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Frescos Seafood Trattoria

412 Bank St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1404 (Formerly Frescos Seafood Trattoria - Cape May)
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Ranked #70 of 110 restaurants in Cape May
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lafayette
Description: In the heart of the Historic District, Frescos occupies an 1880 Victorian cottage. On the candlelit veranda, or in the coolness of the Mediteranean inspired dining rooms, you imagine yourself at a small trattoria in Tuscany, or sampling the finest of local seafood at a Mediterranean cafe. From the seafood and homemade pastas of the South to the elegant sauces, meats, and veal of the North, Frescos is a culinary adventure tour of Italy. Frescos' award-winning young Chef Joseph Badger takes as his palette the incredible variety of fresh local seafood, and bountiful local produce, bringing a richness and creativity to the menu-- a dazzling display of shrimp, lobster, seafoods and pastas, and desserts that make guests exclaim with delight. One of ZAGAT'S "Top Italian Restaurants in America," and Voted "Best Italian Restaurant in Southern New Jersey 2012," by NJ Monthly.
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132 reviews from our community

60% Recommend
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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Although we dined here twice within the same week during our prior stay 2 years ago (it was that good), our return visit this year was not as memorable. Three of four diners left unimpressed and commented it certainly wasn't as tasty as we recalled. Perhaps just an off night? The highlights of the night were the lamb rib eye... More

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Albany, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

While on vacation in South Jersey, we made two visits to Frescoes. It is a regular stop each year. On the first evening, we chose it as part of the Dinner and a Show package (tickets for the Cape May Stage are reduced price.) I suggest this as an excellent opportunity to try one of Cape May's fine restaurants and... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Our meal at Fresco's was delicious,light, fresh, and flavorful. We chose the day's specials, which were amazing, particularly the squash blossoms and the black and white open lasagna, which was superb. And the fried olives were a real treat! The service was also very good. All in all, well worth many return visits. The restaurant, like many in Cape May,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had eaten at Fresco's several times in the past and had great meals and were looking forward to dining there again. We were very disappointed in our meal. The fried calamari was greasy and the shrimp and scallop pescatore was short on shrimp and scallops for the $28 price tag. The tuscan short ribs were only mediocre and had... More

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Short Hills
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Don't think we will be visiting Fresco's again. The meal was just "ok" and definitely not worth the price tag.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I chose this restaurant for its downtown Cape May location and cuisine. My family was delighted. Very fine dishes, both lamb and seafood. Some real originality by a chef who has a great sense of what tastes great. Very good and attentive service, in a charming and pleasant atmosphere.

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Somers, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

After a weeks vacation in Cape May, my wife and I saved Fresco's for our last night's dinner. It came highly recommended and fit our profile for a great Italian dinner with a strong seafood bent and a BYOB friendly place. Midway through, we both commented that this was our best meal of the week. Our waitress, Lisa, was a... More

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Temple, Pennsylvania
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Tried this restaurant in Fall of 2013 for first time. It was so great that we brought our family in July of 2014. Everyone was really happy with their dining experience. The servers we had both times were very attentive and helpful. All of the food choices were great. we did make reservations both times and were seated promptly. They... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Dined a week ago with a local couple. They have always told us how delicious the food is so we decided to give it a go. Was very pleased with the shrimp and scallop pasta dish, and my husband loved the seafood spicy dish. Chocolate cake was delicious as well! Our waitress Shannon was very pleasant as well and made... More

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Ephrata PA
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This terrible review comes from me personally. My wife and the other couple would rate this poor. Let me preface this by saying I am not a negative person. I never send things back, unless they are just plain rotten. Well, let me start with the short ribs. My friend that was with us is a butcher, and he could... More

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