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Fresco Bistro Italiano

$$ - $$$
Italian, Canadian
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354 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M8, Canada
+1 613-235-7541
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Kingston, Canada
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

The lounge upstairs is really cool. Their bar stools are fixed in place, which is very awkward if you have a bigger group because it doesn't let you move around the table easily, but the venue was still really fun. Their servers seemed overworked. We were a group of 10, and the server took over an hour to bring me... More 

Thank Ardyn N
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

I haven't been to many Italian restaurants that play reggae in the background so full marks to Fresco for being one of the few! Aside form the background music the food and the ambiance were very good. My wife is not usually a huge fan of italian food but she enjoyed her meal here very much. Also, I overheard another... More 

Thank emnjnee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We stayed at the Best Western and Elgin St was near by. Good Italian food. We shared Veal Meatballs and Linguini as we are not big eaters and glasses of pinot grisio. Cooked perfectly and fresh ingredients. We went next door for Gelato which was also good. Staff were friendly and efficient and food came quickly.

Thank teebee49
Ottawa, Canada
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Eaten here three times. Generally good Italian food and wine. Excellent service. Nice atmosphere. friendly. Very good for the outer suburbs. However I don't recommend the Sunday night special cheaper menu. Not up to snuff.

Thank jwr955
Welland, Canada
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132 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Ottawa`s Elgin Street is a busy neighbourhood, and right in the middle of it you will find Fresco`s. Its a rather small venue, with a rather tiny patio seating area. The menu is fairly extensive, offering a good selection of appetizers, soups, salads, pizza, pasta and meat/seafood dishes. My favourite dish is the Mussels & Fries appetizer. The mussels are... More 

Thank Janys H
Spruce Grove, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We happened upon this Italian Bistro in Ottawa and had a delicious dinner. Service was great, restaurant is cozy, great service. Happy customers!!!

Thank Gail C
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

We just decided to go to Fresco, we hadn't read any reviews so we didn't know what to expect. The waitress was very kind and very helpful. Their carpaccio is unbelievable (we ordered a 2nd one). Their was excellent too. We had the rigatoni and the penne, both great. Overall great experience.

Thank georgiosbc
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

On September 3rd, 2016, I order the farfalle at Fresco. My friends and i all tasted the dish, and the dish clearly had no salt in it. I informed the waitress of the situation, but all she said was "the salt is right beside you" and she supposed that "that is how the dish should be", without ever verifying whether... More 

Thank Susan G
Ottawa, Canada
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436 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Had not been to Fresco's in a while. Glad I returned. The Chicken Supreme, Penne and Pizza all excellent. To finish homemade Brownie. The patio space is cute, doors open to inside dining space. Attentive Service. Great Location. Worth a visit.

2 Thank bestfamilyadventures
Gatineau, Canada
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

I was there for a job convention they have a projector enough room/seats for everyone. Excellent service, and when the food arrived wow! this is a place I will definitaly come back

1 Thank BrunoFi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $29
Italian, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 354 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-235-7541
Fresco Bistro Italiano is an Ottawa institution having been on Elgin Street since 1991. Food is comforting and Canadian with an Italian soul. We care a lot about the ingredients and chose local suppliers and purveyors when possible. We offer many options to please gluten free customers or people with other dietary restrictions. Staff are very caring and conscientious and some have even been there since the bistro first opened it's doors. The ambiance is second to none in the city and is a must for anyone visiting Ottawa. Dinner served nightly as well as late night cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Guest Room on the second floor. We look forward to hosting you soon.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?