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Fresko, Des Moines, IA

Fresko

4.7
4.7
835 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 30 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

    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

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What 835 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Fit for Foodies

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Great for Lunch

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Fit for Foodies

  • Des Moines

    Good for Groups

  • Des Moines

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Hot Spot

  • Des Moines

    Great for Lunch

  • Des Moines

    Special Occasion

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. SM

    ShellieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Party of 5 sat in a large booth. It was easy to talk and enjoy one another and share food! The food was great. Prices have gone up and are a bit on the pricey side but good size portions. The food was seasoned well and interesting and flavorful.
  2. DS

    DanielS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful meal, and a fantastic server. The environment was a bit noisy once the restaurant became busy, but will definitely plan to return again in the near future!
  3. EV

    ElaineV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresko is a welcoming place for people of all ages. The menu is wonderfully varied. The food is delicious and presented beautifully.
  4. P

    Puhh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner, desserts, drinks, and service we’re excellent. The music is a little loud for our liking, but overall a wonderful experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The menu is very limited . The flat bread pizza had a 1/2 a piece of pepperoni on each piece very disappointing. The apple pie desert was a big let down. The quality they used to have is gone.
  6. VG

    VickiG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was absolutely delish! Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu and answered our questions and made good recommendations so we all got an entree that we liked. And oh so tasty! Highly recommend Fresko for excellent food that isn't run of the mill standard.
  7. CR

    ChadR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Innovative menu, great service, great cocktails. I'm making it a point to come back.
  8. JB

    JaclynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a wonderful experience and the food was phenomenal. Excited to try a different meal period.
  9. TS

    TimothyS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and server was very attentive. Nice atmosphere.
  10. S

    Staci

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First time dining at Fresko. Very cool place. My husband had the stuffed walleye with risotto, and it was one of the best dishes he’s ever had. I tried a bite and it was 5/5 excellent. I had the Fresko salad with Cajun salmon. The salad was large and filling, however the salmon lacked taste. It was supposed to come with fruit on top and there was only one tiny fresh orange slice, and maybe 5 other small pieces of fruit (mainly blueberries), which added to the lack of taste. The goat cheese was great. It came with a small dressing and I had to ask for a second to finish the salad. I’m not much of a dressing person (use very little) so that was not normal for me, but it was just a bit bland. Overall we will definitely be back and try other selections as they had a great variety!
  11. LB

    LaurieB

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place! The food and drinks were wonderful and priced reasonably . Will come back again!
  12. G

    Genes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, wonderful ambiance. Probably my favorite restaurant at this point.
  13. SC

    SCHRECK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love coming to Fresko on Sunday. I enjoy the food and love, love the lavender mimosas. I am especially content when Kyle is my waiter. However, this past Sunday Justin got the honors. I like my lavender mimosas very light lavender and he went to great lengths to make that work for me, once bartender went too heavy on the lav. I should of just asked for it on the side. Then, I ordered my burger no pink, well done and it came back a little pink. There again, he didn't act like I was the neediest customer of the day, quite the opposite. He handled it quickly and kindly. I know some see that as picky, but like everyone, I like things a certain way. Kyle is still my man, but Justin was pretty darn good, too!!! Love Fresko!!
  14. RS

    RandyS

    Des Moines

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service, menu variances, and food.
  15. JF

    JulieF

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have brunch until 2 pm every day! Every. Day. Had an excellent meal!
  16. J

    Jason

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique food choices and drinks. Waitress was great.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience at our first visit to Fresko. Loved sitting in a 6 person U shaped booth. Our server was excellent and timely. We all ordered different entrees and they were all delicious. Nice cocktail and wine list too. We will return!
  18. H

    Hawkftw

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding fresh food. Absolutely excellent. Service was a little slow especially when we were ready for our check as we had tickets to the Civic Center at 7. Recommend 100%!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I enjoyed the shrimp on the Barbie. However, the shrimp needed to be shelled. It took too much work and was way too sloppy to shell the shrimp tableside.
  20. MH

    MichaelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this was our first visit to Fresko, the menu looked intriguing. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food, with great recommendations. We will definitely be returning to try other menu items.
  21. JS

    JustinS

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Food was really good. Great place to eat.
  22. K

    Kent

    Omaha

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The food and the service has always been good and our most recent visit did not disappoint. I am disappointed in the noise level. There is music playing in the background which is way too loud and is really unnecessary. Turn the music down and then the associated volume of conversation may also go down. That’s the only negative thing I have to say.
  23. F

    Flumps

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. They have some gluten free options, which is nice if that's a concern for you.
  24. AL

    AnthonyL

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and the service was impeccable! What’s not to love?!
  25. CA

    CAMS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We were seated and treated by the staff as if we were the irritating old people who come in and they are required to serve us. Wasn’t impressed by food or ambiance…just another place trying to be new and hip. Left me with no desire to give them a second chance.
  26. AM

    AMIW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Fresko for a Girls Brunch. The food was excellent, the service was excellent and the drinks were great also.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fun night at Fresko and our server Tristan was wonderful.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    I didn’t get happy hour prices honored on the food since we didn’t order at the bar :(
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service and food at Fresko were excellent. Our waiter kept our water glasses filled and was there to replenish our other drinks as well. He did not hover, but was there whenever we needed anything. Very nice place to eat!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    It was great!
  31. MW

    MaryW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The service was horrific. I ordereed the Hanger Steak because our waiter, J.C. recommended it. My meal came and was lukewarm. I sent it back and it came again lukewarm. The steak was full of gristle and very tough. I ordered a glass of Sangria and had to remind our server after a fair amount of time that I still did not have my drink. He never came to check on us after our meals were served and never offered me another cocktail. Overall, the experience was sub par at best. We will not be returning even though the couple we were with said it is one of their favorite places. I can't imagin why!
  32. K

    Kate

    Des Moines

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was sublime. Excellent recommendations. Food was fantastic. Will be back
  33. KC

    KimC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Expected better food for the price. I had the blackened salmon which was okay. Didn’t care for the sweet potato & pork belly side.
  34. SL

    SLV04

    Columbus

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Business lunch, great variety especially with the breakfast food options. Attentive service too.
  35. AD

    AndreaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was ex excellent at making recommendations
  36. SG

    SusanG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Recommend! Definitely worth a try
  37. AJ

    AlisonJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was not fresh as the name implies. It came out within minutes of ordering and was obviously made ahead of time. My cucumber mojito was garnished with a zucchini slice…? Would not go back. Many better options in DSM.
  38. BL

    BobL

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of town friends and we wanted to take them to the best, did not disappoint. Everything was excellent.
  39. AM

    AnthonyM

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So yummy! Fabulous service!
  40. RC

    RaulC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, awesome food. Recommend reservation.

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 4.7 stars by 835 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 30 times today
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

    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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