Fresco Grill

4.4
316 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Celebrate Mother's Day with us, a la carte menu options 12 to 9:30pm. Kids menu available.

What 316 people are saying
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PamelaR
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Met friends for dinner, amazing waitress.. long waits for food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service/food and overall experience! 10/10!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service

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LisaH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The music was a little loud but otherwise we enjoyed it.

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DianaL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took some friends to dinner - it was their first time eating at Fresco Grill and we had a delicious meal.

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vipMichaelB
Orlando
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful establishment and delightful server!

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vipAllisonB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok, but the staff was overwhelmed with it being Valentines day and them recently reopening indoor dining. The ran out of one of the dishes that we originally ordered, and maybe ran out of vegetables too, as the vegetable side to my lamb chops was a piece of soggy zucchini and sweet potato fries. I laughed when I saw the fries. Maybe it was just an off night, but if we're in town again, a repeat visit isn't in the books.

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StephenT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I made reservation on Open Table and requested indoor seating. Got to the place 5 minutes before res time. When I told hostess my name she said "we don't have any more indoor seating!"
We ended up being seated on the patio with a heater and shade from the parking lot. Serve approached after five minutes poured water and left menus. It was another 20 minutes until she returned to even take our order. Bread empty water glasses almost empty - no refills!
We gave her food and wine order to hopefully save some time. Another 10 minutes and she finally showed with wine. Asked me if I wanted to taste it! Then asked my wife if she wanted to taste it! Fumbled with the opener and finally got it open and poured. Then left!
almost 20 minutes later I had to ask about our food. It finally showed up, warm at best. My wife's ravioli looked dry from sitting under a heat lamp. My bowl of Gnocchi had a warm bottom and cold sides. Taste for both was bland.
I wish I could have given higher marks and better reviews - especially in restaurants that are struggling but this was really not a good experience.

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JeffW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything my wife and I have tried has been excellent. Bus boys and wait staff are also top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating Valentines with our friends who have never been to Fresco Grill. We haven’t been since probably July due to COVID ... food and service was phenomenal as expected

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and atmosphere!

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Treegirl
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We went out for Valentines Day Dinner on February 13th and to celebrate our 21st wedding engagement. We went with another couple. 2/4 entrees came out. 30 minutes
Later the waitress told us that she didn’t know what happened to the other two entrées but the owner of the restaurant was looking into it. 30 minutes later we received the last two entrées which were the same fish dishes and one was raw and the other one was overcooked. We informed the wait staff and they took the raw fish meal back and asked if they could get us anything else and at this point we didn’t want to wait any longer to eat. We asked for another round of drinks on three separate occasions and it was only on the fourth occasion that the drinks finally came. It was a special occasion and the dinner entree was terrible. A $400 bill! We won’t return.

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vipLightning55
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SO glad Fresco Grill is open again for dining on their cozy patio! It was a cool Thursday evening but their heaters made it pretty comfortable. The food and the service were as good as we have come to expect and enjoy. My husband splurged on the steak and lobster special and I had eggplant Parmigiana. Their red sauce is rich and about the best around. Eggplant not too heavily breaded. We called this our Valentine meal treat!

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vipMary
San Diego
107 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really terrific restaurant that has adapted really well to the dictates of the governor. The outside ambiance is outstanding and care has been taken to make it comfortable. The food, as usual, was wonderful. This is a hidden gem.

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william
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio for lunch. Enjoyed a delicious fresh Kale salad. Although they do not offer GF pizza crust, their dough is a rice blend.

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vipSteak1
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I recommend eating outside, if weather permits.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely patio, good service, but very bland food.

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RonS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here twice a month. As always the food, service and outdoor seating ambience was excellent

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DebbyL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh tasty meal, this was our second visit with in a week, will go again when in the area!

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vipSteak1
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner with family and friends. Service was perfect. The food was outstanding. I highly recommend eating outside.

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LeslieP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and comfortable. This restaurant has adapted very well to Covid restrictions.

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TimH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s 59th birthday. Very enjoyable evening sitting outside!
The food, the service was beyond expectations! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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Laura
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’ve been enjoying early dinners here for the past two months with outdoor dining. When we arrived on Friday and asked for a happy hour menu we were told no happy hour menus for outside dining. We asked to speak to the manager who said we could have them this time but not in the future. Sadly, this rubbed us the wrong way. Our bill for 4 was about $140 and we left a great tip. If the restaurant continues with this policy we will support a different local business. Please reconsider this policy as not everyone feels comfortable dining inside and we should not be penalized and not allowed to order from the happy hour menu.

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JudithE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More modern decor for an Italian restaurant, but better for maintaining social distancing. Friendly staff, prompt and efficient service. Will definitely return!

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vipChuck
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresco is a local gem, a place we visit multiple times each year. Extensive menu, great food and service.

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Princess
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Made a reservation which I don’t think ever matters to them. They still seat you in crappy tables in the worst locations. The owner is totally checked out. He sure doesn’t seem to want to be there. The food is always good here. No complaints there.

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Ellie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was great. A perfect quiet lunch where we could converse.

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vipMary
San Diego
107 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant; great food and service.

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vipJudyM
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I have had so many good meals and family gatherings at the Fresco Grill that I will not let my most recent dining experience persuade me not to return. So many rules these days make it a challenge for everyone. The food was just eh.

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vipSteak1
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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ekay
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience at Fresco Grill was 5 star.
Our service was great, in the time of Covid they were doing it right .

Our food was delicious and fresh .
Tasting fresh cocktails
We will return.

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vipChris
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I don't know if they changed the Chef since the last time i was here but both of our dinners were not as they used to be, taste wise and presentation wise but i am hoping that it was just one of those "days off" occurrences that happens once in a while.

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TJ2u
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu looked amazing and everything we ordered tasted fantastic! If you are a fan of lasagna get it here. So good!

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LD804
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood go-to, Fresco Grill has risen to the occasion with added outdoor seating, and the same delicious food choices.

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Chuck
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, affordable , and great ambience. Highly recommend !!!!!

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JenC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy my dining experience here. The dish I ordered tasted really fishy, although my child liked her pasta. It was evident that we had a newly hired server as her pace was slow. When I asked for a replacement for the dirty napkin I received (yuck!), she completely forgot and I had to ask a busboy when we got our appetizers. Then when I asked for a new soda explaining the one we got didn't have the syrup/flavor, she didn't have any idea of what I was talking about. It took nearly 10 minutes for a new one to be brought out. The ambience was cute, but could have been better had I enjoyed the food and service.

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YolandaN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner! We enjoyed it very much. The service was great and the food spectacular! Thank you!

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RonS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

As always the food was excellent, out door seating was well spaced and screened from nearby parking spaces and sidewalks, Service was slower than usual on this busy Friday evening.

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JennyP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining experience!! Great food, great service!

FAQs

Fresco Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 631-1944.

Fresco Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 316 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.