Fress Restaurant and Bar

4.8
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51 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
We're a scratch kitchen serving worldly cuisine, shared plates, an extensive wine list, craft beers, and cocktails in a casually classy vibe. Food service is 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Fress Restaurant & Bar makes every effort to insure that the prices and items listed on our website are up to date and correct.
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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent place to dine before a show at the PAC. We loved it!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary!

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff. One of the guests in our party was delayed in arriving (by 45 minutes) and our server handled it in stride. It all went seamlessly. When our last guest arrived we tried to order the scallops but they didn’t have a serving left. A few minutes later the chef came out and presented us with the last scallop they had in the kitchen, without charge. Nice touch. This is a fine place. We’ll keep coming back.

AP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service great atmosphere, we will definitely be coming back!! We LOVED it!

M
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This was our first time at Fress. The menu is very limited but what we ordered was good. For what we had I thought the bill was steep.

KS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time. Food is always on point. Love this place. Highly recommend.

ER
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my Bday - this is the 2nd time there for my wife and me. IT WAS OUTSTANDING. We were able to sit my the kitchen and enjoyed watching the chefs. Can't wait to go back.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent! Food was very good and ambiance good. Restaurant needs better ventilation for kitchen. Overall experience was very good!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Terrible service. Ended up getting up and leaving before waters even got to our table.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before Hamilton . First time at Fress and the 3 of us were in awe of how outstanding the food was . Appetizers were excellent and must say first time ever I tried Pork Belly and it was beyond words , I loved it , and so did my son and daughter-in-law . All of our meals were excellent, brought to table perfectly prepared and hot !
Highly recommend Fress . You won’t be disappointed .

LS
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit we opted for the restaurant week menus. The three course meals were innovative and delicious. This was our second visit and we will be back.

SP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered the restaurant we felt very welcome. The hand-crafted adult beverages were outstanding and Jayme was very informative in terms of whiskey selection and describing where a brand was from. The food was absolutely wonderful. We are accustom to making a 45 + minute trip to one of our favorite restaurants, but now that we have experienced Fress, I'm please to say we will stay closer to home for another experience here. Well done Fress team -- especially Molly D. who took such great care of us on our 32nd wedding anniversary!

AK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and overall experience were all great. Would recommend and go again.

SF
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was better than the last. The cocktails were delightful as was the service. If we could go once a week, it still wouldn't be enough. Love Fress.

H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at Fress for my birthday. The food was elegantly plated and thoughtfully prepared using seasonal ingredients. It was delicious. Our server was attentive but not overbearing. The atmosphere was was energetic but conversation could easily be had. Overall an excellent experience; can’t wait to return.

WR
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner! Wonderful shareable plates and even better staff helping us to celebrate!

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Ribeyes were a bit too over cooked. Rest of the food amazing. Thx.

M
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a must place to visit. Every member of the staff made a point to make us feel welcome. We shared small plates - every one of them delicious. Craft cocktails including basil lemonade were outstanding. Can't wait to visit again, especially on Wine Wednesdays (wine specials) and sampling the amazing looking homemade desserts. Thanks for a great experience. See you again, soon!

JP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fress is a remarkable experience on the Appleton foodie scene. From lighter fare to the entrees and desserts, every single note of the detailed chorus that Fress plays on their dishes comes through resoundingly well. Our service was just the right amount of attention we desired and the chef visited with us shortly. Everything was excellent. Do try the pork belly... Or get a couple because you will not feel like sharing.

P
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried 6 different items on the menu and they all were amazing! Service was fantastic and friendly!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Fress and was not disappointed. Our server was very friendly and gave us excellent recommendations - everything was great! Perfect place for a date night.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was fantastic! The food is well thought out, prepared cautiously, and presented beautifully. Potsie, our server, was on top of everything. Our party of 4 enjoyed the shareable plates and we were able to try many items on the menu. Highly recommend. You won’t be disappointed!

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting Fress and definitely won’t be our last! It is a great atmosphere for a nicer date night or get together with friends. Service was excellent and we were very impressed with everything we ordered. Little on the pricer end, but worth it for the quality of food.

ZZ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely terrific evening! We had corporate guests and they all thought the food and service were outstanding - and they hail from Atlanta and San Francisco! Our waiter Potsie was wonderful - I will request him when I return.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner was wonderful! Asparagus salad, cuttlefish ink pasta in seafood sauce, samosas special, and the beet risotto were all delicious.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try it out with my wife and some friends. Very good food and nice experience

KA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Fress this month, and we plan to take out-of-town visitors there next week. The food is amazing, they have a nice selection of wines, beers and cocktails, the atmosphere is comfortable, and the staff is friendly, professional, and always happy to answer any questions about the food ingredients or allergy concerns. On this visit, we were seated near the open kitchen area, and my husband commented that it is the cleanest restaurant kitchen and prep area he has ever seen (he was a food inspector and sanitation official for restaurants in our previous home town in Illinois). It is so nice to have food prepared so beautifully. There is something here for every type of palette.

KB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved that I could get a non-meat meal. We were a "party" of three and shared the small and large plates, food was great and original.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great flavors in the food. Service was good and the ambiance was decent.

JW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome. We shared small plates of mussels, mushrooms and the carrot salad. For large plates we had chicken, risotto, pork shank and salmon -- All were excellent. The service was excellent. You eat as your food is ready. Highly recommend Fress!

NE
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Dudley and Co. have knocked it out of the park. A solid addition to downtown Appleton and the fox cities dining scene in general. Great service and fantastic food and drink.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Had beet risotto a month ago couldn’t wait to have it again. I did and the recipe was changed so it was bland. The first time it had a zippy taste. Won’t have it again and maybe not come back again since I can’t count on a consistent taste to any dish

j
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was perfect and the server know the menu and items like the back of her hand.
She was attentive and informative. Food was interesting and delicious. We loved ordering small dishes to share.

KA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful surprise. A new restaurant with veteran chefs that really deliver the "goods", and the "goods" are so much better than "good"! The food is amazing, the selection is varied so everyone can find something they like, and plates-to-share makes it even more enjoyable of a dining experience. The surroundings are elegant, yet appropriate for a modern, dining and bar establishment. The wait staff is wonderful. They are so welcoming and friendly, knowledgeable about the evening's food and beverages, and of course professional when serving. A great evening all around. We've already made another reservation.

BH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very inventive and tasty. Service was top notch. Atmosphere was vibrant yet relaxing. They've built a pretty amazing business in a short period of time.

f
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender was also my server for dinner since I ate at the bar and he was great. Gave me some useful descriptions of menu and was friendly. The smoked carrot salad was my favorite! Would recommend.

BA
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were at Fress with friends for the first time on a Saturday night. We liked the experience so much we came back on Tuesday with 2 more friends. All are very impressed with Fress. Reviews on the Halibut, the Pork Shank, the Chicken, the Farrow Beet Risotto and the Smoked Carrot Salad were excellent. We will be there again and I will be excited to see more yummy vegetarian offerings on the menu. Bravo Fress!

E
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous food and service. The menu is no miss selection. The music is enjoyable. Great ambience.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance, good service, well balanced menu, great open bar with plenty of seating while waiting for a table or eating at the bar. Ventilation system needs to be updated as you could see a haze of the cooking in the bar area and one's clothes smelled of cooking when we returned home.

LH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to linger with friends or family; all of our food was fantastic - meticulously prepared. We would come again!

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