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Fresko, Des Moines, IA

Fresko

4.7
4.7
763 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

11:00 p.m.


Booked 32 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

    Erick Brown

  • 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/

  • Neighbourhood

    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

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What 763 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Fit for Foodies

  • Des Moines

    Group Bookings

  • Des Moines

    Hot Spot

  • Des Moines

    Lunch

  • Des Moines

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  1. TJ

    TJB1

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    ShelbyK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    ChrisC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch with out of town guests
  5. k

    kb515

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Makster

    Hong Kong

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  8. JC

    JeffC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    JosephJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    SaraM

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    MarkD

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best in DSM!
  13. HV

    HeatherV

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service
  15. JG

    JudyG

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were truly outstanding. Everything we tried was top notch.
  16. R

    Rocco

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    My friend & I ordered beverages (coffee & iced tea)…overpriced @ $4. Our meals lacked seasoning(s) & were lukewarm. We had to ask for salt & pepper & even ketchup for the potatoes since none was served with our meal. The crepes were thick & doughy unlike any we had ever experienced not tasty nor delicate. Good nor service proved to be mediocre, at best. Parking meters are not user friendly either.
  17. W

    Wander2next

    Des Moines

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    They wanted to sit us in the back, in a row of small, dark, & crowded tables. You are literally sitting right next to your neighbor on a bench. I don’t understand in the world of covid why they would do that, there were many open tables elsewhere in the restaurant & also seating by the beautiful windows. It was taco Tuesday, yet there was no special flyer, directions, etc. No one knew much about it except you can’t mix and match. They said it was too confusing for the kitchen. We love taco Tuesday at restaurants and have never been told this at any other place. When the tacos did come, there was maybe one small spoonful of meat in each taco. We would’ve paid extra just to have enough to eat. The meat tasted like those cheap hormel microwave meals. Sushi tasted old and it was just sopping in Mayo. It was disgusting. For margaritas, they said they make their own mix. It was so sweet and tasted bad. I prefer when restaurants that don’t do mixes. We will not be back, service & food has gone downhill.
  18. BN

    BN03

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Very interesting menu and nice wine selection. Pleasantly surprised to see a wine from Callaway in Temecula CA on the menu. Server Jean Carlos was disinterested and inattentive. For some reason he chose to be more welcoming to others around me. Had to flag him down to order an entrée. Never asked how my food or wine was just.. "You doing good?"...3 times. Mixed green salad and chicken confit papardelle were delicious. Overly loud chic hotel music was distracting and not relaxing. Other servers seemed attentive to their guests and enjoying their work. Ultimately, food was delicious, but lack of service would keep me from returning.
  19. S

    Sarah

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Atmosphere is great. Employees were friendly. I was very taken back when my server told me they didn’t have real maple syrup for the pancakes, they just use log cabin syrup. This was alarming to me for a place that markets themselves as “natural foods” Additionally when I asked what oil they use to cook dishes in, my server told me they cook everything in soybean oil, so again for some place “all natural” that really was shocking to hear. When I requested that my food be cooked with olive oil instead I perceived my server becoming slightly irritated with me which I don’t appreciate as it was a simple request really. Especially since I came expecting “natural food” The three times I’ve been here the food has been sub-par. The bacon I had yesterday was really good though. Would love to see them make some healthy, natural, and real food alternatives to match what it is they are going for because it’s misleading. If they were to make some of those changes to align with their values I would start coming back more frequently. Oh and the black coffee was good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique, well-crafted, and balanced drinks and menu options. We loved the apps, all four entrees, and the desserts. One of the best restaurants we have visited in the last five years. We had the hanger and prime steak, salmon, and scallops. The creative combination of flavors is surprising and executed well. Our server, Addison, was knowledgeable, patient with our kids, and knew the menu well. She slowed down every time she visited our table and took time to make recommendations and listened to our questions. This is an Iowa gem. Plus, they take reservations! We will be back and will recommend to family and friends. Compliments the the chef and staff!
  21. TJ

    TJohn

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and drinks were great. Those noise level was hard to hear at times. Small annoyance but overall very nice.
  22. HK

    HowardK

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, excellent service. That said, the acoustics are such that it is very loud and difficult to hear one's dining partners.
  23. S

    St321

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    Waitress was extremely rude. Didn’t check on us at all, threw the check down at us, it felt like she had better places to be. Other than that the food was good and the atmosphere was fantastic just extremely loud could barley hear my self talking
  24. LQ

    LaurelQ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful meal. Interesting drink menu and quality, fresh food. We have been for brunch and dinner and both are great.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal and dining experience at Fresko. Will be back soon for sure!
  26. RG

    RachelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took the fam for my son's 20th birthday. Great service, broad menu options, fantastic time!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, excellent service! We will return again.
  28. MS

    MelissaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresko is one of my favorite spots to eat downtown. Great menu, fantastic service, fabulous atmosphere, delicious cocktails. Highly recommend!
  29. S

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service are both always amazing! Special shout-out to our server Tristan, who made our birthday dinner great.
  30. AF

    AshleyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! One of my favorite places to eat in town!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food and fantastic atmosphere!
  32. SB

    ShawnaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection. My daughter is GF/DF and she was SO excited to be able to eat pancakes here - which were DELISH! We all had a hard time deciding what to order because everything sounded incredible. Highly recommend!
  33. BI

    BeccaI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phoebe was the absolute best server, we never felt like we had to wait for anything! So so so kind! The food way amazing too but Phoebe made our experience outstanding!!!
  34. TM

    TaraM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fabulous experience! 5 different meals and no complaints!
  35. AW

    AprilW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great ambience. Great service. Highly recommend!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and quiet experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone’s food was amazing! Plus great atmosphere and service! Highly recommend
  38. TH

    TimH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    Big group in another room, we were in noisy area, doors left open. I’m a pescatarian and my family joined me for dinner Tuesday night. (June 21). Could not believe they didn’t serve fish without some sort of pork, beef or bacon mixed in with it. When I asked waitress why couldn’t I have just salmon or scallops with out eating meat products she said that’s the way chef created it. So I had to eat appetizers. Over $300,00 dollars spent will never go back. I will not recommend this place. Will post later on google.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a late Father's Day Brunch. The food and cocktails were incredible! But the hilight was our server, Tristan....he was so great! The bar was down a bartender and they were on it! Can't wait to go back!
  40. JB

    JennieB

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went for Sunday brunch. Tristan did an outstanding job of taking care of us - attentive, explained the menu, was personable. Kept the coffee cups filled.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 763 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 p.m.


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Fresko

909 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    9th and Locust

  • Neighbourhood

    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

    Erick Brown

  • 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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