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Fresco Trattoria & Bar

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264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (Carlsbad Blvd.)
+1 760-720-3737
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresco is what one expects to get from a traditional family-rub Italian restaurant in the US. All the familiar dishes are on the menu. The wine is moderately priced. Our waitress was terrific!

Thank Bill S
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate there a few times during our month stay in Carlsbad. First time, after all these years we came in and finally tried it. GREAT Italian food. Great service, friendly atmosphere!! Great food! We had all the favorite dishes, my favorite is Chicken Piccata great cream sauce, great fresh breads, everything was perfect. A Must stop!!

Thank Dave W
Santa Monica
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fabulous restaurant, staff was very attentive. The lobster ravioli was so good . Great date night

Thank Sharon P
Grimes, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was across the street from where we were staying, so very convenient to walk to. The food was very good and the service was also very good. They had a nice wine list and the entrees were reasonable priced.

Thank joekarjohnson
long island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The food and wine was very good at our holiday party in a back room. However, the logistics left something to be desired as a younger crowd from a different party kept invading our party to go to the bartender in our room. It was very distracting. I would definitely dine here as a regular restaurant patron, the pasta and... More 

Thank jamesbro49
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We were graciously welcomed and had wonderful service. The pasta was so very fresh - We had the pappardelle with bolognese and the chicken dish that was like a piccata - our salads were very large portions (we probably should have shared) - Nice well priced wine list - atmosphere was quiet and comfortable. Overall a delicious meal and enjoyable... More 

Thank Valerie L
Hawley, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This place was great, they were very accommodating to our child and the manager/owner check on how everything was going, very good food and a wonderful staff

Thank katiejomcpherson
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I got to pick the restaurant for our date night so i chose Fresco for what i hoped was authentic italian food.... we didnt get good food or service. As stated in other reviews the owner is very nice and attentive. Our server forgot our drinks and i had to ask owner to bring them. My checca pasta was terribly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

There are a lot of Italian restaurants in Carlsbad and we looked at a lot of menus for comparison. They all looked good and around the same price. We decided on Fresca Trattoria simply because it's across the street from our hotel. Lucky for us! Maylene and Steve were driving over to meet us so we got there a little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here with the family. We ordered antipasto misto, chicken, spaghetti aglio e olio (yum) and kids meals. The food was good. The service was great. The restaurant is very nice with a Tuscan feel. We would return.

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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
US$11 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 264 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (Carlsbad Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-720-3737
Enjoy wonderfully authentic food and ambiance in the main dining room, casual bar, or the warm inviting patio. Leone D’Arcangelo and his family look forward to welcoming you to the restaurant. Fresco is one block from the sparkling blue Pacific and very similar to the village of Sperlonga where Leone was born. The romance of Italy is here in beautiful downtown Carlsbad. Visit Leone and his staff for lunch, dinner or perhaps a drink after work.

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