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Pasta Fresca

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4722 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206-3109
+1 803-787-1838
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4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Columbia,SC
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank prlewis2005
Telford, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Thank paaimee
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank Addie T
Columbia, South Carolina
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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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 

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1 Thank Melissa Z
Conway, South Carolina
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327 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 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 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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189 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

I last reviewed Pasta Fresca in June 2012- and have eaten there several times since. As I mentioned previously the food, wait staff and prices are good and we have previously enjoyed our visits. Recently we visited on a Tuesday evening and there was a band. Since we were seated in the front row inside fronting on Forest Drive the... More 

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1 Thank scscientist
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Great local place with lots of fresh pasta dishes. Their chicken and spinach lasagna is delicious, as well as their raviolis. The inside of the restaurant is very nice but can be a bit loud. Usually a wait on the weekend.

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1 Thank Molly W
Greenville, North Carolina
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

They have been around forever in the forest acres area but I had not eaten at the newer location ( I ate at the old location circa 2005ish). They make their own pasta onsite and always have their own custom take on Italian.

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1 Thank Ryan G
Columbia, South Carolina
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Unpretentious restaurant with very good food ( No white tablecloths). Large main dishes and they are happy for you take home the remainder. Consider splitting a main dish if you are a couple of light eaters. Main dining room is noisy but can seat large parties. Outdoor seating but it faces very busy Forest Drive. If you want to have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $19
Cuisine
Italian, Vegetarian
Meals
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
Sunday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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?