was not in the bag. Bummer, but we were so happy with he experience we go back and get that desert later!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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CatherineC
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy our evenings at Fresco. Very good value—food always good. Can be a bit noisy at busy times.

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vipFoodManfromCA
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The most inappropriate staff there is. Noticed them using Google to look up the various guests and reading about them. Not even bothering to be discrete and leaving the browser open for all to see.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was superbly executed. Waiter seemed much less enthused when we didn’t order alcohol this evening. However everything is delicious and we will be back.

FAQs

Cafe Fresco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (406) 586-6826.

Cafe Fresco is rated 4.7 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.