Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

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384 reviews
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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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New England
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice staff and atmosphere.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went there for grouper and it was overcooked. Also, I asked for little if any salt and it was way too salty. The view was lovely but the food was disappointing.

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LR
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate dinner at Fresco's the other night. We ate outside overlooking the sail boats at sunset. The view was spectacular. The weather was getting cold, and would have been nice to have an outdoor heater near our table (the outdoor tables under the canopy have heaters, but they were the first tables to fill up).
Our server was friendly and attentive. The fish dishes were prepared to perfection, moist and flavorful. The cocktails were also well prepared. The interior of the restaurant was extremely casual and unappealing for my taste, so I'm glad we sat outside despite the cold weather. We will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We bring all out-of-town guests to Frescos for the awesome food and environment. One of our favorites in St Pete!

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W
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time. It had just finished raining and we decided to chance eating outside. It turned out to me beautiful. I had the grouper and the wife had the blackened mahi sandwich. Both were great.
The grouper was grilled perfectly - moint inside and not overly seasoned. The mahi was.very good, a bit dry but the wife likes it that way.
Service was very attentive - a great experience.

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CB
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fresco's is always a great choice, for food, drinks and view. I've never had a bad experience there. Love it!

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KB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bartender and even better brunch! Highly recommended!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the place except they took my two favorites (fish, including sea bass and lobster ravioli) off the menu. Other food items were very good, my crew walked out happy and full.

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UD
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. Our favorite downtown St Petersburg restaurant.

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p
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Some Yelp reviews I read were highly critical of the staff. I did not have that experience -- everyone from the hostess to our server to the staff bussing tables were friendly and helpful. Our drinks and food were served promptly, we got thoughtful recommendations from our server and our overall dining experience was pleasant. Our appetizers were awesome -- both the spring rolls and the grouper balls. Our entrees [seafood pasta and shrimp scampi] were good as well, so no complaints about the food.

I would give a head's up that dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating area. I love dogs and have one of my own but sharing your dining space with patrons who don't keep their pets quiet and under control can diminish the experience considerably. Hence only 4 stars for the overall rating.

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BK
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The food was pretty good, but the server didn't really express much interest in us until we were leaving. Having to leave tip electronically with the server holding the tablet made me feel obligated to select the 20% option, more than I really thought was deserved. Nice waterfront ambience.

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T
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food selection and water view right on the Bay Marina. David was an excellent server!

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DM
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite casual spot for quality food and great service!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for a birthday lunch with my adult daughter. Had to move reservations back twice and were accommodated with ease and grace. This was on New Years Eve! Tuna appetizer was declared “a good Bite” We shared and were happy. Entree one was the spinach salad with blackened salmon. Bright and pleasing to the eyes with an amble inclusion of strawberries and walnuts. The very raspberry vinigerette is for the bold palate. Entree two was a mixed seafood pasta dish. Light on the tummy by adding a splash of lemon all the fresh flavors were present. This was a well composed dish. We observed burgers and other standard fare going by and comments were positive. Lastly, for goodness sake sit on the deck and enjoy the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

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ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was amazing!!!

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G
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great view. Good sea food great for date night or family and friends. Very casual

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love dining at Fresco's! Great for taking friends and family out for a great meal and beautiful scenery. Also great for celebrations!

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was nice and tasty. The iew is good as well and it is nice to sit outside in the good weather.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was fabulous, food was delicious and reasonable price. Room is a little bright for evening dinner. But over all experience was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the casual atmosphere with all of the dogs around!

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JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and exceptional service as well as beautiful view.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place- parking not good..

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Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice views overlooking marina was the allure on a great deck for sunset dining but cool temp moved us inside to an underwhelming interior (great sound track drowned out its plainness)...fresh mixed salad and lobster bisque started the parade of delicious food, entrees of NY strip topped with equally fresh meaty mushrooms and jalapeño bacon cream sauced chicken breasts, dessert of carrot cake was the winner with salted carmel cheesecake second...the chocolate cake ought to take the fifth. Competent service.

