Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

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Seafood
Come Visit the Only Waterfront Restaurant in Downtown Saint Petersburg!! Beach Drive doesnt have a view like this! We now validate parking for the sundial parking garage! Dont want to walk? Call the free eco-friendly Nickle Ride Cab. Download the app and save on the frustration of finding parking downtown! Want to come by boat? There are 10 metered boat slips too!
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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was average at best and very expensive for St. Petersburg casual dining.

BW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the outdoor seating and view of marina .

Nice seafood selection . Yummy desserts

We will return

C
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and table service was exceptional. The front desk was a struggle. We had reservations and it was a bumpy accommodation.

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had lunch with friends from home. The service was slow but everything else was very good. I’ll return and recommend this restaurant to others.

G
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good idea to make a reservation because it was very busy. We enjoyed a delicious lunch by the water with excellent service.

FK
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

In town for a few days wanted a water view but the weather was chilly so eat inside! Good was delicious service excellent!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We do hope you visit again soon and mother nature cooperates so you are able to enjoy our beautiful view!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are great and the food was great to.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the great review!! :)

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LD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My father in law was visiting so we decided to try Fresco’s for dinner. I had been there for a lunch a few times over the years and it has always been good. Well, dinner was no exception. Our food was delicious, our server was polite and professional, and the atmosphere was fantastic! Love this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The waitress did not ask me for water refills or another drink the entire time. But the area was amazing!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there- We are sorry to hear about this and it will absolutely be addressed with the entire staff. Thank you for the feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Valentine’s Day. Loud but happy. Very good service. Drinks came in under 5 minutes! Food was solid, good, but not inspired. Cost on the high end for food, but location has its price. We sat indoors but outdoors by the water would have been the best play. Overall pretty satisfied.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello! Thank you for the review and thank you for spending this special day with us :) We hope to see you again soon!

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RN
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We visited on Valentine's Day night for dinner. Access was difficult due to road construction and lots of traffic but we figured out how to get there and got very lucky getting a nearby parking spot. We had a reservation but still had to wait ten minutes or so for our table as the place was just super hectic and it was raining so the 20 or so tables that were not under cover were not usable. When we got our table it had white table cloth and server was there very quickly to take a drink order and did not rush us to order our entrees. My wife had a shrimp dish on angel hair that she gave a 10 and I had a nightly special black grouper that was also a 10...could only recall one other fish meal I ever ate that was just slightly better. So under duress of a very busy night the kitchen did a terrific job. Would definitely go there again.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello! Thank you so much for spending your special day with us and for leaving such great feedback! We absolutely love to hear this and will be passing this along for the kitchen staff to see!! :)

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JR
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for Valentine's Day and had not been to Fresco's before so we were not sure what to expect. We were greeted and seated quickly, and our server came and got our drink order and reviewed the specials for the night. We chose the Black Grouper and the Chilean Sea Bass as entrees. Both were prepared perfectly - the fish was flavorful, moist and flaky! The white asparagus that was served with the sea bass was very woody and almost raw. This was the only downside to the entire meal. The entree portions were generous and priced well. For dessert we had the strawberry shortcake and the key lime pie. The shortcake dessert was HUGE!!!! Lots of strawberries, vanilla bean ice cream and loads of whipped cream perched in a biscuit. The key lime pie was perfectly tart and served with whipped cream. Even though we live around seafood, it is very rare that restaurants know how to cook it. Fresno's certainly does!! Dinner, drinks, coffee, dessert and tip came to $120, but you get what you pay for! We had an enjoyable evening eating and will definitely be back again!!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi Julie! Thank you SO much for the excellent review!! We love hearing this and that you chose to spend such a special day with us :) We sincerely hope to see you again at Fresco's soon!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing. I would definitely return in the future

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

We love to hear this!! Thank you so much and can't wait for you to return!

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RI
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a terrific Valentine dinner,great table,food,our waiter was great.Reserved a table inside a week ago and glad because it did rain some.Shrimp Scampie was delicious.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello! Thank you for the wonderful compliments and for spending Valentine's Day with us :) We are thrilled to hear this and hope to see you again very soon!

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

It started raining near the end of our dining experience outside. Another waitress was gathering up her three tables and taking them inside to finish their meal. We had no umbrella and never saw our waiter. When he finally came and we were done eating I told him I was surprised that he did not check on us during the rainfall. He never apologized but when we wanted to get dessert, he found us a table inside. BTW, it was still raining. All of my other experiences there were fantastic! We were a bit bewildered by this experience. 😔

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Linda- We are extremely sorry to hear about this experience you had with us and we hope it did not deter you from visiting us in the future. If you could please message us providing any more information about your server so this can be addressed properly, we would greatly appreciate it. Again, we apologize and hope to see you again. Thank you!

