Fresco Da Franco

4.4
563 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
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!
What 563 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing BYO brunch!!! So much fun!!! Great energy and food was delicious- great mix of both breakfast and lunch items!

Report
Helpful
g
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and vibe. The service was great and crowd was good. Music selection was great.

Report
Helpful
ET
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible evening! Ordered the 49 hour lamb shank and one of the best things I have ever eaten. A separate waiter even came over and told us it was his favorite dish as well.
Fred was our server and was so nice and accommodating and even recommended a dish for next time. Totally recommended!

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The service at the restaurant isn’t amazing, the food it’s delicious and atmosphere it’s very romantic,. Only downside for me was the open kitchen design, I am not a fan or seeing a cloud of food smoke, my eyes are very sensitive to it, therefore, they didn’t stop texting the entire dinner. If you are going to this restaurant seat as far away from the kitchen or you going to end up leaving with tearing eyes and smelling like food.

Report
Helpful
p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

but dont go on a holiday .. limited menu and quick to bring the check

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Got there late and everything was great

Report
Helpful
LG
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was my wife’s birthday! The service was good and the food was great BUT the temperature wasn’t the best! But overall I was satisfied.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible service, waited 50 minutes to be seated and another 50 to get our entree. The sea bass was very dried, the lava cake was also dried. Lol... I don’t know whether to laugh or cry of how disappointing this place is.... First and last time I will ever go to this place. Stay away!!! If you want great service and good food go elsewhere. “You’ve been warned!”

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

If you dine here on a Saturday night it is loud, like club level loud. Like a party all night long, not at all conducive to talking.

Report
Helpful
ME
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and excellent food to accompany the great atmosphere

Report
Helpful
JC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Their menu has changed since last summer. Prices got jacked way up. Noise level was insane. Could not hear the person next to me. Asked to make a simple substitution on one of the entrees. Risotto instead of olive mashed potatoes since I am allergic to olives. They said no. When placing our appetizer order, our server informed us that the chef wanted the whole order at once, meaning that we could not place the app order then our entrée order second. It all had to be at once. I never heard of such a thing. There are SOOOOOOOOOOOO many great restaurants in Montclair. I am done with this place.

Report
Helpful
MS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for gatherings. The food was delicious and generous portions. The only disappointment was that the restaurant ran out of veal and it wasn’t that late into the evening.

Report
Helpful
JL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shrimp risotto delicious. Appetizers are large portions

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT!

Report
Helpful
DT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding!! It is very loud though. Makes it hard to have a conversation.

Report
Helpful
t
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

we've been to this restaurant before and the food was just average, but last night everything we ordered was OUTSTANDING. Delicious ! But, for some reason they played the DISCO music so laud! I mean the volume was at 100! People had to scream at each other. I asked to lower the volume and they did for a minute but then turned it back up to 100. I didn't want any dessert, just couldn't wait to get out of there. "It aint no party, It aint no Disco", it's a restaurant, not a club. There is no dance floor.
So if you want to talk at dinner don't forget your phones: you'll have to communicate through TEXTS.
If we'll go back there it's not gonna be on a saturday night at 7.
But food was good

Report
Helpful
CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

The risotto and foil pasta were delicious!

Celebrated my significant others pregnancy with my parents... as we surprised them! We were also given a shrimp cocktail shooter on the house as a congratulations from the server.

Report
Helpful
s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed ...Thank you Andrew

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! My husband, 6 year old son and I had a delicious brunch at Fresco Da Franco. The renovations look beautiful. Perfect combination of trendy and classic. The servers were so attentive and the food was some of the best I’ve had. Montclair has so many great restaurants and this one is definitely in my top 5. Also be sure to try the Nutella pizza for desert. I had the homemade chicken barley soup and it was like my grandmother made it for me. My son loved the brick oven pizza and as the pictures show...my husband enjoyed his Italian Breakfast.

Report
Helpful
RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding, and the service was great. The restuarant is loud so intimate conversation is a little difficult. Nut WOW the Veal Parmesan is outstanding!!!!

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful! It was my mother’s birthday, & we were given a complimentary pizza appetizer & dessert. The staff came out to sing to my mom, & she was so happy. Thanx for making it a special experience!

Report
Helpful
S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and won't be the last. Considering it was a busy Christmas Eve dinner, we were seated on time and service was outstanding, attentive without being hovering. All apps and dinners were delicious and beautifully presented. We had a variety of meals and everyone was satisfied. Must try the chocolate ravioli for desert...was a special treat. Overall, a great experience. A little pricey but you don't mind when quality of food and service match...will be bac.

