Fresco at the Gardens
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.
first tie there since covid. service and food still excellent. My two guests had birthdays so birthday gelato a nice touch
Fresco at the Gardens at Anderson's Japanese Gardens is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a lovely meal in an incredible setting. Why wait?
Very relaxing breakfast with good service, food and a view.
Sadly this facility is not being managed properly during COVID.Especially rest rooms, so who knows what else. Very disappointing.
This was a celebration brunch on the patio. The setting was lovely but the meal was fraught with mistakes. Two eggs, ordered fried hard, was served as hard boiled eggs, yep, that was a new one. My burger ordered medium was raw inside. The server was very kind and apologetic and puzzled about the hard boiled eggs, she said that just doesn’t happen. They replaced the burger but by the time it came everyone was done eating so they took it off of our bill. We have had very good experiences here in the past, it was unfortunate it was on a special day.
The food incredible as well as the view of Anderson' Garden from any table. The staff is the best and very attentive. Everything I have ate there has been over the top delicious.
Clean, tables social distanced. Adequate staffing. Timely service. Beautiful presentation of food. And the setting? Fantastic.
My food wasn’t hot. It wasn’t cold but not hot. The flavor of the food was good.
What a pleasant surprise! The staff was EXCELLENT! Very attentive and providing “safe” service. The menu had a wonderful, diverse selection with reasonable prices. They also had a fresh juice bar- very refreshing. I would highly recommend this place!!!
Drinks were served with a straw in them. I made a reservation for 2 I showed up at 1:40 and they said the kitchen closes in 5 minutes. So I ordered a lobster roll and it came out with in two minutes therefore the food was already cooked and ready to serve and way over priced to be rushed out
Wonderful outside, covered patio with appropriate social distancing between tables. Service was friendly and efficient. Food was excellent.
Great food and service, terrific place to visit and eat
Wonderful view of the Andersen Japanese Gardens, Staff was very helpful in making sure all my selections were prepared Gluten Free, and we appreciated all the extra precautions taken during COVID-19. Wonderful Lunch, I had the special, which was a shrimp tacos, and split the chicken salad. We can't wait to return.
They close exactly at 2pm on Fridays. You can't request anything from their kitchen because the cooks go home and there is no way to access dessert or coffee because the cooks have "locked it up." I suggest if they want to run a restaurant, they should run a restaurant so that it can give a restaurant an experience to those the restaurant chooses to seat.
A perfect setting for lunch in between our walks through the gardens. The service and food were excellent.
Had to wait a bit for a server to take our order. Service thereafter was good as was the food. Outdoor dining was lovely.
I enjoyed the dining out on the patio with the beautiful environment. The service was good, at first we sat for about 10 minutes without waitress coming to table. After about 10 minutes our waitress came to our table and the service was excellent from that time on.
Great food, great space, wonderful view. Will definitely go back.
Have always had great service and delicious food! Been here many times and quality is high every time. Love this place.
Our favorite place for amazing food and a relaxing environment!
We came early on a Sunday for my daughter's 4th birthday. The staff was attentive, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere war,m and inviting. Great views of the gardens. My only criticisms would be that the online menu doesn't match the on site menu. I get that because of COVID, it may change, but there were a couple of items that we were excited about that weren't available so we were a little let down. Also, the cocktails were a bit overpriced for the quality. I'm a cocktail snob though, so that may just be me.
Interesting menu, good food, nicely presented, plus a fabulous view of Anderson Japanese Gardens.
We had lunch at Fresco after a leisurely tour of the beautiful Japanese Gardens. We had a reservation, but were seated a bit early at our request. The restaurant was very clean and organized for social distancing. The service was outstanding as was the food!
We had a wonderful meal with 2 elderly members of the family. Service was good and we received our meals promptly. Of course the view of the gardens just completes the meal. The amenities for handicapped are good too.
I’ve eaten at Fresco in the past and the food was outstanding. The shrimp salad was to die for! I’m sure COVID-19 has had a profound affect on the dining experience. What I had recently, was just ok, not “Wow,” as I’ve enjoyed before. You can’t beat the Gardens though! Beautiful as ever!
Delicious meal from the specials menu, gorgeous view of Anderson Japanese Garden from the patio. A perfect lunch!
Eating at Fresco, after touring the Japanese Garden was a wonderful way to wrap up a day with my Mom. Their Sangria they had was their own recipe - and was fantastic. The food portions were generous, fresh and delicious. Looking forward to our next trip there.
Food was delicious.
Everything that was being delivered to other tables looked great.
Can’t wait to return.
This was honestly the best food I have ever had. Everything tasted amazing, I will definitely come back.
Food and service was okay! However we felt uncomfortable as some service staff weren't wearing masks properly!
Very good food and good service. Try to get a table overlooking the gardens. Recommend!
turkey club was the best one my daughter ever had and she told everyone we met on our trip about it. my sandwiche was also delicious
Best dining experience in Rockford. Food, atmosphere, service.
Food was delicious, service was perfect, & it was lovely to sit outside early & hear the birds singing.
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Great omelette and service. There was no social distancing in the dining room inside. The lady at the table next to us had on strong perfume and she was so close it was bothering us. We were surprised that people weren’t being seated at every other table.
We had a great time. Anderson Gardens temporarily closed due to weather and Fresco was able to accommodate us early for lunch. All in all a great place.
Everything looked delicious, burgers were huge.
Beautiful views from the deck.
Practiced social distancing.
Wine was delicious
I made a reservation for 3 at 12:30 for lunch on a Wednesday. It was after 1:00 when we were seated. They should not have given me 12:30 if it was not going to be available. I always check a restaurant's website menu before going. The actual menu was different and the prices were all higher once we got there. If you have a website, keep it current.
Fresco at the Gardens is rated 4.7 stars by 222 OpenTable diners.
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