About Fresco Da Franco
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!
Montclair, NJ 07042
Hours of Operation:
Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Between Bloomfield Ave and Park St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Friday and Saturday Night after 9 p.m. we raise the music to the sounds of Studio 54! Dancing is permitted at your own will!
Valet Parking on Friday and Saturday Only.
Private Party Facilities:
For any occasion, we will create an event as special as the occasion. For large groups, there is the option to rent out the entire restaurant to have the complete private dining experience.
Private Party Contact:
Sarah Arcuri: (844) 254-0352
Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Special Events & Promotions:
Annual Exotic Police Escorted Rally
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Fresco Da Franco Ratings and Reviews
Heard a lot of good things. Didnt feel very welcomed. The hostesses werent the friendliest. We felt we were put in a corner with a empty restaurant. But the meatballs and the lasagna was amazing. Our waiter was really cool too, Matt. I will recommoned but was just dissapointed with the people hired to represent the restaurant wasnt so welcoming, hopefully that will change.
Saturday Brunch at fresco!
Fresco is great for an intimate dining and a great venue for celebrations. The interesting thing is that this can happen at the same time. There will be no infringement of one situation into the other. My guest and I started with a truffle honey ricotta spread served with grilled bread. This was so yummy you could spread it on your finger and be happy. My friend had the blackened salmon served with a melange of quinoa, mushrooms, kale and wondrful aromatics. My entrée was the perfectly prepared delicate crispy skin branzino served with a really creamy risotto. For dessert we enjoy a lovely slice of strawberry cheesecake. Even now I'm trying to create a reason to go back and enjoy the other offerings on their menu.
My daughters & I were getting together for dinner and a movie at the Claridge Theater. The location couldn’t be more convenient. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and very attentive. It was lent so we steered clear of any meat dishes. Would have loved more non meat options. The shrimp & scallops frat Diablo was delicious & definitely had some heat. The crab cakes were tasty. This was our third visit & we will return.
So disappointed. Beware....restaurant likes to use text messages. Got multiple day of to confirm my reservation and then follow up that there is valet parking. It was a crummy night so we decided to use the valet. No information on fee in sign as you pull up- and then attendant informed my husband AFTER WE WERE OUT OF THE CAR that it was $10. Yes it can be tricky to get parking in Montclair, BUT there is a municipal parking garage directly across the restaurant through the alley!
We had a 6pm reservation and the restaurant was already fairly full and very loud. Within a half hour they turned on music with a volume ABOVE the din of the crowd. Tables were squished together and extra tables where there shouldn’t be any. We did not care for the ambiance at all.
I had a stuffed chicken special which was mediocre. It was drenched in a sauce and that was not reflected on the menu. The side veggies were good. My husbands veal Milanese was tasty.
We were told restaurant has curbside valet parking: we were not told it was $10 until we got there. We had a two-top and were seated originally sandwiched between a 10-top and a server's station: horrible arrangement. Eggplant tower was good but did not match the menu description. We were told not to miss the exceptional desserts, including the owner's mother's apple fritter. It was thin and nothing spectacular. The lava cake was so pedestrian. Will not be back. There are too many other exceptional restaurants in Montclair.
Our experience was mediocre at best. Our server was very good, pleasant and accommodating. Unfortunately everything else was sub par. Our entrées were bland (scallops and gnocchi) and at some point relatively early in the evening the background music turned to club music which was pretty unappealing.
Fresco’s is my absolute favorite restaurant- their food, staff, atmosphere- it’s all amazing and makes for a wonderful weekend night out. While you can never go wrong with any of their specials, the meatballs, gnocchi, and Chicken Francese will always be favorites as well. The staff goes out of their way to make sure you have a great time, and if you do have to wait, they’ll do everything they can to make your wait comfortable.
This past Saturday my family and I celebrated my father-in-laws 50th birthday at Fresco. We made the reservation over a month in advance because having been before (during brunch over 2 years ago) I knew that the earlier the better to ensure they'd be able to seat a table of 7. None the less, my FIL's big day had come and we arrived at the restaurant 10 minutes early but waited outside for another 20 minutes after our 7:30 reservation. Once the hostess (very nice) called us in, she offered us a seat in the center of the restaurant. The manager/owner (not sure) came over and told her to seat us in the back part of the restaurant but she quickly responded "They have been waiting for a long time" so he agreed, but was visibly agitated.
