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Fresko, Des Moines, IA

Fresko

4.6
4.6
687 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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Booked 53 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

    Erick Brown

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Wood Fired Wings$11.00

    Chicken wings, chili oil, crumbled feta, tzatziki dipping sauce

    • Lobster Avocado$15.00

      Mango salsa, chili beurre blanc

      • Hummus*$9.00

        Smoked paprika scented, crudites, arugula, pita

        • Tuna Tartare$15.00

          Teriyaki marinated ahi tuna, avocado, sesame seeds, wontons, firecracker sauce

          • Nachos$15.00

            Short rib or chicken, house-made cheese sauce

            • Tempura Shrimp$13.00

              Blue cheese mousse, celery hearts, buffalo vinaigrette

              • P.E.I. Mussels$12.00

                White wine, Spanish chorizo, garlic, cilantro, chili butter, grilled bread

                • Kefte*$12.00

                  Woodfire grilled lamb skewers, arugula, Mediterranean pico, tzatziki, feta cheese, pita

                  • Skewers$14.00

                    Wood-fired Moroccan spiced tenderloin, arugula, Mediterranean pico, tzatziki

                    • Seared Sesame Tuna$15.00

                      Seared rare and sliced, Asian slaw, honey almonds, orange supremes, squash, ginger soy vinaigrette

                      Sushi

                      • Tempura Shrimp & Salmon$14.00

                        Avocado, kingoma sauce, micro cilantro

                        • Spicy Tuna*$15.00

                          Sriracha, avocado, blue crab, crunch

                          • The Killer$16.00

                            Blue crab, cucumber, unagi, avocado, spicy mayo, eel sauce, tobiko

                            • Maine Lobster Roll$16.00

                              Tempura shrimp, avocado, wasabi mayo, unagi sauce, ginger glaze, sriracha mayo

                              Greens

                              Add: Shrimp, Chicken, Tuna, Steak

                              • Fresko$6.00

                                Artisan lettuce, berries, orange supreme, goat cheese, red onion, red wine vinaigrette

                                • Kale & Spinach Caesar$6.00

                                  Tuscan kale, baby spinach, garlic croutons, cremini mushrooms

                                  • Beets & Goat Cheese$7.00

                                    Roasted gold & red beets, candied pecans, orange supremes, citrus vinaigrette

                                    Flatbreads

                                    • Bacon$12.00

                                      Crispy bacon, caramelized onion, Tillamook cheddar, fresh thyme

                                      • Margherita$11.00

                                        Basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella

                                        • Formaggio$11.00

                                          Cheese blend, fresh chives, truffle honey

                                          • Fungo$11.00

                                            Wild mushrooms, cheese blend, fresh arugula, red wine reduction

                                            • Pepperoni$12.00

                                              San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, grande artisan pepperoni

                                              Tacos

                                              • Achiote Chicken$13.00

                                                Pickled cabbage, chipotle aioli, mango salsa

                                                • Short Rib$14.00

                                                  Pico de gallo, guacamole, cotija

                                                  • Argentine Red Shrimp$14.00

                                                    Candied Fresno chili, micro cilantro

                                                    • Fish$13.00

                                                      Chili marinated cod, jicama slaw, guacamole

                                                      • Chorizo Seitan$14.00

                                                        Pico de gallo, guacamole

                                                        Sandwiches

                                                        Served with roasted potatoes | Gluten Free bread available $3

                                                        • Portobello Burger*$14.00

                                                          Marinated portobello, zucchini, summer squash; roasted red pepper, basil pesto, arugula, tomato, multigrain bun

                                                          • Steak Sandwich*$13.00

                                                            Sliced ribeye, Tillamook cheddar, sweet onion, chimichurri, tomatoes, ciabatta bread

                                                            • Pita Wrap*$13.00

                                                              Leg of lamb, chipotle mayo, pico, arugula, feta

                                                              • Chicken Caprese*$12.00

                                                                Grilled chicken breast, tomato, arugula, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, ciabatta bread

                                                                • Fresko Burger*$14.00

                                                                  Smoked gouda, arugula, pickled onion, tomato jam, brioche bun

                                                                  • Horseradish Burger*$14.00

                                                                    Havarti cheese, crispy bacon, bibb lettuce, fresh tomato, remoulade, brioche bun

                                                                    • Turkey Burger$13.00

                                                                      Caramelized onions, granny smith apples, baby spinach, blue cheese, multigrain bun

