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Fresco at the Gardens

4.6
4.6
471 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
At the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Fresco at the Gardens serves artisanal breakfast and lunch to match its beautiful surroundings. For breakfast, which can be enjoyed anytime Fresco at the Gardens is open, savory options like the biscuits and gravy made with challah rolls topped with organic pork sausage, chorizo and herbs and the whimsical green eggs and ham with homemade pesto sauce and local asiago cheese, are irresistible. Sweet breakfast choices include the healthy start waffles with Fresco granola and topped with vanilla Greek yogurt and berries and the rock candy French toast, rolled in cinnamon rock sugar, both of which are ideal with a fresh-pressed strawberry orange juice. Popular lunch entr�es at Fresco at the Gardens include the chicken pretzel roll sandwich with local chicken, veggies and mustard and the charbroiled marlin with jalapeno polenta and tequila lime butter.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Phone number

    (815) 316-2256

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 471 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. DM

    DeborahM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    I have always enjoyed Fresco. I moved to Florida 2-1/2 years ago and went there on a recent visit home. I ordered a toasted bagel and fresh fruit. The cut side of the bagel had been fried in butter, and had soaked a lot of it up. That was pretty nasty to add cream cheese to.
  2. D

    Deborah

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Management is absent. Your staff is trying to run the dinning room along with trying to do their duties. The bar needs a trained mixologist; drinks are coming out with spoiled juices. (And drinks simply mixed wrong) This is a beautiful spot and it has ran very well in the past, please get it together! I really like dinning here.
  3. CS

    ConniS

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food, service, and ambiance was great! I would have given a 5 but the restroom was not in good shape. The “soap” bottles were mostly water. I have added water to “stretch” soap before but this was ridiculous! Staff & guests were not able to properly wash. There was water all over the sinks & countertop. It was just messy!
  4. j

    janp

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The only disappointment was that I expected some Japanese food to be offered at a restaurant in the Japanese gardens.
  5. MR

    MaryR

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyable! We were impressed by the menu options and then so very pleased with our choices. Salmon Oscar and a seafood blend with home made potato chips. This was followed by a Mocha coffee that was also very impressive. We'll drive the 75 miles again just for the restaurant. Oh, and our waitress was exceptional!
  6. AB

    AmyB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely & attentive staff, delicious drinks, and a wonderful deck for eating al fresco, surrounded by the Japanese Garden.
  7. NG

    NannyG

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    It began with two different parking lot attendants telling me the lots were full and to go to overflow parking at a nearby school but being unable to tell me where that was located. We were promptly seated and placed our order, so far so good. However, our food arrived lukewarm and my friend's order came to the table incorrectly; that was partially rectified right away but she asked three different people for her salad dressing and more water - which was never delivered - before our waitress returned to check on us. We expressed to her our disappointment at the lack of follow up by the staff, to which our server replied "we're really busy". No apology. Upon returning with our requested items our server's attitude was notably cold and borderline rude. It was clear she did not appreciate our calling out our dissatisfaction. She brought the check and never returned to the table. Yes, they were busy, but no more so than on other occasions when we've dined there on a Saturday, and there were empty tables with no customers waiting. Therefore this was the last time either one of us will ever return.
  8. G

    Grinny226

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    On a beautiful day, nothing is better than dining on good food, outdoors, in a truly serene setting! Their menu offers a wide variety of delicious options. Everything we had exceeded our expectations. The hostess was very accommodating and our server was personable and efficient. Reservations are highly recommended!
  9. M

    Mcwhed96

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had breakfast/ lunch with the family, sat outside. Very calming, good environment. The Bloody Mary was very well dressed. Food was great. Generous portions and the waffles were a big hit around the table. Highly recommended!
  10. GD

    GaryD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Showed to our table, then sat waiting for a sever / someone to take our order. After 35 mins waiting, we had to go and find someone to take our order. Was told someone will be there immediately. 10 mins we asked a server nearest to us if he could take our order. He was very polite and apologetic for the wait time. And he took our order even though it wasn’t his designated table. The food was fine. We definitely got the impression that if you’re face was known ( a regular ) you received instant service. The lunch and trip to the gardens were a very special surprise for my wife. So we left a somewhat disappointed
  11. CK

    ChrisK

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, great service, enjoyed the setting.
  12. P

    Peony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food2service4ambience5
    Our first time there... Asked for turkey club without egg but extra turkey. Waiter said no...turkey is pre-measured so they would not do that. I said ok...it must be good with the egg on it since it made it on the menu that way so I would try it. When my turkey club sandwich came out; all of the toast was burnt. No just a darker toast; burnt. Turkey had an odd metallic taste to it like it had gone bad.
  13. BS

    BillS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here, but definitely not the last. Lobster roll was great.
  14. KD

