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Fresco Da Franco

4.5
4.5
1181 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to Fresco Da Franco, contemporary Italian cuisine and bar 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 337-5100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women

  • 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.Please email liz@frescomontclair.com

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Arcuri: (347) 974-2420

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Cross street

    Between Bloomfield Ave and Park St.

  • Parking details

    South Fullerton Parking Deck or Crescent Parking Deck

  • 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!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Anniversary
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food & service were excellent!
  3. B

    Blaise

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food excellent and the service was great.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, fantastic food, fantastic drinks! Couldn’t have been a better date spot. We will be back!
  5. RK

    RitaK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great service. Always love coming back
  6. NC

    NatC

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Food was great, service was atrocious. Our server was an absolute pig, he refused to acknowledge me, even though I was the one talking and ordering, he simply would not stop drooling over my wife. The server alone ruined the whole experience with his behavior, angering me and making her uncomfortable. Although we are married, we still go on dates and he was the equivalent of a dark cloud on an otherwise sunny day. Then as we go to leave he completely looked down her shirt and while probably this review will go unnoticed, its terrible that anyone thinks this behavior is acceptable.
  7. DP

    DeborahP

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My 2nd time here and it’s classic great food in a white table atmosphere in Montclair- where families and couples are welcome There were large celebratory parties that were having a great time. Drinks were wonderful along with the presentation and taste of the food. You can tell that they pay attention to the ingredients and quality. Can’t go wrong - consistently delicious.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time, great food.
  9. JL

    JuliaL

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing! Our waiter was fantastic-brought us a.complimentary appetizer (delicious meatballs) and a shot for tiramisu as we were celebrating a birthday. The ricotta with toast appetizer was also amazing. Dinner was fabulous.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place
  11. AC

    AllenC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! Food, service , presentation, atmosphere, desserts, drinks, price , all amazing ! Couldn’t have asked for better ! Meatballs are a must ! If you haven’t had them you are missing out! Highly recommended!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal. One of the best pasta’s I have had in a while! Highly recommend and will be going again!
  13. T

    Toocool1957

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is cooked with care and taste good. There is a nice atomosphere complete with outside seating on the sidewalk. They provide background music and sometimes there is a guitarist and precussionist who play some light music. Nice but not overwhelming volume.
  14. C

    Clarice

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, ambiance & service !! I’ll def be back!!! 💕
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent night, with great service and entertainment!!
  16. m

    madelinem

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere, great service, fried calamari excellent, old fashion cocktail excellent but needed cherries, gnocchi with braciole good but the braciole needed to be cooked longer so it would fall apart
  17. J

    Jules

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service, ambience and drinks were great. Chicken fingers and fried calamari were good, but entrees were pretty bad and not worth the price.
  18. MC

    MicheleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a hidden gem. Always consistent and never disappointing.
  19. BC

    BrielleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. The minute we walked in we were greeted and our table was waiting for us. And the espresso martinis are to die for.
  20. EO

    EfeO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was absolutely beautiful. The live music really set the vibe. Best chicken and waffles I’ve had in a while
  21. d

    dcruz

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was fantastic! Food, music & ambiance was incredible.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good food, great ambiance with the added benefit of getting last minute reservations. We will definitely be back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , service and ambiance.
  24. CC

    CatherineC

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were spectacular!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great night and great food!
  26. MF

    MariaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food & service was outstanding. The Giuseppina meatball was the best meatball I have eaten yet & my parents were born in Italy & they cook good as well. The zucchini blossoms and everything else we ordered was delicious. The staff were so attentive. I highly recommend dining there.
  27. L

    Lms0403

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Our server was great but the food was lacking. The salmon I had was way over cooked and my daughters pasta was from a box. Place looked great but I won’t be back
  28. AP

    AlliP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is amazing. The staff, very nice and accommodating! They have a liquor license now… get the Gnocci!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    I had the best chicken of my life here!
  30. A

    Amyr

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal. We had the warm salad with corn and mushrooms and the eggplant stack. Both were wonderful! The main dish of veal Milanese was huge-enough for two people! It was also delicious. Our waiter was superb. The only thing we would change is the bread. Didn’t care for it.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  32. NM

    NMDNMDNMD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The brunch menu was a good mix of brunch favorites and unique options. Cocktails were also delicious. Not a fan of menus that are stained or torn. Replace the menu’s. The service was decent.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fine. Very good service.
  34. AF

    AdrienneF

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good good but salmon a bit over cooked. Risotto excellent!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    $10 non cash fee and $15 for parking left a bad taste. Food was fine. Server ver nice.
  36. KS

    KathyS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience. The staff was very attentive. The food is delicious. The portions seem a little small, but they are delicious. We loved the life music. We’ll definitely visit again.
  37. LH

    LaurieH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I would say the only issue was that it was unco
  38. s

    susanhodos

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I think the food at Fresco's is usually quite good. They use fresh ingredients , and the menu is somewhat creative .. I recommend this restaurant !
  39. AP

    AndyP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time here. The food was delicious! Our server was very attentive and accommodating. Inside is a little noisy but the outside seating is beautiful. Will definitely be coming back!
  40. SI

    SIRA

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved outdoor seating. Food and service was excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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 1181 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Fresco Da Franco

15 Church St, Montclair, NJ 07042

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Bloomfield Ave and Park St.

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    South Fullerton Parking Deck or Crescent Parking Deck

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Giuseppina Porporino

  • 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!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (973) 337-5100

  • 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.Please email liz@frescomontclair.com

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Arcuri: (347) 974-2420

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