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About Fresco Italian Cafe
Chef Adrian Harris takes pride in creating innovative Italian food using fresh, seasonal, and local produce. We feature fresh house-made pastas, along with a nightly risotto that should not be missed. Join us on the candle lit patio, tucked back behind The King's English Bookstore, or dine with us inside in our intimate, cottage-like dining room. Browse the books at the bookstore before dinner, or have a glass of wine and wait in our garden where we grow and use some of our own produce. We do not take reservations for our patio, but we do our best to accommodate all requests. Due to the intimate size of our restaurant, parties of 5 or more should call the restaurant in order to make a reservation. We look forward to you dining with us!
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm, Closed Sunday
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
UTA Bus Number 52
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
Cherie Bartleson: 8014861300x11
Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining
Fresco Italian Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Always loved Fresco's. Was their last ni ...
Always loved Fresco's. Was their last night after 30 years.
The special occasion was the unfortunate closing of Fresco. We will miss it so much! Had to go for one last wonderful meal. For those of you who have never been, I'm sorry you never had the chance to experience this amazing little gem of a restaurant.
Delectable! Always a treat! So sorry to ...
Delectable! Always a treat! So sorry to find that they're closing after 30 years.
Thanks for the years of great food and memories! A truly wonderful experience that will be missed.
Beautifully delicious vegetarian eggplan ...
Beautifully delicious vegetarian eggplant meatballs!
One of my favorite restaurants
I love this place. It always has really good food, great service and perfect ambiance for a more romantic/special night. It is a hidden gem that not many people know about, yet I've been going there since I was a kid (I'm 38 now). I highly recommend. I've never had a bad meal there.
Best Valentines dinner yet
I made a reservation for Valentines, and the food was incredible. Every course was delicious. It was our first time going to Fresco, and we will definitely be back.
Very romantic quaint location with fabul ...
Very romantic quaint location with fabulous food. Tight quarters can be a bit noisy. Window seating can be a little cool in the winter. Though this restaraunt is amazing. I Highly recommend it.
Very over priced for what was offered.
Spent 150 dollars for a meal that would have cost 45 at macaroni grill. Had heard good things but very underwhelming. Waay too much money for what we got.
Nice but not as good as it use to be.
Went for an anniversary and splurge. Fresco has always been a favorite but just did not seem to have the same feel or the food as special as in the past. Still nice and intimate setting but there is a lot of competition in the valley now to rival Fresco.
It's been too Long
Wish I hadn't stayed away so long. Have always had a superb experience here. Food is exceptional, good service and decent ambiance. Our (food critical) group of four eat out often and all enjoyed our various dishes. It's in the details and these guys get it. Will be going back very soon. Small, so make reservations.
We always love eating at Fresco's. The food is always outstanding and the service is great! We always recommend this restaurant to friends.
I had a lamb pasta that was out of this ...
I had a lamb pasta that was out of this world AND I took some home. We had a late reservation for 7 during Sundance and a late arrival of folks from the airport. Friendly staff, good Italian red wine special and everyone, including our vegetarian, loved their meal. First time here. We will be back!
Fresco's rocks it with great food!
Quite, quaint bistro type place with a romantic vibe! Great for a quite dinner or to pop the big question.
Great food, drinks and ambience
Appetizers and main dishes are spot on. Cocktails and wine are also paired well. Desserts could have been better. Pork chops were one of the best I have ever tried. Risotto is also a specialty.
The food was impressive.
Ambience, fabulous food. great preparation and presentation. Staff very caring.
Small but great menu
Fresco's never disappoints. Dinner was superb, with new menu items. Will be back again
3 separate dishes were ordered and all 3 ...
3 separate dishes were ordered and all 3 were very good. The veal bolognese was the favorite of the evening. The Wagyu beef was tender. The chefs risotto of the day was also very good. Simple wine selections for every dish. Wait staff was very responsive and unobtrusive.
We loved it and are dining there again w ...
We loved it and are dining there again with friends! It is small, quiet, reasonable and the menu is great. The only thing we did not care for were the smoked tomatoes in the seafood pasta dish. It seemed to overpower the seafood. The kale and warm squash salad was wonderful! The service was top notch too! Love the setting and the bookstore being open was a nice touch, as we completed our Christmas shopping.
Excellent, as always!
Fresco is always a delight, and dinner this week was no exception. The Risotto of the day was with braised short ribs, and was amazing. I always wish I had just a bit more room there, but I think that's part of what makes it so charming.
Everything was wonderful. From the root vegetable soup and polenta appetizers, to the pasta and chicken involtini. My out of town guests couldn't stop raving about the meal!
