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Waterfront Dining in Downtown Saint Petersburg. Steaks, Seafood, salads, and starters for the whole family! Gluten free, vegetarian & vegan options!
PRICE RANGE
$11 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great restaurant if you are looking for water/ dock side dining. Many people came in on their boats. My Brother-in-Law and I both tried the Sweet & Spicy Mahi - Mahi which was great! Definitely packs a punch spice wise so just...be aware of that. My sister tried the Grouper sandwich and she loved it. We also did the Calamari which was great. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. Overall great experience!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the fantastic review! We are thrilled to hear you all enjoyed your visit with us :)

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location and ambiance. Dog friendly. Food was very good but not exceptional. Service was fine but not great. Had a very tasty mojito, and the fried calamari appetizer was pretty good. A neighboring table had the ceviche appetizer which looked incredible. The grouper tacos...were very good and the Frescos bowl was also good. The setting was beautiful and we had a very nice water view.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the feedback as we always appreciate it! Hope to see you in again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice location and atmosphere. Fish dip, grouper bits, and calamari were good, served quick and hot. Waitstaff kept us refreshed promptly with drink refills and food served. However, the fried grouper sandwich was VERY bland, and did not come with tomato and onion as per...menu; also got fries instead of coleslaw as requested. Kitchen needs to step up!!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there- We are sorry to hear about your meal being unsatisfactory and we truly hope you decide to give us another try in the future with a different dish. Thank you for the feedback!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was amazing. The service was excellent. We sat outside looking at the boats. It was a lovely experience.

Date of visit: April 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much! We are thrilled to hear this! :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great good! Fun location! We enjoyed grilled mahi mahi with a mango salsa. It was excellent. Two of us had cucumber salad with it. Great! I had pineapple cole slaw, and it was okay. One of us had a good grouper sandwich. No complaints about...the food. Drink prices (and food) were a little steep.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the review and for stopping in! :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were nine people with two children and a pregnant woman. We waited an hour an half , and they seated us at the extreme end of the restaurant. We could have been run over by a car. I spoke to the host who could...have been in high school, and he said he was never told that we wanted to be inside.( I spoke to him twice, and he promised me were next on the list- almost two hours had passed after we were told 45 minutes to an hour) i AM GLAD THAT I DID NOT WASTE MY MONEY. MY daughter who is a very intelligent woman, the mother of my grandchildren distinctly explained that we needed to be inside. Poorly run, overworked staff and not responsive to the needs of customers-Ambiance - bs. I hope they fail miserably.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello- We are sorry to hear about your experience as this is the busiest time of year for all restaurants yet that is no excuse for poor service. However, every one of our hosts are 18 years or older, so we can assure you they...More

Reviewed March 31, 2021 via mobile

We stumbled across Fresco’s while walking the downtown. This is a popular place with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an outdoor bar. They had a nice menu, not large, but they offered a variety. I had the steak Cesar salad, and my husband...had the eggs Benedict with lobster and Parmesan potatoes. The food was very good, as well as the service. I tried a strawberry lemonade with my meal, which was very refreshing on a hot day. Nice place to stop for lunch and a drink.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there! Thank you so much as we always appreciate customer feedback. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed March 11, 2021 via mobile

We really enjoyed ourselves! The ceviche is very fresh. The grouper was amazing. It was a little heavy w butter so you’ve been warned.

Date of visit: March 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review! :)

Reviewed March 9, 2021

Went here for brunch and it wasn't a bad choice. The menu has plenty of breakfast and lunch options (didn't have a specific brunch menu). My friends who got the bloody marry were happy with it. Food was fine, nothing special to write home about....Staff was not as friendly as other places I have been in the area. Nice setting right on the water though, and they have lots of seating, we were able to get right in on a busy Sunday.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2021

Hi Tom! Thank you for the review as we always appreciate customer feedback. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed February 27, 2021 via mobile

Amazing fish dip to start. Great service and a seafood platter for two that we could barely finish. Delicious.

Date of visit: February 2021
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David Sockol, Owner at Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful review and feedback Mark! :)

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Vicki2
April 25, 2019|
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Response from FrescosWaterfrontFL | Property representative |
Hi there- Unfortunately we do not carry gluten free buns or fries but we do provide gluten free options on our menu that you can check out online!
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Maria R
February 2, 2017|
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Response from Marcus F |
One side. Potatoes,mix veg, seasonal veg, fruit, pineapple coleslaw, cucumber salad, French fries, tator tots, pasta salad, or soup of day.
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Rebecca P
September 3, 2016|
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Response from John D | Reviewed this property |
Street parking as well as city lot across from the marina. Park there and enjoy the beautiful walk past the marina to the restaurant.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fresco's Waterfront Bistro

  • Yes, Fresco's Waterfront Bistro offers takeout services.

  • Yes, Fresco's Waterfront Bistro offers delivery services.

  • Fresco's Waterfront Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 3.5
    • Service: 3.5
    • Value: 3.5
    • Atmosphere: 4