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Fresco Italian Cafe

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1513 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105-2809
UTA Bus Number 52
801-486-1300
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Consistently Excellent

We've been going to Fresco for more than 15 years. Over the last year, the caliber of food has really been excellent. We typically split an appetizer, salad and entree for the two of us. Without exception, each of those courses has superb in every regard. Unique food mixtures, excellent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
ChrisC1467
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Reservations
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59 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We've been going to Fresco for more than 15 years. Over the last year, the caliber of food has really been excellent. We typically split an appetizer, salad and entree for the two of us. Without exception, each of those courses has superb in every regard. Unique food mixtures, excellent presentation, varied items and amazing taste. I would rate this... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We haven't been here for about 10 years in spite of living not too far away. When we were last here, the entire experience was outstanding, 5 out of 5. This time, not so much. First of all, we were seated and out waitress immediately, within about 30 seconds, asked if we were ready to order. There was no silverware... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The food was good, the ambiance comfortable, the staff friendly and attentive. The only thing I did not like about our visit was the price. In my opinion, the cost of the meal exceeded what I consider to be reasonable for the service provided. Unfortunate because our visit was rather cozy.

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Midway, Utah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My husband and I dined here after our Christmas Eve church service. We had a 7:45 reservation that was made a week+ in advance. The restaurant called the day before to confirm our reservation. First, the frustrating: 1. We arrived promptly for our reservation. I observed one vacant table and assumed it was ours, but we were told they were... More 

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Murray, Utah
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111 reviews 111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

In August on a restaurant progressive night we stopped at Fresco and I had a wonderful salad and aperitif. I will go back to try a full meal based my experience on this trip.

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Kaysville, Utah
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Reservation or not they are always willing to work with you. Try allowing the waitress make recommendations to you. You will not go wrong.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Salt lake City has a superior number of great local restaurants, a fact that used to be confusing--its supposed to be a party town and frankly it is not Las Vegas BUT some very fine local restaurants exist in the city because of the mix of ethnicities due to an excellent university which brought experimentation in food presentations. Fresco is... More 

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Kaysville, Utah
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

The attention (1 waitress for each of the five tables outside) was perfect. I took the advice of our waitress and was BLOWN AWAY how good the food was. Then....when the bill came I honestly thought it was half what it should be based upon the quality, presentation, taste, etc. We are definitely going again. I would recommend it to... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Went there for dinner. They had no bread, not even grissini when there is an Italian food store across the street, Ordered calamari, which appeared to be overcooked. Pasta was ok. Asked for limoncello, and they came with a glass filled with 3/4 water and 1/3 liquor. The espresso was below other Italian slc restaurants standards. This place wants to... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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196 reviews 196 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Located in a converted house, Fresco Italian Cafe is fabulous. Seating is not crowded, so conversations are private. We started with a bottle of Vietti Tre Vigne (Italian) wine. The Arugula and Caesar salads were excellent. The Risotto special was perfect as was the Ricotta Cavatelli and the Market fish which was snapper. Service was excellent; attentive but not overbearing.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1513 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105-2809
  • Public Transportation: UTA Bus Number 52
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City
  • Phone Number: 801-486-1300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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