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Fresko, Des Moines, IA

Fresko

4.7
4.7
790 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
“Fresko” meaning “fresh” inspires our creation of seasonal menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Fresko makes natural food from the bounty of Iowa farms whenever possible. The culinary team prepares product from start to finish applying natural time honored techniques with care at every step. This enriches the flavorful and nutritious product we serve and benefits our community. Fresko believes we are what we eat and eating well means living well.

Fresko features a splendid assortment of original cocktails with a deep spirits menu and a beer program with sixteen beers on tap in addition to bottles and cans. Fresko's wine menu focuses on quality selections at a great value to our guests.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 630-7009

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Drew Hoormann

  • Catering

    We would be excited to host you or cater you for your next event.

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for choosing Fresko for your gathering! We are beyond excited to share our seasonal menus, made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, our lovely event spaces and exceptional team. You can trust your guests will have a tremendous experience at Fresko. Whether you’re here to celebrate your love story, organize a business meeting, celebrate a milestone, host a family gathering, or anything in between, we are here to put your mind at ease and deliver a fabulous experience for you and your guests. Our Executive Room accommodates up to 30 guests, and our Gathering Room accommodates up to 45 guests. We are also able to combine both rooms to accommodate up to 100 guests! We welcome the opportunity to make your vision a reality. Please contact us at events@freskodsm.com, by phone at 515-630-7009, or via our website: https://www.freskodsm.com/private-events/

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Cross street

    9th and Locust

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on the street, in several nearby parking ramps, and there is a lot across the street available after 5pm.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

What 790 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Great for Brunch

  • Iowa

    Fit for Foodies

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Hot Spot

  • Iowa

    Great for Lunch

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Fit for Foodies

  • Des Moines

    Good for Groups

  • Des Moines

    Hot Spot

  • Des Moines

    Great for Lunch

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. HC

    HappyCouple

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Hostess was trying to take us to our table and a supervisor insisted she seat a couple first that had just walked up after us. Waited forever for our water and food. Steak was cold. Burger and side was cold. So had to wait for them to be replaced while everyone else ate. The ticket was brought over and we were told they discounted it, however there was not a discount. Server took it back again to be adjusted. Terrible experience and disappointing to drive 3 hours to take our son out for his birthday at a restaurant that was supposed to be too notch.
  2. ST

    ShariT

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent. Service was wonderful and the recommendations from the waitress were spot on. We will go back again again.
  3. DT

    DebT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend had dined there several times and had nothing but good things to share. It was my first visit. It will not be my last! It was an outstanding experience!
  4. LV

    LeighV

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great -good food and happy hour drink advice
  5. T

    Tori

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    Food was very cold and took way too long to come out.
  6. C

    Chase

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    Had a great brunch yesterday. Good food and alot of it for the price. Our waiter was either pretty poor. He really did not want to be there and quite frankly kept forgetting everything. Super slow, no spirit, no energy. Will come back for the food but will try the bar next time
  7. Y

    Yolanda

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    I booked a party for 8-the maximum they’d allow on open table. I put a note that we will likely have 10. Thought someone would call to confirm & nobody did. Tried calling several times to confirm & couldn’t get through to anyone. They were accommodating when we arrived but host girls seemed confused by it all. As far as the ambience, it gets a 3 because the lighting. Way too bright. Need to dim the lights a bit. Ambience is VERY important! Music could be a bit louder too as to provide a more lively atmosphere similar to the owners other places like Graham & Dunn in KC. As far as the food, it was just ok. Everyone seemed to dislike the potatoes served with the sandwiches & also disliked the sweet sauces on their burgers, sandwiches & also the salmon (too much & too sweet). Get on the side if you order. The muscles were to die for though! Salads were great! Nachos need some work (cooked longer) & shrimp app could use more flavor. Our server was amazing! Mark, the manager, was wonderful. This restaurant needs a few tweaks to food & ambience & it would be great! Most of the group I brought hadn’t eaten here & I’m not sure they’ll be back with all the options.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Had a great time with my pals dining here! We got some apps, drinks and a meal and they were all really good!
  9. L

    Laura

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family of 4 had a great experience. For starters, we had the tuna tartare, grilled octopus and seared ahi tuna. All three were delicious! We also loved the beet and goat cheese salad. The Fungo pizza was fantastic and my son really enjoyed his chicken strips off the kids menu. My daughter liked her sushi rolls. The scallops were fine, probably not our favorite dish but certainly not bad. We finished with a selection of desserts and our favorite was the molten lava cake. The service was wonderful and the peach old fashioned cocktails were tasty too. We will definitely be back!!
  10. JD

    JustinD

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely unique menu, the cocktail options were fantastic. I had wanted to stop by since they opened but didn't have the opportunity, and snuck in early on a saturday evening. Entire experience was top notch. This is my new favorite fine dining place in the metro area.
  11. AM

    AmyM

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience at Fresko. Amazing service and food.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great anniversary food, service, drinks and atmosphere were all on point. 10 out of 10 would recommend.
  13. DM

    DarylM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Salmon was a bit overcooked. All food was just average and not "tasty".
  14. SW

