Fresco Da Franco

4.3
621 reviews
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As the temperatures continue to drop and the last of the leaves fall, appetites for comford food undoubtedly increase. Head over to Fresco Da Franco on Church Street in Montclair, New Jersey for an array of delicious food. Filled with authentic Italian flavors, creative dishes and homemade pastas and desserts, Fresco Da Franco new menu has something for everyone.


Our recently revamped menu features homemade pastas, flavorful brick oven pizza and authentic Italian entrees as well as a selection of homemade desserts. Whether you are dining alone, dinner for two or a family night, there is something sure to please everyone.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
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KE
New York Area
235 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Fresco is convenient to the movie theatre, so we had a late dinner there. Some of the dishes were quite good, others were mediocre. The main problem was with the noise level. The music was very loud, so we had to eat outside. There were a number of birthdays being celebrated, and the music got even louder when they went to each birthday table. Also, the chef wasn't willing to make any changes on the menu. Our waiter was very nice and friendly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints! Food and atmosphere were awesome! Looking forward to next time!

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F
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice little place in Montclair. It's BYOB and they will also deliver from a liquor store to your table. The pasta was delectable. I had the spinich and goat cheese risotto with rock shrimp while my husband had the gnocchi in bolognase sauce. The portions looked small but the bowl was deceiving and it was very filling and made very well. A bit expensive for pasta but when it's a BYOB, you know they have to make money some how!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Awesome service! Fun atmosphere! Great outdoor dining!

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AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside on a beautiful day! There were two men playing music outside and it was wonderful. Our waiter was Justin and he was very helpful and attentive. My group got plenty of apps, pizza, brunch items and dessert. Everything we had was delicious. Prices were very reasonable as well. I plan on coming back many more times. Thanks again!

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NJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very loud ambiance. On top of the noise, loud music of Michael Jackson was playing through the speakers. Impossible to have a conversation.

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P
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We all enjoyed the food, however, much too long between appetizers and entrees. We would definitely recommend and would try again ourselves.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience great service I wouls definitely recommended to family and friends. I would go back at any time . The staff is vey attentive , offering a great level of service .

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GL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience! Would not sit even though 4 of our party of 5 were there. Sitting outside meant we were limited to 2 hours and everyone was required to order an entree (even when I wanted 3 appetizers for more money!)
Crazy overpriced for tiny portions.
NEVER AGAIN

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have come here often for dinner, but on this occasion we were there with family to celebrate our wedding day.
Since we had a small weekday ceremony, our first choice to have an intimate dinner was Fresco.
Our friends surprised us by decorating the table with candles & flowers and we were told the restaurant was very accommodating when they came by.
We had a perfect view by the window and the ambiance was romantic.
The food was excellent as always and the service amazing. The staff is friendly and will always check to see if you need anything.
I highly recommend this place for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food isn’t that great for the prices they charge.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had Father's Day Brunch here & it was wonderful! Seating was offered outside or inside. Great variety on the menu & specials of the day and they were patient with our little ones. The stuffed zucchini flowers were spectacular! Staff was very pleasant and accommodating. They even offered us a bottle of Prosecco for the Orange Juice. The only thing negative I could say is it was a lttle slow from the time of order to serving. I would definitely go back again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've heard it can get loud enough inside to make having conversations difficult. As it was a nice day when we were there, we choose to sit outside. Very easy to talk there and it was a relaxing and enjoyable meal. Great service and great food... Albeit a little on the expensive side.

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OS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, poor acoustics. If you sit inside during prime time, expect to shout. But the servers are friendly and attentive and the food is very good.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love the restaurant, the service was a bit slow maybe because was a busy Friday evening The food was absolutely delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Server was nice, food was average at best and undercooked

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect day @ the car show. Great brunch

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F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

To loud pizza sags

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WA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

I selected this restaurant because I liked the images of their menu online (the beet salad? the pizza?) Nope -- completely different (and much more expensive) menu. So they don't even keep their website up to date. Overall, I was unhappy with the whole experience. The restaurant was loud, the food was just OK -- nothing special -- and the price was way too high for the value. Our waitress was sweet and attentive, so I guess there's that, but seemed like their music was one loud electronica song all night. Not my cup of tea. Won't be going back.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a busy night in Montclair. Dinner was delicious and the wait staff was excellent. We ate inside and it was extremely loud and hard to carry a conversation. Out table had a lot of fruit flies buzzing around which was very annoying. Overall it was a nice date night and we will be back.

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved the wonderful outdoor seating area. Relaxed. Service was outstanding - very attentive.
The homemade Gnocchi was amazing as was the Red Snapper. From start to finish we really enjoyed our meal and the service. I will be returning to try more dishes.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great.

forgot to bring wine. The waitress provided a wine list from next door and wife arrived in 10 minutes. They had a lot of birthday parties on a Saturday

Had lasagna special which was delicious.

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s
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Large portions of mediocre quality: bland and saucy. Terrific wine service from the wine store next door.

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c
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We sat outside because the restaurant was still setting up at 5:15. Food was good, not great. The pasta was overdone, but my company enjoyed her steak special. Overall the experience was not what I expected based on the other reviews... will have to go back for a later reservation to get a different take.

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food quality was good but price for portion size, no very good. 4 scallops for $36.95 you decide

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sidewalk! Was awesome

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The branzino was not quite as delicate as I expected, tasted a bit more like sea bass than branino, however, the eggplant dish was superb as was the gnocchi. The flavors within the bolognese sauce were perfectly balanced. Service was fine, and ambiance was just right...

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Was excited to try this place for brunch even though the reviews were mixed.
Let’s just say that I should have listened to the reviews. There was maybe 4 tables in the entire place and service was slowwwwww.
We ordered the chicken & waffles which specifically states it’s a crispy chicken breast. All 3 arrived with dark meat. I addressed it to the waiter and he claimed they send dark meat when they don’t have white meat. Well it shouldn’t state white meat in the menu and guests should be told so they have the option to want it or pick something else. One of the entrees has a hair on it so send them back. The poached egg entree was to come with crostini and did not.
They did remove the items we returned from the bill but you would think they would atleast give us the birthday dessert on the house for the trouble, nope we paid full price!
It was a disappointment to say the least and unfortunately I will not return since they did not seem apologetic for the mistakes made and the staff was practically in back whispering and looking at our table which made me believe that they did something to our food since it was returned

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l
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A traditional go to restaurant for me, but lately, prices have gone up. Food is still delicious, and value that it is BYOB. Be leary of the "still" water. A smallish bottle was a whopping $10. Be sure to ask for tap water.

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V
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good, little pricy but the food is always good!

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VD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acoustics not great as the crowd got bigger.

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a
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a dear friend out for a birthday lunch and this was the perfect spot.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing but the table spacing was tight.

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Z
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was terrific and the service was good. However, the noise level was almost over the top. We were there, 6 of us, for a reunion and the noise made it difficult to hear each other.

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Snapper is outstanding. The meatball appetizer is a must. Great atmosphere, music and food. The service is above and beyond.

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and food was really good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious with large portions and the service is impeccable. Our sons favorite restaurant in Montclair and his birthday celebration. The sparkler with the birthday desert is the best!! Never disappointed!!

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SV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

IT IS SO LOUD!!!!! Impossible to have a conversation in this restaurant on a Saturday night given how loud they are playing music. Food is good, service is fine, but the volume of the music is almost comical. We asked for it to be turned down and were told that this is how the manager likes it on a Saturday night.

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