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Pasta Fresca

4722 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206
+1 803-787-1838
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Ranked #20 of 845 Restaurants in Columbia
Sat - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Description: Pasta Fresca is a local, family-owned restaurant that has been in Forest Acres for 15+ years. In May 2012, Pasta Fresca moved to its new home. Still on Forest Drive, same amazing house-made pasta, but with lots more room for our ever increasing regulars family. We have a lovely patio, full bar, a beautiful open dining room and a private dining room for up to 16 people. At Pasta Fresca, we make everything fresh and in-house. Every Tuesday come and enjoy live music from 6 to 9pm and check out our daily Happy Hour 4:30 to 7pm with $3 house wines and house liquors and $2 domestic beers. Get your comfort food fix at a charming Forest Acres original.
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English first
Columbia, South Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The food at Pasta Fresca is good and portions are large; prices are moderate. It is a good family-type place for dining. We had a family dinner (9 people) at Pasta Fresca over the Thanksgiving holiday. Although one diner didn't particularly like her lasagna, everyone else seemed to enjoy their dinners. In my opinion, and I have a bias having... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

All homemade pasta! I ordered the special ravioli and the ravioli was awesome although there was a bit too much cheese sauce and not enough brussel sprouts on the dish. I did eat it all, except for the cheese sauce. The service was really good. The garlic bread is also a must. The bar looks like a great place to... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

While the place has a nice look, the meal was average at best. I ordered a very basic angel hair and meatball dish and the taste was salty and meatball tasted like something you would buy by the bag in the frozen food section of a grocery store. My wife and daughter had other dishes and there's was ok as... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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81 reviews 81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Pasta fresca has good pasta dishes, fresh salads and decent pours of wine. the service is always pleasant and I always leave happy.

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Vienna, Virginia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Usually, I find that the TripAdvisor reviews and overall ranking are extremely reliable. But that wasn't our experience on our visit to Pasta Fresca... maybe this is some inconsistency in the kitchen. And maybe in the front of the house as well. The parking lot was full--the place is clearly popular. And the new building is absolutely gorgeous--you've gotta give... More 

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I just moved to Columbia and have been overwhelmed by the number of restaurants there are to choose from. Fortunately for me, I stumbled across Pasta Fresca on a restaurant delivery service's website one day while lazing around my house. My boyfriend and I had their Ravioli Fresca and Alfredo. The ravioli fresca is made with spinach and walnut stuffed... More 

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Columbia, SC
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Pasta Fresca is a winner! It's a toss up between the pasta fresca ravioli and the chicken spinach lasagna. So good! Definitely try the crab soup too.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Dined at Pasta Fresca for dinner and greatly enjoyed it. The Cheesy Bruchetta appetizer with plump roma tomatoes was excellent, followed by tasty main dishes of Seafood Gorgonzola and Loaded Spaghetti (meatball, sausage & meat sauce). The only low point was a bland house salad, instead spend an extra .75¢ to replace with a superb crab bisque and your meal... More 

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Even though the parking lot was full when we arrived, there was plenty of light and space in the restaurant while the sound level was low. Our waitress arrived at our table shortly after we were seated to get our drink orders and refilled our drinks without our asking for refills which is always very nice. We ordered two Chicken... More 

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St. Simons Island, GA
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Visiting Columbia, Pasta Fresca was recommended at the Residence Inn and it was a great find. Very interesting pasta dishes and very large portions. Plenty to take home. I also appreciated the recyclable carry out container. Waiter was helpful and friendly. It was to hot for outdoor seating but looked like it would be an enjoyable experience. I found the... More 

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Additional Information about Pasta Fresca

Address: 4722 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206
Phone Number: +1 803-787-1838
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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