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Metropolitan Cafe
Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://metrocafenj.com
  • Email: rkash3167@msn.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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Excellent food and service. The décor is perfect. We have been dining here for many years. Very consistent."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The entire evening was impeccable. Y husband had the NY strip and I had the pinwheel scallops. Delicious."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Went here with a group of 8 and then with a party of 4 2 weeks later. The food was great. The steaks were done just right. I enjoyed the scallop pinwheels so much I ordered them the 2nd time as well, and no one was disappointed either time. Interesting salad dressings. A bit pricey, but worth it. Good drinks too. (It's not a BYOB, so the drinks added to the price.) The group of 8 was a weekday night, and the staff was very accommodating, while we had a club dinner meeting. It's a bit hard to hear a 4-way conversation on a Friday night, even upstairs, but not impossible. Glad I checked & made a reservation in advance with Open Table, because the time we wanted wasn't available. We'll be there again soon!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I am generally a healthy eater so I don't like my food too salty but the two lunch items that we had (burger and lobster empanadas) were bland. Although everything looks fresh, the lack of seasoning made the meal pretty boring. I don't think I will come back in the future."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Only positive things to say about this cafe except for my arrival. No one at the front and although the bartender saw me, and he was not busy, he let me stand and wait until I decided to walk through and find the people I was meeting for lunch. I waited so long, I forgot to go back and tell someone about my Open Table reservation."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "It was our first time here,we didn't know what to expect. We ordered the filet mignon (excellent) and pinwheel scallops (also excellent, thanks for the suggestion,Melissa!) Portions were pretty big, we should have skipped the salads. We'd come again."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Took Clients out for a business dinner. They were very pleased with the menu selection. The food was nicely prepared and presented. All enjoyed"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "The food has never let me down and we had amazing servie as well. Rick was humorous, full of personality, gave excellent reccomendations, and took great care of us. I had the lobster ribbons which melted in my mouth. The twice cooked cuban steak was out of this world. We started with the Hawaiian roll which was salacious. And the French toast bread pudding was as good as any I have had in New Orleans! And downtown Freehold is charming and a wonderful place to spend an evening."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "The ambiance and food were exceptional. The wait staff attentive. Was getting together with old friends and looking for a place that had a great vibe about it, and this was it. Would certainly frequent there again."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The bartender was unattentive... the dinner service took a long time to order...the room was filled with very noisy diners... but on a positive note the appetizers were good...as someone who eats out regulary this place should watch the staff more closely..."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Food is very good! My girlfriend and I had our first date here and really enjoyed it. However, we had a reservation for 8:30 and were not seated until 9:00 after arriving well before reservation time for this visit."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "On our way down to baseball tourney . . . very glad I found this hidden gem in Freehold. Our server was very nice. Must find time to visit downtown area."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Took my wife for her birthday and we once again enjoyed our dining experience. Lots of good specials and regular menu items. We will be back."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Great place for meeting friends, convenient to major highways, ease of parking. Food and service were top notch."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "My wife and I love Metro and eat here often. I do have to say that eating outside is way better then inside. The problem is that it's getting cold now and we will probably stop going here until spring. The food is the same inside and outside but the atmosphere outside is so much better that it feels like a different place when forced to eat inside."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Nothing Special. The staff could be friendlier. The Hostesses are not friendly at all which leaves a bad first & last impression. Our waitress was friendly but we did not see her too often. Waited awhile to order a second drink. Food was good but nothing outstanding"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "This was our first visit to the Metro Cafe in Freehold. What drew us was the outside dining and the many different things on the menu. We started with Lobster Empanadas and Baked Brie Lollipops...outstanding. For dinner we had Sea Scallop Pinwheels rolled with crab-meat and the Potato Crusted Cod. Both dishes were outstanding! The menu includes many other eclectic choices. Also, since it was Wednesday, it was $25 Wine Night. Johnny our waiter stayed on top of things and made a point of making sure all were happy with their meals. Further, since seating was on the sidewalk, we got to enjoy the hustle/bustle of downtown Freehold...in fact, just across the street was a free concert. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "Meal was excellent. Good portions of well prepared fresh food. Our waitress was attentive and very helpful."
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "pleasantly surprised it was very good a little pricey for what it is though"
    Dined on 8/1/2013