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Fresko, Des Moines, IA

Fresko

4.7
4.7
1092 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 630-7009
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Drew Hoormann
  • Catering
    We would be excited to host you or cater you for your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for choosing Fresko for your gathering! We are beyond excited to share our seasonal menus, made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, our lovely event spaces and exceptional team. You can trust your guests will have a tremendous experience at Fresko. Whether you’re here to celebrate your love story, organize a business meeting, celebrate a milestone, host a family gathering, or anything in between, we are here to put your mind at ease and deliver a fabulous experience for you and your guests. Our Executive Room accommodates up to 30 guests, and our Gathering Room accommodates up to 45 guests. We are also able to combine both rooms to accommodate up to 100 guests! We welcome the opportunity to make your vision a reality. Please contact us at events@freskodsm.com, by phone at 515-630-7009, or via our website: https://www.freskodsm.com/private-events/
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Cross street
    9th and Locust
  • Parking details
    Parking is available on the street, in several nearby parking ramps, and there is a lot across the street available after 5pm.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,092 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Great for brunch

  • Iowa

    Innovative

  • Iowa

    Good for groups

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Lively

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Innovative

  • Des Moines

    Good for groups

  • Des Moines

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Lively

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

1,092 Reviews
  1. PStites

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Seating is terrible for a couple. Manager wasn’t very hospitable.

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  2. Denise

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a large group and were going to a show at the Temple Theatre. Our server had us in and out in 1 1/2 hour without feeling rushed. She was very responsive and friendly. All 8 of us were very pleased with our meals! Wonderful experience and we will return!

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  3. LoveSeafood

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Fresco for my birthday. We told the server it was my birthday. The service was impeccable- nice pace to appetizer coming out, time to finish it before the main course. Then a complimentary molten lava cake with Happy Birthday written on the plate was brought out. High quality food cooked perfectly. You will not be disappointed.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time either way friends and food. This was our friend’s first time and they loved it.

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  5. Momof7

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a lovely brunch with friends. The mimosas were tasty. The bloody marys were packed with xtras. My omelette was very flavorful (spinach, goat cheese, tomato jam). I declined potatoes, was not offered an alternative. The omelette was warm, but not hot. Pancakes were large, tasty. Could have been warmer (didn’t melt the butter provided). Our friends enjoyed one of the skillets and scrambled eggs w sausage. Love the venue. We always enjoy eating here.

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  6. BaileyH

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the mussels and steak and they were delicious. We took the chocolate cake to go and it was delicious as well.

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  7. Evee

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, drinks, and atmosphere were all amazing. Shoutout to our server, Jacob! His service and recommendations were fantastic, and his friendliness made our evening special. Must try their grilled octopus!

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  8. KG01222017

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fabulous. However, be aware that their happy hour specials are for the bar area only and not the dinning area— which for a burger happen to be $5-6 more and the beer was $2 more.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Great cocktails!! Definitely will go back

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  10. lori

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good service, nice ambiance. We had steaks, walleye, & shrimp--would order them all again. Presentation was done well, especially the cocktails, which maybe looked better than they tasted. Would return!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Killer cocktails and short rib tacos! Extraordinary, diverse menu.

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  12. Krissy

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch and loved the lavender mimosa! Enjoyed our Sunday breakfast!

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  13. Mindi

    Des Moines

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food seemed very fresh. One of my friends loved the avocado toast. Another loved her florentine crepe. I had the basic breakfast of scrambled egg, bacon and potato. The butter on the English muffin was great! The poached eggs were perfect. Coffee was a little cool. Service was just ok had to ask for salt and pepper. Ketchup. Straws etc. cute place with fresh ingredients. Would try again.

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  14. ShannonC

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food at Fresko is very good as was the service. The seating is a little close in a place that gets pretty loud. It was hard to have a conversation during peak times.

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  15. BryanN

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant dining experience before catching a performance at the Temple Theater!

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  16. Hlyons

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our dinner at Fresko was very enjoyable! The service was great and the food was delicious, many menu options and the staff were very knowledgeable and accommodating to food allergies and intolerances. The noise level at 6:15 pm was high at first but quieted down by 7:00.

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  17. dsmmumcher

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good and fresh! I’ve been here before for my birthday and was just as good as the first time. Great food, ambience and service was excellent. Food is very good and clearly made with healthy ingredients.

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  18. ThePizzaLady

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server Felicity was awesome. The food was great. The wine selection is wonderful. Our only critique is that it is very very noisy.

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  19. RochelleW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food as always! Great ambiance. Attentive staff. We’ll be back!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great vibes. Drinks were top notch, really enjoyed the lavender butterfly. The birthday cake was to die for, SOOOO. GOOD.

