It doesn’t get much more Freo, than Italian trattoria, Cafe D’Freo. This simple restaurant is located in the very heart of Fremantle and the locals are loyal followers of this classic eatery for its warm service, relaxed setting and exceptional Italian cuisine. Conveniently located on Essex Street, Cafe D’Freo also has guests coming from all over Perth to sample their famous seafood platter, freshly made linguine gamberi piccanti, or delicious pappardelle with slow cooked pork jus, garlic and vermouth. They also offer a range of lunch dishes including the delectable Cafe D’Freo burger with all the trimmings which is perfect to indulge in during a long lunch. Open from breakfast right through until dinner, Cafe D’Freo does tend to fill up so booking ahead is advised.
Italian food in Fremantle doesn’t get much better than Cafe D’Freo on Essex Street. This restaurant is a favourite amongst Fremantle and Perth dwellers, and serves up splendid seafood, pastas, pizza, risottos, burgers and salads, with plenty of meat and veggie-based options for carnivores and vegetarians, alike. For lunch, the dishes at Cafe D’Freo are not only made with fresh, locally-sourced produce but they feel so decadent you will return time and time again to this Perth place to try out all the dishes. We recommend ordering the salmon bruschetta on toasted sourdough with smoked salmon, avocado, rocket and capers. Alternatively, opt for the veal and pork polpette with balsamic cherry tomatoes and parmesan on top.
If you’re hitting up Cafe D’Freo for an evening meal, we simply cannot give enough praise to the crumbed chicken parmigiana served with bolognese sauce, cheese, homemade chips and salad – which packs a comforting, yet refreshing punch. For any veggies in the house, we advise ordering the ricotta ravioli with spinach, mushrooms, walnuts which is surprisingly light and zesty for a pasta dish. It’s fair to say that no trip to an Italian restaurant is complete without a sizeable dessert being consumed, and you can expect sweet specials that change daily at Cafe D’Freo – perfect for a nice sugar hit with your espresso after a big meal.
We have been to this restaurant quite a few times now and even went there for my Birthday Dinner a and we love it and tell all our friends to go. Get food great service and can’t fault it in any way.
I have been here a few times now and have never been disappointed with the food. I do think additional staff is needed during busy times though. Overall just great.
Lovely setting. Service was good and the waiters knowledge of their dishes couldn't be faulted. Our only complaint was it was quite hot in the restaurant. Open windows don't get the breezes so it would have been nice to have the aircon on. Otherwise a great experience and will visit again. In winter 😉
This is the best pasta we have had in quite a few years; indeed this is probably the best pasta in WA. Hand made pasta, fresh ingredients; a real pleasure. The simple cantina / bar style of the Café is unpretentious and delivers great food. We started with mushroom arancini which were delicate and beautifully flavoured. My wife had gamberi salad - nice fat tiger prawns not over-overcooked on fresh mixed salad. I had orecchiette with broccoli, chilli and sausage sauce - yes these guys make even orecchiette by hand fresh every day. It is so good to get a pleasant surprise when trying new places and although we don't worry too much about prices, Café D'Freo is very modestly priced.
simple food cooked well, presented well , ample serves. mussels were good- came with toasted bread. veal with wine sauce tasty- your choice of wine or cream sauce. seafood risotto had plenty of seafood, was cooked well- lacked seasoning, though tasted good. WILL go back.
Good honest meals for fair value. Great location. Attentive and happy staff. Good meine with choices for everyone. Parking close by or in front if you are lucky but in walking distance from anywhere in Freo. Good choice of vegetarian meals! We’ll be back.
Great Italian seafood with a touch of excellent service from both Anjil and Jessica. I brought different family and friends in many occasions and we always have a wonderful time in this restaurant.
Very friendly staff we liked that they have colouring books for kids,so the waiting time for a meal is not too long. It is a good location,meal was good.
6 of us chose different mains & everyone enjoyed their's. Staff never came round to ask if we wanted desserts, coffee - it wasn't busy.
Service was excellent but food was not great. Arancini balls were awesome and the Cabonara was great. The Ravioli wasn't fresh or condiment suitably to be authentic Italian.