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Frescos Seafood Trattoria

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Italian, Eclectic
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412 Bank St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1404 (Formerly Frescos Seafood Trattoria - Cape May) (Lafayette)
609-884-0366
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: In the heart of the Historic District, Frescos occupies an 1880 Victorian...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 60
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wow!

My husband and I have been spending a weekend in Cape May for the last 6 years, and I can't believe we never tried this place sooner. It was absolutely incredible! The service was excellent, the atmosphere was nice, and the food was by far the best we have ever had in Cape May. I had the shrimp... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2014
Beachbum2473
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State College, Pa
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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147 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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State College, Pa
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My husband and I have been spending a weekend in Cape May for the last 6 years, and I can't believe we never tried this place sooner. It was absolutely incredible! The service was excellent, the atmosphere was nice, and the food was by far the best we have ever had in Cape May. I had the shrimp and scallop... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Our experience at Frescos was very disappointing. We went to celebrate our 25th anniversary. My husband ordered the veal chop. It came to the table looking thin, beaten and drenched in unmelted cheese. The presentation was unappetizing and downright sloppy. When we tasted it it was spoiled and tasted like it had not been refrigerated properly. Our waitress handled the... More 

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Park Ridge, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

Looking forward to a special evening. It was ok. Was at 410 a year ago and was expecting A similar experience. Food was just ok. Nothing special. I had the seafood Fra Diavalo. I have had better at less pretentious restaurants for much less. The fried olives were different, but not a reason to come here. the service was excellent.... More 

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Blackwood, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A group of 12 of us ate here on a Friday night. They were able to accommodate us even though they had a wedding party of 70 or so upstairs. Our reservations were only solidified that very day. They get a huge two thumbs up for that. The atmosphere was pleasant and the wait staff the same. The chef came... More 

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Cape May, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We went here for their dessert special and had a wonderful delicious meal. The service by Nathan was outstanding and attentive. The deeesrt special was delightful. We wil be back for the scallop special this week. Try it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Service was as good as always, but food was fair at best. Went with my husband, sister, and brother-in-law, and had four different dishes. None of us were blown away. The osso buco used to be the best here, but not so much anymore.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is my favorite restaurant in Cape May. It is also one of the easier restaurants to get a reservation. Perhaps not a lot of people know about. I almost always get the Fra Diavlo. Very spicy - but really good. Have also had ribs as a special and they were great too. Remember to bring your own wine.

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New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Fresh seafood. Innovative dishes. Great service. Great value. And, an amazing chef. This was our second year in Cape May and at Frescos. Last year it was my runner up to 410 Bank Street. This year it was our equal favorite. We're a large group, kids and adults so it's rare that everyone loves a meal and the experience, especially... More 

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NY
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We love this restaurant. We go there every summer when we are in Cape May. Great food, great service and great value.

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Cape May, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I had the opportunity after a busy season to have a quiet dinner at FST this September. From the greeting at the door to graceful exit with full and happy bellies this was a wonderful night. We started with amazing apps (Mussels and Zuchhini) and the entree's were top of the line! The duck special for my boyfriend and I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 412 Bank St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1404 (Formerly Frescos Seafood Trattoria - Cape May)
    (Lafayette)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May
  • Phone Number: 609-884-0366

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?