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Metropolitan Cafe
Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://metrocafenj.com
  • Phone: (732) 780-9400
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm, Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday: 3pm - 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ulisses Nova
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: From the simplest BBQ to the most elaborate affair, let Metropolitan Cafe bring their great cuisine and professional staff to your home, office or any location.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room is the perfect location for your business meeting, seminar or celebration. Let us design a menu that fits your needs so you can be a guest at your own party.
  • Private Party Contact: Rob or Dan (732) 780-9400
  • Entertainment: Progressive grooves mixed live Thursday through Saturday after 10:00 pm in our lounge.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South St (Route 79)
  • Public Transit: Bus service to Downtown Freehold, Freehold Borough
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the Market Yard lot in the rear of the restaurant.


    We also offer complimentary valet on weekends in the Market Yard lot.


    Additional evening parking available in the Hall of Records lot across the street on Main Street.
A word from Metropolitan Cafe
The Metropolitan Café offers Preferred Seating. While we make every attempt to accommodate requests for outdoor seating for parties of up to 5 guests, there may be an additional wait upon arrival. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your reservation.
Thank you for choosing Metropolitan Café, we look forward to serving you.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I'd definitely recommend the metropolitan cafe to anyone looking for a great experience in a great atmosphere. The food was excellent, and came out in a timely manner. Our waitress was very helpful, knowledgeable, and an absolute pleasure to talk to. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. We'll definitely be returning soon."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Made last minute reservations. Great new drink called the Revolver. We needed it as we had come from a stressful situation. Food was served quickly and there was no problem adding a side of greens that neither dish came with. Water was refilled and everything arrived when it was needed. We were in a back table with was quiet so we could talk."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Food was good but the house salad was a bit strange and not too tasty - field greens with fresh mozarella, craisins and chickpeas? with a vinegarette dressing. Food was pricey but the portions were ample and well presented."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Friday mid-afternoon in August, and we had the place to ourselves. Unfortunately, on a couple occasions, it seemed the wait staff forgot we were outside. Grilled chicken nachos were pretty good - overload w chicken, though. For a business meeting, it worked well, but we found it strange that it was sooo quiet on a Friday afternoon."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Way too overpriced! Dining out during the Thursday night concert made it an unexpected treat!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I had been to Metropolitan Café for the happy hour and enjoyed the smart NYC ambience and cocktails. I tried out the restaurant for a special birthday dinner. We were shown to a booth because the upstairs tables are only open Friday and Saturday nights. A round of specialty cocktails made me think I chose the right place. All the menu choices were decidedly Asian-inspired and sushi was featured prominently. The waiter kept taking the wine menu from us before we decided, which was a bit funny. The appetizers of raw tuna and lettuce wraps were generous. But then, one meal was brought out cold and the other entrée was mushy. The prices were high in comparison to other nearby restaurants. This place is good for a bar scene but dine elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Not sure why this restaurant feels the need to charge New York prices for average food. I would not go back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, staff very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We had shrimp, scallop and lobster ravioli and it was amazing. The sorbet sampler for dessert must have been made in-house, one was mint and it was like a breath of fresh air. We will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Service good but a bit pricey. Well prepared food. Nice wine/beer/martini list. Just wish more items were priced more agressivley."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Metropolitan Cafe is a great spot to go with friends, family, even children. We dined here for a Girls Night Out and enjoyed the food and drinks. We love the outdoor seating too!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of food, the diversity of the menu, the expertise of staff and the reasonable prices. Would highly recommend it !"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great location in the center of Frehold. Easy parking in the back. Very nice ambiance. Friendly staff. Upstairs was a bit noisey, so, we ended up downstairs. Great food. Loved the sushi. Cost was more than I usually spend for a nice night out. Worth it? Perhaps."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very good food & attentive service (Ryan was our server). Although we wound up in the upstairs section (ambiance not as nice as downstairs), the vibe was still heard but able to talk comfortably (a big plus) & food & service was great. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Waiter was terrible and that ruined the whole evening"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The ny strip that I ordered was tough but everything else was good"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Met friends from Portland, Oregon for dinner. Service excellent, staff well trained and food high quality for what you pay. No negatives to report, everything was wonderful."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The Met was a staple for my wife and I for a while. We haven't been getting there as much because there has been a lot of competition lately - new finds, new places opening up. On this visit, we got squeezed into a small 2 person table right alongside the sushi bar with another couple at a table right next to ours, to the point that we were practically eating together. I appreciate they want to get a lot of people in, but maybe sacrificing a table for two to make more room for others might have made some sense. Food was not up to the standard I am used to there, although to be fair, the lack of ambience didn't help our opinion that night."