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Fresko, Des Moines, IA
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Fresko

4.7
4.7
875 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 35 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 875 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Innovative

  • Iowa

    Good for groups

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Innovative

  • Des Moines

    Good for groups

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood gem

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. AV

    AnastasiaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, friendly staff, and most delicious dishes!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night with wife
  3. m

    miajay

    Des Moines

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    The walleye stuffed with crab served over risotto was delicious. Mussels solid. House music too loud, lights too bright. Wait staff wonderful. Other dishes were sub par. Hangar steak was overly sauced and under cooked.
  4. G

    Greg

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My experience at Fresko was excellent. We were seated earlier than our reservation. Our waiter was great. He gave us the right amount of time, was very courteous and friendly and provided great suggestions. The dinner special was good, but I have had better flank steak. All other food and drink items were excellent.
  5. RV

    RepeatVisit

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our visit. I had the crab stuffed walleye and my wife had the scallops. Both entrees were excellent. The Fresko salad was delicious & vibrant. Dessert was vanilla bean creme brule. I also enjoyed the peach pie old fashioned. Definitely worth the visit. We sat in the bar for a more casual experience. However, our server was excellent. Perfect timing on stops at the table along with being personable & friendly.
  6. NA

    NotAHappyCamper

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    While open for 2+ years, they are clearly not yet ready for prime time. 6:00 p.m. in this case with the place only approximately ½ full at this point. Do not plan to be in a hurry as the service, both the kitchen and the bar, is SLOW, SLOW, SLOW, yet they appear to be fully staffed. 15+ minute wait for cocktails, and the second cocktail had clearly sat for pickup for a while as it had clearly been refreshed to the brim with more ice before delivery. Three of us ordered the nightly special entre involving a flank steak. This entre presentation should have been fully described in advance either on the menu or by the server as we all presumed it would be plated vs. "bowled". Nothing worse than getting the dinner time equivalent of a breakfast bowl. The server did relate that the chef recommended not more than medium rare for the steak. No problem as MR is my standard. When finally served the steak portion was, at best, medium well (brown). Sent it back. Finally received my meal when everyone else in my party was finished. I refuse to eat by myself while my party is forced to then wait on me. Had them box it up so we could move on. Presumed they'd comp my meal, but NO. A very unsatisfactory experience. BTW, in an earlier life I've been a food server, waiter trainer, bar tender who trained dozens of new bartenders, a maitre di, and a sommelier.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was delicious as always! I would love it even more if there were coffee and espresso choices such as cappuccinos or lattes.
  8. SG

    SaraG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting Des Moines for a sporting event. We found Fresko on the OpenTable site. It did not disappoint. Everything from the atmosphere to the service to the food was fantastic. Highly recommend!
  9. N

    Nick

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful!!
  10. SD

    SteveD

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were greeted and seated rapidly with excellent brunch service commencing immediately. The food and beverage selections were outstanding. Went with the lamb wrap, subbed sautéed greens and shrimp tacos. Flavors in all dishes revealed expert preparation. All ingredients were extremely fresh and carefully selected. An outstanding experience.
  11. JH

    JanelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great portion size for the cost. We will return again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    40th birthday dinner for a friend. Perfect drinks and cuisine.
  13. BW

    BrandonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The breakfast and service was outstanding! This place never disappoints.
  14. ST

    SabrinaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best steak I’ve ever had, will definitely be going back! Great drinks and a fun atmosphere as well.
  15. MR

    MatthewR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    From the food to the drinks everything was very good. Highly recommend the Short Rib Tacos. The atmosphere is energetic and modern. My wife and I will definitely be telling friends about Fresko and going back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  17. IM

    IreneM

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    New Years Eve. Made a reservation to ensure a table, early to not be out late. Our server was amazing and the food was delish. Everything came out at once. Normally I’d be annoyed but it was all so delicious it was fine. Slow bar. Not great table.
  18. KW

    KarenW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent! Waiter was knowledgeable and did a great job. Lots of people there, but tables are separated well. We thoroughly enjoyed out visit.
  19. N

    Nick

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Crepes tasted like they were store bought, but everything else was very tasty.
  20. DM

    DavidM

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Top 5 best restaurants in the city. It was our first time for Brunch and definitely won't be our last. This maybe the best breakfast in town.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a fantastic place! The tuna tartare was amazing and smooth!
  22. PC

    PClark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent brunch at Fresko yesterday 👍 Best omelette ever, wonderful service, and lively atmosphere. We appreciate the diverse crowd at this restaurant…
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Kracken Roll was some of the best sushi I've had in a long time and my wife thought the shrimp and grits were the best she'd had this side of Charleston, SC!
  24. A

    Anonymous

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Virtually no one in the restaurant due to being so cold outside. We were sat at a very small table undesirably in the restaurant. We asked to be seated at one of the many open tables but were told due to reservations we couldn’t be accommodated. Mind you there were 10 more people in the restaurant when we departed than when we sat down. Completely not accommodating nor appreciative of the customer. I would not recommend nor will be returning.
  25. NT

    NancyT

    St. Louis

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a great brunch with warm and friendly service!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was very slow again. It took over 10 minutes to see our waiter after we sat down and the restaurant was almost empty. Service continued to be slow throughout brunch. The food and drinks were good, and I really want to love this place because it has a cool vibe. The service just doesn’t cut it
  27. Y

    Yummy

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and our waitress was great!! Did not feel rushed either.
  28. MN

    MollyN

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was delicious and the atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and inviting. Our server was knowledgable about the menu and attentive to our needs. Overall, it was a great experience and we would go back next time we are in town.
  29. DB

    DianeB

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience! Erica was our server and took good care of us. She was knowledgeable about the menu and the restaurant. Our meals were delicious and prepared with such fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  30. SK

    SteveK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food, nice atmosphere, very attentive and accommodating server. Thanks, Fresko!
  31. T

    Tommygun

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Service and location are great. But I paid too much money for a banh mi sandwich that was mostly bread and cucumbers, along with whole cilantro stems.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was great. It was a busy night. On my prior visit the salmon was exceptional! This time it was a bit overdone for my taste. Next time I will request the salmon be more medium rare than Medium well.
  33. ZD

    ZoraD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Quality and preparation of meat dishes were poor. Other dishes were good.
  34. KS

    KatelynS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Waitress was not in a good mood, so not very enjoyable dinner, and food was overpriced for what it was, can get something alot better tasting at other places in DesMoines, will not be back
  35. T

    Tony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu. Delicious food. Friendly staff. First visit. Will go again.
  36. K

    Kevin

    Des Moines

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!
  37. CS

    ChristinaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic. He was very attentive. We enjoyed the whole experience
  38. SV

    SophieV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A lovely evening with great food. Service was a bit slow, bit when we said we had a deadline they accommodated very quickly.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No wait for the table. Staff is very accommodating for kids. Meals are delicious.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is the best restaurant in Des Moines! I’ve never had anything I didn’t like !

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 875 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 35 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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