Fresco Da Franco

4.4
1050 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to Fresco Da Franco, contemporary Italian cuisine located in the heart of Montclair, New Jersey. Created by Hollywood producer and owner Franco Porporino Jr., a first generation Italian American, Fresco Da Franco is a destination restaurant for authentic cucina alla nonna -- delicious comfort food that is both satisfying and refined. From a young age, Franco watched his grandmother and mother taking simple ingredients from their gardens to create authentic Italian dishes. Inspired by their use of the freshest ingredients, Franco named his restaurant “Fresco Da Franco” (Fresh by Franco) in their honor.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2021

Fresco Da Franco will be serving our traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes prepared by Mamma Giuseppina! This special limited menu is available for both dine-in and take out. Space is limited so book your reservation today!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 25, 2021

Fresco Da Franco is open on Christmas Day! Enjoy the holiday, and let us do the cooking. Space is limited so book your reservation today.

What 1050 people are saying
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GaryL
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre-Concert

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SLMB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every dish we ordered tasted excellent. Portion sizes were good and food was brought out in a timely manner. Will definitely be returning in the future.

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DoloresB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service we've had in a very long while. Most attentive and unobtrusive wait staff! Delicious food! We didn't care for our 1st table (too close to the entrance) and the manager immediately moved us to another table. So accommodating! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving family dinner

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BonAppetito
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We went for thanksgiving dinner at 5pm. Looking forward to a delicious turkey meal. They were out of the turkey meal. It went downhill from there. I realize they must be short on staff but the wait for the dishes was rather long. We won’t be back.

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DanielH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great service. Lovely restaurant. Highly recommended

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NancyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

I love this place but was not expecting a noisy dinner Was dissatisfied with that will make sure to go earlier next time. Could not speak with family members did not enjoy the experience

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vipJr121
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here before a show at the Wellmont. Food and service was excellent! Highly recommend!

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GaryL
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Started out looking for a BYOB close to the Wellmont as we had a show scheduled. Parking convenient in the Crescent garage a block or so away.

Split a grilled octopus appy…….says port wine reduction…..didn’t sense it, but had really good flavor….enjoyed with an oaked Chardonnay. We enjoyed Gnocchi Bolognese…..very good although the gnocchi were a bit on the heavy side….and the braised lamb shank. Really really good. The polenta, though, served with the lamb was the star of the show. Enjoyed with a Sonoma red blend.

No room for dessert, but the espresso was in the Top 5 or 6 I’ve enjoyed in a very long restaurant resume.

Can’t wait to go back next month!

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SuzanneM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice time we went earlier during the week so it wasn’t too noisy they made my friends birthday extra special and we had a good time I wish they served a salad w a meal but overall delicious and fresh!!

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MRNJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food was excellent. Extremely noisy (90+ decibels inside).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Blown away. Just need a pre concert place and had no idea how great the food would be!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff very attentive

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Dolly
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really liked the food and staff but the noise level was a bit much.

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tonyab
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the clam (in a shell) with melted parmesan and prosciutto and the famous eggplant stack for my apps. for dinner its always rock shrimp risotto or the black ink fettuccine with shrimp. but everything is very delicious and tastefully prepared. and BYOB!

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ArmineK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

The restaurant was decent in general with good food and service but extremely noisy, which effected our overall experience negatively.

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Scotty
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!! This is the place to go when celebrating a birthday! Great food and great music!!!

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vipErikaA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Very small over priced portions. Left the restaurant hungry

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the people were so nice! It’s byob but we forgot liquor but they call someone to bring it from a liquor store and you just pay for it there, so cool and came so fast! Food was good too

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The calamari was over cooked and lacking flavor. The steak was okay, not good, but edible. And the potato’s were boiled potato’s versus mashed potatoes. The server was not very friendly. The food was lacking even my friends pumpkin ravioli was dry with no sauce.

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VICTORIAG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, music and people. Very nice spot. Salmon was delicious

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vipKarlheinzT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

If you want to have a discussion at your table you better look for a different restaurant!

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michele
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed a terrific evening. Delicious food, professional service and fun atmosphere.

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Katherine
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Very loud music, a lot of noise….. we almost couldn't talk. The order took a long time.

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NVME
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food is even better!!! Great staff. Very attentive and super friendly. I was celebrating my Girlfriend’s birthday and they went above and beyond to make her feel special. There were several guest celebrating birthdays and they all received the same quality VIP treatment. They know how to treat their guest and make you feel VIP. Food was outrageous the pumpkin ravioli and the meatballs were so delicious!! Great food! Great ambiance! Great staff! Great experience!!!! Definitely a gem in Montclair. Thank you For making my woman feel so special.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was good. Atmosphere was nice, not loud. Wish I can say the same about the foods & price. Don’t mind paying for good meal, but the foods doesn’t taste fresh, & portion is like size of an appetizer. Disappointed!

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AYISHAEF1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides the food being amazing the presentation of the food was amazing and the ambiance was great. I’m never disappointed when I’m in that restaurant.

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vipMiho
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very Loud music

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Appetizer and entrees were very good as was the service and atmosphere dining outdoors . We both had deserts which were very disappointing. The chocolate lava cake was dry and over baked and lacked flavor. Cheesecake was dry as well.

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vipFantastic
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. From out of town so didn’t know what to expect however meal was outstanding great lively atmosphere and close to hotel

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CharlesD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food. Had a 4:30pm early Sunday dinner outdoors. Great location with very little street noise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Way too loud. Definitely more of a club than a restaurant. Barely dressed dancers should have been listed on the website too. Food very average; service below.

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Mzeti
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I definitely would return to try more dishes. The food was delicious

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JackL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff was very friendly and attentive.

Recommend a burrata appetizer.

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WolfNJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Elevated food …pizza joint service .
Have been dining here for a very long time. ( Christmas Eve, special occasion and every day). It seems that management standards have dropped . Clearly taking diners for granted , while providing less than adequate service . This restaurant was a “gem” of Church street , but we’ll be looking for a replacement
Our waiter seemed more interested in chatting with the hostess , than checking on us. He never once came back to our table , once our order was taken. I had to ask the hostess for our entrees following appetizers, then again for a cup of coffee ( we weren’t offered a desert me yet) , and again for the check. Then I had to search for someone to take payment.
I would suggest that the owners have a manager on site always. It was clear that there was no one in charge , and that the staff were left to run the show. Very disappointing.

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vipAnnA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service at brunch was really slow and spotty. The food was

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience.

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ChristopherA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music a bit too loud but Fun

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food Delicious! Service good too.
Clean an nicely decorated

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FrederickS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Severs did the best they could buy food service was slow. Food was not of the quality I have had here in the past.

FAQs

Fresco Da Franco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 337-5100.

Fresco Da Franco is rated 4.4 stars by 1050 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.