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


Reviews by the General Public

Now a dog park, 3/20/2014
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, 4/26/2013
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.


Thanksgiving dinner
Reviewer: Al and Shirley Eichstaedt from Santa Barbara, CA
Jill and Mark, As you know, we and our group have eaten outside at your 5 point restaurant Wednesdays for several years. This year my wife was recovering from a knee replacement, so we ordered our Turkey dinner from you. The quality of the turkey dinner, side dishes, and desserts was a 10! The Turkey was wonderfully glazed, yet moist inside. All of the sides were cooked just right--we just spread all of it through 2 ovens and our warming drawer to heat it to perfection. We thought it equaled anything we have done at home, was a lot easier , and allowed more choices for individual preferences. We'll be back for many Christmas and Thanksgivings from now on! Thanks so much. Al and Shirley


My "other" kitchen
Reviewer: Barbara from Santa Barbara, CA
I adore this restaurant. I like the food, the people and the location (blocks from home!). I, too, have noticed a little slip in the service. I've been going to Fresco since it was just a little hole in the wall, and I've always had very good food there. This latest crew of servers aren't quite like the ones a year or two ago, that's for certain. I have relatives who have told me about some screwed up orders and long waits. Jill needs to give the staff a New York-style pep talk, I suppose, and then all will be right with the world again.


Gorgonzola Walnut Salad Addict
Reviewer: Mika from Santa Barbara, CA
I have a problem with the Gorgonzola Walnut Salad; I can't give it up. The dressing is just amazing! In general, I have always been happy with Fresco. Last time I also got a layered mousse which was delightful, lovely flavor, light smooth texture.


Consistently GREAT!!
Reviewer: Linda from Santa Barbara, CA
Yes, people do read these reviews - especially the owners - so I personally would have to have a really bad experience somewhere to impact someone's business by writing a mean stingy review. I just can't complain about a single item i've ever ordered at this great eatery - a little slice of heaven on earth. Thank you chefs & staff for doing the wonderful job you do every day. Thank you to the owners for understanding that your customers appreciate your focus on delicious AND healthy foods. I better head over now for dinner!


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