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Pasta Fresca

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4722 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206-3109
+1 803-787-1838
16:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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Columbia, SC
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203 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pasta Fresca is almost like a chain restaurant in its atmosphere. The have a few tables but mostly booths Our server was friendly but the runner who brought our entrees simply put them down and left...nothing more said such as I hope you enjoy or can I get you anything else. We ordered the Flash Fried Brussel Sprouts which were... More 

Thank PJL_SC
Columbia, South Carolina
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We went to Pasta Fresca last night with friends. My wife ordered the Santa Fe Shrimp. The pasta was inedible as it was so overcooked. It was just a soggy lump. So she ended up paying $18 for a few shrimp. Go elsewhere. We were with a group of friends so she was reluctant to send it back. The place... More 

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Thank Nick1946
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend this place for dinner! We had four adults and two children and everybody had a fantastic meal. The meatballs are mixed with Italian sausage so they are very flavorful. The lasagna was fresh and fantastic. Picture shown is the Seafood Santa Fe with spinach angel hair and it was phenomenal. You choose your meal and then add... More 

Thank Robin F
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63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We visited my stepdaughter at USC last weekend for parent's weekend. My husband wanted pasta to "carb up" for the 5K run the next morning and we decided upon this restaurant based on Tripadvisor reviews. It did not disappoint. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals including gluten free pasta for me, seafood pastas and spaghetti and meatballs. The seafood... More 

Thank cbwhite98
columbia, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I was so disappointed in the food here. Most of the options include cheese in the food which I can not eat. Most restaurants will accommodate you by giving you options is sauces. This did not happen. I found something on the menu that did not have cheese in It. It was chicken with Roma tomatoes and red pepper in... More 

1 Thank Martin G
Columbia, South Carolina
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171 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Although my husband and I don't eat pasta on a regular basis, when we do, we choose to go to Pasta Fresca. Their seafood roma rosa (scallops and shrimp in a creamy marinara) over spinach angel hair is my favorite pasta dish ever. The service is consistently good and I love the friendly neighborhood feel. My husband is a big... More 

Thank Sandi B
Manning, SC
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164 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I consider myself a good judge of Italian food but PF failed to meet my expectations. The food was kind of bland and the service was just OK.

1 Thank BobOZee
Columbia, South Carolina
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53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

They're expensive for pasta, but boy is it good. They've been in this location a while - used to go to the other one by Kroger. This is much nicer.

Thank David P
Columbia, SC
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102 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

I had the calamari and Marinara on the side. It was good, but a bit on the greasy side and not crispy as I like. My spouse had the chicken special and son the chicken Santa Fe. Service was excellent as the waitress did an excellent job. For a basic Italian restaurant down south they get the job done.

Thank mrauseo
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Hubby, daughter and I just tried Pasta Fresca for the first time last night. Great place and great prices! However, when we asked for a box for leftovers we were very disappointed when the waitress bought out these little cardboard boxes! The first thing I thought oh no the food is going to leak through the cardboard boxes! Would have... More 

1 Thank prlewis2005

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 19
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4722 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206-3109
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-787-1838
Pasta Fresca is a local, family-owned restaurant that has been in Forest Acres for 17+ years. In May 2012, Pasta Fresca moved to its new home. Still on Forest Drive, same amazing house-made pasta, but with lots more room for our ever increasing regulars family. We have a lovely patio, full bar, a beautiful open dining room and a private dining room for up to 16 people. At Pasta Fresca, we make everything fresh and in-house. Every Tuesday come and enjoy live music from 6 to 9pm and check out our daily Happy Hour 4:30 to 7pm with $4 house wines and house liquors and $2.50 domestic beers. Get your comfort food fix at a charming Forest Acres original.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?