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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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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, 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, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 20
    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
Dining Al Fresco at it's Best

Enjoyed two meals at this Italian restaurant featuring a great outdoor dining area, good food and wine at a reasonable price.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Denis M
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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180 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Diego
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3 reviews 3 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

I recently hosted a small going away dinner for a friend who is moving out of state. I used Open Table to make the reservation and specifically requested a table far from the kitchen and in a corner of the restaurant so that, if the party got emotional, we would be somewhat removed from noise and foot traffic. When we... More 

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Miami
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

A gorgeous setting with pictures of Italy clean fresh authentic dining with reasonable pricing. Highly recommended for low key dining

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frescorestaurants, General Manager at Fresco Trattoria & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Fresco! We hope to serve you again soon! More 

Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Enjoyed two meals at this Italian restaurant featuring a great outdoor dining area, good food and wine at a reasonable price.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We are tourists passing through and noticed this place was lively and the aroma on the sidewalk was enticing. So glad we had dinner here! I had the squash ravioli and he had the stuffed halibut special with asparagus and lobster sauce. We shared a bottle of wine. The service was impeccable- I couldn't believe how perfect the timing was.... More 

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Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I've been here a few times now and keep forgetting to write a review, but this last visit sent me over the edge. A delicious edge. In this unpretentious, bit off-the-main-drag-place, I keep getting great meals and excellent service. It's hard to order anything besides the ravioli or the eggplant because they're both amazing. Great Italian wines too. We've had... More 

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I have been trying to go here while in Carlsbad for years. So this last trip this week we went. It was me and my 4 daughters 10 and under. they gave them glass water glasses. My girls were soo happy. the bread was fresh, the drinks were strong, and food was tasty. great atmosphere and good vibes

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Carlsbad, CA
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159 reviews 159 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

There is seating in the front, outside and by the bar. Bar seating is comfortable and excellent. Paris the bartender serves a great drink and friendly. I had the Lassagne which I am very critical on as I make my own at home, but this one is to die for. Melts in your mouth, very tasy meat sauce and plenty... More 

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Leawood, Kansas
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This place is right off the main junction - 50 yards from the big sign at Carlsbad Ave. It is unpretentious and offers many reasonable priced options. The salads are large and the pizza (lighter crust) was generous and perfectly cooked. The numerous wine selections by the glass are also decently priced. Our server worked hard and was very pleasant... More 

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Powell, Ohio, USA
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had a delightful dinner on the covered patio after an afternoon at the Flower Fields. Atmosphere was lovely and service was knowledgeable and friendly. Each of the three of us selected different seafood entrees -- one a special -- and all were happy. Menu with strong Italian influence has many attractive selections.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

good, quiet atmosphere, seating not too close together. they offer great Italian food. service was great. knowledgeable on wine list too!

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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: Romantic, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?