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About La Cipollina

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.

16A W Main St
Freehold, NJ 07728
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;

Sunday: 1:00pm - 11:00pm

CLOSED: Monday

Cross Street:
South St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 308-3830

Website:
http://www.lacipollina.com/

Public Transit:
New Jersey Transit buses service the "Freehold Center" terminal which is located a block away from La Cipollina Ristorante.

Executive Chef:
Matt Higgins

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout

La Cipollina Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

67% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (4)
Romantic (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
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Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome Awesome Awesome as always. Ridiculous food ...crazy good service.....Love this place!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was bad. We returned our meal. Service was not existed. The restaurant was kind of dirty especially the ceiling

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! The food was outrageous and cooked to perfection . I don't think I have ever had better scallops in my life! Everything complimented each other. All of the staff was very warm and friendly. I will be returning soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Good: food; friendly hostess; decor and ambiance
Bad: service: our first waitress had never opened a bottle of wine before and asked for our help. We never heard from her again. A second waiter came out 20 minutes later and told us the specials, yet we didn't have any menus. After getting our menus 10 minutes later, we ordered. The food came out quickly, delivered by a random cook, and was delicious. A third waiter came out to check on us and eventually got us our check. The check was picked up by a FOURTH WAITRESS, but came back and explained something about them not having the right amount on the check despite running it. I was never given a receipt to keep or sign, and at this point, we just left. Very confused.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was good. They tried very hard to give first class Service. But not there yet.
Outside is not cozy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The restaurant called in advance to say they had mistakenly overbooked and asked to move our reservation back an hour. We were flexible and it worked out great as we had private dinner on their outdoor grotto on a beautiful summer evening. Our servers and hostess were lovely and accommodating; the food was really very good as usual. We have been here many times, but not recently...too bad for us, we remember now what a really nice place this is...our experience may not be quite as great next time considering the circumstances but La Cipollina is a consistently lovely local restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Even after I've been out of town for months, La Cipollina is still the best restaurant in NJ. The food, ambience, and service are unparalleled, and it's a must-try for those who appreciate the best of the best.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I've lived in Freehold for 20 years and had never been here before. We decided to give it a try. Very pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent. The hostess was amazing. Highly recommend

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We expected more of the restaurant based on the reviews. The service, while they tried, was a bit awkward and uneven, as well as lacking in true warmth. The food was good especially the Pasta special, but the Shrimp was overcooked. Pricing was reasonable due to the fact that it is a BYOB establishment. The ambience was the high point of the meal, it is a shame that this fact was the highpoint as the potential is there.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Everything was good except the Ceasar salad too much cheese no dressing. Clams and calamari were amazing very good place for Italian food

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Our go-to restaurant whenever we have a sitter, the fresh mozzarella is AMAZING!! Served warm, you can tell immediately just how fresh it is! We always order the cheese plate, which comes with olives and fruits, and the pasta, another staple, is obviously homemade. We haven't had the seafood yet, but we're very excited to try it!!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Big good entrees with strong flavor. Looking forward to eating my leftovers tomorrow.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This restaurant has been consistently awesome for 25 years.

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Excellent food and impeccable service. Bananas Foster was disappointing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We had a wonderful time and meal at the restaurant. The staff could not have been more accommodating. This was our first time dining here and with 4 couples we could not have been more pleased. We had a lot of catching up to do and our meal was never rushed. A most pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

This place is usually amazing. This was our worst experience at a restaurant ever and we go out to nice restaurants very often. The service was terrible and the place was empty so there was no excuse. 20 minutes after we were all served our meals my sons meal finally came and was literally spilled all over his lap. It was a nightmare. It was so bad our entire meal was free per the owner. Sadly we won't go back .

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Food was fresh and delish! Especially the Bronzino!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

LaCipollina's is a hidden neighborhood gem in Freehold. The food is delicious, ample and cooked to perfection. They have outdoor dining when the weather is nice and it was nice the night we went. They even have music many Friday nights. Its BYOB which keeps the tab down and lets you concentrate on the matter at hand, having a delicious meal in a wonderful setting surrounded by caring and attentive servers, a recipe for success anywhere.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 9, 2017

First time at your restaurant and we were completely satisfied. Good menu choices and the food was delicious. Waiters were attentive and quick to respond to any of our requests.
We will see you again!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food and service were outstanding. A true hidden gem and it is a byob!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

