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Fresco at the Gardens, Rockford, IL

Fresco at the Gardens

4.8
4.8
613 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 entrees at Fresco at the Gardens include the Salmon Oscar, a crab stuffed salmon served over cauilflower quinoa rice with grilled asparagus and hollandaise sauce.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 8:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (815) 316-2256
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 613 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

613 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I have always loved going to Anderson Gardens, Fresco is a great addition. Gorgeous views and great food! And good drinks! I cannot wait to take all my friends

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting and amazing food. What more could you want? We chose to sit outside on the patio, which overlooks the Japanese garden. It's an experience from beginning to end. Their updated menu choices are top-notch.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter was very friendly and helpful. Atmostohere was nice. However, the value for the price changes was astronomically out of sync. While it was all you can eat I suppose, the caliber and quality of the food was no where near the $50 per person price tag. It was not bad or unappealing by any means. But a price of $50 a head to not even include a beverage beyond a glass of water is absurd. You could argue the price is to accommodate the upkeep of the beautiful gardens, however access to the gardens is also not included in the meal price. Over all, decent food, great service, not worth it. Just pick up lunch and buy a ticket to the garden separately.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good. The only perplexing thing was one would expect that if a restaurant opened for breakfast at 8am, you wouldn't need to wait for a cup of coffee (with a 8:15 reservation) because it was still brewing.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The wonderful view of the Japanese Gardens was only eclipsed by the fabulous food. Three of us had the veggie frittata. Our entire party was pleased with the taste, presentation and temperature of the foods. The beverages were appreciated, too. One member of our group didn’t see hot chocolate on the menu, but when he asked for it, they supplied a large, luscious looking version.

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  6. chrisc

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and great good- very good quality and a beautiful setting!

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  7. luv4lancasterfoodscene

    New York City

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    MY SISTER AND I HAD A WONDERFUL LUNCH AT FRESCO! THE FOOD WAS GOOD, THE GARDENS SPARKLED AS USUAL EVEN WITH THE CLOUDY AND RAINY DAY! WE WERE PROBABLY THE LAST TO BE SEATED AND WE FELT LIKE WE DIDN'T RECEIVE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE AND KINDNESS WE WOULD HAVE EXPECTED FROM OUR SERVER AND THE FRONT DESK STAFF. WE WLL RETURN, HOW CAN WE NOT WITH THE GARDENS BEING SO BEAUTIFUL, AND HOPEFULLY OUR SERVICE WILL SPARKLE TOO!

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  8. PhilH

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is fairly brief and I would’ve liked to see more vegetarian options. Prices are on the higher side. But the building itself is beautiful and setting overlooking the gardens is so nice.

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  9. JeffS

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I have eaten at this restaurant many times in the past, with good service, good food, good atmosphere. This past Sunday, though the service was the worst I have ever had at any restaurant. The server must’ve been an aviator 🧑‍✈️ because she was sure good at flybys . It was unbelievable she would ask. How are you doing and before you could even say anything she was gone. Then she would come by again. Can I get you anything before you could say anything she was gone? But when it was time to pay the bill she was a ghost 👻 color me done, Not going back to this restaurant for a while.

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  10. Foodieforthought

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Fresco at the Gardens! The food and service are great and staff is very attentive to my (demanding) family! I especially love walking the grounds and my six-year-old loves feeding the fish in the koi pond. It’s a magical place. The desserts are delicious, as are the fish tacos, the breakfast, the burgers, salads, all of it. And scenery can’t be beat.

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FAQs

Fresco at the Gardens is rated 4.8 stars by 613 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Fresco at the Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Rockford
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 8:00 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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