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Fresko, Des Moines, IA

Fresko

4.7
4.7
1073 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 47 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 1,073 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

    Great for brunch

  • Iowa

    Innovative

  • Iowa

    Good for groups

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • 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

    Most Booked

1,073 Reviews
  1. RochelleW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. DavidM

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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 3 days ago
    That's great to hear!Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  4. 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 3 days ago
    What a great review, thank you! Hope to see you again, soon!

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  5. 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 3 days ago
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review and amazing feedback!

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  6. 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 3 days ago
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  7. 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 3 days ago
    We will be sure to let her know, she did a great job!Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  8. 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 3 days ago
    Great to hear!

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  9. 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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  10. 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 3 days ago
    Great to hear! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  11. 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 3 days ago
    Love to hear it! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  12. 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 3 days ago
    Love hearing that! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    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 3 days ago
    Thank you for the great feedback and 5 star review! Look forward to seeing you again, soon!

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  14. LauraC

    Des Moines

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 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 3 days ago
    Great to hear! Thank you for bringing your group, thrilled they enjoyed it too!

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  15. Kate

    Des Moines

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 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 3 days ago
    Thrilled you enjoyed your brunch with us! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  16. 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 3 days ago
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  17. 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 3 days ago
    Thank you for the 5 star review.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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 3 days ago
    Thank you for the 5 star review, thrilled you enjoyed the tacos!

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  19. 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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  20. BrianL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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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  21. 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 3 days ago
    We love being your go to! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  22. LoveSeafood

    Des Moines

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried for the first time in conjunction with an Iowa Wild event. The entire experience was amazing! Our server was great, the crab stuffed walleye was very good, and the chocolate crème brûlée was amazing!
    FreskoResponded on January 31, 2024
    That is amazing to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review and feedback! We are thrilled your first visit was delicious!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Phenomenal food and great waitress. Everything tasted so fresh
    FreskoResponded on January 31, 2024
    That is amazing to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review and feedback!

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  24. Kiya

    Des Moines

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for the gluten free options. Food was great minus the hair in my potatoes. Service was awful. Food came out in intervals which lead to the second half being cold due to the server.
    FreskoResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback and letting us know. Were you able to send your food back and speak with a manager to have it addressed at the time?

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  25. ToddH

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Sunday brunch. We made a reservation but didn’t need one. Plenty of seating. Fantastic food. Texas biscuits and gravy was really good. Paris eggs benedict was also good and relative portion size was smaller. All of the entrees were heavy on home fries. We were from out of town but will def return when we make it back. Would like to try the lunch and dinner menu as well. Lunch was offered but went with brunch. Great job Fresco!
    FreskoResponded on January 17, 2024
    That is great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review.

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  26. MichelleH

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, so tasty, super presentation. Staff is excellent.
    FreskoResponded on January 8, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  27. CAG1

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and some of the best service we had all year!
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's amazing to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  28. ColleenO

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service. Loved that the server told us what some of the best choices were right away. Fun and tasty New Year’s Eve specials. Great background music and atmosphere.
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's so great! We are thrilled you enjoyed NYE with us!

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  29. DSmith

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was spot on with timing and recommendations, never felt rushed through any course. We all chose chefs features and were blown away for amount of food and presentation.
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    That is awesome to hear! You made our day! Thank you for the 5 star review.

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  30. BrettS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fresko was fantastic! Hospitable service, fine lighting, decadent menu—with a little bit of everything. The whole experience lent wonderfully to a memorable first date!
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    That is great to hear, thrilled you had an awesome first date with us! See you again, soon!

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  31. FranciscoC

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was pretty good as usual. Service was good. Food took a little longer than usual but overall we had good experience and food was yummy.
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the good review.

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  32. MarciaF

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, cocktails were fun, could carry on a conversation wasn't too noisy even though restaurant was busy
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Fantastic holiday drinks! Will be back!
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was ok. Not real friendly. Did t seem happy to be working.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    as usual staff was attentive and food was great. definitely will be back
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback, thrilled you enjoyed the food. See you again, soon!

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  36. JulieW

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal at Fresko. We love the food and ambiance and the portion sizes for the price is excellent
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  37. dnan

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    best pancakes i ever had! Everything was very good. Very clean , warm and inviting.
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  38. Westy

    Omaha

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance and the staff attendance were warm and receptive! The menu and concept of farm-to-table met all expectations with variety, presentation, and fabulous flavor. The location was perfect for brunch to Broadway in Des Moines.
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    That is awesome to hear, thank you for the feedback and 5 star review!

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  39. KathyA

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely fantastic. It was a bit over priced though. Service was good until we needed to pay then it took a long time to get our check and pay.
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  40. BonnieM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was so nice to go to a restaurant and be able to converse easily. We seem to rarely find that in our outings with a group due to noise levels. The food was fantastic and the service was very good as well. We will definitely be back and we will tell our friends about Fresko.
    FreskoResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review.

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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 1073 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 47 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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