Metropolitan Cafe
Metropolitan Cafe

Metropolitan Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://metrocafenj.com/
  • Phone: 7327809400x
  • 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: Saturday & 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 7327809400x
  • 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 seating requests, there may be an additional wait upon arrival in order to accommodate them.
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Metropolitan Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (30)vibrant bar scene (22)special occasion (20)neighborhood gem (18)great for lunch (16)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)hot spot (12)notable wine list (11)late-night find (10)romantic (9)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Always Perfect for a Business Lunch
    AEEG
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I have taken quite a number of clients to this upscale restaurant and have met with consistent success. The food is always amazing.... everyone is happy with the menu selection that they made from the wide array of menu options. The outside seating situated right on Main Street downtown is delightful. The service/wait staff are always attentive and pleasant. Can't go wrong with this choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We Love the Metropolitan cafe. The food, drink and service is always top notch. One of our favorite places to dine at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent
    thekidhartfordVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Downtown Freehold is very nice and this restaurant has a nice interior but it is far from top shelf. Just a nice, medium rated restaurant. It appears to me that this is one of the places to be in Freehold. A younger, trendy crowd. We've been there twice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Above Average
    2Dine4
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I like the NYC feel to the place. Service and Ambiance were very good. Food was above average and every time I go there the food is above average. I've never eaten anything that makes me say, "I gotta come back for this dish", but then again I've never disliked anything either. Calamari is an excellent appetizer, give it a try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good drinks and food
    LocaldinerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Been here before. The appetizers and specials are always worth trying. They have the standards; steak,chicken breast etc. All served with veggies or some type of potato. Smashed, roasted, fries. The cocktails are a nice selection of Bourbons, Vodkas, Rums and Tequilas. The wine list features good picks.The disappointing aspect is what happens after the entrees arrive. There is the perfunctory How is everything tasting but then nothing. There you are with no food, anxious for coffee, perhaps an after dinner drink and dessert, the check and you have to track down someone. If they want to leave you alone bring the check during the How is it tasting visit and say No rush and if you want anything later we can just add to the bill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening
    SMV57
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Couldn't sit outside - wait was too long and our Open Table Reservation does not permit you to 'request' outdoor seating. Lovely bar area for drinks and had a wonderful relaxing dinner with friends
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    melanierocco
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I had the most enjoyable experience at metro. I've been to many places around the freehold area and this is by far my favorite. The hostess was extremely friendly and helped me with the menu until I was seated. The drinks were wonderful ! We had a china doll that was to die for as well as the painkiller from their specialty cocktail list ! Their new lunch menu is awesome and their dinner menu looks amazing ! I can't wait to dine here again ! It gets better everytime! Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful!
    msfrog2VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    From the waiter to the appetizer to the main course it was a terrible experience. The main course was basically inedible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice location and good food
    Graageten
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food quality was fine but found everything just a little overly sweet. Unfortunately despite making a reservation one day ahead of time we were seated at a booth in front of the kitchen. The noise level was very unpleasant and not conducive to a nice dining experience. I will give the restaurant another try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars isn't enough.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What we needed
    LocaldinerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for a change
    OutandAbout
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet mid afternoon meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    NJJackie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Way too overpriced! Dining out during the Thursday night concert made it an unexpected treat!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not What I Expected
    Sagesse
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    PleasedinPrinceton
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Not sure why this restaurant feels the need to charge New York prices for average food. I would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loveagoodmeal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Service good but a bit pricey. Well prepared food. Nice wine/beer/martini list. Just wish more items were priced more agressivley.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love coming here...
    runningmamaVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    Pat1
    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 !
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 212 reviews are from the Metropolitan Cafe reviews archive.
  • great food...a little pricey
    BillB53
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Metropolitan cafe
    Foodie1
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • familyoutingVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Waiter was terrible and that ruined the whole evening
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tough
    Murph
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The ny strip that I ordered was tough but everything else was good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night Dinner
    geoflan
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have had better nights there
    Jeff
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has improved!
    rainyVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    good food, excellent service but very noisy. Maybe they need to put tablecloths on the tables.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TableTalksVIP
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch.
    MikeN
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    DintheD
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New fave!
    thesophianoelVIP
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scallop Succotash
    DateNight2
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Gem
    DeeKay
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed a nice ladies night out
    vivicat
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food was good, service was better. The only complaint is that they had my Open Table reservation for the wrong time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic