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Fresco Bistro Italiano - CLOSED

354 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M8, Canada
+1 613-235-7541
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“beet salad” (5 reviews)
“pizza” (9 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
354 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M8, Canada
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

The lounge upstairs is really cool. Their bar stools are fixed in place, which is very awkward if you have a bigger group because it doesn't let you move around the table easily, but the venue was still really fun. Their servers seemed overworked. We...More

Thank Ardyn N
Reviewed 6 November 2016

I haven't been to many Italian restaurants that play reggae in the background so full marks to Fresco for being one of the few! Aside form the background music the food and the ambiance were very good. My wife is not usually a huge fan...More

Thank emnjnee
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We stayed at the Best Western and Elgin St was near by. Good Italian food. We shared Veal Meatballs and Linguini as we are not big eaters and glasses of pinot grisio. Cooked perfectly and fresh ingredients. We went next door for Gelato which was...More

Thank teebee49
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Eaten here three times. Generally good Italian food and wine. Excellent service. Nice atmosphere. friendly. Very good for the outer suburbs. However I don't recommend the Sunday night special cheaper menu. Not up to snuff.

Thank jwr955
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Ottawa`s Elgin Street is a busy neighbourhood, and right in the middle of it you will find Fresco`s. Its a rather small venue, with a rather tiny patio seating area. The menu is fairly extensive, offering a good selection of appetizers, soups, salads, pizza, pasta...More

Thank Janys H
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We happened upon this Italian Bistro in Ottawa and had a delicious dinner. Service was great, restaurant is cozy, great service. Happy customers!!!

Thank Gail C
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We just decided to go to Fresco, we hadn't read any reviews so we didn't know what to expect. The waitress was very kind and very helpful. Their carpaccio is unbelievable (we ordered a 2nd one). Their was excellent too. We had the rigatoni and...More

Thank georgiosbc
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

On September 3rd, 2016, I order the farfalle at Fresco. My friends and i all tasted the dish, and the dish clearly had no salt in it. I informed the waitress of the situation, but all she said was "the salt is right beside you"...More

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Had not been to Fresco's in a while. Glad I returned. The Chicken Supreme, Penne and Pizza all excellent. To finish homemade Brownie. The patio space is cute, doors open to inside dining space. Attentive Service. Great Location. Worth a visit.

2  Thank bestfamilyadventures
Reviewed 26 August 2016

I was there for a job convention they have a projector enough room/seats for everyone. Excellent service, and when the food arrived wow! this is a place I will definitaly come back

1  Thank BrunoFi
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$6 - US$31
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 354 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-235-7541
  • E-mail
Fresco Bistro Italiano is an Ottawa institution having been on Elgin Street since 1991. Food is comforting and Canadian with an Italian soul. We care a lot about the ingredients and chose local suppliers and purveyors when possible. We offer many options to please gluten free customers or people with other dietary restrictions. Staff are very caring and conscientious and some have even been there since the bistro first opened it's doors. The ambiance is second to none in the city and is a must for anyone visiting Ottawa. Dinner served nightly as well as late night cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Guest Room on the second floor. We look forward to hosting you soon.
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