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About Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

Come Visit the Only Waterfront Restaurant in Downtown Saint Petersburg!! Beach Drive doesn't have a view like this!

300 2nd Ave. Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Bayshore and 2nd Ave NE

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 894-4429

Website:
http://www.frescoswaterfront.com/

Entertainment:
We offer Live Music on Wednesday nights from 6 to 9..bring in a pay-stub and get 40% off if you are in the Service Industry.

Catering:
We offer catering for all types of events: Rehearsals, Receptions, Birthdays and more. Parties can be booked both inside and outside (covered and uncovered). We have 4 event packages which are sit down seating and open bar options. Buffets are an option for parties over 40 and are suggested for appetizer only and cocktail style events.

Parking Details:
We have 8 restaurant and 4 Marina shared spots to offer first come, first serve. Parking meters are located along Bayshore and 2nd Ave NE, headed towards the pier.There is also a parking app called ParkMobile that takes just a few minutes to set up and links to your credit card. Additional parking is located in the Dolphin parking lot on 2nd Ave NE

Public Transit:
St. Pete Trolley

Executive Chef:
Gilberto Bustos Lorenzo

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Fresco's Waterfront Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (17)
Casual (12)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Fun (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Authentic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome food and great location! Love the waterfront and fish sandwiches!

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The main attraction here is the waterfront setting. The ambiance of being on the water with marina views makes for a pleasant experience. Our service was good—helpful and attentive. The spinach salad was very good. Fish tacos were average and the grilled grouper sandwich was just ok. The grouper was dry—portions were ample. They had no fresh catch of the day—I noticed complaints about this in other reviews. Makes one wonder about freshness of the seafood. Probably best for burgers and sandwiches while enjoying the ambiance.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great day to be outside. We all liked our meal only item that wasn’t good was the French fries. Very boring- no flavor. Great Bloody Mary - but needs something extra like sausage link or blackened bacon.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Nice place to enjoy a meal on the water. Great view of the harbor. Menu is fine - nothing unexpected, but executed well.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our first night in St . Petersburg and Frescoes Waterfront Bistro looked like a fun, casual place where we could relax and enjoy dinner. It did not disappoint. The fish tacos and mahi-mahi sandwich were good. They hit the spot. Side orders of pineapple coleslaw and mashed potatoes were good choices. Key lime pie was tart with a good texture. The chocolate cake was very good but even too big a slice for a chocolate lover.
There was nothing memorable or special about the meal but it was consistently good, service was excellent and I would recommend it. Great location and friendly place.

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great location on the water, good attentive service, ample portions, attractively presented and good tasting seafood. Not inexpensive

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

On this occasion the service was very slow, the food OK (crab cakes for one and a veggie wrap for the other), but the meal was impacted by a bad smell from the marina (clearly not the fault of the restaurant but still disappointing). Having been here previously this odor was not a problem before and service was also much faster.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Too many birds flying around and attacking food. It’s a problem. Our server was amazing...she was upbeat and accommodating. Thanks Sarah!!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was not good from the moment we got there. The host was nice but extremely slow and sat people way out of order. We had a reservation and we didn't get sat until 30 minutes later. The manager came to help the host and she was extremely rude. Once we finally got sat, we had a great table right on the water. The view was great. The server was nice and was pretty attentive but you could tell she was very busy. The food itself was incredible!! The calamari and lobster bisque were so delicious! If you're willing to wait (even with a reservation), it's worth going.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Lovely outdoor dining deck overlooking the marina! Especially good Coconut Shrimp. Across the street from waterfront park.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Worst place I’ve ever been to. I made reservations for my friends birthday we were super excited to eat here. We sat for almost 30 minutes and no one would attend us. People that got there after we did were getting served which made no sense. When we left and let them know all we got was a sorry. Rude people. Horrible service. Don’t plan to go again.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food,service, atmosphere is all just Meh, however the location
what saves it.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very disappointed with the interior of the restaurant. In fact they were painting one of the bathrooms while we sat and watched the painter. Had we known the weather would have been good we would have chosen to eat outside. At least you have a view of the water and boats.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The berry salads and shrimp dishes that we ordered were all ver fresh and full of flavor. Thanks

