Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Great service, food and atmosphere. We will be back!
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.
2nd visit, had reservations and seated immediately, waterside. Service throughout impeccable, timely, helpful. The three of us loved our brunch choices.
Awesome. Great across the board!
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.
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.
Fish spread is a must! Just in town for the weekend and a local recommended this restaurant. Great choice.
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.
Set out side by the water. Pleasant breeze luckily. Tasty food but the portions were rather small.
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.
Hopping! Chris provided great service. The Mahi Mahi with mango was delicious.
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.
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.
Hi there! Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us :)
Brunch stop before heading back to Sarasota
Thank you for the 5 star review! Come by and see us again sometime soon!
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!
Thank you very much for the great review! We agree, the tuna is pretty amazing! Come by and see us again soon :)
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!
Thanks so much Carla! We are happy you enjoyed yourselves and happy you spend your New Years Eve with us :)
First time here but certainly won’t be our last! Wonderful location directly on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. The seafood for 2 platter we shared was excellent, as well as the pineapple slaw which is now the best we have ever had anywhere! The margarita I had was not a “house” cheap liquor drink but top quality Patron margarita- excellent. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Nice beach vibe yet upscale food and service. Easy parking within walking distance.
A new favorite restaurant to go to when in town.
Hi there! Thank you so much for the amazing review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and definitely to be one of your favorite restaurants! :)
Great casual spot on the water. Friendly service, good courses, easy as the sun and breezes. Love stopping here for a relaxed lunch.
Thanks so much! Always happy to have you!
Everything about this place was awesome! The red snapper dish was perfection. The shrimp scampi sauce was so light and yummy. Even the salad was great. The view was spectacular and service amazing! This place will always be on our list when we return to St. Pete!
Thank you so much for the awesome review! We love to hear this :)
Great casual spot to eat at
Thank you for the review! We would love some feedback as to how we can make your next visit a 5 star experience!
Perfect table by the water . Service was exceptional although they were very busy . Delish entrees
Been there 4-5 times . Always a favorite
Thank you so very much for the wonderful feedback! We are always so happy to hear our staff being acknowledged :)
My husband and I have had brunch at Fresco before so we were happy to be able to have dinner here as well. We were in St. Pete for a couple days over Christmas with our dogs so we needed a place we could dine with them and Fresco was able to accommodate us on their patio. The service staff was friendly, efficient, and accommodating - we asked to change tables as they originally sat us very close to the water but we were unsure how our dogs would react to being close to the water and around a lot of other people. We went straight for entrees - I had the pasta carbonara with chicken and my husband had the chicken piccata. Both dishes were generous portions and delightful. I thought the use of cheese tortellini to make the carbonara may be over the top but it was delicious. I will caution it was very rich, I am a big guy and usually eat a lot but was only able to finish half the portion. The chicken in both dishes was cooked perfectly, juicy and seasoned to perfection. We were there during happy hour and decided to have the house Pinot Grigio - to be honest at $3.50/glass I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't the most amazing wine I have ever had but it was light, crisp, and refreshing just a a PG should be. We will definitely be back when we visit St. Pete again.
Wow! Thank you so much for the fantastic review! We love to hear how much you enjoyed your meals and visit with us. Definitely don't forget about us next time you're in town!!
The food and service was excellent!
Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon :)
Wish I knew about construction outside! Parking is a pain and expensive down the street ($10). Birds outside a nuisance...literally stole a French fry right off my colleague's dish. Grouper sandwich was tasty but bun was greasy. Have had better at Fresco's in the past! Server was good...that helped!
Hi there- We are sorry to hear about this experience. Unfortunately we are not able to control the construction, so we have partnered with Nickel Ride which is a company that will pick you up from your parking spot free of charge and drop you off right in front of our restaurant. We also validate parking for the Sun Dial garage so hope this helps for next time! As for the birds, we have tried many things to help but that's the risk w/ outdoor dining. However, we hope to see you again! Thank you!
The food and our server were awesome. Loved the view and food was so fresh.
Thank you so much for the fantastic review! We love when our staff is recognized :) Hope to see you again soon!
I have to give thanks to the great wait staff, but especially to Erin - she is such an asset to your organization !
Hi there! Thank you for the great review! We will definitely make sure this gets passed along for Erin to see. Stop on in again soon :)
Food was amazing. The waitress seemed overwhelmed. She kept forgetting items we had to request couple of times. Every one is entitled to an off day. Other than that all was really good.
Hi there! Thank you for the review! We are sorry to hear that items were forgotten and double checking orders will be addressed with the entire staff however we appreciate your understanding! We hope to see you again soon!
It was a nice meal while sitting by the water .
Thank you so much for the great review! :)
The Bistro has beautiful waterfront dining looking into the Municipal Marina. The salads and seafood were fresh and generous. Would go back again.
The City of St Pete has been working on road beside them for 10 years ...It is amazing they are still there . However , don't pass this up . It is a great view of Marina and great food . Extremely Casual .
Hi there- Thank you for reviewing us on multiple outlets! Hope to see you again soon :)
Thought I would attempt to give this place another go considering it’s location is prime for downtown. But...everything was Over priced, birds everywhere stealing your food, super fishy smelling, and no breakfast during the week. The service on the other hand was great.
Hi there- Thank you for your review- we appreciate customer feedback. Our prices reflect not only our service but the quality of our food as well as it is delivered fresh daily (with the exception of Sundays). We offer a large menu of breakfast on Sat/Sun that you should check out! Unfortunately, the smell comes along with dining at a restaurant on the water every once in a while that we definitely wish we could change! Thank you for the compliment on our service and are thrilled to hear it :)
Always a fun and delicious experience!
Thanks Daniel! We appreciate it :) Hope to see ya soon!
Service was great, food was very good. It’s great to be outside on the water.
Thank you so much! We would love some feedback as to how we could make your next experience with us a 5 star one! Hope to see you again soon :)
Bustling spot on the Marina. Great place for what it is.
Thanks Tony! Stop in and see us again soon!
Great place with a great staff and food.
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Great spot for local seafood!
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Friendly and helpful staff.
Thank you so much! We love to hear these types of compliments :)
Enjoyed our experience here and will definitely come back. Service and ambiance were great. Scallop dinner came with a large portion.
Hi there! Thank you so much for the great review! We would love some feedback as to how we can make your next visit a 5-star experience!
Delicious food and a beautiful setting. Excellent service, too.
Thank you Lisa! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit with us!
We love this place. The food is phenomenal and everybody is great. We will be back
Thanks Robert! Don't forget about us next time you're in the area!