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Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant
Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant

Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lemonnj.com/
  • Phone: (732) 761-0900
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "As always the food was excellent and the service was very good."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Was glad to find a good Mediterranean restaurant in this area of NJ. It is one of my favorite types of food."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Highly recommend the feta dishes for appetizers! We cannot wait to go back and sample more of the menu."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Monmouth County. Great food, outstanding service"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was excellent and so was the service. All four of us enjoyed our meal."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Great variety of food; Mediterranean yet not like a typical Italian Restaurant"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Chef Ash creates a warm and inviting atmosphere and is creative in his fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Continues to be a cut above the rest love the Bronzino!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The food is always delicious and the service friendly."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "The food here is a great way to experience the many tastes of the Mediterranean. The regular items on the menu are great but the specials can be an added treat. Everything is very fresh and delicious, you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Also has a great lunch buffet."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Started with a salad with small salad with pistachio and goat cheese rolled into little balls of loveliness. The zucchini and feta fried cakes were delicious. We enjoyed the perfectly cooked rack of lamb over cranberry polenta. The polenta was AMAZING! We didn't order dessert, but they brought us each a piece of biscotti, which was great. I don't usually eat biscotti. The chef, who checked on us periodically, brought us fresh strawberries with an amazing cream concoction. The live guitar player/singer was very good, but it was a little bit loud for my tastes. The waitress pretty much forgot about us, but there were like 3 other wait staff that visited us though out the meal. But the food is so good, I can can past that. Try it!"
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Overall the restaurant is good. I had two issues. I told the wait staff that I was allergic to berries and the dessert came on a plate with a berry swirl right next to the baclava. They apologized that they did not convey my message to the kitchen. Belly Dancer - absolutely ridiculous."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Food was great but pricy for strip mall restaurant. Service good if slow and prices on specials quite high and not explained when presented. Would try again but be sure of prices before ordering."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Both my husband and I were delightfully surprised by this local Mediterranean restaurant. The food was authentic, fresh and beautifully plated. To start we had an unusual appetizer special: stuffed grilled peach with crab and gorgonzola cheese. It was outstanding. I enjoyed the chicken and lamb Kofta with porcini mushrooms and Israeli couscous and Paul had the Australian Rack of Lamb with a cherry reduction sauce. Baklava for dessert was yummy. Our waitress, Melissa was terrific and so sweet. The Chef came over to chat a bit and told us of his monthly Sunday night cooking classes consisting of 6 courses costing only $45. We are definitely interested in that. They also have entertainment on Friday nights. This was a BYBO. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "This was my husband and my first trip to Lemon. The food and service were outstanding. Chef Ash came out and introduced himself to us. We ended up leaving a deposit for an upcoming cooking class. Everything was fresh, delicious, and perfectly seasoned. Fantastic!!! Outstanding!!! Can't wait to go back!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Restaurant could use a bit of updating, but the menu varied and interesting. Everyone in our party of five thought the food was quite good. We initially felt we were being rushed out, but the servers slowed down a bit and we were able to enjoy a leisurely dinner."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "Found "Lemon" since its location was 1/2 way between friends home and ours. Walked in at 7 p.m. on Saturday and restuarant was relatively empty. By 7:30-7:45, not a table could be found. This is a restaurant that wants you to enjoy your evening and does not rush your dinner. They gave us time to visit over our BYO wine....and then took our orders. We all enjoyed the appetizers (quinoa salad, farro salad, rice balls), along with the warmed pita and hummus. Our entree's arrived in a timely (but not rushed) manner....and we were all happy with our choices (tagine, paella, salmon, salad). Dessert intrigued us (warm caramel dates, flourless chocolate cake, almond cake). After 2 1/2 hours, we left sated and happy."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "We've eaten here a few times but never on a Friday night. I could have done without the belly dancer but everything else was great!"
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "very small portions; like manhattan. front table is the best."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "We had an very tasty meal and excellent service.....the only issues in our group of 8 were that it was a little pricey since everything was ala carte and because of the poor divide between restaurants ...the curry smell from next door carried over to our table area ..but we all agreed we would likely go back!"
    Dined on 3/21/2013
  • "The beauty of a service such as OpenTable is that one comes across wonderful restaurants such as Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant, when it would have otherwise remained an obscure location at a strip mall. Having had the good fortune of traveling around the Mediterranean Sea, Lemon absolutely gives justice to this cuisine. The dishes were delicious, served right on time and warm. The service, including the Owner/Chef's personal introduction to the menu and its highlights was outstanding. All in all, a hidden area gem, not to be overlooked."
    Dined on 2/19/2013
  • "Always have a good time and enjoy the food at Lemon. The specials are always interesting too. Loved the salad with couscous, brussels sprouts, and butternut squash- delish! I gave four stars for the service because the waitstaff and owner are always personable and accommodating, but I have experienced an incorrect order or long wait time for meals to be brought to table on occasion. A little bit more oomph in those areas and they'll have it made. Would definitely come back- really enjoy the food and the ambiance."
    Dined on 1/18/2013