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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!

15 Church St
Montclair, NJ 07042
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast/Brunch:

Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Bloomfield Ave and Park St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 337-5100

Website:
http://www.frescoonchurch.com/

Entertainment:
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!

Parking Details:
Valet Parking on Friday and Saturday Only.

Executive Chef:
Giuseppina Porporino

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

Additional:
Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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Fresco Da Franco Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Cozy (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Business Meals (4)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The food and service are good but the noise level is high and makes it difficult to hold a conversation.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The service was excellent but the food was bland and the portions too small for what they charged

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Brunch was really great. Two thumbs up for both service and food. We’ll definitely be back to try their dinner menu out which also looked really good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very friendly staff. We were here on a very busy day.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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 !!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Midway through our meal music got turned up to dance club volume. Literally couldn't hold a conversation with the person sitting next to me. Valet service is a good idea but having to wait 25 minutes for car to be returned was frustrating

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

We enjoyed the food and the opportunity for a quiet Christmas luncheon. We definitely would go there again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing restaurant, food and service. We had been coming here for years. Overall amazing experience.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food and service are excellent. You have to pay $10 for valet parking but it's worth it since parking in the area is very challenging, at least they give you the service and accommodate you with that. Great ambiance, too. Great place overall.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our (early Saturday) evening dinner, prior to concert in Montclair.
Food and service both excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice, quaint restaurant. All servers were very attentive and worked together to make sure we had everything we needed. Food was all high quality and very well prepared.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The lobster pasta was amazing I will come back for it often so was the cheese platter

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We started with Caesar salad that they split for us to share
Food was great. And we had a great server who kept our wine glasses full

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

not exactly the right place for casual lunch. more appropriate for dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Everything was delicious from beginning to end! Service was excellent as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was great, staff was nice and friendly. Music way too loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Just don't get the table by the side door. They closed the front door and made everyone use the side door. Was not nice

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was a bit slow.. and one of the servers wasn’t too knowledgeable about certain drinks. Other than this , it was a good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Been here numerous times. Food has always been excellent

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a superb dinner with great friends everything from appys to dinner and then dessert

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Not disappointing. The food was better than expected. Pleasantly surprised.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had an amazing time; the service was excellent the food was awesome. Can't wait to go back!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I was dismayed that one of my guests received his lasagna cold in the middle. He sent it back, and it must have been returned to the oven and when he tasted it , it was dry. He did not eat it, it was taken off the bill. But this was embarrassing because I had told my guest how great the food is at this restaurant. Sad to say, but I will not treat someone to dinner at this restaurant again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I visit Franco's often and really do enjoy the food and ambiance. Saturday nights are the busiest so the kitchen is a little slow but it's totally worth it when you get your meal!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a 7:30 reservation on Saturday night. We were seated at 8:30. At 9:30, I got up from my table to let the hostess know that we still had not been served our dinner. We were offered nothing by the staff as an apology for our wait. Although we have been there several times, this was not the first time we had poor service. This time, it was a seating issue, the last time it was a wait staff issue. The food is excellent, which is the reason we returned. After Saturday night, we will seriously consider a return to a restaurant that didn’t honor our reservation and did nothing to apologize for it.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I really didn't expect to love this restaurant but I really did! The Italian food was excellent. I'm Italian and know good authentic Italian food... terrific &fun place. Love Montclair

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Not impressed at all. Music is so loud you can’t have a conversation. Nothing exceptional and quite mediocre

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Outstanding value and delicious meal. I will continue to visit this neighborhood gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We waited over 40 minutes to get our food. Rather than apologize, the waiter said it was a Friday night and it took time to prepare our dinners - even the salads. When we kept asking for our dinners, he was rude and said that we were not the only people there!! When the food finally arrived (close to 45 minutes after it was ordered), one person's dinner wasn't served. Oops, they said. Even though the order was in the system (and on the bill), somehow the kitchen hadn't gotten the order. This order was served about an hour after it was ordered and by then we had to leave. Best part of the dinner was being able to sit outside!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Never have had a bad meal. Appetizers are always fabulous !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I've been to this restaurant once before, and had a much better experience. The food was just okay - calamari was dry, chewy and unseasoned. Got the branzino - fish was perfectly cooked, but the side salad was way too salty because they added too many capers. Dessert was just okay - Applebee's molten lava cake is way better than the one we had here - the one we were served was dry on the outside; seemed as if it was sitting out.

The server was pleasant, once he decided to speak to us. He seemed to be tending to the two larger parties he had at the same time as us.

Just an okay experience; with another patron though, this could have been a terrible review.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service was extremely slow and absent - our waiter checked on us only once through the two hour meal. The antipasto board was very good and a fair price, but the entre's were overpriced. $22 for lasagna that tasted the same as something I could buy in the frozen section of the grocery store. The outdoor seating was also very odd. Tables are set up as if it is for a party of six, with no space between them so you have the potential to be less than a foot away from another party/couple. Not ideal for a date!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Love this restaurant. Is definitely one of my favorite eateries.....

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food was overpriced. $25 for a salad? I mean cmon. However, quality was good and ambiance was up to par.

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