Trattoria Fresco

4.3
123 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Welcome To Marco`s Trattoria Fresco


For a delightful evening, come and enjoy our distinctive specialties including a variety of delicious appetizers and salads freshly made pastas, seafood, and outstanding grilled entrees.


Fresco is dedicated to supporting the essential earthly concepts of organic food production.


We cook with fresh produce delivered every day, and choose organic whenever possible. Menu highlights include house-made pastas, traditional Italian salads, fresh fish and flavorful meats grilled over mesquite.


All baked goods, pastries and desserts are prepared daily in-house.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM.
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Phone number
(415) 464-0915
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marco Franceschini
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Redwood Dr.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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J
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We're coming back! We had a wonderful meal, start to finish. Everything was simple, but top-notch. Lots of pasta choices and the two we had were great. And the chocolate mousse was heavenly.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night we had dined at this restaurant and again loved it. We had decided to sit outside and itfelt like we were in Italy. The food is absolutely outstanding (everything is fresh & homemade) and we will return again.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We spilled a full glass of water at the beginning of the meal and wiped it up with the help of our charming waiter. Suddenly the owner appeared at our table, and without a word to us, angrily shoved a chair aside, and made a huge production out of mopping up the floor, then slammed the wooden chair down and stormed off. He continued to be rude to us to the point of absurdity! Warning to future diners - don’t mess up!

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Q
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved it. Enjoyed the menu and servers. We will definitely return.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

freaking amazing as always - love Marco's! The food, the ambiance, the lovely town of Ross. Can't beat it. Will be back in a week or two -

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KK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We went early so it was quiet. We were taken care of very well. It is a local, authentic homemade pasta type of place.
We split the Romano(Caesar) which was a light Caesar dressing and it was tasty. We both had pasta. The spaghetti with meatballs and the spicy shrimp pasta with olive oil and garlic. Both were very robusto and tasty. We would recommend this small, lovely neighborhood gem.

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were the first customers of the evening but they had shrimp for only two orders? Arrugla salad was mediocre but the entree's were very good. One young waiter for the whole restaurant but he did a remarkable job. Wine by the glass is pricey. I would return.

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GS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Owner, chef, server, cashier- he does it all. Very friendly and attentive service. Excellent meal and a value for the money with a very nice wine list.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in marin. Great pasta sauces, great entrees, great desserts. No frills, no bull, top quality. Very authentic.

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m
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

We live not far from Trattoria Fresco and decided to finally try it even though we heard negative things about the service and attitude. Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted by a nice young man who brought us to our table, had bread, olives, and water brought to our table and took our order. After that we didn't see him again. Our salad was good as was our pasta. Both my husband and I enjoyed our meal. Then a man came out of the kitchen who I assume was the owner or someone on the kitchen staff. He came out of the back in a big rush, no smile and proceeded to put some extra parmesan cheese, which my husband had asked for, on my bread plate with all the olive pits on it. He was rushing around the room and both of us felt his vibe was quite unfriendly and even hostile. He practically threw the menus on our table when he asked if we wanted dessert. We declined after discussing it, paid our bill, and left. The room looked tired too which was too bad because it could really be a cute intimate little restaurant. So unfortunately, we wouldn't recommend this place. The owner or whoever came out of the kitchen, should consider his customers and perhaps greet them or at least smile and not make them feel rushed or ignored. It was just a bad vibe once he appeared......so we won't go back.

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GD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food at a reasonable price. Authentic Italian with a light organoleptic finesse. Efficient, friendly, but not intrusive service. Simple, yet pleasant environment.

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VV
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Like finding a little unknown restaurant in Florence. Delicious entrees with great service. Our friends loved it too!

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Neighborhood gem and excellent service. Great pasta dishes.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Very Italian!

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DB
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service! Will come back for sure!

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OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I was ok with the food end wait service until my sister-in-law told me that they didn’t call her back when she left onions and jam under the table. I was definitely not on the mark when I heard that and I left. 30% tip.

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TB
London
27 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, our evening at Trattoria Fresco was very good.
We love the cozy neighborhood ambiance, and our salads and pastas were excellent.

