Celebrate Mom in the best way, by bringing her to the famous Fresco Da Franco Sunday Brunch! Space is limited, so book your table today!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Bring the family and celebrate, relax, and enjoy our popular Sunday Brunch on Easter Day!
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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Sun 4:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Fresco Da Franco is a restaurant where we always have an amazing meal only to be surpassed by its amazing service. The food is second to none, the atmosphere is vibrant and lively. From the appetizer to the entree to the dessert you will be completely satisfied. The service is impeccable Their food is fresh, the handmade meatballs are a MUST. I had the fig & goat cheese ravioli and I couldn't get enough of it. For your next brunch, girls night out, family dinner, or romantic evening with your loved one try Fresco Da Franco - You will not be disappointed!!!!
I want to start off by saying, we typically love this place, and have eaten there several times, particularly during the warmer months when you can eat outside, and have lived out experience. This was our first time eating inside during the winter, and apparently our first time on a Saturday. If you are looking for a club atmosphere, complete with moving lights and music that makes your eardrums bleed, with your Italian dinner and bottle of wine, this place is for you. If you’re looking for a place to have a nice date night where you can hear the person sitting across from you without them rupturing a vocal fold, come back Monday -Thursday, or find some place else. Again, love this place, but wasn’t quite prepared for Club Franco. If they would mention that it’s club atmosphere on the weekend, could make a more informed choice.
I've dined at Fresco only once or twice before for lunch - never disappointed. Sunday brunch was very good and the service was terrific!
I enjoyed my experience at Fresco DaFranco but felt that the food was over priced. The service was excellent and so for that reason I would return.
Too loud, too crowded, and too bland. Hadn't noticed that the place is BYOB, but their solution actually helped keep the meal price reasonable. Wouldn't go again - too loud and crowded. Maybe for the kids, not for adults seeking a serious Italian meal. Food was so-so. But the place was jammed. Go figure.
not very impressed no bread brought to table until we asked
noise level completely not for a dining spot, great for a dance club
valet parking was a night mare took 25 minutes to get the car
my skirt steak needed a hack saw to cut and two shrimp on the steak and shrimp dish were maybe 31/40 at best which in non seafood peoples terms very small!
This restaurant lives up to the reputation of being a great neighborhood place with creative and well prepared food. That you can bring your own wine keeps the bill very reasonable.
Great Food and a great find on Church Street! Many parties of 6 or more on a Saturday night. Bring your friends.
I have only visited on a Monday night. It's a slow night. You are invited to sit where you want. Good food, pleasant service.
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.
Tables are on top of tables!!!
This restaurant is consistently great! The place can get a bit loud but the food is always good and the service is fast and friendly. We will definitely go there again!
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.
Food was good with the exception of one entree which was cold and since it was lamb was not edible. In exchange for the barely touched entree we received a pie.
It should have been a credit in our opinion. Also felt kind of rushed.
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.
Came here with my girlfriend for our anniversary. Low lighing made the perfect ambience, service was fast and kind and the food was amazing, especially the Linguine al cartoccio and the board of meats and cheeses.
Food was better than expected but very expensive and the place is very noisy.
The food and service are good but the noise level is high and makes it difficult to hold a conversation.
The service was excellent but the food was bland and the portions too small for what they charged
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.
Very friendly staff. We were here on a very busy day.
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 !!
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
We enjoyed the food and the opportunity for a quiet Christmas luncheon. We definitely would go there again.
Amazing restaurant, food and service. We had been coming here for years. Overall amazing experience.
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.
Thoroughly enjoyed our (early Saturday) evening dinner, prior to concert in Montclair.
Food and service both excellent.
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.
The lobster pasta was amazing I will come back for it often so was the cheese platter
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.
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