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Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Fresco's has been a favorite of ours ever since we moved to this area 11 years ago. Sitting outside, right on the water, enjoying the harbor view has always been a special treat. The food (we had lobster benedict and fish tacos) was quite good. Unfortunately we had a server with an attitude problem--she was both rude and disrespectful. We should have asked to see the manager, though there was no one in sight who appeared to be such a person. So, now, we will have to decide if it's worth risking such behavior again given the large number of other options in downtown St. Petersburg.

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WD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

we have no idea! arrived on time and told we would be sitting out in the curtained area, we were confirmed for inside but they failed to call us and tell us it was taken after the fact for a private party....never again, had a wonderful meal at another restaurant

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant and food. Outstanding location. Service was quick, friendly and professional.

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AM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

I was extremely disappointed with my experience . Went for a girls night out and wanted to try something new on the water . The website Patrice this restaurant as being much nicer than it really is . I got the chicken carbonara two of my friends got the scampi and another girl got the fried chicken sandwich. For chicken carbonara was barely OK the chicken was overcooked and lacked flavor . The scampi was extremely bland which we could tell by looking at it no color to it at all and the shrimp looked like they came straight from the water on to the pain . This scampi was honestly a horrible Dash the best thing was the fried chicken sandwich and even that was mediocre . The lobster bisque was absolutely amazing although it was cold when we first received it and had to get a fresh cup . the drinks from the bar were good as well . I definitely wouldn’t come back Norwood I suggest anyone to down here also. Our server John or David was his name was great nothing at all with his fault and he was the best part of the experience . We dined outside on the water

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MN
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had Sunday Brunch at Fresco's on Sunday, and the food was delicious. I ordered my favorite, Crab and Avocado Eggs Benedict and a Mimosa, and my husband had the Skillet Eggs and a Bloody Mary. We had reservations through Open Table and were seated at a table with a wonderful view.

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AQ
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

second time there. Food was very good, great location, and reasonable

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JC
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good atmosphere. Love the pineapple coleslaw

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RS
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent tater tots, as in, best tots I’ve ever eaten in my life. Salmon was cooked to perfection. Overall, simple, uncomplicated menu, but it’s standard American comfort food done well.

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OT
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue on a peaceful marina.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I took my family to brunch while I was in town. Food was good but the server accidentally dropped 3 mamosas all down my daughter. I didn't fault her for the mishap as accidents happen but my daughter's dress was soaked and there was glass all over. A manager never came out to discuss and nothing was compensated on the bill. I was surprised by this considering my daughter had to sit in a champagne covered dress through brunch. When the bill came she actually asked the server about why nothing had been comped, as that is very standard practice and the server apparently spoke with the manager and then removed 1 drink from the bill. This was a brunch for 9 ....and now my daughter has to get her dress dry cleaned. I felt this was not handled well.

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Fish tacos were very mediocre. Ordered a mohito and it was disgusting. Service was slow. Noisy place too and we sat outside too. Not a fan and will not go back.

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CC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

My sister got sick after eating a ceviche.
My grouper was dry and poorly seasoned.

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WC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is very good with friendly service. Water front view makes for an enjoyable meal. The only problem is it very hard to find parking close by.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and awesome scenery!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there this evening for my birthday and we had a wonderful experience with our friends and dining there the waitress was awesome Looking forward to our next dining experience there

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LS
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely day for lunch by the water and this place fits the bill. Good food. Good service but oh I get so weary of trying to have a conversation with bad music blaring in the background.

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L
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table outside overlooking the water. It was beautiful and peaceful. The blackened salmon carbonara that was suggested by our outstanding server, Kennedy was absolutely delicious. We shared it and it was just the right amount of food. Definitely recommend this restaurant for food, ambiance and service.

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