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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
8:00 PM
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La Cipollina

4.0
181 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;

Sunday: 1:00pm - 11:00pm

CLOSED: Monday
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Phone number
(732) 308-3830
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Higgins
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South St.
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Public transit
New Jersey Transit buses service the "Freehold Center" terminal which is located a block away from La Cipollina Ristorante.

Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout
What 181 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SherriT 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We have been there before,the food is very good,the place is a cost and very nice.Would go again

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vipRVince (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

LaCipollina's is NJ's best kept secret. Don't come here if you want to eat and run, the food is too delicious to rush, so come when you have some time to smell the roses , relax and have a great dinner surrounded by a wonderful wait staff and amazing chefs. You won't be disappointed. Hoping they get music back one day too.

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Bob1 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We sat at our seat for at least 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. And that was only after I waved down the hostess. Took forever to get a menu, water or someone to open our bottle of wine. Food was mediocre at best. Salad was just greens with maybe a small piece of walnut. My soup was served barely warm and did not get a spoon. Entree was ok but nothing special. Had to ask for bread. No butter or spread. Waiter never even asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. Very disappointed and was over priced. Made a reservation on Open Table and was never told that the price of the dinner was $75 per person and did not include, bread, coffee or dessert. Only found out after waiting 15 minutes plus for waiter to bring the menu. He was also trying to sell us bottled water for an unknown price.

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Gary (Atlantic City)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Have visited this restaurant for years, but this Valentine's Day2018 dinner was miserable. 2 1/2 hours before dinner served and nothing by management to address when brought to their attention. Left without eating dinner in bag like takeout.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

2nd time here did not disappoint. Excellent food and service. This was a mid week meet up with friends so the restaurant was very quiet. We were greeted promptly and courteously service was good but not overbearing. We had daily specials for appetizer and main course which were prepared perfectly. Although a little pricey for a local BYOB definitely worth it. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Our reservation was 7:15 pm. Service was unbearably slow. Tables were crowded into a small space allowing another patron to crash into my back while I was seated . The excessive noise level made conversation difficult. We waited over an hour for our dinner to be served.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

An intimate restaurant for couples or a special group. The food is seasonal and amazing. As a couple and young adult family, we go to Cippolina to reconnect and savor in the food and ambiance.

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vipJanet1057 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Haven't been to La Cippolina for years and glad I returned. Food and service were excellent. A couple of things to note:

Service was outstanding for 3/4 of the meal, however fell off a bit as the restaurant filled up. We opened an additional bottle of wine ourselves, and my cappuccino was forgotten.

Portions are somewhat small, however there is plenty of bread, roasted garlic, wonderful pesto for dipping and a marvelous chick pea salad prior that for most of us, the size of the meal wasn't an issue.

Looking forward to returning and trying the prix fixe menu.

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vipgckc (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and I most recently dined here Saturday, 1/6/18. We have been loyal customers of this restaurant for many years. The menu designed by Matt has always been superb and the service and willingness to accommodate customers is excellent. At each visit we are greeted by the classy and sophisticated Adele. She is extremely proud of her talented and handsome grandson Matt and does everything within her power to enhance the dining experience of every person who enters the doors of La Cipollina. She is a wonderful asset to this restaurant. We look forward to enjoying Matt's next Zagat rated culinary creation!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to la Cipollina for New Year's Eve, late nite dinner and it was just wonderful! It was the second time we went there for dinner and both times we enjoyed the food, ambiance & friendly, attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

I was not aware that it was a pre fix menu when I made
The reservation. Had I had known I would not have gone.
My husband doesn't eat salad and neither of us drink
wine. We didn't order the salad course for one and understood that we would still be charged the full $75. Ok fine but did they really have to charge us for 4 fountain drinks. Which didn't come out correctly. Hostess was friendly but seemed overwhelmed with the coats.
Disappointing

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our first time at La Cippolina and went since it was a special occasion....New Year's Eve. Their menu prices have always been quite pricey and was disappointed when we were seated and handed a $75 pp pri fixed menu. I had purposely looked at their website before booking to see if thete was a soecial menu for that night and no where was it noted.

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vipMatt122 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Food and service were excellent, as always.

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Lisa328 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our first time here for a Christmas Eve dinner. The food, service, and atmosphere
was absolutely TOP NOTCH!!

HOWEVER, the hostess was horrible, rude, and nasty. My sister did not want to hang up
her ultra expensive fur due to the fact it was right next to the front door very accessible
to anyone walking in. When my sister asked the hostess if the coats would be attended
to throughout the evening, she very nastily replied, WELL I'M RIGHT HERE !!

Moving on, we had a reservation and so I gave her the name of our party. She left us all standing there for at least 10 minutes without a word while she escorted other people to different tables (people that came in AFTER us). I finally had to ask about our table, where
she then walked into the entrance of the dining room pointing, turned to me and said, 'your table is there'. She then promptly turned around and returned to the front entrance.

When our server arrived with our food, she was trying to squeeze behind him and another
table with people following her to their table (at least they got shown to their table). She
then BARKED at my server that she was trying to ' GET THROUGH HERE ' while he politely
answered her stating that he was serving our food. I commented on how rude she was
since our arrival, and he let us know she is always this way, and the Owner's grandmother.

Lastly, we did meet the Owner's wife, family and little girls who sat right behind us. She
was super friendly, and wished us all a Happy Holiday !!

As good as this place was, unfortunately I would not return or recommend it due to the
unprofessional, unaccommodating NASTY GRANNY situation. You may want to think about
hiring a smiling, friendly hostess who actually knows how to treat customers !!!

Lisa
Freehold NJ

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

small, intimate space; friendly people, excellent, attentive servers; excellent food

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