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Trattoria Fresco

5.0
5
203 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM.

  • Phone number

    (415) 464-0915

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Marco Franceschini

  • Neighborhood

    Ross

  • Cross street

    Redwood Dr.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 5Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Best Overall

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Best Food

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Best Service

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Best Value

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Italian

  • Marin

    Best Overall

  • Marin

    Best Food

  • Marin

    Best Service

  • Marin

    Best Ambiance

  • Marin

    Best Value

  • Marin

    Innovative

  • Marin

    Healthy

  • Marin

    Romantic

  • Marin

    Good for special occasions

  • Marin

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great in every way!
  2. k

    katpen

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent and service is fantastic. Its a very cozy vibe that is very fun.
  3. NA

    NACC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresco is hands-down the best ‘by-the-book’ authentic Italian food in Marin. The chef / owner changes the food based on the season, and offers a menu full of unique dishes that are hard to find elsewhere except in Italy. Be sure to make reservations, (we’ve watched many people turned away) and check the on-line menu before you go. It’s our go-to Italian in the area, and once you visit it will be yours too!
  4. CS

    CynthiaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good neighborhood restaurant, personable and accommodating. Food very good!
  5. m

    mangiatuti

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine neighborhood Italian Trattoria where many of the pastas are made in-house (unusual for Marin) and the menu reflects the Tuscan background of the chef. Marco, the chef/owner, is in the kitchen himself every day and prepares each dish to order. He may also deliver the food to your table. The menu has year-round standards that regulars love as well as being adjusted seasonally to reflect what may be available in the markets. When the restuarant is full, this sometimes means you will have a bit of a wait. While the wine list is short, it is well selected and suited to the menu. Corkage is reasonable. The occassional Italian wine dinners, done in concert with an importer, are excellent!
  6. JH

    JaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Miraculous cooking.  Every single bite, of our family of five's dinners was pure joy.
Italian food at its very best.  Right here in Marin. 

 Marco Franceschini cooking. Superb service by a jewel of a waiter also named Marco.  "It's weird I know.  I am also named Marco."  We did not get his last name. Next time. 

 Prosciutto with melon, not tasted since I lived in Italy.  Three different pastas shared by us all.  Steak and salmon prepared beyond compare.   Romana salads with slices of parmigiano, with a dressing we are still dreaming about.

 Chocolate panna cotta with an unforgettable raspberry sauce.  Limoncello sorbet is a must always here.  And Italian wines perfectly chosen. 

No air travel to Italy required.  Fantastico. Grazie Marco(s).
  7. CD

    CharlesD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little place right in the center of the village of Ross
  8. k

    katpen

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their food and service is fantastic. Its a very cozy, fun vibe too.
  9. DB

    DoctorB

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood gem. Simple but excellent Italian dishes. Quick service by an affable waiter. Reasonable prices.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. One of our absolute favorites in the area.
  11. J

    Jill

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is basically a one-man show: Marco is the chef, owner and server. Come here for handmade pasta in a variety of delicious sauces. Great food is what this restaurant is all about and the focus is on the entree, so don't expect much in the way of interesting breads or condiments. The room is small and intimate.
  12. DZ

    DonZ

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an outstanding meal and look forward to returning soon. It’s a small place, probably holds 30 customers including the outdoor seating.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had been in a few times now and have always had great food. You can tell the staff cares about the quality of the food and your overall experience. Highly recommend.
  14. D

    Dave

    Naples

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marco has an amazing talent! Love his food!
  15. j

    jleland

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Like eating in a real Italian bistro. Local cuisine from a real Italian chef.
  16. JL

    JudithL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They make their own pasta, and it is always delicious. My sister had the fried baby artichokes -- unusual to find - and she said that they were fabulous.
  17. MR

    MichaelR

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ordered bucatini guanciale but was brought tagliatelle with guanciale. I asked where’s my bucatini and was told they didn’t have any. You would think I would have been informed at the time of ordering. At least they did comp a dessert as an apology. Bursts and tomato appetizer excellent. My wife and friend main course pastas good. Good value.
  18. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly cooked pasta with delicious sauces. Very creative beet salad Excellent selection of wines by the glass Highly recommend!
  19. j

    jleland

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Best pizza anywhere. Small, local, chef-proprietor, Marco, actually served us this time. I love the food and it's nice that it's small, local, and often not crowded. Only negative was the noisy group we shared the small restaurant with. Theirs not much sound insulation...
  20. CR

    ChrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had such a great time at this restaurant last Saturday night - the best Italian food in Marin. My wife is half Italian, and we have traveled extensively in Italy, and this restaurant is the best we have tasted outside of Italy. We'll be back soon with other members of our family to enjoy it again
  21. LR

    LRinMarin

    San Francisco

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Nice small Italian restaurant in charming Ross. It's a good place to eat before attending a Ross Valley Players performance or just for a delicious Italian meal anytime.
  22. TL

    TrinaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been eating at Trattoria Fresco for years because the food is outstanding. Marco makes everything himself with the freshest ingredients. We have always had delightful dinners here and last Saturday was another example when we had one of our friend join us. My husband and myself are both from Italian families and are particular about our Italian dining. Marco is both authentic and masterful with his dishes. We love all the pastas and my husband loves his steaks and pork chops.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Marco is a chef who keeps to his roots. The food is definitely at the same level as top trattorias in Italy. Plus he knows his customers and their preferences. Makes us feel like we're in Italy. We feel and taste his connection to Italy and the food he prepares is amazing--one of the few restaurants to serve al dente pasta with no apologies. Trattoria Fresco is our favorite true Italian restaurant in Marin, and worth the trip to Ross. Once again, Trattoria Fresco delivers exceptional Italian cuisine with no apologies for the quality nor prep. I mean why do we go to Italian restaurants in the SF Bay Area--for the freaking food. Skip Olive Garden or any other generic Italian restaurant whether in North Beach or anywhere else. You get to talk to the owner/chef and server at Trattoria Fresco and enjoy is creations. 'nuf said
  24. PB

    PamelaB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food! Super pleasant staff! Fun vibe!
  25. JR

    JulietR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time and we loved it! The waiter was so nice and helpful and the food was delicious! Cooked to order and served hot to the table. Amazing flavor! We will go back for sure!
  26. CF

    ChristinaF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    I Had a 7:00 Reservation. Nobody was in the place when we arrived at 6:50. I asked if we could be seated and he replied, your reservation isn’t until 7. The man wouldn’t even give us a menu until 7 o’clock when he sat us down. I understand from many people he does a lot of take out and maybe that is why he couldn’t serve us. But perhaps in the future a glass of wine and a seat until he is ready would be more appropriate! Fortunately the food was very good and he seem to redeem himself. Still didn’t appreciate the lack of hospitality!
  27. DO

    DeniseO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marco is amazing. His food manages to be innovative, yet still comforting. Old school neighborhood trattoria ambience. Don't miss out on this little gem!
  28. d

    diner88

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious authentic Italian.
  29. IH

    IvanH

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is our local Italian restaurant of choice. Trattoria Fresco is the only Italian Restaurants we frequent that prepares the pasta "Al Dente". The pasta is still firm when bitten.
  30. M

    Marindoc

    San Francisco

    164 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    On Tuesday we two had a 12:3 reservation, but saw closed sign when arriving at 12:15. Owner (aka chef, bus person, server) let us in early. And no one else showed up for the next hour +. We were served a plate of assorted olives along with sourdough bread and butter. We ordered two pasta dishes, one wit eggplant , the other wild mushrooms. Both were like we were in Italy! Absolutely delicious, hot from the kitchen and very reasonable. Don’t miss this hidden gem- it’s a must for any pasta dish.
  31. B

    Brigitt

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Cozy atmosphere. Efficient service. It was a quiet night with only a few tables but still amazed at the chef's ability to make and serve the meal. The mushroom pasta dish was a stand out.
  32. FS

    FrankSenna

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tomatoes and mozzarella were the perfect beginning to a great dinner that included several fresh made pastas and pizzas along with grilled artichokes and a nice salad. I really enjoyed the pasta with wild boar ragu. All along with glasses of Super Tuscan and Chiantis. Beautiful little place with a very nice people cooking and serving. Can't wait to go back!
  33. IH

    IvanH

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Trattoria Fresno is a small local Italian restaurant that you can go to for well prepared bowls of pasta, reasonably priced bottle of wine, and the noise level is not overwhelming. We're going back soon to check out the Main Dishes.
  34. J

    Jill

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This is a lovely little neighborhood place with great food. The owner is the chef, who makes his own pasta. I had the pasta with fresh porcini mushrooms, which exploded with flavor. We've eaten here many times before and always love it!
  35. V

    Valerie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my new fave restaurant. Food is delicious, fabulous wine list, and the owner is personable and attentive. If you are looking for a romantic, charming neighborhood restaurant, this is a gem.
  36. V

    Valerie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my new fave local restaurant. Food and wine are outstanding!
  37. S

    Sharon

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food is very authentic like being in Italy. Unfortunate for the owner not being able to find help. He’s incredible doing it all. Definitely we’ll go back
  38. AS

    AnnS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love going to our neighborhood gem. Casual and relaxing, with great Italian food and wine. We had a great dinner last night. Started with an artichoke dish and a Caesar Salad . The Caesar has the best dressing I’ve ever tasted. For my main course I had a delicious homemade, authentic pasta dish. . And my husband had lamb chops, which he loved. We finished off dinner with Marcos homemade pumpkin panna cotta…which was outstanding!
  39. MM

    MissyM

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been going to Marco's place as our favorite Italian restaurant for ages. We always remark to each other how its the *only* Italian restaurant we've been to in the U.S. that has food like we've enjoyed in Italy. The place is simple and most nights Marco is both the front and back of the house. The perfect food, idyllic location in Ross, and hands-on chef/owner make for a neighborhood dining experience that is hard to find today. Everything is "fatto a mano", prepared earlier that afternoon by Marco who is the real deal, not the ebullient, musical Italian of Hollywood films. If you're looking for fussy food & winesmanship, "Hi, I'm Joe and I'll be your server tonight, let me tell you about our specials..." or any other conventional restaurant claptrap, this isn't your place. If you want to have dinner in a place as close as possible to a local trattoria in Italy without a flight, go here. We think it's the best restaurant in Marin.
  40. BP

    BenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food at Marco’s, as always! Very pleasant evening outdoors in front as the sun was setting.

FAQs

Trattoria Fresco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 464-0915.

Trattoria Fresco is rated 5 stars by 203 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Trattoria Fresco

9 Ross Cmn, Ross, CA 94957

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Redwood Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Ross

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM.

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Marco Franceschini

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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