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Fresco at the Gardens

4.6
4.6
495 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

7:00 PM


Booked 16 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 495 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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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. F

    Francis

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a very nice spot especially if you eat outside. The food is enjoyable with good portion sizes. I asked for extra corn taco shells because it only came with 2 very small shells for a heaping plate with eggs and potatoes. They were flexible with our reservation since we were a bit late. After a great meal we got tickets to stroll in the garden. All in all a great visit.
  2. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Window table with view of the spectacular garden is such a treat. The variety of delicious choices of either breakfast or lunch is wonderful. Our server Jamie is always pleasant and professional. A destination that should be considered for everyone visiting Rockford or a local.
  3. TO

    ToshiO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful green outside. Nice view of Japanese garden from the dining table. Relaxing and comfortable.
  4. MD

    MamaD

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The view was lovely. The server was very nice & helpful. The food was mediocre at best. My eggs benedict came out room temperature. Our drinks were mediocre as well. They really need music. Everyone talking with no music gave it a bit of a cafeteria feel. Overall, it was absolutely not worth the money we spent.
  5. LM

    LiudMa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the place. I'd lived in Rockford for many years, and it was my 1st time there. Loved the gardens too.
  6. I

    Isabella

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We had a group of 5. I ordered a Cuban Panini sandwich, I had high expectations since the food I saw going to other tables looked very good, What a disappointment ! Very very dry.
  7. T

    Tessa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Sadly, the food and service weren't near as good as in times past. I'm sure the understaffing was due to current economy. Love the fresh juices. Would recommend for the view alone, but make sure to leave adequate time.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Come for the food. Tour the garden
  9. MJ

    MaryJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food was good but a couple things were off with my guests orders. One got crab cakes and the bread they were on was burnt. Prices have gone up more, making it a bit too expensive for us seniors wanting to dine out and enjoy.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting
  11. DB

    DiannaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Requested a table outside. When we got there they said they didn’t have anything large enough to accommodate us. Wish they would have shared that up front
  12. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Very overpriced for average quality food and beverages. A decline from what it used to be.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I had the Waffles and they were great! My friend had a burger and also looked very good. I loved sitting by the window to overlook the garden.
  14. YC

    YCotia

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If visiting the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL, their restaurant is the best place for: - delicious food - prompt, efficient and hospitable service - convenient to pay at the desk for the docent tours, gift shop and meeting for departure for the docent tours
  15. CT

    ConnieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff were very accommodating and flexible with our requests. We were seated away from the crowd at the window. Food was excellent! I shall return again.
  16. LR

    LisaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love eating at Fresco at Anderson Gardens. The scenery is beautiful and the food is delicious. This last time I ordered the steak salad and it was perfect. There was nothing left on my plate.
  17. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice brunch spot in the gardens. Will be back.
  18. RO

    ROSAT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the table with a view as per our request. We were greeted and led to our table. Waitress friendly. Food was very good love the ambience.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely patio setting. Menu offered a variety of selections.
  21. PU

    PaulU

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A little overpriced for what they are offering but the food was great and the service was good as well. You sit right next to the gardens so the view is amazing.
  22. O

    Orly

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food is not good. Smoothie not good. Mediocre coffee. Not great unless you are seated by window. We were seated next to lobby with people walking by all the time for a bridal reception. Service mediocre. Table not ready at time for which we reserved even though tables were open. I would not eat here again. I'd return to gardens but eat elsewhere.
  23. F

    Friends

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We appreciated not being rushed through our meal. Very relaxing.
  24. DM

    DeborahM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service and food was good!
  26. D

    Deborah

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    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.
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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!
  33. 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!
  34. 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
  35. CK

    ChrisK

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, great service, enjoyed the setting.
  36. 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.
  37. BS

    BillS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here, but definitely not the last. Lobster roll was great.
  38. 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
  39. 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.
  40. t

    teddy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

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

FAQs

Fresco at the Gardens is rated 4.6 stars by 495 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 16 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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