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“Lovely Dining Experience”
Review of Frescos Ristorante

Frescos Ristorante
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Ranked #59 of 137 Restaurants in Cape May
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lafayette
Description: In the heart of the Historic District, Frescos occupies an 1880 Victorian cottage. On the candlelit veranda, or in the coolness of the Mediteranean inspired dining rooms, you imagine yourself at a small trattoria in Tuscany, or sampling the finest of local seafood at a Mediterranean cafe. From the seafood and homemade pastas of the South to the elegant sauces, meats, and veal of the North, Frescos is a culinary adventure tour of Italy. Frescos' award-winning young Chef Joseph Badger takes as his palette the incredible variety of fresh local seafood, and bountiful local produce, bringing a richness and creativity to the menu-- a dazzling display of shrimp, lobster, seafoods and pastas, and desserts that make guests exclaim with delight. One of ZAGAT'S "Top Italian Restaurants in America," and Voted "Best Italian Restaurant in Southern New Jersey 2012," by NJ Monthly.
New Jersey
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5 reviews
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“Lovely Dining Experience”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

As a local resident we are fortunate to have many great restaurants that open seasonally, but there are too many to hit them all in one season. So, recently we re-visited Frescos after having not been there for a couple of seasons. We had heard that there were some changes but hoped that the quality and service would still be as we had experienced in the past. I am happy to report that the restaurant still stands out as a top Italian establishment in Cape May.
The menu has some lovely new additions, but has kept many of the Frescos classics, including the Shrimp and Scallops Pescatore and Osso Bucco, our choices for the night. We began our meal with some grilled garlic cheese bread and a generous size pear salad with gorgonzola cheese and the mozzarella stuffed zuchini blossoms, a special that night. All were great. The seafood in the Pescatore was jumbo and the cream sauce was light, as not to overpower the delicate flavor of the shrimp and scallops. The Osso Bucco was so tender and the risotto that accompanied it was creamy and delicious. We shared the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake for dessert as we were too full to order two from the varied list.
Our server was very pleasant and attentive without being intrusive, allowing us to have a fairly uninterrupted meal and enjoy a much needed night out. Frescos is BYOB, another plus in our book, but if you forget they do have some bottles from Cape May Winery available for purchase.
Overall it was a great night, and we look forward to returning.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
New York City, New York
2 reviews
“Save your money”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Open face lasagna??? Burnt edges on the only piece of pasta on plate, meatballs terrible, sauce also terrible. Famous garlic bread, you are kidding me, frozen Texas toast in local market is better. Woman who took our reservation said Fresco had a new chef, well, perhaps owners should keep looking. Left before dessert.

  • Visited July 2014
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Andover, New Jersey
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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“A favorite”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

What is becoming an annual trip to Cape May has been including a dinner at Fresco's. Love the ambience - particularly on the porch. A nice menu with offerings from something simple (such as white beans with arugula) to more complex entrees that seem to feature seafood. Service was pleasant and attentive without being overly invasive. We'll be back next time!

Visited June 2014
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Gibsonia, Pa, United States
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50 reviews
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“McCormick Salt Grinder on a Linen Tablecloth?”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We took my sister-in-law and her husband to this restaurant for their anniversary. We had to wait 25 minutes past our reservation time for the table. Well, OK, they said they had had several large parties and were backed up. Then a gentleman came to the table to uncork wine, and explain the specials, along with saying our waitress was coming soon from the upstairs where she was finishing up...... hmmm. And so on, the service was not good, and it seemed the young help was not properly trained for this type of restaurant. The food was OK, but not great. Finally, we asked for some salt and pepper for the oil for the bread and were presented with a McCormick salt grinder and the one large pepper mill....left on the table. Really? Sadly, not the best dining experience I have had in Cape May.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Ann H
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Gambrills, Maryland
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“Another great meal”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Dined here last week while vacationing in CM - one of our favorite spots. Service is always friendly and attentive - food is excellent, from Northern Italian classics to very fresh seafood dishes - and the place offers local Cape May wines or you can BYO. We've been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. Reservations are recommended, especially in the summer months.

  • Visited June 2014
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