Fresko

4.8
173 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 173 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.8
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AllyssaA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The waitress was phenomenal. It was a little loud but there were multiple large groups that night. Reserved online.

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vipR777
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food good, service excellent, but the noise level was intolerable. You could not even converse with the people at your table or for that matter the waitress had to bend down to the table to hear, will not return for that reason.
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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Angelah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent addition to downtown. Drinks were good too.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

I really wanted to like this place, because they have so many gluten-free options. My husband and I went for dinner on Tuesday night. We were sat in the adjacent side room, which really feels like an afterthought. I would actually ask never to be sat there again. It was incredibly loud. And the view into the lobby of the building next-door made it seem like I was sitting in the lobby, not inside of a nice restaurant. Our service was fantastic. But the food itself was just not good overall. Whenever we go to a new restaurant, we like to try lots of menu items. So we had the tempura shrimp, the Mediterranean skewers, fish tacos, short rib tacos, beet & goat cheese salad with salmon, roasted potatoes, and cauliflower au gratin. The tempura shrimp & salmon on the salad was delicious. The short rib tacos were OK. But everything else was just not good. We eat at lots of different ethnic restaurants, and while I understand a lot of items on this menu are Mediterranean, they do not have the spice mixes down right. The potatoes were covered in smoked paprika, and it was completely overwhelming. The seasoning on the Mediterranean skewers was almost unbearable, like they had rolled the skewers in the dry spice before cooking. We will never be returning. It was incredibly expensive, even with half-price tacos on a Tuesday.

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vipstacys
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu has a great selection....literally choices for everyone. We had an out of town group who absolutely loved it. I would highly recommend this for any size group. Service is absolutely fantastic!

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CHRISH
Tulsa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant for both locals and out of towners. Great flavors and options from appetizers to desserts and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience at Fresko. First of all, we appreciate the gluten free options. My husband is severely allergic and finding great restaurants that respect that has been hard to do since we moved from Southern California. Everything we ordered was delicious and seasoned to perfection. We went during the lunch menu. I ordered tuna tartare for my app and my husband ordered the wings. Both apps were really good, the tuna tasted fresh and the wings had a really great subtle yummy sauce. We had the chicken and short rib tacos. We were surprised to get 4 larger tacos for a great price. They were super tasty as well, and the salsa was also really good with a roasted flavor that was unique and so good. We had desert as well, we went all out. The crime brûlée was really good, except it was more like pudding due to the jar used. There seemed to be less burnt topping it was more creamy but still yummy. The gluten free chocolate cake was really good too, not too rich. We had 4 drinks as well and they were all good too. Two cocktails had unique flavors that really came together and a mule. At first the mule wasn’t as flavorful as we were used to. We added lime and stirred and it got better. Overall everything we had was outstanding. It reminded us of the food and dining we were used to in Southern California. We will definitely be back and look forward to trying the dinner menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sat is in the party room area with a very loud, large party. Hard to have a conversation among our party of four.

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vipKirkT
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice place and great service but the noise level was high enough for us that it made visiting with table mates a little difficult. Age in the 60's so that might have something to do with it. Strange selection of music.

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urbanfoodie
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food! Fresh food...fresh vibe. I ordered a salad 'to go' early in the week for lunch. Decided we needed to try dinner. It did not disappoint. One of the nightly specials was halibut with a faro risotto. Amazing. We shared a sushi roll as an appetizer. It was just delicious. We split a fresko salad and my husband enjoyed the skirt steak. While skirt steak can sometimes be tough, this was super tender. Portions were large enough that we each took home half after our sushi roll and salads. We will be back!

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maswesey
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! Our waiter was extremely good....food and drinks were delicious... great atmosphere..... The only negative I would say is that we had reservations for our anniversary and we were kind of stuck back in a corner by where the waiters come in and out....we will definitely be back!

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vipMichaelR
Kansas City
35 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful way to spend an Easter afternoon. Wonderful food and great service!

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LauraM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly good. The menu had a lot of variety both in options and pricing so it is a place where everyone can feel comfortable.

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Simmons15
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time.