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O
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Homemade Italian fare and a good wine list. Portions are smaller but filling and a good value. Quaint neighborhood restaurant.

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Salad as appetizer had room for improvement. Pasta was one of the best in Bay Area. Very friendly server. Small place, you think you are in Italy.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here twice and have had delicious meals both times. Great lamb chops and pizza. Local casual restaurant with lovely attentive owner. We are going back tonight with a group of friends

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. The food is amazing - delicious, fresh authentic. Been to Italy so I know what I am talking about. Truly a Marin County gem!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood bistro for small groups of friends to eat very good italian food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pretty good, not a place for impressing your OK Cupid guest...friendly to families. They need to rename the chicken balls entree to chicken Meatballs and offer four on the plate instead of three. Tasty little morsels!

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l
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, wonderful service and fun atmosphere
great to share with friends.

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AD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately the food was good but the owner was incredibly rude...a real bummer

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T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Trattoria Fresco never fails to please. Everything is well prepared and satisfying. Great pasta dishes and deserts to kill for. The absolute only quibble I have is that when the party of 7 I was with requested more bread we were told they'd only baked one loaf and they ran out. Oh well, things happen. This is a great small and intimate restaurant.

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DF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was fresh. Awesome.

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l
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Hate bad reviews but maybe this can be a wake up call. I remember now why we haven't been back in years. Food was far too expensive,poor quality and boring presentation. Had to send my steak strips back, not med rare as ordered. The garlic and oil spinach was very good. This place could be a great local find if they upped their game. Saturday night and the place was pretty empty.

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Ordered 3 pasta dishes - all tasted about the same, small portions for the price. We left hungry and disappointed

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J
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy dining at Trattoria Fresco. Marco has created a fabulous restaurant.

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LR
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is a gem! We had a very nice dinner before attending a play at the Ross Valley Players. The romano and green salads were so fresh and delicious. I had the pasta with a delicate red sauce and wild boar meat, which was scrumptious. My date enjoyed the salmon in truffle oil with potatoes and vegetables. And we couldn't resist having the dark chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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BR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

While the food is delicious, that's not quite the point here. Open Table's questionnaire suggests the phrase "neighborhood gem" and that's what Trattoria Fresco is. A small, modest room with efficient service. A nice selection of appetizers, entrees and wine. Above all, low key so you can actually unwind and enjoy your company and the meal. We love it.

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TB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

excellent always, as it has been for many years Perfect Italian cuisine, fresh, simple, extremely well prepared. QUIET ambince, very comfortable and very northern Italian

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R
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a really delicious meal. We started with the sausage pasta, and it was perfect!
So tasty, and the pasta was just right.

For the second course, we had the wild salmon, and it was one of the best salmon dishes I've had.

Tira Misu was delicious for a finishing touch.

Marco was very helpful and friendly. The ambiance was great; very quiet and romantic.

This is a true "neighborhood gem." Highly recommended!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at this little neighborhood gem is outstanding. Simply delightful. The pasta was cooked to al dente perfection, and the sauces--on both our dishes--were sublime.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was outstanding, but the service was subpar. It's possible that it was an off night, or a bad day, but overall the waitress provided unacceptable service. For spending the amount that we did, the value of the food was great, but the service was bad. It would be questionable whether we would recommend the place to a friend. We would probably give it a second chance, but would likely see how it pans out spending much less and heading over to La Loggia in San Anselmo for some wine.

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M
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was hopeful after reading some other reviews, but this place never got there. I believe the owner was on premise, but even though there was only one table occupied (of the 7-8 in the restaurant), no one greeted us for several minutes. The owner came by and gave a cursory greeting. Waitress didn't seem excited about her job or the food. Questions about the pastas came back with "I don't know, everyone's different" response. The pasta itself was OK, though the creamy tomato sense was quite bland. My Italian sausages were dry and the cannelloni beans also lacked a certain savoriness. Again, bland.

Won't be back.

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G
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Average food and small selection.

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f
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

quiet , great food, simple décor and a neighborhood favorite.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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