Upon being seated we were asked our drink order and if we'd like any appetizers at which time we gave our order. We did not get any bread (which all of the other tables were provided with) and our appetizers didn't come out until 40 minutes later!!! Oh, and the entrees-- another hour and 20 min after apps!! Our waiter apologized several times for the delay and thanked us for our patience without us even having to say anything. The (manager/owner) kept sending members of his clearly shorted staff, including our waiter over to tables he seemed very familiar with, "usuals" I assume who also received their meals much sooner than my family whilst being seated much later which was frustrating for us especially with 2 hungry young children (5 & 7). Not to mention, while we waited we could barely hold a conversation because the music was so loud we could barely hear one another speak. The entire experience was absolutely dreadful. It's unfortunate because the food was actually very good.. But hey, After spending a $400 on dinner for 5 adults & 2 children (no alcohol as its BYOB) with poor service and even poorer management, its no wonder how they manage to stay in business.
We were seated at a noisy location near the bustling service area despite requesting a quiet table, though there seemed to be a couple other options. Food was not spectacular. I expected a better overall experience based on the glowing reviews. The waiter was pleasant and attentive.
Dined in with friends for Saturday brunch. Although there was only one other table seated when we arrived for our reservation, we were not offered drinks until we stopped the waiter and asked about 15 minutes after sitting down. Drinks were slow to arrive and be refilled throughout the meal.
After being seated for 30 minutes, our waiter came by additional menus with the day's specials, then promptly disappeared again. The food was good but varied widely in terms of quantity. The breakfast calzone was monstrous: a good foot long. Eggs Benedict came with a side of home fries, while the vegetarian benedict special came with no side. A side of pancetta was crispy and well sized in a small bowl perfect for sharing.
Overall, good food in an atmosphere that wants to be much more than it is.
We came for a special dinner with another couple. We were sat upon arrival, however saw no service for nearly 20 minutes.
They kept raising the music volume up, at times it felt like we were in a club!
It seems they booked a large party and that made it difficult to access the restroom and exit.
The food was good, not good enough to make me come back.
Recently saw it it on open table for brunch and decided to give it a try. Next to the theater, great location. I always say when you have problems with bread and butter you know you’re off to a bad start. They were not offered and arrived only after repeated attempts. The whole brunch meal felt like it was reheated. Service was scarce. And overall for such an attractive restaurant the meal could not be more disappointing. Go to diners across the street next time. They don’t screw up eggs !!
This is our second time here and each time the food has been very unique and memorable. The service was also terrific each time. So while I would be giving the place top marks, for some bizarre reason at random moments they blast a wide range of music from Disco to Southern Rock and 80's music. It is so loud it is difficult to have a conversation.
It wouldn't be so bad if we knew what we were getting, like at a place that turns into a dance hall after a certain hour. But this is earlier in the evening and totally random. They turned it down when we complained but then cranked it up again 15 minutes later with no apologies for doing so. So unfortunately we won't be coming back to enjoy their food.
Went on a Saturday night following movie next door. There were about 6 parties going on and the noise level was very loud until about 10:15.
The food was good and I loved the meetball appetizer.
Because we had a late reservation, some dishes on the menu were sold out. We did receive 2 complimentary desserts because the ones we wanted were unavailable.
Our waiter was very nice and accommodating.
I just wish it wasn’t so loud. I was hoarse the next morning from screaming to be heard by my friends.
Overall the experience was good. The food was good and our server was very attentive. My issue was we were seated at the WORST table in the place. We were right next to the serving station so every time someone needed a glass or fork we were interrupted. This made for a less than pleasurable experience. We did ask to be moved but there were no other tables for 2 during the time we were there. The place is a bit pricey so be ready to drop at least a C-note for dinner for 2.
The starters (calamari, tuna tartare and Church Street salad) were the stars of the evening. Unfortunately, we had to wait 45 minutes for them. Service was excruciatingly slow. Our server did not even visit our table to give us an update for 35 minutes. The kitchen was clearly overwhelmed by some large parties.
Entrees were a mixed bag: Veal Milanese was really good, as was a special seafood risotto. Brown butter gnocchi, and a risotto with peas and egg were just okay.
In the end, our table was cleared, at which point one would expect to have a server approach with dessert menus. He was too busy holding up a wall nearby. Unable to get his attention, I had to walk over to him to get our bill!
Noise level was too loud for conversation. The music was more appropriate for a nightclub, and detracted from the ambience.
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