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Fresco Cafe
3987 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 967-6037


Reviews by the General Public

Fresco Cafe Microwave , 9/15/2016
Reviewer: easternpacific from Santa Barbara, CA
We took our 91 year old Mother out for dinner. We had a nice time. The custom pizza was great, but noticed the kitchen had several microwave ovens in constant use. The door slamming was enough but heating cold soup to hot to order really sucks. No eatery should stoop so low. Soup heated on the stove top is so good, all the way to the bottom of the bowl. I won't return, especially after talking to the manager about micro use. His return reaction to me was that they shouldn't be visible and every restaurant uses them. I'll put my $40+ bucks elsewhere


Fresco is still a go-to BUT, 3/27/2016
Reviewer: CA Coast Lady from Santa Barbara, CA
We've done mostly take-out at Fresco, and it's been more than satisfactory. The last, and most recent, time was a disappointment, however. The New England clam chowder had chunks of potatoes so big, I had to get a knife to cut them up. The creamy broth was slightly brown and tasted like there was too much bacon fat in it. There appeared to be sufficient diced clams but any clam taste was overwhelmed by the numerous potatoes and the broth. We each ordered the salmon/dill quiche. There were only a few small chunks of salmon at the bottom and the filling had the consistency and taste of a plain custard. I wondered if the chef had forgotten to put in whole eggs. Not a good night for take-out!


Fresco North is WAY better
Reviewer: Christina from Santa Barbara, CA
Fresco has been a favorite of mine for a long time. A couple of months ago I was out in the Goleta area and thought I would try Fresco North. Being a little skeptical and thinking it might not be as consistent as Fresco Five Points I was happy to say that the service at Fresco North was exceptional and the food was even better (Fresco North's food and service both get 5 stars)! They had very attentive and nice wait staff UNLIKE Fresco Five Points. Maybe Fresco Five points could learn something from Fresco North


From love to like
Reviewer: Jenny from Santa Barbara, CA
I have loved this place for years. The chicken Alfredo is divine. The salads are genius and generous. The desserts are so good they could have a successful bakery by itself. Last time we went he had ribs, delicious, I ordered halibut fish and chips. We both got desserts and lemonade. $50. My fish was gross. Squishy and smelled very bad, like feet. I told the waiter, he offered me a free dessert. I told him I already bought dessert. "well, sorry" he said. Thats it. I may go back eventually. After the bad taste leaves my mouth.


Now a dog park
Reviewer: chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
food generally good, prices a little high, but not too bad. Service can be eratic from time to time. My only real issue is the number of dogs that abound. I love dogs, but not when I'm eating


Maybe.......maybe not
Reviewer: alan from Santa Barbara, CA
You can see the daily "special" on their website, but it doesn't mean they will have it when you get there. Until now my wife and I have been a weekly regular, but not anymore since they haven't figured out how much of a popular dish to have available as opposed to,let's say, shepherd's pie that even if they were open til 2 am.they probably would not sell out of. Filet mignon, jack daniels ribs, beef stroganoff.....there probably won't be any for you.


It is a winner every time.
Reviewer: Christina from Santa Barbara, CA
We have been coming to Fresco cafe at 5 point since 2003. The friendly family atmosphere along with fresh made food makes Fresco's one of the BEST places in SB to dine. The owners and staff are friendly and conscientious in their service to us every time we eat there. If you're looking for a great variety of desserts that taste fantastic - Fresco is the place for you. A great locally owned business with a personal touch. We love Fresco!!


Diane and John
Reviewer: Diane from Santa Barbara, CA
The freshest, best tasting food in town. We have been faithful customers since moving to Santa Barbara in 1997. Excellent and affordable catering as well. Jill and Mark are winners!!


BEST SERVICE , BEST FOOD!!!!
Reviewer: Jane and Harold in Santa Batbara from Santa Barbara, CA
all i can say is amazing! the food was terrific! the ambiance was friendly and the staff is the best they treated us like family although it does get busy most of time they make sure to pay attention to each one of us, fresco in goleta great place aswell !!!


As Good As It Gets
Reviewer: Richard from Santa Barbara, CA
The friendly family atmosphere along with fresh made food makes Fresco's one of the BEST places in SB to dine. The owners and staff are friendly and conscientious in their service to us every time we eat there. If you're looking for a great variety of desserts that taste fantastic - Fresco is the place for your sweet tooth. Go there, eat there, converse there, you won't be disappointed.


Love Fresco, but some feedback
Reviewer: carolyn from Santa Barbara, CA
Had the delicious kale salad last night. Wonderful. Love the lemon dressing and hope they will add it to the regular choice of dressings. A little feedback: The option of a side order of brown rice is a great idea but what was served was so overly salted or soy sauced or prepared spice mixed, that it made it inedible. Also wish they would serve better bread in the basket. A simple crusty baguette would be better than what they offer. Thank you.


More like it
Reviewer: Barbara from Santa Barbara, CA
My review previously ("My other kitchen") took Fresco to task for a little slip in service. All's well again. I always enjoy my food at Fresco, and Jill and Mark make it the friendliest place to eat. Everyone is family at Fresco.


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