Fresco Da Franco

4.5
935 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We currently have outdoor heated igloos. There is a maximum of six guests per igloo and there is a $50 rental fee on Friday and Saturday nights.

Each reservation will have a maximum of 2 hour per table.

As per NJ Executive Order 163, Fresco Da Franco will be offering INDOOR DINING at 50% capacity. We have installed hepa air purifiers, hepa havoc filters, electric static spraying, and our staff is tested every 7 days for Covid. We are following all CDC guidelines to ensure that the safety of our guests and staff.

Our recently revamped menu features homemade pastas 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!

Support Fresco Da Franco during COVID-19

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
What 935 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSouthCountydiner
New England
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch. Had the grilled octopus and the eggplant stack.

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Ally
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco is one of our favorite restaurants. We have been frequenting Fresco's for years.
We started going to this restaurant when it was Tosca we loved it then and we love it even more with the new owners. We are originally from Bloomfield, so we are very familiar with the area. We now live in North Caldwell, and love coming down to Church Street, every chance we get.

We enjoy sitting outside, it reminds me of being at a little french Bistro in Paris.

We were there the past two Sunday's for Brunch.
We love Fred, he is a great waiter and always happy to see us.
This week Mo was there, and I received a great greeting from him.

We missed seeing Mr. Fresco, he had just left, we are always missing him.

We love the food, my favorite brunch item is the rock shrimp & mushroom risotto.
So yummmy.

My only negative comment is the loud music.
It's way too loud to sit and talk with friends.
However, I will still be coming down to Church Street, just lower the music a bit.

Thank you,
Love ya'll,
Ally Lento

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Steph
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was exquisite! I will definitely be coming back and 100% recommending this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went for my birthday dinner with some friends. We got the octopus and calamari. I got the lamb for dinner. The food was really good! I loved that they had a dj playing great music all night. I was a little upset that they dropped the check before our dessert even got to the table. I will be coming back with a big group in July.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent professional service and great food. Will be back!

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Kelly
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Staff was attentive and pleasant.

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Sbriggs
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great dining experience however the BYOB is nowhere to be found in the Open Table highlights.... an unpleasant surprise.

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AnthonyB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent and the food was delicious (albeit somewhat pricey). My client lunch mate, most importantly, left happy.

TG
vipTheGr8santini
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I love the owner. I love the fact that he factors in his mom in the traditional sense and the food she makes is really really good. However, the service has gone downhill. We we left alone for long periods of time. Water was not brought out right away. i understand that people get busy, but this restaurant was not packed on this particular evening.
They were out of fried calamari which is my favorite dish. And also would not make a special exception to cook chicken francese.
It just left a bad taste in my mouth, literally.

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vipHeidiT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was a little bland. That wasn’t my experience before, but my date got the black ink fettuccine and I got the salmon. Both were underwhelming to say the least. More flavor! Server / service was excellent!

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DennisJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at Fresco. The staff were pleasant and professional. Food was excellent, I had the shrimp w black ink pasta, it was outstanding.
My fiance’ had the Bronzino (fish) and raved about it. Our family of four all loved the salads. The calamari as an appetizer was excellent. Even the bread was superb, it has rosemary in it, tasty.
It was a Saturday night, several parties
were there, so it was very loud. The staff were condiderate in turning the volume up and down. Cannoli and Tiramisu were very good.
A little pricey but that’s Montclair!
5 stars.

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SuzsnneF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food - fun atmosphere!

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TaniaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere great service great food! A perfect place for a celebration or just a fun nite out

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in town

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DebbieS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS GREAT RESTAURANT FROM THE FOOD TO THE AMBIANCE.

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vipDRR24
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was great, food for the price was okay at best, but honestly nothing special. Overall a good place for a nice night out to dine outside. Inside had a better vibe with DJ spinning around 9 PM the Saturday we were there.

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Lisa46
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overpriced place..food is average..don't waste your money and time..food came out in 5 mins..big turnoff ..wont be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful lunch!! I’m definitely going back. Shrimp risotto was beyond delicious!! The service was outstanding!! Can’t wait to dine there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

They no longer have the outdoor dining as previously advertised. Be aware

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day

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KarenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our food arrived to the table cold. The service was okay but the restaurant was very loud.

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vipNickN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome time!

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vipsototravels
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Party of six, we had a fun time! Good Food, we tried all their appetizers on their menu along with several entrees and desserts. DJ keeps the atmosphere very energetic.

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Chuck
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The only complaint we had was the noise level . We could hardly have a conversation . Even with a great meal and service I would be hard pressed to return.

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JulesR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Had a great dinner for my sons Bday. I had called to arranged prior to dinner to cement him. Unfortunately our server didn’t do anything (sad, as others were being celebrated around us). The ambiance was great, our food was delicious and our server was good. I will definitely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

It’s ok.. tiramisu was delicious. Food is average I hate to say they’ve lost their touch.

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LESLIES
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent & so was the ambience. I was not impressed with my food - it needed more flavor. The portion was very small too.

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Anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Very poor service, high prices, noisy with loud thumpy music. Most of the food was good but completely hard and completely underripe tomato on the "famous" eggplant stack? Is that challenging to find a ripe tomato? Seafood stew overdone.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and spacious outdoor dining area and amazing food!

KD
KordaiD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience3

The brunch menu could be better. Chicken and waffles are not their strong suit. Their Italian food is delicious

DL
DLRR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco was great as per usual. I had the chicken and waffles the chicken was amazing.

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vipFerdinand
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Limited menu for brunch and dinner as well, to pricey for the variety and competitiveness of other nearby restaurants. I am more impressed that they have managed to stay open this long.Staff take to long to addressed the needs of customers due to the lack of staffing. Their price do not meet customer requirements when you quantify what you are spending to what you are receiving in service and food. I do not recommend

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Dolores
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The quality of the food was excellent but the prices were high. I met my friend for a quick dinner mid-week. We ordered 2 entrees, the eggplant parmigiana and the Lamb Ragout. Both were a 10! But the portions were exceedingly small. The dessert menu was disappointing, only 4 choices, none of which interested me. The bill for 2 entrees and 2 coffees was a little more than $65. Overall I was underwhelmed.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had so much fun and we will be coming back. It’s great that it’s byob but the food portions are small. We got two apps and two dinners and I was hungry by the time I got home :/ the food quality is great thou!

JC
JeffreyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice night out. Food was very good, and, while it"s BYOB, local liquor store provides service to your table.

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bayankee
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was perfect as was the service and friendliness of staff.

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khadijahj
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Montclair took myself on a solo date and it was pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Horrible brunch! Food not good, overpriced and if you like a Housewives of NJ atmosphere this place is for you! Music so loud couldn’t hear across the table. If you like clubs, thinking you’re part of the “scene” and don’t care about good food give it a try. I had truffle eggs with bacon. It was cold and way too much truffle flavor. Bacon was over cooked. Fries were oily and cold also. Will not be returning anytime soon. To note I have eaten here few times in past for lunch/dinner and pasta dishes were good.

FAQs

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

Fresco Da Franco is rated 4.5 stars by 935 OpenTable diners.

Fresco Da Franco does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.frescodafranco.com/gift-cards.

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.