Fresco Grill

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$30 and under
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Italian
Leone D'Arcangelo, Chef/Owner, welcomes you to Fresco Wine Bar and Grill. We are proud to present the community with an authentic and creative menu, made with the freshest and best ingredients. At Fresco Wine Bar and Grill we feature an award winning wine list, and a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere. Located in the River Village shopping center, Leone invites you and your family to enjoy a wonderful dining experience. We are excited to introduce wine pairing dinners, cooking classes, Sunday brunch, and live weekly authentic Italian Music Night, in the near future. We are open daily for lunch and dinner.


Stop in for one of our signature cocktails!


Buon Appetito!
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OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

s
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here for happy hour and a wine dinner. The Sunday Brunch was well worth it. Great and varied selections. Will definitely be back.

d
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were returning guests and we brought our neighbors with us. The food was outstanding as was the service. I am gluten free and I was surprised to learn that Fresco Grill has gluten free ravioli. They were delicious with the creamy tomato sauce. Our neighbors chose salads and were amazed by their size. We will certainly return.

K
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible meal. We had grilled artichokes stuffed with garlic & prosciutto that were amazing. They do incredible eggplant Parmesan, veal Marsala and risotto. This is a truly wonderful Italian restaurant.

j
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great venue and extremely helpful staff. The grilled artichoke hearts are amazing. There are so many great options on the menu it is difficult to make a choice. The stuffed pork chops, chicken and Halibut all looked fantastic.

We had a pasta with sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc. that was outstanding. Wine corkage is $20 which is a little steep but all in all this is a great place for a wonderful dinner, romantic evening and or celebrating a special evening with a special person.

S
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, as always. The room was more open after remodeling. Very nice atmosphere. Quiet enough to talk with each other. Food was fantastic. I think waiter was newer, little slow and less attentive than normal. I highly recommended this place.

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Server was not attentive. Ordered the beet salad and was disappointed to see that they used canned beets rather than fresh. Disappointing experience overall.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a wonderful dinner. The service was outstanding as was the food!

PG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seemingly one of the few Sunday brunch buffets still available. At around $24 it seems to be a relative bargain. Arriving early assures a quiet meal and lack of waiting in buffet line. Both omelet and crepe are available to order. Some child friendly dishes available (chicken tenders, mac and cheese...). Many items available as main course dishes and most are quite good. I find the mushroom ravioli the be among the best and there's plenty of seafood including cioppino, cocktail shrimp, fish of the day. A good selection of marinated vegetables is available (artichoke, eggplant, zucchini, etc.). The only miss for me was the beef dish which was overcooked. And, of course, all the champagne you can handle.

t
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant setting. Active and engaging place. Among friends. Enjoyed dining together. Server was especially attentive. Will come again.

m
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, great staff!

WD
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was just satisfactory. Lettuce in Caesar salad was too watery, pasta special was bland.

KL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winner. Food is excellent, each an every dish

S
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit this restaurant when we are in town. It never disappoints!! This time we experienced a wine tasting that is complementary on Wednesday evenings!! So enjoyable!!

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner...Fresco NEVER disappoints very good, wine Wed we loved everything!! This is def my go to place for special occasions and casual dining, food is exceptional!!! Try it.

JC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Our booth reservation was not honored. Numerous favorite entrees were removed from the menu, from the swordfish to halibut, etc... and our lobster tails were served cold... as if someone forgot to bring them out for 20 minutes. We waited forever for our food, and then finally get our meals served cold.

SC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

AC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very Bad experience, the food was mediocre and overpriced. Waitress took 30 mins just to take our order and had I had wait 1hr to get my refill after I mentioned to Waitress 3 times that need more water.

SC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Food great. Service was intermittent.

NM
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wife had the shrimp and loved it. I had the ribs and while it was a large porschen and they were good but not great. Someone needs to teach them how to make a margarita but there wine selection was outstanding. We will go back but next time I will try something else.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Easter Champagne Brunch, Fresco never disappoints, numerous fresh Italian entrees to choose from, Eggplant Parmigiana a triumph!!
My fav place for lunch, dinner and brunch.

SC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food.

GN
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We really liked the food and atmosphere but the service was terrible. It seemed the server was to busy to stop back and was difficult to find.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food, service from our server was marginal. But, others seem to be receiving good service.

NC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming here for years. And I never disappointed. Leone, His staff and the food are top-notch!

S
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites in the area. Very good food and service.

D
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Portions are very small and prices very high. The shrimp appetizer was very good but $ 18.00 for 2 small shrimps is ridiculous. Alcohol is also quite pricey. Would not return due to high prices. I can afford to dine out but I do not like feeling"ripped off". I appreciate value for my dollar.

JF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the second time we at at Fresco Grill in the last 3 months. They have an excellent selection of wines and their menu has a large variety of choices. The food was well prepared and the ingredients were very fresh. I had the Halibut and my wife had a steak. Her Hearts of Palms salad was very good and I enjoyed my beet salad. We ate on Valentine's day and the earliest reservation I could get 1 week before the date was 7:45 PM. Very crowded, owing to their popularity.

We will definitely be back.

SC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

BW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed in the 18.oo half avacado appetizer. Everything else good. Eat at least once a month here.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Need to improve service speed and efficiency.

JA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slow.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'

CR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is pretty consistent. We love the clams linguini with white sauce. Not the cheapest place around but it's close to home. Come here about once a week. Service is usually good.

H
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Blissful find in distant Bonsall. Pricey but lots of value. Extensive menus and wine list. Definitely will return for more.

KR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always. It is a must stop for locals and people driving through Bonsal and Fallbrook.

P
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best area restaurant. We highly recommend it, it is worth the drive from Vista.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Find!! Excellent food.

JK
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Waiter was not very good. Food was quite good. Nice afternoon lunch.

SC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great New Years Eve place to go!

SC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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