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Fresco Trattoria & Bar

264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Ranked #78 of 282 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Carlsbad Blvd.
Description: Enjoy wonderfully authentic food and ambiance in the main dining room, casual bar, or the warm inviting patio. Leone D’Arcangelo and his family look forward to welcoming you to the restaurant. Fresco is one block from the sparkling blue Pacific and very similar to the village of Sperlonga where Leone was born. The romance of Italy is here in beautiful downtown Carlsbad. Visit Leone and his staff for lunch, dinner or perhaps a drink after work.
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Springfield, Virginia
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I was wonderfully surprised at the totally great experience my family had at Fresco's on a winter afternoon for a birthday lunch. The service was excellent, food was more than plentiful, as well as both good and a reasonable price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I live in Temecula and decided to try Frescos one night. A friend recommended the restaurant to me, said the bruschetta was out of this world. I'm not a big fan of bread but my girlfriend said it was the best she's ever had. Pasta was amazing, cappelini is one of my favorite types of pasta. And the tiramisu had... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We came to this restaurant, because it looked nice, classy. The waitress was very nice. The service was excellent. The food was lacking. I had the Special Fish Dish. The Fish was dry and the mushrooms were an undefinable mess. I returned it and had a noodle dish instead. My husband had the Special Pork chop for ….39.00.As a piece... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was a nice restaurant, but I think with bit of effort, it could be memorable. The menu was fine, although a nice reasonable priced house chianti would have been welcome. I found the atmosphere lacked the charm I was hoping for. It is very close to its potential, but a little imagination could make it a very warm and... More 

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frescorestaurants, Owner at Fresco Trattoria & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We will certainly take your opinions into consideration as we are always looking for new ways to make Fresco a better restaurant for all of our guests. We do hope that you will visit us again soon! More 

Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
393 reviews 393 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
514 helpful votes 514 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We started by sharing a big salad that was comprised of a lot of red leaf lettuce and much smaller amounts of other ingredients. I had a piece of freshly grilled salmon that would have been better if it hadn't been cooked so long. It was served with the same vegetable mix and potatoes that the restaurant serves on all... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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164 reviews 164 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We were told by a local that people really like this place but this local wasn't partial to it. From the ratings we thought.....What does she know. Well we wish we had listened. The wait staff was unattentive and the food was nothing to chew about. Would definitely stay away if we visit the area again.

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Studio City, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Saturday nights are the time to catch some great jazz and it's always great food and service. Make sure you save room for some Port for the end of the evening.

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Temecula, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a large Italian restaurant which provides a fairly lengthy menu of stock Italian fare. The menu is not stuffed full of unusual dishes but confines itself to basic dishes which it does very well. Disappointing dessert menu when we were there, well no actual written dessert menu, just 4 or 5 five simple choices given verbally by our... More 

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Anthem, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

My husband and I got into Carlsbad fairly late on Saturday evening and went across the street to Fresco's for dinner at about 9:45. According to Yelp they were open until 10:30 but when we walked in we were told that the kitchen was closing in the next few minutes so we had to order right away. Our server was... More 

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Palm Desert, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is an amazing resaruant that delivers to nearby hotels... The service was fast and the food was excellent. The price was good too. Would recommend the chicken Parmesan...

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Additional Information about Fresco Trattoria & Bar

Address: 264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: 760-720-3737
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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