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The sewer smell was so bad we left
Was too smelly to eat.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is a wonderful gem of a restaurant directly on the yacht harbor in St. Pete. Great fresh food and friendly local bistro style service. A place to relax. The view alone is worth the trip. Be sure to make reservations in peak times, as it iis popular.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We sat outside and the view was beautiful. We read other people had a problem with a lack of their food coming in a reasonable amount of time. We did have an issue with that at all.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was great! But the kitchen was really slow. I noticed most tables waiting a long time for their food, as we did.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 3, 2017

While we enjoyed our evening here, it wasn't our best experience at Fresco's. The wait for our food was over 45 minutes which left the majority of our party annoyed and hungry. Luckily all of our dishes came out at the same time unlike the table next to us who kept one guest without food for 15-20 minutes while everyone else at her table had theirs. Hopefully the kitchen can work on that and not get so backed up with tickets.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Fantastic view, good food, great service (Chris was great, let us take our time and talk without pushing us to order).

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The brunch menu was excellent. It had a great variety to choose from. Everything was fresh and was delicious. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Solid restaurant. Food was good quality. It was not exceptional, but very good. Service was a bit slow but adequate.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Vacation first night in St. Pete.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The wait between the appetizers and entree was too long.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 26, 2017

My martini came almost warm (both times)
They were out of fresh catch (seriously, in a coastal city)
They were out of a seasonal vegetable
They were out of rice so they sent mashed potatoes THAT WERE INSTANT..
music so loud we chose to sit by the noisy giant fan.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Nice looking place but the service was not good. Arrived to wait almost 5 minutes to just be sat down. Even when acknowledged by the staff, we waited awhile. While our food arrived, one of our meals was a mistake and taken back to be exchanged but there was no communication as we waited in silence, uncertain of what just happened. Nice looking staff, small minded staff. The food was not exceptional, just average.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Despite being not recommended by our Hotel and others in St. Pete Fresco proved to be a truly great experience for my wife and myself. Katy was our Server and was she excellent in every aspect of table service. Our food was tasty, properly prepared, and delivered in a timely manner. The drinks were fair, priced reasonably, and made you want a second one because the atmosphere was lovely. We watched numerous sailboats dock trying to escape impending storms and the backdrop of all that activity made the evening even more fun.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I was incredibly disappointed when I made a reservation for my family for before the St Pete Pride parade and the reservation was ignored. Upon arrival I was told they did not accept reservations for the weekend and we were out of luck. It would have been nice to be notified of this before making our plans around this reservation.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We have spent many Sunday brunches here as well as dinners. Brunch is great with good mimosas and great benedicts. Their dinners (seafood specifically) still continue to be one of the best values downtown St Pete (and always good too)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on May 26, 2017

No complaints about anything. Service was great and the food was delicious. If you are looking for a place with outdoor dining this is the place. Loved the laid back atmosphere.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service was decent, apps were good, $32 sea bass was way over cooked, and definitely not worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We ate outside so it was a Nice setting with a refreshing breeze. Great brunch ! I asked for an iced coffee which wasn't on the menu and the waitress whipped one up for me which was super nice.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Only disappointment, was how rudely the hostess treated us as we came in & she seated us.
Otherwise everything else was top notch! Waitress was great, ambiance was wonderful & food delicious 😊

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Greasy, overpriced, undercooked and tasteless. Dirty floors and tables.

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 (Houston)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Good experience. One order messed up. Fish sandwich serves instead of chicken but overall fine.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Casual, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 6, 2017

First time diners. Picked this restaurant because it is dog friendly. Great view of the boats and inlet. Our server Nick was great. He was friendly, accomodating and patient. Hostess Karen was also very nice. I point this out because a bunch of reviews I read commented on bad service. We almost ruled it out. Guess we got lucky. I had the Grouper sandwich and my wife had Shrimp Scampi. Both were well prepared and tasty. The fish and shrimp seemed fresh and good portions. We added a half house and spinach salad respectively. The salads were an awesome value. My wife commented her spinach salad was one of ths best she's had! Considering we had 2 adult beverages each, we thought $96 with tax and 20% gratuity was a fair deal for a great night out with waterfront dining.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Celebrating our friend's 88th birthday. Nathan, our waiter, was superb. Many thanks for a memorable lunch!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Great place, always good food and the service is good. We love this place! Ambience on the water is amazing.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Service was great, but food left a lot to be desired. Fish tacos and ahi salad were somewhat bland. Calamari didn't have any tentacles. Meh.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Bland tasting food. Pesto chicken pasta is really not good. Overpriced and not really worth it.

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