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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 - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • 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, 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 Cafe offers Preferred Seating. While we will try to accommodate reservation requests for patio seating, we cannot guarantee availability. There may be an additional wait upon arrival if you choose to dine on our outdoor patio. Thank you for choosing Metropolitan Cafe. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The ny strip that I ordered was tough but everything else was good"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Waiter was terrible and that ruined the whole evening"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "good food, excellent service but very noisy. Maybe they need to put tablecloths on the tables."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "There were 4 of us for dinner. We shared 3 apps and all 3 were great. The main dishes were really good as well. We had to take food home to make room for desert.... we shared our deserts and they were awesome... we will definitely be going back. "
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "It is very clear that they are attentive to many aspects that make this a great restaurant. My wife, my future brother-in-law, and I had a wonderful dining experience. Very good menu, fresh ingredients, great technique for cooking and taste of the food. I would return."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "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
  • "Had a great time. Celebrated my friends 50th birthday with a choch mousse cake we shared - very nice. I purchasd the pasta, chicken and brocchali plate. chicken was alittle dry. i did take home my remaining food but tossed the chicken. Other plates were very good."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The people at the large table next to us were very loud."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "Food, booze and service were all top notch Awesome! will definitely go back soon!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "To wrap up our experience I would say it was good leaning to very good - but nothing stood out as outstanding from service to food. I have not been to the Metropolitan Cafe in a few years but my overall impression after this most recent dining experience was less impressive than former visits. Maybe an off night - it was near the holidays with booked holiday parties in house."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We had an excellent holiday get together dinner at this restaurant. The filet is excellent. Our food service was a good experience, but the bus staff rushed clearing of the plates between appetizer and following entree. All in all, I would recommend this restaurant for any individual looking for a quality meal in the Monmouth/Ocean County area."
    Dined on 12/27/2013