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At 264 Fresco, our goal is for every guest to leave feeling absolutely delighted with their dining experience. Whether you stop by for a quick drink, come in to share a special meal with a loved one, or are planning to host a private party, you can always count on us to deliver delectable food made from the finest ingredients, exceptional service, and a warm, lively, and welcoming atmosphere.
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Thursday 11:30 - 9:30
Friday and Saturday open until 10:00
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Might we, at Fresco, suggest that you plan your next home or office party with Fresco chef/owner Leone D'Archangelo. Pick a date, invite your guests, and let Leone and his staff do the rest. They will provide the Italian menu of your choice.
Private Party Facilities:
Consider Fresco for your next private event. Chef/Owner Leone would be happy to help you plan your party. The restaurant can accommodate your guests, from the smallest of family birthdays, to your next corporate holiday party. If you wish, the open-air patio can be reserved and your guests will experience the pleasure of alfresco dining as if they were in Italy. Call Leone and his staff today for reservations.
Private Party Contact:
Linda: (760) 720-3737
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Fresco Ratings and Reviews
We came to Fresco after reading other reviews. We enjoyed our service and the decor was lovely. Fresco apparently was recently renovated and they did a great job! Our appetizers were delicious and plentiful; my husband and I shared the fabulous burrata, which came with the most amazing artichokes we’ve ever had. My shrimp with risotto was so good but I had to take half home after feasting on our appetizer. My husband enjoyed his chicken dish as well. Dessert was a little disappointing as the chocolate lava cake wasn’t gooey on the inside; perhaps it was cooked a bit too long. We would definitely return and highly recommend. Randi M, New York
We travel to Carlsbad periodically to vacation and enjoy the beach, local shopping and dinning. This was the first time we ate at Frisco. We found that it has great service, great food, great ambiance, and great value. We added to our list of favorite places to eat in Carlsbad and will be back next time we are in town.
If you sit outside on the covered patio it is quiet. The food and service was excellent.
I had the Halibut. It was delicious, but we had a few other dishes prior to our main course coming so I couldn't eat it all. I was not expecting the portion to be so generous.
Our server was Michael. He was new to the area - recently moved from Canada. We wouldn't have guessed that by his knowledge of the menu! He was very pleasant and professional. When we had questions, he not only answered them, but offered his suggestions/favorites on the menu.
We will definitely be returning.
I want to love this place- the appetizers we had were amazing, so was the pizza! Everything fell apart once we realized the wine list was subpar at best... you can either order a bottle of opus one for $350 or a bottle of mediocre red for $60. The entrees we ordered were also pretty gross- the seafood risotto tasted like rice with leftover ciopino soup dumped on top (the seafood was all pretty tough and flavorless). The ravioli were drenched in a weird sweet cream sauce. Overall if you’re going for apps and cocktails or a pizza and beer I think you’re probably fine. Otherwise I would consider going elsewhere.
My girlfriend and I were in Carlsbad for a mini getaway and tried Fresco. What a great choice. The food, service and locale were top notch. Veal Marsala was tender and the Chicken in lemon butter sauce was excellent. Anna provided excellent service, making sure our dinner experience was memorable.
We had an excellent dinner here. Michael, our server, gave exceptional service. The ambience and decor was fantastic. I had the cheese ravioli with tomatoe cream sauce and my husband had the meat lasagna. Both were delicious! We will definitely come back again. This was a great end to our long weekend vacation. The best restaurant we had eaten in all weekend.
Food was excellent and service was terrible. It took over 15 minutes before someone greeted us at the table for drink orders. We had to actually request a waiter before anyone came over. A real let down since we had higher hopes for this place. Again, food was delicious, it’s too bad their service is subpar and disorganized. The cooks deserve the tips for the excellent tasting food that would have been even better with a decent waiter. Probably won’t be back.
My Chilean Seabass was outstanding!!! Overall everyone who was with me really enjoyed the food.
It was quite loud though and hard to have a conversation with 4 people without almost yelling. That was the only thing that I didn't like. I would request a different seating location when I go back to see if it can be quieter somewhere else.
Outdoor patio for dining was lovely and enjoyable to people watch. I ordered the chicken with artichokes and really felt it fell short. The flavor was bit too tart, and not sure if artichoke hearts were from a can. The side of asparagus was al dente and delicious. My fiance ordered chicken parmegiano which was just ok. I would return to try the pizzas as they looked lovely at a nearby table.
The food here is good but the service was abysmal. Have been to many restaurants in Carlsbad during tourist season and all are great. This one? Not so much. Only go here if you have A LOT of time to kill and like really loud environments. Will not go again.
Service was very slow. We waited almost an hour for food. The food was heavier than the menu suggests. The halibut was a large portion of fish floating in tomato purée and tiny shrimp (which the menu does not mention the shrimp.) My husband had chicken Marsala, it also had a lot of sauce. The best salad was enormous and had way too much dressing. Our children had pizza, it looked great. It was Neapolitan style. They should stick to pizza.
First off, we had a reservation and was seating shortly after we go there at a table on their patio. We noticed there was only one server waiting on the entire patio so we didn't get waited on until 15 minutes after being seated. Everyone arriving after us already had drinks and their order in. So we sat patiently and waited. The bread and oil/vinegar were okay. Our server didn't ask if we were there for anything special like I'd hear some of the other servers ask their table. We put our order as she greeted us because we'd already been there 15 minutes and had decided. We didn't get any water refills until the very end of meal. When our food did come out it wasn't terribly hot. The kitchen apparently numbers the patio tables different the servers do so our dished got taken to a bunch of different tables before we actually got it. Not sure why the server had to tell us this, just made them look worse than they already were doing. We were there to celebrate my milestone birthday, again the server didn't ask, and were planning to order dessert and put a candle it but after the subpar meal and poor service we got dessert else where. A lot of work needs to be done here. It almost seemed like they had management issues. My husband and I will not be returning to this restaurant.
Good Italian in North County. The restaurant was recently renovated and looks great. The food, service and ambiance were excellent. I had never tried this restaurant in the past but glad we did and will definitely be coming back. They are expanding the back patio to include a outdoor pizza oven. Cant wait to try the pizza as the pizzaiolo is from Naples.. All 3 of our meals were excellent and we were all happy with the quality. Highly recommend you give them a try as you will be pleasantly surprise as we were.
3rd time here. Fantastic every time. We start with the calamari which is the best eeve ever had and all 3 times it was consistant quality. I had the ravioli w/ goat cheese, spinach and tomato creme sauce and my SO had the seafood pasta. We both loved our dishes. We ate light on the main course so we had room for desert. I had the spimoni and she had the tiramisu. Mine was very good but I had a bite of hers and holy crap, it was so good. She painstakingly tried to eat it as slow as she could to enjoy it as much as possible.
Constantine was our waiter.
Love this place.
Sign said complementary valet parking, waited in line and the valet said "just go park yourself in the lot next door". Waited over 1 hour for food to arrive after ordering. They were not even busy. Waitress said "sorry, we have a small kitchen". My drink was empty before dinner arrived, no one every came to check how things were or to refill drink until we had all finished the meal.
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