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3.5 stars 19 reviews

Fresco Bistro Italiano & Westside Lounge

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Hazeldean
Kanata, ON  K2S 0P5

(613) 836-3838

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3.5 star rating
April 18, 2014

My husband, my father-in-law and I went here for lunch recently. The restaurant is in the strip mall with the Lowe's. It's next to the Booster Juice.

I had the Crispy Cod sandwich with a mixed green salad ($15). My husband had the Pressed Club sandwich with fries ($15) and my father-in-law had the Open-Faced Mushroom Melt with fries ($14) - although on the menu in the restaurant they called it... more

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We'll DEFINITELY be back
April 08, 2014

We went for dinner on Tuesday night. On a whim we decided to try Fresco. We were thoroughly impressed. Bob had the mussels and we shared the charcuterie board for our apps. Wonderful bison salami, prosciutto and mortadella with olives & pickles. And one of the tastiest grainy mustard's I've tried.
For the mains - Bob had one of the... more

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Definitely a place to go to eat
March 18, 2014

This is the second time that I have been to this establishment for lunch with former colleagues over the span of four months and I definitely will be back for more. The food is outstanding as is the service, the decor and the ambiance. I have now tried (over the two visits and splitting the meals with my guests) the... more

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Above & Beyond
March 06, 2014

I don't even know where to begin...the entire evening was outstanding! As I was moving away, I was looking for a location that would host more than 10 people, while still providing an intimate atmosphere, and I got exactly that. From the moment we entered Fresco's, it was warm, welcoming, intimate and clearly the place to be - a soft... more

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Exceptional Customer Experience
February 28, 2014

Fresco has been my favourite restaurant for quite some time but they continue to out do themselves each visit. I have challenging diet restrictions and they are always so accommodating, nothing is ever a problem. This exceptional customer experience permeates through the place from the hostess, the server, the chef and is clearly set by the owners. Now the food!... more

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Best Italian restaurant in the area
February 13, 2014

I was surprised on my 1st visit to Fresco, to find such a nice place on a not so fashionable area. Food was delicious. And they are open until much later than the other restaurants in the area. Not the cheapest restaurant, but definitely worth a visit on a special occasion. I'll be back.

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A Great Lunch
January 29, 2014

The food was great. Everything was just right. Nice lunch atmosphere. Zucchini fritters and calamari with aioli dipping sauce were both very tasty with a bit of spice. Club sandwich and meatball sandwich were both outstanding. A margarita pizza and dish of linguini carbonara were done to perfection. The plates were clean when we finished, that's how to tell it... more

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West End Version Impresses
December 17, 2013

Being a long time fan of Fresco's on Elgin Street, I was super thrilled to find out that they had brought their brand out to the west end. We were there on a recent Saturday night, and they did not disappoint. My standards were fairly high because of my experiences on Elgin - but everything was just as excellent.
The... more

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Best restaurant meal I've had in Years
December 11, 2013

Wow! I had the seafood and it was unbelievably tasty. The mussels were the best I have ever had - cooked to perfection. The scallops were massive and tender. The shrimps were jumbo and delicious. The pasta was perfectly coated with a wine and garlic sauce that had me wanting to lick the plate. Incredibly yummy! My husband had the... more

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3.5 star rating
Ecclectic/Relaxing/Classy
October 30, 2013

My friend took me to the Fresco Bistro Italiano (in a mall off Hazeldown Road in Stittsville) for my birthday. She had discovered it a few weeks before and has been back several times since. It is now her new favourite place to go and I concur. "WOW" ambiance/decor!!! I was delighted with this "find" as I am always looking... more

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3.5 star rating
Meatball Humdinger ..Awesome
October 23, 2013

We went for Lunch. I was a little apprehensive at first. I ordered the Meatball Humdinger and it was great!! Not soggy, very tasty, and nice presentation. Server was a little non welcoming at first. She assumed we were just browsing..lolol Well, being on the phone at the bar is difficult to understand why we are there..to EAT!!!!! Browsing ?!?!?!... more

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3.5 star rating
almost perfect expect for the beer selection
October 06, 2013

we went here on the weekend and sat at the bar. the service is awesome and the food is really good and they try and get as much items locally as possible so everything is really fresh tasting.
we had the scallops to start and they were awesome! I had the stuffed chicken which was super moist! and my boyfriend... more

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3.5 star rating
Overpriced
September 29, 2013

I had dinner there on a Saturday night recently. We found the food to be very average and the mixed drinks to be weak. Also, the prices are very expensive for the food and drinks. I would not return. However, service was good, courteous and prompt. And the décor is nice and new.

