La Cipollina

4.5
239 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Zagat review: Now at the quarter-century mark, this dependable (if hard-to-find) Freehold Italian BYO maintains its old-world ways with a classic menu of quality items served by an excellent tuxedoed team. The elegant decor lends it special-occasion status and bargain prix fixe specials keep costs under control.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good

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JC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service , and atmosphere. Had the pre-fixe Valentine’s Day menu and it did not disappoint. Awesome accoustic duo playing to set the mood. Fresh ingredients and well cooked. Can’t wait to go back.

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JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great for a Valentine’s Day date

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SB
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. Our favorite special occasion restaurant!

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Make sure your table is away from the music.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a 6pm reservation. Our waiter was ok but his attempts at being witty were just dry. The food was very good but service left much to be desired. We were there for 2 hours and I never even received a refill on water. The server tried to clear all of our dinner dishes while some in our party were still eating. Dessert felt rushed and for the price of the meal, rushed is the last thing we should've felt.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The staff seemed unprepared for their role. They nearly knocked over a glass of wine while retrieving a glass to serve water, we had to ask for bread. Everyone food came out we had to help rearrange the table to fit everything. We have eaten there before and we enjoyed it, this time not so much. We felt the food wasn’t very good and the staff was terrible. Hope they improve or maybe it was just an off night.

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g
London
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Rice Balls are a must. Chicken and Pork Chops main dishes were well prepared, lots of flavor. Staff couldn't have been more attentive.

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M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The server bright it the wrong soup. Honest mistake. It was seafood bisque instead of mushroom. My friend told him she is highly allergic to seafood. Then her steak came out with crab meat on top. 🤔 Replaced with a new steak but no apology for almost killing her. The manager joked "they almost killed a woman with nut allergies four times." For a $140 prix fixe meal, I would have expected better and more attentive service.

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server whom they refer to as Captains was very nice and thorough in explaining the menu and specials. I am sure during the warmer months the outside dining would be enjoyable. The size of the restaurant is very deceiving from the outside as it is very small inside. However tables are placed correctly to ensure no one is sitting on top of each other. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. We started with a cheese platter that came with jams, nuts, grain mustard and honey as well as assorted breadsticks. I had the Filet Mignon special that came with crab meat and asparagus. The filet was a perfect medium rare and sine it was Truffle week, they shaved Italian truffle on top of the dish which gave it and extra flavor. My husband had the Pork Osso Bucco which was falling off the bone and very flavorful.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was amazing. the staff was super friendly. Overall great experience, can't wait to go back!

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SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good night. Thank you to the chef and staff.

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s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outrageous service was great as always see u soon

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LM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great meal The waiter provided excellent service. The bus boys need some training. Ordered a banana foster dessert and it was missing the bananas the sauce etc

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, generous portions and a warm atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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f
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect. Service was warm and professional.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here many times and always have a Great Meal. Brought friends and they loved it too!
The service is alway impeccable .

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about La Cipoollina was amazing. The ambiance is warm and inviting, our host and server Chris was attentive and funny, and the food, well that was the star! We started with a plate of tomatoes, mozzarella, eggplant, and peppers and the freshness was outstanding! We also had the sea scallops starter which was absolutely delicious. For entrees we had seafood capellini, French style lobster and shrimp, pistachio crusted sea bass, and one of the appetizers with eggplant and tomato accompanied by shrimp. Each but was better than the last. We left full and satisfied and while we didn’t have dessert, I’m sure it would have been as delicious. The price is just right for being a BYOB while getting a FINE DINING experience in the process. We will be back!!

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VF
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Cippolina is a hidden gem! The atmosphere was amazing and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice date night or anniversary dinner. La cippolina is a bit pricy, but it's definitely worth it!

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SS
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our annual holiday dinner with very close friends. We were greeted by Andrew who made our evening a success. La Cipollina serves great food. Because we brought wine (they do not have a liquor license), we were able to perfectly match the food we ordered.

We began with home made mozzarella and vegetables. Entrees were prepared to perfection, the humor provided by our server.

I highly recommend La Cipollina.

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RR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and her husband accompanied us for dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. The restaurant wasn't crowded and despite having to park away from the adjacent lot our arrival was uneventful. Our waiter was very attentive, not being obtrusive, but still being personal. We shared the Mediterranean Plate which was delicious. Our entrees were also excellent with not one negative comment by any of us. We ended the meal by sharing the cookie plate and cappuccinos. It was on the expensive side but well worth it for a special occasion.

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MW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

had the tasting Menu and was very good Just too much to eat

Filet Minion was excellent
but the Cheese/Meat / Bread started filled all of us up

Wound up with some Take home

Maybe just do App/Main vrs the 5 courses

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the white truffle celebration 6 course menu this past weekend and it was FANTASTIC!