                                                                      Entrées

                                                                      • Pan Seared Sea Scallops$31.00

                                                                        Spicy greens, bacon lardons, cauliflower gratin, leek & Fresno chili relish

                                                                        • Seafood Stew*$27.00

                                                                          Fish, shrimp, calamari, mussels, ancho lobster broth, fire-roasted peppers, napa cabbage, grilled bread

                                                                          • Lobster Ravioli$29.00

                                                                            Maine lobster filled pasta, escarole, roasted squash, sherry mascarpone creme, parmesan

                                                                            • Golden Dragon Street Noodles$21.00

                                                                              Marinated tofu, rice noodles, julienne carrots, zucchini, sweet onions, jalapeños, Thai coconut sauce, peanuts

                                                                              • Short Ribs$30.00

                                                                                Braised, sweet wine risotto, arugula, cherry tomatoes

                                                                                Wood Fire

                                                                                • Half Roasted Chicken$25.00

                                                                                  Lemon & thyme brine, roasted potatoes, sautéed garlic swiss chard, lemon pan sauce

                                                                                  • Salmon$25.00

                                                                                    Sauteed Tuscan kale, fennel & orange salad, brown butter vinaigrette

                                                                                    • Hanger Steak

                                                                                      Goat cheese & chive smashed red potatoes, sauteed kale, sweet demi-glace, crispy tobacco onions

                                                                                      • 12 Oz.$37.00
                                                                                    • Prime Filet

                                                                                      Roasted red potato hash, cremini mushrooms, roasted garlic, Tuscan kale, blue cheese, dijon cream sauce

                                                                                      • 7 Oz.$30.00
                                                                                    • Wagyu Ribeye

                                                                                      Sauteed spinach, smashed red potatoes

                                                                                      • 16 Oz.$52.00

                                                                                    Sides (Fruit and Vegetables)

                                                                                    • Vegetables$7.00

                                                                                      • Sautéed Greens$6.00

                                                                                        • Fresh Fruit$6.00

                                                                                          • Cauliflower Gratin$8.00

                                                                                            Sides (Potatoes)

                                                                                            • Truffle Potatoes$8.00

                                                                                              • Roasted Potatoes$6.00

                                                                                                • Goat Cheese & Chive

                                                                                                  • Smashed Red Potatoes$6.00

                                                                                                    • Sea Salt & Pepper Chips$5.00

                                                                                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                                      What 687 people are saying

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                                                                                                      4.6
                                                                                                      4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                      • 4.7Food
                                                                                                      • 4.6Service
                                                                                                      • 4.6Ambience
                                                                                                      • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                        janetb

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                        Food is just okay, service was a bit scattered, we’d see our waiter 3 times in 3 minutes and then he would disappear for 20 minutes. Nothing really stood out on the menu as something we HAD to try. We ordered the salmon and a beet/goat cheese salad. The dishes were prepared well and tasted okay, just not something to write home about. Drinks are very pricey and not really worth the price. No need to return.

                                                                                                      2. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Kansas City

                                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Brunch with Gma and Gpa ! Everything was delicious and Kyle did a great job with service and making sure we had what we needed 🤩

                                                                                                      3. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                        overall2food2service1ambience4

                                                                                                        Visited back in March and wanted to stop in again for an anniversary. Our server was not friendly and the first thing he said to us was “are you two cool with water or…”. After this I knew the night was going south. Our drinks and food were brought out by someone other than our waiter. We had to flag someone down to request ketchup for fries. My fiancé had the burger and said it was okay. I had the chicken confit pappardelle and seasoning was not good and the squash still had skin on it, not tasty. Server finally made his way back after both of our drinks were completely empty and we were done eating to say “ready to leave?”. All and all I don’t plan on going back anytime soon. Service was terrible and food was mediocre for $90.

                                                                                                      4. T

                                                                                                        Taryn

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Fresko was great as always!!! Tracy was a wonderful server!!!

                                                                                                      5. MG

                                                                                                        MatthewG

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        12 reviews

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        12 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                        We felt the flank steak was cooked perfectly, yet the sauce was over powering the natural flavor of the protein. It would have served a better purpose in a ramekin on the side of the dish. The mashed potatoes, while having a nice flavor, sat too long prior to being brought out and had developed a film over the top. We shared a Fresko salad and quite a few of the greens were brown. The chicken confit pappardelle was rich and it was obvious the pasta was homemade. It also was obvious more care should have been taken in preparation as many of the noodles were pasted together creating a texture that was unappealing. The flavors were nice yet there were details missing that could have elevated this meal to a much higher level.

