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About Trattoria Fresco

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.

13 Ross Common
Ross, CA 94957
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM.

Cross Street:
Redwood Dr.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 464-0915

Website:
http://www.frescomarin.com/

Executive Chef:
Marco Franceschini

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

Trattoria Fresco Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
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Cozy (5)
Casual (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Organic, Romantic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great service. Food was fresh. Awesome.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Organic, Seasonal, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2016

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2016

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Average food and small selection.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2016

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Always excellent!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Beautifully seasoned Italian cuisine . Pleasant out going chef who manages to greet to cook and serve

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Well, the chef was all alone and he did the best he could waiting on tables and really trying to make everyone happy...all 4 tables! I felt bad for him and really wanted to like this restaurant since it was our first time there and it was our Wedding Anniversary! Not sure we'd return :(

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2016

So the wait staff could care less about what you think or want. I first mentioned that the olive oil was the color of water/ not golden or even a color/ clear!
When I mentioned this to the waiter I got a rude response!! Our waitress was uncaring. Bread was scarce as they only bake 2 loaves a day.
This place has been on my radar- it is now so dead on it!!!
My recommendation is Do Not Bother!!!!!!
It has been in Biz for quite a long time so was it just a bad day:night or what?!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2016

More help needed. One efficient waitress served as busgirl too. She was very pleasant despite the hectic pace.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2016

I've been to Trattoria Fresco twice now and both times was amazed at the multiple layers of flavorings in the pasta sauces. Wow! I couldn't get enough. And my dining partner said the same thing. The sauce was perfect - light, yet gutsy. Not overly heavy. So tasty. The only downside was they ran out of their homemade bread so I didn't have a slice to sop up the remaining wonderful sauce -- I almost licked the plate!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Marco is the heart and soul (and chef) of his restaurant. We have now been three times and will go back many more, making the drive from Inverness to Ross just to eat Marco's dishes. We travel to Italy a lot and this is the real thing. Also a terrific value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2016

We were here recently to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Couldn't have picked a more perfect place. This little neighborhood gem is consistently delicious. From the simple yet vibrant salads to the fresh pasta perfectly sauced to the generously portioned entrees, Cafe Fresco is a food lover's delight. Service was warm and wonderful. We enjoyed chatting with Lucca, who is a wealth of information on Italy and Italian food and wine. Marco, owner and chef extraordinaire came out from behind the kitchen and entertained us with his own stories. Best of all, I got to practice my Italiano. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2015

The homemade pastas are good though nothing to rave about. Portions are small for the prices.
Additional salad choices would improve the selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2015

We had a delicious dinner here before attending a performance of the Ross Valley Players. It is a cozy bistro with delicious & affordable Italian food and good service. Highly recommended!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2015

Hands down one of the most satisfying finds. The setting is intimate, informal, with exquisite food. I would recommend for lunches, romatic dinners, family occasions, for locals and visitors.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2015

Food was excellent, service outstanding. Owner- Chef could use a bit more charm in attending to guests. Attitude not the greatest.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 14, 2015

The restaurant was disappointing in many ways. The space is small with tables close together. The food and wine are over priced and disappointing. Service was not timely. I would not return. We chose the restaurrant as it was close to the play venue.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2015

Feels like being in Italy. Authentic, unpretentious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2015

Really good food when there are no hairs in it. Service is lacking even when there are only 2-3 tables (of 2). I wanted to like this place and loved it the first time. I don't like to be negative but the second time around led me to a different conclusion in wanting to go again. Try for yourself and see-the food can be fabulous.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2015

We made a reservation on Open Table, but when we arrived the hostess seemed surprised. They say us down at a table, then took a very long time in bringing us bread, water and taking our order. The food turned out to be delicious and the waitress was nice, but rushed. We did not enjoy being treated like an afterthought. A prominent politician and his wife were at the restaurant too. They were served drinks and given service much faster than we were even though we arrived and were seated before them. They did look like they also thought the service was slow, but the waitress brought them a free dessert for their troubl. We did not receive the dessert! Great food, but extremely disappointing service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2015

Home baked bread and carefully prepared food served by a pleasant, smiling efficient server. Only thing more I could ask is they would be open on Sunday when our family comes to visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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