Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant
Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant

Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lemonnj.com/
  • Phone: 7327610900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Due to very high volume, New Years eve reservations are only accepted at following times: 5:00, 6:15, and 9:15.
    Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ash
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Full service available, including waiters and chefs.
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment Every Friday Night

    Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant is now offering Cooking With Chef Ash. Ash sets a menu of several courses for the evening. Appetizers, Salads, Entrees & Desserts. He takes you step-by-step through each course, sharing his 25 years of experience in the culinary arts with you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Three Brooks Rd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant
Chef Ash introduces Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant. Our menu brings together many splendid cuisines, such as Italian, Spanish, French, Moroccan and Greek. With such a diverse menu, we look to please all palates, from the casual diner to the most sophisticated foodie. Our goal is to ensure that the presentation, cuisine and service foster an equally accessible atmosphere to everyone Lemon will be the ideal spot for any occasion! Coupons or discounts not valid with open table reservations.
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Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (12)special occasion (8)romantic (6)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • wonyehVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great byob with broad menu and authentic Mediterranean
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our group of 4 each raved about our meals which were done to perfection. This was our 4th time dining at Lemon and look forward to many more. I am planning a lunch with a larger group for the met buffet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forget it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The charming decor and excellent empanada do not compensate for a paella that in no way (cooking method, ingredients, presentation) resembled a paella. Disappointed.
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  • service
    Thunder
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    When I was seated I was the third table in your premises. I believe uyou had three serving people on the floor. my server I requeste two times for Ice and then asked another server who I had to remind. Finall received the ice. The server did nopt come back often enough to see if we needed anything . When we wanted the check after not seeing anybody for five minutes I got up walked to the front of the store found somebody and requested the check. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    GaryW
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I live near Asbury Park. We have many great restaurants in the area. I belive Lemon is better than all of them. This was my second time there. The food is fantastic and the service is phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always superb
    LynnDave
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We go to Lemon on a regular basis and always have superb food and service. We love Lemon and highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goes unnoticed
    gooutaloot
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant itself is easy to pass by right on Rt 9, but don't let that fool you. The menu is original and sometimes unusual. If you are a steak and potatoes person, this is not the place. The meals were very fresh and tasty. A great place to be a little adventurous. We will return. Be careful if you order the specials - they are pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our third visit to Lemon and this was the best. Food has always been very good - this visit it was excellent. The fish special was terrific, as was the chicken from the regular menu. A nice touch has always been the hummus and pita wedges served as routine instead of a loaf/slices of some type of thick bread. First time we dined at Lemon, it was an interesting setup - half Indian, half Mediterranean (almost MidEastern) - now it is Mediterranean with some MidEastern. Restaurant is roomy, staff is very attentive, BYO so you don't get slammed with high alcohol prices. All in all, a great place for excellent food. If only it weren't in a strip mall on Route 9 (hate that concept, but seems to be the norm in most of Monmouth County).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints!
    Judypf1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Each visit finds us trying something different from the wonderfully, diverse menu. The food always tastes fresh and well prepared. The presentation is lovely and Chef Ash is so friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent new find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Enjoyed the restaurant. Very attentive service. Only suggestion---don't charge extra for 2nds on hummus and pita.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    DaBoss
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Simply said, easily one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. The food was fantastic and the service wrapped it all together. I strongly recommend trying the rice ball appetizer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanstastic Dinner!
    Paul
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our meals were truly outstanding, the Chef's personal touch added to the wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 554433
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great place, good food, excellent service, knowledgeable stuff
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • jeffVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As always the food was excellent and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not great!!
    lara441983
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    If you consider yourself a foodie, this place may disappoint. Food was cooked well, but was either under or over seasoned. They also forgot half of my order. I would go for a lunch buffet, but dinner was too pricey for subpar food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Lemon!
    LynnDave
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We always have a superb meal at Lemon. The hummus and pita that are set on the table upon arriving are delicious. Whatever we choose for appetizer/salad/entrée are always excellent-whether from the regular menu or the specials. Chef Ash always has a warm welcome for everyone. He takes great pride in his restaurant and you can see it in everything that he prepares as well as the ambiance of the space. We are repeat customers. Lemon is definitely one of our "go to" places. The cooking classes are fun too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Mediterranean
    BocuseVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Was glad to find a good Mediterranean restaurant in this area of NJ. It is one of my favorite types of food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Refreshing, inclusive experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Enjoyed the inclusive nature of Lemon's Mediterranean. Rather than focus on a single culture's recipes, options abound from throughout the region. "Traditional" dishes on the menu were well executed and infused with Chef Ash's personal touches. Staff was very attentive and knowledgeable and Chef Ash made a point of visiting tables in the dining room and spending time with his guests. Lastly, despite the difficult setting of a strip mall space, the decor was tasteful, bright and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Flavors in all the dishes!
    BonsdoofVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Highly recommend the feta dishes for appetizers! We cannot wait to go back and sample more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A Gem!