                                                                                                      6. S

                                                                                                        Sue53

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        23 reviews

                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                        23 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                        overall2food5service3ambience1

                                                                                                        First time visitors. Our waitress did not greet us for almost 20 minutes as she was not notified of our arrival. The bartender was unable to locate the wine, which we selected, so a search ensued which added more time. The restaurant was very busy (a good thing for business, but not conducive to dinner conversation) and we were seated on the north wall with a contiguous upholstered bench seat and my husband sat across on a chair. The tables were quite close. The background music was excessively loud + the busy restaurant made conversation difficult. Our waitress (Abby?) was very apologetic about the timing and she did an excellent job at detailed communicating. She was attentive and personal without being too much so. The food was EXCELLENT and I was comped extra scallops for the excessive wait. I would return … maybe just choose a different dinner hour. Wine selection was nice.

                                                                                                      7. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Denver

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Food and service were great–can’t wait to return!

                                                                                                      8. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Orlando

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Great service and delicious food!

                                                                                                      9. PK

                                                                                                        PamK

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Dinner before Hamilton

                                                                                                      10. CS

                                                                                                        CrystalS

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                        overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                        Service was a bit slow but the atmosphere and good made up for the wait on the food.

                                                                                                      11. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Dinner was great, server fantastic. It’s a little expensive for a Tuesday night but food quality is great.

                                                                                                      12. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 16, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Hard to talk over lunch. Everything game out relatively timely. In and out in an hour. Really enjoyed the menu

                                                                                                      13. j

                                                                                                        jetman

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        70 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        70 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Five of us went to Fresko for Sunday brunch following church, The place was very busy, yet service was abundant and cordial. There was a wide menu selection and everything looked good. We enjoyed our brunch from beginning to end. All were totally satisfied.

                                                                                                      14. DB

                                                                                                        DerekB

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Great staff, excellent food. Would definitely recommend.

                                                                                                      15. C

                                                                                                        Czgolfpro

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Great place! Love the variety of food and drinks. The atmosphere is great for family gatherings :)

                                                                                                      16. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Minneapolis

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                        The food, the service, the selections, the ambience: all was fantastic until the waiter spilled two glasses of wine on us. Not a problem, but I thought maybe they would comp dessert or pay for the dry cleaning. Our clothes looked like a Pollock painting.

                                                                                                      17. SW

                                                                                                        SueW

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                                        Food is good. Service was prompt, courteous and friendly. Noise level is high and energetic.

                                                                                                      18. US

                                                                                                        UlrikeS

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Being a big fan of farm to table cuisine Fresco did not disappoint. Fresh salads with delicious dressing, tender steak and wonderful sides made it a memorable experience. Will go there next time we are in Des Moines again,

                                                                                                      19. K

                                                                                                        Karol

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                                                                        The food was great as well as the drinks, it is a bit too loud and cafeteria-like for my taste though

                                                                                                      20. S

                                                                                                        Schultz

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                        overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                                                                        I made a reservation for 2 at 5:45. When we arrived there were several empty tables. We were seated at a table for two next to the kitchen and where the server's place their orders. My friend faced the dinning room, I faced a wall. For the price of the dinner and making a reservation ahead if time I thought we would have been seated in a better location. If you have a party of two, I would specify not being seated against the back wall with the two guest seating tables. The food was good but disappointed with the overall dinning experience.

                                                                                                      21. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Kansas City

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Mother’s Day

                                                                                                      22. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Great Mother’s Day late brunch/early dinner. Staff was amazing as well as our food. Thank you!

                                                                                                      23. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Mother’s Day! Gifted a rose by Fresko for each mother at the table - very thoughtful! Phoebe was our server and was polite, well versed in the menu, made delicious recommendations, and has a lovely smile and personality! We thought it was a bit weird to charge extra for toast along with our brunch items, however, our food was scrumptious! We will be back to try more items on the well thought out menu!

                                                                                                      24. K

                                                                                                        Kent

                                                                                                        Omaha

                                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                        Mother’s Day brunch before the symphony concert.

