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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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  • 46
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  • 25
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
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  • 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
Makes Olive Garden look bad.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Kim R
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Lexington, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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Ft Wayne
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We came here for Mother's Day and I can honestly say that I have had pasta all over the world and it was cooked Al dente here. Just absolutely perfect. The pasta I had was tossed in a light sauce with peppers and long stem green beans and asparagus with a hunk of salmon on the top which was really... More 

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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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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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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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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
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

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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?