    Judypf1
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our second visit to Lemon and it could be our new favorite restaurant. The food is beautifully prepared, and with Chef Ash's creative touches every dish is special. The Rack of lamb is a house favorite and it is spectacular! Chef Ash is incredibly friendly and personally welcomes checks in with "his" guests. I just love Lemon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Most Interesting Menu
    cigarknightVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Small, storefront restaurant...nothing fancy decor wise, but a most interesting menu. The chef greets you at the door...which is a nice touch, and the service staff is very young and inexperienced. The prices are moderate, and all the food was good...but not great. I have to believe that somewhere in the eclectic menu, there is something great. We will be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great and out of the ordinary
    foodaddictVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Tired of seeing the same entrees on the menu? Go for something interesting and delicious at Lemon. Greeted warmly by the manager and service was impeccable. Great selection, it was hard to pick one thing so I already know what I am having when I go back! Warm pita, delicious hummus with a unique selection of meat, chicken, seafood, something for every palate. Different but not strange....just enough to get you to eat outside the box for a change! this restaurant is not a Lemon!!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal here!
    Newcruzado
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Found this place late last year and have been coming on a regular basis since then. The food is so fresh and so good. Chef Ash always takes the time to stop by and chat with his guests. He makes everyone feel special and appreciated..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not so great prices
    vivicat
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food here is quite good, however, prices are steep. Any extras (salad/soup) are add-ons & start at $9+. The waiter offered us hummus & pita for the table, not informing us that it was not complimentary. I had the quinona salad, which was not special nor worth the $9 price tag. But my entree, the Branzino, was perfectly cooked & a treat. Just be forewarned that if you are the kind of person that enjoys an appetizer & soup/salad with your entree, then be prepared to spend a minimum of $100 per couple. Also it is bring your own wine, which is not a bad idea at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual the food and service
    jeffVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    As usual the food and service were on point. We went for valentine's day dinner. We were suprised that they added the gratuity to our bill. They have never done that before.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 554433
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Best restaurant in Monmouth County. Great food, outstanding service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Unexpected in Freehold
    Frank
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Fun and relaxed place to go. Menu presented good choices from lamb to seafood. Staff is great and the owner personally checks guests. This our new neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent and
    dizzylizy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food was excellent and so was the service. All four of us enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuesday Dinner
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I was very pleased with the courses I had at the restaurant, this evening. The lentil salad was a great way to start when accompanied by very good hummus and a generous basket of pita. I thought my main course, the lamb shank, great. The ambience may be a bit plain at this restaurant in a Freehold strip mall, but the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Second time to this restaurant and the second time the messed up my husband main dish. No, excuse and did nothing for there mistake. Would not go back so fast. Portion are small and takes to long to get the bill back from the front
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  • Food was good but portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Food was good but portions were small. I had crab cakes and was very little fill in them. Service was really good. We would good back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday night with friends
    stephanie
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Diverse and wonderfully eclectic menu...very knowledgeable and helpful staff...dinner was absolutely great and different from anything in the area. This little spot is definitely worth the try!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great variety of food; Mediterranea
    Retiree
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Great variety of food; Mediterranean yet not like a typical Italian Restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Ash creates a warm and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Chef Ash creates a warm and inviting atmosphere and is creative in his fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the $$$ - I won't go back
    FoodMDVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We were excited to find this restaurant in our new neighborhood, but it didn't live up to our expectations. First the service was slow. We waited too long to be greeted by our server. Then our entree course was slow as well. The young teen age wait staff was not attentive and didn't know the menu well and weren't able to answer questions. The food was not seasoned enough and we did not get a salt shaker for the table despite asking for one twice. Overall, the experience wasn't worth the over 50 dollars per person we spent.
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  • Excellent food
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Continues to be a cut above the rest love the Bronzino!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience First Time
    Vegetarians
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I recommend making a reservation. It was quite simple using Open Table. Great food!!! Good for vegetarians!!! Attentive waitstaff. BYOB. Manager readily available. Warm and inviting host. Great for a celebration or romantic night out. Easily spotted location. First time guests and we will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    Leeny
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    With such a varied menu, it wasn't hard to find something to suit everyone's taste. The quality of the food was very good. The portions were not very large, but they were appropriate....nobody left hungry, but there were no "doggy bags" with leftovers either. I really enjoyed the homemade gnocchi, and although the paella was quite different from what my husband expected (not prepared as is typical in a Spanish restaurant), he thoroughly enjoyed it. Our friends also enjoyed the rack of lamb and the lamb tagine. The ambiance is nice and we love that it's BYOB. The wait staff is extremely attentive, and Ash, the owner, is warm and friendly. We would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    hilo0512
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The food is always delicious and the service friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    LocaldinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Our first time there. We wanted to find a new place. Menu lives up to the name of the restaurant. Several lamb dishes, fresh seafood including octopus. The owner, Ash, very attentive and personable. Came over, introduced himself and gave input on several dishes. Bottom line, we had a great time and will go bachk
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.