Fresco at the Gardens

4.7
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215 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service5ambience1

Sadly this facility is not being managed properly during COVID.Especially rest rooms, so who knows what else. Very disappointing.

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JenniferN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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Trish
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

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

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JoanieO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outside, covered patio with appropriate social distancing between tables. Service was friendly and efficient. Food was excellent.

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KenF
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, terrific place to visit and eat

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Thom53212
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DanielR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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AndreaH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect setting for lunch in between our walks through the gardens. The service and food were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had to wait a bit for a server to take our order. Service thereafter was good as was the food. Outdoor dining was lovely.

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karens
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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.

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NancyW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great space, wonderful view. Will definitely go back.

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RobinP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always had great service and delicious food! Been here many times and quality is high every time. Love this place.

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vipAlexandraB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for amazing food and a relaxing environment!

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BlaykeH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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carmen
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting menu, good food, nicely presented, plus a fabulous view of Anderson Japanese Gardens.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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DavidA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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KaroleG
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

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!

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RhondaA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal from the specials menu, gorgeous view of Anderson Japanese Garden from the patio. A perfect lunch!

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IrynaPlainfield
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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LoriS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious.
Everything that was being delivered to other tables looked great.
Can’t wait to return.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was honestly the best food I have ever had. Everything tasted amazing, I will definitely come back.

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PreetiL
London
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food and service was okay! However we felt uncomfortable as some service staff weren't wearing masks properly!

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and good service. Try to get a table overlooking the gardens. Recommend!

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LenoreK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BillH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in Rockford. Food, atmosphere, service.

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BillK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was perfect, & it was lovely to sit outside early & hear the birds singing.

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LeslieB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great

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NaplesC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DouglasR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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SandiK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything looked delicious, burgers were huge.
Beautiful views from the deck.
Practiced social distancing.

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LarryA
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food
Great service
Great view
Wine was delicious

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CarolD
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

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Kimmie60ish
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations on line, very easy to do! Greeted by everyone! Food was great, ambiance great, a great overall experience!! Will definitely dine there again!! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Father’s Day breakfast experience. Servers were friendly and food was prompt and good.

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Izzydine
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good & service also! Everyone was very polite & had pretty view!

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this experience was fantastic. Being on the patio looking out into the garden made it even better. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced.

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KAZZIE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice patio to get a bite after walking around the Japanese gardens. Food is basics with a few twists to make it special. Patio furniture could use an update.

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ShyamK
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and tasty food, perfect location to spent any special occasion or days...

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