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NW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We had made a 8pm reservation and was on time and were told they were setting our table. The hostess kept saying 2 minutes, 2 minutes. 25 minutes later they bring us to a table for 6 when we were only 4, all the while we walked past 2 tables for 4 that should have been set for us. The table for 6 had an 815 reservation. Then they tell us to wait and I tried to explain to who I thought was a waiter that this was unreasonable and he at first brushed me off. I then asked for the manager and it was the same guy who brushed me off. Very upsetting. I wanted to leave and I’m glad I didn’t. Matt Higgins came over and introduced himself and apologized and the dinner and service was very good thereafter. We ended up hugging goodbye and I realized that this was not the way they do business. Thanks again for a great dining experience minus the bump in the road
Norbie Welge

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SW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Matt was awesome and we’d definitely be back again!

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M
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during restaurant week so value was incredible. Love that it’s a byob. Had an amazing salad with pistachios and the pork chop for my enteee. Desert was a trio of cakes, 1 was better than the next. I highly recommend this restaurant. Be warned, regular menu is pricey.

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BF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't been here in 15-20years. The menu , food and service is outstanding. The meat was cooked to our request. We couldn't ask for a better dinner. We were served by the chef ,himself, Matt Higgins. We expect to make this byob restaurant a regular thing. This is what a restaurant should be.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, it was a good experience but would like to mention two things; the restaurant was virtually empty, yet we had to ask the waiter several times to refill our wine glasses ( it was not in our reach). Also the bread was cold and the bottled water was warm so we also asked for ice.. these little things should be anticipated but were not. Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner was great

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Place was empty, terrible service. But the food was very delicious.

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AF
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary there this past weekend. What an amazing experience! Staff was spectacular from the moment you are greeted by Adele. The service was second to none. And the food was spectacular. We enjoyed the romantic outdoor setting. Was everything I hoped it would have been. BYOB is a plus too! We will DEFINITELY be returning. Thank you for a memorable evening.

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MR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent customers and always have a great experience. The quality and freshness of the ingredients is extraordinary and the preparation is superb. We often wonder why we just don’t eat here every night !
The attenion to every detail starting from honored reservations to a very professional and attentive but unobtrusive wait staff, to the feeling that there is a sincere concern that their customers are more than satisfied make this restaurant one of our favorites anywhere. And they make the best fresh mozzarella we have very had - you need to try it....

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JG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

This was a terrible experience and i will not be coming back. The wait staff we had were all under, which his inappropriate at the prices on the menu. These kids worked their butts off, but they’re just not polished enough to pull off a dining experience that you would expect fro a restaurant that charges $36 on average for an entree.

As for the food. It was OK. The two people that ordered salmon had to send it back because it was not cooked. The Filet Mignonette had absolutely no taste and want seasoned properly.

I brought in a cake to celebrate a birthday. The cake was never brought to the table. One piece was cut and placed on a plate for the birthday girl, and the name that they wrote on the plate was incorrect. I’m not sure why they didn’t bring out the entire cake which had the name spelled correctly on it.

Overall this was a terrible experience for celebrating a birthday. Do not spend the money to come here. I for one will not be back unless significant changes are made.

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m
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is the 3rd time in the last year that I have eaten here. This time was the best. All our food choice (group of 4) was excellent. My wife had the Branzino, I the Osso Bucho, our friends had the Filet Mignon & the Zuppa de Pesce. All were excellent. We each had a different salad to start which were all fabulous. I rarely give such a detailed review but the last time I went I gave a much poorer review of the food but I feel that the last time was an off night.
The service, however, needs improvement in small ways. We dined on Saturday, Oct 14th & the last time was Aug 18th

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DH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food - amazing. Service - SUPER slow. We kept having to track our server down and entrees came out one by one instead of as a group. Everything was delicious but we were so over the constant waiting around that the food was overshadowed, which is unfortunate.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food was ok but not worth the price. I was celebrating a special occasion and came away disappointed.

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My husband wanted the pre-fix dinner which the menu was emailed to me that day, around 1pm. When we arrived at the restaurant there were a total of 4 customers at 6pm. When we went to order they were out of 2 of the 4 items on the pre-fixe menu and would only sustitute 1 item that value was below of the 2 items and refused other options. I was extremely dispointed and I wouldn't of gone to this restaurant, especially since I have a limited amount of items I can eat.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Sorry I hadn’t found La Cipollina sooner.

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CJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent fresh farm/sea to table food. La Cipollina continues to deliver after all these years.

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