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Fresco Trattoria & Bar

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264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Carlsbad Blvd.)
+1 760-720-3737
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Description: Enjoy wonderfully authentic food and ambiance in the main dining room,...
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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  • 111
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely lunch on the patio

My husband and I had lunch with friends on the sunny patio of this restaurant. I was nervous, since I chose the restaurant without having ever been here. But everything was lovely! The patio was nicely set up, the weather was perfect, service was attentive, and the food was very good. Everyone... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
alhanson
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had lunch with friends on the sunny patio of this restaurant. I was nervous, since I chose the restaurant without having ever been here. But everything was lovely! The patio was nicely set up, the weather was perfect, service was attentive, and the food was very good. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

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Thank alhanson
Powell River, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a long drive through the desert and I was looking forward to finding a nice Italian restaurant for lunch. We found just the place in Carlsbad. Both the food and the service at Fresco Trattoria were excellent. We had veal marsala with a side of spaghetti aglio e olio and very tasty insalata mista novella. Heartily recommended.

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Thank Jeanette S
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was raining when we walked in and there were a couple sitting at one of the very few outdoor tables, they laughed and said they were fine they were from Seattle. We had a lovely meal. Calamari and Burschetta to start. Veal parm with fettucini alfredo, penne with spicy sausage, cioppino, and ravioli. All enjoyed with partial portions available... More 

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Thank Peter K
Carlsbad, California
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428 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 15 of us visited Fresco for a Tuesday night Happy Hour. Our server, Emily, was friendly, courteous and helpful. We had a mixture of Happy Hour drinks, beer and wine. Our meal selections included their appetizer specials, the antipasto salad, the meat balls, calamari, etc., as well as items off the regular menu (Chicken Parm, Veal Parm,... More 

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Thank Gordon C
Amherst, New York
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Italian home style cooking at it's best, including friendly personalized table service In a casual and inviting atmosphere

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Thank Duane H
CA
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting Carlsbad for the week and decided to try Fresco Trattoria. My husband loves lasagna and he really liked their lasagna. The service was very good. Since parking is scarce in Carlsbad, it's nice that they have a lot to park in.

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Thank kamyo
Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Finished a meal with six friends at Fresco. We all agreed that the food was wonderful and the service even better. Our server was Wendela and she could not have been nicer or more helpful. We all recommend this restaurant on your next trip to Carlsbad

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Thank Ron G
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

If you want excellent food from Italy with the atmosphere you will find it here. Very tasty and great service.

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Thank Dick F
Oceanside, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Food was very good and waitress suggested a good, moderately priced bottle of wine to share for dinner.

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Thank swillen
Boise, Idaho
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We had our daughters wedding reception at Fresco last weekend. The private room was perfect for our 34 person event. The staff was attentive and accommodating. They took care of everything which made the evening enjoyable for my husband and I. Linda was wonderful to work with. We received a lot of compliments on the venue. After dinner the tables... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (Carlsbad Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-720-3737

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 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
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?