Fresco at the Gardens

4.6
307 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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CarolB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a must stop if you are in Rockford. We pass through every year on the way to Galena and always stop here to eat. We would not eat anywhere else. Everyone is friendly and the restaurant is beautiful as it overlooks the Japanese Gardens. Social distancing is observed and all staff where masks. I was a little disappointed with the salmon tacos - but just a little. I thought they could be a more flavorful.

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GelD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, just the right portion and the best service as well given the pandemic situation. 👍🏻

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LindaL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had my first experience dining at Fresco and really enjoyed it. The service was a little slow but I wasn't in any hurry. The food was good but was told by my sister that the mimosa wasn't worth the money. I would still recommend having a meal here. The ambiance is really good.

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MarlaA
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the sweetest and made the dining experience delightful.

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Foodieforthought
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My family and I meet here for meals about once every 2 months. The service is consistently good (though last time we were there it was outstanding), the food is tasty with a seasonal variety of offerings and the view can’t be beat. Highly recommend!

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BobN
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely view of the Japanese garden, with outdoor seats
ing and inside spacious searing. Nice selection of menu items.

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MarianneA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful meal . Great service. Clean and plenty of space between the tables. Clean washrooms. No complaints about anything. I will definitely be back in the Spring.

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DebS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue to enjoy brunch particularly given the gloomy weather outside during our visit. Beautiful location.

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vipdaniels
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Only one other table there. Food is always good. Service a bit spoty, only one other table there.

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RLVis
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Atmosphere was beautiful - overlooking the gardens and a fire in the fireplace. Food was unique, healthy and delicious - even my 10 year old son found items he liked! Service was friendly and helpful. Safety precautions were in place to keep us safe while eating indoors. A great place to eat before touring the gardens!

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Kulgar
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food and the pinot noir was drinkable and a generous pour (thanks to the bartender). I see with reduced traffic that they don't have all the seafood listed on the website but completely understand and doubt I'd gone for shrimp/mussles/etc combo anyway given it's the Midwest.

We were there on a cloudy windy day so the traffic was light. Odd thing was that they close at 2PM and said reservations were limited when we called two days before and offered us 2PM. Then called us at 1:30 to say we should come now because they close at 2PM.

Excellent food!

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Mera
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!!! The restaurant is beautiful
We were very pleased

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DickG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food at a reasonable price

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ConnieR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food in a beautiful setting.

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KenK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly hostess, and waitress. She accommodated our request to split the breakfast order on 2 plates. The eggs benedict was fantastic, and the hulk drink was refreshing, we can't wait to eat there again.

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Goose
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food very much. The only disappointment was that no soup was available. The weather had turned cold and rainy and that would have hit the spot.

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Tripsurfer
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Although it was chilly and rainy, we had brunch under the tent outside. Beautiful view of the garden. Food was good just wish I had dressed for the weather as it was chilly and damp out there. Overall, will definitely go again!

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Momof3
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Have not been in 2 yrs but still yummy and nice to be outdoors and with a view. Nice to have gluten free choices and substitutions. Just ask!

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BaleyLynn
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and specialty cocktails were amazing! The view is outstanding. Great place for a relaxing and delicious meal.

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MariaN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My friend had ordered a salad with chicken breast. One of the pieces was a large bone. When we pointed it out to the waiter and the manager they apologized. They offered no alternative and add a minimum they should’ve offered us a free beverage or replace the salad. We could’ve asked but it is a business’s responsibility to make it right.

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PeggS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings. Comfortably spaced outdoor seating, Delicious food. Our server provided excellant service - very accomodating without being intrusive. We had a wonderful experience.

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KarenW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio surrounded by gardens. Good COVID precautions by staff.

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ProfRoc
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Japanese Garden is a fabulous place to dine. Don't miss the epic bloody Mary.

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SueJ
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food fresh and interesting recipes on the menu

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NaplesC
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent outside dining.

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Cindy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall1food5service4ambience4

The fall menu is delicious! The location is convenient but as most know, it's on the corner of North Second and Guilford so there's a lot of traffic noise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outdoors on the patio. The waiter and staff wore mask. The service was excellent and food came quickly . It was very good and a beautiful setting.

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vipDeborah
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

They are not following the Health Departments guidelines by having indoor dining. Not going back until they follow the rules. If they don’t follow these rules...what does that say about the cleanliness of their kitchen.

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BethW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast and nice patio setting. We love coming to gardens.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in a calm setting

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vipAocarolyn
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant - I had the lobster roll and my friend tried the salmon tacos. Both were delish! Great ambiance. Will definitely go back.

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Gary
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had to move my table farther away from the next table to ensure social distancing. The waite staff were masked all the time and the service was very good.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, service and being outdoors overlooking the gardens is fantastic.

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MichaelV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Would visit again with enthusiasm.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Beautiful setting for lunch. Unfortunately our server didn’t appear for quite some time so we sat with no water or drinks. The menu was extensive for lunch. We were excited about all the choices. I had the blackened salmon tacos and the fish was slightly overcooked and there was no heat in the seasoning. But the toppings were fresh and crunchy. My husband had the impossible burger sliders and they were tasty. The accompanying vegetables were overcooked and mushy. Tables were scrupulously cleaned after each party by I thought the tables chairs were closer than 6 feet.

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Cindy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu selection and food were excellent. I have a dairy and gluten sensitivity and the waitress consulted with the chef to ensure my menu selections were free of both. Definitely will return within Covid guidelines.

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Jana
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Excellent service. Lovely setting outdoors and staff followed social distancing. Hope to repeat this experience as soon as we can.

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bobk
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a 2 pm reserv and when we got there after driving there for almost 2 hours they said they were not honoring our 2pm reserv even though we were there 20 minutes early. They said for lack of patrons that day it was not worth it for them to serve us for the 2pm reserv, the last time for lunch that day. They claimed they called us about 45 minutes before we arrived though we might have lacked phone coverage on the road then if they did call. They did not offer to serve us regardless of their plan to stop serving even though we had driven all the way there. Nothing was offered to us except a better luck next time and their will certainly never be a next time.

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Cici
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Frescoat the gardens we make the trip just for lunch. Food is excellent, beautiful surroundings and extremely pleasant staff. Will be back often!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One of my favorite places. Food is always good and fresh.

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Fresco at the Gardens is rated 4.6 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.