Fresko

4.7
542 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
“Fresko” meaning “fresh” inspires our creation of seasonal menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Fresko makes natural food from the bounty of Iowa farms whenever possible. The culinary team prepares product from start to finish applying natural time honored techniques with care at every step. This enriches the flavorful and nutritious product we serve and benefits our community. Fresko believes we are what we eat and eating well means living well.

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 542 people are saying
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DebT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious! This was our first time and we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Superb evening although we felt we had to shout to each other to overcome noise level.

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JulieB
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Fresko in Des Moines tonight for dinner with my husband. We had the Killer Sushi and the Margherita Flatbread. It was delicious! We also had cake for dessert with white chocolate and berries. The whole meal was perfect. The restaurant atmosphere was quiet and pirvate even though they were busy and the wait staff could not have been any nicer and attentive. Love this place.

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dedeet
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Server was excellent. Place is LOUD for conversation at dinner. Food was good, but maybe a tad pricey.

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Foodie95
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

My party ordered a variety of things. Salad, roasted chicken and Scallops. Scallops were under cooked and cold when served. Salad had grit of sand as if the greens were not rinsed which took away from the flavors of the salad as the texture was unpleasant. The chicken was the only dish that I would say lived upto the front of house service and the ambiance of the restaurant visually. The dessert seemed like and after thought and basic. I was overall disappointed with the culinary experience!

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jackiem
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was so helpful in giving us the necessary information to make good choices in both drinks and food. We went for lunch for one of us and brunch for the other. The food was really good, as were the drinks...although the Blood Mary could have been spicier, something we'll remember to request next time. All-in-all it was a very good experience.

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Jane
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Got the brunch. The eggs were surprisingly bland. I'd say IHOP is more flavorable, so that was a disappointment. I had to ask for salt and pepper and syrup, which seemed odd. Fun vibe and lots of drink options. Music was a constant, revolving nightclub sound that got annoying after awhile, especially for brunch. I'll try it again for happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dante was wonderful. We appreciated his service and friendly conversation. Made great recommendations. Food was delicious and made to order. Drinks were delicious. Thought the cold brew cocktail was small for $10 but the bottomless minions bar made up for it! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great brunch l. Recommend sitting in the bar area if you have a smalll party as the seating configuration was more spacious!

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. One of the best restaurants in Des Moines.

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TonyJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service! Awesome experience will definitely be back

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vipbluecats
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Had some really great dishes (Short Rib pasta, Octopus), and some disappointments (steak). Our server was excellent.

Manager was strange. We arrived 25 minutes early, and were told that despite there being over 30 empty tables that we couldn't be seated. Then people who didn't have reservations came after us and were seated immediately (the explanation being it was to manage their staff's work). So finally we asked if we could sit at the bar and were allowed to.

If the place gets customer focused management, then it could be very good.

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Kate
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall wonderful. It should be noted the hostesses were a little rigid on giving us the dinner menu. We had lunch menu at 4:52 on the table. We requested looking over the dinner menu.They said they couldn’t give us the dinner menus until five. Our server of course kindly gave us the dinner menu.

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viperyka0818
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was good and friendly. I think Dante. Half chicken was so good. Hubby sushi and drinks good too. We'll be back!

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LoriS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome. Food was great. Would highly recommend.

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Unknown
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business lunch! Would highly recommend.

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SonyaH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, service and ambience. Highly recommend.

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AmyF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch! There were 8 in our party, we ordered eggs, skillets, french toast & crepes - everyone raved their plate was the best.

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LauraC
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening, great service, great food no it was all SUPER!

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JeremyL
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The NYE menu had an excellent selection… The lamb and chicken were superb!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish tacos are delicious! Great service!

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DCNYCA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the wine, the cocktails… all magnificent. It appears they transplanted a posh restaurant from LA or NYC downtown. The lobster roll… it alone was worth the flight from San Diego!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, tuna tartare appetizer was great, roasted chicken entree was amazing!

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IowaFoodie
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with awesome food and beverages. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and amazing waitstaff.

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ScottD
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Christmas dinner with family. It was a busy night for the staff, but they did a great job of keeping up. The food and drinks were fabulous. Looking forward to to our next dining experience at Fresko

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NickK
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an impeccable dining experience. We ordered the half roasted chicken and the hanger steak; they were well seasoned packed with flavor and juicy meat.

They took gluten and dairy intolerances seriously and could not be more thankful. Will definitetly go back and make this our go to place.

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FranciscoC
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresko is one of my favorite restaurants in Des Moines. Service is always great. Food is delicious and they have a lot of variety.

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KrisVL
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Overall our party of 8 was very disappointed in our experience at Fresko. We’d heard such great things and reserved a table for my daughter’s 21st birthday, expecting a lovely experience. Not quite. The ambience is terrible: quite bright overhead lighting which felt like a cafeteria, ugly brown booths and plain tables, stark walls, and the restaurant was crowded and loud. Our food was hit and miss. Brisket nachos and smoked wings were good. Flatbreads were a disgrace. They had obviously been sitting under heat lamps for hours and were dry, tasteless and one was burned. Steak sandwiches were tough. The only good dish was the hanger steak. Wine and cocktails were also a miss! The Pinot Noir was average and the lavender lemonade cocktail reminded me of cleaning fluid. Yuck!
Our server was lovely (I wish I’d caught his name, as he did a great job and is the only reason I am giving any stars). I would not go back for a special occasion of any kind. Very disappointed that this was our experience for my dear daughter’s 21st birthday.

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TH0912
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ambiance was wonderful, staff super friendly. Food was outstanding! Our table was looked over for almost 30 minutes before we talked with the hostess and a server finally came over. We think it was just a miscommunication on who was responsible for us :) Once corrected, everything was quick and delicious! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I added another person to our reservation and they were able to accommodate us. Our table ordered a variety of menu items and no one was disappointed. The short rib tacos were fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was good! Food was delicious maybe a little overpriced for what it was. Had the Buffalo Ribeye. The protein was prepared very well but the veggies were not the best. They have a broad menu to having burgers and nachos to well prepared seafood and steak with good presentation and interesting pallet pairings.

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AmyP
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!! Service was awesome, Tory was very attentive!

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Mindy
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit loud if you’re trying to have quiet conversation, but the food is spectacular! And the restaurant is very trendy and cool.

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MattC
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Fresko! This is my go-to spot for business casual lunches.

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kaykay
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the menu, ambiance and the service was good. Reserved a table for 5 of us wanting to be sure we did not overwhelm staff as well as 'manage' crowds. Had no idea that Happy Hour prices would not apply if we had a table. Disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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LELP
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was over the top too. Lots of food options and full drinks menu.

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MandyS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Fresko for a girls' Christmas party. It was perfect. Food was excellent. Service was superb. Drinks were YUMMY.

FAQs

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

Fresko is rated 4.7 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

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