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Fresco Da Franco

4.5
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791 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian


As per NJ Executive Order 163, Fresco Da Franco will be offering OUTDOOR DINING and INDOOR DINING at 25% capacity.

We are following all CDC guidelines to ensure that the safety of our guests and staff.


Head over to Fresco Da Franco on Church Street in Montclair, New Jersey for an array of delicious food. Filled with authentic Italian flavors, creative dishes and homemade pastas and desserts, Fresco Da Franco new menu has something for everyone.


Our recently revamped menu features homemade pastas and authentic Italian entrees as well as a selection of homemade desserts. Whether you are dining alone, dinner for two or a family night, there is something sure to please everyone.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Support Fresco Da Franco during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 791 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JimmyA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Ambiance is great
Wait staff is not up to par with the restaurant. Took the waitress 30-35 each time to come back to our table we had to ask other servers in passing

We ordered 3 appetizers but only two where brought out.

Me and a friend order Zappa do pesce and it was liking drinking salt water. It was so salty. It came with like 6 strains of linguine.
The salmon special had no flavor.
Would not go back. Highly overrated.

Keep in mind there is a 2 hour seating maximum. So you have to hurry up

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vipJoeSev
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for lunch while shopping in Montclair. Excellent choices for brunch. Must have the meatballs. Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was amazing but service was not great.

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viplisat
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Service was terrible. Waited 25 minutes until someone finally came over to take our order. It was a Wednesday evening with outside seating half full and inside, 80% empty.
No one smiled or was friendly except for the men who cleared the table.
There are too many good restaurants in the surrounding area to feel the desire to ever go back. Would only return if friends insisted.

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vipTonyT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Diner was great, the appetizer, fried calamari was overdone, which makes it tough, but our server never came around to ask. Otherwise both dinners were delicious. Atmosphere was a bit too trendy for us, a little loud.

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vipPoppy27
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the veal chop!
Always meatballs
Zuppa de pesche is the best

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vipneils
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall very good. I would go back for a special occasion but it’s pricey. BYOB Helps.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was very good and atmosphere was very pleasant but it took an extremely long time to get the appetizers 45mins and the entrees took another 30 mins after that.

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SimoneS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time dining at Fresco Da Franco and it will not be our last. From the gracious welcome to the delicious dessert, the experience was beyond our expectations.

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vipArturoU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect From appetizer to dessert! Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresco Da Franco never disappoints!! Delicious meal outside while listening to lovely music & excellent service. I only wish I was able to come here more!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food and ambience were outstanding. We had a hard time choosing what to order because everything looked good. We ended up being very satisfied with our picks, it did not disappoint! It is a BYOB, and the restaurant has an arrangement with a nearby liquor store to get liquor and wine delivered right to your table for no upcharge.

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vipDave1
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food on a beautiful night

MJ
MelyssaJ
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

This restaurant overall was great for the ambiance and outdoor dining. The calamari and burrata was delicious. My friends eggplant dish was very good but my seabass was mediocre at best.

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SherilynO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the best food and service! Fresco is always my go-to spot with friends or family. Everything on the menu is delicious- I always have a difficult time choosing what I want! Easily the best Italian cuisine in all of North Jersey, especially Essex County. Fresco makes me feel as if I were to be eating at my Nonna's house on a Sunday!

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LauraL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing! We loved the food and the service. Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed how open the doors and windows were so it felt like we were still in an intimate setting versus it feeling like eating on a sidewalk. The food was delicious, we had the ricotta appetizer and the calamari was cooked perfectly. Fresco is one of my favorite spots in Montclair, friendly wait staff and I’ve never had a bad meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fantastic meal @ Frescos

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Efficient service and good food.

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vipbayankee
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and service, waiter was friendly and courteous.

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AlexK
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Came on Monday with fiance. They have a nice outdoor setup with properly spaced seating, we came when the sun was already down so didn't have to worry about the sun in re: to seating. BYOB but LQ store can deliver to the table which is nice. For apps we had the burrata which was nice, burrata was creamy and cool and the eggplant was very tasty. For mains, I had the Pappardelle and my date had the Norweigan Salmon. The pasta was pretty good, cooked well, enjoyed the thickness and it paired well with the lamb and the red wine I got. Salmon skin wasn't as crispy as my date wanted but she enjoyed the sides a lot (fingerling potatoes, asparagus, mushroom). We then ended the night with an Affogato, which I always enjoy.

Overall, I thought the place was a nice spot but the prices didn't necessarily live up to the expected taste. I would still go back, but with a different expectation.

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LukeC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was very good. Food was excellent. They made the best of outside seating. Very comfortable and spaced out.

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khadijahj
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing! Wonderful service

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vipsilkcity
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Given that all dining is al fresco, this was a delightful spot. Sidewalk, shaded, on a quiet street. food was very good. a keeper.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attentive service. Great food. Seamless wine delivery. Like the pandemic never happened.

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LAuraA
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

Hosted was very rude and approached our table at 8:30 to tell us we had to get up soon (2 hour limit). No in was waiting and other tables were there before us. We had 45 more minutes and we’re already having desert. Very rude of her.

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vipMichelleS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently delicious.. must haves... meatballs and eggplant stack!

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Joelle
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice dinner. Outside set up was great. Enjoyed the food. Server was also very good.

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vipPeter
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fantastic experience and even better food!

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vipV2018
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Beautiful sidewalk patio seating w umbrellas. Food wasn’t fantastic but was pretty good and server was great :)

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NickyV
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, Excellent service, delicious food at a decent price. Would definitely go back there. Totally recommend it!!

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JANELLYJ
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and Food. I love that its all BYOB!

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SarahS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food and atmosphere was great. I was just disappointed because they advertise that they do brunch on Saturday and Sunday’s from 11:30-3 and they were only serving there regular menu instead of their brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

I have dined here before an enjoyed it. This time I felt our service was not it’s usual. Of course due to COVID-19 outdoor dining can be risky. My friend and I took the chance. It began to drizzle which we did

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TaniaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was great, everyone in our group left a clean plate. We dropped off our wines ahead of time and they had the wines chilled and ready in time for our reservation. will be back for sure.

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BarbraV
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelente !! Delicious, one of my fav Italian restaurants

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vipYteagle
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

As we were the only diners for lunch, service was surprisingly slow. Food was very good but disappointed that there was no lunch menu, only dinner. A little too heavy for lunchtime fare

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vipAFoodGuy
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

outdoor seating done very well in New Jersey. worth another visit. was first time eating here and was not disappointed. Don't forget it is a BYOB so tip the waiter well!

FAQs

Fresco Da Franco offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 337-5100.

Fresco Da Franco is rated 4.5 stars by 791 OpenTable diners.

Fresco Da Franco does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.frescodafranco.com/gift-cards.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.