    KirbyD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always everyone was very happy with the whole experience
  15. CL

    ChrisL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    A favorite place for a special brunch (we live an hour away). Excellent fresh, beautifully prepared dishes, located at the beautiful setting of Anderson Japanese Gardens. Make an advance reservation, especially on weekends.
  16. t

    teddy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were very busy, but it was worth the wait....
  17. TL

    TrinityL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, the server was super nice, and the view from our chair was amazing. If we ever get back in the Rockford area, we will for sure be back.
  18. BB

    BrennaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed my first time at Fresco. Our waitress was SUPER friendly, the view was PERFECT, and the food and drinks were amazing! I will definitely be coming back soon!
  19. FC

    theFlowerCEO

    Boise

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious brunch in a beautiful place - they were busy and we felt extremely taken care of! Want to go every brunch!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was good except my lobster roll tasted stale not as good as last time. The filling was wonderful however.
  21. JC

    JaneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time there and the waitress helped us a lot in deciding what to eat. It was beautiful looking out over the gardens. A wonderful overall experience
  22. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our group of 7 sat on the patio on a beautiful day and enjoyed a great brunch. Everyone enjoyed their food and our server and all the staff were attentive. Only complaint from our group was a high price for orange juice. Fresco is a nice compliment to the Japanese Garden.
  23. JD

    JosephD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was an amazing place but portions are a little small for the prices.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! The beverages were especially intriguing, and meal portions were large! The chef know what he's doing! We'll be back!
  25. CB

    CatherineB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely lunch venue, and a most welcome respite on a 95-degree day. Our server Jamie was flawless despite also working with a group of about 30 people plus other tables. Nothing whatsoever to complain about!
  26. AP

    AngelaP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful space with great views to gardens. My friend's steak & salad was delicious and and had a healthy serving of perfectly cooked steak cubes. My crab cake sandwich was 3 out of 5 stars. I've never had such a thin patty for a crab cake--more of a spread than a cake. Too much breading so I could not taste crab meat. Served on toasted white bread--really?? Even my friend was shocked. Use a croissant or something more elegant. Hostess was great. Waiter did what he was supposed to do. Could be friendlier. Pls make sure all the teas on your menu are in stock.
  27. DP

    DianeP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting , delicious food and great service
  28. CL

    CraigL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved 1/2 fruit filled pineapple and my husband loved Fresco favorite eggs, bacon!
  29. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh squeezed juices, delicious and interesting ingredients, and a beautiful outdoor garden setting makes Fresco a perfect place for a meal. Attentive service and substantial portions!
  30. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Setting is lovely. Food was sumptuous. Service wasn’t up to standard.
  31. JF

    JohnF

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Requested outside dining but the staff alternative indoor seating was better.
  32. M

    Mary

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu is excellent and the wait staff is outstanding. Our waters and coffee were filled frequently. This is one of my favorite restaurant for lunch.
  33. CB

    CremeBruleeFanatic

    Tulsa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time to eat here. Would definitely love to enjoy it again but we are from Tulsa, so a bit of a drive! Food was great. Well prepared. Sat on the patio. Waitress was not great, but all else was good. Very good eggs Benedict but the eggs could've been cooked just a tad longer. Latte was delicious. Husband's sandwich was yummy as well.
  34. p

    pbegv

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal and the view. Our server was very helpful and pleasant.
  35. JA

    JosephineA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I had a reservation for a party of 7. We were seated on time outside as requested, but no one stopped at our table for at least 10-15 minutes. Servers were walking back and forth by our table, but nothing. I went to the hostess desk, and she realized she didn’t tell one of the servers we were seated. A mistake. I get it. What got me is that not even one server realized that we were just sitting there for an absurdly long time. Improved communication between everyone would help. The food was ok. Some dishes looked better than others. The potatoes served with the eggs Benedict were lukewarm. Even with inflation I thought the food was over priced. When I visit the gardens again, I don’t think I’ll be going back.
  36. HC

    HClarke

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have a meal after walking around the garden. Service was great!
  37. BS

    BarbS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love that they have several gluten free options. Blackened salmon tacos were so good!
  38. JG

    JetGramma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fresh food,good ingredients, good portion, nice servers
  39. JK

    JohnK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the location was beautiful.
  40. v

    vintagen56

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Menu is small and food was average. Some of the breakfast potatoes were raw inside for but aside from that it it was ok. Nothing to write home about aside from being overpriced. Drinks were great though, we loved the blueberry mule. Atmosphere was fantastic. Service was so/so. We waited a while for our waitress to tend our table. Overall, I’d only dine here again for the atmosphere.

FAQs

Fresco at the Gardens is rated 4.6 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Fresco at the Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61108

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Rockford

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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