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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
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Columbia, South Carolina
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166 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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142 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank prlewis2005
Telford, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
Columbia, South Carolina
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed date night with a visit to Pasta Fresca. The food was delicious & the waitress was fantastic! She was very helpful in helping us choose. Everything was so tasty - calamari was breaded lightly & had the perfect taste. Soup & bread was delicious as well. Atmosphere is pleasant as well.

Thank 722Jenn
Berea, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

We found Pasta Fresca through trip advisor on our way from Kentucky to Tybee Island. The restaurant was easy to find. The staff was gracious and attentive. The menu is great -- I had a hard time choosing from a selection of unique and delicious sounding combinations of fresh pastas and seasonal veggies. My wife ordered the gluten-free pasta with... More 

1 Thank Melissa Z
Conway, South Carolina
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333 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here before and have been pleased with the food and the atmosphere. The food is consistently tasty and the atmosphere, although plain is very pleasant. This time, it just wasn't as good. I had a baked salmon over sautéed vegetables and fresh spinach. The salmon was nicely done but the vegetables were not nondescript. My glass of... More 

1 Thank ggcaiazzo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $19
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
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?