                                                                                                      25. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Chicago

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Went to Fresko for Mother’s Day and had a lovely meal. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was very nice and the food was delicious.

                                                                                                      26. K

                                                                                                        Krista

                                                                                                        Chicago

                                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Fresko is by far the best food in all of DSM. Their drinks never fail to impress. And the food is top notch. The grilled octopus appetizer was so flavorful I wish I got two and just ate that. The chicken tacos were so filling and the salsa was the perfect spice level. Lots of flavors, I can’t wait to come back

                                                                                                      27. DA

                                                                                                        DouglasA

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Cocktails, appetizers and entrees were delicious!! The P.E.I. MUSSELS with White wine, Spanish chorizo, garlic, cilantro, chili butter, were the best I have ever tasted. Make sure to ask for extra bread to sop up the delicious broth. The THE KILLER ROLL with Crab, tempura shrimp, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce, tobiko, crunch was better than rolls prepared at area sushi restaurants. Nice job Chef! The HANGER STEAK with goat cheese & chive smashed red potatoes hash, sautéed kale, sweet demi-glace, crispy tobacco onions. This is definitely a heavier dish but the potatoes will have you licking your plate. All in all, this meal was memorable and made me want to come back and try everything else on the menu!!

                                                                                                      28. M

                                                                                                        Makster

                                                                                                        Hong Kong

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                        I have been dining there a few times for brunch or lunch and each time I felt comfortable about the place!

                                                                                                      29. H

                                                                                                        Huss39

                                                                                                        Minneapolis

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Zach was the best! The food is outstanding and Zach made the evening fun!

                                                                                                      30. JD

                                                                                                        JimD

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        33 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                        33 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                        overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                        Steak was overcooked, med rare, came out closer to well done. Service was exceptional. Nice place. Rated it good, not great. Would eat there again and try something else.

                                                                                                      31. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Great drinks, great food, great service.

                                                                                                      32. JH

                                                                                                        JulieH

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        18 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        18 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        We dined at Fresko before going to a show at Hoyt Sherman. Our server Addison was fantastic. Appropriately attentive, very knowledgeable about the menu and food choices. My husband had the pork chop, and said it was the best he’s ever had when dining out. That’s something, since he’s worked in the pork industry for decades. Our compliments to the chef!!

                                                                                                      33. CP

                                                                                                        ChelseyP

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Our waitress was very conscious of our time since we were heading to a concert after. Great food & service!

                                                                                                      34. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Rolls had fantastic taste. Cocktails were good as usual. Recommend the lobster roll

                                                                                                      35. K

                                                                                                        Kiki

                                                                                                        Chicago

                                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                        We had a delicious late lunch there on a Friday. 7 of us piled into one of the booths for a fun time. Our waiter Nick was a doll. We loved all the food: sushi rolls, burgers, kale Caesar salad, and tacos. One note: tacos were tiny - beware if you order that as your main dish and you have a big appetite.

                                                                                                      36. I

                                                                                                        Iowish

                                                                                                        Des Moines

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                        Fresko is a welcome addition to downtown DSM's dining scene, especially for lunch in this post-COVID time where many restaurants are still not serving lunch.

                                                                                                      37. J

                                                                                                        Jimbo

                                                                                                        Chicago

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Great experience! Has wonderful cocktails followed by nachos that were super. Main courses of salmon and scallops were artfully presented and delicious! Half priced bottles of wine on Wednesdays. Was a birthday dinner and were given a complimentary dessert which was also delicious! Service was great. Would return anytime!

                                                                                                      38. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Service and food was phenomenal.

                                                                                                      39. C

                                                                                                        Caligirl65

                                                                                                        Cincinnati

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        We had an anazing experience at Fresko. The service was prompt. Everyone was very friendly. We really enjoyed the Margherita flatbread. Very nice atmosphere.

                                                                                                      40. TH

                                                                                                        ThomasH

                                                                                                        Portland

                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                        This place is quite loud. Lobster ravioli was quite good and were able to get just a dinner salad which is not on the list. They were out of prawns for the cajun special so agreed to sub small shrimp. Dish was pretty hot and not cream enough. The flatbread and tuna tartare app were decent.

                                                                                                      Safety precautions

                                                                                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                        • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                      • 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

                                                                                                      FAQs

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

                                                                                                      Fresko is rated 4.6 stars by 687 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                      • 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

                                                                                                        Erick Brown

                                                                                                      • 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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