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Fresco Da Franco

4.6
4.6
1198 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to Fresco Da Franco, contemporary Italian cuisine and bar located in the heart of Montclair, New Jersey. Created by Hollywood producer and owner Franco Porporino Jr., a first generation Italian American, Fresco Da Franco is a destination restaurant for authentic cucina alla nonna -- delicious comfort food that is both satisfying and refined. From a young age, Franco watched his grandmother and mother taking simple ingredients from their gardens to create authentic Italian dishes. Inspired by their use of the freshest ingredients, Franco named his restaurant “Fresco Da Franco” (Fresh by Franco) in their honor.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 337-5100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Giuseppina Porporino

  • Private party facilities

    For any occasion, we will create an event as special as the occasion. For large groups, there is the option to rent out the entire restaurant to have the complete private dining experience.Please email liz@frescomontclair.com

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Arcuri: (347) 974-2420

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Cross street

    Between Bloomfield Ave and Park St.

  • Parking details

    South Fullerton Parking Deck or Crescent Parking Deck

  • Entertainment

    Friday and Saturday Night after 9 p.m. we raise the music to the sounds of Studio 54! Dancing is permitted at your own will!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,198 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AH

    AlexH

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was very attentive. Great explanation of menu and engagement with guests.
  2. C

    Christi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was slow. Food was excellent! A good quality price ratio. The noise level got a bit much when they were celebrating a birthday and it seemed everyone on the restaurant was having a birthday.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A word of warning, well, two. First is this restaurant is no longer BYOB, which it had been since its opening years ago. Second is the menu on Open Table is out of date. Selections are fewer and prices are higher, as is true everywhere. That said the food was delicious and the service very good.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was great. Great ambiance that will keep me coming back. Servers were great too. Food was alright as well
  5. RH

    RosalindH

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The appetizers were amazing. I recommend the meatballs, eggplant stack and the seafood salad. Chicken entrée was delicious and presentation great. Wonderful service...on top of everything without being hovering. Definitely going back.
  6. J

    Jiml

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I frequent Fresco and every single time I am impressed by the quality of the food and the level of service. It feels like high a end NYC dining experience right here in Montclair.
  7. I

    Izzy

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, food was delicious. Highly recommend the lamb.
  8. LJ

    LadyJ

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, wow & wow! What an incredible brunch. I would have never thought an Italian restaurant would deliver a stellar brunch menu. There is something for everyone from traditional brunch fare like chicken & waffles,steak & eggs to a Mediterranean dish like eggs purgatory. The only downside was a diner seated outside with her annoying dog that barked incessantly for the duration of her meal. I love dogs but common sense should have set in for her to leave and not have everyones dining experience be interrupted by her fur baby. In spite of this, I look forward to returning. Delicious food and attentive service.
  9. W

    Wally

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service was very slow. Had to ask for water, waiter never returned to ask if we wanted another drink. Food was good but probably won’t be going back
  10. j

    joanned

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Service slow but pleasant Food very good Music too loud
  11. DA

    DarcyA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall VERY good place. Love the celebration attention with sparklers and music! Portions were a bit small.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable, food was delicious! We had a wonderful time!
  13. VB

    VinB

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Seated on time. Waited 15 minutes before anyone came to table. Drinks were ordered - arrived 15 minutes later. Salads and meals were good. No one came by during dinner to ask how we were doing. Took forever to get check. Got super loud at 9:00pm - blasting music with 2 hired women walking around in bunny type costumes. Didn’t quite understand why - they didn’t seem to be promoting anything. I think people in their 20’s might enjoy this place, but it wasn’t for us. I think they may have been short staffed.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was exceptional. Beautiful restaurant. Service was awful. We had to track down our waiter multiple times. And it took 20 mins after we sat down for anyone to come to the table.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We have been coming to Fresco for years. How things have changed. The service was great. But the other patrons and the food have been quite a change from the high level Fresco has shown us before.
  16. k

    kigs

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend loved it, it was their frist time. We would definitely go back.
  17. MH

    MargoH

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks combined with excellent service! We will definitely make this our go to restaurant in Montclair
  18. MB