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

we enjoyed it, the food was good. nothing amazing but tasty and a great environment. unfortunately i cannot see us going back, as 4 drinks, 2 apps, 4 entrees, incl tip was over $300. just way to expensive for what we got. so many better options in st pete with better quality and less money.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello- Again, as stated on the other two reviews you have left we are very sorry to hear your feelings on this. Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day lunch was perfect weather was excellent for outdoor seating. Love this place

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you so much for the great, positive review! :)

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GC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was pretty good, service was not great. Waiter was nice enough but not very attentive. I took my wife here thinking it was an upscale place, but it turns out it's not really. More of a casual place. We asked to be seated outside when I made the reservation, when we arrived they hadn't set aside a table for us. There was room so they did seat us outside, but at a high top by the bar. Not the nice date night dinner experience that I had planned.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello- We are sorry to hear about your experience at our establishment as that is not the service we strive to give our customers. We always appreciate the feedback and will absolutely be addressing these issues with our staff. We hope you decide to give us another try in the future.

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P
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food .and very friendly service.my little one love the grouper fingers.would go again.thank you for a fun brunch.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello! Thank you so much for the compliments! We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us :)

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EW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This place was touted as having great ambiance and views of the water. While it does have a great location on the water, it does not make great use of it. Maybe it would be better in daylight than at night. I had requested seating with a view, but when we got there the hostess told us she had nothing outside near a heater (it was a chilly evening) so we went inside. The inside was horrible. Looked like a low class sports bar and very noisy. So we moved outside when a table near a heater opened up. Slightly better. Service was so-so. While the wait staff was friendly when we saw them, they did not pay much attention to us. Food was inconsistent. My seared scallops were very good. But my friends’ dinners were just mediocre. I would not go to this place again. Prices were high for what you get. Probably because of the location right off the main drag in downtown St. Petersburg. But you’d probably have a better experience at one of the many other restaurants in the area.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello- We are sorry to hear your feelings on your visit at our establishment as well as your opinion of our inside seating. We take great pride in our view and location (which is in fact beautiful during the day as well) however the fresh food we have delivered daily plays one of the main factors in our pricing. As for the service, this will be addressed with our entire staff. We hope you do decide to give us another chance in the future. Thank you.

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DR
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking is a bit of a challenge, food and service is great. Save this one for nice weather because the best tables are outside on the water.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello! For the future, we do validate parking for the Sun Dial lot to make it a bit easier on our guests while the pier construction is so bad. However, we really appreciate the great review :)

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m
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. No frills. Sevice was excellent. Would definitely return.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you so much for the compliments! Can't wait to see you next time :)

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Venue was much more casual than anticipated but the food was great!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you so much for the review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit with us :)

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CR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little cozy place right on the water.we sat inside due to weather, but they have plenty of outdoor seating. Great service and fantastic food. I think the scallops were the best I've ever had! I will definitely add it to my list of places to take out-of-town guests

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi there! Thank you so much for the review! We might be biased but we agree, the scallops are pretty great! :-p Can't wait to have you and your guests back again soon!

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a
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere. We will be back!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Don’t go if you need to sit inside, it is really not nice. Unless you want to sit at the bar. I had to sit inside because half the terrace was closed because of rain in the forecast. It did not rain, when I was done the terrace was packed. Not sure why I made a reservation. Bummer! The food is ok. Service is very good but not worth the 20+ % tip that their iPad defaults to - you can change that. The servers get really busy when the terrace is all occupied and spend most of the time outside where most of the tables are. So again, don’t sit inside.

m
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit, had reservations and seated immediately, waterside. Service throughout impeccable, timely, helpful. The three of us loved our brunch choices.

DB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Great across the board!

JO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, big portions very tasty! Katie was an excellent server. Very knowledgeable & fast. We sat on the porch and it was really beautiful and romantic. We will definitely go back.

OT
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends told us this was one of the best restaurants in St Pete. They were absolutely correct! Wonderful tapas. So flavorful. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

GL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish spread is a must! Just in town for the weekend and a local recommended this restaurant. Great choice.

A
Montreal
37 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant. So nice to be seated by the water. Food was fresh. Could order 1/2 portions of salad ( much appreciated). Service was good. Sangria pitcher was huge. Definitely would return.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Set out side by the water. Pleasant breeze luckily. Tasty food but the portions were rather small.

BL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In from Illinois and looking for something laid back and non-touristy. Our very patient waitress let me sit and sip while my husband found parking (took over 30 minutes); She fantastic menu recommendations and did not rush us. Everything was great - generous portions of blackened shrimp on my 1/2 Caesar salad. Crappy view due to pier construction was in no way avoidable.

v
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hopping! Chris provided great service. The Mahi Mahi with mango was delicious.

B
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful spot and the food is always excellent. We got a very nice table by the water just as I had requested and our server was very nice and friendly.

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with our experience especially as it was our first visit to downtown St. Pete’s. Food and service was wonderful, and sitting on the deck perfect for late afternoon.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on January 14, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us :)

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch stop before heading back to Sarasota

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you for the 5 star review! Come by and see us again sometime soon!

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SD
Louisville
89 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience at Frescos! Great environment in old St Pete on the water front. Food was great and staff very accommodating! Try the tuna!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you very much for the great review! We agree, the tuna is pretty amazing! Come by and see us again soon :)

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CM
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went on New Years Eve. They didn't try and rip you off with an overpriced holiday menu. It was there usual menu.There food is always delicious! They didn't try and rush you out...Will definitely be back!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thanks so much Carla! We are happy you enjoyed yourselves and happy you spend your New Years Eve with us :)

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