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Fresco Trattoria & Bar

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264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Carlsbad Blvd.)
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 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 12
    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
Most recent review
99 years old and loved it

When we took our aunt to Fresco's to celebrate her 99th birthday, little did we realize we were in for a very pleasant evening. She was delighted with the quaint Italian restaurant right in Carlsbad village. Not only was she impressed with the outstanding cuisine, she also adored the ambiance and... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Carlsbad, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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166 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
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English first
Carlsbad, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

When we took our aunt to Fresco's to celebrate her 99th birthday, little did we realize we were in for a very pleasant evening. She was delighted with the quaint Italian restaurant right in Carlsbad village. Not only was she impressed with the outstanding cuisine, she also adored the ambiance and beauty of the restaurant. A fantastic way to celebrate... More 

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San Diego, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I came here for our first time on his birthday. It happened to be wine Wends., half off all bottles of wine. We both ordered entrees and shared a bottle of wine on their back patio. The ambiance was great, the food was good, and the service was also good. We will be going back.

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Fallbrook
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli so much we decided a second trip was in order. Since my last review we have moved 50 miles away but felt the drive was worth it. The last time at ate this wonderful dish it was perfect. Tonight the sauce tasted mostly of onions which took away from the taste of the butternut... More 

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Sterling, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Excellent butternut squash ravioli and arugula salad with freshly made soft cheese, and a nice glass of house chianti. Owner spoke fluent Italian with my wife, who loves good Italian food and hates the imitation. Nice little patio.

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Carlsbad, CA
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139 reviews 139 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

One of our favorites is to sit at the great little bar in the back area of the restaurant. The best bartender is always there. Ask for Gino from Reno. Great wines by the glass and not overpriced. You can order full or 1/2 plates to save on the pocketbook. The salads are big and fresh and crispy. I love... More 

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Del Mar, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Loved going to this restaurant. Owned by a family from Italy, the woman in charge[Linda} gave us some history of the family. It is located close to the beautiful Carlsbad beach just over 101and has it's own parking lot. The decor is going to be updated soon, still it was very comfortable, with the changes there will be more outside... More 

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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I was here with my family on New Years Eve and the vibe in Fresco was memorable. Although the restaurant was evidently hustling and bustling around 7pm, our waiter was still impeccable. The food quality was one of the best... I loved the calamari and my squash ravioli! This is a definite must-try place in the Carlsbad area and very... More 

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

Thank you so much for your feedback and kind words! We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your New Year's Eve dinner with us. We hope to see you again soon in 2015! More 

Springfield, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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
11:00 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

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