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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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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    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
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Traveling and stopped in. Some of the best pasta I've ever eaten! The chicken fresca is off the chart!!! Will make a special trip just to eat here again!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Marcus H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Traveling and stopped in. Some of the best pasta I've ever eaten! The chicken fresca is off the chart!!! Will make a special trip just to eat here again!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My wife ordered lasagna, worst she has ever gotten at a restaurant or anywhere else for that matter. I tried it as well and it was mushy noodles, ricotta cheese, all coated with stewed tomatoes that they called sauce. How do you screw up lasagna? I had the loaded spaghetti and it wasn't as bad, but far from good. We... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I had ordered the chicken & spinach lasagna. They were out, so opted for one of their specials. It had shrimp and scallops in the dish. I think the scallops were undercooked and I bit into legs from the shrimp. The dressing on the Greek salad was more oil than anything else. In fact there was a ring of oil... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Great taste with nice options. Staff was nice and friendly and the service was really good. I had the crab cakes with spinach angel hair pasta and absolutely loved it!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It was me, my husband and my 9 year old. We got there a little before 7 and were seated by 7:15-7:20. Our waitress seemed ok but too perky. Almost a fake-ness about her. But we kept it moving. My son ordered the kid's ravioli and she asked us which sauce we wanted. He wasn't sure which he thought he... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This place makes Olive Garden seem like chemical-laden, prepackaged food. Everything was very fresh and clearly homemade. Crab bisque, pita chips, lasagna, spaghetti... delicious. The kid's fettuccine wasn't the best. It was greasy, gummy noodles, but my husband had to drive a long way home with the TO GO order and on top of that he was delayed by road... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Best Italian in town. And their house salad is wonderful. I normally get a bottle of dressing to take home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Pasta Fresca is an absolutely great place to eat with lots of pasta based choices. The food is higher quality than cheap pasta based eateries and has a great romantic atmosphere but can be a great family restaurant also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Our server was fantastic and friendly. The dishes were good, but the desserts were better! Not a high end Italian restaurant, but they were very busy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This place always has a nice clean atmosphere. The seafood garganzola and chicken santa fe is delicious. However i shall not return to this restaurant because they are under contract with the delivery service 256 togo. This company gave my personal info away to street hoodlums that tried to attack me in traffic!! When i asked them why, they told... More 

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?