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Pasta Fresca

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4722 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206-3109
+1 803-787-1838
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend this place for dinner! We had four adults and two children and everybody had a fantastic meal. The meatballs are mixed with Italian sausage so they are very flavorful. The lasagna was fresh and fantastic. Picture shown is the Seafood Santa Fe with spinach angel hair and it was phenomenal. You choose your meal and then add... More 

Thank Robin F
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited my stepdaughter at USC last weekend for parent's weekend. My husband wanted pasta to "carb up" for the 5K run the next morning and we decided upon this restaurant based on Tripadvisor reviews. It did not disappoint. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals including gluten free pasta for me, seafood pastas and spaghetti and meatballs. The seafood... More 

Thank cbwhite98
columbia, United States
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

I was so disappointed in the food here. Most of the options include cheese in the food which I can not eat. Most restaurants will accommodate you by giving you options is sauces. This did not happen. I found something on the menu that did not have cheese in It. It was chicken with Roma tomatoes and red pepper in... More 

Thank Martin G
Columbia, South Carolina
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170 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Although my husband and I don't eat pasta on a regular basis, when we do, we choose to go to Pasta Fresca. Their seafood roma rosa (scallops and shrimp in a creamy marinara) over spinach angel hair is my favorite pasta dish ever. The service is consistently good and I love the friendly neighborhood feel. My husband is a big... More 

Thank Sandi B
Manning, SC
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157 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

I consider myself a good judge of Italian food but PF failed to meet my expectations. The food was kind of bland and the service was just OK.

1 Thank BobOZee
Columbia, South Carolina
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53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

They're expensive for pasta, but boy is it good. They've been in this location a while - used to go to the other one by Kroger. This is much nicer.

Thank David P
Columbia, SC
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

I had the calamari and Marinara on the side. It was good, but a bit on the greasy side and not crispy as I like. My spouse had the chicken special and son the chicken Santa Fe. Service was excellent as the waitress did an excellent job. For a basic Italian restaurant down south they get the job done.

Thank mrauseo
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Hubby, daughter and I just tried Pasta Fresca for the first time last night. Great place and great prices! However, when we asked for a box for leftovers we were very disappointed when the waitress bought out these little cardboard boxes! The first thing I thought oh no the food is going to leak through the cardboard boxes! Would have... More 

1 Thank prlewis2005
Telford, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

My daughter loves pasta, so we chose this restaurant for dinner while visiting University of South Carolina. It was just a short drive from campus and very easy to find with ample parking. The restaurant was quite busy (at prime time on a Thursday evening), but we had only a short wait (around 20 minutes) before being seated. The service... More 

Thank paaimee
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Pasta Fresca is our Columbia go to restaurant. Food is consistently excellent, waitstaff is helpful and accommodating. All pastas are made fresh in house - my favorite is the spinach spaghetti with any entree. The nightly specials are always delicious and fresh. Cocktails are great, too. Come try Pasta Fresca and you will not be disappointed.

Thank Addie T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $19
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4722 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206-3109
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-787-1838
Pasta Fresca is a local, family-owned restaurant that has been in Forest Acres for 17+ 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 $4 house wines and house liquors and $2.50 domestic beers. Get your comfort food fix at a charming Forest Acres original.

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