Report
Helpful
c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Asked us to put apps and dinner entrees in at same time so kitchen could time delivery best which is ok but took extremely long time after apps to get entrees (45+ min). Staff came to say entrees were coming but no apology for long delay just a simple statement “it’s a Saturday night and there are Holiday Parties”. There indeed was a very large (20+) party next to us but restaurant needs to take that into account and not overbook beyond what kitchen can handle which clearly they were. Food was good but greatly overshadowed by very long serving time and attitude that this somehow is ok because it’s a Saturday during the holidays.

Report
Helpful
MS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The place was energetic and lively with many diners. The food was generous and delicious with great service. The bronzino and pounded veal chop on the bone was outstanding. It’s a fun place to dine with a group with it’s vibrant atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
PR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on a Monday night, early (6:45). Only 3 other tables were occupied. Thus, it was quiet, and the service was good. Yes, service is not always at its best when a place is empty, but in this case, it was good. BYOB, across the street from a great wine store. Very generous portions, absolutely delicious food. We had the lasagne and the lamb papardelle, and both were what you hope they could be. We started with the eggpant tower, a popular item recommended by Fredy, our waiter, and it too was delicious, fun and innovative. So much food, we got another meal out of the leftovers. We called in advance to ask if they could put together a cheese plate (not on the menu) to serve between the main course and dessert, and they did, which was nice of them. The whole experience was a pleasure.

Report
Helpful
j
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Fresco da Franco did not disappoint. We took our son's gf, for her birthday, and everything went perfectly. The restaurant, even while undergoing renovations, is kept pristine. The decor was beautiful, the food was beyond delicious, and we felt like royalty, with the service.

On top of everything, we were given four complimentary cannolis, and the restaurant came out with their popular sparkler, for the birthday.

I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant, I'm very appreciative for their hospitality, and we will DEFINITELY return.

Report
Helpful
D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily a top 5 dining experience in the whole of my life!!!

You MUST try the breakfast pizza, eggplant stack, and the lasagna!!

The service staff are so attentive and warm, they treat you like gold from the moment you walk in!

The food is exceptional!! BYOB and they will chill it for you and being juice to mix!

Report
Helpful
E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat in Montclair
Close to movies. Attentive staff and did not have to wait long for the “wine to arrive” byob
Everything was delish! No complaints.
We gave been a few times and each time is better than the last.

Report
Helpful
KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice fun place. Food was good. Recommend the lamb shank. Only thing you had to place your appetizer and main course at the same time. Otherwise your order wasn’t being placed.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday celebration with the girls and we loved fresco! Great food, awesome service and music!

Report
Helpful
CT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent many restaurants all over and I rate Fresco the best . The food is amazing and service is superb. Moe does wait on us a-lot, his service and attention is outstanding. Please make a reservation - you will never be disappointed and every meal is excellent and environment is also great especially if you are celebrating any occasion. Carol Testa

Report
Helpful
WL
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Didn't live up to the hype. Food was okay, definitely not outstanding. Extraction fan isn't up to the job because part way through the evening there was a smokey layer hanging over the dining area. Music volume goes up at some point and it becomes difficult to hear your friends. Our waiter wasn't very attentive and got two parts of our order wrong. Overall we're glad to have tried it but won't rush back. On a positive note they were accommodating of special food restrictions. Website says there is valet parking but it wasn't true the Saturday night we were there.

Report
Helpful
JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening however we didn’t care for the choice of music.

Report
Helpful
KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s birthday. The sparklers with cake and the staff singing was perfect

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The bathroom doors did not lock on both the men’s and women’s bathroom. They were aware this was an issue when we told our waiter he said “not the first time.” Aside from that the food is excellent.

Report
Helpful
R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving dinner was excellent. Service was very professional. Thank you

Report
Helpful
RF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food - Great service- Great Views

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t thank the staff at Fresco da franco enough for making our date night so memorable. From the The food the atmosphere and the incredible energy, Fresco’s is our #1 go to restaurant. Happy Holidays to the entire staff.

Report
Helpful
JS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for our anniversary and the food, service and atmosphere is outstanding. What more can you ask for other than a bar but this is Montclair so BYOB is expected in most cases

Report
Helpful
MC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Reservation was for 7pm. Did not seat us until 7:20. Plenty of open tables. Rude staff members representing this restaurant.
Food mediocre

Waitor however was lovely.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
15