While Mother's Day is always a challenge to go to a resteraunt on, I wasn't expecting our local neighborhood restaurant to be so frazzled. We arrived at our time, not too long of a wait, but once seated it took quite a while for some to acknowledge us and give us menus. Some of the specials were no longer available, while it was on,y 6:00 pm. We were also told the chef would not change any item on the menu, the menu was what it was. Ok with that said we ordered, scallop with risotto which the scallop came out raw , returned it and it came back the same way. The Osso bocco, one of our usual favorites was a bit bland and not up to its usual standard. I had shrimp risotto nothing great. And we also had a carbonara dish which was lacking in flavor, another of our usual favorites. We ordered coffee and dessert and the cappuccino cam out cold. I guess it was too busy for them to handle which was reflected on the staff and the food. Very sad about it as it will be quite awhile before we frequent this resteraunt again. I don't like to give bad reviews but with so many disappointments I felt they should know.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Just perfect!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Excellent food and service.... as always

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Always good, so when saw cippolina listed for nj restaurant week at $32 3 courses made reservations. Bring your own wine..
Menu was one of the better for that week.
Had caprese salad, lobster pasta mac& cheese, fantastic tender thick pork chops,
Salmon on mushroom rissoto was excellent dessert with an assortment of cookies also fresh and delicious others at table had espresso mousse cake which was very good and ricotta cheesecake I would never hesitate to go to cipolina food is very well-prepared services very good and during the summer weekends outdoor dining with live music generally a guitarist

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The whole experience was excellent. This was not our first time and each time we come back feeling that we got had an excellent meal and that the entire staff was friendly and cared about the customer experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Food and service were absolutely excellent, ambiance was quite nice, the whole staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely will be coming back here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I highly recommend, simply left me wanting to go back right away. In fact already made reservations for restaurant week. Thank you again for a great anniversary dinner

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Adele and Michael were both gracious and welcoming. The service and atmosphere were fantastic and the food was delicious. Perfect night out.

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Food was outstanding. Atmosphere was fantastic. Music was terrific .the whole thing was a true pleasure.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Bacon! Bacon! Bacon! When I saw the email for the Bacon Week Special Menu, I couldn't resist the opportunity to bring a few bacon enthusiasts to enjoy the 5 course meal. Chef was most creative in incorporating bacon into each course...at no time was bacon not the start of the show, but it never stole the spotlight. The highlight was a 2 inch thick bourbon glazed stuffed pork chop, with apples, pancetta, cheddar and a side of bacon risotto. The dessert of a cone shaped slice of bacon filled with bacon ice cream...home run! The service was great and the chef seemed to appreciate our menu selection for the table. Great night, lots of fun and enjoyed leftovers the next day!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Fun time with great friends

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

This is our second visit to this restaurant. Both times we had surly waiters and very slow service. The waiters spend a lot of time talk among themselves near the kitchen but much less time actual attending to patrons. We were then presented with a hand written bill that included a 20% tip. Oh and we needed to include a credit card to hold our reservation even though Open Table says this is atypical. We will not return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 14, 2017

It was Valentine's day. We went with another couple. They were able to take us an hour earlier which was great. The food was very good. Service not so much. Water was never refilled. They forgot to bring out desserts and expresso machine was not working. Waiter was a little full of himself.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We dined here several ears back and we really enjoyed our dinner. On this day, Valentines Day we did not. I had to send my swordfish back because it was just way over cooked, was like eating cardboard and had a fishy smell too will little flavor. They took it back and I got the filet Mignon which was excellent. My wife had the veal scallopini which had no taste and was also over cooked. I ordered the seafood cocktail appy of crab, shrimp and lobster tail. The crab and shrimp were fine but the lobster was over cooked (left in the boiling water to long) that is was water logged, tough and really had little taste, the tiny dab of a mayonnaise/mustard dressing did nothing to help. The dessert of Dark Chocolate Cherry gelato was icy and lacked taste and creaminess. Maybe it being Valentines Day had something to do with all the miss-steps but the crowed was not more than you would expect on a Saturday night. I will say the service was top notch though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We love this place. We have been going here for 20 years. Only disappointment was they had a limited menu this past Saturday and maybe the prices were increased a bit. The caesar salad was not worth $14. The Seafood cocktail was delicious with lobster meat, shrimp, and lump crabmeat. Yummy!! The Ossobuco was delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Attentive service, friendly staff, awesome food and ambiance. Pricey, but very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2017

LaCipollina has some unique & some traditional dishes that are loaded with amazing flavors. There's multiple options for every palette from vegetable to seafood & meats. Some of their amazing menu items are: pork osso bucco, broccoli rabe, fresh mozzarella (seriosly a must try!), gnocchi & arugula salad. They always have additional specials as well. We enjoy the live music when we go on a Friday. The staff is always warm, welcoming and attentive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Took clients and the atmosphere was perfect for our business dinner and the food was even better. The baked clams appy was out of this world. Awesome service. The jewel of Freehold.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

This restaurant is a GEM. I am so glad that we chose La Cipollino we will definitely be back. We are starting to tell friends and family members that they also have to try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Had dinner here with friends and we all enjoyed our meals . I had the salmon with risotto, my friend had a filet-minion special . We enjoyed the live music . This restaurant is BYOB.

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