    MaryB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We were a party of 4 and we sat outdoors on the beautiful patio. We enjoyed the nice live music and the cool breeze. Our reservation was for 7:00 and by 7:10 we had ordered our meals, as we arrived a bit early. From 7:10 until 7:45, we watched tables around us who had arrived after us get served their food. Meanwhile, our waiter never stopped by to check on us, give us an update on our food, nothing. When he finally brought our food, we didn’t see him again until he brought our check. Didn’t ask how everything was, if we needed anything, if the food was good…if I wanted another glass of wine. Nothing. Somebody refilled our water at some point. The food was delicious and the atmosphere wonderful, but I experienced some of the worst service I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. I am a big believer in tipping at least 20% because I know servers work hard and rely on tips. This time, I begrudgingly left 15%.
  19. Q

    Queendi

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Restaurant was very accommodating, even creating a dish not on the menu for me. The servers were very professional and concerned that everything was the way we liked it. The only downside was the prices. I had an entree and shared dessert and my part of the bill was $50. A little pricy. But I guess that 's what happens when you go out to eat. Nice place - I would recommend.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Anniversary
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food & service were excellent!
  22. B

    Blaise

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food excellent and the service was great.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, fantastic food, fantastic drinks! Couldn’t have been a better date spot. We will be back!
  24. RK

    RitaK

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great service. Always love coming back
  25. NC

    NatC

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Food was great, service was atrocious. Our server was an absolute pig, he refused to acknowledge me, even though I was the one talking and ordering, he simply would not stop drooling over my wife. The server alone ruined the whole experience with his behavior, angering me and making her uncomfortable. Although we are married, we still go on dates and he was the equivalent of a dark cloud on an otherwise sunny day. Then as we go to leave he completely looked down her shirt and while probably this review will go unnoticed, its terrible that anyone thinks this behavior is acceptable.
  26. DP

    DeborahP

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My 2nd time here and it’s classic great food in a white table atmosphere in Montclair- where families and couples are welcome There were large celebratory parties that were having a great time. Drinks were wonderful along with the presentation and taste of the food. You can tell that they pay attention to the ingredients and quality. Can’t go wrong - consistently delicious.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time, great food.
  28. JL

    JuliaL

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing! Our waiter was fantastic-brought us a.complimentary appetizer (delicious meatballs) and a shot for tiramisu as we were celebrating a birthday. The ricotta with toast appetizer was also amazing. Dinner was fabulous.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place
  30. AC

    AllenC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! Food, service , presentation, atmosphere, desserts, drinks, price , all amazing ! Couldn’t have asked for better ! Meatballs are a must ! If you haven’t had them you are missing out! Highly recommended!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal. One of the best pasta’s I have had in a while! Highly recommend and will be going again!
  32. T

    Toocool1957

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is cooked with care and taste good. There is a nice atomosphere complete with outside seating on the sidewalk. They provide background music and sometimes there is a guitarist and precussionist who play some light music. Nice but not overwhelming volume.
  33. C

    Clarice

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, ambiance & service !! I’ll def be back!!! 💕
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent night, with great service and entertainment!!
  35. m

    madelinem

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere, great service, fried calamari excellent, old fashion cocktail excellent but needed cherries, gnocchi with braciole good but the braciole needed to be cooked longer so it would fall apart
  36. J

    Jules

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service, ambience and drinks were great. Chicken fingers and fried calamari were good, but entrees were pretty bad and not worth the price.
  37. MC

    MicheleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a hidden gem. Always consistent and never disappointing.
  38. BC

    BrielleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. The minute we walked in we were greeted and our table was waiting for us. And the espresso martinis are to die for.
  39. EO

    EfeO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was absolutely beautiful. The live music really set the vibe. Best chicken and waffles I’ve had in a while
  40. d

    dcruz

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was fantastic! Food, music & ambiance was incredible.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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

Fresco Da Franco is rated 4.6 stars by 1198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Fresco Da Franco

15 Church St, Montclair, NJ 07042

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Bloomfield Ave and Park St.

  • Neighborhood

    Montclair

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    South Fullerton Parking Deck or Crescent Parking Deck

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Giuseppina Porporino

  • Entertainment

    Friday and Saturday Night after 9 p.m. we raise the music to the sounds of Studio 54! Dancing is permitted at your own will!

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (973) 337-5100

  • Private party facilities

    For any occasion, we will create an event as special as the occasion. For large groups, there is the option to rent out the entire restaurant to have the complete private dining experience.Please email liz@frescomontclair.com

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Arcuri: (347) 974-2420

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