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3.5 star rating
Best restaurant in Stittsville/Kanata
September 24, 2013

Wonderful in every way! Best filet mignon ever, and I've had many over the years at many fine restaurants. Exceptional service. Warm and cozy ambiance. Delicious food. What more could you want in a restaurant?
I have been there many times now and have never been disappointed.
Tracey Blomquist

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3.5 star rating
Bunch of cry babies
August 25, 2013

Unbelievable and shocked about some of these stupid and worthless comments from people who probably don't eat out allot. The amount of times I have dined at Fresco's with friends and clients of mine is at least 29 times,sharing tables with well over 100 persons . I have tried all of the appetizers as did my friends and clients and... more

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3.5 star rating
Nothing to write home about
August 18, 2013

This place was below average...nothing compared to other delicious Italian restaurants in the area. Service was poor - took my plate away with bread still on it. Pasta was ok but overpriced. Calamari was rubbery and shrimp in my pasta was rubbery and over cooked. Would not return.

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3.5 star rating
Average for the area
August 11, 2013

Food was ok but they need to bring it up a notch to compete with other amazing Italian restaurant in Stittsville/Kanata area. Wouldn't go back.

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3.5 star rating
Just Average
July 26, 2013

3 orders of the catch of the day on a Tuesday and waiter returns to tell us they only have one left. One substitute was so bland, almost inedible. Service was good and the rest of the meals were fine.
Much better alternatives in the area.

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3.5 star rating
Good food, quite expensive..small place
June 07, 2013

The food is good, The atmosphere is eclectic; but the price is high. You don't get a salad with your meal(pay extra- and it is high) and two very tiny pieces of bread come before the meal (no more offered either) Service is good. We shared a Caesar salad and no utensils were provided to put the salad on plates.... more

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3.5 star rating
Bland and overcooked food
June 01, 2013

Service and atmosphere was great, however appetizers were really disappointing. We had to send one back because it was so overcooked it was actually dried onto the plate like paint. The dinners were also unfortunately disappointing, we both ordered chicken which was dry and the caesar salad tasted like cheap dressing you would get in a mixed salad bag. The... more

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3.5 star rating
Could be great
April 19, 2013

Went to Fresco at the recommendation of a friend. The decor is quite nice (except don't be in line with the door in the smaller room)..it's windy and you get blasted with light every time someone comes in.
The menu is promising albeit with so much on it...you wonder how can they do so. Many things well. stay tuned. My... more

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3.5 star rating
April 08, 2013

Beautiful spot! Very "in", very urban chic and comfortable. The service was amazing and our server went above and beyond to accommodate us. Since it is pricey, you expect the food to be a notch above the rest. In my humble opinion, it felt a bit short in that area. Not by much but enough to make me wonder if I would want visit again.

I love independently owned restaurants and try very hard to... more

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3.5 star rating
Overcooked and Overpriced
March 28, 2013

Looking for a decent restaurant near Scotiabank Place before the hockey game, we settled on Fresco Kanata. Located in a large plaza with several big box stores, the exterior is very unassuming. But step inside and it has a nice appeal. The menu looked good. Some interesting main courses along with pastas, pizzas and appetizers. The prices were a little... more

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3.5 star rating
Good Food and Atmosphere
March 10, 2013

We dined at the fairly new Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean a week ago with some friends, and had a very enjoyable meal there. Despite it's location in a strip mall (not normally somewhere I would choose to dine), one quickly forgets that once you go through the doors. It has a wonderful bistro feel, the staff are attentive and the... more

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3.5 star rating
January 26, 2013

We came for brunch and the food was very good. Like the decor and tunes.

Breakfast frattata was amazing, quality of the food is excellent. New favourite spot to come for great food without screaming kids everywhere.

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3.5 star rating
Excellent food, service, and decor
December 29, 2012

My wife and I dined on a Friday evening at the newly opened Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road. We both had pasta dishes, which were excellent. We also tried the very good daily cheesecake.
The service was excellent - the staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and really seemed to care. The decor was tasteful and a little bit eclectic. We expect... more

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3.5 star rating
November 28, 2012

Great decor and well laid out place. The food is really good, very similar to their downtown location. The lounge is very well setup with a flat screen TV and really great chairs and couches... perfect place for pre or post game/concert drinks or food as it's right near ScotiaBank Place.

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