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ShawnaS
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food in a cool location. We had a great time

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vipChakitup
South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Fresko Burger was Excellent- One of the best in the area for burgers. Nice spin on the potatoes, not your average fries. Reason food was not a 5 was my wife food was luke warm and the steak sandwich would of been much better with the bread warmed or toasted. Service was great and it's a great atmosphere. Will go here again.- Good drink menu.

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Napafi
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our group had appetizers and mains. Everything was excellent. Short Ribs and Chicken were both excellent. Great veggies with all the meals. Creme Brullee was a big hit with the group.

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JanKW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good, ambiance is nice, service was great, booth was spacious, lavender lemonade martini a bit sour.

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MeganS
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Brunch was fantastic. Tables are spread out well. All staff was masked. The good was excellent. Mixed cocktail Lavender Lemonade was great. Parking was easy on Sunday morning.

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Fresko! My daughters and I ate brunch there on a girls weekend. We loved it so much we went back the next day for brunch again. The staff is excellent. Friendly and attentive (but not overbearing) and very knowledgeable of all the menu items. Everything we had was absolutely delicious and unique. We can personally recommend the Paris Eggs Benedict, Crab Cakes Benedict, Short Rib Skillet, Texas b & g, Hippie, Bonito, Raspberry Mascarpone french toast, mimosas and bloody marys. We will definitely go back. Looking forward to eating dinner there sometime.

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PollyM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal with attentive service. The atmosphere was energetic and full without feeling overly crowded or unsafe.

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ChuckL
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved this place. Arrived in Des Moines mid afternoon with no plans for dinner. A suggestion from our hotel got us to a 4:45 p.m. reservation . The earliest we have ever had a dinner table! Worth the early dining time was worth the hassle. Wonderful diverse menu, good wine selection , and good staff. Call them several days ahead and get a table. You won't regret it!

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Laura
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friends birthday

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MaryB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there! Server explained her favorites and we took her advice. Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. She let us look at the menus for brunch and the food sounds awesome. We will definitely be back!

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TonyM
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall a nice place to eat for a special occasion. I was excited to try the Wagu and wasn’t disappointed but wasn’t what I expected for the price.

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CaraJ
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food, very good service. They have a good variety of cocktails and gluten free options. It can get expensive, but if that is what you are looking for, it's worth the money.

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DianeK
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fresko burger was small for $17. Also we were told thta the bowl of fruit wasn't full of cantaloupe when we ordered it. When the bowl arrived, over half of it had cantaloupe.

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TBotos
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great menu! We will go over and over again!

JJ
vipJazzyJohn
Des Moines
20 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the food and the menu at Fresko. This was my third time dining there and I have to keep going back until I’ve tried everything on the menu! I split the Temoura Shrimp starter
with my wife and ordered the Seafood Stew for my entree. It was all delicious. The waitstaff has always been super friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend Fresko!

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vipGlobalVillage
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Fresko feels more like the breakfast/lunch counter at a truck stop than a restaurant in a downtown location.
If it weren’t for our server, we would have left.
The design, dysfunction and processed food promoted as farm-to-table summarizes our experience.

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vipSamG
Adelaide
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend Fresko to anyone wanting a great night out! The service was awesome and the food was even better... We had the Seared Sea Scallops and they were fantastic, but the Sushi Roll we had as an appetizer was unreal!

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CEJB
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night to celebrate an anniversary.

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Archivefever
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server was wonderful. She knew the menu well and was able to make recommendations. She was friendly and professional.

The food was not at the level I was expecting. We tried four dishes: Avocado Lobster, Kefte, The Killer sushi roll and truffle potatoes. I thought that the lobster roll was served too cold--it needed to be less cold to enjoy all of those flavors. The kefte was ok, a little tough, not like the kefte I've had before. The truffle potatoes needed to be roasted a bit longer--a little more crunch would serve the favors of sweet and savory. I thought that the sushi was the best part of the meal. It was every good with lots of flavor and texture.

I was hoping to be bowled over, but alas, that wasn't the case. I will try again, because I believe in supporting local culinary talent. It could have just been a slightly off night.

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vipstacys
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was great

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JM09
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Great service and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Definitely will go back again.

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BrianK
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service here was great but the food was the best of all.

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vipTinaT
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! Can't wait to go back!

FAQs

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

Fresko is rated 4.8 stars by 173 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.