    StephenW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend recommended and well worth the visit. Great variety on the menu and as a large group we tried it all with no disappointments.
  15. AO

    AmandaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Food was absolutely wonderful and our waiter was so interactive attentive and nice. It was our daughters 19th birthday we were celebrating and our waiter made her feel very special she loved the cake and the plate that said Happy Birthday. We had a wonderful experience!
  16. EB

    EmilyB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and ambiance! Decently large portions and knowledgble staff - will be back
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our second visit to Fresko, another delicious meal. Seafood ravioli, Dragon Noodle bowl, with Sweet corn cake w/cheddar cheese ice cream for dessert. Waiter Jean-Carlos was kind, helpful and attentive without being intrusive. Next time we will go for brunch!
  18. MW

    MikeW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was amazing and we are disappointed in ourselves for not getting her name. She was always stopping to ask how we were doing, paid attention to our drink levels and was helpful with our order. Food was amazing as always. Drinks are on the boujee side price wise, but we’ll mixed!
  19. h

    hungry

    Pittsburgh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a nice evening, with a few different dining spaces. Thus it was possible to have a conversation. Nice menu of choices.
  20. V

    Vango

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the food! The server Ryan was exceptional. Noisy even in dining area but knew that in advance. Small price to pay for overall quality!
  21. CW

    CourtneyW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Our service was slow and terrible. Waiter didn’t ask if any additional drinks were needed. Saw at food drop off and when he brought a dessert menu. Put 4 couples on one check that was incorrect and didn’t offer to fix
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!!! We went for our anniversary, loved it so much, came back the following day for brunch. Wait staff was phenomenal, every recommendation was spot on.
  23. MS

    MorganS

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Drink order came out wrong, twice. Eggs on the eggs Benedict were slightly undercooked. Had to stop one of the bidders for condiments because the waiter didn’t check on us after the food was delivered. Overall disappointing.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Addison was amazing and took such great care of us! We travel a lot and the food was amazing, so fresh and the restaurant is beautiful.
  25. AD

    AmandaD

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    great evening with friends for dinner. Service was quick and food was good. The Mocktails were a big hit with our young adults!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Upscale yet relaxed atmosphere. We all enjoyed our meals and loved the desserts, especially the deconstructed scotcheroo!
  27. WW

    WaukeeWelch

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and ambiance. First time visiting Fresko, and I will undoubtedly go back.
  28. TJ

    TJB1

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was fast and the food was amazing. My wife and I will be returning!
  29. SK

    ShelbyK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so delicious. Drinks, appetizers, and dinner. No one has a single complaint. It made for a wonderful evening.
  30. CC

    ChrisC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Fresko after church for brunch and had a lovely meal. The range of options allowed our party with our range of food issues (non-dairy, gluten free, vegetarian) to all enjoy wonderful food with lots for each of us to choose from.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch with out of town guests
  32. k

    kb515

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Loved our salads! Nice to make reservations online & we were seated on time.
  33. M

    Makster

    Hong Kong

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Been to this place several times, both the food and the overall experience are good!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    The tuna tartar appetizer and dessert were very good. I was disappointed with my meal. I ordered the filet med rare. Appears I got the tail end of the filet and it was over cooked. My husband liked his New York. This is not my first visit. Others visits have been delicious.
  35. JC

    JeffC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Food was average to bland. definetly not worth the price. Service was the best part.
  36. JJ

    JosephJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and quick service. We love to go to Fresko. The sushi is excellent.
  37. SM

    SaraM

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was delicious. Our server was a delight.
  38. MD

    MarkD

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had an early reservation (5:15). Our waiter Jason was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the food preparation, wine and menu. Tempura Shrimp for starters was an amazing beginning to our evening. Jennifer had the Garden Salad with grilled salmon and described it as perfect. I had the Seafood Ravioli stuffed with lobster. It was excellent and not overwhelmed with sauce. A bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio set the meal off perfectly. Desert was Molten Chocolate and the perfect end to a relaxing enjoyable meal. We highly recommend a visit to this great local restaurant.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best in DSM!
  40. HV

    HeatherV

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food. Service was great. Enjoyed our meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Fresko offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 630-7009.

Fresko is rated 4.7 stars by 790 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 46 times today
Google Map for Fresko

909 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th and Locust

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on the street, in several nearby parking ramps, and there is a lot across the street available after 5pm.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Drew Hoormann

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (515) 630-7009

  • Catering

    We would be excited to host you or cater you for your next event.

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for choosing Fresko for your gathering! We are beyond excited to share our seasonal menus, made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, our lovely event spaces and exceptional team. You can trust your guests will have a tremendous experience at Fresko. Whether you’re here to celebrate your love story, organize a business meeting, celebrate a milestone, host a family gathering, or anything in between, we are here to put your mind at ease and deliver a fabulous experience for you and your guests. Our Executive Room accommodates up to 30 guests, and our Gathering Room accommodates up to 45 guests. We are also able to combine both rooms to accommodate up to 100 guests! We welcome the opportunity to make your vision a reality. Please contact us at events@freskodsm.com, by phone at 515-630-7009, or via our website: https://www.freskodsm.com/private-events/

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