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Pasta Fresca

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Italian, Pasta
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4722 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206
+1 803-787-1838
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Hours:
Sat - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Pasta Fresca is a local, family-owned restaurant that has been in Forest...
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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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great waitstaff!

We went there for dinner last night and had a great time. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly. This place has decent wines by the glass and fair selection of local beers as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We went there for dinner last night and had a great time. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly. This place has decent wines by the glass and fair selection of local beers as well.

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Five of us are there and we all loved the food. Waitress recommendation of the veggie plate was spot on for vegetarians. Meat eaters tried it and loved it to. Very relaxing place with super friendly staff. Definitely going back on future visits to columbia.

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Darlington, South Carolina
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127 reviews 127 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We thought we would give Pasta Fresca a try for our preAnniversary meal (wifey is a nurse and works on our anniversary in a few days)----and we were sure glad we did. The restaurant is larger inside than it looks from the outside, and the atmosphere is a lot nicer inside than you would guess from the outside. We were... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 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
2 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4722 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-787-1838

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

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