Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

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$30 and under
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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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Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Great across the board!

JO
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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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
88 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
2 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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f
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on January 6, 2020

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! :)

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JS
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great casual spot on the water. Friendly service, good courses, easy as the sun and breezes. Love stopping here for a relaxed lunch.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thanks so much! Always happy to have you!

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Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for the awesome review! We love to hear this :)

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great casual spot to eat at

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you for the review! We would love some feedback as to how we can make your next visit a 5 star experience!

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect table by the water . Service was exceptional although they were very busy . Delish entrees
Been there 4-5 times . Always a favorite

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you so very much for the wonderful feedback! We are always so happy to hear our staff being acknowledged :)

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CL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on January 6, 2020

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!!

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OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon :)

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S
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 24, 2019

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!

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SM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and our server were awesome. Loved the view and food was so fresh.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you so much for the fantastic review! We love when our staff is recognized :) Hope to see you again soon!

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PL
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have to give thanks to the great wait staff, but especially to Erin - she is such an asset to your organization !

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 9, 2019

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 :)

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RR
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 3, 2019

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!

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OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice meal while sitting by the water .

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! :)

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RH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The Bistro has beautiful waterfront dining looking into the Municipal Marina. The salads and seafood were fresh and generous. Would go back again.

FT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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 .

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 3, 2019

Hi there- Thank you for reviewing us on multiple outlets! Hope to see you again soon :)

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a
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

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.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 3, 2019

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 :)

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DM
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun and delicious experience!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thanks Daniel! We appreciate it :) Hope to see ya soon!

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RJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was great, food was very good. It’s great to be outside on the water.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on November 25, 2019

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 :)

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T
Cleveland
93 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bustling spot on the Marina. Great place for what it is.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thanks Tony! Stop in and see us again soon!

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with a great staff and food.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi there! Thank you for the great review! Come by and see us again soon!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for local seafood!

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thank you so much! Stop on in again soon!

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OT
Tampa
46 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Friendly and helpful staff.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you so much! We love to hear these types of compliments :)

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OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed our experience here and will definitely come back. Service and ambiance were great. Scallop dinner came with a large portion.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on November 19, 2019

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!

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LS
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a beautiful setting. Excellent service, too.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you Lisa! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit with us!

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RS
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The food is phenomenal and everybody is great. We will be back

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thanks Robert! Don't forget about us next time you're in the area!

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