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Pasta Fresca

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4722 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206-3109
+1 803-787-1838
16:30 - 22:00
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Columbia, South Carolina
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with a friend last weekend for dinner, we ate at the bar. The chicken parmesian was delicious! It was served with a generous portion of freshly made angel hair pasta (hence the name pasta fresca) and a tangy marinara sauce. The bruschetta appetizer equally superb! This restaurant has been on Forest Drive (previously further down the street) for many... More 

Thank PEBO16
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136 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had our anniversary dinner last night. The place came highly recommended and did not disappoint. I had the Seafood Santa Fe pasta and it was excellent. My wife got the seared scallops and she said the same. The menu has lots of choices from traditional to non traditional Italian dishes. The service was good and the people very nice.... More 

Thank Mark C
East Wakefield, New Hampshire
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56 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My wife and I stop here while traveling from New England to Florida. Never disappointed! If you want great food at a reasonable price and great service, you need to try this place. We both ordered specials this time and they were excellent. Don't miss this place if you are in the Columbia area.

Thank dlee93
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Cute restaurant with a Nice variety of?of food. Loved the bruschetta appetizer. I also enjoyed the seafood Santa fe...it had a little kick. Moscow mules were good as well. Would go back.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Great food, excellent service and fun atmosphere - Highly recommend! Make sure you try the Bruschetta appetizer.

Thank Lindsey B
Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Service was great, price was perfect, food was unbelievable. Try the gnocchi. It was absolutely amazing! The brussel sprouts its garnished with are perfectly cooked.

Thank Stephanie W
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2017

I have been a regular customer of Pasta Fresca's since they were doing business at their original location on Forest Drive. Lately, however, their to-go meals have left a lot of to be desired. In fact, the last time I ordered a meal to go, the gnocchi with flash fried Brussel sprouts, the dish was greasy with oil coating the... More 

Thank Maria S
Wheatland, California
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386 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

My husband and I decided to check out this spot before running some errands in the area. I love Italian food and the reviews for this place were pretty good. We were seated right away and our waitress was pretty friendly. We ordered the loaded garlic bread as an appetizer. It was tasty. For my meal I had the tortellini... More 

Thank Kristen T
Columbia, SC
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81 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Pasta Fresca is different enough from chain Italian restaurants to make it worth my drive across town. The menu has many dishes that are unusual, especially at an Italian place. I ordered Wahoo with fresh veggies (portabellas, zucchini, roasted red peppers) over angel hair pasta. The sauce was really good but needed a bit more salt which was an easy... More 

Thank katiebug_56
Columbia, SC
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215 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Pasta Fresca is almost like a chain restaurant in its atmosphere. The have a few tables but mostly booths Our server was friendly but the runner who brought our entrees simply put them down and left...nothing more said such as I hope you enjoy or can I get you anything else. We ordered the Flash Fried Brussel Sprouts which were... More 

Thank PJL_SC

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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$9 - US$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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?