Pasta Fresca

4.6
102 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Pasta Fresca is a family-owned restaurant, born and raised in Forest Acres. We have been a part of the community for over 16 years. On May 15th, 2012 we moved just a few blocks down the road from our old location to 4722 Forest drive. Our new home is absolutely gorgeous. We have a private dining room that seats 12-16, a lovely patio, and a full bar with a tv. Oh, wanna know about the food? Well, we make our pasta and sauces from scratch each and every day. There is no place quite like Pasta Fresca. Come experience for yourself! Open daily at 4:30pm Join us on Forest Drive, across from the Dunkin Donuts and next door to Rite Aid.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual!

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

We took a friend for her first time Thursday night. She thoroughly enjoyed it and will come from Irmo more often to join us at Pasta Fresca. We always enjoy the food and excellent service!

JB
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

It was so loud that we had to go outside to have a conversation. They need to do something about the noise level. The concrete floor and nothing else to absorb the sound from people talking really needs to be dealt with.

CC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food!

M
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the chicken bacon Gorgonzola. It was good not great! Chicken was a little over cooked. Needed mushrooms.

CG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a good place for a meal, the only distraction is the high noise level. Food is good, as is the service. Despite it being a busy Thursday, our dinner with friends never felt rushed.

K
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious!! I loveee the seafood sante fe and will be returning to have it again soon!

GK
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The atmosphere was great. Was a quaint little restaurant.

PT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Manager needs a little buffing up!!

B
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and servierst excellent. A little loud but overall great dinner.

SL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We go to Pasta Fresca once a month, every month. We've done this since 2004...we used to go to another locally-owned eatery and when they closed we switched to PF. We've been very happy with our meals and service!

CN
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our company dinner meeting was fantastic. The server Shelby was amazing. The food was delicious. We will be back for company functions as well as individual visits by employees whom were first time visitors. Thanks for everything!

M
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and the food is delicious
I would definitely recommend this restaurant

MI
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We have eaten there numerous times in the past and have always enjoyed the food. This time however, the food was no way up the the standards as before. Everyone at our table of four ate let than half of the order. The sauces were to oily and the pasta was stuck together in big clumps. Took it home but threw it away.

D
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everyone in my party was very happy with what they got! Stevie, our waitress, was excellent, and the food was hot! This is usually one of the things that I complain about.

BM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Customer Service. We enjoyed the food and environment.

b
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for 3 years now. It is the place my daughter and her friends want to go eat. Consistently good never a bad meal. Beast choice for pasta in columbia

NY
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food.
My husband is totally dairy free and they were able to accommodate. Appetizers were scallops wrapped in bacon and bruschetta!!! Dinners: Spinach & chicken lasagna, spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken on spinach spaghetti, and chicken parm on spinach...all dishes cooked to perfection. Very generous portions!

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

Thank you so much for making my sons graduation dinner a fantastic experience! We ended up having a party of 20 and I have to give a huge thanks to our waitress she was phenomenal! Not only was the service great from beginning to end, our entrees were excellent! Thank you again for being a contribution to a wonderful evening that my family will always remember.

P
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My food wasn't as flavorful as I had hoped. My friends enjoyed it and the cheese bread was excellent. Staff was friendly and accommodating. I woul go again and order something else.

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

We just moved to the Columbia area and tried Pasta Fresca as recommended by a friend. It was delicious! Service was quick, pleasant, and accommodating. We did the half loaf, brussels sprouts appetizer, and we each tried a different pasta dish.

JP
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food here is hit or miss. We stopped going for a time, because the food wasn't as good. We decided to give it a try again, and the food was better.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was awesome! Out waitress was slow to bring the second glass of wine. She was reminded and still my brother in law had almost finished his meal. Waitress apologized, but too late. We had to ask about the specials. She had to go get a slip of paper with them on it then handed it to us. She was great with replenishing our water glasses.

CM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Table of 4. All enjoyed our meal, including the loaded bread as an app. Would only suggest cutting the loaf of bread all the way through. Had a very hard time tearing pieces off. Sauces were great!

BL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to entertain a special guest ! Loved the decor and the servers were very knowledgeable and helpful for our special occasion .

ST
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is so good, and the service is always great, but the restaurant is so cold! That's why I rated the ambiance lower.

m
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always loved Pasta Fresca! Ever since it was on St. Andrews Road! The food was amazing and our server Olivia was a gem! Will definitely return!

R
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner for Mother's Day at Pasta Fresca was terrific. The appetizer (Caprese Salad) was very good, and the salads before our meal were fresh and tasty. Our entrees were delicious. The servings were large and scrumptious. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. We really enjoy Pasta Fresca!

JM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was a bit slow, despite not being crowded. The manager came over a couple of times and did what the server should have done, without being asked by us. Food quality, taste, and amount made up for the service.

SS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PF is one of our go to restaurants. It is so good and very reasonably priced. The staff and owners are great! Great food and great atmosphere.

T
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant had a stagnant water smell, when we walked in the door this past Friday evening. The food was greasy and flavorless, my gnocchi was floating in grease. Our waitress was very abrupt and there were extremely long periods of wait time between drink refills or acknowledgement of any kind. Most of your wait staff kept huddling at the front desk, chatting and giggling.

Definitely not worth the money, Olive Garden is similarly priced and actually tastes better.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service!

JA
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice restaurant! Our party was pretty big, but our waitress was not terribly attentive. The food and overall service was amazing and we will most defiantly be back.

DH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had two groups for dinner, and the service was excellent for our private party, as well as our regular table. The food was incredible, and we couldn't have been more please with our evening out. Thanks to the servers who handled our crowd with patience and pleasant service! A special thank you to Emily for accommodating the private party on short notice!

LW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I had the pasta with meatballs and it was served with not enough marinara sauce. I think you could take the salad up a notch as well. My wife had the seared scallops with asparagus and she said it was really good! We like coming to Pasta Fresca and will be back.

B
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the service was good. I would have liked to order Carbonaro but it wasn't on the menu. I believe it was the last time I was at Pasta Fresca.

MT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very friendly and efficient! We took our grand daughter for her birthday and the waitress was very kind to her!! Our food was very good and everything together made for a very enjoyable evening for all of us!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was hard to find anything on the menu that wasn’t in a cream sauce. Disappointing.

AS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my daughter’s 21st birthday and the Manager and staff were so accommodating and made her feel special! Food, drinks, and cannoli were delish! Highly recommend!

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