Fresko

4.6
443 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
“Fresko” meaning “fresh” inspires our creation of seasonal menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Fresko makes natural food from the bounty of Iowa farms whenever possible. The culinary team prepares product from start to finish applying natural time honored techniques with care at every step. This enriches the flavorful and nutritious product we serve and benefits our community. Fresko believes we are what we eat and eating well means living well.

Fresko features a splendid assortment of original cocktails with a deep spirits menu and a beer program with sixteen beers on tap in addition to bottles and cans. Fresko's wine menu focuses on quality selections at a great value to our guests.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 443 people are saying
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katieb
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Will definitely come again!

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DarceyS
South Dakota
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We chose Fresko based on reviews and the menu, but the reviews didn't match our experience. The kitchen was backed up by 30 minutes even though we had a reservation and were on time. Service was very friendly. But the food was disappointing. The scallops were not seared properly, the cauliflower gratin was cold, and the "spicy greens" looked like they'd been under the warmer for a very long time. They were actually brown, not green. The steak sandwich had nice flavor but was a little skinny on steak. On a positive note, the wings were very good - they had a Mediterranean rub on them and were served with tzatziki dipping sauce that everyone loved. The lamb pita wrap was also very flavorful. The sandwiches all came with roasted potatoes that our teens preferred to fries so that was a hit. Overall, we expected better. We were seated in the very back of the restaurant - concrete floors, fake picture of a fire showing on a mounted TV - super loud and no ambiance whatsoever. We were there 2 hours and the food and vibe just didn't match up to the bill. We won't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the staff were all great!

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TraceyK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Was quite pleased with Fresko! The atmosphere is beautiful, and if there must be TVs as part of the dining experience, having them set to a crackling fire or Bob Ross is a fun whimsical touch. Love the diversity of the menu, and the creative approaches to aspects such as GF, vegetarian, and low-carb options, which were better than many other restaurants in town. Sea scallops, chicken caprese, seared sesame tuna, and various salads were our selections, along with some innovative cocktails and a scrumptious molten lava cake dessert, and everything was original, well-made, and delicious. There were a few service hiccups, but nothing so major that couldn't be remedied quickly. We had reservations at 6 pm, and enjoyed a nice conversation with our guests until about 7pm. Then, the noise level tripled, and by 8, it was a cacophony. So get there early if you want a more mellow dining experience with conversation over fine food in a lovely setting.

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vipOldFinn
Minneapolis
99 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was terrific. Wednesday evenings are half-price wine nights for wines under $50. Everything was excellent. We had an appetizer, salad, and a flatbread pizza. Was very busy, but staff seemed to be handling it well.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We appreciated the chef coming to our table to confirm how we wanted our salmon prepared.
The creative and expansive menu has something for every appetite at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, recommended appetizer was on point, and everybody was pleased in our party. We will not hesitate to return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waiter was great, food was quite good; however, the potatoes (I had the eggs your way brunch) were too salty. Tables are a little narrow, and I found I was crowding the waitstaff a bit as they exited the kitchen.

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Unknown
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business lunch or team outing. Food was outstanding, service impeccable, and prices reasonable. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food in Des Moines

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HollyR
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was able to bring my parents and the service and food was amazing! One recommendation would be for the Coffee to be hotter when served. So enjoyed our time!!!

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vipJoelJ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't really say much more than what I have already about how nice this place is to sit and eat. The service is great and the food is fantastic as usual. It is definitely a go to when it comes to steak sandwiches as well. I would certainly recommend to people to reserve a table and look forward to a nice lunch or dinner with a great atmosphere. You cannot go wrong here.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beverage with outstanding wait staff

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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stfudonny
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Andrea was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time. Our servers had great recommendations. The lobster raviolis had hardly any lobster. Drinks were amazing. Desert was beautiful but lackluster. We would for sure go eat here again

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The food was very good but the service was awful. Will never go back because of the service

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Dadanddauhhter
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great atmosphere. Wonderful options.

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Kate
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great presentation of delicious food and drinks. Various rooms offered different atmospheres-we enjoyed smaller quiet room. My salad and flatbread were great.

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wbrent01
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I appreciate the menu options and the ability to make certain items gluten free.
There isnsomething for everyone here.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Will definitely be back!

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PattyN
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were celebrating our friends birthday. It was a fun time. Everyone enjoyed their food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was very good. Disappointed Happy Hour does not apply to the restaurant dining area. We came early for that. They also sit people on top of each other. Loved the food, disappointed in a few things which impacted some of the experience. Thanks for asking

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vipDiane
Denver
71 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fun vibe! Fun for a date night or with friends

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service was great! I would highly recommend Fresko for your next night out.

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WilliamH
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, and very good food. I was surprised that Brunch was available until 2:00 p.m. So I dove into a noon crab cake Egg Benedict. On a previous lunch I had their Sushi, and it too was fabulous.

Finally, I can't say enough about the staff. Very attentive, and helpful in making suggestions for my group of 5.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

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JoyH
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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Tiffany
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! We loved ALL of the food including desserts. The lavender lemonade martini is a new fav, it was amazing!

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Disappointed
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience5

This is twice in the last two weeks that you had big parties in house and we had to wait over an hour for our meal.
Last evening, we also felt like the overall quality of the food was down as well.

At this point we will hesitate to visit or recommend you to a friend without asking if you are hosting any big parties for the evening?

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SueP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s a fun happy place, but I was hoping for amazing food. Instead, I had good food. Had the chicken caprese sandwich with roasted potatoes. The flavor of the potatoes didn’t work well with the flavors in the sandwich. Honestly, some good old-fashioned fries would have been better. Nice wine selection, though.

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ering
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just awesome food, loved the bacon pizza, banana bread French toast (ask for a side of homemade whipped cream) and beet salad. Great atmosphere and outstanding service.

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JacobM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. It came out quite fast, granted we ate a bit earlier so it wasn’t super busy. Staff was all very nice. Danny in particular treated us very well and gave great pointers and suggestions.

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ConnorO
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, very nice place for dinner. I would highly recommend Fresko

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TboneHolm
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere was awesome! A very Cosmopolitan feel, lively and vibrant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. The restaurant was well appointed. Well done.

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TamiM
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday was a great value & very tasty. My dinner partner had a sandwich and the potatoes (not FF) were amazing!

FAQs

Fresko offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 630-7009.

Fresko is rated 4.6 stars by 443 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.