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Been there several times over the years but our last 2 or 3 visits there have been great- some new items have been added to the menu and are very good. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Once we got served which took over 1 hour . The food was good but waiting that long even for a glass of wine kinda made the expiernce not so good"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "good food, excellent service but very noisy. Maybe they need to put tablecloths on the tables."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The Sunday brunch was overpriced and the food presentation had little to be desired. It is safe to say I will not be returning any time soon!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We come here year after year for the Mother's Day brunch. This year was different though. We were expecting as it down meal and not a buffet. The buffet was good, they just kept running out of items quickly and it took some time to replace them. I just wish they put some information somewhere (ie. their website) about the style of good they were offering. We would still go back but I will call next time to verify all the details. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "1st time here, was pleasantly surprised. Food was really good. Décor was very modern and hip. Service was impeccable and the managers help with the wine list was favorable. Will be back for sure. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We three friends celebrated a 70th Birthday. We wanted the luncheon to be something special for our girlfriend and it was. The atmosphere, menu, food and waitress was outstanding. This was our first time at the Metropolitan and we will be back."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Restaurant staff amiable and at 1:30 the place was not very busy. In my Open Table reservation, I advised this would be a business lunch... Hostess sat us next to kitchen (although there were many deuces for our party of two away from the chaos generated by serving activity). Once we were relocated ( hostess claimed Open Table reservation sent to the restaurant did not advise of my business lunch intent) the server was attentive and food was nicely presented."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "My wife took me there for my birthday dinner and as usual "Metro" Did not disappoint. Food was very good as we had the warm fresh Mozzarella for appetizer. I had the Lobster Ribbons and my wife went with the Pang Yang Chicken. Both were flavorful and well cooked. Victoria, Vicki, was our server and she provided excellent service as well as good conversation. I will be asking for her again."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I love eating at this restaurant especially outside. In the summer there is always live music somewhere. Easy parking, great food, helpful staff. My fav in Freehold. Also, a GREAT Happy Hour."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Lively young to middle aged crowd, fun and creative drinks, good dinner menu, amazing waitress!!! Rocky start, as our table was not ready, our experience quickly made a turn around after closing out our tab in the lounge and being moved to the dining area. I didn't care much for my food, but my date loved her scallop meal. Waitress kindly comp'd my dinner without me asking her to do so. We will definitely be returning, if not for the Caesar salad than definitely return for the Pirate's Punch or Starburst martini!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Walked in not knowing what a succotash was. Walked out with my wife raving about the seafood. And my burger was amazing. We started off the meal with General Tsaos Lettuce wraps which were out of this works good. All around perfect place for a date night. Will be in the rotation from here in out!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I grew up in Manalapan, so Main Street in Freehold is as familiar as the back of my hand. When Metro opened, it was like a breath of fresh air. I love this place for drinks with friends or lunch with clients. In fact, my last lunch there was with a client for almost three hours. Yes, it's extensive, and yes, we did have drinks. The staff was not pushy at all and just kept bringing us a delicious cocktails. They were so cordial to us. And, the food was excellent as usual. Brie lollipops all the way!I really appreciate it! Thank you so much! I will definitely be back again."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Food was good, service was better. The only complaint is that they had my Open Table reservation for the wrong time."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've had better food in jersey, went for lunch and food was slower than expected- took closer to 90mins total with ordering apps and entrees. Redeeming quality is the ambiance with is very light and airy."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The lettuce wrap was larger than we anticipated. Plenty for four people. It was awesome. I would love it as an entree. We loved our pasta dishes. I will say I miss the wide homemade noodles they once served."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was very good. We had the beef spring rolls as an appetizer, and was pleasantly surprised by the fresh ingredients and flavors. The ambiance is also very romantic, perfect for a date."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Very nice dining experience all around. Very good food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went to celebrate. Our server was knowledgeable and very helpful. We went early to avoid the crowds and have a nice quiet dinner. I had the Strip Steak and my wife has the Filet Mignon. Both were cooked perfectly, tender and very tasty. The waitress recommended a special wine by the glass. It was very good and complimented the entrees. I would definitely go back to try some of the other entrees."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had Valentine's day dinner here and the food and service were excellent. The menu was modified from their typical full menu, but there were plenty of choices available. The food was excellent and well presented. The service was very professional and attentive, which was notable on a busy holiday night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Loved , I came here with my signficant other for Valentines Day and we enjoyed the food and the service was great!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Greatt food and service but not happy about having to wait nearly 30 minutes for our reserved table."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We went to the Metropolitan Cafe to celebrate my daughter's 23rd Birthday. Food, wine, and atmosphere were great! We had a wonderful time and plan on going back"
    Dined on 2/4/2014