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  21. DavidM

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great spot for lunch! Definitely will be back many more times.
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    That's great to hear!Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  22. NicoleH

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server , Candice suggested some amazing dishes. She didn't disappoint with her suggestions. Started with mussels which could be an entree itself, fabulous! We enjoyed the crab stuffed walleye and shrimp on the barbie, unbelievable. Great portions and flavor! Finished with molten chocolate cake. Such a perfect evening. Everything was amazing!! Can't wait to try their nightly happy hour items.
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    What a great review, thank you! Hope to see you again, soon!

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  23. Tammy

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party had cocktails, an app, salads, a bottle of wine to share, each an entree and 2 desserts. From the start to the end of our evening our waitress did an outstanding job, timing between courses was perfect and all of the food was appealing on the plate and delicious. A good value and a delightful experience.
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review and amazing feedback!

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  24. NathanP

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed the Gouda burger and it was probably the best burger I’ve had. Wonderful and clean atmosphere. My wife and I and an old fashioned and they were fantastic. Great experience and date night!
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good cocktails! Our server was Allie, she’s the best!
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    We will be sure to let her know, she did a great job!Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  26. Joseph

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for Valentines Day and were seated promptly at our reservation time, drinks were delightful and food was outstanding.
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Great to hear!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our valentines date night was more than expected! I had no idea you all would be giving out roses. My wife loves roses as they remind her of her late mother (her mom’s favorite flower) so it was like she was there with her in that moment. Thank you for the nice touch. I love seeing my wife happy and you all helped putting it over the top. Thank you!

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  28. DebS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went early for dinner and couldn't have been more pleased with service and food.
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Great to hear! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service from Stephanie! The Steak sandwich and truffle potatoes are mind blowing!!!
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Love to hear it! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  30. MLAM

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite spots in Des Moines! Always a great experience!
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Love hearing that! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, menu, ambiance, cocktails and food were exceptional. I was especially impressed with the selection of tasty and creative gluten-free options. As a foodie with celiac disease, this was exciting to me! My husband got the walleye, I got the shrimp and grits. Both dishes were delicious. We also shared the truffle potatoes as an “appetizer,” we will be back for those! The only item we didn’t love was the chocolate crème brûlée, but that’s our fault. We aren’t big chocolate lovers, so it simply wasn’t the right dish for us. However, I could see how the spiced chocolate would be a hit with others, and the toasted Marshalltown was the perfect topping. We can’t wait to return and try more menu items!
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thank you for the great feedback and 5 star review! Look forward to seeing you again, soon!

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  32. LauraC

    Des Moines

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love brunch! We brought 6 people who'd never been and they loved it too. Special cocktails, food tasted great and our server was on it it!
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Great to hear! Thank you for bringing your group, thrilled they enjoyed it too!

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  33. Kate

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this! Great food and service. I had crêpes Florentine. Excellent coffee. Eggs Benedict and potatoes also wonderful. Will definitely come back for brunch again. 
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thrilled you enjoyed your brunch with us! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  34. CaitlinG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was SO nice and pleasant, gave great recommendations. Food was phenomenal.
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  35. ARTHURMA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, definitely the best restaurant in Des Moines. Of course, this is a high end restaurant, but you receive what you pay off, with high quality menu and ingredients. The ambient is not too formal, as expected for this kind of restaurant, what is great as you can enjoy a relaxed meal and enjoy a good drink with it.
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from the time we arrived to the time we left. Had a great lunch and love the option for brunch options daily! AM tacos were fantastic!
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review, thrilled you enjoyed the tacos!

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  37. KevinI

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiters were very accommodating and the food was excellent for a good value
    FreskoResponded on January 31, 2024
    That is amazing to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review and feedback!

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  38. BrianL

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and fresh food. Service was spot on.
    FreskoResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. This is our go to lately - upscale food with casual feel. Our kids always find something great. Check it out if you haven’t. Pastas are great, sandwiches too. Haven’t had a bad meal here.
    FreskoResponded on February 26, 2024
    We love being your go to! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  40. Ckhamill99

    Des Moines

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really amazing food. A bit noisy. The service is amazing also.

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FAQs

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

Fresko is rated 4.7 stars by 1092 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Fresko

909 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street
    9th and Locust
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking is available on the street, in several nearby parking ramps, and there is a lot across the street available after 5pm.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Drew Hoormann
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (515) 630-7009
  • Catering
    We would be excited to host you or cater you for your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for choosing Fresko for your gathering! We are beyond excited to share our seasonal menus, made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, our lovely event spaces and exceptional team. You can trust your guests will have a tremendous experience at Fresko. Whether you’re here to celebrate your love story, organize a business meeting, celebrate a milestone, host a family gathering, or anything in between, we are here to put your mind at ease and deliver a fabulous experience for you and your guests. Our Executive Room accommodates up to 30 guests, and our Gathering Room accommodates up to 45 guests. We are also able to combine both rooms to accommodate up to 100 guests! We welcome the opportunity to make your vision a reality. Please contact us at events@freskodsm.com, by phone at 515-630-7009, or via our website: https://www.freskodsm.com/private-events/
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