Great Italian food
A hidden, neighborhood gem with great Italian food is an apt description. Our party of six loved the ambiance and service. Food? Two of us are vegetarians, but not to worry, there are a few very good options and Chef will adapt and accommodate almost any menu item. We had a scrumptious vegetarian Bucatini with eggplant meatballs. Others had the Risotto, seafood pasta, and pork chop with mushrooms. Delicious and a hit all around. We will all go back.
A Sugarhouse Favorite!
We Love Fresco so much that we got Married in the restaurant! It's wonderful chef preferred food with amazing flavors and beautiful Plates. You will not be disappointed!
Fresco Italian Restaurant
The food was superb and service exceptional. The noise level was the only distraction.
Great new chef.
The service was excellent. The food was delicious. It's always a treat to dine at Fresco's.
Very disappointed with the food
We wanted to love our dinner out -- but didn't. Underwhelmed by all dishes -- from the over-salted mushroom torta (the restaurant did remove it from our bill, which was nice), to the bland risotto cakes to the average branzino to the mediocre dessert. And the tables seemed crammed in, crowded. We won't be back.
Great consistent place
This is one of the best and most consistent restaurants in Salt Lake City.
Fresco was good again
The food was prepared with care and excellence. It was very tasty, which separates it from most restaurant food available today. Unfortunately the beef was quite chewy - not the fault of the chief but something an upscale restaurant should be able to avoid. Sending it back isn't really practical because of the time to cook another meal. The hostess was great. Open Table screwed up by not forwarding the specifics of my request but the hostess was good on her feet and got us an acceptable table despite a Friday night crunch.
We had 8 people and all thoroughly enjoyed the food ordered. The restaurant is small and quiet, so not for a party scene. The service, chef and venue were all outstanding.
The gem of Salt Lake City. Everything w ...
The gem of Salt Lake City. Everything was outstanding. I have been many times and I am never disappointed.
I reserved ahead of the date and I love the intimacy of Fresco, but they seated us at a table right outside the kitchen...other tables were available and I was disappointed that we were seated at an inferior spot.
A lovely, quiet, intimate little restaurant with wonderful food and wonderful service; who could as for anything more??? Thank you, Fresco Italian Cafe, and Robert, for a memorable dining experience in Salt Lake City!
Delightful, lovely setting; delicious fresh meal!
In searching for an Italian restaurant to take my husband to for his birthday, a friend told me about the Fresco Italian Cafe. I found it to be highly rated online, and decided to try it. Making the reservation was easy through OpenTable. We were a little late getting out of a movie we saw before dinner, so I quickly called and let them know we were on our way. The October weather that evening was mild, and they let us choose where to sit-inside or out. We chose to sit outside around the back-it was charming and quiet-3 tables there. There were stepping stones and a brick patio-be careful, some bricks are wobbly. Our server was great, very attentive. The meal was excellent-freshly delicous in every way. The spiced pear salad was divine, as was my chicken entree and my husband's caesar salad and veal entree. For dessert we shared pistachio cake with pistachio gelato on a platter on which "Happy Birthday" was written in chocolate-so perfectly delicious. I can't wait to go back for dinner again soon!
Excellent food in a lovely setting.
Excellent food in a lovely setting.
Cool place with ok service
The ambiance is fantastic. The service wasn't very attentive. Pasta dishes were good...I would not recommend any meat dish. Potato soup was excellent.
Special dinner place for conversation
Everyday is a special menu. Very original Italian dishes and well-paired wines. Comfortable for couples and conversation.
Lovely meal, lots of extras
We always like eating at Fresco Cafe. Ambiance is wonderful, waiters are friendly, and the food is very good. We would like to see more VEGAN and non-pasta offerings and more veggies, though, since we are vegan and also don't want to put on more pounds! What about a "veggie" pasta with no flour, just made of carrots or zucchini?
Small house like environment. Creaky flo ...
Small house like environment. Creaky floors, creaky door. Not the ideal romantic setting. Service was lacking. Food was good though.
We were only in SLC for a couple of days and picked Fresca ahead of time. Its location in the Sugar House neighborhood is perfect. The food was delicious, service attentive with no sense of being rushed. We chose to sit inside and it was very quiet but the patio dining area is lovely and very reminiscent of Italy. The noise level was a little louder but still pleasant. The soup that evening was amazing... crab (I think) with corn. My husband chose the seafood linguine and said it was delicious. I opted for two appetizers - the roasted peach and the cheese and charcuterie plate (saving room for dessert) - and enjoyed every mouthful. Fresco's bread is also delish, btw. Our son went with the gnocchi and was also very happy. All in all, a wonderful meal. If we return, we'll definitely go back. That peach appetizer was so good, I need seconds!!
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